Nestled in the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia and surrounded by nature there is a very appealing historic landmark that is also a lovely, elegant and romantic hotel that lies in the city of Shepherdstown, West Virginia directly across the Potomac River from Maryland.
The Bavarian Inn has been family owned since the Osam family first came to the United States from Bavaria in the 1960’s. The family is still running it to this day and they must be doing something right for they have expanded and renovated that Inn almost four different times to make it much bigger. They have also opened a second hotel in Luray, Virginia. They are also planning on putting in a new outdoor swimming pool at The Bavarian Inn and a swim up bar with outside table service.
Each hotel room has a queen or king sized bed and comes with a Jacuzzi tub for two. There is a complete room service menu option available during your stay there. The menu is authentic German styled food with options such as Pate, Pumpkin soup, smoked venison sausage, wild boar in a pinot noir and porcini mushroom sauce, knockwurst, oysters and other sea food, crab soup, avocado and shrimp salad, weiner schnitzel and shepherd’s pie. The wine list is actually even longer than the dinner menu.
David Osam took me on my tour of The Bavarian Inn and the wine storage area was probably his proudest accomplishment. There had to have been over 2000 bottles of wine in that area with kegs of beer and every type of alcohol imaginable. They really know how to get down and party in West Virginia, it would appear.
The Bavarian Inn has an Oktoberfest every third weekend of September like they do back in Bavaria and they host numerous new beers every year, there is every type of German food available and it is a great tourist attraction and it brings a lot of good folks into Shepherdstown who may not otherwise ever know that this town is on the map.
Shepherdstown is a wonderful town to walk around in, there are many nice places to walk to and it is all walkable by about five blocks from The Bavarian Inn to the town center where all the activities and stores and restaurants are. One might even call this town an artist enclave for the richness of its cultural appeal combined by its proximity to Washington D.C.
The Potomac River is very close to Shepherdstown and the town was built in the location due to its proximity to the river. Shepherd University was built in 1871 as a teaching college. The entire town became one large hospital during the Civil War and it is about 65 miles south of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The Battle of Shepherdstown as history calls it was the most significant battles of the civil war ever to have been fought in West Virginia. Antietam battlefield is about four miles away from Shepherdstown across the Potomac in Maryland. Many historic civil war battlefields and markers lie in these woods out here between Gettysburg and Shepherdstown.
It is a very interesting history lesson if you wish to come spend time out here, you may learn all about it.