Cantuta Inn B&B




Harpers Ferry, WV

               

Cultural Attractions

Our Area​​

Our Bed and Breakfast is located in the middle of one of the most historic regions in America, where events crucial to our country's history - whether in the realms of military and political affairs, industry and transportation, or education and the struggle for equality - have taken place.  Our area is also rich in outdoor recreational opportunities, with the Appalachian Trail and C&O Canal Towpath both passing through Harpers Ferry, plus the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers offering numerous opportunities for fishing and water sports.  Charles Town has been a center of horse racing for more than a century and a half, and Shepherdstown is a university town with many cultural opportunities.  Below are some of the things to see and do in our area:


Historical Tourism

Harpers Ferry National Historic Site​Restored to its 1859 appearance, the park features several museums as well as businesses and homes of the period.  During the summer season, living history events featuring Civil War reenactors are presented many weekends.  


Antietam National Battlefield - The Civil War battle of Antietam, or Sharpsburg, Maryland, on September 17, 1862, was the single bloodiest day in American history.  Harpers Ferry also played a key role in the campaign leading to this critical turning point in the War Between the States.


Third Winchester Battlefield - The opening battle of the decisive 1864 Shenandoah Valley campaign was fought just west of Winchester, and you can now take a self-guided tour of the battlefield which has been preserved, interpreted, and opened to the public by the Civil War Preservation Trust. 


Recreational Opportunities


River Riders - ​​This licensed, professional whitewater guide service features kayaking, canoeing, rafting, and tubing, and more.


Harpers Ferry Adventure Center -  Offers rafting and tubing trips on the Potomac and Shenandoah, and features ziplining and other activities at their facility between the rivers.


Harpers Ferry Outfitters - Located in the historic Harpers Ferry General Store, this HF fixture sells hiking, biking, and travel gear, and offers bike rentals for the C&O Canal Towpath (see below).


C&O Canal National Historic Park ​- Hike or bike this popular trail following the Potomac from Georgetown, D.C. to Cumberland, Maryland.


Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races - Admittedly a different sort of "recreation," this popular attraction features table games, slots, horse racing, and the best in live entertainment.




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Shepherdstown Music and Dance - This S-town institution offers contradances the first Saturday of every month, and presents concerts of the best traditional music from around the world.


Contemporary American Theater Festival ​- A critically-acclaimed theater festival presenting five new American play every summer in Shepherdstown.  


Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival - A popular, twice-annual festival featuring artists and craftspersons, plus the best live bluegrass and old-time music.   


                                                       Shopping

The Gilded Flea - Filled with antiques, vintage, and handmade creations, The Gilded Flea is not your typical antiques shop.  A few hundred yards from us in Harpers Ferry.


The Vintage Lady - A unique boutique with clothing and gifts in Harpers Ferry.


Harpers Ferry Gypsy Market - New location of Harpers Ferry's venerable outdoor flea market.


Collectable Treasures - An antiques mall located in Halltown, just west of Harpers Ferry.


Needful Things - Quirky antiques store and cafe in downtown Charles Town.

      

                                                               Dining

A Step in Time Bake Shop - Enjoy the comforts of an old-timey house and homemade treats - and right across the street from us!


The Anvil ​- Featuring seafood and classic favorites - including their signature crab cakes, this longtime favorite is popular with locals and visitors alike.


Bisou BistroFeaturing classic New Orleans Cajun and Creole French cuisine, the Bisou Bistro focuses on fresh, delicious, local food in a friendly and casual atmosphere.  Also a few hundreds yards from us in Bolivar.  


Bistro 1840 - Unpretentious in style, but with food and service that is classically driven, Bistro 1840 places an emphasis on fresh and seasonal ingredients.  In lower town Harpers Ferry.


Guide Shack Cafe - Powered by veterans and adventure, this coffee shop across the street from us has been a hit since it opened in 2016.


White Horse Tavern - Located on 340 just west of Harpers Ferry, the White Horse has pub fare and a full bar in a casual atmosphere.