• Opa (Greek) - 50 Carroll Creek Way

  • Bellas (Italian) - 129 N. Market Street (Nice back patio)

  • JoJos Taphouse (American) - 16 E Patrick Street

  • Hootch and Banter (American) - 49 South Market Street

  • Summitra (Thai) - 12 E. Patrick Street

  • VOLT (American) - VOLT, 228 North Market Street

  • The Wine Kitchen on the Creek (American) - 50 Carroll Creek Linear Park

  • Black Hog BBQ- 118 South Market Street

  • Cafe Bueno (Mexican) - 503 North East Street

  • Isabella’s Taverna and Tapas (Mediterranean) - 44 North Market Street

  • Ayszme (Lebanese, Turkish, Greek Small Plates) - 6 North East Street

  • Brewers Alley (Brewpub) - 124 North Market Street

Coffee Shops

  • 11:11 Cafe - grab a coffee spot and head across the street to wander around some cool vintage furniture shops- Cannon Hill Place is a favorite!.  

  • Frederick Coffee Company and Cafe - 100 North East Street

  • Beans and Bagels - 49 E Patrick Street

  • Perfect Blend - 31 W Patrick Street


  • Glory Donuts (Vegan Donuts) - 244 E Church Street

  • North Market Pop Shop (Old Fashioned Soda/Rootbear AND Ice Cream)- 241 N Market St.

  • Candy Kitchen - 52 North Market Street

  • Stonehearth Bakery - 138 North East Street

  • Cakes to Die For - 154 North Market Street




  • Attaboy- located right at the edge of town, this brewery has ample room, games and outdoor space. 400 Sagner Ave Ste 400

  • Olde Mother Brewing Company- 526 N. Market St. | Frederick, MD 21701

  • Idiom Brewery - New brewery located in a renovated mill along Carroll Creek. 340 E. Patrick St., Suite 104

  • White Rabbit Gastropub - has the best cocktails in town (and good food too!) - 18 Market Space

  • Brewers Alley - located in the heart of downtown- gastropub serving american food and delicious brews- be sure to check out the rooftop! 124 N. Market St. | Frederick, MD 21701

  • McClintock Distillery - stop by this craft distillery located in a beautiful old mill factory to try vodka, gin, and whiskey from organic grains - 35 South Carroll Street

  • Vini Culture - wine bar located in the heart of downtown- wines are on tap or by the glass


  • Monocacy Brewing Company - Spencer’s quote “favorite brewery” of all time. Not necessarily for the ambience but for the delicious variety of beers. Requires a short drive outside of downtown- but worth it! 124 N. Market St.

  • Rockwell Brewery - 880 N. East St.

  • Flying Dog Brewery - Located closer to hotels; 4607 Wedgewood Blvd. 

  • Springfield Manor Winery Brewery and Distillery; 4607 Wedgewood Blvd. relatively close to hiking trails and Catoctin Mountain State Park

  • Milkhouse Brewery at Stillpoint Farms- 8253 Dollyhyde Rd. | Mount Airy, MD 21771

  • Red Shedman Farm Brewery; 13601 Glissans Mill Rd. | Mt. Airy, MD 21771


There are several beautiful wineries sprinkled in and around the region. We recommend packing up a picnic lunch and heading somewhere for the afternoon to enjoy some local wines and crisp fall weather.

Located 25-30 minutes east of Frederick:

  • Black Ankle Vineyards

  • Hidden Hills Farm and Vineyards

  • Linganore Winecellars

  • Elk Run Winery

  • Lowe Vineyards

Located 20 minutes NW of Frederick:

  • Mazzorath Winery

  • Springhill

  • Catoctin Breeze



There are tons of funky home good shops and antique stores. Roam around town to check them out:

  • Relish 38 - E Patrick Street

  • Creme De La Creme - 207 North Market Street

  • Cannon Hill Place - 111 South Carroll Street The Granary

  • Great Stuff By Paul Antiques - 10 North Carroll Street

  • Emporium Antiques - 112 E Patrick Street

  • Curious Iguana BookStore - 12 North Market Street

  • Retro Metro - 213 North Market Street


Fall Festivities in the Region

Fall is our favorite time of year- the list below includes fall events and festivals in and around the downtown Frederick area throughout our wedding weekend.



Gaver Tree Farm & Pumpkin Patch                      

5501 Detrick Rd., Mt. Airy, MD 21771                                 


Fall Harvest Fest

Summers Farm Adventure

5620 Butterfly Ln, Frederick, MD 21703


Winterbrook Farms

3001 Creagerstown Rd, Thurmont, MD 21788


Fall Foliage Train Ride

Walkersville Southern Railroad

Saturday October 20

Homegrown Hay Days

Frederick County Farms

October 20-21, 2018


Jumbo’s Pumpkin Patch

Located in Middletown Maryland, a short drive from Frederick, this is a great place to get some pumpkins to decorate your doorstep, there is a petting zoo, a corn maze to get lost in, and a barn full of seasonal crafts and things to shop for. Not to mention the scenery is breathtaking.


Catoctin Mountain Orchard

Located in Thurmont, Maryland- close to Catoctin State Park- this orchard has beautiful mountain views while you pick apples, shop for pumpkins and enjoy hot apple cider.



Farmers Market - Downtown City Market

Sundays from 9 am - 1 pm

331 North Market Street


Movie Night on the Creek

Outdoor Movie in Downtown Frederick

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Carroll Creek Amphitheater

Friday October 19 at sundown


Ghost Tours of Frederick Maryland

Brewer’s Alley Restaurant and Bar

Yoga on the Creek

Carroll Creek Amphitheater

7-8 AM

Friday October 19   


October 20-21, 2018

Schifferstadt Architectural Museum (adjacent to downtown area)

1110 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, MD 21701

Saturday 10-5 PM; Sunday 12-5 PM


Fall is our favorite season to be outside- we hope that you are able to spend some time outside of Frederick to admire the beautiful fall foliage. We have listed a few recommendations and resources for exploring the outdoors. Be sure to check out some of the additional pamphlets or stop by the visitor center in Frederick or the state park visitor center for more details.



Nestled in the eastern reaches of the Appalachian Mountains is Catoctin Mountain Park. The park takes up eight square miles and houses the Camp David presidential retreat. Located on Catoctin Mountain in Thurmont, Md.,  the park offers around 18 miles of trails, which includes an 8.5-mile loop with several scenic overlooks and other shorter trails that traverse different parts of the mountain. Located just 25 min drive north of downtown Frederick, there are hiking trails and activities for all levels. Our favorite hikes are:


  •  Cunningham Falls (Easy walk to waterfalls- .6 miles and 1.6 mile options)

    • This trail is the most visited in the park for good reason. Along your journey, expect to trek through a pristine deciduous forest rife with wildflowers and wildlife to the single-largest waterfall in the state of Maryland. Cascading over 78 feet from top to bottom, Cunningham Falls is truly a sight to see. After soaking up all the serenity Cunningham Falls has to offer, either return the way you came, or continue up the Hog Rock Nature Trail for an extended journey through some of Maryland's most pristine forests

  • Falls Nature Trail (1.6 mile hike to falls)

    • Walk from parking lot to falls on boardwalk (.6 mile to falls)

  • Wolf Rock and Chimney Rock Loop (3.6 Miles - Moderate)

    • This well-signed and blazed 3.6-mile loop includes the opportunity to visit two rock out outcroppings with great views of the mountains of Central/Western Maryland. If you are up for a bit more hiking, you can easily add two more views to your hike - Hog Rock Vista Trail and Thurmont Vista Trail. 

  • Cat Rock Trail (2.6 Miles)


Reward yourself after your hike- favorite nearby spots:

  • Pryors Orchard for apple cider donuts and apples

  • Catoctin Breeze Vineyard

  • Springfield Manor Winery and Distillery





Harpers Ferry eastern-most point of West Virginia, bordered by the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park surrounds both towns, providing visitors with tours, museums, hiking and biking trails --- all within easy walking distance of the living history villages. The Appalachian Trail goes right through the heart of town. Boutique shops offer a variety of beautiful items for our visitors and local eateries can satisfy the palate. Local outfitters can help with rafting, tubing or kayaking trips.



A relatively easy hike located about 25 minutes south of Frederick. You have the option to climb up the whole way or drive three quarters of the way up and then hike the rest of the way. The view at the end of the road is worth the drive and you can see Montgomery County, the Potomac River, and beautiful farmland.


Notable Nearby Stops:

  • Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard

  • Mad Science Brewing Company and Thanksgiving Farms



From the parking lot, follow the sign for Appalachian Trail (AT) and head towards Annapolis Rocks. This is a great trail for hiking, fastpacking, or trail running. Depending on your speed this round-trip hike can take you between 2-4 hours. Breathtaking views at two locations of this hike!


(Located walking distance from Downtown Frederick)

Baker Park in the fall is a must! You can walk along Carroll Creek from Downtown Frederick, have a fall-festive picnic, enjoy the variety of open fields and playgrounds.



Frederick County offers terrific road riding on sparsely traveled country roads. Choose from gently rolling hills and numerous covered bridges or more challenging rides up to Camp David, Fort Ritchie, and Gettysburg. Check out The Bicycle Escape Located in the Wegman’s Shopping Center - 7820 Wormans Mill Rd Suite E for bike rentals!


Located just 40 minutes south of Gettysburg, PA, Frederick is a short drive from the historic battlefield where the United States and the Confederate Forces fought the deadliest battle of the Civil War.  This is also the site where President Abraham Lincoln delivered his infamous Gettysburg Address.  

The Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (July 1–July 3, 1863), was the largest battle of the American Civil War as well as the largest battle ever fought in North America, involving around 85,000 men in the Union’s Army of the Potomac under Major General George Gordon Meade and approximately 75,000 in the Confederacy’s Army of Northern Virginia, commanded by General Robert Edward Lee. Casualties at Gettysburg exceeded 50,000 with General Lee losing a majority of his troops. 

These largely irreplaceable losses to the South’s largest army, combined with the Confederate surrender of Vicksburg, Mississippi, on July 4, marked what is widely regarded as a turning point—perhaps the turning point—in the Civil War, although the conflict would continue for nearly two more years and witness several more major battles, including Chickamauga, Spotsylvania Courthouse, Monocacy, Nashville, etc.


Gettysburg National Military Park is located in Adams County, Pennsylvania. The museum and visitor center is located at 1195 Baltimore Pike (Route 97) with a back entrance from the Taneytown Road (State Rt. 134). From Frederick, follow US 15 to Gettysburg and watch for signs to direct you to the National Park Service Museum and Visitor Center off exit PA-97.

Access to the park is FREE

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