“Drive the 10,000 miles across America and you will know more about the country than all the institutes of society and political science put together.” – Jean Baudrillard

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” – Stephen King

Sip, Savor & Stay

Hen House Restaurant (Frostburg)

Inns and taverns are the most celebrated commercial property types from the heyday of the Historic National Road. They reflect the extraordinary historical development of the road as a route for immigration and commerce when travel was slow and arduous—by horse, wagon, carriage, or stagecoach over a rough and unpredictable road. Much like today, inns and taverns were established on the road to cater to travelers. They were a place to satisfy travelers’ hunger and thirst as well as provide a place of rest for weary travelers and animals.

At the turn of the 20th century, the invention of the automobile created a new kind of tourism and reason to travel, thus the creation of diners, motels, and nostalgic Sunday drives. Americans were ready and able to see and experience more of the country than ever before simply by taking a road trip.

Big Cork (Rohersville)
Antietam Brewery (Hagerstown)
Old Mill Cafe (Ellicott City)

Today, many of the original taverns, motels, and diners remain in use as museums, restaurants, commercial businesses, and private homes. The desire to quench one’s thirst and fill the appetite is still a part of the road trip experience. From locally sourced agriculture products to award-winning wines and craft beverages, travelers have a vast amount of opportunities to sip and savor their way from downtown Baltimore to western Maryland.

With travel comes the need for rest. A variety of lodging options await travelers who want to explore the main streets or experience the great outdoors. Sleep under the stars by camping at one of many state parks or step back in time at one of the historic inns located on the byway. Several short-term rentals, brand hotels, and bed and breakfasts are also available along the 174-mile portion of the Maryland Historic National Road.

Casselman Inn (Grantsville)

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