Experiences

Three friends outside of Hub City Vinyl

Hub City Vinyl: An Art Deco-Inspired Record Store in Hagerstown

Hub City Vinyl is hard to miss. A prominent 20,000-square foot building painted mint green and pastel purple in art deco style, it’s a beacon to those passing through Hagerstown, Maryland. I…

Twin Valley Distillers

The Brilliant Booze of Maryland (Part 5): Distilleries Just Outside D.C.

Whether your travels take you into the District for business or pleasure, you can still scratch your craft spirits itch. Just as you’d expect from DC itself, the surrounding suburbs boast a…

Beer flight on a bar

Hungry on the Trail? Here’s Where to Eat and Drink Along the C&O Canal

Back in the heyday of the C&O Canal, boats carrying every imaginable foodstuff were towed by mules up and down the man-made waterway. The canal was built specifically to enable the movement…

Sailboats on the water

Log Canoe Sailboat Races: A Thrilling Chesapeake Tradition

The pop of the starter’s gun sounded across the water to signal the start of the Miles River Yacht Club’s Centennial Cup 4th of July Series. I was among the approximately 20…

A woman sitting on a boat overlooking the water

The Tale of the Sail: Finding Your Adventure on the Chesapeake Bay

“You want me to hand you that rope?” An abrupt silence fell across the stern of the boat. All eyes turned to me like when a stranger enters a tavern in an…

Fun For Everyone in Havre de Grace

Legend has it that Havre de Grace got its moniker from an eighteenth-century French military officer currently enjoying an extended run on Broadway. Mais oui! The picturesque town perched on the banks…

Your Go-To Playlist for Summer Days on the Water

When you’re enjoying summer days on the water, whether it’s sharing a cold one with the boys on a Saturday float down the river, kicking back with dad as he teaches you…

Icre Cream Cone with a Brownie

Get the Scoop on the 2021 Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail—oh, and to be named the 2021 Champion Trailblazer, of course.  From Western Maryland all the way to the Eastern…

Seeking Serenity: Exploring the Western Maryland Rail Trail

I can’t help it, I’m obsessed with being outdoors. Whether it’s hiking, kayaking, camping, or simply taking a long walk outside, being in nature has a way of soothing my soul. So…

Open trunk door looking into a car with a basket and drinks and food on a cloth

Build the Perfect Roadside Picnic With Goods From These Markets In Maryland

Do you hear that sound? The road is calling you to enjoy some outdoor fun across Maryland. Whether you decide to go for a hike, visit a park, or hit a drive-in…

Retro Charm Abounds At These Classic Duckpin Bowling Alleys

I stepped onto the glistening wood floor and retrieved a ball from the chrome ball return machine installed shortly before Kennedy was president. I tossed the grapefruit-sized ball in my hand as…

Group of people smiling at the camera with a pickle character

It’s Kind of a Big Dill — A Pickle-Themed Party in Baltimore

Pickle pizza, pickle ice cream, pickle fried Oreos? Maybe these draw up memories of walking through a fair or carnival, where the delight was that vendors would fry almost anything and come…

A Vandweller’s Last Hurrah in Maryland

As someone born and raised in Maryland, I felt spoiled growing up having both beaches and mountains only a short drive away. It’s one of the things I love about this state,…

Image of a man playing a musical instrument within a crowd of people

Balloons, Ghost Tours, Jazz, and More: Summer Events in Maryland for All Ages

Summer in Maryland is already in full swing, with roadside stands serving up a classic egg custard snowball, families and friends gathering amidst a pile of crabs and Natty Bohs, and seagulls…

Snowballs — Baltimore’s Chilly and Sweet Summertime Treat

I’ve lived in the Baltimore area for over four years and have a confession to make… I’ve never had a true snowball before this summer. I’ve had snow cones before, and Rita’s…

The Brilliant Booze of Maryland (Part 4): Distilleries in Southern Maryland

As “Hot Vax Summer” moves into full swing, don’t just spend all your time at the beach and inhaling crab. Hit up these distilleries-on-the-bay that will ensure your next trip to Southern…

An Epicurean’s Delight in Downtown Frederick, Maryland

It’s Friday afternoon. You can feel it creeping up your back, like a bit of cracked glass sliding up your spine. You have to get the hell out of town. You’re hungering…

Maryland’s Bayside Jewels: Chesapeake Beach and North Beach

There’s nothing that a sunny day spent strolling on a boardwalk and eating on the deck of a waterfront café can’t cure. Located only 20 minutes south of Annapolis and 35 miles…

2016 Union Mills Reenactment

Roads Pointed to Gettysburg: The Union Advance Through the Heart of Maryland

Running through the center of Maryland is hallowed ground – a term drawn from President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address – where thousands of Civil War soldiers spilled blood, thus rendering it sacred.…

Man playing golf

Design Your Perfect Escape at Rocky Gap State Park

Sometimes we need that weekend getaway where we don’t have to drive too far or board an airplane. An escape that makes us feel like we’re far away, even if we’re close…

Girl dancing and looking at the stage with a band playing music on it

Destination Drive-in: One Dad’s Quest to Pin Down the Magic Behind Car-Based Entertainment

My first drive-in movie is a surprisingly vivid memory considering it was roughly 30 years ago. I remember the neon glow of the sign, the sense of awe at the enormity of…

The “Drive Thru Burger” at Nepenthe Brewing Co. is inspired by McDonald’s Big Mac

Not So Fast, Food: Upscale Comfort Food in and Around Baltimore

We all have those days where KFC, Taco Bell, or McDonald’s just hit the spot. They’re the comfort foods we grew up with, and we can always count on them when we’re…

Ride the Current to Ships of the Past

Maryland is defined by its waterways. The Atlantic Ocean, the Chesapeake Bay, the Potomac and Susquehanna Rivers—even the man-made C&O Canal—are central to the lives and livelihoods of Marylanders. Then there’s the…

Sapwood Cellars Brewery with beer cans all lined up

2 Lakes + 3 Breweries = A Hoppy Day in Columbia, MD

Hikes and craft beer go together like Old Bay and blue crabs… except when your adventure partner is recovering from a sprained ankle. That’s when you hop to hops instead!  My wife,…

Red bike against a fence

A Bucolic Bike Ride Through Fair Hill NRMA

On a quest to broaden my biking horizons, I set off for the Fair Hill NRMA in Elkton, Maryland. It must’ve been my quixotic desire for adventure that led me to choose…

Child dancing in the water

Best Hidden Swimming Holes in Maryland

Hello, summer! Maryland’s diverse topography lends itself to the quintessential small-town summer experience: swimming holes. These quiet, secluded spots make a great place for your family and friends to spend the day.…

Nature & Architecture Collide: Exploring Urban Landscapes in Baltimore

Frederick Law Olmsted Sr., the titan of American landscape architecture, was born in 1822, and celebrations are underway to mark the bicentennial of his birth. Best known for his first project, a…

Multigenerational Family

Making Multigenerational Travel Memorable

Bringing Grandma and Grandpa along for vacation can be a win for everyone in the family. Mom and Dad have another set of grownups to pitch in (and maybe provide some much-needed…

Two females in the car laughing listening to music

An Upbeat Playlist For A Hands-Up, Windows Down Drive

If you had to describe the ultimate landscape for driving with your windows down while listening to an upbeat playlist blaring, what would it be? For me, it’s lush, green countryside with…

The Brilliant Booze of Maryland (Part 3): Distilleries in Eastern Maryland

We’ve dug down into the distilling roots of Maryland and shown you the best and brightest distilling stars in Baltimore. Now it’s time to head down distilleries in Eastern Maryland state to…

Chestertown: A Charming Destination With Rich History on the Eastern Shore

Among the many alluring cities and small towns on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, few can match Chestertown’s unique mix of rebellious history, African American heritage, collegiate atmospherics, and window-shopping charms. A forty-minute drive…

Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, MD

The Ultimate Family Pit Stop: Playgrounds Near Major Maryland Roads

My husband and I used to take road trips around Maryland all the time. We’d often turn a trip to the beach or the mountains into an opportunity to explore small towns,…

An Ovenbird spotted in Western Maryland

Spring Birding in Western Maryland

Ask any birder and they’ll tell you: a good birdwatching trip is measured by two things — the birds they see and the food they eat. Our trip to Garrett County, Maryland…

Waterfall

A Maryland Waterfalls Tour Along the Northern Chesapeake Bay

As a marine biologist dating a fly fisherman, you can imagine I spend nearly every weekend on or near water. From the rivers of Western Maryland to the marshes of the Eastern…

Family Road Travel Still Matters

My 11-year-old eyes had never seen mountains other than the rolling blues of the Blue Ridge, and they could hardly make sense of the snow-capped Rockies that loomed in front of the…

A Deep D(r)ive Into Maryland Horse Racing

Maryland’s ties to horse racing run deep. Racing’s association in the state, the Maryland Jockey Club, was founded in 1743, making it the oldest sporting organization in the United States. Save for…

Bulgogi kimbap at Kim Bob Na Ra

A Sweet and Spicy Dining Adventure Along Korean Way

Ellicott City, a historical suburb located in Howard County, is well known for its charming downtown. But Ellicott City is also home to “Korean Way,”  a five-mile stretch  of Route 40 filled…

The Hunt Scene topiary creations

Ladew Topiary Gardens: The Real ‘Secret Garden’ of Harford County, MD

Imagine you are driving along busy Jarrettsville Pike among the verdant scenery of Harford County’s horse country, just 20 miles north of Baltimore, enjoying the warm breeze from your window and the…

Two kids standing within the sunked road

Uniting My Blended Family: A Day of Learning at Antietam National Battlefield

“Brother against brother” is a common term used to illustrate the often divided loyalties of families during the Civil War. This division was common in border states like Maryland, which claimed both…

Ollie, the author’s dog, on Sugarloaf Mountain

Wagging Tails and Wondrous Trails: Tips for Happy Hiking with Your Dog

Growing up in the wilds of Maine gave me an appreciation for the great outdoors that I brought with me to the mid-Atlantic. In my work as a photographer, specializing in nature…

Interior of the Mermaid Museum

Encounter Treasures Untold at the Mermaid Museum in Berlin, MD

I’ve made the journey across the Bay Bridge many times — for summer vacations, day trips in early fall, and most recently, for a delicious diversion of Bloody Marys in the dead…

Man riding a bike through the woods

What’s Your Speed? Activities for Every Pace in Howard County, Maryland

Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie seeking your next outdoor adventure, or a family looking for a relaxing afternoon in the sun, the outdoors in Howard County are chock-full of fun things to…

6 Favorite Outdoor Brewery Venues in Maryland

The weather is finally changing, birds are chirping, and the sun is staying out longer; that’s right, spring has sprung. There’s nothing quite like grabbing a brew and soaking up the sunshine…

Taking a Ride on the Vegan Side in Baltimore

At the promise of a clear day with temperatures reaching the 60s, I decided it would be an opportune time to tempt my taste buds yet again with some road trip food…

Maryland Heights

Celebrate Maryland’s History and Heritage During National Park Week April 17-25

The National Park Service (NPS) joins forces with the National Park Foundation to celebrate national parks and programs across the country every year during the month of April. National Park Week is…

4 Things to Do in Maryland This Spring

One of my favorite parts of living in Maryland is getting to experience all four seasons, and spring is especially glorious. With temperatures hanging out in that perfect t-shirt-and-jeans territory, now is…

Two runners at Antietam Battlefield

Running Spots in Maryland Worth Driving For

One of the best ways to explore a new location is in running shoes. By logging miles in nearly every state in the country, I’ve gained access to areas often unreachable by…

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, courtesy of Shore Studios

Learn, Experience, and Taste the Legacy of Maryland’s Watermen

The Chesapeake Bay is the pride of Maryland. Who among us doesn’t love seafood pulled directly from its waters? But the bay doesn’t yield its catch easily. For centuries, watermen (and women)…

Mom and daughter surrounded by plants

Leaf Your Cares Behind on this Plant Lover’s Adventure through Maryland

Your social media feeds may be looking like a jungle lately. Maybe you’ve seen the declaration that “pets are the new children and plants are the new pets,” or you’ve been following…

Femail wearing a black mask and beanie hat holding her enormous bloody mary beverage

A Weekend Away With a Dash of Old Bay: 3 Bloody Mary Stops in Ocean City

Ocean City was always a big part of my childhood. My family made it our annual vacation spot each summer, but we never braved the cold Eastern Shore in its off-season. In…

Fly Fishing for Backcountry Brook Trout in Western Maryland

I cast my fly into the mountain stream. All was silent in the autumnal forest save for the mini waterfall that fed the living room-sized pool. As I dragged my fly (an…

Green leaves with tire path through them and trees alongside the sides of the image

Westward Ho! on the C&O: a Canal Itinerary From Williamsport to Hancock

The warm spring air is beckoning you outside and it’s time to get reacquainted with nature. Although spring in Maryland is glorious everywhere, it is worth a trip to the western portion…

Lobster roll, yummie!

Nine Dishes to Delight Your Inner Foodie in Howard County

With a central location in the heart of our beloved state, Howard County, Maryland is not only a destination unto itself, but most roadtrippers driving to Baltimore, Washington DC, the Chesapeake Bay,…

Patterson Park Pagoda behind blooming cherry trees

The Patterson Park Pagoda: a Baltimore Icon With a View

If you’re driving through Baltimore at the corner of E. Pratt Street and S. Patterson Park Avenue at sunset, your eye might be drawn to the golden light playing across the stained…

Bottles lined un on a table with awards around the neck

The Brilliant Booze of Maryland (Part 2): Distilleries in Baltimore

Last month, in Part 1, we learned about how our state has always had one foot solidly planted in our nation’s distilling traditions. And while those storied distilleries have long since shuttered…

Gloria Richardson and protestors facing National Guard troops, Cambridge, Maryland, ca. 1963

Road Tripping Through Women’s History on the Eastern Shore

“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” You’ve seen it on memes, shirts, and bumper stickers. When historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich coined this phrase, she wasn’t advocating mischief, but it does seem true that…

MD Flag flowing in the wind as it's held by a flag stand against a building

Our Favorite Spots Throughout the State to Celebrate Maryland Day

If you’re looking for a spot to celebrate Maryland Day (March 25th, 2021), we’ve got you covered with some of our favorite places in Maryland! Before we introduce you to our list…

Man riding on a bike on the OCMD Boardwalk

Beachside Thrills Even During Atlantic Chills

To say that I love Ocean City, Maryland would be the understatement of the century. I might be so bold as to say that Ocean City is my favorite place on the…

Maryland Highway overtop water with cars driving

Sounds of the Free State: Music by Maryland Artists

If there is one thing us Marylanders are known for, it is our pride for our state (and Old Bay of course)! March 25th is Maryland Day, so celebrate by taking a…

3 Actors standing outside in the sunlight in 17th Century Garb

History Comes Alive at St. Mary’s City, Maryland’s First Capital

History buffs, rejoice: you can be transported to the 1600s through a visit to St. Mary’s City. Located two hours south of Baltimore, the site of Maryland’s first capital has many layers…

War Correspondents Memorial

Cobblestone Streets Pave the Way for a Day of Discovery in Burkittsville

It’s a miracle I didn’t get pulled over last year. I was trying not to be late for a meeting with our realtor, so I hit the gas and set my focus…

Coffee, Crepes, and a Cat Cafe: The Purrfect Road Trip

On a cool February morning, I decided to grab my friend Corby (normally on the road with me to a concert) and go for the next best thing: a road trip to…

True Chesapeake Oyster Co.

Bay-Raised and Ready to Slurp: Oysters in Southern Maryland

In Maryland, when the days start to shorten and the letter R once again appears in the name of the month, it is time to treat your tastebuds to the sensual and…

From Spaghetti Pizza to Braised Oxtail: 6 Date Night Destinations

Looking to spice up your date nights? Whether you’re vacationing in Maryland, just driving through, or a long-time local, we’ve got you covered! We first met at a restaurant in Florida and…

Maryland Beer Company Flight

Craft Beer & Eats in Maryland’s Northeast

As avid food and beer enthusiasts and proud Marylanders, we’ve made it our mission to explore all the nooks and crannies of the state to see what it has to offer. We’ve…

Glenstone: Maryland’s Most Serene (and Hidden) Art Experience

My favorite museum is a 15-minute drive from my parents’ house in Potomac, Maryland, but until recently I didn’t know it was there. The first time I visited Glenstone was a little…

Wander products on wood

The Road to Relaxation is Paved With Maryland Products

Hey, you (yes, you)! I see you there, feeling overworked and stressed out, your brain going a million miles a minute, your tense shoulders up to your ears, your to-do list a…

Family on a blanket outside in front of an RV

RV There Yet? Family Travel On the Road

When my husband was unexpectedly laid-off in late 2018, we were forced to quickly come up with a plan for our multi-generational family. One afternoon, about two weeks before we officially hit…

Woman sitting on tent/canopy in the woods

Keep Camping Simple: Go Primitive at Green Ridge State Forest

As I’m typing this, I’m wondering if I’ll regret my decision to share the magical secret that is Green Ridge State Forest (GRSF). But there’s another voice in my head that wins…

Delegates to the 27th Annual NAACP Conference in 1936. Photo taken at Sharp Street Memorial M.E. Church Community House, Baltimore

Honoring Black Americans Who Shaped Baltimore and Their Nation

Baltimore, Maryland’s largest city, has been the home to many prominent Black Americans who have left an indelible mark on the history of both their city and the nation through their hard…

A Mallard Hen In Flight, Captured at Oakley Street in Cambridge

Fowl Play on the Eastern Shore

Winter birdwatching, especially in the marshes and estuaries of the Eastern Shore, is all about water birds. Migratory ducks, swans, and over-wintering wading birds await the birder in a range of locations.…

Woman meditating outdoors wearing blanket

5 Ways to Stay Grounded While On The Road

It’s been nine months, three weeks, and five days since we’ve had a home. In April my husband and I moved out of our apartment, a high rise off of one of…

Adarondak chairs and a fire pit with igloos surrounding it in the outdoors

5 Spots Across the State to Drink Outside This Winter

Don’t let the cold get you down! With the growing popularity of igloos, tents, and fire pits, you can imbibe outside without freezing your buns off. Check out five of the craft…

On the Road to Love Playlist

There’s nothing quite like the perfect love song. For me, a love song has to give me the warm and fuzzies, remind me of old crushes, current loves, or even sweet memories…

Crafting a New Culture in Charles County

One of my favorite things about craft breweries is how they bring people of all walks of life together. So, when I heard about Patuxent Brewing Company creating a space for genuine…

Will Drive For Chocolate: Three Sweet Stops

When the winter blahs began to sink in after the holidays, I knew it was time to take to the road and offer my daughters some fun outside the four walls of…

Maryland Liquor Bottles in front of the MD Flag

The Brilliant Booze of Maryland (Part 1): Rooted in Rye

On a spring Tuesday in 1745, a group of tipplers met in Annapolis. Over punches and whiskies, Alexander Hamilton (not that one) put down the purpose of what would become known as…

Tolliver Falls is one of three waterfalls in Swallow Falls State Park

Westward to a Winter Wonderland

Picture this: you’re with your family or a few friends. Your bags are packed with sweaters, boots, and gloves. You’re off to a cabin in the woods with wine and cheese in…

Go for a Cruise or Lace Up Your Shoes: Frederick Tours & Trails

I think it’s safe to say that we are all getting a little bit stir crazy these days. We are ready to get out of the house and experience something a little…

"Sunburst" sculpture by Maryland artist Jean Jinho Kim

Art Among the Trees: Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in Solomons

With so many museums and galleries shuttered for public health reasons, few places are as welcoming and safe right now as outdoor art galleries. The Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in…

Person laying back with their hands behind their back with their feet out the window of a parked car in a mountain valley

An Instrumental Playlist for a Peaceful Drive

Do you ever catch a glimpse of yourself in the rearview mirror and realize just how deep your frown lines have gotten? The car can (and should) be a place of respite,…

People on a boat in the ocean

An Island Forged by Water and Tradition

I first heard of Smith Island when I read Tom Horton’s memoir “An Island Out of Time,” for an assignment during my first year of college. I learned about an island in…

Train

Linked by Rail: All Aboard to Sykesville and Mt. Airy

In Sykesville and Mt. Airy, trains are everywhere.  Today the two Maryland towns’ historic railroad cars sit dormant, serving mostly as useful backdrops for photo-snapping tourists. But from the early nineteenth century…

Yurt exteriors at night

The Road to (Winter) Redemption

I will staunchly defend myself to this day – the weather report strongly suggested unseasonably mild temperatures for that particular late-winter weekend in 2011. And that’s just what I needed to finally coax…

Sunrise on boats in the water

Love That? Do This: History Edition

History isn’t just my day job, but my passion in life and one of the main reasons I’ve put down roots in Baltimore rather than moving back to my hometown of Seattle.…

Postcards from Cambridge

Adventure for One in Cambridge

I returned home to Hanover, Maryland, this summer after three years of living in Germany and exploring Europe. I loved my fast-paced lifestyle of seemingly never-ending adventures, but the familiarity of the…

Old Westminster Winery

A Restorative Weekend in Carroll County

Let’s face it, the year 2020 was anything but fun. From stay-at-home orders, canceled vacations, becoming an instant homeschool parent, and everything in between, we became more stressed and more on edge…

Great Sage

DWV (Driving While Vegan) in the DMV

On a sunny morning, my husband (vegan) and I (not vegan) hopped into our Prius for a day of vegan eats, crisscrossing Montgomery and Howard Counties. Thankful that the mild weather would…

El Toro Retina Food

In the Ring With Baltimore’s Bull-Sized Burrito Challenge

Several of my friends have taken advantage of plummeting international flight prices to visit Mexico and enjoy scenic water backdrops and authentic Mexican cuisine during the pandemic. I, on the other hand,…

Podcast on Phone Holder in Car

Download and Drive: Podcasts to Enhance Your Maryland Road Trip

Do you remember the first podcast you ever listened to, and what you were doing while you listened? Years ago I needed something to keep me company while I painted a bedroom.…

Car on a road

6 Winter Road Trip Essentials

The weather outside may be frightful, but a road trip is always delightful. Stay warm, fed, and fashionable during your drive with these items, all of which  are either made in Maryland…

Kids sittin in truck of a car with presents

Holiday Classics Playlist

When it comes to holiday music, I’m a stubborn devotee to the classics. Out of the thousands of renditions of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” to me there’s none better than…

Young Couple Jumping, Man in Wheelchair, Woman on foot

How One Interabled Couple Learned to Adventure Again

It happened fast. One minute, we were an adventurous newlywed couple working our first professional jobs while renovating a home on the weekends. The next minute, we found our world flipped upside…

Nonna Drink

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Cocktails

As a passionate foodie, I enjoy finding inspiration in the creative and exciting creations that chefs and mixologists come up with. The recent release of holiday cocktail menus gave me a great…

Assateague Self Portrait Meteor Shower

Travel to the Stars: Explore December’s Sky

Whether you are traveling over the river or through the woods this winter, colder temperatures generally bring clearer skies, making winter a perfect time to pull over and celebrate the season with…

Merry & Bright Displays of Light

Nothing lights up a child’s face (or an adult’s for that matter) like looking at holiday lights. The twinkle and amazement as the lights blink and shimmer, or the palpable joy when…

Annapolis, MD

Happy Holi-Bay Celebrations

The Chesapeake Bay comes to life in summer. But those who know the Bay best will tell you not to miss the holiday-themed fun to be found every December at points along…

Birds In Flight Barn Quilt

A Patchwork of Unexpected Adventure

COVID is putting a crimp in everyone’s weekend plans. My husband and I love to go out exploring and are always looking for ways to do so safely. We were familiar with…

Indie Holiday Playlist

Raise your hand if you’re ready to kick off the holiday season a little early this year! Instead of reaching for the same tunes you always listen to, mix things up the…

Skyseville

Fire up the Sleigh: Shop Local from Mountains to the Bay

Instead of putting holiday shopping off until the last minute and relying on quick shipping, I took a new approach this year and combined holiday shopping with my love of travel. Though…

Thanksgiving Meal

Explore the Roots of Thanksgiving Foods in Maryland

Thanksgiving holiday traditions abound in Maryland, and the state’s food serves as a chronicle of its customs, people, and varied landscapes. Native local produce such as corn, bean, squash, wildfowl, oysters, and…

Major Leaguers for Miles in the Free State

As many baseball-loving Marylanders know, Babe Ruth was born in Baltimore (at 216 Emory Street, to be specific). He was deemed “incorrigible or vicious” at age 7 and sent to Saint Mary’s…

Clear Eyes, Full Art, Can’t Lose

After taking several road trips out of state to make up for the lack of travel during the COVID-19 lockdown, my fiancé and I found ourselves back in Baltimore without plans for…

Discover a Lost Colonial Seaport

Whenever I get the chance to take a trip somewhere, I will always use that opportunity to explore some new-to-me historical spot. As a literature teacher and history-lover, I can’t imagine a…

Cyclists along a canal

Live Like a Lock Keeper (but with more sleep)

As you sleep peacefully in a lockhouse nestled beside the C&O Canal, you’ll experience what life was like for the lock keepers who lived there over 100 years ago. (Except every time…

Classic Cars in a Quaint Boating Town

If you are looking for a family-friendly activity that will delight and educate any car enthusiast, the Classic Motor Museum of St. Michaels is your answer.  I stumbled upon the museum when researching…

Child at Trail Sign

Road to Trail: Your Guide to Family Hiking in Maryland

Heading into the great outdoors for a family hiking adventure is a wonderful way to nurture an appreciation of nature while creating lasting memories. Time in nature makes you happier and healthier,…

Kara at Denizens

Four Stops to Support Women in Beer 

Did you know that women own, operate, or brew the beer in over twenty breweries scattered across Maryland? Four women-led breweries are right on the way to some of the state’s most…

Potomac Vibes: Along the River to Food and Drink

To celebrate the start of fall, a friend and I decided to take the opportunity to get out and explore a part of the state unfamiliar to us. We hopped in the…

Burnside Bridge

The Crossroads of Antietam

The sacred shadows of Antietam loom large here in Washington County. Travelers from the east who move westward just over the cusp of the Blue Ridge Mountains often can sense a powerful…

Greyhound Bookstore Shelves

The Greyhound Bookstore: A Destination for Bibliophiles

A great bookstore is not a place where you can find everything. It’s a place where you can lose yourself. The Greyhound in Berlin, Maryland, is just such a bookstore.  Conveniently located…

Annapolis Rock Sunset Hiker

Where To Enjoy Maryland’s Spectacular Fall Views

There’s something truly magnificent about fall in Maryland. It’s an absolute delight for the senses — from Mother Nature putting on a show with her vibrant display of leaves ranging from ocher…

Visit Elijah Bond’s Ouija Board Headstone in Baltimore

Whether you believe ouija boards are powered by those from beyond the grave or are a simple result of the ideomotor effect — there’s no denying the eerie, paranormal feeling they’re known…

Donut Shack

Will Travel For Food: Where To Grab Donuts In Maryland

Thanks to an obsession my youngest son developed some time during his third year of life, donuts are a big deal in my house. They have become the go-to dessert option when…

Experience Maryland’s History of Horse Racing

There’s nothing that can compare to the thundering sound of galloping horses racing along the dirt track—the tense energy, the flying dust, the quaking ground—and, it’s all been part of Maryland’s history…

Kitty Knight Outdoors

Fall Cocktails Along Maryland Route 213

When people think of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, they likely picture boats on the bay, tables heaped with steamed crabs, screw-pile lighthouses, waterfront views, and other images of maritime life. That vibe is…

Girl looking at a sunset with a Car

Fall Road Trip Playlist

Your bags are packed, the snacks are selected, the gas tank is full, and you are ready to hit the open road. But there is one road trip essential that sometimes gets…

Walk MD Sunset Stroll Canal Towpath

Explore Maryland On Foot During Walktober

Did you know Maryland has an official state exercise? It’s the easiest, most inexpensive way to move, get healthy, and stay fit, and you do it simply by putting one foot in…

Catoctin Mountain Orchard

A Family Weekend in the Catoctin Mountains

Being born and raised in Frederick, Maryland, I grew up hiking and exploring the Catoctin Mountains.  Now that I have a family of my own, we make sure to venture to the…

The Vanadu Art House

Vanadu Art House: A Masterpiece of Pieces

When you think of an art museum, what comes to mind? Probably an impressive neoclassical building with large pillars and marble steps leading to a cavernous entryway where the only sound you…

Bengies Drive In

Bengies Drive-In: a Delightful Dose of Nostalgia

Do you ever wish you could say sayonara to 2020 and slip back in time? We could all use a dose of magic right now, and stepping into the past might be…

The Inn at Perry Cabin

The Inn at Perry Cabin

It’s no secret that this year has been a stressful one. If you’re one of the many who are looking for opportunities to get away and decompress, look no further than The…

Two individuals looking at the Harriet Tubman sign

Celebrate International Underground Railroad Month in Maryland 

Did you know you can follow the footsteps that Harriet Tubman took when she helped dozens of people escape from slavery? The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway is a 125-mile stretch from…

War Correspondents Memorial

Welcome to Maryland Road Trips: A Letter From the Publisher

The idea of getting away has never been on my mind more so than in 2020. We’ve all been cooped up at home long enough, trying to stay safe while our offices…

Last Call for the Maryland Ice Cream Trail

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Maryland’s Best Ice Cream Trail—oh, and to be named Champion Trailblazer, of course.  From Western Maryland all the way to the Eastern Shore, this…

1812 Brewery Outdoor Area

What’s Brewing in the Mountains?

The dog days of summer are winding down, the evenings are getting cooler, and soon enough, the mountainsides will explode with an array of fall colors. And should you find yourself cruising…

Downtown Ellicott City

Mini-food tour in Downtown Ellicott City 

Food is arguably one of the most fundamental and enlivening aspects of traveling—especially when getting to try something new somewhere new. From sampling unique dishes and cocktails to reveling in novel atmospheres…

Car on a Road Trip

6 Fall Road Trip Essentials

What destinations will you be driving to this fall? Perhaps you have a mountain getaway planned, or you’re hoping to enjoy the Eastern Shore free from summer crowds. Wherever you’re going, you’ll…

Clavert Cliffs with child playing in water

More than the Shore: Calvert Cliffs State Park

Nestled along the western shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay lies a hidden gem that’s been millions of years in the making. Boasting coastal cliffs, forested trails, sprawling wetlands, and a fossil-filled beach,…