Maryland Crab & Oyster Trail: Western Maryland
The aroma of Chesapeake spice permeates the mountains of Maryland too.
Looking like it was transported from the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, the Crab Shack at the Stadium Grill and Tavern offers up a variety of fresh seafood including clams, oysters, shrimp, and crabs. Be sure to try their Chesapeake waffle fries and crab bruschetta both loaded with yummy crab goodness!
If you are heading out for a winter wonderland weekend in Western Maryland, you may want to time your trip so you can attend Hagerstown Rotary Club’s Bull and Oyster Roast. Join the locals for fresh shucked and fried oysters, and an all-you-can-eat buffet full of regional favorites.
Museums, Festivals, and Events
Maryland serves up a diverse menu of seafood festivals, crab derbies and waterfront attractions. Explore maritime museums to discover what it was like to be a waterman in decades past. Try your hand at tonging or running a trotline, when you spend the day on a watermen’s heritage tour. See the unparalleled majestic beauty of a skipjack or log canoe race, both traditional watermen’s boats. Catch all the Chesapeake has to offer!
Crab season extends into the fall, which is one of the most stunning times to visit Western Maryland. The Autumn Glory Festival is a five-day celebration of autumn and the beauty of local fall foliage.
Experience Antietam National Battlefield, the site of “The Bloodiest One Day Battle in American History.” 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, or missing after twelve hours of savage combat during the Civil War on September 17, 1862. Following this battle, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, with its collection of European Old Masters and modernist masterpieces would make this institution a standout on its own, but its collection of 19th-century American landscape art is one of the most important of its kind. It’s no wonder the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is frequently called one of the best small city museums in the country.
Travel to the farthest western reaches of Maryland to experience Oakland, a mecca for artists and art events in the Appalachian region. This charming town is an architectural gem, with remarkable individual buildings such as the Oakland B&O Railroad Museum. Be sure to walk the picturesque downtown filled with antiques shops and art galleries.
Baltimore was the center of the canning industry in the United States between 1830 and 1880. Chesapeake Bay oysters were one of the main products, and the B&O Railroad through the Appalachian Mountains carried Chesapeake Bay oysters to the Midwest, supporting oyster houses in rural small towns and Chicago.