We spent the weekend at this charming B&B in historic Sharpsburg, a stone's throw from Antietam Battlefield. We chose the spacious General's Quarters room with its separate entrance, private porch facing a beautiful garden, queen-sized bed and double pull-out couch, ample bathroom, mini fridge, Wi-Fi/HD TV/DVD, with ample parking in the back. Joanne and Paul, the owners, couldn't have been nicer and more accommodating. Served at 8:30 am, the breakfasts were bountiful and delicious. Juice, homemade breads, fresh fruit, scrumptious savory or sweet entree and good coffee. In the afternoon you can help yourself to a cup of tea and homemade cookies. Joanne is a very good historian and will fill you in on the inn's history as well as other interesting stories. The inn is filled with historical items they've found on the property, too. If you choose to stay close for dinner, you can walk down the street to Captain Bender's which serves good basic food. Nutter's Ice Cream is a block away, serving the best ice cream around. There are very good restaurants in Shepherdstown as well, which is only 3 miles away. Joanne can also make reservations for you, plus advise you on personalized tours of the battlefield. There is so much history to soak up, and you can certainly combine your stay with a visit to Harpers Ferry which is about a half hour away. I recommend parking at the Visitor's Center and taking the shuttle, as there's very limited parking, especially on weekends. There's a $10 fee to the park. We also ventured to the Kennedy Farm (by appt. only) where John Brown hid out prior to the raid in 1859 and the Pry House close to the battlefield where General McCellan set up headquarters, which also turned into a Union hospital. Worth a visit and very interesting. Again, if you decide to visit Antietam, one of the most pristine Civil War battlefields left in the country, please run, don't walk, to the Jacob Rohrbach Inn. You won't be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An eyewitness to history since 1804 this award winning Bed & Breakfast at Antietam Battlefield offers a luxurious accommodations that are brimming with historic charm and gracious hospitality. Guests enjoy our spacious landscaped grounds and gardens located in the center of an historic village, little changed since the Civil War. Five lovingly restored guest rooms are within walking distance of a restaurant, an ice cream parlor, a bakery, and of course the Antietam Battlefield. Just a short drive from the Inn are several wineries, a distillery, and a microbrewery, all of which offer a diverse tasting experience sure to please any palate. Shopping opportunities abound in the surrounding area, from antique and vintage stores to the Prime Outlet Mall, you will be sure to find something special. Within minutes of the Inn guests can visit four national parks; Antietam Battlefield, the C&O Canal, the Appalachian Trail, and Harpers Ferry, as well as South Mountain State Park. Bicycles are available for guests to explore the parks and scenic countryside. The Sharpsburg area includes many outstanding restaurants. From a casual meal to a fine dining experience, there is something here for everyone. Just across the river is Shepherdstown, West Virginia, home of Shepherd University, where you will find a great place to enjoy live music, festivals and other cultural events throughout the year. Within an hour’s drive, scenic country roads lead you to Gettysburg, Berkeley Springs, Skyline Drive and the Shenandoah National Park. Just 90 minutes from Baltimore, Annapolis and Washington DC, the Inn is the perfect destination for a weekend excursion or an extended vacation. Make the Jacob Rohrbach Inn your home away from home as you wander through the countryside and explore the Mid-Atlantic, knowing that at the end of the day you will be returning to a relaxed and welcoming retreat. ... more less