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Uniquely Maryland: Places to visit near Maryland’s vineyards

Uniquely Maryland

Vino 301 Tour Ambassadors have the pleasure every weekend viewing Maryland’s beautiful landscapes.  Sometimes we take our front row seat for granted. Thank goodness for our tour guests to remind us how lucky we are.  They remind us about the uniqueness of the state. A guest always remarks about how stunning the state is. Commenting about the sweeping farmlands and rural areas. The scenic views remind them that Maryland is more than urban centers.

Maryland is referred to “America in the miniature”.  Similar to the United States, the old line state is composed of mountains, beaches, cities and country landscapes wrapped up in our tiny little state.  There are places and things to do that are uniquely Maryland.  We pulled together a list of a few things you can take in while you are out and about enjoying Maryland’s vineyards.


Crab and Oyster Trails

What goes better with wine?  Crabs and Oysters.  Some would argue beer, but for the purposes of this blog, I say WINE.  Maryland vintners have perfected Albariño wine.  The native Spanish grape has made a big impact and it is grown in almost every wine region in the state.  Its citrus flavors, hints of minerality, and medium body characteristics are the perfect backdrop to Maryland’s iconic crustaceans.  The crab and oyster trails are a collection of Maryland restaurants seafood markets, tours, and events.  The trails are organized by five fun regions, Capital, Central, Eastern Shore, Southern and Western Maryland.

Uniquely Maryland

credit: Only In Your State

Tubing in Gunpowder Falls State Park

Driving from Basignani Winery to Boordy Vineyards, we see people walking along the road and carrying tubs, towels or kayaks.  They are headed to Gunpowder Falls, the largest park in the state, to leisurely float along Big Gunpowder Falls River.  The park spans from Baltimore to Frederick counties and reaches Pennsylvania.  The Hereford Area, located in northern Baltimore County, is 3,620 acres of scenic wilderness.  The Big Gunpowder Falls River is a part of this outdoor haven. Many travel to this area to canoe, kayak and tube throughout the year. Bring your own flotation device.  Here is your guide to Gunpowder Falls Park.

Hiking in Sugarloaf Mountain

Sugarloaf Mountain Winery sits about a mile from the base of Sugarloaf Mountain in Dickerson, Maryland. The Winery is a popular endpoint for hikers who hike the Sugarloaf Mountain trail. Sugarloaf Mountain Winery is known for its annual Stomp event.  Stomp ushers in the fall and harvest season and is a grape stomping competition. Five trails traverse the mountain. The trails range from a couple of miles to six miles. The mountain property is owned by Stronghold Incorporated, a non-profit organization, who manages and maintains the property.  You can get trail information from Stronghold Incorporated website.

Discovering Maryland’s History

If you were ever curious about Maryland’s history head to historic St. Mary’s City. You step back in time to the 17th century when you visit historic St. Mary’s City.  Historic St. Mary’s City is a living history encounter where you can participate in hands-on activities, learn about archaeology, and journey along nature trails.  You will witness Maryland’s first years reenacted. Tours are available.  On your way home stop by the Port of Leonardtown Winery.  A trailblazing winery located in St. Mary’s county.  Its Rosé and Chambourcin wines are charting Maryland on the world’s wine map.



I hope this is the start of your journey to visit uniquely Maryland attractions.  For more information about Maryland, sites go to visitmaryland.org


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Vino 301’s 5th Year Anniversary … A Year of Giving and New Adventures

Vino 301’s 5th Year Anniversary


Happy Anniversary to us!  It’s our 5th year anniversary. Thank you for supporting us over the past five years.  We have had a great time creating memories with you.  We appreciate you and look forward to sharing more laughs, more adventures and a lot of wine.   We have new activities planned for you this year.


Giving Back To Our Community

Vino 301 offered discounted tours or events to demonstrate our appreciation in prior years to celebrate our anniversary.  This year we are celebrating our anniversary differently.  We appreciate you more than ever.  We are grateful for you uplifting us, so we want to uplift others. Vino 301 is showing our gratitude by giving back. A dollar from each regional wine tour, Chocolate and Wine tour, and Wine, Beer & Spirits tour ticket sold will be used to purchase food for The Bowie Interfaith Pantry and Emergency Aid Fund this year.  The Bowie Pantry provides emergency food and financial aid to residents in Prince George’s County.  From Vino 301’s the beginning, we have always expressed our passion for supporting local vintners, farmers and businesses and we are sharing our passion by assisting our community.   If you wish to donate food or funds to the Bowie Pantry, visit Bowie Pantry website.


New Adventures

We have a lot instore for you this first half of the year.  More wine packages, and tour experiences!!!

National Drink Wine

February –  We are celebrating National Drink Wine Day on February 18.  It is a real holiday. This holiday celebrates wine drinkers and everything that is good about wine.   It is only right that we observe this national holiday at a wine bar. Vino 301 Wine Concierge is hosting a social at Red, Red Wine Bar(Annapolis, MD) on February 18 from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm.  Join us and enjoy wine flights and light hors d’oeuvres.   More information, click here.



Wine and cheese tourMarch –     March is Maryland Wine Month.  Vino 301 is pairing cheese with Maryland wine.  Wine and Cheese tour is a new specialty tour.  We partnered with Romano Vineyard and Winery and P.A. Bowen Farmstead.  Romano’s finest wines will be paired with P.A. Bowen Farmstead (Brandywine, MD) award-winning raw milk artisan cheeses.  This wine tour will take you to Romano Vineyard for the cheese pairing.   Your next destination will take you to one of southern Prince George’s County local vineyards (Robin Hill Farm & Vineyards, JaneMark Winery &Vineyard, or Gemeny Winery & Vineyard).   More information, click here



April –          The girls are out of here!  Girlfriends Getaway takes you to Inn Boonsboro (Boonsboro, MD).  Spend the weekend at famed novelist, Nora Roberts, bed and breakfast.  Girlfriends Getaway is a weekend adventure that includes two-night stay at the Inn Boonsboro, wine tour with lunch, evening happy hours, yoga class, and much more.  Stay tuned for more information.


May –          Shopping is blooming in May. Sip and Shop is an afternoon of sampling selected fine wines, enjoying delectable appetizers and shopping.  W by Worth clothing, high-quality women’s fashions, will be on display for a fun shopping spree – hassle-free with personalized service.  More details are coming.

June –          Vino 301 is headed for the water in June.  We partnered with Atlantic Kayak Company.  Take a Twilight Kayak tour along the Mattawoman Creek. There’s nothing more relaxing and engaging than spending time on the water.  Leave the crowded streets and bike paths behind, and go on a kayak adventure! Top off your evening with a wine and cheese pairing. More details are coming.


Thank you again for five wonderful years.  See you along the wine trails.

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