This post is in collaboration with quite a few other bloggers in the community. I will have all of them listed at the end of the post, so be sure to check out their blogs as well as their collaborated post. We wanted to showcase a few places we love in our areas to provide travel inspiration to our readers. I don’t know about you, but ever since the pandemic hit, I’ve had the itch to travel so badly & I can’t wait until I can finally do so once I’m fully vaccinated. Along with this, as a blogger, one of the best parts is connecting with creators all around the world. We wanted to use this opportunity to share more about ourselves & connect more with our readers.
This is the first time I’ve been the most open about myself (the writer of Mind Beauty Simplicity) but if you are unaware, I am writing from the East Coast of the United States, specifically the state of Maryland. As a Marylander, I love steamed crabs, say the word “crown” instead of crayon & Old Bay seasoning runs through my veins. In today’s blog post I will be sharing with you a few hot spots I love to venture to in my area & hopefully inspire you to visit good old “little America” in the future. Let’s get into it, hon!
So, the reason Maryland is known as “little America” is because we have EVERYTHING from mountains, to lakes, to beaches & to city life all wrapped up in such a small state. And with that, I feel like I could share so many cool places with you, but I’m only going to give you my top 3 in no particular order.
SEACRETS of OCEAN CITY, MD
My boyfriend & I spend most of our summers in Ocean City / Delaware. And when I was in college & (before the pandemic honestly), I loved going to Secrets Bar & Grill / Night Club. It sits bayside & is one of the biggest party destinations in the area. Djs & local bands perform most weekends & for people watching, it is quite the site. Just FYI, if you venture out to the bayside bar, be questionable about the water quality. But honestly, a few pain in the ass drinks in & you won’t notice a thing when walking through it. During the day, be sure to check out Seacret’s Distillery for tours & discounted drinks. International readers may even be able to order some online.
GUNPOWDER FALLS, MONKTON
During the height of quarantine, my boyfriend & I were becoming rather creative when it came to date nights / weekend activities. And when the weather broke, we discovered river tubing at a local park. Gunpowder Falls runs through Maryland & parts of Virginia I believe. It’s a great way to venture into nature & get fresh air. We ordered tubes off of Amazon because we plan to go even more this summer. It’s a fun activity with friends & we even bring a few snacks & beverages for the 2 mile lazy river ride. You can also hit up this area for regular hiking & sightseeing. There are tons of cool waterfalls & views to see during your walk.
HISTORIC ELLICOTT CITY
This little town has been through quite a bit the last few years. Two floods ravaged the area as it is built directly above a river. I know…poor construction decision. But this area has a huge place in my heart as it is a landmark of my hometown. It was actually featured in Gordon Ramsey’s show where they help a few small businesses reinvent themselves after the devastating floods. Unfortunately, a pandemic hit a few months after airing. Some of my favorite restaurants / small businesses of this area include The Phoenix, La Palapas & Sweet Elizabeth Jane which sells clothing & other cute accessories. I will have their links at the end of the post so you can check out & support them if you wish. Basically this area is filled with tons of small businesses & eateries & just has this cute small town vibe. One of my favorite memories is going there during the Halloween season, getting lunch & seeing all the families trick or treat. They also do ghost tours since the area is quite haunted. Let me know if you’d like me to share some of those stories closer to Halloween on the blog.
Be sure to check out all of these wonderful bloggers & leave a comment on their collab post. I absolutely adore all of these content creators & am grateful to have connected with them all through this community.