If you go: Planning a trip to Frederick
Frederick County is about 50 miles west of Baltimore, about a one-hour drive. Take Interstate 70 west to exit 54 (Maryland Route 355 — Market Street). Make a left on Market Street. Market Street will lead you directly into downtown Frederick.
Greyhound offers bus service to Frederick. Go to greyhound.com.
New Frederick Visitor Center, 151 S. East St. Housed in a renovated industrial warehouse built circa 1899, its offerings will include a theater, exhibits and historic murals. The grand opening is scheduled for April.
African-American Heritage Trail. The African American Heritage Sites brochure, published by the Tourism Council of Frederick County in cooperation with the Frederick Historic Sites Consortium, is free. Drop by the old Frederick Visitor Center, 19 E. Church St., or call for copies at 800-999-3613. Note: This office will close when the new visitor center opens, but phone numbers will stay the same.
National Museum of Civil War Medicine, 48 E. Patrick St., 301-695-1864; civilwarmed.org
Monocacy National Battlefield, 5201 Urbana Pike, Frederick, 301-662-3515; nps.gov/mono/index.htm
Hill House Bed and Breakfast, 12 W Third St., 301-682-4111. Four well-kept rooms, attentive service. Reservations are needed because it is frequently booked. E-mail email@example.com
Volt, 228 N. Market St., 301-696-8658; voltrestaurant.com. Award-winning chef Bryan Voltaggio is best known for being a contestant on Bravo's "Top Chef" reality TV show. But since then, he's come home to Frederick, where his restaurant has diners gushing over its contemporary haute cuisine, seasonal ingredients and local agriculture. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Isabella's Taverna & Tapas Bar, 44 N. Market St., 301-698-8922; isabellas-tavern.com. Freshly made breakfast and gourmet tapas.