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Posted on: November 20, 2017

No Place like Home, so keep it Close to Home for the Holidays

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November 14, 2017 - CUMBERLAND, MD – A gift from the heart is the sentiment that is often shared when describing the perfect holiday gift. Yet, does one ever take a moment to consider that homemade means it started at the hands of a craftsman or artist? We are fortunate in Allegany County, Maryland, that many area business entrepreneurs and artists have settled down in our mountains to hone in on their crafts. Whether it is a chocolatier, artist, brew master, or winemaker, this holiday season we salute our list of made in Allegany County products.

  • 1812 Brewery - Nestled in the historic Evitts Creek Valley, the mill barn and farmhouse built by John Folck in 1812 have become Allegany County’s first farm brewery. Current brew selections change throughout the year. These are a tasty reminder of the work and art it takes to be a brew master.
  • Arts & Galleries - The arts are alive and Allegany County is home to a vibrant arts community. Art galleries, studios, and art exhibits, feature local and regional artists of all mediums. One-of-a-kind mosaics, portraits, paintings, wooden furniture, custom framing, and much more are available. Plus, each holiday season the Allegany Arts Council features a Holiday Market showcasing many handmade holiday gift ideas under $100.
  • Basecamp Coffee Co. - Cumberland, Maryland’s, micro-roaster is quickly garnering a name for itself with its smooth flavor and distinct taste. Coffee shops across the region brew and serve from Basecamp, and the coffee company is now expanding with blends available for online orders.
  • Charis Winery & Distillery - Allegany County’s first winery and now distillery. Charis Winery & Distillery is located at the Canal Place Shops in downtown Cumberland. Locally produced premium wines as well semi-sweet and sweet blends, Charis Winery will release their new Pomace Brandy Thanksgiving Weekend.
  • Early Rise Flies - Top Adventure Town! Yes, we like the sound of that and Allegany County gets to tout that award thanks to Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and their Top Adventure Towns contest. Love the outdoors and the water?  Early Rise Flies in Cumberland features traditional custom hand-tied, premium flies available in store and online.
  • McFarland Candies - Founded in 1944, this Frostburg, Maryland, based business now is operated by a third generation chocolatier. Their homemade chocolate recipe has been passed down and sweet favorites like their chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate dipped apples and peanut butter squares are what sweet dreams are made of. Even John Travolta has ordered these chocolates.
  • Milestone Cube Company – In 2003, local area woodworkers came up with an idea of a special designed wooden keepsake cube. You can say the idea took off as they have now sold their handmade art to recipients in over 17 countries. Milestone Cube Company is a double whammy made in Allegany County with much of their products made from local wood.
  • Toasted Goat Winery - Allegany County, Maryland’s newest winery, the Toasted Goat, located on historic Main Street in Frostburg, offers a variety of wines. Bottles are named and labeled after many community attractions, which makes giving a bottle feel very authentic and like our Mountain Maryland home.


For a full listing of these businesses, shopping and retail options in Allegany County, Maryland, please visit http://www.mdmountainside.com.


Allegany County Tourism is the official tourism office for Allegany County, Maryland. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging options and community events can be found at www.mdmountainside.com.

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