The Town's Inn

179 High Street P.O. Box 1412, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia 25425
Innkeeper(s): Karan Townsend
  • Potomac Room

    Potomac Room

  • The Town's Inn

    The Town's Inn

 
  • Introduction

    The Town's Inn - Harpers Ferry, West VirginiaVisit Harpers Ferry, West Virginia and stay with us at the Town's Inn!

    John Denver's musical thoughts about Harpers Ferry ("Almost heaven, West Virginia, Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River...") describe Harpers Ferry from the time it was established (1749) through today.

    Let country roads take you "home to the place you belong" for rest, relaxation, recreation, retreats, and celebrations. The Town's Inn at Harpers Ferry, an inn for all seasons, is located near the Appalachian Trail, just steps from the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers and only a little over an hour's drive or train ride from Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland.

    Enjoy shopping, dining, museums, and more in the historic town of Harpers Ferry and the Harpers Ferry National Historic Park (www.nps.gov/hafe). Children are always welcome at the family-friendly Town's Inn.

    Welcome to Harpers Ferry

    Harpers Ferry, a town in Jefferson County, West Virginia is situated on the banks of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers where Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia meet. Located at the bottom of the ravine created by the two rivers, it is thus nestled within the surrounding mountains. Historically, Harpers Ferry is best known for John Brown's raid on the Armory in 1859.

    Harpers Ferry is located within Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and is also one of the few towns the Appalachian Trail directly passes through. A visit to this quaint, historic community, at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, is like stepping into the past. Stroll the picturesque streets, visit exhibits and museums, or hike our trails and battlefields. There's a wide variety of experiences for visitors of all ages, so come and discover Harpers Ferry.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Karan Townsend for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Geographically and historically unique location 60 miles from Washington, DC at the confluence of the Potomac River and Shenandoah River, in the middle of the living history village that is on the Appalachian Trail and C&O Towpath ( which provide incredibly healthy, wholesome, historical opportunities for recreation and education "on-site" and in the 5 surrounding National Parks )


     Self-contained destination (dining, shopping, lodging all under 1 roof) offering friendly, professional service all day, every day, year-round.

     Restaurant and "Sundry, Snack, & Supply Shoppe" opened 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily
     Nutritious, delicious, handmade / homemade fresh-from-the-kitchen cuisine (many local products)


     Well-preserved & protected, pleasantly furnished, well-maintained 1840 building


     Innkeeper-on-premises (almost) 24/7 (I live in the Inn)

    What are you best known for?

    Self-contained destination (dining, shopping, lodging all under 1 roof) offering friendly, professional service all day, every day, year-round. Restaurant and "Sundry, Snack, & Supply Shoppe" opened 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily. Nutritious, delicious, handmade / homemade fresh-from-the-kitchen cuisine (many local products).

    What makes your inn unique?

    The Inn is a self-contained destination offering dining, lodging, and shopping all day, every day, year-round. The restaurant / shoppe hours are officially 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily, but we will provide meals / beverages around-the-clock if needed. Our geographically and historically unique location 60 miles from Washington, DC at the confluence of the Potomac River and Shenandoah River; in the middle of the living history village that is on the Appalachian Trail and C&O Towpath provides incredibly healthy, wholesome, historical opportunities for recreation and education "on-site" and in the 5 surrounding National Parks.

    What do you love most about your inn?

     The history and geography associated with the location (a pristinely preserved building in the middle of a living history village that consists of the Harpers Ferry National Historic Park buildings and privately owned shops and restaurants)
     My wonderful staff
     The wonderful patrons

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

     If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit? Harpers Ferry / Jefferson County provide a great year-round balance to urban / suburban living that characterizes the surrounding densely populated areas. As stated above, the geographically and historically unique location of the Town 60 miles from Washington, DC at the confluence of the Potomac River and Shenandoah River in the middle of the living history village that is on the Appalachian Trail and C&O Towpath provide incredibly healthy, wholesome, historical opportunities for recreation and education "on-site" and in the 5 surrounding National Parks every day of the year.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    "My family and I feel like we traveled 'over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house' --- It was like my mammas. We loved living in an 1840 "home" in the middle of a perfectly situated village."

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    The Mid-Atlantic climate gives Jefferson County (200 - 400 feet above sea level) makes the area "a place for all seasons for many reasons." Tourism decreases dramatically between Labor Day and Memorial Day --- which is so sad because the County is beautiful every day of the year!

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    1.Explore the Town (museums, shopping) for 1 day (Harpers Ferry Historic National Park).
    2. Enjoy river and trail activities for 1 day (C&O Canal National Park, Appalachian Trail National Park).
    3.Travel to DC on the MARC (commuter) train for 1 day, leaving in the morning and returning in the evening.
    4.Travel to Shepherdstown & the 4 nearby National Parks (Antietam, Potomac).

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Rivers, trails, shops, museums: Appalachian Trail National Park, C&O Canal National Park, Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, Appalachian Trail Conservancy Visitor Center / Headquarters, and much more!

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    The restaurant at the Inn is the best in the County.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    www.HistoricHarpersFerry.com, www.NPS.gov/hafe, www.RiverRiders.com

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 3 rooms.

    Do you accept pets?

    We don't accept pets; We suggest Cedar Run Pet Resort for pet boarding.

     

  • Activities

    Activities can be arranged for a fee of 20% of the total cost, plus transportation ($1/mile). Sample activities at the Inn or within ten steps to ten miles of the Inn and their approximate costs include:

    • Harpers Ferry TownBicycling: $15 for half day (includes helmet, lock, water bottle)

    • Hiking-on-your-own: free
    • Hiking-with-guide: $10/hour/person
    • Swimming: $5 in nearby pools; free in rivers
    • Fishing-on-your-own (bring your own gear): free (license required)
    • Fishing-with-guide: price varies
    • Tubing: $20
    • Rafting: $45
    • Kayaking: $45
    • Canoeing: $65
    • Golfing: price varies, beginning at $15 for 18 holes
    • Jazzercize/yoga/personal training: price varies
    • Massage & muscle therapy: price varies
    • Museums: price varies (many free)
    •  Canal National Historic  Park signGuided tours of town and area (historical tours, ghost tours, and other specialty tours): price varies
    • Civil War Battlefields: free (park pass may be required)
    • Programs & Civil War Enactments offered by the National Park Service & others: price varies (many free)
    • Lectures & lessons on selected topics: price varies
    • Music (concerts, shows, sing-alongs): price varies
    • Ghost tours: $8
    • Farm visits: price varies
    • Church visits:free transportation (8:30 on Sunday to Fellowship Bible Church; 10:30 Wesleyan United Methodist Church)
    • Sports, games, arts & craft: price varies (many free) 
    • Dining: price varies
    • Winery visits: price varies

    Shopping: shops, consignment shops, flea markets, antique stores, Wal-Mart, the Francis Scott Key Mall in Frederick (20 minutes from the Inn), the outlets in Leesburg (30 minutes from the Inn), the outlets in Hagerstown (45 minutes from the Inn), and more.