Get in the “Spirit” in the Mid-Atlantic: Ghostly Brews October 1, 2021 by MATPRA Admin (Mid-Atlantic Region, October 1, 2021) — Destinations across Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia feature some of the best craft beverage businesses in the country. What better way to celebrate local haunts than with a pint in your hand? We’ve rounded up places around the Mid-Atlantic region that are getting into the “spirit” of Halloween with a micro-itinerary that includes both a local brewery or distillery and haunted place that is sure to be high on your spooky road trip bucket list. 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 Wilmington, Delaware and the Brandywine Valley Featured on “Ghost Hunters,” the 1800s-era Rockwood Mansion gives off gothic vibes. Remnants of an old playhouse on the property once belonged to a young boy who continues to haunt his childhood home. If you dare, grab a ticket to Rockwood’s Paranormal Investigation. Afterward, head to Bellefonte Brewing Company nearby for a Halloween appropriate pint of Claymonster. Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau, Jen Boes, VisitWilmingtonDE.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Maryland State of Maryland The C&O Canal Experience offers some of the best brews (and boos) in the region. Travel along the C&O Canal Libations Trail for brews dedicated to the C&O Canal and then check out a few of the region’s ghost tours for a spooky good time. State of Maryland, Matthew Scales, VisitMaryland.org, email@example.com Allegany County Grab your flashlight and hike or bike through the Paw Paw Tunnel, an architectural marvel located along the historic C&O Canal towpath. Reward your bravery with a gulp of Douglas’ Ditch beer, which honors the canal and is available at Dig Deep Brewing, located close to the trail. Allegany County, The Mountain Side of Maryland, Mindy Bianca, MDMountainside.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Grab a cold brew from Forward Brewing Company, Crooked Crab Brewing Company, Pherm Brewing, and more before exploring dark alleys, spooky side streets, and haunted sites of historic Annapolis on a Historic Hauntings or Annapolis Ghost Tour. If you dare, follow a spirited guide on a haunted pub crawl. Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County, Susan Seifried, VisitAnnapolis.org, email@example.com Calvert County Maryland’s smallest county plays a big role when it comes to the fine art of fermentation. Roam the Calvert County Wine & Ale Trail and sample superb wines and brews in a restored tobacco barn, on the slopes of a rolling vineyard or along the banks of a pristine creek. Calvert County Department of Economic Development, Hilary Dailey, ChooseCalvert.com, Hilary.Dailey@calvertcountymd.gov Charles County Get into the Halloween spirit with a visit to Charles County and Blue Dyer Distilling Co. Stop in for a Smoked Old Fashion made with Blue Dyer Whiskey and take a tour of this newly renovated industrial space and learn how it’s all made. Sit back with friends and sip your libations while you snack on smoked chicken nachos from the Chuckwagon Food Truck in the Scratch Bar. Charles County Government, Department of Recreation, Parks, & Tourism, Maggie Boyden, ExploreCharlesCounty.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Hagerstown, Washington County Get spooky with a ghost tour of the Hager House, then go grab an adult beverage at one of the breweries or distilleries, found in our online Grapes & Grains Guide. All are locally crafted, with excellence. Visit Hagerstown, Betsy DeVore, VisitHagerstown.com, email@example.com Howard County Visit Historic Ellicott City & Historic Savage Mill, some of the country’s most haunted places. Tour the historic mill town’s paranormal activity and unlock the spirit at Ellicott Distillery. Enjoy rounds of hops and storytelling. Howard County, Maryland is filled with stories that will sure knock your boots off. Visit Howard County, Crystal Abrom, VisitHowardCounty.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Montgomery County Did you know that portions of the 1999 film “The Blair Witch Project” were filmed in Montgomery County, Maryland? Spend the afternoon exploring Seneca Creek State Park (aka Blair Witch Woods) and then enjoy a pint from a local farm brewery in the Agricultural Reserve along the Tastemakers Trail. Visit Montgomery, MD, Cory Van Horn, VisitMontgomery.com, email@example.com Talbot County Talbot County celebrates the bounty of fall with OysterFest on Oct. 30 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels. Savor Chesapeake Bay wild and aquaculture oysters served steamed, raw, fried, and grilled. Lyon Rum Distilling Company will serve a specialty rum cocktail, plus oyster shooters and Chesapeake-style Bloody Marys. Talbot County Office of Economic Development and Tourism, Krista Boothby, TourTalbot.org, firstname.lastname@example.org Pennsylvania Bradford County Learn the tales of ghoulish hangings that took place in the very prison courtyard where you begin your tour of the Bradford County Historical Society Museum before visiting some of the county’s popular tasting spots like Grovedale Winery, Antler Ridge Winery and Pickering Winery to sample the area’s seasonal favorites. Bradford County Tourism Promotion Agency, Morgan Christopher, VisitBradfordCounty.com, email@example.com Columbia-Montour Spooky tales abound about Katy’s Church in Washingtonville, Pennsylvania. According to legend, the ghost of Katy Vandine is sometimes seen near the church, crying for the married man who betrayed her. Afterward, visit Old Forge and Rock God Brewing Companies to enjoy seasonal fall brews and settle those ghostly jitters. Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau, Linda Sones, ITourColumbiaMontour.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Erie Join us in October for Haunted History Tours of Union Station at The Brewerie-Erie PA. What lies beneath the halls of Union Station? There have been dozens of tragic and untimely deaths in and around the station throughout its long history. Strange and unexplainable things happen regularly at Union Station. Sign up for this 60-minute tour and sample an Apparition Amber Ale. VisitErie, Christine Temple, Brewerie.com, email@example.com Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau There’s a trick to visiting the Endless Mountains this October. Tantalize your taste buds with a spook-tacular treat from Deep Roots Hard Cider to sample beverages crafted with locally grown apples from Millers Orchard, then head to Chocolates by Leopold for ghoulishly delicious Halloween treats from this award-winning confectioner. Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau, Morgan Christopher, EndlessMountains.org, firstname.lastname@example.org Lancaster County Get your October brew and fright all in one place in Lancaster County at Bube’s Brewery in Mount Joy, which offers regular ghost tours, murder mystery dinner theater, and paranormal investigations. It is the only 1800s brewery complex still intact in the U.S. Discover Lancaster, Joel Cliff, DiscoverLancaster.com, email@example.com Lehigh Valley Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, has many “spook-tacular” attractions. Taste the nation’s original spirit, Applejack, at Eight Oaks Farm Distillery and see historic hauntings from the 18th century up close on a thrilling ghost tour in Bethlehem. Finally, spend the night at Historic Hotel Bethlehem that claims ghosts as guests. Discover Lehigh Valley, Alicia Quinn, DiscoverLehighValley.com/Fall, firstname.lastname@example.org Pocono Mountains Here & Now Brewing Company on Main Street in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, has amazing craft beers and local, seasonal, whimsical pizzas and other delicious items. It’s just down the street from Ghost Tours planned for Oct. 9 and 10, which leave from Central Park and take a candlelight walking tour of the historic and spooky past. Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau, James Hamill, PoconoMountains.com, email@example.com Potter County – Tioga County Flying saucers, UFOs, and extraterrestrial beings have long captured the imagination of sci-fi movie fans. After a craft brew at the Hotel Crittenden in Coudersport, let your imagination run wild by viewing the dark skies from one of the best spots in North America to see them — Cherry Springs State Park. Visit Potter-Tioga, Morgan Christopher, VisitPotterTioga.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Virginia Harrisonburg Experience Haunted Harrisonburg this October, from the haunted 18th century manor house at By the Side of the Road Getaway Lodging to the Virginia Quilt Museum’s reported ghost of Joseph Latimer. End the evening at Sage Bird Cider’s spooky movie night. Harrisonburg Tourism & Visitor Services, Jennifer Bell, VisitHarrisonburgVA.com, email@example.com Lexington & Rockbridge Cauldrons of small-batch brews swirl at Heliotrope Brewery, a stop on the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail. After some liquid courage, join the Haunting Tales Ghost Tours on an eerie candlelight walk of the dark alleyways of downtown Lexington. Witness something unexplainable at the Oak Grove Cemetery, the final resting place of General Jackson. Lexington & Rockbridge Area Tourism, Patty Williams, LexingtonVirginia.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Norfolk Experience an October like no other in Norfolk. Sip your way through Town Point Virginia Wine Festival as you take in the waterside views or bring the family to enjoy the Annual Children’s Festival. Art lovers will not want to miss the NEON Festival or the Museum of the Moon. VisitNorfolk, Sarah Hughes, VisitNorfolk.com, email@example.com Prince William County There are tales of the parlor piano playing on its own as well as sightings of Benoni, who guided the home’s restoration in the 1800s. A glass of wine sits out in the Tasting Room for his ghost each day to ensure no mysterious phenomena occurs while open to the public. Visit Prince William, Virginia, Nicole Warner, WineryAtLaGrange.com/about/history/, firstname.lastname@example.org Staunton Join us for Dark Tales & Haunts of the Queen City. Visit Blackburn Inn to walk the grounds of what once was known as Western State Asylum and then hear the spirits at Thornrose Cemetery. Grab a fall brew like Moriarty or Sweet Potato Pie Porter at Redbeard Brewing Company. Staunton, VA, Jessica Williams, VisitStaunton.com, email@example.com Virginia’s Blue Ridge Set against the vibrant backdrop of Virginia’s Blue Ridge mountains, Downtown Salem is the perfect place to uncover spirits of all sorts. Tour centuries-old cemeteries with the Salem Museum, sip craft spirits in a historically renovated taproom at Olde Salem Brewing Company, or browse endless antiques along Main Street shops. Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge, Taylor Spellman, VisitVBR.com, firstname.lastname@example.org West Virginia Hampshire County Located in one of West Virginia’s oldest counties within one of the state’s largest organic farms is veteran-owned Flying Buck Distillery. During this Halloween season, you can enjoy tasting their spirits before seeing ghosts and goblins at House of the Setting Sun and the Haunted Barn. Hampshire County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Tina Ladd, ComeToHampshire.com, email@example.com Take a look at images from across the Mid-Atlantic. Please be sure to provide photo credit to the appropriate DMO. About the Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance The Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance (MATPRA) is a cohesive unit of regional tourism partners encompassing Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. The group serves travel journalists by creating a regional resource that ignores geographical boundaries to better promote common threads, offering story ideas about the Mid-Atlantic region as a whole. For more information, visit MATPRA.org.