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Day Trip to Shepherdstown

Now that it’s spring, visiting Shepherdstown, WV is my favorite Sunday activity. There is so much to see and do within a very short walking distance. While Shepherdstown is known for Shepherd University, it is so much more than a college town! Here’s how I spend my day:


Park at the university in Lot A. It’s free to park on the weekend and there are plenty of spaces. On your way to the farmers market, stop by Lost Dog Coffee. All of their teas and coffee are Fair Trade, and the shop is a perfect introduction to the personality of Shepherdstown.



Be sure to head to the weekly farmers market. It’s open every Sunday through December from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. All of the vendors are local, and they have an amazing variety of vendors with a little of everything including fresh veggies, frozen meats, homemade chocolate bars, honey, cheeses and even tamales.

From the market, walk to Four Seasons Books. This bookstore is surprisingly big! The upstairs is filled with all gently-used books. Downstairs is large curated selection of new books on every top you could imagine. For those who love bookstores, making the trip to Shepherdstown for this shop alone is worth it.

Afterwards, walk to Tonic, a therapeutic herb shop. They have the best homeopathic medicines and tinctures, loose teas, and dried medicinal herbs. There is space to sit and enjoy a cup of tea or smoothie made in-house. Even if you don’t end up buying anything, it’s a fun shop to explore!

Day Trip to Shepherdstown

James Rumsey Monument and Park is a quick 5 minute walk from the main strip. The monument features spectacular views of the Potomac River and historic bridges. There is a swing set and plenty of green space to walk with your dog.


Blue Moon Cafe is a perfect spot for a great lunch. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is hard to beat. I recommend sitting outside on their patio near the small fish pond. They are vegetarian-friendly, and even for non-vegetarians, I recommend the Philly Shroom Sub.

Before the day ends, grab a drink at Town Run Tap House and Community Pub. This place is unique because used to be an old hardware store. Some of the vintage storage shelves for nuts and bolts still remain. Now the pub features classic arcade and pinball machines that you can actually play!

Shepherdstown is perfect for anyone who needs a break from the city, or even suburbia. It has a relaxed vibe without feeling out of date, or extremely touristy. It is a town I will continue to visit, and always be inspired by. I hope you enjoy your day!

photos provided by Joelle Dent

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