Weber’s Cider Mill Farm Means Fall Fun

Originally published on October 17, 2018 On a drizzly Thursday morning in late September, Weber’s Cider Mill Farm is relatively quiet. A few toddlers and preschool-aged children have the run of the place, getting close to the barnyard goats and chickens without having to jockey for position with the hordes of visitors that overrun the Parkville destination on sunny fall weekends. But behind the scenes, it’s anything but a slow day for Jo-Ann and Steve Weber, third-generation proprietors

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Getting on the Water, Even When You Don’t Own a Boat

Originally published on Explorerannapolis.com From the very first time I stood at the top of Main Street in historic Annapolis, taking in the view to the end of the street where the brick meets the harbor, I was envious. Seeing boats rocking gently in the harbor and gliding in the open water beyond, I wanted in. Sure, the scene from where I stood was awesome, but it wasn’t enough to satisfy me. I wanted to be a part of it, if only for a short time. I wanted to get on the water. A

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Maryland Tourist Spots Attract the ‘Staycation’ Set

Originally published on Aug 3, 2009 in the Baltimore Business Journal It started last year with high gas prices. It continued into 2009 with the recession. The drop in out-of-town visitors caused Eastern Shore innkeepers Joanne and Jim Rich to rethink their bed-and-breakfast’s marketing strategy. “We made a conscious decision to cultivate the ‘staycationers,’ ” Joanne Rich, co-owner of the Inn at Huntingfield Creek in Rock Hall, said of local tourists. For the couple that meant

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Maryland in miniature: counties launch new tourism promotions to lure out-of-state visitors

Originally published in the Baltimore Business Journal, December 14, 2006 Golf enthusiasts looking for a challenging, Scotland-inspired course -- and a dose of America's national pastime -- needn't travel far. They can find a world-class championship public golf course set amid rolling hills and winding creeks at Havre De Grace's very own Bulle Rock, then take in an evening baseball game just down the road at Aberdeen's Ripken Stadium, endorsed by Iron Man Cal Ripken himself as the best

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