We journeyed up from Central Virginia on the weekend before Susan's birthday to do four things: see St. James School across the Potomac in MD where he Dad had attended school in the 1930's and early 1940's, to drive through the Antietim battlefield on this the 150th anniversary of the most deadly battle in the Civil War, to see Harper's Ferry and to sample the unique town of Shepherdstown. The last thought in this agenda was where we would stay. But in hindsight the high point of the trip was not the excellent dinner and waitress (ask for Denise) we enjoyed at the Press Room, the visit to the small boarding school nestled in fallen yellow-and-red maple leaves, the drive through the somber battlefield north and east of Sharpsburg or the walk amidst the preserved authenticity of Harpers Ferry. It was our lovely room and the outstanding breakfast with two other sets of guests that made our trip really special. If you are visiting the Shepherdstown area, stay here. Jim and his lovely wife will make you feel like family, suggesting where to eat and what to do. We wandered the town before dinner on Saturday and after our hearty breakfast at the Inn the following morning, to find an excellent wine store with a very knowledgeable owner and staff, a cutting-edge running store and a bike shop with an employees who was a trove of information about cycling the C & O trail and its spur up to Pittsburgh. Susan was so inspired that we are now talking about making this cycling excursion, perhaps when the Opera House is featuring some plays. We also caught the Sunday farmer's auction which had a great variety of local food (even Mexican salsa). We left the Thomas Shepherd Inn on Sunday morning, determined to both return to the Inn and to Shepherdstown. You will not be disappointed by either.
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