Word has it that if you look up the definition of ‘down-to-earth’ in a dictionary, you’ll find an image of Hagerstown. For a town that has so much to offer in the way of culture, history, and natural beauty, it certainly has managed to keep a humble head. The jewel of Washington County, Hagerstown boasts a lengthy Civil War history which is a draw for Americans wanting to learn more about their land, while its location at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains makes it an ideal environment for adventure-seekers.
Things to see
The Maryland Theater is the heartbeat of arts and culture in Hagerstown. Many shows are held here throughout the year and if travelers are lucky, they may just catch something good.
The city of Hagerstown is a landmark in itself. The town has a rich railroad history, with several museums and historical sites to prove it.
The historical archive that is the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum chronicles the history of the railroad industry in the city and is conveniently located adjacent to a functioning rail yard so visitors can see history in action.
If there is only one market you go to in Hagerstown, let it be the Pennsylvania Dutch Market. Pennsylvania Dutch is as traditional as a market can get. It is renowned for its creamy almond butter and its jam-packed deli with its wide array of delicious treats.
If you’re a traveler that enjoys daytrips then the nearby city of Hancock is the place for you. From visiting local fruit farms to skiing down snow white hills at the Jiminy Peak resort, this town will not disappoint.
Hotels in Hagerstown
When it comes to accommodation in Hagerstown, cozy, comfy, and convenient are words that spring to mind. The city has a wide range of options including mid-range and upscale choices where you’ll feel right at home.
There aren’t many budget options in the city, as the specialization seems to be resorts, hotels, and family-run bed-and-breakfasts.
In the luxury department, there are a few large resorts offering top-notch services such as spa treatments and heated pools, and even a few big, well-known franchise hotels.
Where to stay
Walking through downtown Hagerstown is like taking a step back into the past. Nineteenth century buildings line the often brick-paved streets and the sound of local church bells penetrate the second-hand bookstores and inviting cafes. Best of all, the downtown is home to a range of great accommodations.
Martinsburg is a 30-minute drive from Hagerstown and the perfect place to stay if you intend to dip in and out of Hagerstown. There are many cultural landmarks in the city, including the Martinsburg Apollo Theater which frequently hosts events, along with reasonably-priced accommodations.
Just under an hour away from Hagerstown by car is the city is Hancock – a popular daytrip and weekend getaway destination. Hancock’s accommodations include inns and bed-and-breakfasts with cozy family atmospheres.
How to get to Hagerstown
The city’s main airport is Hagerstown Regional Airport but this gateway is most often used as a domestic airport. Travelers coming from abroad will probably land at Washington Dulles International Airport, a 1 hour, 30 minute drive to the south.
If you happen to land at Hagerstown Regional Airport, local bus services and private taxis can get you into town. Alternatively, hire a car and drive here or simply hop on a Greyhound or Atlantic Coast bus from any major regional city.