Top places to visit in Maryland in winter 

What’s up everyone !

Now that we’re in December, I thought it would be fun to think about some amazing winter getaways without leaving our great state of Maryland!

So today we’ll highlight my top 5 Awesome Places In Maryland to visit This Winter

So lets dive right in

1. Wisp Resort

Cold weather is here and as of Friday, November 25, Wisp Resort officially opened for the winter season. 

Wisp has grown into a four-season premiere resort offering 33 slopes totaling 11 miles of trails on 137 acres w a  Vertical Drop of 700 ft 

They also offer lodging, dining and shopping during the winter months. 

Whether you like skiing, snow boarding, tubing, or just want to hang out and enjoy the apres ski, Wisp is a great choice and its located in Western Maryland in McHenry.

I have to say, tubing is so much fun! Esp at night!

They also have a mountain coaster which is a gravitational hybrid of an Alpine Slide and a Roller Coaster boasting a 1,300-foot uphill track while twisting, turning, dipping and rolling for 3,500 feet downhill over 350 vertical feet on the eastern side of Wisp Mountain. 

The Deep Creek Lake area averages over 100″ of snow annually and wisp also has energy-efficient snowmaking systems with computerized weather and pumping stations. 90% of all skiable terrain is equipped for snowmaking.

So plan a vacation and enjoy all that Wisp has to offer!

2. Deep Creek Lake

And while you’re in the area, why not book a quiet stay at deep creek lake? I have friends who spend every Christmas vacation at deep creek. They love it in the winter!

Most of the cabins offer fireplaces so you won’t mind getting snowed in for a few days. 

And there are cabins that allow pets if that interests you

You can take a sleigh ride with horse drawn carriages at pleasant valley dreamrides or visit Muddy Creek Falls  which is a stunningly beautiful waterfall in Swallow Falls State Park and is one of the highest waterfall in Maryland.

ITs just a very beautiful place to visit and stay a few days and you don’t even have to leave the state!

**Speaking of waterfalls… here are 5 Gorgeous Frozen Waterfalls In Maryland That Must Be Seen To Be Believed

While most people visit these scenic spots during warmer weather, many don’t know that some places are just as impressive during wintertime. These 5 frozen waterfalls in Maryland are breathtaking. Bundle up and get outdoors to explore these jaw-dropping spots.

We mentioned the first one- Muddy creek in Swallow Falls State Park.

Next we have Cunningham Falls in Cunningham Falls State Park which is the tallest cascading waterfall in Maryland. In the winter, you’ll get to see all the delicate twists and turns iced over. Check it out, though you’ll want to be careful not to slip! 

3rd is Kilgore Falls in Rocks State Park  located in Harford County.

4th is Cascade Falls in Patapsco Valley State Park located in Ellicott City, MD

And the 5th water fall (although not technically one big waterfall), is Great Falls in the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park. it’s got several drops along the way that are worth seeing and In the wintertime, the rocks become coated with icicles… it’s stunning!

3. Circle R Ranch

If you’re into horses, Circle R Ranch has The Winter Horseback Riding Trail In Maryland That’s Pure Magic.

They are a family owned business that has many different trails to choose from. 

Their trail horses are well-trained and represent several different breeds

including American Quarter Horses, American Paint Horses, Draft Horses, and what they lovingly refer to as “Heinz 57 Variety.” 

They have horses for all types of riders, from the novice to the well experienced. They saddle up with western tack.

You can also Take an open sleigh ride with their Draft horses, known as their gentle giants.  They have Clydesdale crosses and Percherons.  Snuggle down under the warmth of the sleigh blanket with your friends and family to enjoy crossing through the snowy countryside.  What an experience!

Circle R Ranch is located in Oakland, MD 

And Oakland MD itself is such a charming mountain town. With a fresh coat of snow, this place looks like a Christmas village. Bring your camera to capture the sights on one of the most charming winter day trips in Maryland.

With a population of about 2,000 residents, this mountain town prides itself on its scenery, history, and close-knit community.

4. C & O Canal

So, this is a favorite of mine because it’s in my backyard here in Montgomery County, Md. 

While its super fun to hike and experience the C & O Canal and my favorite, the billygoat trail, in the other 3 seasons, there is something magical about going there in the winter months. 

Trust me, you’ll want to bundle up and head there asap! Many spots become completely frozen over and you may even spot people playing hockey on the ice. It’s one of the most surreal, beautiful winter attractions in Maryland.

So pop in your air buds, Bring your dog, grab a friend and go experience the potomac river, the wooded and rocky hiking trails and the simply peaceful, calming views of Mother Nature right here just outside of Washington DC.

5. Western Maryland Scenic Railroad

If you’re looking for something out-of-the-ordinary to do in Maryland, something that the whole family will love, then we have a perfect attraction. Did you know that you can take an old-fashioned train ride in Maryland? The Western Maryland Scenic Railroad will take you back in time on a journey through picturesque rolling mountains. 

This 2 1/2 hour journey begins in the charming town of Cumberland, where you’ll board a diesel locomotive. The train will cross rustic bridges…Make its way through historic tunnels..And pass scenic overlooks for stunning mountain views.

A narrator is also on-board the train during your ride, sharing interesting facts and pointing out significant locations.

And right now they are offering The Polar Express! Inspired by the run-away hit movie, this holiday favorite comes to life when you and your family take a ride on The Polar Express™. Set to the music of the motion picture soundtrack, families will love their trip to the North Pole, complete with hot chocolate and cookies served prior to boarding the train. Passengers will enjoy singing, dancing, and a reading of The Polar Express™. They encourage you to wear your favorite pajamas and join in on the magic.

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