I have lived in Frederick, Maryland for almost ten years. As Maryland's second largest city it has endless opportunities to experience the arts, fine dining, and an amazing cultural scene, all in less that sixty minutes from both Baltimore, MD, and Washington, D.C. Designated as an "Arts and Entertainment District", downtown Frederick is exploding with performance arts. Each weekend offers a variety of dance, musical, and theater experiences. One of my favorite activities is attending the annual Frederick Festival of the Arts. This event takes place on the first weekend in June, and lasts for two days. The festival draws people from across the region to experience the work of more than 100 professional artists.
Frederick also offers a wide range of dining choices from casual to elegant, many of which are found within Frederick's forty block historic district. Worthy of mention are the beloved casual Café 611 which specializes in southern American fare and New Orleans style entertainment. If you are looking for a more upscale experience, The Cellar Door, offers and seasonal menu and caters to special occasions. If you are looking for a light bite, an authentic deli experience can be found at Crabapples New York Delicatessen. Voted best deli for fifteen years by local customers, Crabapples offers awesome sandwiches, salads, and soups.
Frederick also offers a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities. Forty miles of the Appalachian Trail borders the western edge of Frederick and can be accessed for hiking and camping. If water activities are more your style you can access both the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers for tubing, kayaking, white water rafting, and even zip lining.
When I first moved to Frederick, MD I never expected to stay in one place for so long, however Frederick stole my heart. It has so much to offer both residents and visitors alike. Strong in the arts, culture, fine and casual dining, and amazing outdoor recreational offerings, I can't imagine living anywhere else.