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Jacob Rohrbach Inn
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Bike Riding and Ghost Tour in Sharpsburg
Nov 09, 2014 by: Drue B from Lititz, Pennsylvania
We stayed at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn Bed and Breakfast the last weekend in October. We arrived in the late morning and were greeted by the housekeeper who quickly introduced us to Paul, one of the proprietors. Soon we also made the acquaintance of Joanne, Paul's wife and the other innkeeper. Paul helped find me a bike the fit me, and set us both up with helmets. I had just bought my fiance a new bike and we were going to Sharpsburg to ride on the C & O canal. Once our bikes were all set up, Joanne showed us to our room, the Clara Barton suite. The room was quite nice, and very, very clean. Paul got out some maps for us and gave us specific directions to points of interests and possible bike ride loops from the Inn. He even set us up with free water bottles and loaned us bike locks. We traveled first to the visitors center at Antietam Battlefield. We soon discovered the geography was very hilly and we were hoping for more leisurely riding. We followed Paul's directions and set out for the C & O canal tow path. The ride in the shade on a sunny and warm day with a light breeze was exactly what we wanted. We could have rode to Washington D.C. with how easy and enjoyable the riding was! One long ride up what seemed an endless hill, and we were back in Sharpsburg and at the inn. We pulled our bikes to the back porch and Paul was kind enough to put them in the garage overnight. We required a small snack and a drink, so we went next door to Pete's Tavern. This is not what one would call a refined dining or cocktail type of place, but the people were very kind and the service was friendly and fast. A couple of beers and a "Steamer" (Sloppy Joe) platter was exactly what we wanted. We spent a relaxing late afternoon in our room completely undisturbed and quite peacefully enjoying the sitting room and warmth of the late afternoon light on the west side of the building. For dinner we booked a meal and a Ghost Tour with the "Gravediggers and Ghost Tours" special at Captain Bender's Public House. The food there was good, but not outstanding. The service was again, reasonable but not outstanding. The Ghost Tour was pretty interesting. The Jacob Rohrbach Inn was a feature in the storytelling of the tour but I won't give any spoilers about the story! I'll say to check it out for yourself! You'll be glad you did. We slept great, and my fiance even bought sheets like the ones on the bed once we got home-- clearly they impressed her! In the morning, we had a very nice group for breakfast. Joanne made a breakfast which was both delicious and filling. She also helped to bring conversation to life about the inn and the area. She makes amazing cookies as well! I'd say if you were on the fence about staying in the Inn, to give it a chance. We were certainly very fortunate to have found this great place to stay for my fiance's birthday weekend. We enjoyed exploring the battlefield on Sunday, and on the way home we at at a wonderful German restaurant in Hagerstown calle Schmankerl Stube- we recommend that as well! The inn is and continues to be a conduit through which one can experience the history of the Civil War and live within that history if only just for a short time.
Oct 31, 2014 by: ridetbred9393 from Sharpsburg, Maryland
my best girlfriend and i treated ourselves to a haunted halloween sleepover at the rohrbach inn, after doing a terrific ghost tour of sharpsburg. we stayed in the clara barton room, and were absolutely spellbound by its charm and comfort. joann, our innkeeper, was warm and welcoming and had pretty much thought of everything we might need. no ghosties visited us (we keep hoping) but we loved our moonlit walk in the beautiful gardens, curling up in the sitting room for a long late-night talk, and waking to the smell of bacon and some of the best coffee i've ever had wafting up the staircase. we were treated like queens, making it pretty difficult to return to mundane lives. we're thinking of making this an annual girlie getaway. this is one of sharpsburg's true gems.
A hauntingly good time
Oct 29, 2014 by: kay e from Washington DC, District of Columbia
A very nice room with a great view from the balcony looking into the yard. Kept very well and clean. Given great advice about food around town and the history about the inn. Inn keepers were delightful, and breakfast was delicious.
Terrific Weekend Getaway!!!
Oct 29, 2014 by: Walman16 from
Thank you for the great stay! Both Mary Ann and myself could not have imagined a more perfect weekend than what we experienced at Jacob-Rohrbach Inn. Everything was PERFECT!!! From the excellent accommodations, the incredible breakfasts, your wonderful hospitality to meeting new friends in our fellow guests, our first weekend away as a couple is a memory we will treasure for a lifetime! The questions is not will we be back, but when and how many more times??!!!
A place worth visiting
Oct 21, 2014 by: sjcita from Olney, Maryland
This historic inn is run by a very nice couple named Joanne and Paul. The building is situated on the main highway, and is about a 10-minute drive from Shepherdstown, WV (handy, since all of the restaurants and shops are located there). We didn’t stay in the main building – we reserved the private cottage which sits in the backyard, beside of the main building. It’s about the size of a very large apartment and has been renovated with a good-sized addition onto the original historic ‘kitchen’ building. It now has a roomy modern bedroom, bathroom, and small pantry area with mini-fridge and countertop. The cottage is comfortable and convenient to stay in, just a short walk to the main building where breakfast is served. Lovely landscaping and gardens complete the relaxing backyard. The cottage also boasts French doors leading to a sitting porch with rocking chairs. The resident cat, who has one non-functioning leg , likes to jump onto your lap. Joanne is quite friendly and loves to keep everyone engaged in lively conversation as she serves breakfast. The food is quite good and presented in an attractive way – fresh fruit, French toast, hot cereal, eggs, coffee, tea and so on, depending on dietary needs. Keep in mind that there are only a few downsides: (1) the air conditioning unit for the cottage is extremely loud and woke us up several times when we thought there was a heavy rainstorm happening, (2) the cottage is near the guest gravel parking lot and the side street, which happens to be near a biker bar, so if you’re a light sleeper, keep that in mind. We enjoyed this inn for the food and the convenient location to Shepherdstown, WV. Highly-recommended.
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