Shepherdstown is home to a rich collection of local and international cuisines, bustling with flavor. Find a deep undercurrent of German influences as well as authentic Latin spice. Visit the world-renowned Contemporary American Theater Festival in your new hometown. With an abundance of local festivals and chances to grab a craft brew, life in Shepherdstown is one of a kind.
Award-winning international cuisine is a hallmark of the Bavarian Inn. The Potomac Room offers an extensive menu of German and American fare prepared by master chefs. Downtown, Lilah is a new American International Fusion restaurant featuring a wood-fired oven. Enjoy a new spin on burritos and tacos made with the freshest ingredients at Maria’s Taqueria. Kome Thai & Sushi Bistro brings authentic and delicious Asian cuisine to downtown Shepherdstown.
Sometimes some of the best chefs around will all be drawn to settle in one charming small town. That’s definitely true in Shepherdstown. Discover some of West Virginia’s best dining. Located in what was once an old newspaper building, The Press Room serves some of the towns finest dining. The outdoor seating at Blue Moon Café is the perfect lunch spot to enjoy delectable sandwiches, soups, and salads.
The newest addition to the Bavarian Inn is Bavarian Brothers Brewing offering high-quality microbrews in the new brewpub, lounge, or outdoor beer garden. The brewpub is a casual dining concept offering small bites, sandwiches, and lighter options and is a great space to relax and enjoy conversation with friends. Or swing by nearby Charles Town to enjoy a brew from Abolitionist Ale Works, where unique flavors prevail. Grab a delicious artisan pizza with your beer for the true craft experience.
Shepherdstown Farmers Market has been bringing locally grown food and products to Shepherdstown for over 25 years! (open Sundays, 9 am until 1 pm, April through December) Shepherdstown provides both its locals and its visitors with ample opportunities to engage in the local food and craft experience. The surrounding area is a region heavily populated with organic farms and farmers markets.
In the center of Shepherdstown, German Street is lined with an eclectic mix of shops—you’ll find everything from clothing, jewelry, toys, and home-goods to gourmet food, books, and artisan-made products along beautiful, tree-lined sidewalks. Step back in time at O’Hurley’s General Store, discover local artisan treasures at Dickinson @ Wait Craft Gallery, or find a best-seller at Four Seasons Books.
Festivals & Events
The Contemporary American Theater Festival’s commitment to new work is an annual festival of new plays by American playwrights, most often premieres or second or third productions. Held in July on the campus of Shepherd University, this nationally-known event attracts live theater lovers from all over the country to Shepherdstown.
In nearby Charles Town, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races is a renowned Mountain State destination that offers a Vegas-themed gaming atmosphere with 1930s art deco flair. The casino, resort, and track added video lottery machines in 1996, and now have nearly 2,500 machines as well as 75 table games. New to the casino is sport betting—and it has never been easier. You can place wagers on football, basketball, hockey, soccer, baseball, golf, tennis, auto racing, rugby, cycling, boxing and MMA, and cricket.
Vibrant Art Scene
An influx of academics, artists, and retirees have contributed to the rich cultural mix of Shepherdstown. Annual film festivals are very popular in Shepherdstown and feature classic films and productions by up and coming artists. All year long, performers hone their craft and entertain audiences from the stages of multiple theaters in town and the surrounding area. By any measure, Shepherdstown has a vibrant music and dance scene that equals and excels those of many much larger communities. Several local restaurants and taverns regularly feature live music by local and regional bands.