CVB Announces Now Available: 2009 Visitor Guide for Hagerstown-Washington County, Maryland

PHOTO CAP: The official destination guide of the Hagerstown and Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau has arrived and is free for both travelers and residents. The cover features a canoe drifting down the Conococheague Creek, near Williamsport. The Conococheague Bridge, built circa 1829, is one of more than twenty still-standing stone-arch bridges built in Washington County before the Civil War. The Visitor Guide highlights popular destinations including the Kennedy Farm (headquarters for John Brown in 1859), Antietam National Battlefield, C&O Canal National Historical Park, Fort Frederick State Park, The Jonathan Hager House, Discovery Station, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, terrific shopping opportunities and savings, events and activities, 8 state parks, 5 national parks, and a lot more!


CVB Announces Now Available: 2009 Visitor Guide for Hagerstown-Washington County, Maryland

(Hagerstown, MD): The Hagerstown-Washington County 2009 Visitor Guide has arrived, and is being distributed by the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).
The first printing of more than 120,000 copies is being made available to visitors, CVB members, AAA offices, Visitor Welcome centers, travel bureaus, tour organizations and convention groups, malls, museums, and to other tourism offices throughout the Mid-Atlantic.
"Both visitors and residents love the CVB's guide to Hagerstown and Washington County, and this year's Visitor Guide is the best yet," said Tom Riford, the president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau. "The annual Visitor Guide is the most sought-after resource about Washington County."
"Right now, tens of thousands of official CVB Visitor Guides are being shipped to potential visitors, and to those people who have already requested information about Washington County. Those interested in our area react to response ads in national magazines, on media web sites, and through direct mail," said Riford.
This 2009 Visitor Guide is filled with useful information about Washington County. Readers will find 46 pages - including covers - with great photos, colorful design, and fascinating facts about all of Washington County. Of note is the guide's comprehensive listing of things to see and do throughout the year. This official destination guide was produced by the Convention and Visitors Bureau, and with design and sales assistance by RidgeRunner Publishing - the creators of Hagerstown Magazine and Smart Company Magazine.
The "Vacation Value Pass" is a discount card included in the Visitor Guide. The 25 business included offer discounts, specials, and added vale offers for residents and visitors alike. The pass amounts to over $400 in savings, and includes restaurants, stores, malls, and lodging opportunities. "During this challenging economic time, visitors and residents appreciate opportunities to save money," said Riford.
The guide features maps of Hagerstown and Washington County, directories of accommodations including resorts, hotels, and campgrounds, restaurant listings, histories of the towns, museums, and details about annual special events. There is also a "Things to See & Do" section, a guide to recreation and parks, a listing of CVB members and many colorful photographs that help give the guide its magazine look. This year's guide features an expanded Dining Guide, as well.
The Visitor Guide is a major project for the CVB staff and employees of RidgeRunner Publishing each year. It is the culmination of many months' work and involves a lot of teamwork. CVB staff members research and update articles, write entirely new articles, assist RidgeRunner Publishing with obtaining advertisers, help choose photographs and graphics and assist with layout and map design. "Our advertising, editorial and design staff enjoy working with the CVB to create a guide that is both attractive and easy to navigate, while effective for advertisers and exciting to readers," said Kate Rader, RidgeRunner's Executive Publisher.
One of the 2009 Visitor Guide featured events is the 150th Anniversary of John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry. A coalition of four states is working to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the historic event, which historians point to as the spark that started the Civil War. West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania are marking the John Brown Raid Sesquicentennial with re-enactments, dramatic productions, art exhibits, academic lectures and walking tours from April through December. John Brown spent several months in Washington County planning the raid, and on October 16, 1859 he and his "Provisional Army" marched from his headquarters at the Kennedy Farm to Harpers Ferry. As a historical footnote: the first person killed during John Brown's Raid was the night-watchman on the bridge to Harpers Ferry, located in Washington County. The 150th Anniversary of John Brown's Raid has been recognized as a Top 100 event in North America by the American Bus Association.
The 2009 Visitor Guide is available at the Downtown Hagerstown Visitor Welcome Center, located at 6 North Potomac Street. Residents and visitors are welcome to stop in and pick up a copy. The Visitor Guide may also be requested online at www.marylandmemories.org/visitors-guide.html.

This information was provided by the Hagerstown/Washington County Convention and Visitor's Bureau - www.marylandmemories.com