Surprise him with a chocolate and beer pairing or indulge her with a romantic spa getaway. Escape to a quiet cottage by the Chesapeake or a Western Maryland mountain cabin. Lose yourself to music and the nightlife of Baltimore and National Harbor or fall in love all over again over a candlelit meal prepared by a celebrity chef.
Valentine’s Day is in the heart of FeBREWary, visit our craft beer lover’s events page to find the perfect craft beer retreat, set out for some stamps on your Maryland Wine Passport, or grab your sweetie by the hand and take a turn on a nearby ice rink. Whatever sets your heart to flutter, Maryland’s five regions have got you covered.
Pick out a unique Valentine’s Day gift chosen especially for your sweetheart at the Allegany Arts Council’s Arts for Sweethearts in Cumberland’s new Schwab Mountain Maryland Gallery through February 14.
Escape for an elegant overnight at the recently restored The Deer Park Inn. This elegant Victorian mansion nestled in the heart of the Allegheny Mountains will pamper you with gourmet meals featuring ingredients fresh from nearby Amish farms.
Pamper your favorite with a stay at the Inn Boonsboro. Nora Roberts purchased the historic Boone Hotel and has transformed it into this luxurious B&B that celebrates its sixth anniversary on Valentine’s Day.
Maryland Wine Passport Experience, February 20-21 and February 27-28, along theAntietam Highlands Wine Trail, one of Maryland’s six wine trails. Savor award-winning vintner Dave Collins’ wines at Big Cork Winery, craft hard ciders made from apples produced on the 3,000-tree specialty orchard at Distillery Lane Ciderworks, higher-end ultra-premium “estate wines” at Knob Hall Winery, exceptional wines made from local honey at the Orchid Cellar Meadery & Winery, and high-quality sweet and dry wines made from grapes harvested from its vineyards at the Red Heifer Winery.
If you are passionate about beer, stop in and find out what makes Antietam Brewery and Benny's Pub a unique gem. Benny's menu highlights local meats, fresh and organic cheeses, and hand-crafted delicious beers brewed on site in Hagerstown.
Savor a four-course meal and gracious service on the Walkersville Southern Railroad Sweetheart Special Dinner Train from February 14-15. Board the richly restored dining car in Walkersville for a 6:00 PM departure, then settle back and relax to piano music and fine dining throughout your two-hour train ride.
Indulge youreself at Elk Run Vineyards’s Savor the Flavor Valentine Tasting, February 13-14.
Engage in a mouth-watering experience. In Montgomery County, you’ll love the small batch brews at the Baying Hound Aleworks, a nano-brewery; the ever-changing seasonal beers at Denizen’s Brewing Company; the wide selection of craft brews and scrumptious food pairings at Growler’s Brew Pub; and great beer brewed the old-fashioned way alongside award-winning food at the Barley and Hops Grill & Microbrewery.
In Frederick County, enjoy handcrafted beers made from ingredients grown on site at the Milkhouse Brewery at Stillpoint Farm. Then plan stops at Brewer’s Alley Restaurant and Brewery and Monocacy Brewing Company and try a chocolate and beer pairing at the legendary Flying Dog Brewery.
Don’t miss a visit to Franklins Restaurant, Brewery and General Store, Prince Georges County’s first microbrewery and the only combination restaurant, brewery and toy store in the world.
Chocolate lovers will swoon at the farm and factory owned SPAGnVOLA chocolatier in Gaithersburg. Experience the art of the entire bean-to-end-product with a factory tour held every Saturday afternoon, and be sure to grab gifts for all your chocolate lovers.
Celebrate your twin passions for each other, and for Maryland craft beer at the Craft Beer and Dessert Pairing event at the Red Shedman Brewery and Hop Yard. Located on more than 200 acres of farmland among the rolling hills of Mt. Airy, Red Shedman cultivates several varieties of hops.
Plan a romantic getaway to a romantic inn or B&B. The Admiral Fell Inn, on the cobbled streets of hip and historic Fell’s Point makes for a perfect lovers getaway. The Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel features stirring Catoctin Mountain views that well set your heart racing. The legender “three sisters,” boutique Historic Inns of Annapolis offer historic charm and elegent luxuryin the heart of Annapolis. Le Cle D’or Guesthouse is a seductive Victorian retreat in the heart of bayside Havre de Grace. The Wayside Inn in Ellicott City brings new meaning to the word “luxury.” Butterfly Fields B&B in Lothian is a lover’s paradise that keeps the everyday at bay. The Gramercy Mansion is a secluded getaway in forested hills just minutes from downtown Baltimore. Or stay at the 1840s Carrollton Inn surrounded by museums, art galleries and fine dining in the heart of the city.
Craft lovers will be in heaven at the American Craft Council’s Baltimore Show, February 20-22. This three-day celebration of all things handmade brings together more than 650 top contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home décor artists from across the country under one roof.
On February 22, sample fine wines from around the world, taste great craft brews, and savor delicious food from some of the area's top restaurants at the 17th Annual HCC Winter Wine Expo in Harford County. Other highlights include chances to bid on unique auction items, try your luck in several raffles, and order wine and beer at discounted prices.
Foodies are readying their palates for a week of deals and savory dishes at dozens of Annapolis and Annapolis-area restaurants during Annapolis Restaurant Week, February 22-28. Enjoy two-course fixed-price breakfasts for $12.95, two-course luncheons for $15.95, and three-course fixed-price dinners for $32.95.
Be swept off your feet by the charm of the Chesapeake Bay in this warm, inviting region. The hardest part will be deciding where to stay. The gracious Solomons Victorian Inn Bed and Breakfast is a perfect lovebird’s nest. Experience old-world opulence at the Victorian Candle Bed & Breakfast. The elegant Rosewood Manor pampers with itswith its four-star Grecian Tea Room. Back Creek B&B, a former waterman’s home, brims with Chesapeake charm. Surround yourself in magnificent water views at the Blue Heron Bed & Breakfast. Or take a wine lover’s getaway to the Woodlawn Maryland Estate B&B, a former 18th-century manor farm on the grounds of Slack Winery.
Experience the aphrodisiac Chesapeake oysters at the Island Bar & Crab House’s valentine’s dinner, February 11 & 14 in Piney Point.
Delight her with a trip to the Calvert Marine Museum for the Jewelry Trunk heirloom jewelry show, February 13-15.
Enjoy the beauty, magic and flavor of other regional wineries along the Patuxent Wine Trail as you indulge your palate during the Maryland Wine Passport Experience February 20-21 and February 27-28.
Plan a romantic getaway at one of the Eastern Shore’s many B&Bs. Consider the luxury Elk Forge Bed and Breakfast in Elkton, with a spa, tea room, whirlpools and fireplaces; the Kitty Knight House Inn & Restaurant atop the banks of the Sassafras River in Georgetown, with fine dining and lodging; historic Kent Manor Inn on a 226-acre waterfront farm with 24 luxurious accommodations; the gracious Somerset House in historic Princess Anne; the Idylwild Farm Bed & Breakfast in horse country; the romantic oceanfront Inn on the Ocean; the premier Bartlett Pear Inn in Easton; the Victorian mansion Waystead Inn in Berlin; and the Combsberry Inn, a blend of elegance and pet-friendly hospitality.
Enjoy a valentine’s wine, cheese and chocolate tasting for two at beautiful Bordeleau Winery, February 13.
Venture to Ocean City on February 13, for the annual Fager’s Island Oyster Garden and craft-brew getaway. Enjoy local farmer-shucked oysters from True Chesapeake Oyster Co., Barren Island Oyster Co., Hooper Island Oyster Aquaculture Co., Bay Landing Shellfish Co., and select oyster creations by The Local Oyster with craft beer pairings from Flying Dog and Evolution Craft Brewing.
Stimulate your senses along the Chesapeake Wine Trail as you toast with friends during the Maryland Wine Passport Experience February 20-21 and 27-28. Whether you are on your way to the beach or just taking a drive to admire the beautiful Bay, you will be treated to one of the most scenic and charming parts of the state.