Sandra Taylor ventured to Shepherdstown in the late 1990s and fell in love with the area. She selected a site along River Road and built a home in 2000; however, her business took her across the country to Seattle, Wash. Not long after.
"I didn't want to give it up," Taylor said of her home in Shepherdstown.
"I had a romantic notion of living in the country," she shared.
Taylor has now decided to share that romance with others
Guests looking for a memorable bed and breakfast experience when visiting the historic points of interest in the West Virginia panhandle can now reserve the Inn at Moler's Crossroads. Nestled among five acres of wooded splendor, this delightful neo-colonial home features four distinct accommodations and large, comfortable public spaces resplendent with international art and exquisite furnishings.
The Inn is a treasure chest of paintings, sculpture and textiles that have been gathered through Taylor's extensive world travels.
As guests enter the Inn, they see Egyptian paintings in the entry hall and into the next room. Wood carvings from West and East Africa, paintings from the Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest and the "First Nation people" of Canada can also be enjoyed.
Adding texture and warmth to the room, a large hand-woven Navajo rug in gold, olive, and navy blue, covers an entire wall. A trio of paintings, called "Window Scenery Story" by Clifford Brycelea, a Navajo artist, depicts seasonal offerings to Mother Earth. You'll find another of Brycelea's prints upstairs a limited edition gicle named "Out for Game" and featuring teepees on the plain.
Beneath the expansive clerestory windows sit baskets woven by Zulu women in South Africa. These baskets are water vessels, made from hand-dyed native grasses and palm leaves, and can actually hold water without leaking, as the grasses expand when wet!
The red and gold dining room, where, each day, guests will enjoy a decadent and wholesome breakfast, is dominated by a pair of antique Chinese portraits of a prosperous man and wife in Imperial garb.
Additionally, throughout the Inn, are pieces of art from France, India, Senegal and the United States.
"The proximity to so many historic attractions and recreational activities allowed me to cherish the country side, while the fast and easy commute to Washington, D.C. allowed me to continue my career. Many paintings and objets d'art from my international travels are housed at the Inn, so I invite everyone to visit this beautiful slice of heaven, experience the countryside and enjoy the collection," Taylor said.
The Inn at Moler's Crossroads offers four distinct sleeping rooms: the rich blue Indigo room, the bright and airy Sunflower Suite, the cozy Sanctuary room and the light filled Lilac room, all lovingly appointed and equipped with the latest technology, including iPod docking stations and complimentary WiFi. With a total capacity of 12 guests, The Inn is perfect for a family vacation, social gathering or executive retreat.
Guests will enjoy breakfast each day, served from 6 to 10 a.m., featuring hand-selected products sourced from local farms and merchants. Guests will also be treated to afternoon tea and wine hour from 5:-6 p.m., where they will be offered a selection of teas and wines paired with palette-teasing accompaniments.
The Inn is located on five wooded acres, which offers seclusion while at the same time being close to town and other historical cand cultural outlets.
The Inn at Moler's Crossroads is accepting guests starting July 1, just in time for the Fourth of July Fireworks at Antietam Battlefield and for the 23rd season of the Contemporary American Theater Festival. Reservations can be made by calling the innkeeper at 304-876-8215, or on the web at www.innatmolerscrossroads.com.