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January 16, 2018

Jessica L. Palumbo has joined Allegany County Government as the Marketing and Sales Manager for Allegany County Tourism. Palumbo had been Director of FrostburgFirst, Inc., a Maryland Main Street Community, for the past two and a half years.

Palumbo’s key achievement there was her involvement with the Small Business Revolution project championed by Deluxe Enterprise Operations, LLC, in 2017. FrostburgFirst competed against 14,000 entries and rose to be a top-eight finalist for a $500,000 Main Street Makeover.As the Marketing and Sales Manager, Palumbo will report to the Director of Tourism Ashli Workman. “Jessica definitely possesses a wide range of relevant skills and applicable experience. She has successfully worked with a variety of stakeholders on highly collaborative projects and programs. Jessica has been and will continue to be a strong advocate for Allegany County,” Workman stated.

Jeffrey S. Barclay, Allegany County Department of Economic and Community Development Director, stated: “Jessica is an excellent addition to our tourism team and will provide much-needed assistance to the Director of Tourism.  Jessica has demonstrated her abilities through past experience and should prove to be a valuable asset and ambassador for Allegany County and the region.”

Palumbo’s background includes digital and print marketing campaigns, media writing, social media and website management, grant research, writing, and management, event planning, project organization, business retention, budget development, paid and volunteer staff management, and data collection and analysis.

Palumbo’s other experience also includes employment by Frostburg State University Center for Literary Arts as the AmeriCorps Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator. She began as a Communications Intern for this organization.  In the community, Palumbo serves on the Board of Directors for Mountain Maryland Trails.

A life-long resident of Allegany County, Palumbo earned a Bachelor of Science in English Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing from Frostburg State University in 2009.  She is a graduate of Bishop Walsh School, Cumberland.

Palumbo lives in Frostburg with her son.

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Allegany County Office of Tourism
701 Kelly Road
Cumberland, MD 21502

Allegany County’s Lodging Partners Celebrate the New Year
Last minute getaway? Allegany County, Maryland, offers multiple holiday options.

December 12, 2017 – CUMBERLAND, MD – Sometimes the hype of the holiday season leaves New Year’s Eve planning in the dust. If you are a true procrastinator, or just haven’t given the thought of old father time hanging his hat on 2017, Allegany County in Mountain Maryland, has you covered.

  • New Year’s Eve Bash – Gatsby Speakeasy Party – Frostburg, Maryland’s historic Hotel Gunter, which was built in 1896, is under new ownership and recently renovated. Featuring an elegant trip back through time, the Gunter Hotel’s New Year’s Eve party will feature a four-course dinner, entertainment by Pittsburgh’s Gatsby Gang Jazz Band and a champagne toast at midnight. A fitting event since the Gunter Hotel features a speakeasy in the basement which was concealed in a secret room during the 1920’s Prohibition era. Packaging available. Contact the Gunter Hotel at (301) 689-6511 for more details.
  • New Year’s Eve Dinner and Mystery Experience – The Fairfield Inn & Suites in Cumberland, Maryland, has partnered with the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad to ring in 2018 with a train excursion and overnight package. Guests will enjoy a five-course seafood dinner and champagne NYE toast on the train with a murder mystery ride. Enjoy a stay at the Fairfield Inn and Suites with complimentary late check-out Monday morning. Package details available online. Please contact the Fairfield Inn & Suites at (301) 876-6037, or book online at, use code EVE. Limited availability.
  • Ramada Inn Downtown’s New Year’s Eve 2018 Bash – Featuring live entertainment from locally-known acts, Butterscotch Blonde & DJ Hook, guests are welcome to ring in 2018 at the Ramada Inn Downtown, in Cumberland, Maryland. Bash tickets include hors d’oeuvres, one drink coupon per person, a champagne toast, and party favors. Advanced and day-of tickets are available. Contact the Ramada Inn Downtown at (301) 724-8800 for more information.

Special dinners and a fireworks display at Rocky Gap Casino Resort are also taking place across the county. For a full listing of these New Year’s Eve special events, please visit, and for a full list of area lodging, please visit



Allegany County Tourism
Allegany County Tourism is the official tourism office for Allegany County, Maryland. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging options, and community events can be found at

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The-Cumberland-Connection_VideoPRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

For more information, contact:
Bryan Perry, Allegheny Trail Alliance – 724-309-9334
Ashli Workman, Allegany County Tourism – 301-876-9595
Greg Phillips, Enterprise Rent-A-Car –

Enterprise-Rent-A-Car Films Digital Content Pieces on the Great Allegheny Passage and C&O Canal Towpath Cumberland, Md.

(Nov. 29, 2017): Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the country’s largest transportation solutions provider, released a pair of new video shorts featuring bicyclists on the 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage and 184.5-mile C&O Canal Towpath. Filmed in Allegany County, Maryland, in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands, and in Pittsburgh, “The Cumberland Connection” videos highlight a father-daughter duo who ride the Pittsburgh-to-Washington, D.C. journey and make their return trip by renting a vehicle from Enterprise’s Cumberland location. The shorts are featured on Enterprise’s website as part of Pursuits with Enterprise, the brand’s digital magazine designed to inspire and enable more purposeful travel experiences. One of the videos is narrated by Larry Brock of Mountain Maryland Trails.

Production took place during the summer of 2017, and the final cuts feature shots of the Great Allegheny Passage along the Cumberland Narrows, over the Salisbury Viaduct, through the Pinkerton Tunnel, across the Ohiopyle Low Bridge, and in Point State Park.

“We’re pleased that Enterprise highlighted Cumberland as a premier trail town along the Great Allegheny Passage,” said Bryan Perry, Executive Director of the Allegheny Trail Alliance. “For many cyclists, renting a car for a return trip is a convenient choice that makes a thru-ride seamless and attractive.”

“With our location right off the connection point of these two legendary bike trails, we’ve had the opportunity to create a bond with the cycling enthusiasts, families and friends that come through our doors before embarking on their journey,” said Conrad Suter, Enterprise branch manager in Cumberland. “These video pieces showcase what’s special about this destination – not just the beautiful countryside and picturesque views, but also the community of cyclists and friendships developed along the way.”

The video shorts are available at

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About the Allegheny Trail Alliance
The Allegheny Trail Alliance is a coalition of trail owners and trail groups that built and now steward the Great Allegheny Passage, a 150-mile rail-trail connecting Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Md. The Great Allegheny Passage is the longest rail-trail in the eastern U.S., and welcomed over a million visits in 2016. 2 It connects with the historic C&O Canal Towpath in Cumberland, allowing cyclists and hikers to complete a 332-mile journey to Washington, D.C. For trip-planning ideas, visit

About Allegany County Tourism
Allegany County Tourism is the official tourism office for Allegany County, Maryland. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging options, and community events can be found at

About Enterprise
The Enterprise brand – which comprises Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Enterprise CarShare, Enterprise Truck Rental, Enterprise Car Sales, the Exotic Car Collection by Enterprise, Zimride by Enterprise and RideShare by Enterprise – offers customers a total transportation solution. Its flagship brand, Enterprise Rent-ACar, was founded in 1957 and is known for an extensive network of convenient locations, affordable rates, and outstanding customer service. Enterprise Rent-A-Car was ranked on BusinessWeek magazine’s annual list of “Customer Service Champs” for four years in a row. Enterprise operates not only as a key provider for insurance replacement, weekend getaways, and special occasions but also as a local transportation alternative. With more than 5,800 fully staffed airport and neighborhood offices located within 15 miles of 90 percent of the U.S. population, Enterprise can meet whatever transportation needs customers may have – renting, buying or sharing.

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Shop-Small - Made in Allegany COunty Maryland
A gift from the heart is the sentiment that is often shared when describing the perfect holiday gift. Yet, does one ever take a moment to consider that homemade means it started at the hands of a craftsman or artist? We are fortunate in Allegany County, Maryland, that many area business entrepreneurs and artists have settled down in our mountains to hone in on their crafts. Whether it is a chocolatier, artist, brewmaster, or winemaker, this holiday season we salute our list of made in Allegany County products.

We are proud of our Made in Allegany County partners and hope you consider shopping with them this holiday season.

1812-Brewery_Allegany-County-MD1812 Brewery
Nestled in the historic Evitts Creek Valley, the mill barn and farmhouse built by John Folck in 1812 have become Allegany County’s first farm brewery. Current brew selections change throughout the year. These are a tasty reminder of the work and art it takes to be a brew master.
Growlers are available and may just be the best thing sitting under the tree for your beer lover! 
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AlleganyArtsCouncil_AlleganyCountyMDArts & Galleries
The arts are alive and Allegany County is home to a vibrant arts community. Art galleries, studios, and art exhibits feature local and regional artists of all mediums. One-of-a-kind mosaics, portraits, paintings, wooden furniture, custom framing, and much more are available. Plus, each holiday season the Allegany Arts Council features a Holiday Market showcasing many handmade holiday gift ideas under $100. Learn More


Basecamp-Coffee_Cumberland-Maryland_Allegany-CountyBasecamp Coffee
Cumberland, Maryland’s, micro-roaster is quickly garnering a name for itself with its smooth flavor and distinct taste. Coffee shops across the region brew and serve from Basecamp, and the coffee company is now expanding with blends available for online orders. If you attended one of our many Farmer’s Market you will see company Founder and Owner, Hayden onsite passing out this liquid gold. Basecamp Coffee aims to provide consistent high-quality coffee. Learn More Shop Online!


CharisWinery_Allegany-County-MarylandCharis Winery & Distillery
Allegany County’s first winery and now distillery. Charis Winery & Distillery is located at the Canal Place Shops in downtown Cumberland. Locally produced premium wines as well semi-sweet and sweet blends, Charis Winery will release their new Pomace Brandy Thanksgiving Weekend. Tours, public and private tastings are available. Multiple wines to fit your palate are available and made onsite. Pair the 2015 Mountain Thunder with train tickets from the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, and you have yourself a one-of-a-kind, Mountain Maryland gift. Learn More  |  Shop Online!


Early-Rise-Flies_Cumberland-MDEarly Rise Flies
Top Adventure Town! Yes, we like the sound of that and Allegany County gets to tout that award thanks to Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and their Top Adventure Towns contest. Love the outdoors and the water? Early Rise Flies in Cumberland features traditional custom hand-tied, premium flies available in-store and online. Learn More  |  Shop Online!


ChocolateCoveredStrawberries_McFarlandCandies_AlleganyCounty-MDMcFarland Candies
Founded in 1944, this Frostburg, Maryland, based business now is operated by a third generation chocolatier. Their homemade chocolate recipe has been passed down and sweet favorites like their chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate dipped apples and peanut butter squares are what sweet dreams are made of. Even John Travolta has ordered these chocolates. Learn More  |  Shop Online!


MilestoneCubeCompany_CumberlandMDMilestone Cube Company
In 2003, local area woodworkers came up with an idea of a special designed wooden keepsake cube. You can say the idea took off as they have now sold their handmade art to recipients in over 17 countries. Milestone Cube Company is a double whammy made in Allegany County with much of their products made from local wood. Learn More


Toasted-Goat-Winer_Frostburg-MarylandToasted Goat Winery
Allegany County, Maryland’s newest winery, the Toasted Goat, located on historic Main Street in Frostburg, offers a variety of wines. Bottles are named and labeled after many community attractions, which makes giving a bottle feel very authentic and like our Mountain Maryland home. Learn More


Shop small this holiday season. Support local businesses and your community. For a list of Allegany County, Maryland’s many shopping options, visit our Website!

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Office of Tourism
Allegany County Government
701 Kelly Road
Cumberland, MD 21502

Cumberland, Maryland, Featured as One of Blue Ridge Outdoors’ Top Adventure Towns
The region was one of 48 contenders up for the award.

October 30, 2017 – CUMBERLAND, MD – Top Adventure Town, that has a nice ring to it and Cumberland, Maryland, earned its rank among some of the country’s very best towns in an online polling process with readers selecting Norton, Virginia, and Lewisburg, West Virginia, to round out the top three.

This is Blue Ridge Outdoors’ seventh annual Top Adventure Town contest sponsored by Blue Mountain Brewery. The contest began with 48 contenders spanning small towns to large cities. There were mountain biking meccas, paddling paradises, hiking nirvanas, and much more. Some are long established while others are quickly growing on the radar of their readers and outdoor enthusiasts everywhere. Previous contest champions were among the contenders, including Chattanooga, Tennessee, Hot Springs, North Carolina, and Franklin, North Carolina. Celebrated outdoor towns like Asheville, North Carolina, Charlottesville, Virginia, and Roanoke, Virginia, also received a hefty share of votes.
In the end, three towns came out on top with Cumberland snagging the 1st runner-up award.

“There is something to be said about the quality of life outdoor recreation brings to this region,” says Ashli Workman, director of tourism for Allegany County, Maryland. “We are honored that Cumberland’s many outdoor amenities are being recognized on a much bigger scale.”

Allegany County boasts 60,000 acres of public wildlands. Rocky Gap State Park and Green Ridge State Forest offer ample opportunities for hiking, biking, kayaking/canoeing, fishing, and the ultimate setting for just taking in Mother Nature. The Great Allegheny Passage, which has received press accolades from The Washington Post to The New York Times, continues to rack up awards like Bicycling Magazine’s “Top Rail Trails Every Cyclist Should Ride,” and little local-area traffic, multiple cycling routes, and the C&O Towpath trail connector, make the region highly appealing to cyclists. The Potomac River provides fishing opportunities and day float options, while the region also boasts plenty of camping, cabin rentals and hotel options to promote outdoor recreation getaways.

“It’s exciting to see small Appalachian towns transforming themselves into popular outdoor destinations,” says Will Harlan, editor in chief of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine. “Adventure towns are showcasing their natural beauty and abundant adventure opportunities, and folks are flocking to explore them. These towns are revolutionizing the entire region.”

The full feature is available in the November 2017 issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors.


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Fall is the PERFECT time for a Mountain Maryland getaway.

From an outdoor camping adventure with the entire family to a quiet relaxing B&B or resort getaway for two, there is something for everyone.  Our natural beauty and cool mountain breezes make outdoor exploring fun and enjoyable. Plus, the Fall Foliage… doesn’t get any better!

A short drive from Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., Mountain Maryland has been the vacation destination for many for decades.  Find out why a Mountain Maryland vacation is the best vacation for you and your family.

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Geo Wash3George Washington slept here… literally.  Slaves sought refuge here.  The National Road began here.  Rich history is at every turn in Mountain Maryland. Visit one of our amazing museums and rediscover our nation’s beginnings.

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black eyed susanSeeing is believing in Mountain Maryland…
We offer natural beauty as far as the eye can see.  Come for a visit and enjoy the view.

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magThe small town charm of Mountain Maryland glows even warmer during the holiday season! Cumberland, Frostburg and the country lanes that connect our villages feel like “home,” even if you’re in town for just a couple of days.

From holiday tours and festive performances to dazzling tree lightings and magical town festivals, you will definitely catch some holiday spirit.  Our specialty shops, smiling faces and, yes, even the occasional cup of hot cider or cocoa will welcome you and make your holiday shopping merry and bright.

To plan and book your holiday getaway in the Maryland Mountains, visit our Calendar of Events, and create a fun and nostalgic itinerary based on our holiday events schedule.  Discover the holiday charm of Mountain Maryland this season!

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lilThe magic of the holiday season comes alive every year in Mountain Maryland.  For the young (and the young at heart), experience an old-fashioned holiday which will make you believe in the spirit of the season.

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