I learned so much in my interview with general manager and Vice President of The Bavarian Inn, David A. Asam, who must not get much sleep, especially during the holiday season. He also was nice enough to drop everything and give me a grand tour of the historical building and its interesting and vivid past as part of the Shepherdstown, West Virginia exclusive and premiere properties that have been extremely successful over the past forty years.
Shepherd College was founded in 1871 as a private college, originally focusing on education and nursing. They later began adding language, arts and sciences to its challenging curriculum. The school is very much a part of the small and eccentric town.
Shepherdstown, West Virginia was first established in1730, by Thomas Shepherd. Many of the first settlers to come into Shepherdstown were German. They brought many traditions with them which is probably why Oktoberfest is a pretty big deal here and 2000 people seem to make it to The Bavarian Inn for its celebration the third weekend in September every year. I understand the beer is very popular.
The food served at The Bavarian Inn resembles many of the traditional recipes from Germany, it is quite popular and David tells me they serve 250 dinners every Saturday night. Their wait staff dresses in the traditional German outfits.
The Bavarian Inn was originally built as a private residence in 1930. It was later renovated into a small country inn in 1962. After Extensive renovations were completed in 1977, this soon to be an award winning Inn was bought by its current owners originally from Munich, Erwin Asam and his wife Carol. They kept renovating the establishment and ascribing to the great hospitality and service of food from their native Bavarian roots.
In 1981, they were able to develop luxury accommodations as part of the Bavarian Inn’s style and concept. Four chalets were built all equipped with balconies overlooking the majestic Potomac River and very elegant interior designs were added. The designs included new features such as whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, canopy beds, and sitting rooms in the newly styled forty-two elegant rooms. They later added another large building bringing the total amount of rooms to seventy-two in 1994.
They also added facilities that could accommodate conferences and special events for groups from 15 to 100 persons. They also began developing the outdoors, such as adding a terrace and a swimming pool which David tells me is being renovated once again to add an outside bar and to make the terrace more handicap accessible.
David tells me they have many events at the Inn. Many charitable organizations are holding events there with discounted and better priced accommodations then one would find in Washington D.C. which is 90 miles away. The average room price at The Bavarian Inn runs from $95.00 to $150.00 a night which is pretty cheap as far as Washington D.C. hotel rooms may run. Plus the parking is a lot better and one can easily walk to town. They also have live music in the Rathskellar Bar every Friday evening. The wine selection is unbelievable impressive with over 65 choices of hand selected wine by David and his brother Christian who both co-manage the Inn as part of their family tradition.
So please visit Shepherdstown and learn of its engaging and rich history. Tour Antietam battle field along with other many Civil war memorials in the area which are minutes away. Enjoy the scenery and the many state parks, such as Harpers Ferry, West Virginia and Gathland State Park in Maryland. River raft on the safe and well guided tours offered in Harpers Ferry on The Potomac River. There are many activities to find in all seasons in the area.