WCBM Life StyleJan 01, 2013 -- 12:00am
We're going to take a trip out to western Maryland and the fall is an excellent time to do that. Our destination is Cumberland. From Baltimore, depending on traffic, it's about a three hour trip. Our first
stop is the Western Maryland Railroad (13 Canal Street). I took the 90 minute ride from Cumberland to Frostburg. The railroad cars are comfortable and provide great views with their big windows. When you arrive in Frostburg
I suggest you take a walk in town. You have about 90 minutes before the train departs.
Admittedly it wont take too long to check out the shops on the main street. But I think you would enjoy stopping in the Hotel Gunter, a historic hotel with a glorious grand staircase. Also, check out the pictures on the
walls. It will teach you about the history of the hotel and town. The main street is only about 100 yards from the station. If you don't want to walk, hang out in the station or drop by a gift shop close by. Walking to Frostburg
University requires a longer walk, but you do have the time. If you get tired in town a shuttle will pick you up.
This trip runs Thursday through Sunday, but that can change as the seasons change. There are other opportunites to ride the rails. Also offered is a dinner train and something called the Maryland Junction Express.
For the Frostburg trip tickets vary with seat location. The average price ranges from $33.00 to $60.00. The dinner trains are a bit higher. By the way, you might inquire about the Murder Mystery trains. For information
There are of course other things to do in and around town. If you like the outdoors there's Dan's Mountain State Park, Green Ridge State Forest and Rocky Gap State Park, the location of a casino. If you plan
on camping check out the Allegany County Fairgrounds, C & O Canal National Park and Hidden Springs Campgrounds. If hiking is your thing visit Great Allegany Passage, Rocky Gap and Green Ridge State Forest.
Other places to consider would be Tri-State Zoological Park, Alpacas at River's Edge Farm, the Historical Society, C & O Canal National Historic Park and Museum, Canal Place Heritage Area, George Washinton's
Headquarters or the Gulf War Memorial.
If you're planning an overnight, there are many choices. A few of them would be the Cumberland Motel, 9 Decatur Guest House & Hostel, Fairfield Inn & Suites and the Mountain View Motel. Lodging that is located
downtown and close to just about eveything is the Cumberland Inn & Spa (120 Greene Street). There are 13 rooms all with a different look. You can relax in the room or in the lounge, with a TV, snacks and reading
material. Rates vary with the season but I think $109.00 to $119.00 is close to average. (240-362-7111)
The easiest way to reach Cumberland is 70 to 68. The town makes for a very good getaway destination. And let me say again, western Maryland is an ideal location for autumn foliage. Keep in mind their season
is two to three weeeks ahead of ours in the central and eastern part of the state. For more information on Allegany County go tomdmountainside.com.
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