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Washington DC Weekend Getaways: West Virginia

If you get the urge to get out of Washington for a weekend road trip,  your can choose between oceans and mountains.    If you have a yen for mountains, a drive through West Virginia could be just the thing.

There is a lot of history here that has not succumbed to the wrecking ball.  There are Main Streets all over the state (like this one in Harper's Ferry) with some buildings dating back to the 1700's. 

And for historic home junkies, there are old treasures in all sorts of sizes and styles.

We found this wonderful old gargoyle, it even had red eyes, on a back road in Wheeling.  And of course, no trip to anyplace would be complete without Pat's obligatory cow photo.















The roads through this state are filled with beautiful country.  On the way home, I took this from a bridge over the Cacapon River.

You can get to Harper's Ferry in a little over an hour on I-270, or you can take back roads through rural Virginia and be surprised where you wind up.  If you do back roads, a navigation system will help!



Comment balloon 24 commentsPatricia Kennedy • August 25 2010 01:17PM


Pat, If they want to venture further and make a weekend out of it, head towards Cass WV and ride the Scenic Railroad up the mountain.  Awesome time.  I MIGHT be a little biased since Cass is my mom's hometown!  There's plenty to do in the area, and beautiful scenery.


Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 almost 10 years ago

Liz and Bill, that is something I'll put on my list - and make sure I have my camera with me!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (Redfin) almost 10 years ago

Pat- An excellent recommendation. It's a lovely drive, but I keep planning to take the train instead one day.

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

I was last up that way and also visited Harper's Ferry about 7 years ago - it is beautiful up there!!!!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 10 years ago


Great memories!



Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) almost 10 years ago

Pat:  We fell in love with WV and the southwest region of Virginia when we passed through it while picking up and dropping off our son at college (VMI) in Lexington, VA.  So much so, that we are seriously thinking of making our retirement years in that general area of the country.  Peaceful, serene, beautiful, great weather, friendly people, history ... and more.  What more could you hope for in your golden years??   Great pics and post, Pat ...


Posted by Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi, 708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience (NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656) almost 10 years ago

Ellie, I'm sure it's a beautiful train ride.  Still, it's good to have a car once you arrive.

and Gene, Lexington is a beautiful college town.  There are also some pretty places in southeastern Kentucky (Williamsburg comes to mind).  Only problem with that part of Kentucky is that it's dry!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (Redfin) almost 10 years ago

Pat, Beautiful road trip that you guys enjoyed, captured and shared with us.  That is some big cow!


Posted by Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 10 years ago

What a charming place.  I definitely need to get my butt out there and have some rest and relaxtion, if only for the day.  Looks like a place where stress melts away.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) almost 10 years ago

Pat- nice post. I find that people have opinions about West Virginia without realizing two things- its natural beauty, and close proximity to Washington DC. 

Posted by Scott Hayes, Realty Austin, Broker Associate ((512) 786-8300) almost 10 years ago

There's a lot to do within a short drive of Washington. Good to see you getting some unwind time.

Posted by Alan Gross, Loan Consultant (PrimeLending, A PlainsCapital Company, Equal Housing Lender) almost 10 years ago

I didn't know cows lived that close to DC!  LOL, anyway enjoyed the pictures, It was my Wednesday afternoon vicarious vacation, thank you! 

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) almost 10 years ago

Thank you for sharing, the pictures are lovely, hopefully I will get there one day.  Don't worry I would come and harass you if I got there!!!

Posted by Lesley Wagstaff, For Real Estate and Mortgages (Re/Max Results Realty in Vancouver, BC) almost 10 years ago

Pat, you certainly inspire me to take a road trip.  That is some healthy cow!

Posted by Mary Kay Hopkins, e-PRO,GRI,CRS (Mary Kay Hopkins, LLC e-PRO, GRI, CRS, CRB) almost 10 years ago

Awesome pictures ~ Thanks for sharing~ The beauty in our country is amazing!

Posted by Carol Ryniewicz, Broker / Owner - CT & MA (CR Premier Properties LLC) almost 10 years ago

Patricia what wonderful charming area I love it... book my next trip there

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Posted by ~ Dallas Real Estate Agent Top Team (Dallas Houses for Rent Dallas Apartment Rentals ) almost 10 years ago

Pat - Gorgeous, simply gorgeous.  You should plan a return visit in the fall when the leaves change and try to get the same photos, different season----thought might be difficult to find the cow!  Thanks for sharing!!

Posted by Pat Haddad, ABR, CRS, ePRO, GRI, Carmel, Fishers, Westfield IN Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Indianapolis Metro NE) almost 10 years ago

Pat, oh, how beautiful! I love old homes, as you know. And the best shot is of that very pregnant cow there.... isn't she special!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 10 years ago

Pat- I love the way you showcase this town.  Great post. 

Posted by Marcie Sandalow, Bethesda Chevy Chase DC real estate (Marcie Sandalow, Compass 301.758.4894 ) almost 10 years ago

Love the bridge and river photo amid all the greenery--how relaxing is that view?!

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) almost 10 years ago

Pat - I loved Harper's Ferry. Got to visit several times when I lived in the DC area and always enjoyed the trip and the scenery. I expect it has changed a bit. Sometimes it is so nice to get away from teh city.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) almost 10 years ago

Pat - I really like Harper's Ferry. It's been awhile but it's so pretty and much slower paced which is awesome for a change.


Posted by Betsy Schuman Dodek, (Washington Fine Properties - Washington DC Area Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Absolutely stunning photos of Harper's Ferry.....makes me want to visit.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 4 years ago

I haven't been to W VA in years and when I was there it was to come down from Pittsburgh.  There was a big canyon up there that was called the Grand Canyon of the East

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 4 years ago