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Antrim 1844, Taneytown MD: Mid-Atlantic’s Secret Extravagance

For luxury travelers, there really is only one place to stay in Carroll County MD: Antrim 1844. This baronial inn is actually the reason that many people come here, though it’s virtually unknown outside of the Mid-Atlantic. Arriving at the front door, I felt as if I’d been hiking in the deep dark remote woods [...]

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Carroll County MD: Zen Peaceful Between Baltimore and Gettysburg

WHY GO: In contrast to the sometimes frenetic surrounding areas, particularly the District of Columbia, Carroll County MD is “Zen Peaceful” – in only the way that an agricultural region can be. But what puts this Maryland county on this Maven’s Go List is a phenomenal inn whose owners are so humble, they’ve kept news [...]

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WHY GO: You’ll probably recognize names of the towns that make up Montgomery County MD, on the northwest border of Washington DC: Rockville, Silver Spring, Bethesda, Chevy Chase and others. Once considered the “Land of Malls,” this Maryland county is transitioning into attractive “Town Centers” – perfect for those who want to work, eat, and [...]

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WHY GO: Cecil County MD is the most undiscovered county in the upper Chesapeake region, and therein lies much of its charm. Encompassing five rivers, the Chesapeake Bay, and an important transportation Canal, this area of Maryland is most known for a land-based sport – Horsemanship. The Fair Hill International is one of the nation’s [...]

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WHY GO: You won’t believe who washed ashore and stayed in Chestertown, Betterton, and Rock Hall MD in Kent County on the Upper Chesapeake. There’s a Bobby Flay/James Beard House/NY Bistro Philly born Chef with her own restaurant in a population-300 beach town. There’s a retired Ivy League college professor who opened a shabby chic [...]

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Queen Anne’s County MD: An Upper Chesapeake Bay Sweet Spot

WHY GO: Queen Anne’s County has the distinction of sitting almost within reach of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, offering one chief reason to stay: a sunset the likes you’ve never seen before. But of course, there’s so much more. Queen Anne’s County is carved out of the easternmost part of the Delmarva Peninsula, and includes [...]

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A destination luxury boutique hotel in a busy wedding venue? Yes. And don’t scoff. The Inn at Chesapeake Bay Beach Club is the real deal, with upscale witty décor, 54 rooms, an innovative house-garden-to-plate restaurant, great Market for both gifts and meals, full service spa, and cruising bikes for use while there. The full service [...]

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Annapolis MD: Midshipmen, Ahoy!

WHY GO: Annapolis MD, “America’s Sailing Capital” has also been called A Museum Without Walls: the whole downtown was declared a National Historic District. Four signers of the Declaration of Independence came from Annapolis, and the US Naval Academy has graduated many other high-ranking government officials, including President Jimmy Carter and Senator John McCain. There [...]

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Concord Point Lighthouse, Havre de Grace MD

WHY GO: Harford County MD is at the “Top of the Chesapeake,” where the Susquehanna River flows into the Bay. Explored by John Smith in 1608, this shallow area of the Chesapeake, teeming with celery grass and other food for birds, drew wealthy hunters like Grover Cleveland, Teddy Roosevelt and Du Pont’s. The county’s most [...]

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WHY GO: It’s rare that an Eastern State has more than two National Parks, but Washington County MD, just one county on the PA border, has five: Antietam Civil War Battlefield, part of the Appalachian Trail, the longest stretch of the C&O Canal, a good deal of Harper’s Ferry NP, and the Potomac National Scenic [...]

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