Picture this: a timbered Bavarian chalet, cradled by snow-kissed evergreens and perched high above a frosty, winding river. A romantic European getaway? It could be, but this is actually in nearby Shepherdstown, West Virginia, less than two hours from Northern Virginia.
If a traditional German Christmas is on your bucket list but financially out of reach, you’re in luck. Shepherdstown, rich in German heritage, is home to the famed Bavarian Inn Resort and Brewing Company, and every year this town welcomes Christmas with the kind of homespun celebrations that are becoming increasingly rare in an era of competing technicolor holiday light spectaculars.
Settled in the early 1730s, Shepherdstown is the oldest town in West Virginia. Most of the early settlers were German, and to this day, the main street through town is named German Street.