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!
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.
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.