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Wanderlust: Exploring Local Flavor

As you know, this summer’s Well-Traveled Trend has had us excited to get out of town.  Traveling can inspire you with new food and design so it’s great to get the creative juices flowing, but we know it’s not always easy to travel very far.

Since we’ve been keeping busy, we ventured just outside the hustle and bustle of our busy storefront in historic downtown Frederick to Middletown valley, nestled in the Catoctin Mountain foothills.  We planned our local afternoon getaway to Middletown, Maryland’s international award winning meadery and winery, Orchid Cellar Winery.  Gone for the day, we got lost in the rolling hills, scenic views, and rows of vines.

Orchid Cellar is a family business with strong roots in tradition and a curiosity for exploring new flavors.  They have a tasting room open to the public on weekends, where you can visit to try some of their wines for a tasting fee.  Orchid Cellar wines include two vintages of Merlot (2010, 2011) and one vintage of Chardonnay (2012) made from local Maryland-grown grapes.

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The specialty is their award-winning mead, honey-based wine made with spices or fruit.  Their mead lineup currently has ten varieties with more on the way, several of which have received medals from the Mazer Cup International Commercial Meadery Competition.  The meads spend more time in the fermentation and aging process than a traditional grape wine, so by the time it’s hand-bottled, the smooth honey taste balances perfectly with whatever natural ingredients give each mead its unique flavor.

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With stunning views, gorgeous weather, and a glass of wine in our hands, it was easy to forget everything else for a few hours and feel like we were really on vacation, even though we were only twenty minutes away.  While we were there, we even got inspired to do our last summer photo shoot in the vineyard and fields, so keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming posts in this beautiful location.  Thank you for letting us use your property, Orchid Cellar!

We hope you find time to get away for a bit, too, and let some local wonders inspire you.

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For more information about Orchid Cellar Winery, visit their website.

Photo Credit: Casey Maxon and Aurore Joigny