Beyond the Bike Path – Explore Culinary Trails in the Mid-Atlantic March 30, 2023 by MATPRA Admin Come one, come all and come hungry! The Mid-Atlantic is a paradise for foodies looking to discover a new favorite dish or their old favorite done in a delicious new way. From fresh seafood to farm-to-table dining, these culinary trails in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia have all the gastro delights you’ll want to shake a fork at! Click here to view the photo gallery, and please provide photo credit to the appropriate DMO. A one-stop-shop for unique travel ideas, roundups, and in-destination experiences to uncover and explore across the Mid-Atlantic region. Click here to view the photo gallery, and please provide photo credit to the appropriate DMO. For more information on any of the following, contact the destination marketing organization listed below. For general information on the Mid-Atlantic, visit MATPRA.org. DELAWARE Kent Central Delaware is full of delicious and eclectic cuisine that will be sure to satisfy your taste buds after a long day of exploring the villages. Jack’s on Main is a brand-new restaurant in Clayton that features upscale American fare in an intimate setting filled with history and charm. Delaware’s Quaint Villages, VisitDelawareVillages.com, Catherine Jenkins, [email protected] MARYLAND Allegany The Mountain Side of Maryland is well known for its outdoor trails, but the region’s number-one requested culinary item also has its own trail! Satisfy your sweet tooth on the Allegany County Ice Cream Trail, which features a selection of cold, creamy offerings at nine locations across the county. Allegany County, The Mountain Side of Maryland, MDMountainside.com/blog/allegany-county-ice-cream-trail, Mindy Bianca, [email protected] Calvert Enjoy a unique gastronomic experience with fresh seafood and locally sourced produce at waterfront restaurants. Indulge in upscale dining with a water view at Baia Coastal Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar or savor dinner on Island Hideaway’s outdoor deck with scenic views of Back Creek. Calvert County Department of Economic Development, VisitCalvert.com, Hilary Dailey, [email protected] Cecil Along or near the banks of the C&D Canal, satisfy your cravings at one of Chesapeake City’s amazing eateries. Enjoy seafood, sizzling steaks, family fare and deck dining specials. For lighter options after shopping, a boat ride and biking along the canal, choose brick oven pizza, coffee shop options, rum favorites and ice cream. Cecil County Tourism, DiscoverCecil.com, Sandy Turner, [email protected] Harford Venture through Harford County’s Official Chocolate and Cheese Trail! Whether you plan to stock up on your favorite artisan cheeses from Broom’s Bloom Dairy or save room for dessert from Log Cabin Candies, you’re sure to satisfy any craving and sweet tooth here in Harford. Visit Harford, VisitHarford.com, Megan Hallett, [email protected] Howard Indulge in delicious cuisine with a visit to Koreatown Maryland, located along Route 40 in Howard County. Go on the ultimate foodie road trip to enjoy baked goods, fresh kimbap, bulgogi towers and more with fine dining and casual eatery options. Visit Howard County, VisitHowardCounty.com, Theresa Pickett, [email protected] Kent Crow Vineyard & Winery and Lands Point Winery each inhabit beautiful rural landscapes where locally sourced food abounds. Kent County is well-known for our oysters, blue crabs, pasture-raised beef, farm-fresh fruits, vegetables and cheeses. Use our website’s detailed information on local cuisine to design your own unique culinary trail! Kent County Tourism, MD, KentCounty.com/Dining, Penny Young-Carrasquillo, [email protected] Talbot Thousands of cyclists visit annually to pedal Talbot County’s backroads and byways that lead to awe-inspiring Chesapeake Bay views. Stops en route include significant historical sites, charming villages and numerous eateries along our Oyster and Crab Trails, serving bay-caught delicacies with locally crafted libations for a ride to remember. Talbot County Office of Economic Development and Tourism, TourTalbot.org, Krista Boothby, [email protected] PENNSYLVANIA Allegheny During April and May, the culinary treat of “leeks,” a wild onion found in the Allegheny National Forest, are a featured culinary delight in Kane, PA, at Twisted Vine Winery, Bells Meat Market, Table 105, Logyard Brewery and CJ Sprits who crafts the only known Leek Vodka in the world! Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau, VisitANF.com, Linda Devlin, [email protected] Butler Known as your passport to “hoppiness,” stops along Butler’s Beer Circuit have developed dishes as crafty as the beers they brew. From ShuBrew’s Handcrafted Ales & Food in Zelienople, to Slippery Rock’s North Country Brew Pub, and Butler’s Brew Works there’s delicious pairings to go with the beer of your choice. Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau, VisitButlerCounty.com, Jeff Martinelli, [email protected] Pennsylvania (State of) VisitPA’s six culinary trails spotlight the commonwealth’s bountiful food culture and the local farms, artisans, and businesses that bring it to life. Check out Picked: An Apple Trail; Baked: A Bread Trail; Chopped: A Charcuterie Trail; Pickled: A Fermented Trail; Scooped: An Ice Cream Trail; and Tapped: A Maple Trail. Pennsylvania Tourism Office, Visit PA, VisitPA.com, Michael Chapaloney, [email protected] Lancaster The Lancaster County Coffee Trail is a delicious way to explore the area’s small towns and Lancaster City. The mobile-based trail provides information on 20+ unique coffee shops, as well as opportunities for branded swag after a certain number of digital check-ins. Discover Lancaster, DiscoverLancaster.com, Joel Cliff, [email protected] Lawrence Nineteen local restaurants make up the Lawrence County Burger Trail. Some burgers are made with grilled cheese or have pierogis as the bun while others might include pineapple or PB&J. The possibilities to try something new are endless. Visit Lawrence County, VisitLawrenceCounty.com, Janet Falotico, [email protected] Juniata There is no sweeter way to spend your day than hitting the road and following your taste buds to the newest way to explore the Juniata River Valley – the Sweetest Road Trip through Big Valley. This self-guided tour includes stops at local bakeries, ice cream shops, cafés and even a winery. Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau, JRVVisitors.com, Buffie Boyer, [email protected] VIRGINIA Hampton Explore Hampton in an exciting way with our Taste of Hampton pass. This culinary trail takes users on an adventure through culinary cuisine at locally-owned restaurants. Savor the tastes of soul food to seafood in Hampton’s Phoebus, Downtown Hampton and Coliseum Central communities! Hampton Convention and Visitor Bureau, VisitHampton.com/tickets, Mahogany Waldon, [email protected] Harrisonburg Harrisonburg, an IMBA Bronze Level ride center and base camp for the Shenandoah Valley is home to Virginia’s first Culinary District. The friendly, historic district is known for inventive cuisine, international restaurants and patio dining. Enjoy farm-to-table fare, five craft breweries, a cidery, outfitters and charming boutiques. Harrisonburg Tourism and Visitor Services, VisitHarrisonburgVA.com, Jennifer Bell, [email protected] Loudoun With access to abundant seasonal ingredients, grass-fed meats and farmers markets, small wonder Loudoun is a pioneer of farm-to-table. Sample this agrarian bounty at small plates temple The Wine Kitchen, at locavore favorite Magnolias and at the acclaimed Restaurant at Patowmack Farm overlooking the Potomac River. Visit Loudoun, VisitLoudoun.org, Jennifer Sigal, [email protected] Norfolk VisitNorfolk is excited to announce the third season of City With Bite. Now is the perfect time to dive into our vibrant culinary scene and explore a variety of restaurants. From funky craft beers to delicate macaroons, Moroccan fare to juicy BBQ. Follow the show online then try each place out for yourself. Visit Norfolk, VisitNorfolk.com, Paige Hawsey, [email protected] Richmond The Richmond Region offers a cacophony of cuisines, and the best way to savor its bounty of flavors is on a food tour by Discover Richmond Food Tours. This nationally-recognized experience highlights restaurants, both new and well-established, with tastes of signature menu items across the city. Try the Richmond Beer Trail to find each meal’s perfect match. Visit Richmond VA, VisitRichmondVA.com, Katie Potter, [email protected] Shenandoah Shenandoah County has maintained its agricultural roots with family farms diversifying and selling their products to local restaurants. Farm-to-table dining is not a trendy buzzword: it’s a way of life. Be inspired with a mushroom fontina fonduta, local apple and herb pork belly, or homemade mafaldine pasta with local ramp butter. Visit Shenandoah Valley, VisitShenandoahCounty.com, Brenda Black, [email protected] Stafford Check out 6 Bears & a Goat Brewing Company in Stafford, VA. Their full-service kitchen sources local and fresh ingredients while carefully crafting orders to perfection. Kick your feet up, play the disc-golf putting course, and sip on award-winning brews from the veteran-owned business, then chow down on Stafford’s seasonal flavors. Tour Stafford Virginia, TourStaffordVA.com, Brittany Loving, [email protected] Waynesboro After a day on the river, step into The River Burger Bar for a gourmet burger and a handcrafted cocktail or craft beer. The River has a menu fit for any foodie with extensive vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. Visit Waynesboro, VisitWaynesboro.com, Stephanie Duffy, [email protected] About the Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance Our goal is to make your job as travel journalists easier! These once-a-month emails provide a one-stop-shop for unique travel ideas, roundups, and in-destination experiences to uncover and explore across the Mid-Atlantic region. We work directly with destinations across D.C., Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia to put together roundup stories. Understanding your timelines and lead time needs, we’ve preplanned hot industry and travel topics months readily available to you. 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