Southern Living Loves The Tasting Room

Home to more than 200 antiques dealers within eight blocks, the downtown district in Frederick, Maryland, with sweeping mountain views, offers a bounty of storefronts with the antiquing action heavily concentrated along two streets: East Patrick and East Carroll. On East Patrick, look to Silk&Burlap ( for its edgy farmhouse style, such as an 1800s farm table ($1,870) paired with mid-century Eiffel chairs in black, white, or charcoal gray ($134 each), and Relish Decor ( for artfully styled displays, collections of pretty pastel Pyrex, and china pieces from England and France. Allow time for lingering at Emporium Antiques (, a true antiques mall with 55,000 square feet of floor space and more than 100 dealers selling everything from Fiesta Ware and folk art to Civil War relics and fine French and Swedish antiques.

The lunch line starts forming at Black Hog BBQ Est. 2007 ( – Part of the Tasting Room Family) as soon as it opens for service at 11 a.m. The Texas-style beef brisket is tender, smoky, and so full of flavor you may opt to eat it without sauce. If it’s a nice day, take your brisket or pulled-pork sandwich (with a side of tangy vinegar slaw or Southern-style greens) to a shady spot along the brick-lined Carroll Creek promenade two blocks away.

Later in the evening, kick back with the seasonal sangria at The Tasting Room restaurant and wine bar ( and feast on Prince Edward Island mussels cooked in a garlicky white wine broth. Then head 11 miles west on U.S. 340 through farmland and dairy fields and call it a night at The Inn at Stone Manor (; rooms from $200), an 18th-century estate in the rural Middletown community well-appointed with Chippendale and Hepplewhite antiques. The two-story house, with its lovely blue-painted doors, was constructed in 1755 with native fieldstone and sits on 114 acres of pastoral countryside that provides panoramic views of the Catoctin Mountains.

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