West Virginia’s Jefferson County

If you can imagine an outdoor adventure, you can find it at River Riders Adventure Resort (riverriders.com). You’ll find white water rafting for every level of adventurer, tubing for the whole family, zip line canopy tours, aerial adventure parks, kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddle boards, a waterfront campground and vacation rentals on the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers.

Looking for a little European elegance on the Potomac? You’ll find it at the Bavarian Inn (bavarianinnwv.com) in beautiful Shepherdstown. A favorite of travelers for more than 40 years, The Bavarian Inn will put you just minutes from Historic Harpers Ferry, Antietam Battlefield and in the very heart of luxury with award-winning cuisine and 72 rooms that feature gas fireplaces and whirlpool baths, not to mention spectacular river views. Add to that the new Bavarian Brothers Brewery with its brewpub, lounge and outdoor beer garden, and you’ve got the kind of first-class relaxation that you dream of and deserve.

And if ale is on your to-drink-list, you’ll be well-served to visit Abolitionist Ale Works (abolitionistaleworks.com), named not only in honor of John Brown’s heroics, but for the owners’ commitment to abolishing a craft beer culture that all too often rests on its laurels—evidenced by their goal of creating original, natural and tasty new flavors every single week.

In Jefferson County, the fun and adventure are hardly limited to the outdoors, as anyone who has visited Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Racing (hollywoodcasinocharlestown.com) can tell you. With 1,900 slots and 74 action-packed tables including your very favorite games of chance, you can always bet on big fun here, plus world-class entertainment, outstanding dining with first-class service and more. If you’re looking for the thrill of the race, you’ll find top-tier thoroughbred racing all-year-round.

Make your own adventures, day after day, and night after night in Jefferson County, a place where once you find it, you’re destined to find it again and again.

For more information on creating your own Jefferson County experience, visit jeffersoncountywv.org.

Story by John Kelly

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