Authenticity is Mountain Maryland’s calling card as a Mid-Atlantic travel destination. With American frontier history that dates back to a time when George Washington commanded British troops at Fort Cumberland, the wooded ridges of the Allegheny Front are attracting getaway visitors with a unique mix of old and new.
Ancient native footpaths, stunning Victorian architecture and small town charm are augmented by a new generation of farm to table operations, a world class rail trail and a hip music and arts scene headlined by DelFest, one of the nation’s top roots music festivals.
The local food scene mirrors this blend of old and new – offering a mix of locally owned eateries that go back nearly 100 years to the heyday of US 40 and National Road and a flourishing crop of specialty restaurants and pubs clustered in two downtown A&E districts in college-oriented Frostburg and historic Cumberland.
Thanks to attractions like the Great Alleghany Passage (a 300 plus mile network of trails between Washington D.C. and Pittsburgh), the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, vintage neighborhood walking tours and 60,000 acres of public forests and parks visitors of ages have no trouble keeping busy between dining experiences.
Food travelers to Mountain Maryland are aided in their planning by an award winning tourist website, www.mdmountainside.com which features a complete guide to local eateries by category that can be compiled into complete mobile phone itineraries. New for 2017, an annual Restaurant Week is scheduled for September 8-17. Mountain Maryland Restaurant Week and Mountain Maryland’s official page both provide regular updated content for social media users.
In short, more and more people are falling in love with this mountain hideaway nestled perfectly between Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Washington… and their indigenous collection of interesting restaurants is definitely one of the reasons.