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Upgrades at the Inn

May 12, 2022 by jacobrohrbach

It has been a busy spring at the Inn in more ways then one.  Besides repainting the Clara Barton Suite, this is the year for technology upgrades.  This past week we finished up another photo shoot with Christian Giannelli.  It was great to work with him again, and Christian’s photography will highlight the changes we made over the last seven years.

Setting up on the Antietam Room porch for photo shoot

Christian and his father taking some food shots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These new photos will be the mainstay of our new website.  That’s right. Although everyone tells us how much they love our webpage, we are in the process of tweaking it to make it even better.  Thanks to Patricia McCauley, and all the folks at InsideOut Solutions for their patience and great work in upgrading our website again. Hope to switch over to the new site by mid-summer.  We’ve also worked with them to create a new logo for the Inn, focusing more on the Civil War interest of the area.

A few other upgrades with born out of the pandemic. Like most everyone in the hospitality industry we had to rethink the guest experience in terms of both health and safety. This spring we installed keyless door locks to all the guest rooms entry doors to the Inn.  Not only is it an added step for security, but this is a BIG improvement.  All the doors close tighter now and they’re easier to use without having to worry about a key.  A shout out to Smith Renovations for their quality work and for changing all these out in one day.

Back porch door

Jackson Room

Inside view

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For two years during COVID, our inch-thick guest information binders were removed out of the rooms.  Instead of placing them back in the rooms, we went digital. Now, guests can not only find information about the Inn, but they can find places to eat, stores to shop at and things to do in the area in our Digital Guestbook.

Digital Guestbook

We have several different sections to help guests navigate through the book. Even better, while they are out and about, they can open the guest book to find a nearby place to eat or an attraction to see and get directions right from their location.

The ABOUT, INFOMATION GUIDE & GUEST ROOMS sections provide you with information about the Inn, history, maps, and room specific information

About the Inn

 

The EAT, SHOP & PLAY sections guide you to all the local restaurants, stores and attractions in the area.

Eat

Shop

Play

 

 

 

 

In the EVENTS. LOCAL SERVICES, & CHURCHES sections you will find all the extra information (like where the closest gas station or pharmacy is) and some of events happening during your stay.

Favorite place to shop

 

 

Another cool feature about the Guestbook is you can plan your trip by saving the places you want to visit or eat at under ‘your favorites’. Then, the next time you return and can’t remember the name of restaurant or store you liked, you just open up your favorites and there it is.

 

 

 

 

You can use our Guestbook any time while your here or planning you vacation, just put in this URL address http://frcls.com/11443 or use the QR Code.

Clara Barton Suite

May 12, 2022 by jacobrohrbach

The Clara Barton Suite was the first room we renovated as soon as we purchased the Inn back in 2015. The original suite was two separate rooms connected by a pass-through closet.  Since they were two different rooms, each were completely different colors. The bedroom was a two-tone brown and the smaller sitting room was a very deep pink.

 

 

 

 

The first thing we did was remove the closet and make repairs to the wall.  This would allow for a king size bed in the main room.  The large bathroom was wrapped in bead-board and had an antique clawfoot tub, which we decided to keep, but we upgraded to a larger vanity and new toilet. The whole suite received a new coat of a two-tone green paint. We also turned the smaller room into a second bedroom with a full sized bed.

 

 

 

 

 

After seven years the suite needed a fresh new look, so in March we painted again.  This time the walls off-white and the trim a deep navy blue.  Of course, that meant new curtains, blankets, and comforters.  We also added new matching wing-back chairs that provide a perfect spot to read or watch TV. Oh, we also upgraded the bedside lamps to 3-way touch control lamps with a USB port and the ceiling lights & fans are remote controlled.

 

 

 

 

The Clara Barton suite is located on the second floor at the front of the Inn, in the portion of the house dating to the 1830’s. This expansive two room suite offers entrance from inside the Inn.  In the spacious main room, natural light from three windows illuminate a graceful, king sized iron bed.  The adjoining second bedroom offers a full sized, four post pineapple bed. The large bath, wrapped in bead-board, features an antique clawfoot tub with shower.

 

 

 

 

This suite is perfect for a family or friends and it can be combined with the Antietam Room to accommodate groups. The Clara Barton Suite is named for the valiant “Angel of the Battlefield” and founder of the American Red Cross.

 

Book your next stay in the Clara Barton Suite to – Relax, Refresh, & Renew.

David Welker – “The Cornfield: Antietam’s Bloody Turning Point”

April 27, 2022 by jacobrohrbach

On Wednesday, June 22st, David Welker will present his Summer Lecture Series presentation,  “The Cornfield: Antietam’s Bloody Turning Point”

The Cornfield: Antietam’s Bloody Turning Point tells the story of what happened in David Miller’s once-peaceful farm field on 17 September 1862, which opened the Civil War Battle of Antietam – America’s single bloodiest day.  This is the story of human struggle against fearful odds, of men seeking to do their duty, of simply trying to survive in a contest which had implications that echoed decisively throughout Antietam’s other actions and reverberated beyond the close of fighting that evening.

Author David A. Welker will share in his presentation some of the many human stories of those who fought in the Cornfield, while also clearly presenting the unfolding events of this often complex, swirling action and offering new analysis of the fight.  Some of these will challenge conventional wisdom about Antietam—such as why General McClellan directed the fight as he did, why the Cornfield mattered at all in this great Civil War battle, and why the human cost for controlling this spot was so unbelievably high—but regardless if you agree with his insights, those attending will view the Battle of Antietam in a new light.

David A. Welker

David A. Welker is the author of the recently released The Cornfield: Antietam’s Bloody Turning Point.  His previous publications include Tempest at Ox Hill: The Battle of Chantilly and A Keystone Rebel: The Civil War Diary of Joseph Garey, as well as numerous magazine and newspaper articles on the war.  He currently serves as a historian and military analyst with the US Government, a post he has held for over 35 years.  David holds a master’s degree in international affairs from American University and a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Westminster College in Pennsylvania.  He lives in Centreville, Virginia with his wife.

Come join leading historians and Antietam Battlefield Guides as they discuss intriguing topics of the Maryland Campaign of 1862 and the Civil War during our Civil War Summer Lecture Series.

These outdoors programs will be held at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m.  These outdoor programs are free and open to the public. To ensure adequate seating, please bring a chair.  In case of inclement weather, lectures will be held at the Sharpsburg Christ Reformed UCC Church at 117 Main Street.  For updates and changes to the schedule check our Facebook page.

 

2021 Updates at the Inn

February 4, 2022 by jacobrohrbach

If you haven’t been able to the inn lately, you’re in for a BIG surprise. This past year we completed two projects – a fairly small one inside and a LARGE one outside. The small project was giving the upstairs room a much needed facelift. We repainted the upstairs vestibule to tie in with the staircase and foyer.

 

 

 

 

 

This is a perfect place to play a game of chess or checkers or a game of solitaire. The cabinet is filed with DVDs, playing cards, board games and coloring books for those rainy days.

 

 

 

 

 

The large project was putting in a stamped concrete patio and SureBrooming the existing walks. The first step was to remove the railings to open up the back porch.

 

 

 

 

 

Next, pull out all the old curb blocks and remove the sod.

 

 

 

 

 

Then prep the area for the concrete.

 

 

 

 

 

The concrete pour went well… except for a cicada or two.

 

 

 

 

 

Next the stamping and finally the staining.

 

 

 

 

 

Once the patio was finished, the existing concrete was ground down and prepared for the SureBroom. The SureBroom provided a thin layer of new concrete over the old and damaged walks to make them look brand new.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once all the SureBroom and the patio was done the “Ground Crew” came in to work on the sod and reseed the grass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The open porch is great for a summer morning breakfast and the new patio is the ideal location to sit back and relax after long day exploring the area.

John Schildt – “Roads to Gettysburg”

June 11, 2021 by jacobrohrbach

Rev. John Schildt (photo credit: fredericknewspost.com)

John Schildt hardly needs an introduction. He is well known for his many books relating the various aspects of the Maryland Campaign of 1862 and local history. Reverend Schildt graduated from Shepherd College, Wesley Theological Seminary and has studied at Western Maryland College, Gettysburg Seminary and West Virginia University.

Rev. Schildt was introduced to Civil War history by his great-grandmother who fed Union troops on the way to Gettysburg when she was a little girl. John has been a lecturer and guide for the Gettysburg College Civil War Institute, Bud Robertson’s “Campaigning with Lee”, the Chicago Civil War Round Table, and many other groups. He was the main speaker at the 125th anniversary of Antietam. Outside of Civil War history, John has led three educational excursions to Normandy and took part in the American and French commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the D-day landing in 1994. While leading explorations, he likes to make history come alive by sharing human interest stories about people and places. Having been a lifelong student of Antietam, John has written many books on the subject, including “September Echoes,” “Drums along the Antietam,” “Roads to Antietam,” and several others.

Lee crossing the Potomac

Lee crossing the Potomac into Maryland, 1863

Rev. John Schildt will present “Roads to Gettysburg” on Wednesday, August 4th.  Everyone know s about Gettysburg. But how did the troops get there? This is an epic story of 175,000 men and all the equipment of war covering , in some cases, 200 miles in two weeks, from the Rappahannock River to the fields of Gettysburg.. 100,000 men, wagons and caissons crossed on two pontoon bridges, spanning 1600 feet, resting on 64 boats.  It is the story of rain , heat, thirst and sunstroke, as they marched through Maryland and Pennsylvania towns.

 

Come join leading historians and Antietam Battlefield Guides as they discuss intriguing topics of the Maryland Campaign of 1862 and the Civil War during our Civil War Summer Lecture Series.

These outdoors programs will be held at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m.  Even though those programs are outdoors, guests are encouraged to wear face coverings and to social distance as much as possible. To ensure adequate seating, please bring a chair.  In case of inclement weather, lectures will be held at the Sharpsburg Christ Reformed UCC Church at 117 Main Street.  For updates and a full schedule of presenters & topics check our Facebook page.

Kevin Pawlak and Joe Stahl – “Casualties and Chaos Command Attrition at Antietam”

May 22, 2021 by jacobrohrbach

Mortuary cannon for Gen. Rodman

 

The Battle of Antietam produced casualties on an unprecedented scale in a single day of combat. Officers were a group of men that was particularly hit hard. When officers fell on a battlefield, it produced even more confusion and chaos. This talk will examine the effect of these officer casualties on the battle and its outcome. On Wednesday, July 28, Antietam Battlefield Guides –Kevin Pawlak and Joe Stahl will present, “Casualties and Chaos Command Attrition at Antietam”  

 

 

Kevin Pawlak

Kevin Pawlak is a Historic Site Manager for the Prince William County Historic Preservation Division and works as a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Antietam National National Battlefield. He graduated from Shepherd University in 2014, majoring in History with a concentration in Civil War and 19th Century America and minoring in Historic Preservation. Kevin previously worked at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. He is on the Board of Directors for the Shepherdstown Battlefield Preservation Association, the Save Historic Antietam Foundation, and the Friends of the Ball’s Bluff Battlefield. He is also a regular contributor to the Emerging Civil War online blog. Kevin is the author of Shepherdstown in the Civil War: One Vast Confederate Hospital and co-author of To Hazard All: A Guide to the Maryland Campaign, 1862.

 

Joe Stahl

Joseph W. Stahl retired from the Institute for Defense Analyses where he authored or co-authored more that 50 reports on defense issues. Since his retirement he has become a volunteer and NPS Licensed Battlefield Guide at Antietam and Harpers Ferry. He grew up in St. Louis. He received BS and MS degrees from Missouri University of Science And Technology and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. He is a member of the Company of Military Historians, Save Historic Antietam Foundation (SHAF), Hagerstown Civil War Roundtable and is co-author of the first book on ID discs Identification Discs of Union Soldiers in the Civil War. His second book “Faces of Union Soldiers at Antietam will be published this summer. He has spoken to various Civil War groups including the Northern Virginia Relic Hunters, South Mountain Coin and Relic Club, Rappahannock, York, Chambersburg, and Hagerstown Round Tables, Chambersburg Civil War Tours, SHAF and the NPS Antietam. In addition Joe has authored more that two dozen articles about items in his collections for the Gettysburg Magazine, the Washington Times Civil War Page, Manuscripts, America’s Civil War, Military Collector & Historian: the Journal of the Company of Military Historians, the Civil War Historian and the Skirmish Line of the North-South Skirmish Association. Displays of items from of his collection have won awards at several Civil War shows.  He has been a member of the North-South Skirmish Association for more than 25 years and has shot civil war type muskets, carbines and revolvers in both individual and team competitions.

 

Come join leading historians and Antietam Battlefield Guides as they discuss intriguing topics of the Maryland Campaign of 1862 and the Civil War during our Civil War Summer Lecture Series.

These outdoors programs will be held at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn on Wednesday evenings at 7:oo p.m.  Even though those programs are outdoors, guests are encouraged to wear face coverings and to social distance as much as possible. To ensure adequate seating, please bring a chair.  In case of inclement weather, lectures will be held at the Sharpsburg Christ Reformed UCC Church at 117 Main Street.  For updates and a full schedule of presenters & topics check our Facebook page.

The Antietam Institute

April 25, 2021 by jacobrohrbach

We are excited to pass on some great news for all our Civil War enthusiastic guests – the Antietam Institute was established this year in Sharpsburg!

Now students and scholars of the 1862 Maryland Campaign have a resource that focuses solely on the education and scholarship of this important moment in America’s history.  The Antietam Institute is the leading member-based, educational, and philanthropic 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, dedicated to the education and scholarship of the Maryland Campaign. The Institute seeks to educate the public on the central role of the 1862 Maryland Campaign and Battle of Antietam as a major turning point of the Civil War that directly resulted in the issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.

Antietam Institute sponsored conferences, symposiums, publications, leadership forums, and other activities are designed to facilitate collaborative learning and knowledge exchange, creating unique opportunities for discovery and to inspire further historical research.  The Institute is developing new educational opportunity programs and scholarships for students and teachers.   Funding will allow the Institute to support and advance further historical research of the Campaign and provide a repository for the dissemination of historical information related to the 1862 Maryland Campaign.

Members will have opportunities to participate in a variety of educational activities. This year the Institute will hold it’s first Annual Fall Conference in October.  This weekend long event features several presentations, three battlefield excursions, and a panel discussion.  One of the highlights of the conference is the keynote address provided by a prominent authority on the campaign.  This year, retired Harpers Ferry historian, Dennis Frye will be the guest speaker.  Next spring the Institute is planning a one-day symposium that will be held in April. The symposium will showcase a number of presentations and discussions about the campaign. Both events will be informative, interactive, and thought-provoking.

A core activity of the Institute is the publication of materials that enhance the knowledge and understanding of the Maryland Campaign. This includes a bi-annual publication called the Antietam Journal: Perspectives on the 1862 Maryland Campaign.  The journal features the latest research, interpretation, and stories of the Maryland Campaign, and a variety of other sections, such as book reviews, interesting/unusual areas of the battlefields, stories about relics, and interviews. The first edition of the Antietam Journal will hit the street just before the 159th anniversary of the 1862 Maryland Campaign.

The Institute will also serve as a publishing house for other research and scholarship. Later this year the Institute will publish the The Brigades of Antietam, with a follow-up volume, The Artillery of Antietam coming in 2022.

The Antietam Institute will also house the Historical Research Center (HRC), an online locus for collecting, preserving, and disseminating in digital form, historical information related to the 1862 Maryland Campaign.  Institute members will have direct access to these unique source materials.

The Journal, other publications, and the HRC will advance the scholarship of the Maryland Campaign by inspiring historical research, creating unique opportunities of discovery, and by facilitating collaborative learning and knowledge exchange.

In partnership with the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War at Shepherd University, the Institute is sponsoring an academic internship for one of their outstanding undergraduate students. Working with the Institute’s staff, these interns will gain invaluable experience in journal editing and formatting, the development and implementation of educational programs, interacting with the Antietam Institute’s scholars and audiences, and researching a special topics project.

Each year the Institute will make donations to the battlefield parks, local preservation groups and other historical organizations that support the Institute’s goals. As a member-based organization, the new Antietam Institute needs the support of individuals interested in the 1862 Maryland Campaign. Membership levels begin as low as $25 a year and rise to a lifetime membership of only $1000. Each category has increasing levels of membership incentives.

The Antietam Institute is excited to offer these new educational opportunities to the public, students and scholars who wish to learn and participate in the scholarship of the 1862 Maryland Campaign. If you’re interested in joining or learning about the Institute, check out their website at antietaminstitute.org or email them at info@antietaminstitute.org.

The 93rd New York Infantry Regiment shortly after the Battle of Antietam. (AOTW)

Changes in 2020

January 21, 2021 by jacobrohrbach

Like many people this past year, home improvement projects took on new focus with the Coronavirus and the shutdown.  Initially at the beginning of the year we had closed to complete a few planned projects like the Antietam Room renovation, the painting of the Generals Quarters and the back foyer entrance.  These projects were finished just in time for guests to return in February; and then the shutdown occurred.  So we decided to take advantage of the ‘time off’ and complete some smaller projects as well.  

Antietam bathroom

generals quartersnew foyer

 

 

 

 

 

While Amy went to work full time at the hospital, Chris focused on outside yard work.   First was cleaning out flower beds with a little help from Maya and Zoey.

new flower bed

rabbit in garden

dog laying in sun

 

 

 

 

 

Next came some repair work of the brick sidewalk. Really Chris was just playing in the sand.

brick work

brick sidewalk

sand bucket

 

 

 

 

 

Since we were not able to go forward with our patio project, we decided just to turn it into a grass seating area.  We cleared out the old flower bed and laid 25 rolls of sod.  Chris was having flashbacks to his golf course days and was really hoping to build a putting green, but Amy said ‘NO’.

old garden

new grass area

new sitting area

 

 

 

 

 

Fortunately, we were able to wrap up these projects before things started to open up again in late summer and only had one more on the schedule.  Since purchasing the Inn in 2015 we had been wanting to pave the parking area and recoat the driveway and 2020 was the year.  It looks more inviting when pulling in and is so much easier for guests to park.  It is definitely much easier for the snow removal then the old gravel was.

parking lot work

rolling parking lot

Parking stalls

new driveway

welcoming entrance

 

 

 

 

 

As usual we have a few projects lined up for this year so stay tuned and we’ll see what 2021 brings.

 

Re-opening amid COVID-19

May 6, 2020 by jacobrohrbach

As we prepare to reopen we are faced with a number of challenges and unknowns.  Our number one concern is for the health and safety of all our guests, customers and staff.  We have always prided ourselves on the cleanliness of the guest rooms, common areas and store.  That attention to detail and awareness will only be amplified during this critical period.  To provide for everyone’s health and safety we will be making a number of changes in the way we conduct business and what is allowable for guests and customers based on state and county guidelines.

Currently all five guest rooms are available for booking.

As per current state guidelines, all guests and customers are required to wear a face mask when outside of your room or in the store.

Decorative pillows, throws, books, magazines, and pamphlets have been removed from guest rooms.  We’ve encased the clean (extra) blanket in plastic and bathrobes will be available on request.

Daily housekeeping service will be provided by request only.  As always guests can contact us if more items are needed.

We will continue to serve our multi-course breakfast at 8:30 am in the dining room adhering to social distancing guidelines.

The Comfort Station will remain available for guest use but we ask you to adhere to social distancing.  We also ask that you refrain from gathering in the living room.

In between guest stays, the rooms are thoroughly cleaned by a two-step process using CDC recommended cleaning and disinfecting guidelines.  Cleaning staff is equipped with personal protective equipment (PPE) during the cleaning process.

The Antietam Mercantile will be open to the public and guests, but will be limited to a maximum of four customers in the store at one time.  Customers will be encouraged to use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the store.

These changes will be revised as we move forward under the guidelines provided by state and local officials.

Policy Changes

Unfortunately due to the Coronavirus Pandemic and the financial difficulties created by it we are forced to make some changes to our policies.

  • In order to ensure proper and through cleaning of each room, there is a 2 night minimum on ALL reservations.
  • Check in between 3:00–7:00 pm and check out at 11:00 am remains the same.  However due to stringent cleaning policies NO Early Arrivals or Late Check Out can be accommodated.
  • A non-refundable deposit of $30 per room is required to guarantee your reservation.  The deposit is applied towards your final statement.
  • All cancellations and changes to a reservation will be charged a processing fee of $30.00 per room.
  • Reservations cancelled less than 14 days prior to your arrival date will be charged for one night’s stay.
  • Reservations cancelled less than 72 hours in advance, or if you do not arrive for your reservation as scheduled, will be charged for the entire stay booked.
  • Moving a reservation within the above cancellation period is considered a new reservation and will be charged the processing fee.

In the past we have provided discounts for active duty and retired military, Emergency First Responders and Seniors.  Over the last five years this has totaled close to $10,000.  Unfortunately, at this time we can no longer offer these discounts.  We will continue our guest Reward Program – the Rohrbach Regiment and offer specials and packages.

We are sorry for any inconvenience these changes may cause but thank you for you understanding.  We will get through this TOGETHER.

Renovations around the Inn

February 29, 2020 by jacobrohrbach

You may have noticed that we’re a little behind in getting the Rohrbach INNsider out this quarter.  It’s not because we were on vacation… although we wish we were, it’s because of the renovations being done at the Inn.  Each year now during the month of January we choose a project and do some renovations.  This year we closed the whole month!  For most people that means it’s time to relax and go on vacation… but not us, it means time to get to work.

This year our number one priority was to redo the bathroom in the Antietam Room.  With an old tub-shower combo and a small vanity this one was in despite need of a face lift.

Just after New Years  Smith Renovations, LLC come in to demo and begin the work.  But as with all projects, we have learned that nothing ever goes according to the plan nor on a projected timeline.

Smith Renovations

DEMO DAY

Framing Shower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drywall

Final Sanding

Cleaning grout

 

 

 

 

 

 

But no worries, the work progressed and we decided to freshen up the paint in the bedroom as well, so the Antietam  is an all around NEW ROOM!  Hats off to Brandon, Andrew and their dad, Bryan for doing an OUTSTANDING job.

New toilet and sink

Pocket Door

Tile Shower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While this was going we had to do some minor repair work to the ceiling at the back entrance.  The initial plan was to replace the ceiling and repaint that space.  Well, after taking down the ceiling, and doing a little investigating, we realized that the doorway from the foyer into the hall was a more recent addition (maybe 1980’s) so we decided to remove it and open the space.

Surprise, surprise surprise..

Back entrance

Hallway

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also took down the wainscoting and wallpaper, repaired the plaster and added a ceiling light too.  It looks like a different hallway now.  So much room to come in and very welcoming with all the natural light.

 

 

 

 

 

So while ALL this was going on, we were also giving the General’s Quarter a fresh new coat of paint.  Thanks to our painter and handyman, Lucas Turner for his help on these two projects.

Getting ready to paint

Still getting ready to paint…

 

 

 

 

 

 

WOW!  A brand new room, just a little paint and lots of TLC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are done for now, but there is one more big project on the horizon this spring.

Maybe next January we will actually get to take that vacation……

Antietam Mercantile Company is Open!

July 29, 2019 by jacobrohrbach

  After many months of planning, preparing and praying, we are pleased to announce that our store is finally open.  The Antietam Mercantile Company will not only be an expansion of the Inn’s gift shop, but we’ll be carrying many of the primitives and home decor items that decorate the Inn. Over the years the ground  floor had been used for many things, including a barber shop, dress store and a souvenir shop.  Now, the newest store in Sharpsburg will allow you to stay local and shop local.  Stop in the Antietam Mercantile Company during your next visit to Sharpsburg.

 

AMC Sign

The sign is out, we’re open for business!

 

The store will be open to guests everyday after breakfast to peruse through and shop.

For now, our store hours to the public will be:
Wednesday 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 12:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday: 12:00am – 5:00pm.

Here is just a “sneak peak” of what you can expect at the Antietam Mercantile Company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antietam Mercantile Company
(240) 310-4011
138 W. Main Street (sidewalk entrance)
Sharpsburg, MD 21782

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Five Reasons to Stay at our Maryland B & B

February 23, 2019 by jacobrohrbach

Inn Exterior

Hotels, motels, house rentals, Bed & Breakfasts…. Travelers today have more lodging options than ever before and trying to decide where to stay can be overwhelming. Whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure, finding the right accommodation is important.  However, with so many choices, why should you consider a bed and breakfast over another accommodation type?   That’s easy – they’re great!  No seriously, they are so not what you expect.  B&B’s are experiencing a huge resurgence in popularity and they often provide better value compared to hotels and other types of accommodations

If you have never stayed in a Bed & Breakfast, you owe it to yourself to try it.  If you HAVE stayed in a Bed & Breakfast, you owe it to yourself to go back.  (And, if you stayed in one and thought it was ‘just ok’ you owe it to yourself to try ours!)  Here is our top 5 reasons why you should stay at a B&B, especially the Jacob Rohrbach Inn:

 

1 – A Personal Experience:

innkeepersYou can get good customer service at a hotel, but often you’re just a room number.  Here at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn you will get a personalized experience.  When you check in, you get to meet an Innkeeper, not an employee or just a book listing the rules and a few suggestions of things to do.  We actually know your name and where you are from, we know that it’s your birthday or anniversary and we even know if you want coffee or tea at breakfast.  We also know if it’s your first time to the area or your 20th and know just where to send you to find a great experience.  Want to go to a winery?  Let us know what type you are looking for and we can send you to just the right place.  Want a romantic dinner, or maybe just looking for a quick bite between activities – we know the perfect place for both.  Want to hang out on one of the porches with a book or just take a nap?  DO IT!  Want to sit down and chat with us about how we came to do this, or why you are here?  Great – we love to hear about you and your story.  Only want to see us at check-in and breakfast?  That is perfect too.  No judgment here- this is YOUR stay.  A stay designed by YOU!  Our goal is to make you feel comfortable and relaxed so that you leave with great memories.

 

2 – Affordable and All Inclusive

You may find some hotels or other rental accommodations appear cheaper but the value at a B&B is far better.  When you check into a hotel, you might get free parking and a so-so continental breakfast, Wi-Fi is almost always an extra cost and there might be an overpriced vending machine for late night munchies.  We recently went to a conference and learned that if we wanted a mini fridge in our room, we had to pay an additional fee each day.  Who does that?  At our bed and breakfast it’s all included!  Off-street parking – free, High speed internet – free, Mini-fridge in room – free, Soda, coffee or tea – free, Fresh, homemade goodies and snacks– free, Amazing multi-course breakfast – free.  (I feel like that tax commercial: free, free, free-free-free, free.)  But seriously, It’s all FREE!

 

3 – Breakfast to Remember

Banana BreakfastAt a hotel, you might get a disappointing grab-n-go cold breakfast, or maybe you will get lucky with a “hot” breakfast.  But should questionable eggs and a rubbery waffle sitting under a heat lamp be called breakfast?  You will find none of that when you stay at our Bed & Breakfast.  Wake up to the scent of locally roasted and fresh ground coffee brewing, or the aromas of thick Applewood-smoked slices of bacon sizzling in the oven.  That’s what you will find at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn.  A homemade, multi-course breakfast brimming with local products and flavors is simply the best way to start your day.  That wonderful coffee is out on the comfort station by 7:00am and breakfast is served in the dining room at 8:30. Our menu is ‘chef’s choice’ and alternates each day between sweet and savory.  If you don’t like making small talk in the morning – no worries.  At the Jacob Rohrbach Inn we don’t make you ‘sit with strangers’.  All of our tables are individual and allow you, the guest, to be in control of how interactive you are.  Remember this is YOUR stay, you get to decide.  Need an earlier start to the day?  We will be happy to provide you with a ‘road ready’ breakfast to get you on your way.  Don’t worry if you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions, just let us know ahead of time and we will be happy to accommodate them.

 

4 – Unique and Authentic Experience

Harpers Ferry When you stay at many brand name hotels, they attempt to provide you the same experience in every location.  Which means no matter where you stay, NYC or Bali, you will find the exact same thing. Boring!  A Bed and Breakfast is owned by local residents and provides a unique and authentic experience. If you really want to ‘live like a local’, here is your chance!  Get the scoop on attractions and activities that are off the beaten path and find out where the hidden gems of the area are.  We know the best place to go to capture a sunrise/sunset.  We know where to send you for a short relaxing hike or where to go for a challenge.  Where is the best place to get your bike on or off the C & O canal? We can tell you that too.  Need to find a place to take the kids on a rainy afternoon, or a pet friendly restaurant?  Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.  At the Jacob Rohrbach Inn, you will find your Innkeepers are an outstanding source of local information.

 

5 – Historic Properties and Beautiful Rooms

Quite a few Bed and Breakfasts are historic buildings, architecturally distinctive and no two ever look alike.  Many of these are in restored buildings that are hundreds of years old and have played an important role in the history of their town.  The Jacob Rohrbach Inn also has a rich history and unique story.  Situated along the main street, our motto is “An Eyewitness to History Since 1804”. Be sure to ask us the story of our Inn during your stay.  Unlike small cookie-cutter hotel rooms, the Inn has five spacious and comfortable rooms.  All five have been thoughtfully restored to maintain their historic character.  But don’t let the word historic fool you, we’re not ‘Grandma’s house’ with plastic slip covers and doilies everywhere.  Our rooms and suites are individually furnished and come with all the modern amenities that will make you feel at home.   If you are traveling with another couple, check out their room.  You will be surprised at the differences between each one.  Our website allows you to view large pictures of each guest room and select the one that most appeals to you.  At the Jacob Rohrbach Inn you get to choose your room, not your room type.

 

Inn buttonSo, the next time you are traveling, or planning a vacation, don’t get overwhelmed by all the choices.  Choose a Bed and Breakfast. Come stay at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn for a great experience!

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