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My 2023 Maryland Bucket List

My 2023 Maryland Bucket List

Chestertown Md

If you had asked me at 20 to describe my dream job, I would have first responded, “I want to be a travel writer and a mom.” 16 years later, I’m living my dream. As the Editorial Manager for Maryland Road Trips, I spend most days pairing writers with fun assignments. Still, sometimes I can’t resist the opportunity to write about my own adventures, whether I’m traveling solo or with my husband and daughter. The articles that come through my inbox fully inspire my travels! I’ve put together a budget-friendly Maryland bucket list for the year ahead:

Rocklands Farm
Photo Credit: Chris Berger

Hike Great Falls and relax at Rocklands Winery

Montgomery County

Hiking in the morning and relaxing at a winery in the afternoon sounds like my perfect day. Great Falls and Rocklands Winery are a short drive from one another. Heads up—neither the hike nor the winery is dog-friendly. (Looking for a dog-friendly road trip? Click here.)

Krumpe’s Do-Nuts
Photo Credit: Krumpe’s Do-Nuts

Get a sugar rush from Krumpe’s Do-Nut Shop

Washington County 

Did you know there is a donut shop in Hagerstown that’s only open between 7-11 p.m.? Krumpe’s is a favorite among locals, and it seems like an obvious stop for anyone traveling along I-70 or Route 40 in the evening. 

John Brown General & Butchery Burger
Photo Credit: John Brown General & Butchery

Dig into a burger at John Brown’s Butchery

Baltimore County

I’m a sucker for a good burger, and two of our contributors have raved about John Brown’s Butchery (read their articles here and here). I doubt I could resist the opportunity to try their coffee shop located next door. 

Woman on a rock ledge overlooking beautiful orange-leaved trees
Photo Credit: Ethan Shaw

Take in a scenic view at Rocks State Park

Harford County

My best friend lives in Bel Air, and it kills me that I’ve yet to hike the King and Queen Seat in Rocks State Park with her.

Photo Credit: Dylan Taillie

Poke around charming Chestertown

Kent County

I felt a pang of regret when driving through Chestertown on the way to a sailing trip out of Rock Hall. I could sense the town’s charm through the passenger seat window! I’d like to plan my trip to catch their Farmers Market.

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About the Author

Laura Rennie is the Editorial Manager of Maryland Road Trips and also works as a freelance writer. She loves a good burger and often plans her travels around food. Laura lives in Myersville, MD, with her husband and daughter. She can be reached at

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