Ocean City has long been the most popular destination for a weekend
getaway for those in the Mason-Dixon region. Sandy beaches,
ample hotels and resorts, Boardwalk fries and great seafood draw families
“down the ocean” throughout the summer. High school seniors
traditionally sow their wild oats upon graduation in June, while
college students reconnect with old friends from home in Ocean City.
However, there’s more to the Eastern Shore than just Ocean City,
in fact you could spend days exploring this amazing peninsula!
And for those looking for a more mountainous getaway, head to
Western Maryland for water skiing on Deep Creek Lake or
snow skiing on the slopes come winter. Within easy reach,
there really is something for everyone.
The Eastern Shore
Maryland’s Eastern Shore is located between the Chesapeake Bay and
the Atlantic Ocean. Its pace is slow, offering travelers a respite
from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life. There is much to
explore here, from nature reserves to quaint small towns on the
Chesapeake Bay, such as Easton, St. Michaels, Oxford, Tilghman Island
and Chestertown. Easton, Talbot County’s county seat, has a well-established
arts and cultural center; St. Michaels offers great shopping, fresh seafood
and a rich maritime history; Oxford is a watermen’s town with a
quaint downtown; Tilghman Island is the home to countless skipjacks,
the Maryland state boat; and Chestertown offers
historic homes perched on the Chester River.
You can get also away from it all by driving the quiet country roads or sailing,
fishing and kayaking the many rivers and creeks that wind throughout
the Shore. Or, you can join the crowds at one of the top resorts on the East Coast, Ocean City.
Many families have made Ocean City an annual tradition, coming year
after year just as their parents and grandparents did before them.
Perhaps known best as a summer destination, Ocean City is a year-round
resort celebrating events and festivals during all four seasons.
Its water sports and charter fishing are popular attractions, with hundreds of
square miles of white sandy beaches to enjoy. At the southern tip, a
three-mile boardwalk features shops, eateries and exciting amusement rides.
A boardwalk train ride allows visitors to take in the sights while giving
the feet a rest. For golf enthusiasts, Ocean City has 12 challenging 18-hole golf courses.
Kids of all ages still fall in love with Ocean City and all it has to offer.
Whether fishing, swimming, golfing or relaxing with friends under a big
beach umbrella, there are plenty of memories to be made here.
Visit www.ococean.com for more information.
Western Maryland, with more than 13,000 acres of state forest,
mountains, valleys and fast-moving water, is a great venue for
outdoor activities of all sorts. Adventurers can climb to Backbone Mountain,
the highest point in Maryland, hike the Appalachian Trail, swim in one
of the numerous lakes or participate in winter activities ranging from
skiing to ice fishing. If you’re into camping, check out Swallow
Falls State Park, located just nine miles north of Oakland, Md. The
Youghiogheny River flows along the park's borders, passing through
shaded rocky gorges and creating rippling rapids, and
Muddy Creek Falls is a crashing 53-foot waterfall – a spectacular sight.
Deep Creek Lake
At the westernmost edge of Maryland in Garrett County lies one of
the state’s best nature attractions – Deep Creek Lake. The lake,
the state’s largest freshwater body, and surrounding park offer a wide
variety of outdoor recreational activities during all seasons. Rent a
boat and cruise around the lake, admiring the million-dollar homes
perched high in the woods. In the winter, hit the slopes at
Wisp Ski Resort or try out ice fishing on the vast frozen lake.
Deep Creek Lake also offers a wide variety of entertainment, dining
and shopping in quaint small towns surrounding the resort area.
For more information, log on to www.deepcreeklake.com.
When Old Man Winter hits our region, many Marylanders like to head
to the mountains and hit the slopes for a weekend getaway. Luckily,
you don’t have to book a flight to Aspen, Vail or Snowshoe to enjoy
some snow skiing. Our region has plenty of ski resorts, all within a
few hours’ drive from the Baltimore area, all offering varying skill
levels and lessons. Most resorts now offer year-round entertainment,
making them just as viable a destination in the summer months.
REGIONAL SKI RESORTS
Southern Pennsylvania (1 1/2 hours from Baltimore):