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Deli in Shepherdstown

Blue Moon Cafe

There's a lot to love about this deli, with its collegiate and hippie staff, huge outdoor patio, indoor publike dining area and excellent menu of healthy and not so healthy salads and sandwiches. The sandwich menu i…
Museum in Harpers Ferry

John Brown Wax Museum

Not to be confused with the National Park–run museum, this private wax museum is a kitschy (and rather overpriced) attraction that pays tribute to the man who led an ill-conceived slave rebellion here. The exhibits …
Museum in Harpers Ferry

Black Voices

This worthwhile, interactive exhibit has narrated stories of hardships and hard-won victories by African Americans from the times of enslavement through the Civil Rights era. Across the street is the Storer College …
American in Harpers Ferry

Beans in the Belfry

Across the river in Brunswick, MD (roughly 10 miles east), you'll find this converted red-brick church sheltering mismatched couches and kitsch-laden walls, featuring light fare (chili, sandwiches, quiche) and a tin…
Historic Site in Harpers Ferry

Storer College Campus

Founded immediately after the Civil Long, Storer College grew from a one-room schoolhouse for freed slaves to a respected college open to all races and creeds. It closed in 1955. You can freely wander the historic c…
Live Music in Thomas

The Purple Fiddle

One of those great mountain stores where bluegrass culture and artsy day-trippers from the urban South and Northeast mash up into a stomping good time. There's live music every night and you may want to purchase tic…
Cafe in Fayetteville

Cathedral Café

Start the day with breakfast and coffee under stained-glass windows at this inviting cafe. Local staff all seem to either work in or know someone who works in the local adventure tourism industry, so it's a good spo…
Fusion in Berkeley Springs

Tari's

Tari's is a very Berkeley Springs sort of spot, with fresh local food and good vegetarian options served in a laidback atmosphere with all the right hints of good karma abounding. The Caribbean-spiced mahimahi tacos…
Museum in New River Gorge National River

Mystery Hole

See gravity and the known limits of tackiness defied at the Mystery Hole, one of the great attractions of roadside America. Everything inside this madhouse tilts at an angle! It's located 1 mile west of Hawks Nest S…
American in Harpers Ferry

Canal House

Roughly 1 mile west (and uphill) from the historic district, Canal House is a perennial favorite for delicious sandwiches, locally sourced seasonal fare and friendly service in a flower-trimmed stone house. Outdoor …