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Welcome to Laurel Lodge, located in historic Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. We are located very near the National Park where you can witness America as it was divided by the Civil War, and the emergence of the African-American civil rights movement. The area provides unique and natural wonders along the C&O Canal or Appalachian Trail or paddling down the Potomac or Shenandoah Rivers.
"Plan a stay with us at Laurel Lodge Bed & Breakfast and experience historic Harpers Ferry, West Virginia."
Whether you are celebrating a birthday or an anniversary, or simply a weekend getaway, proprietors Chris Craig and Ed Wheeless will do their best to ensure that your stay is comfortable, enjoyable and every bit as memorable. We also offer per diem rates for government employees travelling on official business. Please call for more information and details.
Begin each day at Laurel Lodge with freshly brewed coffe and a full and satisfying two-course breakfast in our great room. The first course generally features a fruit dish and warm-from-the-oven breads, pastries or muffins. The second course offers a hot entree, featuring many of our famous dishes, such as quiches, waffles and croissant sandwiches. Whnever possible, we are happy to accommodate special dietary restrictions when notified in advance of your arrival.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Ed Wheeless for sharing his own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Our guests come to enjoy the scenic beauty of our historic town, to learn more about the American Civil War, John Brown’s raid and the budding civil rights movement, the ample outdoor recreation opportunities such as hiking along the Appalachian Trail, horseback riding on Elk Mountain, bicycling the C&O Canal towpath, or tubing or boating down the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
Our inn is a relaxing Arts and Crafts era stone bungalow perched high above the Potomac River gorge. The eccentric builder of the lodge embedded in the stonework a collection of Civil War artifacts and other fascinating curios.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
Harpers Ferry is most significant for its important history leading up to and during the Civil War. The lower town of Harpers Ferry has been restored as an 1860 village by the National Park Service. In addition to Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, we have two additional National Parks right at our doorstep – the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
“What can we say except to heap more praise on Chris and Ed and their extraordinary B&B? They could write the book on running a B&B -- not just a book, but THE book. It's all about details in this early 20th Century craftsman house perched on a ridge overlooking the Potomac. From the high thread-count sheets to the rich breakfast menu, it's service with a genuine smile.”
“Five star food, cleanliness, service, quality and attention to detail. We have stayed at other B and B's but Laurel Lodge is definitely many steps above the rest. It felt more like a miniature five star hotel. Bed was super comfortable and clean, breakfast way beyond expectations. Would not hesitate to return!”
“A simply peaceful, warm, welcoming, and comfortable sojourn. The hospitality is professional and the setting adaptable, tailored to individual needs even when the house is full. There is a feeling of belonging, an atmosphere of serenity, and ample opportunities for chatting, reading or solitude. The breakfasts are extraordinary. We have and will continue to come again.”
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
There is direct daily train service to Harpers Ferry from Washington, DC!
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
1. Spend day one exploring Harpers Ferry National Historic Park.
2. Spend day two taking a picnic lunch to the top of Maryland Heights for a spectacular overlook of Harpers Ferry and the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers.
3 .Spend day three taking a driving tour of nearby Antietam Battlefield and enjoying the quaint shops and restaurants in Shepherdstown, WV.
4. Spend day four on a tubing trip along the Potomac River and spend the afternoon touring area vineyards.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
The Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, merchant shops and restaurants are all within an easy ½ mile walk of the Lodge.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Harpers Ferry has several good casual dining options. For a special occasion, try the fresh local ingredients served up at Dish in Charles Town, WV or Grandale Farm in Neersville, VA.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference? How many rooms does your inn have?
Laurel Lodge has four guest rooms.
Do you accept pets?
No pets are allowed.
Harpers Ferry is rich in history, tradition and recreation for all ages and interests. While visiting, be sure to visit many of the local attractions we are famous for. The innkeepers are always willing to make a few suggestions and help you plan your visit. For more information about local activities and attractions, please visit our Attractions page.
- Dining - everything from American fare to fine Italian, French and German
- Historical sites - Antietam National Battlefield, Journey through Hallowed Ground
- Spa services
- Arts and entertainment - Old Opera House, Charles Town Slots
- Annual events and festivals - Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festivals
- Outdoor activities - Appalachian Trail, Sleepy Hollow golf
- Vineyards and orchards - Breaux Vineyards, Mackintosh Fruit Farm