If you are looking for ways to make 2017 unforgettable - why not make a resolution to explore Maryland this New Year? Here are 12 amazing, only-in-Maryland adventures to make your 2017 something extra special.
1 Thrilling Winter Sports
When the mercury takes a plunge, Maryland amps up the excitement with unbelievable winter sports. Hit the slopes at Wisp Resort, one of the East Coast’s premiere skiing destinations. Take a hike on the ice and even drop a line for some ice fishing on Deep Creek Lake. Strap on your skates at ice rinks that pop up across the state. Or even mount up for a husky-powered dogsledding adventure. Just remember to leave some time to warm up and chill out with some artisanal Maryland hot cocoa.
2 Raise a Glass to FeBREWary
When it comes to microbrews, Maryland has got what it takes to keep you in high spirits year-round with amazing summer specialties like Flying Dog Brewery’s unique Old Bay-infused Deadrise, fall favorites like Cutlass Amber Lager from Heavy Seas, and winter warmers like Secret Spot Winter Ale from Evolution Craft Brewing Company. FeBREWary means a month-long beer-stravaganza in the Old Line State. So why not resolve to find some new favorite Maryland brews?
3 Celebrate the Legacy of Harriet Tubman, a True American Hero
This year, Maryland is honoring the legacy of one of America’s greatest heroes, Harriet Tubman, with the opening of a new state park. The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center offers a stirring look into the life and legacy of a woman who risked all in the name of freedom. Explore the new park and journey along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad, and truly touch history.
4 Explore the Great Outdoors
Hike the Eastern Continental Divide through New Germany State Park, paddle the wetlands of Blackwater Wildlife Refuge, “The Everglades of the North,” or just explore one of Maryland’s beautiful state parks and let your cares slip away on a warm spring breeze. Maryland is an outdoor lover’s paradise.
5 Get Back in the Saddle
Whether it’s the site of Assateague’s wild horses cresting an Atlantic dune at sunset, thoroughbreds charging from the gates at Pimlico, or getting together with old friends and new for a trail ride through Maryland’s picturesque horse country, Maryland is the place for horse lovers.
6 Make Summer Sizzle with World-Class Watersports
Whether you like to go gunnel-to-gunnel in a racing regatta out of Annapolis, sailing capital of the world, white-water paddling down a raging river or on an Olympic level course at the top of a mountain, or jetskiing in the bay at Ocean City, Maryland has truly got it all when it comes to watersports. Why not challenge yourself and pick two new ways to get out on the water?
7 Rock Out with Maryland’s Amazing Music Scene
Chill out with some local vino and your favorite band at a concert at one of our amazing local vineyards. Rock out 'til the wee hours at vibrant nightclubs in hot spots like Baltimore, Annapolis, Bethesda and National Harbor. Thrill to the sounds of Bluegrass in the mountains of Maryland. Or visit Paul Reed Smith Guitars and get a glimpse of where the music starts. Maryland means music.
8 See the Real Maryland at Our State and County Fairs
Maryland’s county fairs are a great way to see some of Maryland’s hidden gems. Meet the 4H farmers whose dairies make our amazing Ice Cream Trail possible. And don’t miss the Maryland State Fair, a tradition since 1878 that just gets better, and more exciting, every year!
9 Marvel at Mother Nature’s Magnum Opus—Maryland’s Fall Foliage
In Maryland, we really do have it all, and no season highlights that Maryland magic quite like the fall. Visit the mountains in the west for Autumn Glory Festival in Oakland, a tradition for more than 50 years, and see why it’s been called one of the best places to see fall colors in America. Or travel the shores of the bay and take in the unparalleled beauty of autumn leaves reflected on the waters of the Chesapeake. One thing is for sure, one fall-foliage trip through Maryland and you’re bound to make it an annual adventure.
10 Make a Culinary Pilgrimage
Whether its traditional Maryland seafood festivals, one-of-a-kind sweets like our Smith Island Cakes, or farm to table feasts prepaired by celebrity chefs at some of America’s top restaurants, you can find your happy place dining in Maryland.
11 High-Rolling Good Times at Maryland Casinos
Take in a show with world-class performers like the legendary Cher at MGM Casino, as well as top-notch comedians and popular bands. Taste the high life with gourmet meals prepared by celebrity chefs. Take in live horse racing just a few steps from your favorite table games. Or just build memories with your besties in Maryland’s amazing casinos.
12 Get Back to Our Main Streets for Shopping and More
Shopping can be more than a necessity, on Maryland’s main streets, it can be an escape. Find handmade local treasures, track down that favorite old book, relax with a hot cup of artisanal tea, and chat with old friends. On Maryland’s Main Streets, you’ll find just what you’re looking for.