Washington County, MD: The Perfect Girlfriends’ Getaway Destination

June 30, 2016


Washington County, MD: The Perfect Girlfriends’ Getaway Destination

 

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 than 100 designer and name brand outlet stores with discounted prices, including Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Coach, Gap Outlet, Guess, J.Crew, Kate Spade, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger and Under Armour. You’ll find everything from jewelry to sporting goods, home décor, shoes and apparel for the entire family. Nearby, the Valley Mall has more than 90 specialty retailers and is anchored by JC Penney, The Bon Ton and Sears.

If you enjoy an eclectic mix of unique stores along a walkable main street, you’ll like shopping in our towns like downtown Hagerstown, Boonsboro, and Funkstown. Are you familiar with famous romance novelist Nora Roberts? She’s a Washington County resident and her store, Turn the Page Bookstore, is located on Main Street in Boonsboro, as well as Gifts Inn BoonsBoro, which showcases art and gifts from more than 75 regional artisans. The store is filled with beautifully handcrafted furniture, pottery, fiber art, contemporary jewelry and fine art.

Funkstown is known for its vintage and antique shops, like Hudson House Galleries, Inc. and Valley Antiques and Uniques. You’re sure to discover treasures for your home such as furniture (both antique and reproduction), decorative accessories, paintings, folk art, garden furnishings, lighting, and more. If you love antiquing, Beaver Creek is just a short drive from Funkstown and it is known for its antique shopping malls. Antique Crossroads and Beaver Creek Antiques Market offer a combined total of more than 400 antique dealers.

Downtown Hagerstown offers some unique shopping opportunities as well. James and Jess’ House of Goods and Kendall Taylor Home are treasure troves for vintage items and home décor. The Gallery Shop at the Washington County Arts Council is somewhat of a hidden treasure. Filled with a wide variety of art by local artisans, you’ll find beautiful jewelry, pottery, fiber arts and more. If you’re searching for a unique, one-of-a-kind gift or reminder of your visit to Hagerstown, it’s your go-to place! If you enjoy making your own jewelry or have ever wanted to learn how, a visit to The Potomac Bead Co. on West Washington Street is a must! The bead and findings selection is astounding and any one of their classes, from beginner to advanced, would be great fun for a girlfriends’ getaway weekend. Visit their website for a schedule of upcoming classes.

Any of Washington County’s wineries are a great addition to your girlfriends’ getaway itinerary. Few things are more relaxing than enjoying beautiful scenic views and live music with a glass of local wine.
Big Cork Vineyards is known for its elegant tasting room and you can even enjoy occasional Yoga classes at the winery. Knob Hall Winery, an estate winery, was the first to open in Washington County and offers award-winning wines. The first Thursday of each month the winery hosts an event called "Women Who Wine." Red Heifer Winery is situated at 1,500 ft. and has amazing views of the forested countryside, making it the perfect location for a picnic with wine. Whether you choose to visit one winery or all three, you’re in for a treat!

If you’re looking for a fun night out with the girls, visit
The Fine Arts Company website and peruse their frequent paint night offerings. Each class is rated according to degree of difficulty and there are some extra fun ones thrown in the mix like margarita painting parties. During spring and summer months, you and the girls can enjoy America’s greatest pastime when the Hagerstown Suns are in town. There’s nothing better than enjoying baseball under the lights! And if you have a fun, competitive streak, Seven Ten has bowling and a state-of-the-art arcade. You can even dance the night away at its swanky new Suite 710.

When it comes to lodging and dining during Washington County stay, it all comes down to personal preference. We have bed and breakfasts and hotels that offer accommodations ranging from lavish to basic. There are even have campgrounds if glamping is right up your alley. The same is true for dining options. You’ll find regional fare like Maryland crab cakes, plenty of homestyle country cookin’ and even plenty of international flavor. From fine dining restaurants to neighborhood pubs and grills, chain restaurants, and diners, there’s literally something for everyone!

 

 

 



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