Welcome to 2021!
Last year has been such a rollercoaster with the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Matador team- 2020 was the year we fell in love with domestic travel again, and we’re carrying that passion for safely exploring our own backyard into the new year.
They have listed our very own Frederick, Maryland as one of the top 25 coolest towns in America to visit in 2021!
Here are some fun facts about visiting Frederick!
Ranking in number 8:
Forget about DC — Maryland is the culinary epicenter of the Mid-Atlantic, and nowhere is that truer on a small-city level than Frederick. Frederick attracts visitors with its colorful downtown, Civil War history, access to the Catoctin Mountains, and art scene, but it’s the food and drink culture that makes this town worthy of more than just a quick day trip.
The 50-block historic district is where you’ll want to start. It’s home to colorful buildings, local boutiques, museums, and some of the region’s best restaurants and breweries. If you’re ready to dive right in and indulge, check out the new Thatcher & Rye from Top Chef All-Star Bryan Voltaggio (which recently replaced his flagship restaurant, VOLT). For a slightly more relaxed environment, the Family Meal diner is located in a former car dealership on the outskirts of downtown, giving you a contemporary take on the classic diner concept.
Frederick is equally enthusiastic about drinking. The Flying Dog Brewery has its award-winning beers like Dead Rise on tap while the Milkhouse Brewery at Stillpoint Farm specializes in small-batch farm-to-glass ales. Frederick also has a gorgeous wine trail that winds through the county’s hills, with stops at Hidden Hills Farm and Vineyard, Springfield Manor Winery & Distillery, Linganore Winecellars, Loew Vineyards, and more. Be warned — the trail might turn into your own version of “Drunk History” as it crosses Civil War battlefields and other historic sites, including Monocacy National Battlefield and South Mountain Battlefield State Park.
Don’t leave before exploring the city’s Arts & Entertainment District, which has both indoor galleries and outdoor public art, like local favorite “The Community Bridge Mural” by William Cochran. You can also catch a play at the Maryland Ensemble Theater or the Weinberg Center for the Arts — a cinema dating back to 1928.
What do you love about Frederick? Let us know in the comments!