Staying put?

Staying put?

Cumberland Times-News

Even though the price of gasoline has declined considerably since last summer, studies and surveys indicate that many people are planning to stay closer to home for their vacations or the Memorial Day weekend.

AAA does expect more people to travel this Memorial Day because of lower gas prices, but the state of the economy is still likely to keep many of their trips shorter.

With that in mind, you might consider that vacationers and day visitors actually come to this area for recreation and getaway purposes.

Allegany County is not just for tourists. It’s also for the folks who live in our area, and if you take the time to look you will discover there is plenty to do in our beautiful neck of the woods.

Just about any recreational activity you can find a couple of hundred miles away is also available here. We also have something to offer that many areas don’t — the Maryland mountains and outdoor activities.

Maryland Mountainside (www.mdmountainside.com) is the official visitors guide to Allegany County, Western Maryland and the Maryland Mountains and provides an extensive list of getaway ideas that could also serve as stay-at-home activities.

These include excursions on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, bed and breakfasts and family recreation activities such as horseback riding, canoe trips, golf, biking on the Great Allegheny Passage Trail, whitewater rafting, ATV tours and a variety of festivals that offer many fun things to do. Restaurants, theaters, arts and crafts and fine dining are available, and there is music of all kinds at Friday After Five downtown.

Just fixing up the 21st-century cooler version of a picnic basket and taking it to Constitution Park sounds good, too.

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