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Left: Hayden Ort-Ulm, Basecamp Coffee Co. Right: Cory McCagh, 1812 Brewery

Love is in the air here in Mountain Maryland, and one thing we know for sure – we LOVE this #MadeInAlleganyCounty collaboration between 1812 Brewery, Allegany County’s sole farm brewery, and Basecamp Coffee Co., Allegany County’s reputable and growing coffee roaster, to create 1812’s Basecamp Coffee Stout.

Cory McCagh, owner of 1812 Brewery, and Hayden Ort-Ulm, owner of Basecamp Coffee Co., first discussed the idea of collaboration on a whim while hanging out over some craft beers in a Downtown Cumberland pub. From there, the idea stuck and the coffee stout was born.

“Coffee beers are trending right now, and I was excited that Cory was receptive to the idea,” says Hayden about the collaboration, “Both of our businesses continue to grow, and this partnership shows the community that up and coming businesses are collaborative and work together.”

Brewed with Basecamp’s Cold Brew, a blend you may recognize from the Cumberland and Frostburg Farmers Markets, this stout is said to have a smooth feel, medium body, and plenty of coffee flavor.

Don’t let us tout the stout, taste for yourself at the Release Party on Friday, February 16, at 1812 Brewery! Tour the taproom and facility, situated on 52-acres of the old Richard Fagan farmland, and fall in love with 1812’s Basecamp Stout. Can’t make the Release Party? The brew will be available at 1812 Brewery throughout February, but don’t wait too long – this is a limited, small batch release!

Just in time for FeBREWary, Maryland’s official month-long celebration of craft beer, the 1812 Basecamp Stout release exhibits a few things we appreciate most here in Allegany County – collaboration and cold, craft brews.

To celebrate, Allegany County’s Mountain Maryland has teamed up with 1812 Brewery and Basecamp Coffee Co. to offer an Instagram Giveaway – your chance to win an 1812 Brewery Growler (with one complimentary fill) and a 12 oz bag of Basecamp Coffee! Follow our pages, like our posts, and share what you love most about Allegany County for your chance to win.

Contest ends 2/17 11:59 pm EST. Winner announced 2/19 by 11:59 pm EST. Profiles must be public. Valid for US residents. The contest is in no way sponsored, administered or associated with Instagram Inc. or brands above. By entering, you confirm you are 21+ years of age, and release Instagram and all hosts of responsibility and agree to Instagram’s terms use. No purchase necessary, void where prohibited by law.

 

 

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Plan For Vacation Day is here, January 30, 2018. While we know you are daydreaming about your next getaway, have you actually started planning? If not, let us help you narrow down the choice for your next mountain escape – choose Allegany County, Maryland’s Mountain Maryland!

1. Bike the Great Allegheny Passage
150-mile bike trail from Pittsburgh, PA, to Cumberland, MD, featuring trail towns – Frostburg and Cumberland along the way. Learn more.

2. Enjoy the water on Lake Habeeb
Rocky Gap State Park and the 243-acre Lake Habeeb is the ideal location for year-round outdoor recreation. Enjoy kayaking, canoeing, hiking, mountain biking trails, and camping. Insider secret: Rocky Gap State Park features dog-friendly beaches and an Aviary program featuring a Bald Eagle.
3. Ride the Rails
Enjoy a train ride from Cumberland, Md, to Frostburg, Md, with the historical Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. Year-round programming features Moonshine Trains, Beer Dinner Trains (yes, they have a Chef and kitchen on board!) and the ever-popular Fall Foliage excursion. Insider Secret: The Hands on Throttle is an experience not to be missed. Guests 18 years and older can experience what it is like to handle the locomotive.

4. History Comes Alive
Allegany County, Md, is rich in history and heritage. In fact, our region features three centuries of American history including the start of the National Road with mile marker zero and the Tollhouse, George Washington’s headquarters, C&O Canal, coal and railroad heritage, and much more. Insider secret: Gunter Hotel in Frostburg, Md, is over 100 years old and features an actual speakeasy from the 1920’s in their basement!

Gordon-Roberts House

5. Eat, Drink and Be Mountain Merry
Breweries, Wineries, and a Distillery are all part of the growing food culture in Mountain Maryland. Our food scene is growing in reviews and accolades. Five local area food and beverage options are currently recognized at the Best of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine. These include 1812 Brewery (Best Brewery), Clatter Coffee (Best Coffee Shop), Dante’s (Best Bar / Pub), SHiFT (Best Farm-To-Table Restaurant) and Toasted Goat Winery (Best Winery). Learn more.

6. The Music Scene
Mountain Maryland is becoming known as a music mecca. With DelFest kicking off the summer scene each Memorial Day weekend, to the year-round music concerts at nearby Rocky Gap Casino Resort, from hip, eclectic and up and coming music at Frostburg’s Dante’s Bar to the international acts that line-up Frostburg State University’s Cultural Event Series, we should consider renaming us Mountain Music Maryland.

7. C&O Towpath
Cumberland, Md, is the terminus for the GAP Trail and C&O Towpath. Start, end, or continue your biking journey with us. The C&O Towpath is a 184.5 miles bike trail from Cumberland, Md, to Georgetown, Md.

8. The Arts are Alive!
With two of Maryland’s 26 Arts & Entertainment Districts, Frostburg and Cumberland, an active and educational focused Allegany Arts Council, and many galleries and art exploration spaces, Mountain Maryland is a gathering space for those who love and appreciate all forms of the Arts. Inside secret: Two theatres, the Cumberland Theatre and Embassy Theatre feature performances throughout the year.

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Frostburg State University Cultural Event Series

9. 60,000 Acres
Allegany County 60,000 acres of public wildlands. In fact, 1 in every 4 acres is public. Green Ridge State Forest is the largest contiguous forest in the state of Maryland and is an outdoor enthusiasts dream. Hiking, geocaching, floating the Potomac River, mountain biking and more are available. Inside secret: Green Ridge State Forest includes multiple scenic overlooks with incredible views. Stop in the Park’s Visitor Center and ask for a self-guided driving map.

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10. Small Town Life
Small town charm, well it is made here! From quaint shopping in Downtown Cumberland, featuring clothing boutiques like Lew Lew Belle and antique shops like Fort Emporium, to Frostburg, with its hip main street, Allegany County is filled with unique, locally owned, specialty businesses, storefronts and Made in Allegany County products.

The Mountains are calling! Start planning your next vacation and adventure. For more information, visit mdmountainside.com.

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Love is in the air! Mountain Maryland air that is. Looking for a roundup of Allegany County, Maryland’s, Valentine’s Day dinners, activities, and promotions? We are in love with this list of Valentine’s Day themed events and promotions.

SHARE YOUR LOVE ART EVENT
February 1 – 24, 2018
A benefit for the Allegany County Animal Shelter, the Share Your Love Art Event features art by local artists, unique furniture items and other oddities, all sold by silent auction or “Buy It Today” special pricing, at Sadie’s. Special February gallery dates and hours apply. LEARN MORE

2ND ANNUAL WINE & CHOCOLATE TASTING

February 9, 2018 – 6:30 PM
Join Ristorante Ottaviani for their second annual Wine and Chocolate pairing. Tastings start at 6:30 pm. Live music provided by Shelby Herbert starting at 7 pm. The cost of the event is $25 per person. LEARN MORE.

BEER AND ROSES PARTY
February 10, 2018 – 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Roses are red, violets are blue, romance is great and 1812 beer is, too! Join 1812 Brewery in celebrating romance. Enjoy the music of Shelby Herbert and the deliciousness of food from Good Carma Catering. Sample 1812’s own Cupid’s Curse created just for FeBREWary. Ladies receive a free rose.  LEARN MORE.

TOASTED GOAT VALENTINE’S DAY PAINT NIGHT 
February 11, 2018 – 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Valentine’s Day special for two! Enjoy one bottle of wine from the Toasted Goat, one box of chocolate’s from Frostburg’s Made In Allegany County, McFarland Candies, and two wine glasses for a paint night. Cost is $45 per couple. LEARN MORE.

VALENTINE POETRY READING
February 13, 2018 – 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Spread the love by attending the Annual Valentine Poetry Reading at the Allegany Arts Council. Everyone is welcomed to read a favorite love poem (or two) of their own or by another author. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. LEARN MORE.

VALENTINE’S DAY EXCURSION
February 14, 2018 – 5:30 PM

Enjoy dinner while overlooking the Potomac River in one of Western Maryland Scenic Railroad’s heritage dining cars. The dinner will be on a stationary train and will include a four-course meal ranging from Filet Mignon to Honey Glazed Salmon with a complimentary bottle of wine for the two of you (1 per reservation), as well as an appetizer, salad, and dessert. Boarding begins at 5:30pm; train departs at 6:00pm. This excursion will return to Cumberland at 8:30pm. LEARN MORE.

THE DRAFT VALENTINE’S PAINT NIGHT
February 14, 2018 – 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Bring yourself or a date! At this Paint Night gathering, you can customize your painting to make a couple’s creation or a single painting. Canvas and paint supplies are included in $35 registration fee. LEARN MORE.

ARTS FOR SWEETHEARTS
January 30 – February 14, 2018
A Pop-up shop for Valentines in the Allegany Arts Council’s Schwab Gallery. Surprise your sweetheart with gifts made by local artists and artisans. LEARN MORE.

VALENTINE’S PAINT NIGHT FOR COUPLES
February 14, 2018 – 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Mr. Toad’s Pottery in Cumberland, Maryland, is hosting a Valentine’s Day paint night for couples and friend groups looking for a fun way to spend the evening! Reservations are required and you must be 21+ years of age to attend. LEARN MORE.

WE’RE BACK, BABY! A TRIBUTE TO FRANK & DEAN
February 17, 2018 – 9:00 PM
World-class vocalist, Bob Hoose is Frank Sinatra and International tribute artist, Art Poco is Dean Martin, perform live at Rocky Gap Casino Resort. Individually, each of these talented headliners is capable of wowing the crowd on his own but put them together and you have an unforgettable powerhouse of a show! Paying tribute to two of the most popular entertainers in history means giving a performance that would be appreciated not only by first-time viewers but more importantly, by those fans who have loved the originals. Backed by a live band or custom pre-recorded tracks, all the great hit songs keep coming. The comedy is a mix of new material with a sprinkling of classic bits and a healthy dose of ad-libs, making every show fresh and unique. Tickets are $20 per person. LEARN MORE.

LOVE LETTERS PRESENTED BY THE CUMBERLAND THEATRE
February 17, 2018 – 8:00 PM
February 18, 2018 – 2:00 PM
The piece is comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences. As the actors read the letters aloud, what is created is an evocative, touching, frequently funny but always telling a pair of character studies in which what is implied is as revealing and meaningful as what is actually written down. LEARN MORE.

 

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Love is in the air, the Mountain Maryland air that is!

Allegany County’s Mountain Maryland features a variety of lodging accommodations and romance packages fit for travel for two, as well as a list of area restaurants and boutique shopping experiences offering special promotions that you will love!

This Valentine’s Day, fall in love with all that Mountain Maryland has to offer.


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Allegany County Office of Tourism
701 Kelly Road
Cumberland, MD  21502
P 301-777-ALCO (2526) X 126
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Cupid-Approved Valentine’s and Romance Packages in Allegany County, Maryland
Themed lodging packages start at $99.

January 23, 2018 – CUMBERLAND, MD – Love is in the air! Well, Mountain Maryland air, that is. Allegany County’s Mountain Maryland offers a variety of romance-themed travel experiences available Valentine’s Day and through February.

  • Love of Trains Package – The Fairfield Inn & Suites in Cumberland, Maryland, has partnered with the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad to offer a Valentine’s Day dinner and overnight package. Guests can enjoy dinner for two on board one of Western Maryland’s Scenic Railroad’s heritage dining cars. The dinner, which is stationary overlooking the Potomac River, includes a four-course meal and complimentary bottle of wine. Accommodations at the Fairfield Inn & Suites are within walking distance of the train station and include complimentary breakfast the following morning and a 1 pm late check-out. Package is available February 14, 2018. Rates start at $300.Can’t join on Valentine’s Day? The Fairfield Inn & Suites and the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad have partnered for two weeks in February with a Romance on the Rails Package. The package includes train tickets for two, a Valentine’s Dinner on the railroad, and a three-hour excursion from Cumberland to Frostburg and back. At Frostburg Depot, guests can play the WMSR version of the Newlywed Game! Package is available select dates in February and rates start at $458. Please contact the Fairfield Inn & Suites at (301) 876-6037, or book online at fairfieldcumberland.com.
  • Ramada Inn Downtown’s Valentine’s Day Package – You may choose a traditional romantic dinner at one of Cumberland’s many restaurants, plan a quirky date night at Mr. Toad’s Pottery, which is offering a Valentine’s Day paint night for couples, or choose to appreciate the vibrant arts within Cumberland’s Arts & Entertainment district, at the Allegany Arts Council’s Arts for Sweethearts showcase. No matter what you choose, all are within walking distance of the Ramada Inn Downtown, which is offering overnight accommodations, a bottle of champagne, chocolate and strawberries, and complimentary breakfast the next morning. Package is valid select dates in February. Rates start at $99.Upgrade to their Deluxe Valentine’s Day Package, which includes Valentine’s Day Package offerings plus two complimentary drinks at Harrigan’s Lounge and a dinner discount coupon to one of Cumberland’s local restaurants. Please contact the Ramada Inn Downtown at (301) 724-8800, or book online at wyndhamhotels.com.
  • Romance Package at Allegheny Trail House – Registered as a historic property, the “Shaffer House” is finding new life as Allegheny Trail House, Frostburg’s first and only farm-to-table bed and breakfast. Experience the charm of this new B&B with their Romance Package, featuring two-nights’ accommodations, a champagne and chocolate arrival amenity, and a $25 gift certificate to SHiFT restaurant, which was recently named Best Farm-To-Table-Restaurant by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine. Package is available February 9 – 18, 2018. Rates start at $200. Please contact the Allegheny Trail House at (242) 580-9795, or book online at alleghenytrailhouse.com.
  • Spa Package at Rocky Gap Casino Resort – Treat you and your partner to a rejuvenating and relaxing spa session at the Spa at Rocky Gap Casino Resort. Package includes overnight accommodations and one back, neck, and shoulder massage per person. Once you are done being pampered, head to the region’s Casino for gaming and nightlife. Package available based on availability. Rates start at $274. Please contact Rocky Gap Casino Resort at (800) 724-0828, or book online at rockygapcasino.com. Spa appointment MUST be booked in advance. Use promo code “SPA” to book your stay.
  • Valentine’s Package with Comfort Inn and Suites – Looking for a middle ground location between romantic events and dinners available in Frostburg and Cumberland? The Comfort Inn and Suites in LaVale, Maryland, features a rose petal turndown service, complimentary bottle of sparkling cider, assorted chocolates, and a complimentary 2 pm late check-out. Package is available February 9 – 17, 2018. Rates start at $113.  Please contact the Comfort Inn and Suites at (301) 729-6400, or book online at choicehotels.com/hotel/MD145.
  • Valentine’s Package with Hampton Inn, Frostburg –The city of Frostburg has a vibrant, hip Main Street community with four area restaurants and bars who were recent recipients of the Blue Ridge Outdoors Best of Awards: Clatter Coffee (Best Coffee Shop), Dante’s Bar (Best Bar) SHiFT (Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant) and Toasted Goat Winery (Best Winery). Enjoy a culinary Valentine’s Day! Package includes overnight accommodations, complimentary bottle of sparkling wine, complimentary hot breakfast and a late check-out. Package is available February 9 – 17, 2018. Rates start at $129. Please contact the Hampton Inn, Frostburg at (301) 689-1998, or book online at hamptoninn3.hilton.com.

Special dinners and events are also taking place across the county. For a full listing, please visit www.mdmountainside.com/calendar, and for a full list of area lodging options, please visit www.mdmountainside.com/category/lodging.

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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 www.mdmountainside.com.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Office of Tourism
Allegany County Government
701 Kelly Road
Cumberland, MD 21502-2882
aworkman@alleganygov.org  
www.mdmountainside.com 

Allegany County, Maryland, Takes Home Multiple ‘Best of Awards’ from Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine
Local favorites sweep the food and beverage categories.

JANUARY 4, 2018 – CUMBERLAND, MD – Looking for a place to dine? Well, then look no further than your own backyard. Five local area food and beverage establishments took home Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s recently announced ‘Best of Awards’ in its January 2018 issue.

This is Blue Ridge Outdoors’ fifth annual Best of Awards, which consisted of an online nomination then polling process. 75 categories are featured within the publication from best local outdoor experiences to events, and from local adventurers to guides/outfitters. But it was the food and beverage category specifically in which Allegany County was well represented, beating out competition from nine states and Washington, D.C.

Best Bar / Pub – Dante’s Bar – Frostburg, Maryland
www.dantesbarfrostburg.com

Best Brewery – 1812 Brewery – Cumberland, Maryland
www.1812brewery.com

Best Coffee Shop – Clatter Coffee – Frostburg, Maryland
www.clattercoffee.com

Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant – SHiFT, Frostburg, Maryland
www.shiftfrostburg.com

Best Winery – Toasted Goat – Frostburg, Maryland
www.toastedgoatwinery.com

Under the Best Taco category, Frostburg’s A Place to Eat earned a finalist award. Only two finalists were listed outside of the best of winner.

“What is impressive outside of the recognition is that many of these establishments are within a year or two of operation,” says Ashli Workman, director of tourism for Allegany County, Maryland. “These awards not only symbolize their impact to our community and to the visitor experience, but the influence food culture has on destination travel.”

The full feature is now available in the January 2018 issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors. The region was also recently featured by Blue Ridge Outdoors as a Top Adventure Town for 2017. A designation the community can tout for the coming year.

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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 www.mdmountainside.com.

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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 – gregory.d.phillips@ehi.com

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 https://www.enterprise.com/en/inspiration/weekend-adventures/cumberland.html.

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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 www.GAPtrail.org.

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 www.mdmountainside.com.

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
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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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PURE ENJOYMENTPack up the family and head for the Mountains of Maryland — where is it always 100% Authentic!

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restweekMountain Maryland Restaurant Week is Coming — Sept. 8-17, 2017! Allegany County Tourism and its local partners, the Cumberland Economic Development Corporation, Downtown Cumberland Business Association, and Frostburg First, have teamed up to bring the first restaurant week to Mountain Maryland! During this 10-day event, we encourage you to unchain their appetite and opt for local menus instead of numbered combos. It’s time to Rise and Dine, Mountain Maryland! You can follow the updates on social media (Facebook: www.facebook.com/mtmdfoodweek and Instagram: @mtmdfoodweek.

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