Editorial: No one does winter better

No one does winter better

Even though the leaves change from lush green to the beautiful autumn colors to having barely any leaves on the trees at all, winter is still awe-inspiring. Driving off the Interstate through the small towns of Maryland is a sight to be seen - and a sight that should be seen! Think of all the beauty you will miss if you stay in the house all winter long. Gather the family - take a walk through a pine tree valley, along a trickling ice stream, or sit in a gazebo on the grounds of the Jonathan Hager House and breath in the fresh, crisp soothing air.
The rolling hills and wide-open fields covered in untouched white snow is absolutely beautiful. There are many photo opportunities in our great county, such as icicles hanging from snow-kissed buildings and statues standing proud in our many parks and battlefields to couples riding in a horse-drawn carriage with the red and black plaid blanket stretched across their legs.
No one does winter better than Washington County, Maryland!
There's always plenty to do in Washington County during the winter for instance if you're feeling adventurous try skiing, sled riding, snowtubing, and snowboarding.
If you're looking for entertainment and culture see what's going on at The Maryland Theatre, Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
If you want to take in our history visit the Antietam Iron Furnace Site and Antietam Village, Dunker Church, Fort Frederick, Pry House, Western Maryland Rail Trail, and the Washington Monument.
There's plenty to do here from ghost tours and German Christmas tales at the Jonathan Hager House and Museum to learning about the preservation and restoration of historic railway equipment at the Hagerstown Railroad Museum to listening to the story of the 19th century lady who cast spells in the Log House Museum in Clear Spring to touring the largest fortification built by English colonists in North America - Fort Frederick.
While you're out - stop by the many wonderful destination spots throughout the Tri-State in Jefferson County, Frederick County, Morgan County, Berkeley County, Franklin County, and Fulton County.
Visitors of Washington County are sure to enjoy the magical sights, the beautiful sounds, and delicious smells of winter.
Don't let the cold keep you indoors or allow the days to pass you by...get out there and explore.
I wish that your holidays are full of laughter and love, and that you have a joyous start to the New Year. Welcome 2011!

Yours in Ink,

Jennifer Leese
Editor, Picket News