August is National Peach Month. That’s right, peaches are so fabulous that they get to have their very own month!
Peaches are so popular in our area that the Annual Leitersburg Peach Festival is held every August. Not only can you get your fill of fresh, local peaches, there are craft vendors, demonstrations, music, a tractor show and of course the crowning of the Peach Princess.
We are so lucky that we have two mature peach trees in our garden. The good news is that they did great this year and the bad news is that they did great this year. It seemed like everyday we were picking peaches, and now what do you do with all those peaches?? Peach pie, peach cobbler, peach cakes… those are all delicious but not necessarily for breakfast. (Well….not GUEST breakfast!)
Of course we used the peaches to make a few different types of scones and we did a few peach tarts, and just cut up some fresh. Naturally I made some jam, (actually lots of jam, 30 pints to be exact) but I really wanted to try something different for our returning guests. So I racked my brain and scoured good ole Google and after a few trials and errors I created a chilled peach soup! It is amazing and so easy to make, I feel like that mom from the old rice krispies commercials. (You know, where you throw some flour on your face like you’ve been working for hours but were really just watching HGTV/Food Network) I’ll post the recipe below – it really is simple!
2 Lg Peaches – peaches and sliced/diced
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup of peach juice*
1 T honey/sugar (to taste)
* substitute orange juice if you can’t find peach
Add all of the above to a blender and puree until smooth. Chill in fridge for at least an hour and can be made the night before. I made a raspberry coulis for in ours but you could just garnish it with a raspberry, mint spring or slices of peach.
Our goal at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn is to provide every guest with warm hospitality, comfortable accommodations, and gracious service. Before you book your stay with us, take a moment to read what our past guests have to say about their stay. We know you won’t be disappointed.
I cannot imagine anyone not enjoying this place….beautiful place inside and out. Wonderful room, breakfast and hospitality. One of the best B&B’s we’ve every stayed. – Reviewed by Barbara, November 2017 via Facebook.
My husband, my mother and myself had a fabulous experience at the inn. The Clara Barton suite was perfect for the three of us. Chris and Amy were so welcoming and took care of our every need while staying with them. The accommodations were comfortable and spotless. The breakfast we received each morning was delicious. I would highly recommend staying at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn and we plan to return there again. – Reviewed by Karen, November 2017 via Facebook.
Great B&B. Room was very nice and clean. Bed was extremely comfortable. Inn keepers were very nice. That stay was exactly what I needed. / Beautiful place. The innkeepers are very friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend this bed & breakfast to everyone who wants a relaxing getaway. – Reviewed by Richard & Dawn, November 2017 via Facebook.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The Generals Quarters was perfect for the two of us and our Goldendoodle Sophie. The suite included a small kennel (although we travel with our own), and full accessories for your canine companion😀 They even had a flashlight for those late night or early morning outings. I have a bad back and many allergies and I am hesitant to stay at many B&B’s. The Jacob Rohrbach Inn gets an excellent review from me. The pet free room was very clean and the bed very comfortable even for a princess and a pea type of person😀 The breakfasts at the Inn each morning were truly amazing. We will be back! – Reviewed by Darlene, October 2017 via Facebook.
Thanks so much, we had a wonderful stay, so relaxing. Can’t wait to come back! – Reviewed by Virginia, Patrick, & Sean, September 2017 via Guest Note.
Everything was wonderful – thanks very much… P.S. + the puppies too & breakfast was lovely. – Reviewed by Paula & David, September 2017 via Guest Note.
Wonderful place. Definitely one of the best ever that we have stayed in. The room was General Quarters and really was a suite. The owners are fantastic people and what a wonderful breakfast the have. Can’t say enough good things about this place the two dogs are adorable too. – Reviewed by Evelyn, September 2017 via Facebook.
We enjoyed our stay so much! Our only complaint, we couldn’t stay longer… you are much gracious hosts (all 4 of you!). We would highly recommend this B&B. Y’all just think of everything for you guests and make them feel like family. – Reviewed by Bill & Sheila, September 2017 via Guest Note.
This is our 2nd visit here and we love it! We’ll be back! – Reviewed by Cathy, September 2017 via Facebook.
Amy and Chris were very friendly and welcoming to their establishment. They had great recommendations for the area. The B&B was clean and breakfast was delicious! It is definitely a must stay when in the area! – Reviewed by Stephenie & David, September 2017 via Facebook.
Amazing b&b wonderful owners and fabulous breakfast. Can’t wait to go back – Reviewed by Greta, September 2017 via Facebook.
We stayed there for a few days for our 30th wedding anniversary. We couldn’t have been more pleased with our accommodations and food. Chris and Amy are wonderful. We absolutely adore Zoey and Maya….they are little sweethearts. We will definitely be going back often. – Reviewed by Ed and Becky, August 2017 via Facebook.
This place is awesome! Super sweet people! Clean rooms, historical but modern conveniences. Easy to work with if you have special needs. Food is AMAZING…my boys like scones now! Highly recommend! – Reviewed by Jamie, August 2017 via Facebook.
Great place to stay if you are visiting the the battlefield. My family and I highly recommend it! – Reviewed by Shawn, August 2017 via Facebook.
Fantastic inn with cozy sheets and yummy breakfast. – Reviewed by Julie, August 2017 via Facebook.
My husband and I and our 2 dogs really enjoyed our stay! The General’s Quarters were perfect, breakfast was amazing (french toast made from homemade raisin bread and homemade sausage!), my dietary restrictions were accommodated with a smile. Its obvious that Amy and Chris love what they do. It all made for the perfect relaxing getaway! – Reviewed by Kate, June 2017 via Facebook.
Beautiful building and grounds, excellent food and wonderful owners. We will definitely be back! – Reviewed by Connie, June 2017 via Facebook.
We had a wonderful overnight at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn in Sharpsburg! The historic building is beautifully configured for guests, Chris & Amy Vincent are welcoming hosts and informed about all of the many attractions in the area, and the breakfast was fabulous!! – Reviewed by Janet, June 2017 via Facebook.
Had another great stay at the inn! Their great breakfasts will power you through a long day of touring all the sights. Looking forward to staying again. – Reviewed by Randal, May 2017 via Facebook.
Lovely yet Quaint. Perfect location to tour Antietam and Harpers Ferry plus SO much more. Hosts Amy and Chris are VERY nice and SO knowledgeable about the area. We stayed in the Generals Quarters. Love everything about it! – Reviewed by Nancy, May 2017 via Facebook.
I am in love with this building and it’s wonderful owners Amy and Chris! Such a warm and welcoming place to stay! The rooms are fantastic, modern conveniences with a historic feel. And the food? So inventive and different, yet down home and flavorful! The location is perfect too. Had such a great time and I look forward to coming back! And I will for sure! – Reviewed by Lauren, May 2017 via Facebook.
Very much enjoyed our two nights here & hope to stay longer next time. Recommend bike rental to see Antietam (save the long hills for driving in auto later!) plus few C&O trail miles. Convenient to Shepherdstown. – Reviewed by Becky, May 2017 via Facebook.
We would highly recommend the Jacob Rohrbach Inn. We’ve traveled all over the world and stayed in a variety of places – yours was a top spot. – Reviewed by Barbara & Chris, March 2017 via Thank You note.
My husband, daughter, and I were driving home from a college visit and decided to stay in Antietam. Amy and Chris took us in at the last minute and it was wonderful!! We had the inn (and innkeepers and puppy dogs) to ourselves. We fell in love with the Harper’s Ferry room; it was perfect for our family of 3. We had ice cream at Nutter’s and then settled in for the night. Breakfast was delicious with fruit, scones, egg casserole, cheese toast, herb tomatoes, sausage, and juice. Once we got home my daughter said her favorite part of the trip was sitting in the common room with Amy Monday night drinking tea and talking and playing with Maya and Zoey. We’ve already booked a return trip for April. See you soon Amy and Chris (and Maya and Zoey)!!! – Reviewed by Mary, January 2017 via Facebook.
Beautiful place, amazing food and wonderful owners. Kid and dog friendly. – Reviewed by Mary, January 2017 via Facebook.
Beautiful Inn operated by Amy and Chris Vincent – great place to stay and enjoy comfortable pampered lodgings and outstanding breakfasts. Thank you for hosting our veterans. – Reviewed by Sharon, November 2016 via Facebook.
What a great experience the four of us had at the Jacob Rohrbach B&B during our stay Oct 28th, 29th and 30th of this year. The Owner’s Chris and Amy were everything great Innkeepers you hope and expect from a stay at a great B&B. Clean, beautifully decorated throughout inside and for Halloween a bonus of outside tasteful decorations that not only delighted the guests but the Town of Sharpsburg’s residents. Breakfast were especially unique with creations of homemade scones, biscuits, egg casserole, French toast, apple bacon sliced thick from local butchers, your choice of juices and fresh fruit especially prepared to complement your complete breakfast. Their knowledge and recommendations for seeing the area history of the Antietam Battlefields were extremely helpful especially with Chris’ history and involvement with volunteering. They provided excellent recommendations for area restaurants that included their special ice cream parlor there in town. We will be sure to return for another visit to these wonderful folks. – Reviewed by Bob, Debbie, Bill & Susan, October 2016 via Facebook.
Thanks you for all your hospitality and delicious food. Added pleasure – Maya & Zoey! – Reviewed by Marianne & Perry, October 2016 via Guest Survey.
The hosts Amy and Chris are amazing and the food is excellent. Highly recommend! Reviewed by Dana, October 2016 via Facebook.
We enjoyed our stay at this lovely inn. Chris and Amy made us feel right at home. Our room, the General’s Quarters, was wonderful. Breakfast was delicious along with the afternoon cookies- even accommodating my ovo-vegetarian diet.The inn is conveniently located to all the historical sites. I highly recommend this inn for a getaway! – Reviewed by Stacy, October 2016 via Facebook.
Excellent, Hospitable Welcoming, well worth a Second Visit, Need I say more, First Class. – Reviewed by Catherine, October 2016 via Facebook.
We recently arrived home from our seven week odyssey and have to say that the evening at your Inn and the tour of the Battlefield with you were highlights on our trip. Thank you so much for the hospitality the accommodations, and your incredible knowledge and presentation of the Battle. – Reviewed by Rebecca, September 2016 via email.
It is a wonderful place to stay and the breakfast is outstanding. – Reviewed by Christina, September 2016 via Facebook.
Great place with great history! The hosts (including the dogs) are very accommodating. Highly recommended. Reviewed by Dan, September 2016 via Facebook.
We just spent 3 days here for my husbands 60th Birthday. Love the Inn and its hosts Chris & Amy. They were so welcoming and accommodating. Atmosphere and food were awesome. The location sets right in the middle of this historic area and adds to your experience. My husband is a Civil War enthusiast and his friend Ken, who also is, and Peg from North Carolina came to stay here for two days and tour Antietam Battlefield. A great time was had by all. – Reviewed by Donna, August 2016 via Facebook.
Wonderful stay, cordial hosts, delicious breakfast & interesting battle discussion. It was a comfort to return to the Rohrbach Inn after the sadness of the Antietam Battlefield tour. The rooms are lovely and luxurious without being froo-froo. Hosts Chris and Amy are cordial with smiles and conversation, skillful with a delicious breakfast, and interesting with a vast knowledge of the Civil War. We’d go again in a heartbeat if we didn’t live 1,000 miles away. Come to think of it, we might come anyway and stay longer. – Reviewed by Kate & Julien, August 2016 via Guest Survey/Facebook.
My husband and I just spent a night at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn and we were blown away by the experience. The room was immaculate and expertly decorated and the breakfast was absolutely delicious. The best part of the experience by far was the warm and welcoming Innkeepers, Chris and Amy. You can really tell that they put love into every aspect of the Inn. We will definitely be booking at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn in the future. Reviewed by Felicia, August 2016 via Facebook.
My wife and I just returned home after spending 3 delightful nights at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn in Sharpsburg, Md. The Inn is comfortable and very cozy, centrally located, and the innkeepers are the best. If you love history, and want to stay at a historic property close to the Antietam battlefield and Harpers Ferry, you need to come to Sharpsburg, Md. and definitely stay with Chris and Amy at their Inn! By the way, breakfast is delicious! Reviewed by Allen, August 2016 via Facebook.
My husband and I just returned from a weekend stay at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn. Our stay could not have been more delightful! The inn itself is brimming with historical character and lovely gardens. And Amy and Chris, the owners and hosts, are totally charming and really good cooks! – Reviewed by Dee, July 2016 via Facebook.
Our stay at the Jacob Rohrbach Inn was relaxing and delightful all around. During our most recent trips to Maryland to visit our daughter, we stayed in hotels. Our time at the B&B was much more of a vacation. My husband loved the multi-course gourmet breakfasts and we enjoyed the quiet atmosphere. The covered deck was perfect for early morning reading or a glass of wine at the end of the day. The beautiful gardens, historic attractions, and charming main street were also highlights of our trip … and the sweet and friendly little dogs were an added treat. – Reviewed by Carolyn & Tom, June 2016 via Guest Survey.
We stayed for a weekend with our daughter. An amazing inn and an amazing home cooked breakfast everyday. Great location and so beautiful! A must stay!! Reviewed by Susie, June 2016 via Facebook.
We highly recommend this beautiful B&B as a great place to start our exploration of the National Park and the surrounding historic area. The Inn Keepers, Amy and Chris, are great hosts providing comfortable beds, lots of Civil War reading material, a full snack bar, lovely grounds and delicious breakfast. Reviewed by Janet, June 2016 via Facebook.
A great place to stay with wonderful hosts, Amy and Chris. – Reviewed by Bill, June 2016 via Facebook.
Could not be happier with lovely rooms and grounds of the Inn. We enjoyed our stay very much and are booked to return in July. Our enjoyment of the surrounding was only exceeded by the graciousness of our host and hostess. – Reviewed by Anna, June 2016
We loved our stay at the Inn! The innkeepers were amazing, friendly and knowledgeable and the food was awesome. It was perfectly secluded for our wedding night in the General’s quarters. I would recommend this place to anyone. It was a night I will never forget and I’m glad that we spent it here. – Reviewed by Holly, June 2016 via Facebook.
First stay at a B&B and loved it, very personalized service. Rooms are nice size, Civil war memorabilia everywhere gives it a nice unique flavor. And breakfast of cherry and chocolate scone, strawberries and blackberries, with egg soufflé and bacon was delicious. Will be back. – Reviewed by Debbie, June 2016 via Facebook.
A beautiful, bed and breakfast, the room was outstanding, we chose the General’s Quarters. The owners are friendly and attentive, ask about food allergies, 24 hour beverages and snacks. Wonderful experience, highly recommend. – Reviewed by Dee H. May 2016 via Facebook.
The accommodations, food and location are excellent. Chris made us feel welcomed from the start. We look forward to returning in the future. – Reviewed by Gina, May 2016 via Facebook.
We had a wonderful stay! It was the perfect getaway for our anniversary. We have stayed in a few B&Bs, this is our favorite! Loved the outside entrance from the rooms and breakfast was delicious! – Reviewed May 2015 via Guest Survey.
Amazing place with wonderful accommodations! Innkeepers Amy & Chris are a delight and very knowledgeable about the area. Breakfast was outstanding!!! I would recommend this place in a heartbeat!! – Reviewed by Kathleen, March 2015 via Facebook.
Lovely, comfortable rooms, friendly innkeeper, Chris and Amy. Great breakfasts, beautiful grounds. We enjoyed our stay there very much. – Reviewed by Kathy, April 2015 via Facebook.
We decided to do a visual blog this month since these pictures are just too pretty to muddle with a bunch of words! Be sure to let us know what your favorite summer flowers are. And as always……if you have something unique, we love to share and trade!
(click on the flowers to enlarge them)
It has been a busy first half of the year at the Inn with all the updates, additions and changes. Here is a little peek at what’s been happening.
Unfortunately, we had to remove two trees this spring, the Maple tree by the parking lot and the Ash tree in the backyard. Our friends as Prefered Arbor Care in Hagerstown did a great job. With the parking lot opened up, we decided to put in a new rock wall and flower bed along the front to welcome guests as they pulled in.
An over grown bush was removed to open the view to the Spring House. As we were leveling out the ground what we thought was a rock turned out to be an old pipe. It looks really good with the new sod in place.
At the end of the walk, we thought it would be the perfect spot for a new seating area.
With the addition of the new seating area and the Ash tree gone, we moved the old pump closer to the house and designed a new flower bed around the old maple tree.
We added a few more blueberry bushes, some other vegetables to go with the tomatoes and peppers; added the herb garden and the strawberries took off like wildfire.
With most of the major projects done outside, we had time for a few updates inside. We upgraded the mini-fridge in the General’s Quarters and moved that smaller one to the Harpers Ferry Suite. The flat screen TVs in both the Clara Barton Suite and the Thomas Jackson Room were upgraded. And finally, just in time to beat the summer heat, both the Jackson Room and the Clara Barton Suite received their own individually controlled high efficiency cooling and heating systems. These two Mitsubishi wall-mounted, ductless systems were installed by McCrea Heating & Air Conditioning along with Steenburg Electrical Services. In a few hours these guys had completed both rooms and it was a comfortable 65 degrees, outstanding job!
Well, that’s all the updates for now. Check back in the fall to see more of the changes around the Inn.
Everyone that stays at the Inn comments on the yard, almost always like this: “Wow, this is beautiful!”, “Do you do all of this yourselves?”, “This is a lot of work!” The response to those comments is: “YES!” Yes, it is beautiful and yes, it is a lot of work, but we can’t say we do it all ourselves. Mother Nature has provided some outstanding helpers, our friends the pollinators! If you didn’t know, National Pollinator Week was this month (June 20-26) and I thought it would be fun to do a photo blog of some of our garden assistants hard at work in the flower beds.