A few weeks ago, I shared with you my stay at the charming Frederick Inn Bed and Breakfast. Frederick is one of my favorite getaways when I’m looking for a quick escape from the hustle and bustle of DC. Not only is it just an hour away, but there are so many different ways to experience the area that you can have a new trip every time you head up 270, and one of the best ways to see the area is with a wine tasting and hiking getaway.
A SMALL TOWN GETAWAY
Whether you’re looking for a relaxing weekend in the country or a day full of small town exploring, Frederick has something to offer you. I’ve written about the robust distillery and restaurant scene and the seemingly endless local shopping, but on this trip I was in the mood for something a bit more serene and low key. A day full spent out in the fresh air was just the answer.
TAKE A MORNING HIKE
I certainly wouldn’t call myself outdoorsy, but sometimes I like to get out in nature when I escape Washington. I’m not looking for a day long hike that requires actual mountain ready footwear and a camelback for water, but something that gets the blood flowing and allows me to justify the meal I’ll absolutely indulge in post-hike.
About 15 minutes outside of Frederick, Sugarloaf Mountain has several different hikes you can pick from, none of which are difficult. You can do trails that are as short as a mile or as long as 7 miles, with several in between. Or…you can just park at one of the scenic vistas, enjoy the outdoor views, and then call it a day. Whatever you choose, just breathe in that mountain air and enjoy a few restful moments.
SPEND THE AFTERNOON WINE TASTING
Once you’re done hiking, you’ll have worked up an appetite for some refreshing wine. When you get to the bottom of the mountain, you’ll come upon Sugarloaf Mountain Winery. It couldn’t be more convenient for hikers. This is the perfect spot to do a tasting – indoors or out – then sit back and take in the scenery with a bottle and perhaps some cheese and crackers. The laid-back setting is the ideal spot to spend a post-hike afternoon.
When you’re done at Sugarloaf, drive 20 minutes to Linganore Winecellars. Linganore has always been one of my favorites because of the variety of wines they offer. If you’re into sweet wines or fruit wines, this is your place. Of course, they also have your standard easy drinking wines, but I just can’t get enough of their Mango Sangria for pool drinking.
Hungry after all this wine tasting? Grab a huge sandwich at a.k.a. Friscos and either split it with a friend or be prepared to take half home. For dinner, head to downtown Frederick and enjoy the small plates like fried green tomatoes, mussels, and spaghetti carbonara at The Wine Kitchen on the Creek.
WHEN TO GO AND WHERE TO STAY
A May weekend was perfect for this hiking and wine tasting getaway, despite the rain that didn’t go away until our second day in Frederick. But, of course, this area of Maryland is gorgeous in any season. I can’t wait to get back in the fall when the leaves have started to turn.
Where should you stay for a weekend where you’re spending more time in the country outside of Frederick than downtown? Definitely Frederick Inn Bed and Breakfast. You’ll be just steps from all of the gorgeous mountain views from Sugarloaf, but close enough to get downtown in just 15 minutes.