Where in the world has Media Works been?
Now that summer is officially here, there’s no better way to spend it than with a Staycation! Media Works is all about the local feel, so this Travel Tuesday, we decided to stick around the neighborhood.
Carroll County, MD
When taking a Staycation, Carroll County is just a short drive away. Two of our favorites take you back in time.
The Carroll County Farm Museum transports you to a mid-ninetieth century farming experience. The property offers tours to check out the Manor House, trails for hiking and the petting zoo is great for the little ones. There are festivals throughout the year, including the July 4th fireworks and the Maryland Wine Festival in September.
River Valley Ranch transports you back in time to the Midwest cowboys. The Ranch is a summer camp during the week for kids of all ages. However, on Saturdays they open up to the public for FREE rodeos! Watching the cowboys in action is a great way to spend a summer afternoon. Horseback and hay rides, swimming, a skate park and a down home chuck wagon dinner are all available for small fees.
A short drive north takes you to the country where you can relax for the day with your feet in the creek, hiking scenic trails or antiquing. You will be surprised what the small towns of Carroll County have to offer.
Deep Creek Lake, MD
One of our favorite weekends each summer takes us to Deep Creek Lake in Garrett County in Western Maryland. Whether you’re staying in a beautiful lake house, or one of the local quaint cottages, you’re sure to have a relaxing time spent on the water. Fisherman, boaters and water-skiers alike enjoy the water from Spring until Fall. (You can even spot some ice fishermen in the Winter!)
The Wisp Ski Resort offers year-round activities as well. Ski the trails on the front and back side of the mountain when it’s snowing, or mountain bike and hike during the summer. At the base of the resort is the Wisp Resort Golf Course, a newly-routed 18-hole course. The resort even offers fly fishing classes, White Water Rafting and a Mountain Coaster!
For nature lovers, Swallow Falls State Park offers hiking and camping opportunities. This Park is bordered by the Youghiogheny River, and features a 53-foot waterfall at Muddy Creek Falls.
In September, tourists flock to the town for the Deep Creek Art and Wine Festival at the Garrett County Fairgrounds. The festival features artisans and craftsmen, as well as National distributors and Maryland wineries. You’re sure to find a favorite among the more than 200 wines offered for sampling!’
National Harbor, MD
The National Harbor is located just south of Washington, DC in Prince George’s County, MD. The perfect Staycation for people of all ages, the Harbor offers quite a few hotel options but The Gaylord is one of the most luxurious! One of the anchor hotels, the Gaylord is a vacation in itself! You never have to leave the facility with its numerous restaurants, pools and spa. The Gaylord’s beautiful grounds overlook the Potomac . In addition to their annual ICE exhibit every winter, you must visit the wonderful restaurants at the Harbor.
A favorite restaurant is Rosa Mexicano, which overlooks the river. Order the guacamole appetizer, which is made fresh at your table, and enjoy the views from the balcony of the restaurant.
The kids will LOVE playing on ‘the beach’ on The Awakening – a statue of a giant buried in the earth struggling to free himself from the sand. Where else in the area can you climb on a giant’s face?!?!
Right across from the beach, be sure to stop at The Peep Store. Stock up on Mike and Ike’s and every flavor of Peep under the Sun. Then, pop into Ben and Jerry’s for an ice cream cone.
Should you decide to check out some other area attractions, be sure to see if a water taxi can take you to your destination. Water taxi’s run just about every half hour and can take you to Mount Vernon or Alexandria – or just on a sightseeing tour of the area.
Ocean City, MD
Ocean City is home to many local attractions in the mid-Atlantic, including Thrasher’s boardwalk fries, Maryland crabs, saltwater taffy, Fishers Popcorn and Dumser’s ice cream.
Sites & Entertainment:
- Be sure to check out the Famous Boardwalk at the inlet for some serious people watching, amusement rides, and Thrasher’s French Fries
- Camp out at Assateague Island and see the wild ponies
- Ocean City is the White Marlin Capital of the World. Every year, the world’s best fishermen compete for huge cash prizes in the White Marlin Open that is held the first week in August
Dining & Night Life:
- Seacrets – With 18 different bars this adult playground is considered the 15th top-grossing nightclubs in the US
- Fager’s Island- Stop by Fager’s Island on Monday’s for their traditional deck party and watch the sun set as they play the 1812 Overture
- Grove Market- Ocean City’s best kept secret! A little pricey but worth every penny! Everything is fresh and prepared in front of you by the owners. Make sure you make reservations because there are only 7 tables
Whether you’re trying to plan a family vacation, play golf with the guys, spend a day in the sun, or go on a deep sea fishing trip, Ocean City’s got it all! From Baltimore, you are only two and a half hours away from endless beach activities for all ages!