While snow showers, temperatures in the teens, and gusty winds all make up the general description of our weather forecast for the foreseeable future, one doesn't need to stay bundled up in their home waiting for Spring's thaw. Instead, we encourage you to get out an explore the many indoor based attractions that are available for a winter getaway, date night, or family outing in the Mountainside.
1. Sports Fun
There’s nothing like connecting with family and friends over some healthy competitiveness! Let off some steam at Fore Axes by scheduling an axe throwing lane, booking a golf simulator bay, or just enjoying the high-end cocktails and oversized board games. Fore Axes also has Bocce Ball and Corn Hole boards for guests’ enjoyment.
2. Experience History
While the snowy image represents the beauty of winter excursions on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad (WMSR), you only need to bear the elements from the parking lot to your assigned rail car. WMSR offers a variety of seasonal experiences from the Allegheny Winter Express to Murder Mystery Trains. Snowy rides from the comfort of the interior of a train car, along the snow-covered mountainside, provide the perfect cozy getaway!
3. Enjoy our Taprooms
The Mountain Maryland Tap and Pour Tour trails features a wide range of wineries, breweries, distilleries, tasting rooms and taprooms where you can raise a glass and imbibe in your favorite spirit. Our Mountain Maryland Taprooms are a great place for entertainment with award-winning brews and wines and can be a relied upon for a great live music scene.
4. See a Show
There is nothing like theatre, concerts, or live entertainment, and Mountain Maryland does not disappoint with opportunity to enjoy the arts. The Cumberland Theatre, Embassy Theatre, and Cultural Events Series at Frostburg State University provides exceptional live performances and meaningful interactions with magnificent artists from all over the world! Plus, locations like Loft 129 and our breweries offer weekly music opportunities. Check out our Events Calendar for a full list of happenings.
5. Appreciate our Galleries
Travel through either one of Mountain Maryland’s Arts and Entertainment districts, in Cumberland and Frostburg, and you will be met with diverse genres of art in our galleries, theaters, and art spaces. Explore the rotating exhibits at the Allegany Arts Council in downtown Cumberland, C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts, Ferleman & Company Art Gallery, and FSU Stephanie Ann Roper Gallery. Tackle a class or workshop through Three Stars Arts or gain a new appreciation for the culture of Appalachia with displays at Mountain City Traditional Arts.
6. Get Involved with the Kids
Mountain Maryland’s beloved paint-your-own-pottery studio, Mr. Toads Pottery, offers the experience of painting one-of-a-kind masterpieces to bring home and enjoy for years to come. They even offer bring-home-ready ceramic painting kits. Not to mention, their calendar is bursting with hands on events and experiences to truly nurture your creativity.
7. Savor our Culinary Delights
A trip to Mountain Maryland would not be complete without a visit to our locally owned restaurants. Whether you are exploring one of our food trail systems, or cozying up to a table with a view, at one of our downtown establishments, we have great options for quick bites or more formal affairs.
8. Place a Bet
Test your luck on over 600 slot machines, six different table games, and enough entertainment to keep you going all night long at Mountain Maryland’s premier casino resort, Rocky Gap Casino Resort. The resort also features a live comedy and concert series to keep you roaring with laughter and dancing until dawn.
9. Test Your Skills
Check out our area Escape Rooms at Exit Strategy Escape Rooms to look for clues, open locks, decipher messages, solve puzzles all while trying to complete your mission and beat the clock. Enjoy two different themed rooms - “The Untouchables” speakeasy theme and the “Through the Looking Glass” wonderland theme.
When you think of Allegany County, the Mountain Side of Maryland, what is a word that comes to mind? Hopefully, relaxation. The mountains have a way of calling you to calm. Find your Zen with one of our many wellness partners. Whether is a treatment at the Spa at Rocky Gap Casion Resort, an acupuncture session with one of our many regional providers, a studio session/class with a Yoga provider, or time with a great book and coffee from the luxury of your lodging accommodation, winter is a great season and time to unwind.