BlogView Old Blog Posts


The Antietam Battlefield Illumination: A Powerful Representation of the Battle’s 23,110 Casualties October 31, 2016

The battle of Antietam was a pivotal moment in the American Civil War and there were several significant factors about the September 17, 1862 battle. Perhaps the most well-known is that it was the bloodiest single-day battle in American history. Though it lasted just 12 hours, there were 23,110 casualties as a result of the battle. Three phases of horrific fighting at Miller’s Cornfield, the Sunken Road, and the Lower Bridge left 23,110 soldiers killed, wounded, and missing or captured. Approximately 3,650 soldiers were killed outright and approximately 17,300 were wounded. About one in seven soldiers died from their wounds… Read More

Experience Fall in Washington County, Maryland September 19, 2016

Fall is a beautiful time of year to enjoy the natural beauty of Western Maryland. According to the Farmers’ Almanac, this year’s fall foliage is expected to be some of the most colorful on record, peaking around mid- to late October. Here are some of the best places throughout Washington County for leaf peepers to experience magnificent fall colors. Scenic Overlooks Washington County has no shortage of scenic overlooks and those are often the best places for wide angle views of spectacular fall foliage. Some overlooks require a short walk, while others must be hiked to, but the view is… Read More

Washington County, MD: The Perfect Girlfriends’ Getaway Destination June 30, 2016

  Need some time with just your gal pals? Washington County, Maryland, is the perfect destination for your next girlfriends’ getaway! The shopping is second to none and when you’ve shopped until you drop, you can kick back and relax with a glass of wine at our beautiful scenic wineries or enjoy downtown Hagerstown’s Arts & Entertainment District. Wonderful restaurants ensure you won’t go hungry and there’s a wide variety of lodging options depending on your preference. Hagerstown Premium Outlets is one of Washington County’s most popular attractions. Conveniently located off Interstate 70, the village-style outlet shopping center has more… Read More

Five Family Friendly Ways to Enjoy the Outdoors in Washington County, MD, This Summer May 26, 2016

Washington County is a great place to enjoy family fun outdoors. Its many parks provide a wide range of opportunities for outdoor recreation. During warm weather months it’s the perfect destination for families to get back to nature and breathe in the fresh air. Here are five family friendly ways to enjoy the outdoors in Washington County this summer: Visit a Park. Parks are abundant in Washington County – from national parks to state parks, county parks, and municipal parks – there are many to choose from. Some are free to roam and others have a small entrance fee. They… Read More

GUEST BLOG: Top 10 Things to Remember When Planning an Event by Ashley Schuchhardt April 21, 2016

1. Decide on a budget -think about how much you are willing to spend to host a “knock- your-socks-off” event without draining the bank account!  Take into consideration things such as how many people you will need to host, what types of food you are thinking of having, the venue that you wish to book, and start researching! Call around to local venues to see what they have to offer and if there are any special rental rates of incentives going on- make sure to book early- a lot of venues book months, sometimes even a year in advance for… Read More

Three Hagerstown Suns Players Making Their All-Star Dads Proud April 18, 2016

Head to a Hagerstown Suns game, and you might be able to grab a photo of MLB Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. No, he won't be throwing out a ceremonial first pitch or showing up for a media day to sign autopgraphs for fans. Instead, he'll be doing what a lot of dads do: watching his son play some baseball. This year, the Hagerstown Suns have a roster filled with talent, and three of those players just happen to be following in the footsteps of their well-known fathers, who made indelible marks on the game and amassed legions of fans… Read More

Top Hidden Gems in Hagerstown and Washington County April 18, 2016

Home to world-class museums and gorgeous parks, Hagerstown attracts thousands of visitors each year to check out the sites that have put the area on the proverbial map. But Hagerstown and Washington County are teeming with hidden gems that are off the beaten path. If you want to see a side of Hagerstown and Washington County you haven’t seen before, then set out to discover these 12 top hidden gems in the area. 1. Pennsylvania Dutch Market: Don’t leave the Hagerstown area without sampling authentic Amish goods like baked pies, old time candies and Dutch country-style pretzels. Pennsylvania Dutch Market is an… Read More

GUEST BLOG by Zach Spedden: City, Suns Finalize Lease Agreement February 29, 2016

The Hagerstown Suns will play at Municipal Stadium through at least 2018, as the team agreed to terms on a lease extension with the City of Hagerstown last night.  Last month, the Suns came to terms in principal with the city--which owns the stadium--on a $35,000 per year lease that would become effective in 2017.   That figure remains in place, with further clarification as to how the maintenance of Municipal Stadium will be divided between each party. Once the lease kicks in, the Suns will be responsible for utilities, day-to-day maintenance, and the replacement of operations-related equipment. The city,… Read More

Top 12 Romantic Things to Do in Hagerstown, Maryland February 10, 2016

Home to historic buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries, bustling nightlife, and cozy bed and breakfasts, Hagerstown is one of the best places in the region to escape for a romantic getaway. If you and your partner are history buffs, Hagerstown and Washington County are great destinations for learning about the county’s Civil War history. So many parks in the area are impeccably maintained. In fact, Escape Here named Hagerstown the No. 1 destination for beautiful city parks in the entire country. If you’re planning a trip to the area for a sweet romantic getaway, here are 12 of… Read More

The Bride’s Guide to Cosmetic Enhancement in Hagerstown: Looking & Feeling Your Best for Your Wedding, by Dr. Henry Garazo of Plastic Surgery Services January 20, 2016

Imagine this: it’s a week before your wedding, and you’ve spent months exhaustively planning every detail—from the familial politics of your seating chart to the size and placement of tablescape votives, no stone has been left unturned. You would do anything for a moment of quiet, but the only dull part of your day is your skin. In all of your preparations, you forgot to take care of yourself. Getting married can be one of the most important and enjoyable events of your life. It can also be stressful, with extensive planning, personal preparations, and wrangling all of your guests… Read More

12 Reasons to Visit Hagerstown in 2016 December 16, 2015

2016 will be a busy year in Hagerstown and Washington County with anniversary celebrations, the opening of new restaurants and restorations of historical sites. Here are 12 reasons to visit Hagerstown, Maryland, in 2016—one for every month of the New Year.  1. Centennial of National Parks: Celebrate Hagerstown’s rich history by joining the festivities of the National Park Service’s Centennial anniversary. Among the parks taking part in the national celebration is The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal). During the yearlong event, guests are encouraged to explore national parks and share their experiences at FindYourPark.com. In Hagerstown and… Read More

#happyinhagerstown Video October 26, 2015

Click here to view a video composite of many of the photos from the #happyinhagerstown Summer 2015 Photo Contest! Read More

Top National Parks in Hagerstown and Washington County, Maryland October 15, 2015

Washington County in Maryland is known for its remarkable national parks that document our country’s Civil War history and provide hiking and biking trails with an international allure. In 2016, the National Park Service is celebrating its centennial anniversary, and it’s launching several programs like Find Your Park to help nature enthusiasts get to the know the nation’s parks and find the perfect ones to visit in the centennial year. So put on your hiking boots and get ready to explore some of the most scenic parks on the East Coast. Here’s your guide to the top national parks in… Read More

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy the Arts in Hagerstown October 1, 2015

Whether you want singing, dancing, painting or sculpting, you can find it in Hagerstown, Maryland, which is bustling with creative people and home to fantastic art collections. Visitors will have a renewed appreciation of Maryland’s art and culture when exploring Hagerstown. Here are 10 places to go or things to do to enjoy Hagerstown’s arts scene. 1. Hagerstown’s Arts and Entertainment DistrictHagerstown’s City Center has impressive historic architecture, urban infrastructure, cultural amenities, and a number of places to create, live and learn. The designated Arts and Entertainment District has impressive performance spaces, art galleries, wonderful restaurants, museums, education centers, retail stores and… Read More

Top Places to View Fall Foliage in Hagerstown and Washington County September 9, 2015

Hagerstown has been called one of the top 10 best places to travel in Maryland by HomeAway, and fall is one of the best times to visit Hagerstown and Washington County to see gorgeous, vibrant bursts of fall foliage. The area is home to several preserved state parks and destinations that are great spots to visit when the temperatures start to drop. So grab your camera and visit these six places throughout the county for Instagram-worthy shots of fall’s changing colors. 1. Sideling Hill Rest Area Near Hancock along I-70, Sideling Hill is a 3,000-acre area of lush wilderness and… Read More

7 Ways to Enjoy the Hagerstown Suns Every Baseball Season September 1, 2015

In 2015, the Hagerstown Suns celebrated the team’s 35th anniversary with a variety of events and things to do. Attending a Hagerstown Suns baseball game is one of the best things to do each summer in Hagerstown. Here are 10 ways to make the most of the Hagerstown Suns annual baseball season. 1. Buy season tickets. The Hagerstown Suns play a total of about 70 home games each season at Municipal Stadium from April through September. Sason tickets for reserved seats at every game are available for less than $600, and general admission season tickets cist even less. Season ticket holders get a 10 percent discount on… Read More

14 of the Best Local Restaurants in Hagerstown August 7, 2015

If you want delicious, local foods and restaurants that are housed in charming, pre-Civil War buildings, then Hagerstown and Washington County should be your next foodie destination. Whether you want pizza, high afternoon tea or Maryland seafood, head to Hagerstown and try one of these 14 top places to eat and drink in the area. 1. Vesta PizzeriaBestselling author Nora Roberts and her husband opened up Vesta Pizzeria in Boonsboro to share their love of Italian food. Diners can enjoy the colonial style restaurant with appetizing dishes such as chicken parmesan, the famous roast beef and provolone and many creative pizzas with… Read More

9 Must-Visit Historic Sites in Hagerstown, Maryland July 15, 2015

Yes, Hagerstown is an excellent place to go shopping or catch a baseball game, but in this part of Maryland, a town’s past can be as important as its present. Washington County is home to a number of historic sites that tell the history of Hagerstown’s founder or the battles that were fought during the Civil War, for example. Here’s a guide to some of most well-preserved historic sites in Hagerstown and Washington County, Maryland. 1. Antietam National BattlefieldThe Antietam National Battlefield is the site of the what’s been determined the deadliest battle ever to occur on U.S. soil, which occurred on… Read More

Weekend Itinerary: Top Things to Do in Hagerstown, Maryland June 4, 2015

Baseball is a way of life during the summer, and in Hagerstown, Maryland, the local minor league Hagerstown Suns team has been a longstanding pride in the city, celebrating its 10th anniversary of being a Washington Nationals affiliate. It’s common for fans from around the area to come into town for a weekend filled with Suns baseball, but there’s a lot to explore outside Municipal Stadium. Here are some fun things to do on a trip to Hagerstown in addition to seeing the Hagerstown Suns play. 1. Grab some pre-game snacks or dinner at Benny’s Pub. Situated inside the Antietam Brewery, Benny’s is the perfect place for… Read More

Top 12 Annual Festivals and Events in Hagerstown April 3, 2015

Updated: 3-7-16No matter when you visit Hagerstown, Maryland, you will find no shortage of things to do. A variety of festivals are on the schedule year-round, including holiday events, food fests, arts and music events, and cultural and historic celebrations. Here are the top 11 festivals to help you plan your trip to Hagerstown. 1. QUAD STATE BEER FEST: SHAMROCKED! (March 12, 2016)Held at the Ag/Ed Center omn Shaprsburg Pike. Support Breast Cancer Awareness-Cumberland Valley By Sampling Over 50 Local Beers While Celebrating St. Patrick's Day With Popular Local Rock Music! 2. MARYLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (April 1-3, 2016)EXPERIENCE IT! Now in… Read More