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IPW (Pow Wow) - Post Tour ..Indulge all Five Senses in Maryland

11th July 2017 - 11:35am

Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz) sampling some Flying Dog beers

Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz) sampling some Flying Dog beers

After IPW, numerous Fam trips around the region were organised for delegates.   Capital Region USA (Washington D.C. , Maryland and Virginia) were hosts to Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz) and a group of 18 international media and travel trade who enjoyed a 3 day tour entitled ‘Indulge all Five Senses in Maryland’. The tour included a visit to the Antietam National Battlefield Park and nearby Pry House Field Hospital Museum, the site of the bloodiest one day battle in American history when 23,000 soldiers were killed during 12 hours of combat during the civil war on 17th September 1862.   An Irish Brigade played a prominent role in this battle and is commemorated on site.   Next was a leisurely boat tour of Chesapeake and Ohio Canal accompanied by a informative National Park Service guide, then onto a tour of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts followed by a Maryland themed dinner in the Rhubarb House restaurant in downtown Hagerstown city.

Day 2 was a ‘Saints and Sinners’ type tour as in the morning we visited the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first America born saint.   Then it was on to the nearby National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes which attracts hundreds of thousands of pilgrims each year and is a replica of original shrine in France.   With the ‘saints’ part of the tour completed it was time to explore the ‘sinners’ part by visiting the Flying Dog Brewery and sampling some of the beers.   This theme continued as we visited the Black Ankle Vineyards and sampled some of the wines in a beautiful al fresco setting surrounded by the vines.

Day 3 Much of our final day was set aside for shopping as we visited the newly opened Clarksburg Premium Outlets, where we enjoyed a prosecco reception before checking out the more than 90 stores.   After which we travelled to the RIO Washington Center, Gaithersburg’s premier shopping and dining destination located in a picturesque open air shopping environment on the waterfront.   In the afternoon we visited the Brookside Gardens, a 50 acre public display garden, described as a living museum, with a huge range of flowers, rose garden, butterfly garden and woodland walk.   The evening finished with a visit to the Fillmore Silver Spring Theatre for a tour, reception and show.

Our gracious host and guide during the 3 days in Maryland was Heather Ersts (Maryland Office of Tourism).


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Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz) sampling some Flying Dog beers
Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz) at the Antietam National Battlefield Park
Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz) at the memorial to the Irish Brigade
Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz) at the memorial to the Irishman Brigadier General Thomas Francis Meagher
The inscription on the Brigadier General Thomas Francis Meagher memorial
The 69th Regiment Irish Brigade Insignia
Part of the welcome at the Pry House Field Hospital Barn museum
Dressed in period costume at the Pry House Field Hospital Barn museum
A leisurely boat trip on the C & O Canal
A display of costumes at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
The National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
The National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Basilica
The Irish connection in the basilica – a stained glass window of St. Patrick
The St Elizabeth Ann Seton shrine in the Basilica
The National Shrine Grotto of our Lady of Lourdes
The National Shrine Grotto of our Lady of Lourdes
Sign in the gift shop of the National Shrine Grotto of our Lady of Lourdes
Sign in the gift shop of the National Shrine Grotto of our Lady of Lourdes
The Flying Dog brewery
Guided tour of The Flying Dog brewery
Beer samples at Maryland’s largest craft brewery
Locally made truffles paired with craft beer
The recently refurbished canal walk in downtown Frederick
Black Ankle Vineyards
Casks of wine at the Black Ankle Vineyards
The group enjoying wine tasting al fresco
My ideal way to shop – with a glass of prosecco, says Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz)
An colourful inhabitant of the Wings of Fancy exhibition
Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz) with a bevy of beauties. It’s a tough job but somebody has to do it!

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