Recently, K and I packed up our bags and our dog and headed to Charles Town, West Virginia to celebrate one year of marriage. Charles Town is just 90 minutes from DC and it’s home of the super cute Hillbrook Inn, where we set up home base for a few days. The inn was recommended to us by friends and it looked truly delightful (and the cottages were pet friendly) so we booked it! A number of our friends and readers asked about our travels (and what West Virginia was like), so I thought I’d share a bit about our trip.
We arrived in Charles Town around 4pm and quickly were greeted by Ricardo in the main house. He welcomed us with a delicious cocktail and proceeded to get us all checked in. A number of other couples (we only saw other couples on the property) arrived as well and after everyone was checked in, we proceeded to learn a bit about the property and get a tour. We got settled into the Winter Cottage and let Sasha run around a bit. The cottage was so cute and super private. The whole area just felt serene and peaceful. There was soft music playing each time we walked into the cottage which I loved. It was super neat and clean and just…relaxing.
The Inn provided food and water bowls for Sasha, which was a nice touch. Our room also had a fridge and a microwave, which I always appreciate. Outside, there was a large area to relax and reflect. Benches, chairs, a swing and…hammocks! I absolutely love hammocks and had a few very relaxing moments in the hammocks on the grounds. It was lovely. I think it’d be even more wonderful when the weather wasn’t such a factor – it was simply too hot to spend too much time outdoors. I thought West Virginia might be cooler than DC – I was wrong!
After settling in, we headed to Bloomery Distillery, where we were treated to a cordials tasting. It was so fun – the tasting was free (though we did bring some home!) and there was a great musician playing in the background. We didn’t know it, but the Distillery (like many things in the area) is also dog friendly. We had a blast!
We spent the rest of our time in Charles Town exploring Harper’s Ferry, taking a quick trip to Shepherdstown and checking out the casino in town. Harper’s Ferry was gorgeous and the views were just incredible. We popped in and out of museums that introduced us to the history of the tiny town and the role it played in the Civil War.
We initially planned to spend a day tubing on the water but our final full day brought thunderstorms off and on all day, so that was when we decided to drive out to Shepherdstown for the morning. It’s about 20 minutes from Charles Town and has a cute main street that we explored for a couple hours.
Have you visited West Virginia?