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Mom… we know what you need, what you really want this Mother’s Day. It is some YOU time. Some rest and relaxation. Time to get away from it all.

Psst! Hey, Mom, we got 60,000 acres of majestic nature, famous bike trails, historical sights, a diverse food, brewery, and winery scene, and the peace and quiet with your friend Mother Nature.

Say no to fighting the crowds, the lines, and the bumper to bumper traffic. Instead, say yes to birds chirping in the background, cool breezes, and stars that fill the night sky. Say yes to a Mountain Maryland getaway.

MothersDay_AlleganyCountyMD_ToastedGoatWineryWineries!
Wine… need we say more? Allegany County, Maryland, features two locally-owned wineries, The Toasted Goat Winery in Frostburg, MD, and Charis Winery in Cumberland, MD. Both feature a tasting room and wines produced with bottles depicting local ties. The Toasted Goat Winery features artist showcases and many “Made in Maryland” retail items, and Charis Winery sells oils and even distills brandy.

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We have bike trails, but did we mention they are internationally known? The Great Allegheny Passagewhich celebrates its 40th anniversary this summer, is a 150-mile rail trail from Pittsburgh, PA, to Cumberland, MD, and has been recognized by National Geographic and as a “Top Bike Trail, Everyone Must Ride” by Bicycle Magazine. The C&O Canal Towpath, which stretches 184.5 miles from Washington, DC, to Cumberland, MD, is rich in history and heritage and is part of the National Park Service.

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Photo credit Maryland State Office of Tourism

Scenic Beauty
Hop in a car and let the roads lead you. Green Ridge State Forest boasts seven breathtaking scenic overlooks with views as far as the eye can see. Stop at the Visitor Center when you enter the forest for a self-guided driving map. Town Hill Overlook in Little Orleans, MD, is home to Town Hill B&B, the first tourist hotel built in the state of Maryland. The scenic overlook features three states and seven counties and has become known to the locals at the “Beauty Spot of Maryland.”

MothersDay_AlleganyCountyMD_BoutiqueShoppingBoutique Shopping
Both Frostburg and Cumberland feature boutique shopsowned by our local community. Antiques, record stores, gourmet foods, bookstores, clothing boutiques, and more line our small-town streets. It is a unique experience filled with one-of-a-kind retail items and welcoming people. Besides, when you shop small, you help the local economy.

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Spa & Wellness
Time to take advantage of some much-needed rest and relaxation with one of the many spa and wellness partners in Allegany County, Maryland. The Spa at Rocky Gap Casino Resort is a full-service facility offering a variety of services including classic massages, facials, manicures, and pedicures. Plus, when the service is through, find your self a cocktail and chair beside Lake Habeeb. Looking for something a bit out-of-the-box? Meditation is an important part of our wellbeing, and the Serenity Garden and Labrinth at Allegany College of Maryland is a peaceful place for reflection and meditation.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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This summer, ease the heat along Allegany County Maryland’s Ice Cream Trail!

We may be located in the breezy mountains of Mountain Maryland, but that doesn’t spare us from the sultry dog days of summer. Whether you’re biking through Allegany County on the Great Allegheny Passage or just want a sweet retreat from the mountain’s summer sun, Allegany County, Maryland, is home to some notable ice cream stops.

Oak-Barrel-Cafe_Little-Orleans-MDOak Barrel Cafe – 35206 National Pike NE, Little Orleans, MD
Don’t let the outside trick you!  Located right off Exit 72 from Maryland’s Interstate 68, this charming cafe goes above and beyond convenience-stop fare with a spectacular food menu, complete with all the ice cream classics, including soft-serve ice cream cones and cups, specialty sundaes, coffeehouse chillers, milkshakes, floats, smoothies, and more! 

Twisteez-Ice-CreamTwisteez – 11506 Bedford Road NE, Cumberland, MD
With combinations like the Fireside S’more, Peanut Butter Pretzel, and Apple Strudel, this seasonal ice cream stand, located minutes from downtown Cumberland, is “the twist you can’t resist!” Stop by this neighborhood favorite!Queen-City-Creamery_Cumberland-MD
Queen City Creamery & Cafe – 108 W. Harrison Street, Cumberland, MD (0.3 miles from mile marker 0, Great Allegheny Passage)
Offering some of the Cumberland area’s best homemade frozen custard, Queen City Creamery provides a creative “flavor of the day” menu with flavor combos from Kahlua Mocha Cheesecake to Lemon Poppy Muffin and White Russian to Caramel Old Bay. While you are sure to be delighted by a cone with the “flavor of the day,” what makes the creamery even more appealing is their “Grown-ups Only” Drinkery menu, with drinks like the Frozen Dirty Banana – a mixture of vanilla custard, Kahlua, banana liqueur, bananas, and milk.

Livvys-Soft-Serve_Cresaptown-MD_Ice-Cream-TrailLivvy’s Soft Serve – 13125 Warrior Dr., Cresaptown, MD
Known for their rotating soft-serve “flavors of the day” like yellow cake batter and salted caramel, their generous portion sizes, and indulgent sundaes like the “Start your diet tomorrow” sundae or the “Half Nuts” sundae, Livvy’s is a Cresaptown-area favorite stop. Nestled in a small neighborhood right off Route 220, Livvy’s offers big taste with all the classic offerings.

Froyo-Factory_LaVale-MDFro-yo Factory – 1223c National Highway, LaVale, MD
Newly opened, locally owned and operated, this frozen yogurt shop features Honey Hill Farms – all gluten-free – frozen yogurt. Make your way through the self-serve line to build your sundae with a selection of toppings like m&ms, chocolate chips, crushed Oreos, gummy bears, syrups, and more.
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Mountain City Coffeehouse and Creamery – 60 E Main Street, Frostburg, MD – (0.8 miles from the Frostburg Trailhead on the Great Allegheny Passage) Mountain City Coffeehouse and Creamery, boasting unique Gothic architecture and a cobblestone patio for outdoor dining, sits right in the heart of downtown Frostburg. Featuring locally made ice cream, sourced from Lakeside Creamery at Deep Creek Lake in nearby McHenry, MD, Mountain City Coffeehouse and Creamery serves hand-dipped cones, milkshakes, sundaes, and floats!  

Princess-Restaurant_Frostburg-MD_Ice-Cream-TrailPrincess Restaurant 12 W. Main Street, Frostburg, MD – (0.9 miles from the Frostburg Trailhead on the Great Allegheny Passage)
A Pappas family tradition for four generations, the Princess Restaurant is packed with history. A Frostburg favorite past-time, you can often find Frostburg residents pulled up to the diner counter, sipping on milkshakes and malts or spooning assorted sundaes and banana splits. New to the menu are the super shakes, built with decadence in mind, with rotating specialty shakes like the Cookie-Cookie Super Shake and the Super Fudge Chocolate Brownie Shake!

Frostburg Freeze – 225 W. Main Street, Frostburg, MD – (1.5 miles from the Frostburg Trailhead on the Great Allegheny Passage)
What is that Boston Shake? Is it a hot fudge sundae inside a milkshake or is it a milkshake poured over top a hot fudge sundae? That’s the question we hope you can help us answer when you swing by the Frostburg Freeze. Family owned and operated for over 50 years, The Frostburg Freeze is a seasonal community hub, serving the area’s best soft-serve to patrons on an outdoor patio, along Old Route 40 National Road. With “oldies, but goodies” like the Boston Shake and root beer floats to the new “pick your own” flavor bursts in a soft-serve cone, you will not regret making this a priority stop on a hot summer’s day.
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Busters Treats – East Main Street, Lonaconing, MD
Historic Lonaconing, home to the Lefty Grove Memorial Park, boasts this pop-up ice cream stand along the Main Street drag. Known for their homemade peanut butter sauce and fresh toppings, Busters Treats serves all the soft-serve classics from milkshakes and sundaes to malts and ice cream sandwiches. Animal Lovers – Bring your four-legged friend for a dog-friendly summer treat!

This is one trail that will lead you to an ultimately sweet landing. Enjoy!

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DelFest - Cumberland MD

Photo credit: Brad Kuntz Photography.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Allegany County Office of Tourism
701 Kelly Road
Cumberland, MD  21502
P 301-777-ALCO (2526)
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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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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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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!

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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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Jessica-Palumbo

ALLEGANY COUNTY GOVERNMENT
NEWS RELEASE
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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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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701 Kelly Road
Cumberland, MD  21502
P 301-777-ALCO (2526) X 126
aworkman@alleganygov.org
www.mdmountainside.com

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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Office of Tourism
Allegany County Government
701 Kelly Road
Cumberland, MD 21502-2882
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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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