Top 10 Places to Visit in Maryland

Maryland’s diverse geography, from the Appalachian Mountains to the Atlantic Ocean, makes it a “bucket list” kind of place to plan a visit. Here are ten places to visit in Maryland and engage yourself in nature, culture, history, architecture, and beer craft in the state most famous for crabs…but sorry, no crabs on this tour.

1. Blue Moon Rising

Best Places to Visit in Maryland: Blue Moon Rising

Blue Moon Rising, located in Garrett County, comes in at number one because it’s a one-of-a-kind eco-vacation destination with a deliberate connection to nature and a respectful footprint of sustainability. The cabins are made locally from reclaimed materials to emphasize simplicity, comfort, and reverence for the natural world. The resort offers daily programs to guests and Deep Creek Lake is literally a stone throw away with activities all year long.

2. Swallow Falls State Park

Best Places to Visit in Maryland: Swallow Falls

While in the mountains, visit Maryland’s most impressive waterfall, Muddy Creek Falls, located inside Swallow Falls State Park.   The waterfall is a living treasure that stands just over 53 ft tall and is hidden among the ancient hemlocks and feeds into the Youghiogheny River. Feeling nostalgic? Stand in the spot where Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, and Thomas Edison camped in 1921.

3. Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

Best Places to Visit in Maryland: C&O Canal

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal (C & O Canal) is a national historic park that dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries. The 184.5-mile towpath extends from Washington, DC to Cumberland, Maryland. While walking or bicycling along the towpath, there are remnants of historic structures and lock houses sharing the story of days past. Camping and facilities are available along the trail. Saunter the same trail of the industrialists, the dreamers, and the brave of heart.

4. Flying Dog Brewery

Best Places to Visit in Maryland: Flying Dog Brewery

Worth a day trip, the Flying Dog Brewery is located in Frederick with weekend tap room hours. Take the brewery tour and learn the ‘hops and downs’ of the craft beer industry. If you are lucky enough to go during the holidays, try the holiday beer and cookie parings. This sweet tasting opportunity is sure to become a holiday tradition road trip.

5. Antietam National Battlefield

Best Places to Visit in Maryland:  Antietam

If history is your thing, Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg, should be on your list. Walk the path of a civil war soldier and stand on the battlefield where the bloodiest single day in American military history took place. This solemn and sacred place will certainly stir your soul. Be prepared to be moved emotionally and spiritually.

6. Edgar Allen Poe House & Museum

Best Places to Visit in Maryland: Edgar Allen Poe House & Museum

Maybe you crave poetic horror and intrigue; satisfy it with a visit to the Edgar Allen Poe House and Museum in Baltimore. Tour the home where his writing career began and just a few blocks away visit his final resting place, riddled with mystery. Every January since 1949, a mysterious visitor brings a bottle of cognac and three roses to the gravesite of Baltimore’s famous son. Maybe you can be there to solve the mystery once and for all!

7. Washington Monument State Park

Best Places to Visit in Maryland: Washington Monument State Park

Washington Monument State Park is home to the first monument dedicated to our countries first Commander and Chief, George Washington. A bit more rudimentary than the more modern version in Washington, DC, this historic landmark is worth the stop. After several restorations and the tenacity of the citizens of Boonsboro, this original landmark is still there for all to share. Access the Appalachian Trail from the park and hike the legendary trail.

8. Harpers Ferry National Park

Best Places to Visit in Maryland: Harper's Ferry

Travel through three states within minutes while visiting Harpers Ferry National Park. Situated on the edge of MD, VA, and WV this authentic Civil War town sits at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. The living history workshops showcase crafts and skills of the historical inhabitants. A fascinating place where time stands still.

9. Assateague Island National Seashore

Best Places to Visit in Maryland: Assateague Island

If you want to go where the wild things are, try Assateague Island National Seashore along the Atlantic coastline. The island has been inhabited with feral ponies for over 300 years. Legend has it the ponies swam from a Spanish galleon shipwreck to shore and have remained there since. Primitive camping is available on the island allowing you to co-exist with the wild ponies. Take your bug spray, the mosquito population will be glad to see you too.

10. Harriet Tubman National Monument

Best Places to Visit in Maryland: Harriet Tubman National Monument

Coming in 2016, the Harriet Tubman National Monument in Cambridge will celebrate Tubman’s life and her brave journey to risk life and limb to help others escape slavery via the Underground Railroad. This monument will be the first dedicated to an African-American woman in the US.

Deep Creek Lake Restaurants

Blue Moon Rising’s Top 5 List of Must Try Deep Creek Lake, MD Restaurants

The lure of the Western Maryland mountains is not only of the natural world, but one for the destination gastronome. The food scene at Deep Creek Lake is without a doubt delicious, authentic, and closer than you think. Spend a weekend exploring these locally owned and operated eateries.


MoonShadow Cafe Restaurant

MoonShadow Cafe, located in downtown Accident, casts a whimsical and energetic vibe the minute you step inside. As a contributor to the local economy, the cafe works with local farmers to bring fresh ingredients for an ever-changing seasonal menu. Guests experience the kitchen’s clever concoctions, like Cauliflower Wings, a fun and funky appetizer, along with a long list of other fresh delectables. With a host of local craft beers, libations are plentiful for even the most discriminating taste buds. Dining here is an event in itself; be entertained with live music and local art work to round-out the total experience.


resturants in deep creek md

Canoe On the Run Cafe, a gourmet sandwich shop located in the heart of McHenry, brings out the sophistication of flavors into a simple sandwich/wrap format. Once inside, check out the menu chalkboard for compelling daily specials.   Open for breakfast and lunch, Canoe uses the freshest fruit, vegetables, and meats for a one-of-a-kind culinary creation that is almost too pretty to eat. The open air patio invites patrons to sit among the fresh mountain air or when its too cold, sit indoors in front of a roaring fire. Whatever the season or the reason, this little cafe packs a big punch.


Mountain State Brewing Company Deep Creek Lake restaurant

Mountain State Brewing, Deep Creek Lake’s only brew pub, pairs their own craft beers with wood fired artisan flatbreads for a unification of taste far from ordinary. Try a Cold Trail Blonde Ale with everything on the menu, it’s that good. The rustic log interior captures a bluegrass essence with a down home feel. A bit off the beaten path, this copper roof structure hugs the mountain sunset and adds a warm glow to an evening meal or beverage.

Ace's Run Restautant and Pub

Ace’s Run Restaurant & Pub, a true lakeside dining spot, presents an all-American menu described best as comfort food. On Wednesdays, the dining room meets the kitchen for a one-of-a-kind Pasta Night. Guests create a custom pasta masterpiece with the help of the culinary experts at Ace’s. In the spirit of nostalgia and local history, take a look at the vintage photos displayed throughout the restaurant, adding additional charm to an already beloved landmark.

Little Sandy's Restaurant Deep Creek Lake

Little Sandy’s Restaurant is a hidden gem and a locals favorite. Situated at the corner of Sand Flat Rd. and Garrett Hwy, the lunch counter and dining room are usually filled with repeat customers sipping on a bottomless cup of coffee, or enjoying the best blueberry pancakes around. Little Sandy’s serve up meals like Mom used to make, piping hot and covered in gravy. Get there early for breakfast and lunch, it fills up fast.

Which Deep Creek Lake Restaurants are your favorites? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Limited Time Discount on Cabin Rentals

DISCOUNT EXTENDED! Save 10% on Your Blue Moon Rising Stay Now Through December 31st, 2015!

Blue Moon Rising Discount Code

Fall and winter are the most beautiful and peaceful seasons here at Deep Creek Lake. We hope to see you here at Blue Moon Rising and would like to extend this limited time offer of 10% off your stay anytime between now and December 31, 2015. Bring your sweatshirts, a good book, and cozy up in any of our available cabins.

Choose your dates below, click on the “Do you have a promotion code” link and enter the discount code. You will then see all of our available cabins on those dates and the discounted rates. If you would like to view our yearly rates, visit our rates page.

Use Code: FALL@BMR

Autumn Glory Festival 2015

Autumn Glory 2015Fall is in full swing here in Deep Creek Lake, which means the 2015 Autumn Glory Festival is just around the corner!

Looking for a great place to stay while enjoying Western Maryland’s 48th Annual Autumn Glory Festival? There are still select cabins available at Blue Moon Rising, so book your stay with us today to secure your place at one of Deep Creek Lake’s most unique lodging experiences.

Autumn Glory 2015 Information:

Dates: Wednesday, October 7 – Sunday, October 11, 2015

Come join the festivities of Autumn Glory in Western Maryland! This five day event offers a variety of indoor and outdoor activities around Deep Creek Lake / Oakland, MD and beyond. From parades, concerts, and band competitions, to art exhibits, antique & craft shows and much more, there is something for everyone in your family to enjoy during the Autumn Glory Festival.

Garrett County’s annual Autumn Glory Festival was recognized by among the top fall festivals in the world! In 2014, Travel & Leisure listed Oakland, MD as America’s Best Town for Fall Colors. Good Housekeeping also lists Oakland, MD among the Top 50 Small Towns with the Best Fall Foliage this year. Don’t miss out on the beauty of the season this year in Garrett County. Blue Moon Rising is the ideal location for lodging right in the middle of all the action as you are surrounded by the brilliant colorful leaves right outside your door.

Be sure to come in on Thursday to take part in one of the local favorites – The Fireman’s Parade (A.K.A. Octoberfest!). The festivities start at 7 pm in downtown Oakland featuring a huge fireman’s parade with fire and rescue units traveling over 200 miles from throughout the tri-state area. There will also be plenty of food, and beer trucks will be on-site (for those of you over 21). The primary Autumn Glory parade is held on Saturday at 1:00 pm and features over 100 units including local bands, clubs, and organizations.

Download the official 2015 Autumn Glory Festival brochure here to learn more about all of this year’s activities!

Blue Moon Rising Vacation Sweepstakes

We’re giving you the chance to come experience everything that Blue Moon Rising at Deep Creek Lake, MD has to offer for free! Explore our tiny cabins and find out what you can expect during your stay with BMR. We hope you enjoy our tiny cabins and this beautiful area of Western Maryland as much as we do. If you have any questions about booking with us or the contest, please contact us online or give us a call at 240-442-5287.

Official Rules:

  • Enter your email for a chance to win 2 free nights stay at Blue Moon Rising!
  • Choose any two nights (based on availability).
  • Choose from any cabin (based on availability).
    • Cabins can accommodate 1-4 people.
  • Entries accepted until April 15th.
  • One entry per email address. Additional entries can be earned by getting friends to sign up through your unique share URL, which will be given to you after entering.

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