Hagerstown, MD (and Schmankerl Stube) 7-24-21
Updated: Oct 22, 2021
Hagerstown is full of antique stores to explore. You'll need a full day!
German food at Schmankerl Stube.
Take One & Two
We went to Beaver Creek Antiques and Antique Crossroads which are next to each other. Both are loaded with fun things to look at. We got so side tracked by these two places, we didn't have time to go explore other antique stores nearby. (we didn't arrive in Hagerstown until early afternoon) Plan on a full day if you go to Hagerstown. There are also outlet stores in this town but we opted to bypass them and stay on track with exploring antiques.
Eat, Drink & Be Merry
We went to Schmankerl Stube restaurant around 5:30 after the stores closed, thinking we were going to be super early. They have a great outdoor patio and we were excited to eat outside on a nice evening, only to find it was completely booked! When we arrived at the hostess stand she asked us if we had a reservation. Reservation for 5:30?! Apparently so!! This place is known all over the area as THE German restaurant to venture to. If you plan on eating here, make sure you have a reservation no matter what time it's for! Luckily for us, there was still seating in the bar area so we were able to try the food. It was heavy but delicious!
The drive to Hagerstown is a nice drive (after you pass 270 and northwest of Frederick) and there's plenty to do in Hagerstown. There doesn't seem to be too much of a downtown and a lot of places were boarded up. Maybe after the pandemic is over, there will be a surge in new business here. There were a few other restaurants on the main street that Schmankerl Stube was on but the choice was limited. Another option would be to stop in Frederick for a bite to eat, on the way home.