Sample Heritage Group Tour Itineraries
Half Day – Southbound
Begin your day by meeting at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Center parking lot. Head South into Oakland and park in the free Oakland town parking lot. Enjoy breakfast at a local favorite such as Wendy’s Towne Restaurant or Englanders’s (Dottie's) Grill. After breakfast, stroll down 2nd Street to the Garrett County Historical Museum for a look back at the area including schools, hotels, B&O Train Station, Military and much more. Located just a few doors down are several downtown shops for local treasures and souvenirs to take home. After browsing, head over to the new Transportation Museum with a fantastic look back the area’s history of personal, professional and agricultural vehicles.
Full Day – Southbound
After touring the Transportation Museum, make sure to stop over to the B&O Train Station for a look at one of history's most popular modes of transportation from downstate to Garrett County. Enjoy the quaint town by walking up to view the stately Court House or by one of the beautiful churches that have been established for more than 100 years. Lunch time will lead you to one of the great eateries in the Oakland area – try Cornish Manor for a truly enjoyable sit down lunch in a restored and historic location. Your afternoon can be spent on a self-guided walking tour of Mountain Lake Park viewing incredible Victorian estates and cottages including the Creedmore – a Nationally Registered Historic Site. If time allows, be sure to visit the Pennington Cottage situated in Deer Park. The cottage was host to tourists that came to town via the B&O Railroad and is now a converted Inn & French restaurant.
Half Day – Northbound
Begin your day by meeting at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Center parking lot. Head north to Accident. Your first stop will find you back in time at the James Drane House. The Drane House is the oldest (listed) standing structure built in the year 1800. Don’t forget to stop by Firefly Farms, an award winning goat cheese creamery and market. Sample some tasty cheeses and purchase for later. After touring the Drane House, you’ll continue north on Rt. 219 for a drive by the historic Kaese Mill. Continuing North to I-68, your destination will be Penn Alps, Spruce Forest Artisan Village and the Casselman Bridge State Park. Meander through the quaint village of local artisans, have lunch at Penn Alps and snap some photos of the National Landmark Casselman Bridge.
Full Day – Northbound
With extra time, you’ll want to enjoy Spruce Forest Artisan Village more in-depth with a guided tour of many of the sights including Stanton’s Mill, Alta’s Cabin and the Village Church. Continue your tour of the Northern end of the county in downtown Granstville at the Casselman Inn. Erected in 1824, this inn was one of many along the National Road, but remains an inn and restaurant to this day. Depending on time, you may want to travel east on Rt. 40 to stop by the infamous Hilltop Fruit Market and Candyland (not just for kids)! After perusing aisles of tasty sweets, make sure to do a drive by the Tomlinson Inn. For the remaining afternoon, you’ll venture west on Rt. 68 to Friendsville, MD. Continue through Friendsville (time depending) check out Friend’s Museum or Jubilee Diner for a quick bite. Travel South on Rt. 42 for your final stop at Schoolhouse Earth to explore all the wonderful treasures in their shops.