Experiences

Accident Road Sign in Forest

Weird (but fascinating) Maryland Town Names

Maryland is known for a lot of weird things like its obsession with Old Bay, the unique accent (aka – Baltimorese), and the need to put the state flag on literally everything.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…