10 Can't-Miss Things to Do Around Frederick
Hip and historic, the city of Frederick charms visitors with award-winning restaurants, cool art galleries and cultural happenings, and craft beers loved by locals. No wonder the National Trust of Historic Preservation recognized Frederick as one of “America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations.” Here are 10 must-do things in and around the fantastic city of Frederick.
1 Explore Downtown Frederick
Small enough to walk but big enough to need a long weekend—or more—to explore, this 50-block historic district, named one of the “Prettiest Painted-Places in America,” is home to a Public Art Trail, world-class brew pubs, restaurants, boutiques, and some of the best farmers markets anywhere. When it comes to big-city amenities, Frederick punches way above its weight without sacrificing its small town charm.
2 Lose Yourself in the Catoctin Mountains
A place of unparalleled beauty, the Catoctin range once marked the Western Frontier. Now this slice of wilderness paradise is home to Camp David, the idyllic Presidential retreat. Luxuriate in the azure pools scattered about the 78-foot Cunningham Falls, go fishing, or hike, mountain bike, or horseback ride through miles of wilderness trails in one of Frederick County’s four national and state parks in the Catoctins.
3 Take a Brewery Tour
If you prefer your libations sudsy, check out Frederick County’s thriving microbrew (and even nanobrew) scene. Visit Flying Dog Brewery, home of uniquely Maryland beers like Deadrise, a light, Old Bay-infused brew perfect for seafood, that has won gold medals around the world. Or check out the Milkhouse Brewery at Stillpoint Farm whose small-batch farmhouse ales are truly sublime.
4 Dine at Volt
Indulge yourself with a culinary adventure at chef Bryan Voltaggio’s Volt. Top Chef star Voltaggio provides more than culinary star power at this crown jewel of Frederick’s thriving culinary constellation. A 2009 recipient of a prestigious James Beard nomination for Best New Restaurant, Volt has only gotten better and now ranks as one of the premier farm-to-table destinations on the East Coast.