This year in lieu of going to the many car shows, car club meets, track days, and driving events I normally attend each year due to COVID19 this year I’ve been exploring the roads a little closer to home in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. And let me say, just wow, who knew so many great roads and sights were so close? I’ve discovered wonderful routes that are simply great for exploring, and I want to share a few of them with you including this one!
This route showcased a colorful display of foliage set against the backdrop of the Appalachian Mountains and Potomac River. It was a combination I simply couldn’t resist. But really this route would be good almost anytime of the year, but the fall simply makes it pop. I put this route together after two previous drives through Western Maryland and West Virginia. The destination for this route is The 1812 Brewery outside Cumberland Maryland. Now, the brewery was my destination, but there are other points of interest (POI) nearby that you add to suite your needs. Having been to this farm brewery multiple times, I can say it would be worth a visit as a waypoint if not the destination!
The route can be driven in a single day, although if you stop for many of the POI’s along the way overnighting somewhere may be the better option. Speaking of overnighting, either at the end of the route near Cumberland or at some point along the way, Sharpsburg or Shepherdstown could be great options. Many of the towns have Inns and B&B’s that could provide a base of operations as you explore the area.
Start off in Montgomery County Maryland, after leaving the suburban areas of the metro DC area you discover what Montgomery County used to be known for, farmland. After that discovery, you’ll notice quite a few equestrian operations. Past that the route winds its way along the Potomac River before turning North around Brunswick before heading West on to the destination outside Cumberland.
This drive offers small and medium cities and towns to explore, farm orchards stores to peruse and buy seasonal fruit and veggies, ice cream stands to sample, national parks to take in, the C&O canal to stretch one’s legs at, great photo opportunities sprinkled all along the way, country stores to resupply at, railroad museums to take you back in time, diners and restaurants to refuel you, B&B’s-resorts-Inns to recharge in, and oh did I mention there’s a brewery?
Click on this LINK to see all the information about this route.