Valentine’s Day Events in the Eastern Panhandle 2014

Valentine's Day Events in the Eastern Panhandle 2014

Valentine’s Day Events in the Inwood, Harpers Ferry, Martinsburg, Shepherdstown and Charles Town Areas

Valentine's Day Events in the Eastern Panhandle 2014 It’s that time of year again. Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching! Have you figured out what you are doing yet? If you live in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia there are many ways to show your affection for your significant other on Valentine’s Day. Check out our list of great events that are going on in the area below.

The heart-shaped box of chocolates is a time honored tradition. Defluris Fine Chocolates located on Queen Street in Martinsburg has a variety of high quality selections to choose from, including American classics such as truffles, crunchy nuts, smooth silky creams, and soft and chewy caramels.

Staying in Martinsburg? Then The McFarland House would be an excellent choice for such a special day! The Valentine’s dinner is an eight course meal that includes the fine foods of Spain, France and Italy. Dishes will feature fresh seafood and pastas with creamy sauces. A meet and greet starts at 6:30 pm and dinner starts at 7:00 pm.

The Bavarian Inn, an AAA four diamond rated inn and restaurant, has everything you need for a special weekend: both luxurious accommodations and fine dining German cuisine from Executive Chef Wolfgang Vomand. Their Valentine’s Day packages include accommodations, a $50 dinner voucher, a $15 breakfast voucher, and a complimentary bottle of champagne ready when you arrive.

Cacapon Resort is also offering a romantic getaway package if you are up for taking a trip over to Berkeley Springs. The special package will include one night at the Cacapon Lodge, dinner, and entertainment for the evening. Have a wonderful evening, and then spend the next day exploring the unique town of Berkeley Springs, which has a lot to offer. Check out this list of things to do in Berkeley Springs. For more information about the Valentine’s Day package, you can call (304) 258-1022.

Perhaps dinner and the theatre are more your style. If so, the Old Opera House in Charles Town is featuring a play called The Love List. Authored by Norm Foster, The Love List is a comedy that finds two men, Bill and Leon, wondering about what the perfect woman might be like when she magically appears. You’ll have to watch what happens next in this hilarious play! It’s a good laugh and a perfect Valentine’s Day adventure. The play will run for two weekends: February 7-9 and 14-16.

You may also be interested in attending Shepherd University’s performance of the popular comedy musical “Avenue Q.” The show will be on Friday, February 14th and Saturday, February 15th at 8:00 pm at the Frank Arts Center. It is free to Shepherd University students, and the cost is $10 for the general public.

Do you enjoy romantic poetry? The Berkeley Art Council will be hosting their Second Friday Poetry: Valentine’s Day Edition on Friday, the 14th. The event will take place at Berkeley Art Works in Downtown Martinsburg. What better way to spend the evening than listening to or reading some brilliantly crafted words of love. Bring your date and impress them by reading a poem written especially for them. Check out these famous love poems for some inspiration.

If you are up for a bit of a drive, there are a few events happening in nearby towns that may interest you this Valentine’s Day. On Saturday, February 15th, the Antietam Highlands Wine Trail Tours will have  a wine tour with RoadRunner Services, LLC. The tour will be by reservation, and they will have pick up locations available in Hagerstown and Frederick. For more information you can call (301) 573-1930. Also on Saturday, there will be a dancing event sponsored by the Ruritan Clubs of Washington County and Boonsboro High Class of 1963 that will be open to the public at the Williamsport Red Men Club. The dance will begin at 7:00 pm and run until 11:00 pm. There will be a cash bar, and music will be provided by John Repp – Dancing Kaleidoscope. Put on those dancing shoes and have some fun this Valentine’s weekend.

Your special loved one doesn’t necessarily have to be human. Honoring our pets and those pets without homes should be a special Valentine’s Day event as well. The Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County is sponsoring an event called the “Purrfect Buffet” on Saturday, February 15 hosted by the Hollywood Casinos at Charles Town Races. There will be live and silent auctions, 50-50 raffles, and other exciting raffles. The fun will take place from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm; doors open at 5:30 pm. Tickets are $45 each, and all proceeds go to the AWS shelter renovation project.

Tradition may loom large and flowers may be the one of the ways to your lover’s heart. There are plenty of florists in the Jefferson and Berkeley County area: Flowers Unlimited, Ginger’s Flower Shops, and Bells and Bows in Martinsburg, The Village Florist in Shepherdstown and Charles Town, and the Inwood Florist and Gifts in Inwood. Each have the perfect assortment to say “I love you”.

You may also want to check out the Alamo Drafthouse in Winchester, Virginia this month as they will be playing a variety of love-themed movies, which is perfect for a date night!

Valentine's Day Events in the Eastern Panhandle 2014Make sure you go the extra mile for Valentine’s Day because showing your love is worth it! Whether it be a spouse, significant other, friend, or family member; make sure to let those around you know that you love them. Even the smallest gesture – like leaving someone a little note – can mean the world to that special person in your life. As Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Where there is love, there is life.” Be full of life and love this holiday, and cherish your time with the ones you love.

One person who always lovingly goes the extra mile is Linda Kilroy. Linda is a real estate agent in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, and she goes to great lengths to help her clients purchase or sell their single family home, townhouse, or condo. Give her a call at (304) 725-1145 or email her, and she’ll find you the perfect home! Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day Events in the Eastern Panhandle 2014

Shepherdstown Communities: Fernbank and Ledge Lowe Estates

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Shepherdstown Communities: Fernbank and Ledge Lowe Estates

Shepherdstown, West Virginia, home to Shepherd University, is a great place to live! Located an hour and a half from Washington D.C. on the banks of the Potomac River, historic Shepherdstown has an eclectic assortment of restaurants and a variety of unique shopping experiences.

Shepherdstown Communities: Fernbank and Ledge Lowe Estates Surrounded by National Parks like the C&O Canal, Harpers Ferry and the Antietam National Battlefield, Shepherdstown is a treasure trove for Civil War buffs, as well as those interested in the pre-industrial revolution.

Recreational opportunities abound with the nearby Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. Fishing, kayaking, tubing, and swimming are all part of the river experience.

Shepherdstown Communities: Fernbank and Ledge Lowe Estates Hikers enjoy the Appalachian Trail which weaves through the area. The proximity of Shepherdstown to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains is wonderful for camping and bird watching enthusiasts.

Living in Shepherdstown will also give you access to great schools. Shepherdstown Elementary School, Shepherdstown Middle School, and Jefferson High School service the Shepherdstown community. Each are highly rated on


Fernbank is a local housing subdivision located a few miles from historic downtown Shepherdstown – plus, it’s the only golf course community in Shepherdstown. A typical home in Fernbank consists of a Cape Cod-style home with three to four bedrooms and three baths. Luxury amenities are standard: vaulted ceilings, gourmet kitchens with granite countertops, high end cabinetry, oak flooring, fireplaces, sunrooms, spacious master suites with ceramic tiled bathrooms and jetted tubs, wrap-around porches with expansive golf course views of Cress Creek Country Club, and professionally landscaped yards. Expect prices in the mid to upper six figures.

Ledge Lowe Estates

Ledge Lowe Estates is located right outside historic Shepherdstown features three to four bedrooms, and three bath homes on large lots – some as large as five acres. A typical home in Ledge Lowe Estates is a brick colonial with full basements, two car garages, landscaped yards (some with swimming pools), high quality amenities like hardwood floors, slate entryways, master suites, and gourmet kitchens with stainless appliances and french pocket doors. Prices for houses in Ledge Lowe Estates are in the mid-six figures.

Shepherdstown is truly a wonderful place to live and raise a family. With lots of recreational and cultural activities, excellent schools, picturesque landscapes, history, and convenient proximity to metro D.C. via commuter MARC trains, Shepherdstown has it all!

Shepherdstown Communities: Fernbank and Ledge Lowe EstatesLinda Kilroy is a real estate agent located in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. She’s an expert not only in the communities in and around the Shepherdstown area but also the surrounding communities of Harpers Ferry, Charles Town, Martinsburg, and Inwood. If you’re looking to buy or sell a single family, townhouse or condo in Jefferson or Berkeley Counties, Linda is your ‘go-to’ person for all things real estate in West Virginia. Give her a call at (304) 725-1145, or email her – she would love to hear from you!

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Shepherdstown Communities: Fernbank and Ledge Lowe Estates

188 Richwood Hall Rd Kearneysville WV 25430

188 Richwood Hall Road Kearneysville WV 25430

188 Richwood Hall Rd Kearneysville WV 25430 For Sale

Wonderful 4 bedroom Colonial in the desirable Washington Trails community!

188 Richwood Hall Road Kearneysville WV 25430

188 Richwood Hall Rd Kearneysville WV 25430 has some really nice features!

188 Richwood Hall Rd Kearneysville WV 25430

The kitchen has some nice cabinet space and sleek, black appliances. The kitchen also features an island, which creates a little extra storage space and a good place to socialize with the family.



188 Richwood Hall Rd Kearneysville WV 25430


There is a little nook off the kitchen with great natural light, which is a great space for family meals. However, there is a separate dining room that can be used for eating as well!



188 Richwood Hall Rd Keearneysville WV 25430


This home has some nice features that are popular with homebuyers. The home has crown molding, chair railing, walk-in closets, and so much more! Check out the beautiful dining room with all its detail.



188 Richwood Hall Rd Kearneysville WV 25430

The master bathroom has a separate tub and shower. It also features a double vanity sink. Sounds pretty perfect!





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Charles Town – One of the Best Towns to Raise a Family

Charles Town - One of the Best Towns to Raise a Family

Charles Town – One of the Best Towns to Raise a Family

Nerd Wallet, a consumer finance advocacy organization, has recently ranked Charles Town the fifth best town to raise a young family in West Virginia.

Charles Town - One of the Best Towns to Raise a FamilyThe ranking was based on the following criteria:

  1. Does the community have good schools?
  2. Can you afford to live there?
  3. Is the town growing and prospering?

In short, the answer to those three questions is a definite ‘yes’ for Charles Town based on rankings of local schools, the cost of living (including median home values) and the cost of home ownership, as well as median income and economic growth.

The Jefferson County Board of Education oversees the education system in Charles Town, which includes the following schools: Page Jackson ES, South Jefferson ES, Wright Denny Intermediate School, Charles Town Middle School, and Washington High School. These schools are all highly rated on

According to Nerd Wallet, the median home value in Charles Town is $232,600, and the monthly owner costs are $1840. Both values are the highest in the state. However, when proximity to Washington DC and the technology sectors in Maryland and Northern Virginia is taken into consideration, homes in Charles Town are a great value.

Charles Town - One of the Best Towns to Raise a FamilyNow, compare the median home prices to communities in Virginia. Drive twenty miles closer to Washington DC to Ashburn, Virginia, and the median home values climb to $418,500 (source: Sperling’s Best Places.)

Sperling’s Cost of Living index for Charles Town is 119 versus 148 for Ashburn. The average for the U.S. is 100. While somewhat higher than the U.S. average, when compared to other localities Charles Town is still very affordable.

Nerd Wallet reported that Charles Town grew 91.8% from 2009-11. Charles Town also has an unemployment rate of 4.1% – well below the state average of 6.2% (source: Median household income in Charles Town is $62,000 versus the statewide average of $40,000. There’s plenty of economic opportunity in the area!

You can run all the numbers you want, but the residents of the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia know that the quality of where they live is not based solely on numbers. Numbers help quantify and produce rankings, but quality of life is also measured in amenities like recreational opportunities, cultural activities, and community interaction, all of which are in abundance in Charles Town!

Charles Town - One of the Best Towns to Raise a FamilyIf you would like to learn more about Charles Town and the surrounding areas of Harpers Ferry,  Shepherdstown, and the Martinsburg area, the person to talk with is Linda Kilroy. Linda is a real estate agent and an expert on the various communities in  Jefferson and Berkeley County, West Virginia. Contact her team at (304) 725-1145.

Nerd Wallet ranked Charles Town #5 in West Virginia for young families, but those that reside in Charles Town and the surrounding communities will tell you it’s indeed #1!


Charles Town: One of the Best Towns to Raise a Family

January Events in the Inwood, Harpers Ferry, Martinsburg, Shepherdstown and Charles Town Areas

Local Studio Tours in the Eastern Panhandle

January Events in the Inwood, Harpers Ferry, Martinsburg, Shepherdstown and Charles Town Areas

Meet artist Neil Martineau at Exhibitions Art Gallery

January Events in the Inwood, Harpers Ferry, Martinsburg, Shepherdstown and Charles Town AreasFriday, January 10, 2014 – 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Ever wonder what it’s like to be an artist and also be eighty years old? Neil Martineau is both and can tell you first hand; he will be at Exhibitions Art Gallery located at 209 N. Queen St. in downtown Martinsburg, WV on Friday, January 10. Mr. Martineau will be available to answer questions and discuss his work. This will be Mr. Martineau’s first public exhibition of paintings; works on display cover a time period from 1961 to 2013. He was recently featured in an article in the Journal Newspaper and lives locally in Shepherdstown with his wife Patty. The exhibit runs through February 2.

Second Friday Poetry Reading

Friday January 10, 2014 – 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Do you have a love for poetry? Whether you write your own poems or enjoy reading the work of others, there is now an opportunity in Martinsburg to share them with other people in the community. Just come on out to the Berkeley Art Works’ Second Friday Poetry Reading at 116 North Queen Street. The event is free to the public, and it is open to anyone to share their poems. The sign up will begin at 6:30 pm for those who wish to participate.

 Washington High School vs. Jefferson High School Boy’s Basketball

January Events in the Inwood, Harpers Ferry, Martinsburg, Shepherdstown and Charles Town AreasFriday, January 24, 2014

There’s sure to be plenty of excitement as the Jefferson High School Cougars play host to the Washington High School Patriots in Shenandoah Junction, WV. The Patriots are coached by Don Bullet and are currently ranked #2 in the state. The Cougars, coached by Richard Lewis, will have their work cut out for them in the newly formed fiercely competitive Eastern Panhandle Athletic Conference. The EPAC features six AAA schools including Washington, Jefferson, Hedgesville, Martinsburg, Musselman, and Spring Mills. If you love the thrill of heart pumping action, then local high school basketball is where it’s at… the Washington vs. Jefferson game is sure to deliver! The junior varsity game starts at 5:30; the varsity at 7:00pm.

Sugarloaf Craft Festival at the Dulles Expo Center

 Friday – Sunday, January 24-26, 2014

It’s that time of year again! No, not the Super Bowl – or the Puppy Bowl for that matter. It’s that time of year again for the Sugarloaf Craft Festival at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA. This unique, juried event showcases over 250 artisans selling paintings, sculptures, pottery, fashion, furniture, garden art, photography and more. There something for everyone; there will be interactive displays, gourmet food, and entertainment for children and adults alike! (Plus, don’t forget: Valentine’s Day is right around the corner!) The Festival is great place to pick up a unique gift for your special someone. The Dulles Expo Center is located next to Dulles Airport in Northern Virginia and is a quick hour-long drive from the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. It’s definitely worth the trip!

Shepherdstown Film Society Presents Babette’s Feast

 January Events in the Inwood, Harpers Ferry, Martinsburg, Shepherdstown and Charles Town AreasFriday, January 31, 2014

Join the Shepherdstown Film Society for the start of the 2014 Spring Film Series with a showing of Babette’s Feast. This 1988 Academy Award winning film stars Stephane Audran as Babette – a French refugee – whose infectious spirit spreads through her expression of food and life in an austere Danish town. Babette’s Feast won the 1988 Best Foreign Language Film (the first by a Danish film). The screening starts at 7:00pm at Shepherd University’s Reynolds Hall. Admission is free. A season-opening reception starts at 5:30pm at the War Memorial Building.

The Historic McFarland House Events

Fridays and Sundays in January

If you are getting tired of going to the same old restaurant every date night, maybe you could try something a little different this month. The Historic McFarland House will be hosting a variety of special meal events throughout the month of January. Every Friday night there will be a dinner that features food from different regions. The inspirations throughout the month of January will include French, Spanish, Caribbean, and Mexicali food. There is a discounted price for Victual Members; however, the events are open to anyone. There will also be several Sunday Brunch events that you can register for. You can register for the events on their website, by phone, or at the house.

January Events in the Inwood, Harpers Ferry, Martinsburg, Shepherdstown and Charles Town Areas The area is full of fun events year round. If you are interested in moving to this area or know anyone who is buying or selling their home, please let us know. Linda’s Team knows homes, and we would love to help you find the home of your dreams. You can contact us on our website or by calling (304) 725-1145 and asking for Linda’s Team. We hope to hear from you soon!

Focus on Neighborhoods: Harpers Ferry

harpers ferry real estate market august 2014

Focus on Neighborhoods: Harpers Ferry

Focus on Neighborhoods: Harpers FerryLocated right at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers is the historic town of Harpers Ferry, WV. Steeped in history, the area around Harpers Ferry and Jefferson County, WV has grown into a diverse modern community. Two neighborhoods in particular – Canvasback Ridge and Gap View Village – are excellent places to live and raise a family.

Canvasback Ridge

A few miles northwest of the historic district, Canvasback Ridge has beautiful views of both the nearby woods and the surrounding Blue Ridge mountains. The homes are contemporary Cape Cods and Colonials with 3-4 bedroom and baths. They’re typically situated on 1-2 acre lots and have plenty of room for a growing family.

Most homes in the Canvasback Ridge neighborhood are full of luxury features! Inside, sunken family rooms and sunrooms provide cozy spaces for families to gather during all seasons of the year. Some homes have kitchens perfect for the gourmet chef, with built-in ovens, granite countertops, breakfast bars and work stations, and master suites with jacuzzi tubs and double vanities.

Outside, homeowners can relax on expansive decks to enjoy the view. Many homes have beautifully sculptured landscaping and swimming pools.

Gap View Village

Gap View Village is a community of 178 single family homes. The neighborhood is located off Shepherdstown Pike a few miles from Rt. 340, west of the Harpers Ferry historic district. The neighborhood is named after a nearby view of the “Gap” created in the Blue Ridge Mountains by the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers.

Most homes in Gap View Village have 3-4 bedrooms and are on one acre lots. Homes feature modern luxuries like hardwood floors, full basements, 3-4 car garages, gourmet kitchens and outdoor living areas with large decks and backyards.

The Jefferson County School District serves both neighborhoods with the highly rated C.W. Shipley Elementary School, Harpers Ferry Middle School, and Jefferson High School nearby.

Focus on Neighborhoods: Harpers FerryGap View Village and Canvasback Ridge are wonderful places to live for the outdoor enthusiast! Both the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers provide excellent kayaking, canoeing, rafting, and tubing. The Appalachian Trail cuts through Harpers Ferry and provides amazing hiking opportunities.

Plus, Harpers Ferry National Park and the C & O National Park are just minutes away. Both parks have camping and great biking trails.

Focus on Neighborhoods: Harpers FerryBoth communities are a short ride from the Antietam National Battlefield, historic Charles Town and the Hollywood Casinos at Charles Town Races, Martinsburg, and Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Washington D.C. is approximately 65 miles away and is accessible by the MARC train and the Harpers Ferry and and Duffields stations – although most commuters will travel the short distance to Brunswick, MD where there are plenty of parking spaces.

The Harpers Ferry area is truly a great place to live and raise a family. There’s really a little of something for everybody! To learn more about the Canvasback Ridge and Gap View Village neighborhoods please visit Linda Kilroy Real Estate or call Linda’s Team at (304) 725-1145.

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