If you are riding your bike on the Great Allegheny Passage there are some places to camp. However, if you want to make your journey a little more comfortable you may want to consider staying in one of the bed and breakfasts along the way. We’ve spoken to lots of people that have traveled the trail, from hardworking plumbers in New Jersey to teachers from Maryland. Everyone has their own idea of the perfect bicycle touring trip, and you can find most of these options on the GAP trail. Here are some ideas of the best places to stay close to the Great Allegheny Passage.
Places to Stay in Cumberland
This is at the very start of the trail, so you may want to stay here on either the first or last day of your bike ride. Cumberland is a great little town with a good choice of places to stay and eat. You will also find bike supply and rental stores.
- Bruce House Inn offers a very comfortable place to stay overnight in Cumberland. The hotel was originally owned by someone who was reputed to have been a descendent of Robert the Bruce of Scotland. The house itself was built in 1840 in an unusual Federal Italianate style. This means large windows and high ceilings are a feature of the house.
There are six beautifully decorated and spacious rooms to choose from. One of the best features of your stay here will be the delicious home cooked breakfast – just the thing that you need to prepare you for the long bike ride ahead!
- The Inn at Decatur is another historic building in the town which is a good place to stay before you embark on the challenge of the Great Allegheny Passage. The house dates back to 1870 and is now run as a bed and breakfast. The owners also run Mountain Getaway Rous and Mountainside Bike Tours, so understand very well the needs of those biking on the trail.
There are just two rooms in this very pleasant inn. As a nice touch they are named after the owners grandchildren George and Kaliya. The rooms are spacious an nicely decorated. Be aware that there are no televisions in either of the rooms. Breakfast is a home cooked meal with lots of things to choose from. The breakfast room can best be described as cozy – just a small table for four people. However, the food is plentiful and the small space makes for a great place to chat with fellow guests and the very friendly owner.
Places to Stay in Frostburg
You will arrive in the charming town of Frostburg around the mile 16 point of the Great Allegheny Passage. There are a number of restaurants and shops in the town, as well as some good lodging options.
- The Trail Inn has 12 rooms in the main building ad an additional space at the back for people who want to camp. The camp ground is a good option with showers, picnic tables and barbecue grills available. Prices are very reasonable to camp here.
If you are looking for comfortable lodgings the Trail Inn also offers a variety of room options. There are some rooms with their own bathroom and others even have access to a shared kitchen. Most of the rooms are supplied with a breakfast food basket upon arrival.
- Savage River Lodge is the place to choose if you are looking for a very comfortable place to stay. Here you will find peace and quiet – the Lodge is surrounded by 700 acres of State Forest Lands. The main lodge houses an excellent restaurant and a library with a large collection of books.
Guests of the Savage River Lodge can choose between staying in one of the cabins or a yurt. The cabins are all very nicely furnished and appointed. They are two story and have a sleeping loft and a main floor living area. There is a good sized bathroom with a soaking tub. You will enjoy sitting on the porch on the traditional rocking chairs. They offer three different types of cabins, with the Premier Cabin being located in the most secluded locations. You will find a breakfast basket of muffins and orange juice on your porch every morning.
You may also want to choose one of the yurts at the lodge. Glamping has reached Frostburg! All of the eight yurts provide a luxury place to stay in the grounds of the lodge. Each of the yurts is 30 feet in diameter and offers a king sized bed with luxury linens. All of the yurts have a private bathroom with a shower. You can relax on the deck of your own private yurt. If you are staying in a yurt you will also get the breakfast basket to enjoy every morning.
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