Last weekend my friends and I went to Harper's Ferry for some much needed R&R. As DC residents who work in politics, we were just really burned out by the election and the last thing we wanted to do was deal with the inauguration and the crowds of people. When we planned the trip we all agreed to a no talking about politics or the news rule. In order to achieve this we tried to find a place we could go for a three day weekend (so not too far away), that was pretty isolated and quiet (so no big cities), but close enough to nature for hikes (so that we could get some exercise between the food and drinks we would inevitably be consuming). We found a great house on Air BnB that had enough rooms for all eight of us, a giant basement area with a bar, and, best of all, a hot tub in the back! We jumped on that right away.
Of the eight of us, two had cars. They offered to drive all of us up to the house but Brian, my friend Courtney and I decided to take the MARC train for $12. Who says public transport is dead? 😉
To be honest, the first day it was raining so we stayed in and played a ton of board games. We ventured out maybe once that day for drinks at a bar nearby but we mostly took advantage of the kitchen. Two of the guys in our group were cooking enthusiasts and one of my friends brought his Sous Vide so we ate well without having to go out.
The second day we started off with a hike on the Maryland Trail. I got my butt kicked on that hike - it was a mountainous trail that was a steep uphill all the way. Before I knew it we were almost 400 feet above up and my glutes were on fire! I couldn't even catch a break on my way down because the trail was so muddy I had to be careful not to slip and fall. At least I felt better about being such a glutton the day before.
Finally when we made it down we headed straight into the town. I'm not sure what I expected Harper's Ferry Proper to be like but I really enjoyed going into all the restaurants and shops. It was so quaint! There was a bit of a western feel and I was reminded of the show Westworld as I walked around.
A few places I recommend:
- Country Cafe and General Store: They have the best of everything! I think of all the places we ate at, this was not only the most affordable but the best in quality!
- Potomac Grille: I didn't have high expectations of this place but I really loved my meal! I got a chicken parm sandwich but my friends who got a steak sandwich were just as, if not more, satisfied with their lunch. To be fair, we had all just finished our hike and were starving but I still would go back.
- The Coffee Mill: I was actually surprised to see a lot of negative reviews on Yelp for this place because I actually had a pleasant experience and I thought that my coffee tasted fine (and I'm pretty difficult to please when it comes to coffee). I think people who didn't like the service here came in the summer, the peak of tourist season. Harper's Ferry was like a ghost town when we were there so the employees were more attentive to us as there were only so many people that required service.