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DelFest - Cumberland MD

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Allegany County Office of Tourism
701 Kelly Road
Cumberland, MD  21502
P 301-777-ALCO (2526)
aworkman@alleganygov.org
www.mdmountainside.com

Allegany County Tourism Launches MountainMarylandDELuxe.com
The new initiative will serve as a travel-focused resource for festival goers


April 10, 2018 – CUMBERLAND, MD 
– Allegany County Tourism has announced the launch of www.MountainMarylandDELuxe.com, a new travel-focused website to complement the 11th Annual DelFest. Designed and managed by Allegany County Tourism, this new website will serve as a resource for the DelFest festival community as well as a marketing tool to promote the many travel experiences and amenities within our region.

“DelFest provides a great opportunity for Allegany County, Maryland, to sell itself as a true travel destination,” stated Ashli Workman, Director of Allegany County Tourism. “With thousands of festival goers entering our community each year, we launched this website with the idea of providing a convenient customer-service focused approach to travel as well as the opportunity to market ourselves.”

According to High Sierra Music, the production company associated with DelFest, 6,000-8,000 ticket holders attend the festival each year. The new website provides a list of county lodging, dining opportunities, and a things-to-do section promoting community events, outdoor recreation, shopping, and attractions worth exploring as part of the festival experience. The website also features a resources guide with transportation information and lists of nearby gas stations, grocery stores, and beer stores.

“Come early. Stay late. That is our motto with the new website,” added Workman. “We have a lot to offer, and our goal is to capture pre-, post-, and return stays as well as provide in-destination travel resources.”

The 11th Annual DelFest will take place from May 24-27, 2018, and at the Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, Maryland. For more information on the festival lineup and ticket sales, please visit www.delfest.com.

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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. Tourism supports 3,600 jobs in Allegany County, generates $160 million in visitor spending and $47 million in tourism tax revenues. Source: Tourism Economics

DelFest
The festival originated from the desire to create a family-friendly music festival celebrating the rich legacy of Del McCoury Music while creating a forum for world-class musical collaborations and to showcase fresh new talent with a down-home feeling. Produced in association with High Sierra Music, the 11th Annual DelFest will offer a quality festival experience stamped with the unique McCoury touch and features The Del McCoury Band, The Travelin’ McCourys, Old Crow Medicine Show, Greensky Bluegrass, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, The Dawg Trio with David Grisman, Sam Bush, Richard Thompson, The Jerry Douglas Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Wood Brothers,  Rhiannon Giddens and more. For more information, please visit, www.delfest.com.

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Visit Mountain Maryland - Allegany County, MD

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Allegany County Office of Tourism
701 Kelly Road
Cumberland, MD  21502
P 301-777-ALCO (2526)
aworkman@alleganygov.org
www.mdmountainside.com

 

Allegany County Tourism Unveils New 2018 Destination Guide

April 3, 2018 – CUMBERLAND, MD – Allegany County Tourism has released its new Visit Mountain Maryland Destination Guide for 2018.

The 68-page, full-color guide showcases Allegany County, Maryland, with visual photography and an editorial approach to the content. The guide features maps of downtown Cumberland and Frostburg, a calendar of events, a lodging and dining guide, and a category-based layout specific to outdoor recreation, the arts, history and heritage, shopping, and things to do.

“Our goal is to inspire travel through destination awareness,” said Ashli Workman, Director of Tourism. “The Destination Guide will celebrate the travel experiences that are worth uncovering in Allegany County.”

New to the guide is its name. “The subtle act of referring to this marketing tool as a Destination Guide, versus a Visitor Guide, speaks to our mission as a Destination Marketing Organization,” added Workman. “Driving overnight guests and increasing visitor spending in Allegany County starts long before they arrive in our market.”

The name is not the only change for 2018. The following additions or program changes are also new:

  • Earlier distribution. The goal was to get the guides out sooner to promote travel before peak season, which runs May through October in the county.
  • 25% larger. The guide has transformed to magazine size with the aspiration that people will hold onto the guide much longer.
  • Digital version. A downloadable, digital version will be available on the Tourism website for visitors to download. It will also serve as a way for area businesses to promote through their website and email efforts.

The cover of this year’s guide was provided by Rocky Gap Casino Resort and features the 243-acre Lake Habeeb at Rocky Gap State Park.

The guide is produced by Allegany County Tourism, alongside professional service partner Nelson Marketing of Cumberland, Maryland. The distribution includes travel-focused events, Maryland Travel/Welcome Centers, Maryland AAA Centers, Allegany County Visitor Center, regional chambers of commerce, tourism partner businesses, and Travel Centers in target markets within Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

To request a copy of the Visit Mountain Maryland Destination Guide, please email info@mdmountainside.com or fill out an online request form. A downloadable version is available on mdmountainside.com.

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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. Tourism supports 3,600 jobs in Allegany County, generates $160 million in visitor spending and $47 million in tourism tax revenues. Source: Tourism Economics

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Photo credit: Baseball Hall of Fame

Happy MLB Opening Day! Today we celebrate baseball’s first pitch of the season with Allegany County’s very own baseball Hall of Famer (1947) and arguably the finest left-hand pitcher in history, Lefty Grove. In fact, you can really honor Lefty Grove today by visiting his gravesite in Frostburg’s Memorial Park; strolling the streets of Lonaconing, MD, where Lefty grew up and returned (be sure to check out the George’s Creek Regional Library where his memorabilia is on display); or
raise a glass in his honor at 1812 Brewery as they serve up an MLB Opening Day Lefty Grove Party with the cover charge being donated to the Lefty Grove Memorial Committee.

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Robert Moses “Lefty” Grove was born on March 6, 1900. in the Charlestown suburb of Lonaconing, Maryland. His father John Grove was a coal miner. Lefty’s mother was Emma Catherine Beeman. The family’s surname was spelled “Groves” at the time. The “s” was dropped from Lefty’s last name in the early days of his professional baseball career.

The story of Lefty’s early baseball experiences at “First Field” in Charlestown are chronicled in part one of Ruth Bear Levy’s two-part article entitled “Recollections of Lefty Grove: Baseball’s Greatest Left-Handed Pitcher.”  The article was published in the Maryland Historical Magazine in the summers of 1987 & 1988. The article is posted on the Western Maryland Historical Library website – www.whilbr.org.

Life in the impoverished coal town of Lonaconing did not allow luxuries like real bats and baseballs. According to Ruth Bear Levy’s article, baseballs were usually homemade from a piece of cork, wound with yarn, and wrapped with tape. A fence paling was often called into service as a bat. The local youngsters would flock to First Field when Lefty pitched. A former Lonaconing native, interviewed for Levy’s article, remembered that Lefty’s fastball was like a “shot out of a gun.” Years later, major league scouts came to the same conclusion. Ford Christopher Frick, who served as the 3rd Commissioner of Baseball, later said that Lefty Grove was the fastest pitcher who ever lived.

Lefty played in his first organized league as a member of the Midland team in 1919. Beginning as the first baseman, Grove was soon moved to the pitcher’s mound, when they saw how hard he could throw. After hurling a no-hitter against the powerful B&O team at the end of the year, Grove’s ascent to greatness began.

Lefty was hired by the B&O in 1920, but before he could play a game for them, he was recruited by the Martinsburg Mountaineers of the Class D Blue Ridge League. Grove played only six games for Martinsburg before his contract was purchased by Jack Dunn of the International League Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles won the league pennant each year during Lefty’s tenure. In 1923, Lefty set a league record of 330 strikeouts, that still stands today. The International League is currently the governing body over all of the minor league teams on the east coast.

In 1925, Lefty’s services were acquired by Connie Mack of the Philadelphia Athletics, for a record sum of $100,600. This was more than the New York Yankees paid for Babe Ruth. Lefty experienced the only losing season in his career during 1925, winning 10 games, while losing 12. This left many to wonder if Connie Mack’s expectations for Grove were unrealistic.

In 1926, Grove began to find the control to go with the speed of his fastball. In 1927, Lefty began a string of seven consecutive 20 win seasons, including an incredible two-year record of 59 wins and nine losses in 1930 & 1931. Lefty’s 31-4 record in 1931 earned him the very first American League MVP trophy that was ever awarded, beating Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in the process. The Athletics won two consecutive World Series titles in 1929 and 1930. They nearly won a third, losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in a seven-game series in 1931.

After suffering an arm injury in 1933, Lefty developed a curveball and a forkball, to compensate for the loss of velocity on his fastball. In 1934, Lefty was traded to the Boston Red Sox, where he played for eight seasons. Remarkably, Grove won four of his nine American League ERA titles during his stint with the Red Sox, after his career-changing arm injury. On July 25, 1941, Lefty Grove got his 300th win, in a game against the Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park.  Of the 24 pitchers who have won 300 or more games, Grove still has the highest winning percentage.

Lefty retired on December 7, 1941. Consumed with the news about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the nation paid scarce attention to Grove’s departure. Coupled with the misfortune of playing in an era before games were televised, Lefty seemed to be consigned to an obscure legacy.

Awards bestowed after his retirement revived Grove’s legacy. Lefty was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1947. During baseball’s centennial celebration in 1969, he was named the left-handed pitcher on the All-Time All-Star Team. In 1999, Lefty was named to baseball’s All-Century Team. His nine ERA titles still stand as a record today.

In Bill James’ book Historical Baseball Abstract published in 1985, James rated Lefty Grove as the greatest pitcher of all time. In the newer version of the book, released in 2001, James reversed the order of the first two pitchers and ranked Grove’s hero Walter Johnson first, and Lefty second. Either way, Grove would surely have been flattered just by the comparison to Walter Johnson.

Even though some pitchers posted better numbers than Grove, Bill James gave particular emphasis to the fact that Grove played in an era that predated the existence of specialized relief. In the era when Lefty played, the starting pitcher was also expected to be available to pitch in relief. Lefty has 55 saves, in addition to his 300 wins. Grove completed 48% of his major league games, which is 50% more than modern pitchers Randy Johnson and Roger Clemens, combined. Bill James also ranked Grove 19th among the greatest of all baseball players in history.

In a testament to the accuracy of Bill James’ calculations, the 2002 Oakland Athletics employed James’ statistical model to build a team that won 20 consecutive games. At the end of the 2002 season, the Boston Red Sox hired James as a player analyst. Two years later, the Red Sox won their first World Series in 86 years.

Robert Moses Grove - MVP trophy - 1931

Robert Moses Grove – MVP trophy – 1931. Photo credit: Western Maryland’s Historical Library

Grove never relinquished his residency in Lonaconing during his professional baseball career. He returned to Western Maryland each year during the offseason. Lefty supported youth baseball in Lonaconing, and he donated his 1931 American League MVP trophy to his hometown. The trophy is now displayed behind bullet-proof glass, in a specially designed $25,000 showcase, at the Lonaconing Public Library.

To quote Bill James, in his book Historical Baseball Abstract: “what argument, if any, can be presented against the proposition that Lefty Grove was the greatest pitcher who ever lived.”

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Guest Author: Bucky Schriver

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Bucky Schriver of the Lefty Grove Memorial Committee visits the late pitcher’s gravesite. Photo credit: Cumberland Times-News.

 

 

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Mountain-Maryland_2018-Photo-Contest
Allegany County’s Mountain Maryland is seeking photos for their NEW, annual, 2018 Photo Contest.

The spirit of the Allegheny Mountains contain secret stories worth telling, and a picture is worth 1,000 words. Share images from life in Allegany County, Maryland, or from your recent getaway experience. Allegany County’s Mountain Maryland is seeking photos that tell the county’s story of culture, lifestyle, and recreation during the First Annual 2018 Mountain Maryland Photo Contest. Enter your photos for a chance to win cash prizes in the four categories listed below. 1st through 3rd place will be awarded in each category. The contest will run from April 2 – October 31, 2018.

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Photo Categories:

  • Arts and Entertainment: Allegany County boasts a lively art and entertainment scene including two state-designated Arts and Entertainment Districts in Cumberland and Frostburg. This category serves to document events, festivals, activities, nightlife, art, music, and entertainment in Allegany County.
  • History and Heritage: The foundation of Allegany County’s history and heritage lies largely in transportation, between the National Road, C&O Canal, Western Maryland Railway, and the recently completed Great Allegheny Passage. The county is full of stories, mountain lore, and heritage that makes us uniquely us. This category serves to document Allegany County’s rich history.
  • Active Outdoor Recreation: From trail riding on the Great Allegheny Passage, stand-up paddle boarding, and canoeing at Rocky Gap State Park, to hiking in Green Ridge State Forest, Allegany County has plenty of opportunities to play in the outdoors. This category serves to capture the community and visitors active in the outdoors. These shots should feature people in movement and recreation in the outdoors.
  • Nature and Scenic Landscapes: Public lands, historic architecture, streetscapes, overlooks, waterways, and more, Allegany County, Maryland, has many scenic landscapes. Show us your favorite views of Allegany County’s backdrop.

Prizes:

Cash prizes to be awarded in each category for the following amounts.
1st Place:  $250
2nd Place: $100
3rd Place:  $75

How to Enter:

  1. Please complete the entry form below.
  2. Please attached one high-quality photo per submission. Each submission should be sent separately.
    Note: Files must be named following this format: “Photographer’s First-Name-Last-Name_Photograph-Subject_Photograph-Location” (e.g. John-Henry_Dans-Rock_Frostburg-MD)
  3. Please review contest rules below before submitting.

Contest Rules:

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age to participate in the contest.
  • The applicant acknowledges that any persons appearing in submitted photograph(s) have given the applicant and Allegany County Tourism consent for reproduction and promotional use.
  • Only photos that were taken in and of Allegany County, Maryland, will be eligible.
  • Photo(s) must be submitted in the high-quality format: .jpeg format, 300dpi minimum.
  • Photo(s) must be submitted in full color.
  • The following will result in disqualification:
    • Black and white photo(s).
    • Collages, composite images, and images that have been digitally transformed with special effects.
    • Use of watermarks.
  • Files must be named following this format: “Photographer’s First-Name-Last-Name_Photograph-Subject_Photograph-Location” (e.g. John-Henry_Dans-Rock_Frostburg-MD). Photos failing to be formatted properly will be disqualified.
  • You may submit an unlimited number of photos for the contest.
  • No photographs from previous contests will be accepted.
  • We may disqualify any submission for failing to comply with contest rules.
  • By submitting the entry form you agree to the contest rules listed above. The applicant also agrees that all photography submitted shall become the property of Allegany County Tourism, and Allegany County Tourism reserves the non-exclusive right to use the photo(s) in publications or for promotional purposes. By submitting the entry and photo(s), the applicant also acknowledges that any persons appearing in the submitted photo(s) have given the applicant and Allegany County Tourism consent for reproduction and promotional use.

Please direct any questions regarding the 2018 Mountain Maryland Photo Contest to tourism@alleganygov.org with a subject line: Mountain Maryland 2018 Photo Contest.

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National-Day-Of-Unplugging
We are an uber-connected society. Texting, Facetiming, Following, Tweeting, InstaStoring – if it is a digital connection, our nose is to the grind or pointed towards the phone. No wonder one had to create a National Day of Unplugging to force us to re-focus and detox from the constant technology that surrounds us all.

Welcome to Mountain Maryland, where disconnecting is all about reconnecting. Here, we encourage you to put your phone down, get outdoors, explore, reconnect with nature and ultimately yourself.

Green-Ridge-State-Forest_NationalDayOfUnplugging1Take a Scenic Overlook DriveGreen Ridge State Forest features multiple scenic overlooks throughout the forest. Stop by Headquarters to pick up a self-guided tour map, hop in your car, and drive. We promise the views are worth the gas expense.

Emmanuel-Episcopal-Church_NationalDayOfUnplugging2. Experience History – Did you know that the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Cumberland, Maryland, served as a hub for the Underground Railroad? The church features a series of underground tunnels, which escaped slaves would use on their route to Pennsylvania. Learn more.

Cycling-In-Maryland_NationalDayOfUnplugging3. Breath in the Fresh Mountain Air – Cumberland, Maryland, features the connection of the Great Allegheny Passage, a rail trail connecting Pittsburgh, PA, to Cumberland, and the C&O Towpath, a 184-mile trail which continues to Washington, DC. If you need a bike or riding equipment, visit one of our local outfitters for riding needs. Turn off the phone, and hit the great outdoors! PS – Picture above is not reflective of the current season. Pack your bike, but also warmer gear.

Shift-Frostburg_NationalDayOfUnplugging4. Come to Dine – Entrepreneurs have set Allegany County up for a great location that appreciates the food and beverage culture. We have farm-to-table restaurants, bars with live entertainment, specialty coffee shops, fine dining locations, and so much. Grab your loved one, call up a friend, and go enjoy a meal and have a meaningful conversation.
MrToadsPottery_NationalDayOfUnplugging5. Get Creative – Put down the phone and pick up a paintbrush! Allegany County features many opportunities to let your artistic side shine through. Mr. Toad’s Pottery features a pottery studio and MountainShine Creative hosts a variety of artistic workshops, both located in Downtown Cumberland. While in Frostburg, check our Sadie’s a rotating gallery or make reservations for one of the Toasted Goat Winery’s many paint and sip classes.

As John Muir once said, “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” The mountains are calling.

Learn more about Allegany County, Maryland!

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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.

Photo Credit: Nathaniel Mortality

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.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Allegany County Office of Tourism
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Cumberland, MD  21502
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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, 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 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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