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The 1828 Trail Inn
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Everything a touring cyclist could ever want in an inn
Sep 24, 2014 by: Trenet54 from
I recently enjoyed my second overnight stay in as many years at the 1828 Trail Inn in Hancock, MD.This impeccable cozy inn is located just one block from the trail. The delightful owners live on the premises and really have their act together in catering to touring cyclists. There is a washer and dryer on site for removing the Towpath grit from one's clothing. At the rear of the property in the parking lot are a hose and water for cleaning one's bicycle. The innkeepers even provide towels for drying one's bike. Bicycles are stored overnight in a locked shed next to the cleaning station. In the second floor fridge are cold beverages for guests. On the sideboard in the dining room are cookies, cheese and crackers to hold arriving guests over 'til dinner. A restaurant is located diagonally across Main Street from the Inn for those that are too tired to walk 6 blocks to the Triangle Grill for dinner. We especially enjoy the Doctor's Room with its king bed, large bathroom and proximity to the dining room. An hearty 7 AM protein breakfast is available for guests who want to get an early start in the morning. I inadvertently left a jacket in my room. Darlene tracked me down via cell phone and mailed the jacket to my home. It was waiting for me when I arrived home after completing the DC to Pittsburgh ride. In all of my travels via bicycle, I have never encountered such a pleasing mix of friendliness, ambience, tasty breakfasts and cyclist amenities. I highly recommend this establishment.
Very Comfortable Stay
Aug 30, 2014 by: Joanie B from
We stayed at the Trail Inn enroute to DC on a bike trip. Rooms were clean and comfortable within this beautiful old house. We were welcomed by the scent of baked goods which turned out later to be homemade muffins. Bill and Darlene are very nice people and very accommodating providing a shed for our bikes and access to a washer and dryer. Breakfast was wonderful - we were grateful to have been given a choice of either 7 or 8 am as we were anxious to begin our daily ride before the heat of the day. Other accommodations were no earlier than 8:30. The town is very close by - we ate at Weaver's Restaurant. Food was reasonable and tasty. We enjoyed sitting on the wrap around porch as we wrapped up our day - has the feel of staying at a relative's house. Would definitely stop here again.
Old fashioned hospitality
Aug 26, 2014 by: RickyRickardo from Montreal, Canada
We stayed at the 1828 for one night during an 11 day bike trip from Pittsburgh to Washington along the GAP and C and O trails. The 1828 Trail Inn will bring you back to a time of gracious hospitality. The bedroom was large, and en-suite bathroom well equipped. Decor reflected an older style from when the town was more prosperous, with antique furnishings, dark wood wainscotting, and a dark wood antique staircase. Lighting was muted, mostly from lamps that reflect the style and age of the building. Bike facilities are excellent, with secure shed storage, and an available hose for washing off the inevitable mud and dust from the C and O trail. This B and B provides complimentary laundry facilities, although the host suggested to leave a small honorarium on an honour system to pay for the upkeep and consumables in the laundry room. Snacks were welcomed on arrival, and we were offered a choice of times for breakfast. It is evident that the owner appreciates precision and was grateful that we came downstairs at the time we had requested the evening before. Breakfast was well prepared and filling, and the owner was happy to share his perspective on the many places he has lived in during his long and productive life. Staying in this type of B and B was a memorable experience that added to the adventure of our cycling trip. The uniqueness of this B and B and others along the trail contrasts with the boring predictability of chain hotels. These small businesses deserve support. Recommended.
Aug 10, 2014 by: Jan F from Exton, Pennsylvania
Stayed two nights while taking day trips on the WMRT and the C&O Canal tow path. The house is lovely, and the hosts are very nice. We enjoyed the huge front porch. We stayed in the Doctor's Office, which had a comfortable king bed and a spacious bathroom. The only downside was noise from the street - there was some kind of motorcycle rally in the area, and a lot of noisy (no muffler!) motorcycles were in town. We especially enjoyed meeting and chatting with other biking folks - several of whom were through-riding from Cumberland to Georgetown. There is not much in Hancock, but if you have a car, drive over to Berkeley Springs for nice restaurants and a few art galleries. We stumbled upon a free outdoor jazz concert on Saturday night right next to the mineral springs - really nice evening.
Jul 15, 2014 by: jct263 from Annapolis, Maryland
This was the nicest place we stayed on a 5-day bike trip from Pittsburgh to Shepherdstown. It's close to both of the bike trails that run through town and has secure bike storage as well as a place to wash and work on bikes if needed. Our rooms (we were two couples) were both large and both had an outside deck. Our deck was in the sun in the afternoon, which meant we could wash out our bike clothes and be sure they'd dry by the next day--actually by the next hour. Our bathroom was enormous, with a large shower. We could walk to the one restaurant in town that served alcohol. Breakfast was delicious. The owners are charming. The only down side--you have to go up a steep hill to get to the bike storage in back of the house. Of course, that meant we had a great downhill start to our ride the next day.
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