August is the time of year when everyone is ready for a vacation! If you don't want to go too far, but still want to "get away", take advantage of the surrounding rural areas. There are so many hidden gems within two and a half hours of here. Here are a few of Charlene's favorites that she passes on her way to her home state of Pennsylvania:

Clear Spring Creamery: You may have seen them at the DuPont or Arlington Farmers Market! They are a family dairy farm known for their delicious and humanely sourced products ranging from milk to eggs. Stop by their farm on your way to our next spot...

 

Knobhall Winery: A great place for the setting and ambiance alone! Charlene loves the house on the property and the relaxed vibe of the winery. It's a great place to sit down with friends, relax, and just forget about the world!

 

Spruce Forest Artisan Village: Charlene is an absolute bird lover!!! When she discovered that one of the resident artists, Gary Yoder, was a Master Bird Sculptor, she was thrilled! His sculptures are impeccable, and he spends about four years on each piece. The village is comprised of quaint, restored cabins. Each cabin has a unique history and serves as a work space for artists, crafters, writers, etc. It is free to visit the village, and you can tour the grounds and watch the artists at work! They have a great cafe on the grounds too, The Cornucopia Cafe, where you can grab lunch and a glass of wine.

The Cornucopia Cafe is tucked behind the Spruce Forest Artisan Village. It offers fresh local fare in a charming rustic setting. The view of the surrounding mountains and stream make the outdoor seating delightful! You might even catch one of the fly fishing classes at the stream! Be sure to visit the Grants Mercantile store too while you're on the grounds. It's a cute country store with a variety of gifts, home items, olive oils, and more!

The Auction Square Market Place, sometimes referred to as the "Boonsboro Antique Mall, is a great indoor flea market with a wide variety of vendors. You can easily spend a few hours looking through all of the collections. Make sure you bring your truck in case you need to haul off your new antique trunk or dresser!

After a long day of antiquing and hiking the Great Allegheny Passage, spend the night at the Savage River Lodge! The lodge is nestled in over 700 acres of State Forest lands making it a great getaway from city life.