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Historic, hip and hospitable
By Sharon Hernes Silverman
    All of us around the breakfast table at 10 Clarke had come to Frederick for different reasons. A mother and daughter were setting out to explore Civil War sites. A cyclist was ready to test his limits on the area’s extensive network of trails. A 60-something couple were trying a B&B for the first time.
I was there to stroll the downtown streets and green spaces, soak up some history, and check out the local food and craft beverage
scene. Was it possible that one small city near Maryland’s Catoctin Mountains could satisfy such wide-ranging interests? We’d have to compare notes the next morning and find out.
The Visitor Center is the best place
to get acquainted with Frederick’s past
and present while gathering information. Start by watching the short film. You’ll
learn about the city’s significance in the Revolutionary and Civil wars, its architecture, its most influential citizens, the contributions of the westward roads, the C&O Canal
and the B&O Railroad, and why Frederick continues to thrive in the 21st century. A self-guided walking tour with a brochure or
app gives context to local sites, or you can just amble along the delightful streets in no particular order.
The jewel running through the center of town is Carroll Creek Linear Park, which features pedestrian paths and bridges, attractive plantings, fountains, and an amphitheater. Restaurants and arts venues dot the banks as well. It reminded me of San Antonio’s River Walk, albeit on a more intimate scale.
Water lilies steal the show in early fall, followed by spectacular autumn colors reflected in the creek as the seasons change. Winter has its own appeal: lit, decorated boats are anchored for the Sailing Through
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