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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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Local Wine Tourism Business Earning 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence


Bowie, MD – June 26, 2017  Vino 301 Wine Concierge, Maryland’s Wine Tour Experts, today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence for the third year straight. The achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include restaurants, accommodations and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.


“We are delighted that so many local businesses in Maryland have earned the 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Ms. Leslie Frelow, Managing Director.   “We are equally delighted that this is Vino 301 Wine Concierge’s third consecutive year TripAdvisor has recognized our customer service. It is our mission to celebrate the contributions of the local vintners and boutique wine producers and, secondly ensure every customer should be thrilled and delighted when attending a Vino 30l event.”


Vino 301 Wine Concierge appreciates our customers and that they take the time to provide comments and feedback. To show our appreciation, we are offering 25% off Regional Wine Tours booked in July. Customers should use code TripAdvisor when booking.

Certificate of Excellence


The recognition helps to set the benchmark on hospitality operational and service excellence for Maryland tourism and ensures that the industry is continuously striving to achieve customer service that is best-in-class for our visitors and the community.


“TripAdvisor is excited to announce the recipients of the 2017 Certificate of Excellence, which celebrates hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers,” said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition allows us to publicly honor businesses that are actively engaging with customers and using feedback to help travelers identify and confidently book the perfect trip.”


The Certificate of Excellence takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.




About Vino 301 Wine Concierge


Vino 301 Wine Concierge is an all-inclusive wine tours business dedicated to bringing the best wine tastings and travel experiences to wine lovers since 2013. Vino 301 wine tours allow its guests to have the most-authentic experience along all of Maryland’s wine trails.  Maryland’s wine tour experts offer tours to over 40 of Maryland’s vineyards and wineries as well as specialty tours like Chocolate and Wine and A Beverage Adventure: Wine, Beer & Spirits.


Contact:  Leslie Frelow, Managing Director 301-807-2683  | info@vino301.com | https://vino301.com


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