Category

Tourism News

Hit the Trails in Caroline County

Hit the trails in Caroline County! Below you’ll find links to trail maps for top spots to get outside and go for a hike! Please remember to practice social distancing while on the trails.

Adkins Arboretum
12610 Eveland Road, Ridgely, MD
410-634-2847 |  Website
Adkins Arboretum Trail Map
Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve dedicated to promoting the appreciation and conservation of the rich and diverse native plants of the Delmarva Peninsula. Miles of interpretive paths lead visitors through a diverse setting of woodlands, meadows, wetlands, streams, and display gardens.

Idylwild Wildlife Management Area
4404 Houston Branch Road, Federalsburg
410-376-3236  |  Website
Idylwild Wildlife Management Area Trail Map
Surrounding the headwaters of the Marshyhope Creek, Idylwild Wildlife Management Area consists of approximately 4,000 acres of diverse and unique recreational forest, including 27 miles of trails for bird watching, hiking, hunting, canoeing and kayaking. The trails are closed to motorized vehicles. Alongside of the Marshyhope Creek is Federalsburg’s four-mile long Greenway, which is paved for hiking and biking.
Please note: Hikers should be aware of open hunting seasons and visit accordingly. Trails are maintained but not actively marked. 

Lynch Preserve
Parking area at the end of Robin’s Creek Road, Preston
Lynch Preserve Trail Map
Eastern Shore Land Conservancy’s Lynch Preserve offers around 2 miles of hiking trails along the Choptank River and Robin’s Creek.

Martinak State Park
137 Deep Shore Road, Denton, MD
410-820-1668  |  Website
Martinak State Park Trail Map
Enjoy a peaceful hike at Martinak State Park. Located along the Choptank River and Watts Creek just south of historic Denton, Martinak State Park is the perfect place to stroll through forest trails or take in views of the river.

Tuckahoe State Park
13070 Crouse Mill Rd, Queen Anne, MD
410-820-1668  |  Website
Tuckahoe State Mark Trail Map*
Tuckahoe State Park has more than 20 miles of scenic trails perfect for hiking, biking and horseback riding. A 60-acre lake feeds the Tuckahoe Creek, which winds through the length of the park.
*The Little Florida Trail is currently closed. Printed trail maps are available for hikers at the Park Office. 

 

Photo: Family walking at Adkins by Kellen McClusky

Adkins Arboretum Announces Spring Native Plant Sale—Online!

Prepare for spring in the garden! Adkins Arboretum, offering the Chesapeake gardener the best selection of landscape-ready native plants for more than two decades, announces its Spring Native Plant Sale. All proceeds benefit the Arboretum’s rich variety of education programs, scheduled to resume later this year, that teach about the Delmarva’s native plants and their connection to a healthy Chesapeake Bay.

Due to ongoing recommendations regarding COVID-19, the spring sale will be conducted entirely online. Orders will be accepted through Thurs., April 8 at adkinsarboretum.org and will be fulfilled via timed pickup. There will be no in-person shopping at the Arboretum.

Plants for sale include a large variety of native perennials, ferns, vines, grasses and flowering trees and shrubs for spring planting. Native flowers and trees provide food and habitat for wildlife and make colorful additions to home landscapes, whether in a perennial border, a woodland garden or a restoration project. Native honeysuckle entices hummingbirds, while tall spikes of purplish flowers grace blue wild indigo. Milkweed provides critical energy for monarch butterflies on their winter migration to Mexico, and native azaleas present a veritable rainbow of colorful blooms.

As always, Arboretum members receive a generous discount on plants that varies according to membership level. To join, renew your membership or give an Arboretum membership as a gift, visit adkinsarboretum.org or contact Kellen McCluskey at kmccluskey@adkinsarboretum.org.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Caroline County

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Caroline County! From the annual St. Paddy’s Day 5K to a Leprechaun Scavenger Hunt, here are a few fun and festive ways to celebrate this year! 

St. Paddy’s Day 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run
Caroline County Recreation & Parks’ 13th Annual St. Paddy’s Day 5K Run and 1-Mile Fun Run in Denton takes place Saturday, March 20th! The race is $27 for the 5K, $15 for 1 Mile Fun Run, and $30 for the Virtual option. Proceeds benefit the youth scholarship fund for CCRP summer programs. Preregistration is required, and masks must be worn. Learn more and register online here.

St. Patrick’s Day Cupcake Decorating Kit at Shore Gourmet
Have a shamrockin’ time this St. Patrick’s Day with Shore Gourmet’s Cupcake Decorating Kit! While we can’t offer you a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, this kit comes pretty close! It’s packed with chocolate gold coins, mint crumbles, fun sprinkles, creamy white and green icings, and six cupcakes. Order by 5pm on March 12th, and pickup on 12-5pm on March 16th or 12-6pm on March 17th. Order online here.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Market Street Public House
The Market Street Public House’s annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration takes place March 13th – 17th. The festivities start Saturday with Kegs-n-Eggs in the morning, live music with Bill Weiskopf playing traditional Irish tunes at 1pm and Josh Rose and Friends at 6:30pm. On Wednesday, March 17th, the Pub will be celebrating their 13th anniversary with live music by the Kindred Spirits duo at 6:30pm. Facemasks are required. The Pub is located at 200 Market Street in downtown Denton. Follow them on Facebook for the latest. 

Leprechaun Scavenger Hunt Downtown Denton
Patti’s Petals Florist Garden and Gifts is hosting a Leprechaun Scavenger Hunt in downtown Denton starting March 13th!  You can pick up the scavenger hunt guide at Patti’s Petals or the What’s New Shop. Learn more here.

CCCA’s Virtual Irish Step Dancing Concert
The Caroline County Council of Arts invites you to view an Irish Step Dancing concert on March 20th! Tune into their Facebook page or YouTube channel at 1pm to catch the show!

Yarnstorming Returns to Adkins Arboretum

Yarnstorming is back! For the second year running, Adkins Arboretum is partnering with local yarn artists and the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore (FACES) to create a whimsical and exciting visual experience in the trees around the Arboretum Visitor’s Center.

Also known as yarn bombing, guerrilla knitting, kniffiti, urban knitting and graffiti knitting, yarnstorming is an art form that employs knitted or crocheted yarn in place of paint or chalk. Fiber artists, both veterans and those new to yarn art, will adorn native trees with everything from pompoms to needle felted animals to branch and trunk wraps and hammocks for woodland creatures.

Yarnstorming creations will be on display March 6 through April 3 at the Arboretum, located near Tuckahoe State Park in Ridgely. The public is invited to view the exhibit daily from dawn to dusk. For more information, visit adkinsarboretum.org.

Photo Credit: Kellen McCluskey

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. For more information, visit adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.

Located in Denton, the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore is a destination for the area’s many quilt and fiber art enthusiasts, visitors, and residents to view historic and recent works by quilters and fiber artists from Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Delmarva Peninsula. For more information, visit fiberartscenter.com or call 410-479-0009.

Be Mine: Sweet Treats for your Valentine in Caroline County

From decadent dinner kits that you can enjoy at home and beautiful bouquets from our local florists to romantic winter walks and horse-drawn carriage rides, here are a few ways to celebrate with your Valentine this February in Caroline County! This list is updated daily, so check back for more offerings!

Wine & Dine: Valentine’s Dinners

  • Enjoy a decadent meal at home while supporting the Caroline Culinary Arts Center! This elegant Valentine’s Day dinner kit for two features brie in puff pastry, cocoa-seared scallops, Champagne-poached shrimp, cocoa-rubbed petit filet of beef, lump crab cake, and a sweet trio of dark chocolate cheesecake, lemon bar, and chocolate covered strawberries. Order online by February 8th, and pick up your kits at Shore Gourmet Denton Market February 12th. Kits are $84.95. Find out more or place your order here.
  • Harry’s on the Green will be celebrating Valentine Day on Saturday, February 13th with a special menu that includes champagne and roses from Harry! The Valentine’s Menu will be posted on their Facebook page. On Thursday, February 18th, they will have a special I Love Paris-themed three course dinner with wines for $25.
  • Tenchi in Greensboro will be open on Valentine’s Day for a special dinner for two for $65 from 3pm – 8pm! The menu includes soup, salad, surf and turf with roasted fingerling potatoes, chicken penne pasta with fresh pesto and bread sticks, a half rack of bbq ribs with fingerling potatoes, fried iced cream, drinks and sparkling cider!  Reservations are required and limited spaces are available. Please call 410-482-4046 to reserve your seat!

Flowers for your Valentine

February Fun for your Valentine

Sweet Treats

If you are a Caroline County business and have a Valentine’s promotion you’d like to have featured, we’d love to include it! Please email info@visitcaroline.org.

Adkins Arboretum and the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore present Yarnstorming

Adkins Arboretum and the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore are partnering to offer a Yarnstorming exhibit from March 6th through April 3rd, 2021. Knitters and crocheters are invited to decorate an Arboretum tree with their creations.

Trees to be decorated are located behind the Adkins Arboretum Visitor’s Center and are marked with yarn. If you are unable to visit the Arboretum, please email Jenny Houghton at jhoughton@adkinsarboretum.org for photos of available trees.

Yarn art will be installed by appointment only during the first week of March. Participants can schedule their appointment by emailing Jenny Houghton at jhoughton@adkinsarboretum.org. Your email should include your name, phone number, email address, address, and a brief description of your yarn creation.

This Week’s Festive Fun in Caroline County: December 14th – 20th

Make your days merry and bright! Here are a few festive and fun ways to celebrate the holidays this week in Caroline County!
Please be sure to wear a mask and practice social distancing so that we can all have a safe and happy holiday. 

  • The town of Hillsboro invites you to enjoy the beauty of the holiday season as hundreds of luminaries light the streets of Hillsboro on December 19th from 5-8pm. There will also be a guided candlelight labyrinth walk and hot cider by the fire at the Retreat House from 6-8pm.
  • Update on Whoville Village Holiday Park:  Due to flooding and ice, the December 18th & 19th Whoville Village Holiday Park has been cancelled.
  • Head to the Federalsburg VFW Post 5246 for their Drive Thru Santa Event on Saturday, December 19th from 12-2pm. Santa and his elves will be collecting your letters and handing out cookies!
  • Santa will be making spirits bright at Ridgely Pharmacy on Saturday December 19th from 10am-12pm. Santa’s elves, Rudolph, The Grinch, and Mickey & Minnie will also be making an appearance! All COVID-19 regulations will be followed.
  • Santa will also be in Federalsburg on Sunday, December 20th at 5:30 pm for a special drive-through Christmas event at Chambers Park! The park will be decorated to bring holiday cheer to all!  Santa will be accepting letters, so be sure to remember to bring them! Find out more here.
  • Don’t miss Ridgely’s enchanting display of holiday lights at Railroad Memorial Park! The lights are on display every evening now through the New Year starting at 5pm. Walk through the illuminated park and on the Rails to Trails and stop at the “Selfie Stations” along the way! Share your photos on social media with the tag #ChristmasinRidgely.
  • The Ridgely Historical Society’s Christmas House Decorating Contest will be judged on December 20th! Take a walk or drive through town and enjoy the decked-out homes!
  • The Federalsburg Heritage Museum is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10am-2pm through December 31, and they will also be open for the holidays on December 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30. Stop by the museum to learn about the local history, and then shop for holiday gifts wrapped in memories, including their annual pewter Christmas ornaments depicting local landmarks, books written by local authors, and Jack Sealman cards and prints.
  • Take a stroll through downtown Denton to enjoy the decorated storefronts and shop windows in Downtown Denton Main Street’s Holiday Window Contest. You can then vote for your favorite window online! Find out more here. 
  • The Denton Town Council is hosting a Holiday Decorating Contest this year. Nominate your favorite house by December 15th, and vote for your favorite house by December 22nd! The top three entries will be presented town proclamations and a gift card.
  • Check out “Connecting Kuumba Through Community,” the latest exhibit at the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore. This exhibit will showcase a diverse range of talents including quilting, crochet, fashion and accessory design, collage, and more, and feature creations made by local and regional artists, as well as heirloom pieces. The artwork will be on display at FACES in Denton through December 31, 2020. They are open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12-4pm.
  • Take a winter walk through Adkins Arboretum, a 400-acre nature preserve and native garden in Caroline County! Though their Visitor Center is currently closed, the grounds are open for your enjoyment! View a trail map here.
  • Support the small businesses in your community by shopping local this holiday season! Our downtowns are full of wonderful shops where you can find unique, one-of-a-kind gifts. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing while shopping so we can all have a safe and happy holiday!

Planning ahead? See the full December 2020 event calendar here.

This Week’s Festive Fun in Caroline County: December 7th – 13th

Make your days merry and bright! Here are a few festive and fun ways to celebrate the holidays this week in Caroline County!
Please be sure to wear a mask and practice social distancing so that we can all have a safe and happy holiday.

  • Head to Ridgely to check out their enchanting display of holiday lights at Railroad Memorial Park! The lights are on display every evening now through the New Year starting at 5pm. Walk through the illuminated park and on the Rails to Trails and stop at the “Selfie Stations” along the way! Share your photos on social media with the tag #ChristmasinRidgely.
  • Don’t miss Greensboro’s Lighting of the City and the Whoville Holiday Village on December 12th! The Whoville Holiday Village will run every Friday and Saturday evening from 5-9pm through January 2nd. This event follows the protocols of COVID-19 and social distancing. Masks are required.
  • Take a stroll through downtown Denton to enjoy the decorated storefronts and shop windows in Downtown Denton Main Street’s Holiday Window Contest. You can then vote for your favorite window online! Find out more here. 
  • Take a winter walk through Adkins Arboretum, a 400-acre nature preserve and native garden in Caroline County! Though their Visitor Center is currently closed, the grounds are open for your enjoyment! View a trail map here.
  • Take a candlelit tour of historic Exeter, located at 408 Old Denton Road in Federalsburg. This tour is hosted by the Federalsburg Historical Society and takes place Saturday, December 12th from 4pm – 7pm.
  • Learn to make your own giftwrap at the Foundry Gallery in Denton on December 12th from 1-3pm as part of Second Saturdays! This event is free, but registration is required to save your spot! This event is free, but registration is required to save your spot! There will be assigning time slots. Social distancing and masks are required.
  • Check out “Connecting Kuumba Through Community,” the latest exhibit at the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore. This exhibit will showcase a diverse range of talents including quilting, crochet, fashion and accessory design, collage, and more, and feature creations made by local and regional artists, as well as heirloom pieces. The artwork will be on display at FACES in Denton through December 31, 2020. They are open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12pm – 4pm.
  • Support the small businesses in your community by shopping local this holiday season! Our downtowns are full of wonderful shops where you can find unique, one-of-a-kind gifts. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing while shopping so we can all have a safe and happy holiday!

Planning ahead? See the full December 2020 event calendar here.

Caroline County Holiday Gift Guide

This holiday season, it’s more important than ever to support our local small businesses and organizations. Our downtowns are full of shops and stores where you can find everything from holiday décor and clothing to toys and antiques. We encourage you to shop local this holiday season. Below are a few unique and one-of-a-kind Caroline County gift ideas!

If you are a Caroline County business and have a gift you’d like to have featured, we’d love to include it! Please email info@visitcaroline.org.

  • Give a one-of-a-kind, Maryland-inspired gift with a Savor Maryland Box! Savor Maryland was created by Shore Gourmet, a non-profit that promotes Maryland farmers and entrepreneurs to bring awareness to the great products they create in our beautiful state! From “Bee Maryland” to the “It’s a Shore Thang,” these boxes are packed with local flavor and can be ordered from the comfort of your home!
  • Shop for fragrant gifts made from lavender at Smokey Cat Lavender Farm’s online store. From relaxing neck wraps to rejuvenating eye pillows, they have just what you need for the lavender-lover on your list! Visit the online store at www.smokeycatlavender.com.
  • Nice Farms Creamery is now making handcrafted soap from their creamline milk! From their soft and smooth Peppermint Bar to their gentle, exfoliating Coffee Bar, they have a variety for everyone on your list! Order online here.
  • Give the gift of local flavor with a gift card to a Caroline County restaurant that can be enjoyed later! Some restaurants have gift cards that can be purchased online, including the Market Street Public House.
  • Looking for a gift for those who love the great outdoors? How about a gift membership to Adkins Arboretum, a 400-acre preserve and public garden. Members receive unlimited free admission to the Arboretum, discounts on programs, trips, native plants, and gift shop purchases, and invitations to special events. Family memberships are $75/year. Learn more here.
  • Do you have adventure seekers on your list? Give the gift of a tandem skydive from Chesapeake Skydive! Enjoy breathtaking views of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic coastline, followed by a freefall for nearly a minute where you’ll reach speeds up to 120 mph. After the parachute opens you will glide through the sky towards the earth for 5-7 minutes. Learn more here.
  • Brighten up someone’s table with a beautiful holiday-inspired floral arrangement! Contact your hometown florist to place your order!
  • Order a custom-made wreath from the Cawley Family Farm! Place your order online and then pick up your custom wreath at the farm, located at 24320 Willow Pond Road in Denton.  Order your wreath here.
  • Give a Blades Orchard CSA share for a gift that keeps on giving! Recipients will enjoy six months of fresh picked strawberries, cherries, blueberries, peaches, apples, melons, apricots, plums, blackberries, melons, ciders, butters and honey from this Preston orchard. You receive 8-10 pounds of locally-grown goodness twice a month. Find out more here.
  • Adopt an alpaca for a year from Outstanding Dreams Farm in Preston! This program makes the perfect gift for alpaca lovers of all ages! Adopted alpacas stay at Outstanding Dreams Farm, where they take care of all the work! Recipients receive a Certificate of Adoption, a 4×6 photo of your adopted alpaca, a voucher to come learn about your alpaca, a $20 gift certificate to their Farm Store, and birthday card from your alpaca. Learn more here.