Two weekends in the past, my husband and I went to The Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, West Virginia for a romantic getaway. I’m often the journey planner; my husband doesn’t use social media and tries to remain off the web as a lot as attainable. Nevertheless, he needed to shock me for my birthday, did analysis, and picked The Bavarian Inn. His journey onto the web paid off, as our weekend getaway to The Bavarian Inn was utter perfection. My husband says it might have been one in every of his favourite getaways ever.
The Bavarian Inn is simply an hour or so from the Washington DC space; even driving in snow, it took us lower than two hours and solely an eighth of a tank of fuel. It’s lower than 4 hours from Philadelphia and Pittsburgh and fewer than three from Richmond making it an ideal weekend getaway vacation spot. Route 34 South goes previous the Antietam battlefield then crosses over the Potomac River which divides Maryland and West Virginia; as you drive throughout the bridge The Bavarian Inn comes into view on the West Virginia aspect. A 12-acre compound on a bluff overlooking the Potomac River, The Bavarian Inn is sort of a mini resort with its tennis courtroom, infinity pool with bar, brewery, rathskeller, and high-quality eating.
The Historical past of The Bavarian Inn
In March 1977, Erwin and Carol Asam left Washington DC and headed to Shepherdstown, West Virginia to open a brand new restaurant. Shepherdstown is the oldest city in West Virginia and has a deep-rooted German historical past. In reality, the primary road continues to be referred to as German Road to today. The constructing was the Greystone Mansion, beforehand a personal residence. Erwin, a local of Munich, Germany named it The Bavarian Inn. Erwin was the chef, Carol the hostess, that they had 5 staff and the mansion’s front room was the restaurant’s eating room.
Now, the Greystone Mansion has grown to carry a big formal eating room, a basement rathskeller, a brand-new trendy brewery with a bar and two eating areas, and far more. The unique front room is now the reception space and the Asams’ sons Christian and David now run The Bavarian Inn.
Lodging at The Bavarian Inn
The Bavarian Inn gives 72 rooms throughout their 4 riverfront chalets and their just lately added Schwarzwald Haus (Black Forest Corridor). There are seven several types of rooms to select from in regard to measurement, view, and accessibility (a lot of the rooms at The Bavarian Inn have a number of steps to entry them). We selected a Potomac View Premier room which presents a personal balcony overlooking the Potomac River, king-sized mattress, sitting space, fuel hearth, and a whirlpool tub. We have been positioned in Room 1, which is up a pair stairs within the Augsburg chalet. The door to our room was outdoors, however beneath a porch. It had been snowing all day and the temps have been in single digits. The steps have been very properly salted and the room was cozy and draft-free.
The room was fairly spacious. I beloved how there was a second sink and mirror outdoors the toilet. The toilet was big; the bathtub so huge my husband and I might each be in it subsequent to one another and so lengthy his 6’four″ self might submerge. It had a rainfall-type bathe above. The room had a fridge and a Keurig machine, an iron and board and high-powered hair dryer, and loads of additional blankets and pillows within the closet. The sofa in our room might pull out right into a mattress. There was additionally an armchair; we comfortably entertained associates in our sitting space and had sufficient seats for all. The balcony was personal, slender however large enough to have a high-top desk and two cushioned chairs. The view was phenomenal, and the constructing angled to get the most effective view of the dawn over the river and Maryland aspect of the bridge.
As a result of we visited The Bavarian Inn with buddies, we have been capable of see multiple room and discovered that none of them look precisely alike. Totally different layouts, totally different furnishings and décor, and totally different ages/dates of once they have been renovated. Our toilet seemed to be extra newly renovated than our pals’ although each have been spacious, extraordinarily clear, in good situation and had big whirlpool tubs. Our buddies had a four-poster mattress whereas we had an easier headboard. We each had the identical fuel hearth, however our rooms had totally different tile surrounding it. Our room was up a pair stairs with an outdoor door, their room was down a number of stairs and also you went by way of a door to a closed hallway to get to their room (they did select a decrease degree premier). Our rest room was within the “turret” of the chalet, so our rest room had home windows (milk glass, however offered pure mild) whereas theirs was an inside wall with out home windows. I share this as a result of on-line evaluations may be complicated.
Some will say the rooms are dated, others will say they don’t seem to be. It’s necessary to recollect The Bavarian Inn just isn’t a sequence and all through the keep, we noticed little distinctive particulars that confirmed how this place has been right here for over 40 years, is household owned and is repeatedly tweaked and up to date little by little. Our room wasn’t tremendous trendy, nevertheless it was extremely clear and method homier and extra snug than fancy lodges in DC.
This can be a good time to say the worth. We didn’t contact the Bavarian Inn; this publish was not sponsored, nor did they know we have been coming to go to. We booked our room on-line, no promo codes and for 2 nights in our fabulous room, the fee was lower than $600 (and our pals’ room was lower than $500). My husband when researching locations for our romantic weekend getaway discovered most locations virtually twice this worth.
What to Do When Staying at The Bavarian Inn
I’ll be trustworthy, I can’t properly reply this as a result of our weekend was about R&R and that’s what we did. Saturday, half of our get together went for a hike on the Antietam battlefield, the opposite half of us went to the health club.
The Bavarian Inn has a health club, however it was underneath upkeep. No worries, the Inn has a partnership with the Shepherd College Wellness Middle down the road. Go to the entrance desk and employees will give you passes to make use of their fitness center totally free. The college’s health club has loads of free parking and is extremely nicely appointed with a mile monitor, a kazillion machines, free weights, mats, bands, and most something you might want. Please word the Shepherd College fitness center requires everybody to put on shirts with sleeves; no tanks or sleeveless shirts. We didn’t know this, however the fitness center’s entrance desk has a field of unpolluted (some nonetheless with tags on them) t-shirts so that you can borrow in your exercise.
Outdoors the Greystone Mansion the place the bars and eating places are they’ve a firepit with a number of Adirondack chairs. The Bavarian Inn provides blankets and can serve heat drinks so it’s a place to take pleasure in year-round. When the climate is hotter, the Bavarian Inn has what seems to be to be a fantastic infinity pool overlooking the Potomac River bend that additionally has a sundeck and bar with snacks. There are additionally tennis courts and the entrance desk is comfortable to recommend locations to go and issues to do within the space.
However truthfully, this can be a great spot to go for doing an entire lot of nothing. The room was so cozy with the fireside we napped, we learn, we sat out on the balcony and watched the river… it was very nice to don’t have anything deliberate, nowhere to go, no points with parking or timing or coordinating.
Eating at The Bavarian Inn
As beforehand talked about, The Bavarian Inn has three eating institutions on website within the Greystone Mansion and through the hotter months a fourth on the pool. The Bavarian Inn additionally presents room service from 7am till 9pm (orders embrace a nominal room service cost and 18% gratuity). These are all beneath Chef Jeffery Ault, who I noticed a number of occasions over the weekend visiting tables, observing the rooms, and chatting with the waitstaff and bartenders.
Bavarian Brothers Brew Pub and Lounge
Friday night time we dined on the Bavarian Brothers brew pub and lounge. Instantly off the reception space, there’s a nice-sized bar, a number of leather-based couches, a hearth, and loads of desk seating close to the fireside and in an atrium with an A-frame type ceiling with uncovered wooden beams and an antler chandelier. We had a desk between the bar and the atrium which had an excellent view of each inside and the outside hearth pit. We have been offered each the bar menu (small plates, salads, and a few German dishes) and the Potomac Room’s menu (a number of pages of chic choices) and have been capable of order a bit from each.
This meal was phenomenal. The bartender was our server and he knew the menu nicely and made some nice ideas. Service was wonderful. We loved uncooked oysters, appetizers, entrees, and desserts and there wasn’t a single grievance on the desk. I had the rack of lamb which was perfection. My husband had the venison and he stated it was so good he thought-about ordering it once more the subsequent night time. For dessert, I had the German chocolate cake which was a small spherical particular person cake that was each moist and lightweight. I deliberate to eat half and take the remaining again to the room for a late night time snack nevertheless it was so good my husband and I completed it on the restaurant.
We dined once more at Bavarian Brothers the subsequent day for a barely late lunch. Since The Potomac Room wasn’t open at 2pm, we solely had their menu to select from. We nonetheless had a tremendous choice to select from. We ordered a number of small plates for the desk and every of us selected one thing for ourselves. We beloved the ahi tuna tacos and pulled pork “egg rolls” a lot from the night time prior we ordered them once more together with the Pickled and Pickles. Once more, scrumptious. I had the beet salad as my entrée and it was yummy and completely balanced.
The Potomac Room
The Potomac Room is the restaurant The Bavarian Inn is greatest recognized for. A high-quality eating institution, we noticed many individuals on dates and celebrating particular events on the tables. Correct gown is required; they advocate males to put on jackets although they allow us to in with darkish denims, non-sneaker footwear, and good sweaters. We dined at The Potomac Room Saturday night time and for Sunday brunch.
Saturday night’s dinner was pretty. The menu is in depth, a mixture of conventional German fare and American dishes that change with the seasons. The waitresses have been wearing dirndls and have been fairly attentive with out being overbearing. The room is a bit dated however charming in that we felt like we have been on the resort in Soiled Dancing. I began with the curried cream crab soup. I used to be served a bowl with a big serving to of chilled crab meat; the waitress them poured the recent soup over it. It wasn’t heavy like conventional Maryland cream of crab soup and it was properly seasoned with a slight kick although I want it was hotter. For dinner, I had the filet mignon which was like butter. Fairly scrumptious, however couldn’t maintain a candle to the rack of lamb that I’m nonetheless dreaming about. For dessert, I had some kind of ball of ice cream coated with peanuts, chocolate sauce, and coconut. It tasted like a wealthy, grown-up model of a Nutty Buddy.
We heard the Sunday brunch at The Bavarian Inn was a do-not-miss. Brunch doesn’t start till 11am so we packed up beforehand and loved coffees and Bloody Marys on the Bavarian Brothers bar till it was prepared. The buffet is about up within the atrium and it’s in depth. I did two rounds on the buffet and nonetheless didn’t see every part. A uncooked bar, a desk simply of German dishes, desserts, small bites, a carving station, an omelet station, a desk simply of pastries, even delicate choices for teenagers (crackers and cheese and PB&J). The waitstaff was nice at maintaining our water glasses and occasional mugs crammed.
We have been advised reservations have been virtually a necessity for eating in The Potomac Room. We undoubtedly wanted them for Sunday brunch because the place crammed up shortly and remained full. Nevertheless, Saturday night time the room was perhaps half full. That being stated, it was a chilly and moist night time in February and we dined at 8pm. I can think about it will be busier when it will get hotter out.
We didn’t dine or drink on the Rathskeller, however we did go downstairs to test it out. It’s like a blast from the previous with wooden paneling and stay music on Friday and Saturday nights. There’s a bar but in addition seating for lounging in addition to eating. The Potomac Room’s full menu is on the market. The Rathskeller is filled with classic appeal and I’d undoubtedly test it out if we return.
Bavarian Inn Room Service
Room service is obtainable from 7am to 9pm. We tried it out for Saturday morning breakfast. Since we had a espresso maker in our room and introduced our personal espresso, we solely ordered meals. It solely took 15 minutes for the meals to reach. The menu gives a smaller choice of gadgets from the Potomac Room menu however sufficient selection to make most individuals completely happy. We have been capable of change out the breakfast meat of 1 dish with smoked salmon; they not solely changed the salmon on the plate however they provided a second small plate with extra salmon rolled right into a rose and garnished with recent fruit.
General Bavarian Inn Assessment
The Bavarian Inn has every part coated. As their tagline states, the one factor they overlook is the Potomac. The room has a bottle of wine and a bottle of water (they aren’t free however they’re on the prepared). The Keurig espresso maker comes with quite a lot of coffees and a few actually cool natural teas. There’s a wine bottle opener, wine glasses, espresso mugs, and even two apples. Bathrobes, tons of thick white towels, further blankets and pillows within the closet.
Service was phenomenal. The entrance desk employees was perky and pleasant, the younger man who introduced our room service was cordial and so well mannered, all of the bartenders and waitstaff have been nice. We often noticed the chef and common supervisor strolling round, checking in with employees and friends alike. It was snowing once we have been there, but all walks remained snow-free, ice-free, and properly salted. The rooms have been extremely clear upon arrival in addition to after housekeeping visited.
In case you have mobility or power points, The Bavarian Inn might show troublesome. Until you keep in one of many most important flooring rooms within the Schwarzwald Haus you’ll be taking at the least 5 stairs to get to your room (and to get your baggage to your room). To get to the Greystone Mansion from our chalet, we needed to go up a hill which had a number of paths, some clean and a few with stairs. There are various critiques on-line complaining about this. I feel contemplating the place was constructed over 40 years in the past they’ve achieved a very good job making it as accessible as attainable. Additionally they are fairly clear about this on their web site.
I am going to admit I apprehensive contemplating the place and site that everybody else staying there can be white and over 60. I’ve skilled such when typically visiting smaller cities outdoors the DC space, nevertheless it wasn’t true for The Bavarian Inn. There was quite a lot of ages and races staying on the inn, on the eating places, and on employees.
This place is charming, and the longer we have been there the extra we favored it. First look it might appear dated, however the longer you’re there the extra you understand how a lot thought is put into every element to make sure you are snug. We each hope to return to The Bavarian Inn throughout a special season to see the foliage, take pleasure in extra of the outside, and take a dip of their infinity pool!
This keep was NOT sponsored. The Bavarian Inn had no concept we have been coming nor that I used to be scripting this evaluation. Nevertheless, I did tag them in a few of my Instagram Tales from the night (view the Tales in my Highlights under my Instagram bio) they usually noticed them. In thanks for the promotion, they did comp us our appetizers from Saturday’s lunch. This can be a utterly trustworthy assessment, and all ideas are my very own. When you have any questions, ask within the feedback under and I’ll you’ll want to reply truthfully.