When you visit Frostburg, you can experience part of Allegany County, “the Mountain Side of Maryland”. Frostburg is accessible from I-68, US-40, and US-220 and has a charming, historic downtown. It is part of both the National Road and the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP). Whether you are visiting on a road trip or for vacation or pleasure, here is how to spend 24 hours in Frostburg, Maryland.
Note: You can visit Allegany County via Amtrak. The station is in nearby Cumberland.
You will want to see historic downtown Frostburg and Depot Street, the hub of where the railroad runs through Frostburg. If you enjoy historic houses, there are a few in Frostburg that will be of interest: Standish House (built by a descendent of Captain Miles Standish), Frost Mansion (circa 1846, one of Frostburg’s prettiest landmarks), and Getzendanner House (circa 1855, two-story Greek-revival)
There are quite a few magnificent churches in Frostburg, including St. Paul’s Lutheran, a red brick gable-front church, United Methodist with stained glass windows depicting the town’s early residents, and United Church of Christ, with imported German stained glass windows and the oldest in Frostburg.
Hotel Gunter is a Frostburg landmark. Originally the Gladstone, this historic hotel opened in 1897 and was built along the National Road, hosting those traveling along America’s first federally-funded route. Rumor has it that spirits were smuggled in during Prohibition—you can even see a replica coal mine, railroad tracks, and memorabilia from those days. Pop into the Speakeasy for a drink in the place that gatherings took place all those years ago.
The Palace Theatre is one of downtown Frostburg’s iconic and Instagram-worthy places and currently shows classic films and nationally known acts. It opened in the early 1900s.
There are many cute boutiques throughout downtown Frostburg (part of Main Street, Maryland) with friendly shopkeepers and lovely displays. A few that caught my eye (and wallet) were Main Street Books, LadyBug Boutique, and Yellow K Record Store. Main Street Books had the best puzzle selection ever, and the notecards and trinkets were one-of-a-kind. I found darling motivational plaques, gourmet candies, and colorful leggings at LadyBug Boutique and throwback and current vinyl at Yellow K.
One of Frostburg’s most darling places to eat is Princess Restaurant, an 80+-year-old eatery with a retro vibe, great burgers and shakes, and the friendliest staff. I loved the charm of this nostalgic eatery. The Miner Steak Sandwich and macaroni salad I ordered was excellent.
Fun Fact: President Harry S. Truman ate at the Princess Restaurant on Father’s Day in 1953; you can sit in same booth.
For lunch or dinner, Frostburg offers a delicious eatery in the Hotel Gunter: Toasted Goat Winery. Tempting appetizers include spinach artichoke dip and house-made ranch potato chips. I recommend the homemade Ravioli of the Day for your main course; mine was sun-dried tomato, which was a 10/10 delicious pasta dish. You can add grilled chicken for a few dollars more. My friend chose the Maple Glazed Salmon and thought it was delicious.
Lorenzo’s Frostburg Bakery offers a wonderful selection of cookies, pastries, and donuts for satisfying your sweet tooth and even homemade peanut butter dog treats for your pet. I had a dozen of the buttery Italian cookies and savored every bite. If you’d prefer a more traditional candy shop, McFarland Candies is a third-generation candy store with amazing truffles and peanut butter squares. The smell alone is worth stopping by the shop.
Frostburg, Maryland, has a nice selection of places to quench your thirst; my favorite is Clatter Cafe, serving really tasty cold brew and all your favorite tea and coffee drinks. They also serve bagels with flavored cream cheeses, soups, frittatas in a warm and inviting atmosphere.
The Toasted Goat Winery is a great stop for local and regional craft beers on tap, plus an extensive wine menu. You can enjoy your drinks or cocktails in the restaurant or the popular tasting and taproom. Beer tastings include four samples and run well under $10.
Hit the Trail
The Great Allegheny Passage Trailhead, a scenic rail trail with 150 miles to explore, is in Frostburg. The trail is used for hiking and biking and runs from Cumberland, Maryland, to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You’ll find the hub for the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad down by the old C&P Depot, where a heritage train makes weekend trips from Cumberland to Frostburg and back. The ride rolls through mountain vistas, picturesque landscapes, and farms.
Near the train depot is an art installment, the Great Allegheny Passage Bicycle Trail, with cool pieces made from salvaged bike parts from artist Scott Cawood. An exciting new attraction, a rail car you can ride with your family, is coming to the same tracks later this fall. Stay tuned for more details.
Fancy an Overnight?
The Allegheny Trail House is a small “bicycle-friendly” bed and breakfast with comfortable bedrooms, free Wifi, and parking. The farm-fresh breakfast is excellent, and one of the choices is the totally scrumptious banana oat pancakes. Allegheny Trail House caters to vegans and vegetarians and has a shuttle service upon request. For those enjoying the Appalachian Trail, it is just a short pedal away. The property’s common rooms include comfortable places to read, visit, relax, and sit outside. I especially enjoyed the late afternoon’s vegan chocolate chip cookies.
I stayed in the Depot room, feating double queen beds, an excellent desk area, and a full bathroom with shower. The perfectly-made beds offered a great night’s sleep, and the innkeeper’s hospitality was appreciated. Angie (my friend) stayed in the room beside mine (Dixon) and had an awesome clawfoot tub and shower. Rooms run between $99-$119, depending on the season.
Be sure to catch the Savage Mountain Punk Festival, offering two days of old-school punk rock music, if you visit Frostburg in August. In September, Frostburg State celebrates the Appalachian Festival, showcasing folk art, dancing, music, culture, and history. Stage shows feature regional bluegrass, acoustic blues, Irish music, and much more.
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