FEB 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 8 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 46 Maryland E V E N T P L A N N E R ' S G U I D E T O MD F R E D E R I C K C O U N T Y : H I P , H I S T O R I C , S C E N I C & C O N V E N I E N T In western Maryland, Frederick County offers a blend of Civil War-era buildings and cutting-edge cuisine. With scenery ranging from dramatic moun- tain views to quaint Main Streets, the area features wineries, orchards and the state's largest brewery, all less than an hour's drive from Washington, D.C. BY T. WAYNE WATERS America In Miniature Maryland is a nice mix of Southern grace and Mid-Atlantic charm. Most of its major urban centers are toward the coast where the Chesapeake Bay, Baltimore, Annapolis, Ocean City and National Harbor beckon to meeting planners. And, of course, the nation's capital sits just on the other side of the Potomac River. Maryland is a great midway state for easy ac- cess from both the northeast and the south. Adjacent to both Virginia and West Virginia, the Old Line State or "America in Miniature" as Visit Maryland prefers, isn't so far from the Carolinas, Kentucky or Tennessee – or from any major airport. Garrett County Garrett County sits in the northwest corner of Maryland, convenient not only for its home state but also residents of West Virginia, Pennsylva- nia and Ohio. The county is known as the Deep Creek Lake Area and also includes the Savage River and Savage River State Forest, all situated in the Allegheny Mountain region. Such terrain offers obvious outdoor recreational opportunities but Garrett County also offers 40,000 square feet of various meeting spaces at the Wisp Resort, Western Maryland's largest conference center. The county is also home to about 4,000 sleeping rooms, including many at upscale mountain and lake lodges. The Lodge at Wisp has 102 suites and 67 guest rooms, and the resort offers all sorts of winter, water and aerial outdoor recreational opportunities. Additionally, Ag Heritage Hall at the Garrett County Fairgrounds is a large, rent- able space. Two new developments are now available: The White Barn at Lucas Farm and Monkey Business Aerial Adventure Park. Lucas Farm sits on 40 acres of Western Maryland country- side and its White Barn is an elegant, modestly sized venue for small gatherings and special events. Monkey Business Aerial Adventure Park provides challenge courses and 400- and 650-foot dual racing ziplines that offer great team-building opportunities. "Because of our location within three hours of major metropolitan cities in the Mid-Atlantic, the Deep Creek area is perfect for a conference or an executive retreat," said Jen Durben, Heri- tage Area & Groups Director for Garrett County Chamber of Commerce. "Our four-season desti- nation makes for unique meeting spaces and fan- tastic activities for attendees and their families." Frederick County Frederick, county seat of its namesake county, sits in the scenic Catoctin Mountain landscape about 50 miles west and northwest of Baltimore

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