Travel along the Potomac to experience unique food and drink locations off the beaten path.
Distance: 1 day, 5 stops, 43 miles
Beans in the Belfry
122 W Potomac St, Brunswick, MD 21716
Fuel up at our first stop to grab brunch and coffee from Beans in the Belfry in Brunswick, a small historic railroad town. The cafe, a restored church from 1910, is a unique destination with a mix of comfortable antique couches and church pews set underneath stained glass windows. The C&O Canal towpath is just down the road, great for stretching your legs and taking in views of the Potomac River.
Smoketown Brewing Station
223 W Potomac St, Brunswick, MD 21716
Conveniently walking distance from Beans in the Belfry is Smoketown Brewing Station. Originally a fire station from the 1940s, the owners transformed the space into a brewery in 2005. They have different tiers of beer ranging from their most popular, a New England IPA called “The Patsy,” to ciders. Their Berlin Brown Ale won the Maryland Comptroller’s gold medal in 2016.
Rocky Point Creamery
4323 Tuscarora Rd, Tuscarora, MD 21790
Sweeten up your trip with a stop at Rocky Point Creamery by utilizing their drive-thru. They offer 80 flavors of homemade ice cream for a quick grab-and-go. Make more of your trip in July or August by experiencing their sunflower field. It is excellent for a photo-op to commemorate your trip.
15700 Darnestown Rd, Darnestown, MD 20874
Continue on the back roads to Windridge Vineyards, a total hidden gem. Sit, relax, sip wine, talk about life, and watch the sun slowly dip behind the mountains for a gorgeous sunset. There’s something about a drink in your hand, good company, and conversation accompanied by a scenic landscape that makes life a little bit sweeter. Their wide range of wines are all grown, produced, and bottled in Maryland.
Old Angler’s Inn
10801 Macarthur Blvd, Potomac, MD 20854
Head southeast on MD-190 to Old Angler’s Inn in Potomac. The inn’s history dates back to 1860 and provides a charming atmosphere, whether you eat indoors or on their candlelit terrace. The menu consists of American comfort food with a modern twist. They have a great selection of seafood, pasta, and wine paired with great hospitality service for a completely enjoyable dining experience.
Content originally featured in “Potomac Vibes: Along the River to Food and Drink” by Lindsay Winn.