Even though Harper’s Ferry, a scenic historical town bordering the Shenandoah River in West Virginia is only 1.5 hours away, I have only visited a couple times in my life living in the mid-Atlantic area of the US. I remember going with my husband and kids a couple times when they were both very young. Gordon Ramsay filmed an episode of Hotel Hell which took place in Harper’s Ferry.
The town is very dog friendly so we brought our Spaniel Mix, Iza and Beagle, Tango along. To our surprise both dogs were well behaved walking around town and along the park path along the water. There was only one establishment that allowed dogs inside according to Google but that wasn’t necessary. We ate ice cream outside and there was a separate rest room facility available so we didn’t have to “dine-in” to use it. Usually, our doggos are leash aggressive but with the constant walking and the milling of people around, they behaved.
Be sure to use Park Mobile when you find a parking space. I had missed the signs but got lucky when I returned to the car. It was Columbus Day weekend so they might have been lenient when it came to parking feed. Don’t quote me on that though.
Despite all the happenings around Virginia with fall festivals in every local town, Harper’s Ferry was booming into the early evening. Who would have thought everyone would go out there for a Sunday stroll?
The town is full of coffee shops, European restaurants, and seafood places. Next time, we might leave the dogs at home but it was nice to bring them. There was a large castle looking museum. We climbed the steps that led up to it but it was closed. It was Sunday after all.
Take a look at some of our picturesque photos.