Winter Tourism: Editorial: Traveling in Maryland

Editorial
Traveling in Maryland

I moved to Hagerstown, Maryland when I was 9 years old. My step-father grew up in the Sharpsburg area. As a person who has always enjoyed learning about his surroundings, he often took my brothers and I on Maryland excursions. Just about every weekend, no matter what the season...we'd walk Harpers Ferry, Antietam Battlefield, Paw Paw Tunnel, search for old bridges, and we'd even walk through local cemeteries in search of history.
While visiting all these places, my step-father told us story after story. Our interest of our own surroundings grew as we grew. I don't think he knows just how much he taught us...but I remember and in turn I take my children on Maryland excursions.
Maryland is a small and beautiful state with a great mixture of geography ranging from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the islands of the Chesapeake Bay.
Travel opportunities abound here. The state, rich in history, brings thousands of visitors each year.
Clams, crabs and oysters are bountiful for both catching and dining throughout the entire state.
Washington County and surrounding counties offer indoor concerts, theatre performances, winter festivals, and numerous indoor and outdoor shopping malls, as well as outdoor sports and recreation to keep you busy all winter long.
Maryland is widely known for its Civil War heritage. Enthusiasts will want to visit the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick and numerous museums in Sharpsburg, Boonsboro, and Hagerstown.
Recreation is abundant whether you're north, south, east, or west in Maryland. In addition, travelers will find numerous small towns--just overflowing with history and friendly faces.
This time of year, in many parts of this small state, visitors are sure to see wide-open spaces full of untouched beautiful white snow, ponds and lakes blanketed with a frozen sheet of ice, and mountaintops capped with both.
So, get off that highway and start exploring the back roads of Maryland.

Yours in Ink,

Jennifer Leese, Managing Editor