Eastern Panhandle: 5 Rainy Day Date Ideas

Eastern Panhandle: 5 Rainy Day Date Ideas

Eastern Panhandle: 5 Rainy Day Date Ideas

Eastern Panhandle: 5 Rainy Day Date Ideas
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Things to do in Spring in the Eastern Panhandle

Eastern Panhandle: 5 Rainy Day Date Ideas – Rain, rain, go away, come again another–on second thought, don’t come again for awhile! The Eastern Panhandle has seen an increase in rainfall this spring, and we’re ready to see it leave. But until summer comes, here are a few ways you can happily embrace this rainy spring season!

Have an Indoor Picnic 

Can’t get outside? Bring the picnic inside! Pick up your favorite foods from your locals farmers market (like the Charles Town Farmers Market or Orr’s Farm Market), like yummy ingredients for sandwiches and homemade sweet treats. Then head home and spread a blanket in your living room for a cozy indoor spring feast.

Go to the Movies

Rainy weather is the perfect time to hit up the local theater–in this case, Regal Martinsburg Stadium 10. Take advantage of it while you can. Soon the temperatures will rise, the sun will shine, you’ll be spending hours outside soaking up summer! For now, enjoy the familiarity of a movie and popcorn–the theater is always playing the newest releases.

Browse Antique Shops 

There is something so quaint and calming about sifting through antique shops in the pouring rain. Jump from puddle to puddle while you browse The Wooden Shoe Antiques, Needful Things and Junkwork Antiques in downtown Charles Town, or stop in to Patriot Antiques Center and Crim-De La-Crim in Martinsburg.

Visit the Library 

What better place to spend a rainy day than at the library? Curl up with a good book in a comfy chair and listen to the rain outside as you get lost in a story. Or, pick up DVD’s, audiobooks, or CD’s to pass the time at home. You’ll find all of this and more at your local libraries, such as gems like Charles Town Library and Martinsburg Public Library.

Take a Paint Class

Enjoy wine and a fun paint night with your friends or significant other at Urban Easel in Shepherdstown. You’ll feel relaxed and artistic as you create a beautiful painting to take home. Besides, who cares if it’s raining when you have wine?

Make the best of a rainy spring season with any of these date ideas. Want to buy a home in the area? Please contact the Linda Kilroy Team at ERA Liberty Realty by calling 304-725-1145 or filling out the form below.

Eastern Panhandle: 5 Rainy Day Date Ideas

Shopping in Shepherdstown West Virginia

Shopping in Shepherdstown West Virginia

Shopping in Shepherdstown West Virginia

Shopping in Shepherdstown West Virginia
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A brief look at some of the best shopping in Shepherdstown

Shopping in Shepherdstown West Virginia: Located in Jefferson County, WV, Shepherdstown is a friendly little town with a creative spirit and sense of local camaraderie. Known for its artistic vibe and with its proximity to Shepherd University, the downtown area is a treasure many residents seek out on a daily basis.

Here are some of our favorite shops in Shepherdstown!

Dickinson & Wait Craft Gallery – Beautiful jewelry, hand-crafted woodwork, and a variety of interesting local art. This is a great place to find that special piece for your home.

German Street Coffee & Candlery – For over 20 years, owner Deborah Luksa has been curating a collection of gourmet chocolates, coffee, wine, candles, soap, and other small homewares. Her shop is a charming space full of enticing goodies.

Two Rivers Treads – Dubbed a minimalist shoe store, the shop stocks a carefully chosen array of sneakers, activewear, and accessories for the sports-minded individual. Great quality and personalized attention!

Four Seasons Books – A family owned business, they offer books for every reader. With an expansive children’s section and plethora of unique authors and genres, Four Seasons is a lovely place to send an afternoon lost in books.

The Good Shop – A clothing shop with a eco-friendly mindset. You’ll find natural fibers, wellmade brands, and affordable prices here, with an aesthetic that is clean, free-flowing and organic.

Grapes & Grains – For the wine lover in all of us. The shop offers over 2,100 different labels, as well as 800 beers, cheeses, crackers and gourmet chocolates.

If you’re thinking about moving to Shepherdstown, you’ve picked a great place. We can help you find the home of your dreams! Contact The Linda Kilroy Team at ERA Liberty Realty by calling (304) 725-1145 or filling out the form below.

Shopping in Shepherdstown West Virginia

Biking In and Around Shepherdstown, WV

Biking In and Around Shepherdstown, WV

Biking In and Around Shepherdstown

Spring is the perfect season for bike riding. Warmer temperatures and budding trees provide the perfect backdrop for hours of outdoor fun! Whether you’re a road bike enthusiast or fat-tire trailblazer, Shepherdstown and the surrounding area offer a variety of fun trails for the leisure rider, the weekend warrior, and the battle-hardened serious rider.

c&0canal If fat-tire mountain bikes are your preferred mode of transportation, there are many off-road paths and courses in the area that vary from leisurely rides to extremely difficult treks. Just take a quick hop across the Potomac over to the C & O National Park, and you will find the C & O towpath, which runs 184 miles from Cumberland, MD all the way down to Georgetown in Washington DC. The path is relatively flat and well maintained with some breathtaking views; riders often especially enjoy the beautiful Harpers Ferry National Park section of the tow path.

mountain biking For the more adventurous, thrill-seeking bunch who believe that mountain biking should actually involve mountains, there is the Boonsboro Greenbriar State Park which offers nine different trails through rugged mountainous terrain. The Red Trail (a 4.5 mile loop) will test the most skilled riders! There are a variety of state parks in the area – particularly in Maryland – with mountain biking trails. Just make sure to call the park you’re planning to visit before heading out, since not all parks and trails allow mountain biking.

ShepherdstownFor the road bike enthusiast, the back roads around Shepherdstown offer scenic courses with very little car and truck traffic. Plan your route carefully. Some roads (such as the more congested routes of Routes 45, 480, 230 and Flowing Spring Road) are heavily traveled and have very narrow shoulders.

Antietam National ParkIf you don’t want to battle cars and trucks, Antietam National Park is a quick five minute ride across the Potomac into Maryland. The wide roads and speed-controlled traffic offer a less stressful biking experience. However, be forewarned: there are some difficult hills to navigate.

W & OD TrailAnother option for those looking to bike without the stressful presence of vehicle traffic is the W & OD trail which runs from Purcellville, VA in Loudoun County forty-five miles to Arlington County right outside Washington DC. The trail offers an interesting transition from rural countryside of Loudoun County to the suburbs of Fairfax County, all the way to the cityscape backdrop of Arlington County.

Peddle & PaddleShepherdstown Pedal & Paddle is a full service bike shop located in the historic district of Shepherdstown. They offer new bike sales, service and maintenance packages, repairs, and bike fitting. If you don’t own a bike and want to experience Shepherdstown by bike, they offer a variety of rentals.

Looking to refuel after a grueling day on the road or up and down a mountain? Look no further than Mellow Moods located on German Street in historic Shepherdstown. They offer a mix of fresh and healthy drink and food choices, as well as catering possibilities for your biking excursion. The Blue Moon Cafe is another great local refueling stop located on Princess Street. An outdoor patio with tons of salad and delicious sandwich choices – as well as a variety of tasty local libations – makes this a perfect stop to breathe and relax.

If a weekend trip is in the cards, there are a number of places to stay in Shepherdstown including The Barvarian Inn, The Clarion Hotel, and The Thomas Shepherd Inn.

Shepherdstown (and the surrounding area) is truly a fantastic destination for biking enthusiasts! Contact Linda Kilroy of Linda Kilroy Real Estate at (304) 725-1145 to learn how you can become part of this great community.

Photo Credit: Nemo, Adam Fagen, Karin, Frank Kovalchek, and Chronographia von Strangehour