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Nestled between the Allegheny Mountains and the Potomac River is the charming town of Romney, West Virginia. It is four hours northeast of Charleston. Nicknamed “the heart of the highlands,” Romney has become a favorite destination for road trippers looking for a quiet break from their busy lives. This historic town boasts stunning scenery and a rich history, making it an ideal weekend getaway destination.
WHERE TO STAY IN ROMNEY
By all means, check out the Koolwink Motel, a family-owned retro roadside motel since 1936. Enjoy a blast from the past in this uber-clean place with shag carpet, original vintage furnishings, queen-size beds, and a darling quiet setting. Rooms also have a refrigerator and microwave, plus rates are under $100.
If you are a camper or RVer, consider staying at the Wapocoma Campground along the Potomac River, with excellent scenery and water and electric hookups.
WHAT TO SEE & DO IN ROMNEY
Once you arrive in Romney, there are plenty of things to see and do, including exploring the charming downtown area. Begin your tour at the Old Romney Courthouse, which was constructed in 1838, and bears witness to the town’s Civil War history.
Next, stroll down Main Street and browse the art galleries, Anderson’s Corner (jewelry and rare coins), and antique shops. The Hampshire County Artist Co-op offers juried local artisans impressive handiworks, all housed under one roof.
A few do-not-miss shops include the Country Store on Main and The White House on Main Boutique, both open on Sundays.
Another cool shop is Farmhouse Studio, a few minutes away on Slanesville Pike. You’ll find a treasure trove of goodies here, including gourmet foods, clothing, home decor, wine, jewelry, and more.
Ice Mountain is a special place to visit, part of a 149-acre preserve protected by the Nature Conservancy. “Nature’s Ice Box,” where the temperature can be incredibly colder than the rest of Hampshire County, is also a habitat for breeding neotropical birds.
Another must-visit spot in Romney is the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad. This historic railroad takes passengers on a breathtaking three-hour journey through the stunning Appalachian Mountains and Trough Canyon, all while offering sightings of bald eagles and their nests. The Potomac Eagle also features a vintage lunch car, where visitors can enjoy a tasty, multi-course fully-served meal. Once a month, you can take a nine-hour trip to Petersburg, a more extended version of the trough trip, with a three-hour layover for sightseeing the town.
WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK
When you are hungry, here are the best choices for Romney’s dining. Head to the Romney Diner, a local institution that serves traditional dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, though they are closed on Sundays.
Another option, also closed on Sunday, is the Romney Brew Station, known for excellent coffee and teas, pastries, bagels, and muffins.
For lunch, check out Italian Touch, a popular spot serving delicious pasta dishes, pizza, and salads. The baked ziti and lasagna are perfect choices. If you feel like a drive, a little less than 30 minutes away is Farmer’s Daughter Market & Butcher in Capon Bridge, home to one of the best burgers you’ll ever eat. This award-winning restaurant is open Friday and Saturday from 10-6. Try the potato salad.
Head to Crystal Valley Restaurant & Saloon (CVRS) in the evening. This local favorite specializes in American fare and features an extensive beer and wine list. Try the Longhorn Meatloaf with a mushroom brandy sauce, rustic mash, and bacon/onion green beans; sure to satisfy. Save room for creme brûlée.