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Dan & Jennifer’s guidebook

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Dan & Jennifer’s guidebook

Food Favorites
Captain Bender's Tavern is the closest restaurant to The River Bend Retreat, and is our "go-to" for dinners out. Capt. Bender's features pub fare at reasonable prices in a friendly and relaxed "Cheers"-like atmosphere. Some of our menu favorites are Old Bay dry wings, Towpath nachos (lots of jalapenos!), pickle fries (with spicy sauce - YUM), Hub City salad (don't miss the house dressing - honey, lime pistachio), chili, and crab cakes. They offer nightly specials, AYCE wings on Wednesdays, trivia on Mondays, and live music on most Saturday nights.
Captain Benders Tavern
111 East Main Street
Captain Bender's Tavern is the closest restaurant to The River Bend Retreat, and is our "go-to" for dinners out. Capt. Bender's features pub fare at reasonable prices in a friendly and relaxed "Cheers"-like atmosphere. Some of our menu favorites are Old Bay dry wings, Towpath nachos (lots of jalapenos!), pickle fries (with spicy sauce - YUM), Hub City salad (don't miss the house dressing - honey, lime pistachio), chili, and crab cakes. They offer nightly specials, AYCE wings on Wednesdays, trivia on Mondays, and live music on most Saturday nights.
Delicious ice cream, large portions, and great prices make Nutter's Ice Cream parlor a don't-miss while visiting the area. Hand-dipped, soft-serve, banana splits, sundaes, flurries, snow balls - you can't go wrong! Nutter's is so poplar that the line typically runs out the door, but it's definitely worth the wait. Along with your appetite, bring cash as they don't take credit cards.
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Nutter's Ice Cream
100 East Main Street
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Delicious ice cream, large portions, and great prices make Nutter's Ice Cream parlor a don't-miss while visiting the area. Hand-dipped, soft-serve, banana splits, sundaes, flurries, snow balls - you can't go wrong! Nutter's is so poplar that the line typically runs out the door, but it's definitely worth the wait. Along with your appetite, bring cash as they don't take credit cards.
THE DONUTS! Like heaven in pastry form! What's more to say? Well, they do offer A LOT of other fresh, delectable, homemade baked good too, but it's all about the donuts for me! (Closed Sundays and Mondays & bring cash.)
Burkholder's Baked Goods
106 West High Street
THE DONUTS! Like heaven in pastry form! What's more to say? Well, they do offer A LOT of other fresh, delectable, homemade baked good too, but it's all about the donuts for me! (Closed Sundays and Mondays & bring cash.)
Dan's Restaurant & Taphouse is situated on one corner of the main intersection of town in nearby Boonsboro, MD. A good-sized menu of well-prepared items is sure to be a hit, but the main attraction is their beer and wine list that spans several pages! The quaint and cozy atmosphere is quite enjoyable and al fresco seating is available when the weather is nice.
Dan's Restaurant & Taphouse
3 N Main St
Dan's Restaurant & Taphouse is situated on one corner of the main intersection of town in nearby Boonsboro, MD. A good-sized menu of well-prepared items is sure to be a hit, but the main attraction is their beer and wine list that spans several pages! The quaint and cozy atmosphere is quite enjoyable and al fresco seating is available when the weather is nice.
Places to Go
Spend a day (or several) visiting Antietam National Battlefield and remember our nation's bloodiest day in military history, September 17, 1862, when over 22,000 soldiers were lost in a single day. The main entrance is only about 3 miles from The River Bend Retreat.
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Antietam National Battlefield Visitor Center
5831 Dunker Church Road
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Spend a day (or several) visiting Antietam National Battlefield and remember our nation's bloodiest day in military history, September 17, 1862, when over 22,000 soldiers were lost in a single day. The main entrance is only about 3 miles from The River Bend Retreat.
The grounds of Antietam National Cemetery are both somber and beautiful - a wonderful place to walk and reflect.
Antietam National Cemetery
The grounds of Antietam National Cemetery are both somber and beautiful - a wonderful place to walk and reflect.
The C&O Canal is a historic 184-mile long trail that stretches from Washington, D.C. to Cumberland, MD. The River Bend Retreat is only about a quarter mile upstream from milepost 81 where you can also find the Taylor's Landing boat ramp. The enjoyment of a long walk, bike ride, or a good run is virtually at your doorstep!
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Chesapeake and Ohio Canal
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The C&O Canal is a historic 184-mile long trail that stretches from Washington, D.C. to Cumberland, MD. The River Bend Retreat is only about a quarter mile upstream from milepost 81 where you can also find the Taylor's Landing boat ramp. The enjoyment of a long walk, bike ride, or a good run is virtually at your doorstep!
Antietam Creek is a beautiful and historic place to spend time during your visit. Kayak, canoe, or tube down the creek navigating a few rapids along the way, or bring a picnic and spread out on the creek bank by Burnside Bridge or in Devil's Backbone Park. Don't forget your fishing pole!
Antietam Creek
Antietam Creek is a beautiful and historic place to spend time during your visit. Kayak, canoe, or tube down the creek navigating a few rapids along the way, or bring a picnic and spread out on the creek bank by Burnside Bridge or in Devil's Backbone Park. Don't forget your fishing pole!
Approaching their 100th anniversary, Crystal Grottoes Cavern opened to the public in 1922 and is Maryland's only "show" cavern. It's a relatively small cavern, but boasts more formations per square foot than any other cave known to man. The temperature inside the cave is a constant 54 degrees year-round - quite refreshing on a hot summer day. All-in-all a fun stop for the whole family and an especially good rainy-day activity. Stop by while you're in the area! (Bring cash.)
Crystal Grottoes Caverns
19821 Shepherdstown Pike
Approaching their 100th anniversary, Crystal Grottoes Cavern opened to the public in 1922 and is Maryland's only "show" cavern. It's a relatively small cavern, but boasts more formations per square foot than any other cave known to man. The temperature inside the cave is a constant 54 degrees year-round - quite refreshing on a hot summer day. All-in-all a fun stop for the whole family and an especially good rainy-day activity. Stop by while you're in the area! (Bring cash.)
Discovery Station in Hagerstown, a large, 2-story, children's museum, is only a short drive from The River Bend Retreat. Another great option for rainy days, the the many themed rooms cover everything from dinosaurs, space, aviation, baseball, the Civil War, robotics, recycling, the Titanic, and more! Every area is 100% hands-on where kids of all ages can let their imaginations run wild. Make up a story and put on a show in the puppet theater, shop in the grocery store, create works of art in the multi-media arts and crafts center, or play doctor, dentist, vet, or fireman in the storefronts of "Discoverytown". The kids will love it!
Discovery Station At Hagerstown Inc
101 W Washington St
Discovery Station in Hagerstown, a large, 2-story, children's museum, is only a short drive from The River Bend Retreat. Another great option for rainy days, the the many themed rooms cover everything from dinosaurs, space, aviation, baseball, the Civil War, robotics, recycling, the Titanic, and more! Every area is 100% hands-on where kids of all ages can let their imaginations run wild. Make up a story and put on a show in the puppet theater, shop in the grocery store, create works of art in the multi-media arts and crafts center, or play doctor, dentist, vet, or fireman in the storefronts of "Discoverytown". The kids will love it!
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Harpers Ferry
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Breweries & Wineries
Fresh on the nearby brewery scene is Harpers Ferry Brewing, a large brewery sitting high atop Loudoun Heights and overlooking the Potomac River and Harpers Ferry. The large outdoor area has lots of picnic tables and absolutely stunning views! Their broad selection of on-tap brews (20 different choices they day we were there) features everything from IPA's to wheat ales to white stouts. Lots of types and flavors to choose from so there is definitely something for everyone. Get a flight of six pours and give a few options a try! HFB has a limited food menu inside, but there is a food truck outside with basic fare - hot dogs, hamburgers, pulled pork, fries, etc. TV's on the walls and often live music complete the experience.
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Harpers Ferry Brewing
37412 Adventure Center Lane
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Fresh on the nearby brewery scene is Harpers Ferry Brewing, a large brewery sitting high atop Loudoun Heights and overlooking the Potomac River and Harpers Ferry. The large outdoor area has lots of picnic tables and absolutely stunning views! Their broad selection of on-tap brews (20 different choices they day we were there) features everything from IPA's to wheat ales to white stouts. Lots of types and flavors to choose from so there is definitely something for everyone. Get a flight of six pours and give a few options a try! HFB has a limited food menu inside, but there is a food truck outside with basic fare - hot dogs, hamburgers, pulled pork, fries, etc. TV's on the walls and often live music complete the experience.
Antietam Brewery is a smaller brewery with a relaxing, locally-inspired atmosphere. Featuring 14 brews on tap the day we went, you can pick 5 for your flight. Decide which ones you like the best and grab a 6-pack of cans to take home. A big plus for Antietam Brewery is their food menu which isn't huge, but it exists unlike a lot of the other breweries, and it's tasty! We got a pepperoni pizza (not bad at all). The BBQ sandwiches and the crab pretzel also sounded tempting. In addition, A.B. gets the most clever award for their flight holders which resemble Burnside Bridge, a local historical attraction on Antietam Battlefield. They also have live music some nights and tours of their brewing area are offered to patrons.
Antietam Brewery
140 Western Maryland Pkwy
Antietam Brewery is a smaller brewery with a relaxing, locally-inspired atmosphere. Featuring 14 brews on tap the day we went, you can pick 5 for your flight. Decide which ones you like the best and grab a 6-pack of cans to take home. A big plus for Antietam Brewery is their food menu which isn't huge, but it exists unlike a lot of the other breweries, and it's tasty! We got a pepperoni pizza (not bad at all). The BBQ sandwiches and the crab pretzel also sounded tempting. In addition, A.B. gets the most clever award for their flight holders which resemble Burnside Bridge, a local historical attraction on Antietam Battlefield. They also have live music some nights and tours of their brewing area are offered to patrons.
Named after the nearby Cushwa Basin of the C&O Canal, Cushwa Brewing Company is industrial park on the outside and another great microbrewery on the inside. 4 samples of their 12 offerings make up a flight at Cushwa, and 32 oz. to-go cans are available to bring home your favorites. Food is limited to a snack menu, however food trucks are often available outside, and Cushwa welcomes you to bring your own food whenever the trucks are not on site. Trivia, yoga (!), and live music are frequent events to enjoy at Cushwa. They are closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Cushwa Brewing Company
10212 Governor Lane Boulevard
Named after the nearby Cushwa Basin of the C&O Canal, Cushwa Brewing Company is industrial park on the outside and another great microbrewery on the inside. 4 samples of their 12 offerings make up a flight at Cushwa, and 32 oz. to-go cans are available to bring home your favorites. Food is limited to a snack menu, however food trucks are often available outside, and Cushwa welcomes you to bring your own food whenever the trucks are not on site. Trivia, yoga (!), and live music are frequent events to enjoy at Cushwa. They are closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Outfitters & Adventure Centers
With the C&O Canal Towpath, Antietam Battlefield, and the Potomac River so close by, spending time on the river or biking the towpath or around Antietam is a great choice of activities to experience during your stay. Don't have your own equipment or don't care to bring it with you? Shepherdstown Pedal & Paddle is the place to go to rent bikes, kayaks, canoes, or tubes. They have a lot of options available and can often facilitate transportation for your outing as well. As of this writing, we have a limited supply of discount coupons, so if you're interested in using their services, please let us know and well leave one for you!
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Shepherdstown Pedal & Paddle
115 West German Street
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With the C&O Canal Towpath, Antietam Battlefield, and the Potomac River so close by, spending time on the river or biking the towpath or around Antietam is a great choice of activities to experience during your stay. Don't have your own equipment or don't care to bring it with you? Shepherdstown Pedal & Paddle is the place to go to rent bikes, kayaks, canoes, or tubes. They have a lot of options available and can often facilitate transportation for your outing as well. As of this writing, we have a limited supply of discount coupons, so if you're interested in using their services, please let us know and well leave one for you!
Fun for the whole family! Just across the river from Harpers Ferry, WV, Elk Mountain Trails offers guided horseback riding over mountain trails of Washington County, Maryland or along the C&O Canal Towpath. They offer one, one and a half, and two hour rides and they are open from March through December.
Elk Mountain Trails
921 Hoffmaster Road
Fun for the whole family! Just across the river from Harpers Ferry, WV, Elk Mountain Trails offers guided horseback riding over mountain trails of Washington County, Maryland or along the C&O Canal Towpath. They offer one, one and a half, and two hour rides and they are open from March through December.