Frederick, Maryland is one of those towns that transports you back in time as soon as you pass the "Welcome" sign.
A Welcoming House — Photo courtesy of T. B. Smith
Frederick is located in north-central Maryland, about 35 minutes from downtown Baltimore. It's a town filled with rich Civil War history. It's been noted by some historians as "the crossroads of the Civil War". The drive to Frederick is a scenic one, filled with lots of countryside, rolling hills and vineyards. Exhibits, walking tours, covered bridges, driving tours, landmarks, and battlefields all provide a glimpse into American history.
National Museum of Civil War Medicine — Photo courtesy of T. B. Smith
Many of the homes in the city of Frederick are colonial-style homes, dating back to the 19th century. The oldest home in the city dates back to 1756 and is now the Schifferstadt Architectural Museum. Don't be surprised by the number of churches you'll see. Frederick has a number of denominations. The first churches were built and established by settlers.
Frederick Row Homes — Photo courtesy of T. B. Smith
Frederick County, in general, is a great place for the outdoorsy family to spend a day. Whether you decide to tour an old battlefield or relax under a tree, you'll find the grass to do it. In Frederick County, there are over 90 national, state, county and municipal parks, as well as recreational facilities such as whitewater rafting.
A visit to the Clustered Spires golf course would make another good reason for the drive. It is an 18 hole golf course with 2 practice putting greens, a practice bunker, a 3 tiered grass driving range, and an onsite restaurant.
Frederick Cellars — Photo courtesy of T. Browne Smith
For the wine lover in the car, the Frederick Wine Trail will keep you occupied and happy. The trail is made up of 6 vineyards with a combined 120 acres and makes for a beautiful drive through the areas rolling hills. Frederick Cellars is located in the city and brings the wine to you.
Frederick Brewing Company, Brewer's Alley Brewery, The Monocacy Brewing Company, Flying Dog Brewery, and Barley & Hops Microbrewery will keep the beer enthusiast more than satisfied. Frederick is positioning itself to be the premiere destination for craft beers in the MidAtlantic region.
If you still have energy and your wits about you after visiting the Frederick Wine Trail or Frederick's collection of breweries, there's plenty of antique shops, art galleries, and other shopping to do in Frederick right along Main Street. Winter is a great time of year to visit to avoid the huge crowds but taking a day trip to Frederick makes for a relaxing getaway no matter what month it is.