Category Archives: Travel Destinations

Maryland's Top 4 Best Car Shows

In many ways, cars and car ownership is a central part of the American experience. After all, it can be hard to get around on foot in a nation as big as ours, and thanks to the highway system the road trip and the family vacation have become American traditions.

It’s no surprise, then, that dealerships are hardly the only way to find a whole parking lot’s worth of vehicles both modern and classic. At a car show, you’ll find that America’s love for cars is alive and well, as proud owners parade their prized possessions for everyone to admire. If you happen to live in Maryland, here are four of the best car shows you can find in your local area.

The Antique and Classic Car Swap Meet

This car swap is sponsored by the Chesapeake branch of the Antique Automobile Club of America. It takes place in West Friendship, west of Baltimore, and it’s just one of a number of car shows which the Chesapeake AACA hosts throughout the warm months each year. You don’t have to own an antique or classic car to join the AACA, and you don’t even need a membership to attend one of their car shows. Admission and parking are free, so all you need to bring to the Antique and Classic Car Swap Meet is your own enthusiasm.

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4 Most Picturesque Spots for Exploring in your Nissan SUV

Assateague-IslandNissan SUV’s are known for their multi-terrain ability, encouraging owners to get out and explore the great outdoors. For Nissan owners in Salisbury, Maryland, finding outdoor activities by car is simple, and convenient. Read on to find four of the best outdoor activity areas near Salisbury.

Assateague Island National Seashore

Willing to take a bit of a longer drive? Only 28 miles from Salisbury, the Assateague Island National Seashore is world-renowned for its beautiful sea views, as well as its wild horses. It’s a great trip for families as well as those without children, as the natural beauty of the flora and fauna can be appreciated by all. There’s also on-site camping, if you’re feeling adventurous! Before you make the trip, be sure to check the online calendar for park warnings. The park will close down in inclement weather, or if there was a recent storm and the beach needs to be cleaned up or partially restored. And campers take note: for your safety, camping is suspended during hunting season.

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3 Best Crab Houses in Maryland

Maryland-CrabsWhile Maryland is known for its delicious crab, visitors and natives know that not all Maryland crab houses are made equal. Whether you’re looking for a new spot in which to try this wonderful treat, or you’re road tripping around the state, check out the following three crab houses to try a taste of the Northeast. While most of these locations may not be glamorous, they’re all sure to serve you up some of the best crab and seafood you’ve ever had.

1 Fish 2 Fish

If you’re in Salisbury, 1 Fish 2 Fish is a must try. Popular with visitors and townsfolk alike, this little yellow restaurant packs a lot of fresh goodness into every serving. The owner is committed to the freshness of the seafood, keeping it for a maximum 48 hours, to ensure cleanliness and to avoid the unappetizing ‘fishy’ smell that seafood gets, as it sits for any length of time. 1 Fish 2 Fish has affordable prices to make it friendly for most budgets, and excellent relationships with the fishing captains in the area, means they get some of the best and freshest seafood. When you’re there, be sure to try the crab soup, which often sells out quickly. Definitely not a place to get dressed up for, 1 Fish 2 Fish’s casual atmosphere makes it a great place for families, or a pit stop on a road trip.

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Exploring Our Past Today | 5 Civil War Sites Worth Driving To

Antietam-National-BattlefieldIf you live near Salisbury, Maryland, there are several Civil War battle sites within a day’s drive that make for unforgettable trips. History buffs who appreciate historic spots and informative visitor centers should look no further than these amazing destinations.

1. Antietam National Battlefield

Located in Sharpsburg, Maryland, this national park is the site of the iconic Battle of Antietam. The Confederate Army’s first invasion in the North, the Battle of Antietam is known as the bloodiest one-day battle in America’s history. More than 23,000 lives were lost that September day in 1862.

While noting the area’s history is a sobering experience, the national battlefield allows guests to bicycle, picnic, and horseback ride in specified areas. You can even go boating or fishing in Antietam Creek. But the best way to explore the site is by the 8 ½ mile self-guided driving tour through the battlefield.

2. Gettysburg National Military Park

You can’t plan a road trip to America’s Civil War sites without adding Gettysburg to the list. While the Battle of Antietam might be the bloodiest one-day battle, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania was the site of the bloodiest battle of the entire war. There, 51,000 soldiers died, and survivors turned the surrounding farmland into hospitals and graveyards.

Today’s Gettysburg National Military Park features more than 1,400 markers and monuments, but what’s most impressive is that the Park Service has restored the grounds to how they would have looked in 1863.

3. Monocacy National Battlefield

Located in Frederick, Maryland, Monocacy National Battlefield commemorates the battle that took place after Antietam and Gettysburg. It’s become known as “The Battle That Saved Washington.” Although technically a Union defeat, it prevented the Confederate army from capturing D.C., making this battlefield historically significant.

Visitors to Monocacy can enjoy the brand new visitor center, which includes a special exhibit on the battle. You also won’t want to miss the Worthington House, which is where the Worthington family took shelter and witnessed the battle.

4. Manassas National Battlefield Park

This 5,000-acre park just west of Washington, D.C. commemorates the First and Second Battles of Manassas. This is a must-see locale thanks to the Henry Hill Visitors Center, which houses uniforms, weapons, and other Civil War artifacts. Visitors can watch a 45-minute orientation film before wandering around the park at their own pace.

The Manassas National Battlefield park offers several walking trails, photogenic vistas, and other activities that make it a great destination for families. It’s also an important site for the National Audubon Society, as several bird species call the park home.

5. Fort Sumter National Monument

If you’re really up for an extended road trip, consider visiting Fort Sumter in South Carolina. The very first shot of the Civil War was fired here, and the gunfire lasted 34 straight hours. Guests can enjoy several visitor centers, museums, guided tours, and outdoor activities, making this one worth the trip.

No matter the season, these historic battlefields welcome visitors to explore our nation’s past, taking time to appreciate just how far the country has come.

Enjoy Lunch this Weekend at these 3 Salisbury Restaurants

Weekends offer the perfect opportunity for friends and families to catch up over lunch. So, swing by one of these three Salisbury eateries this weekend to hang out while enjoying delicious local food and welcoming atmospheres.

  1. The Public House

The Public House sits adjacent to the Evolution Craft Brewing Co. on East Vine Street. Once part of the Salisbury Ice Plant, the Public House still offers a unique feel thanks in part to a brick wall in the bar area. Check out the chalkboard in the wall for day’s selections and features. Diners will enjoy fresh dishes created with local ingredients, and the chef often incorporates beer from the Evolution Craft Brewing Co. into menu items. Those over twenty-one can order an eVo craft beer or pick from one of the small batches of beer only for sale at the Pub Bar and Tasting Room.

  1. Pemberton Coffeehouse

Located on Pemberton Drive, the Pemberton Coffeehouse allows diners to enjoy a light lunch on an outdoor deck that overlooks the river. Diners can choose from sandwiches such as the Mediterranean Grilled Cheese sandwich and the Southwestern Cowboy Panini. The menu also features salads like the Classic Greek Salad and the Cranberry Ginger Chicken salad. For those who saved room for dessert, the Pemberton Coffeehouse offers fresh bakery items such as rolls, cheesecake, and pies.

  1. The Irish Penny Pub and Grill

For diners looking to enjoy a lunch inspired by both Ireland and the Eastern Shore, the Irish Penny Pub and Grill is the place to visit. The restaurant is located on S. Salisbury Boulevard and features daily specials that utilize fresh, local ingredients. Pints of Guinness pair well with the Irish Penny’s twist on traditional shepherd’s pie and their bangers and mash. The menu also offers pub faire such as ham and swiss, rockfish tacos, and pretzel burgers. Diners should make sure to save room for a dessert of bread pudding with whiskey caramel sauce.