Top 10 Things to do in Mount Airy, United States

January 21, 2018 Vivienne Hutton

Mount Airy is a town located in Carroll and Frederick counties in the U.S. state of Maryland. It is part of both the Washington Metropolitan Area and Baltimore Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census the population was 9,288.
Restaurants in Mount Airy

1. Linganore Winecellars

13601 Glissans Mill Rd, Mount Airy, MD 21771-8507 +1 301-831-5889
Excellent
54%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 132 reviews

Linganore Winecellars

Linganore Winecellars is a family operated vineyard and winery nestled on 230 acres of picturesque rolling countryside, 4.5 miles northeast of historic New Market, Maryland. Established by Jack and Lucille Aellen in 1971, our first 6 acres of vineyards were planted in 1972 and the winery opened in 1976 in the lower half of a 19th century post and beam barn which previously housed the farm’s dairy operation. Using Lucille’s father’s hand winemaking equipment, we processed 6 tons of grapes our first year. In 1977, we held Maryland’s first wine festival as a way to introduce our first vintage to the public. In 1978, to meet consumer demand, we introduced the state’s first semi sweet grape wines, an off shoot of our German-Swiss winemaking heritage. With the knowledge and experience in the production of these lighter style wines came the introduction that same year of our honey and pure fruit wines. By the early ‘80s, the winemaking responsibilities were taken over by Jack and Lucille’s son Anthony. Also in the early ‘80s, new experimental grape varieties from the grape breeding program at Cornell University were planted in test plots in our vineyards. The success of many of these new hybrids has been shown in expanded acreage and dedication to winery production. As the winery grew, so did our commitment to our customers. In 1982, we redesigned our tasting and sales facility to make it larger and more accessible to the public. That same year saw the expansion of both the festival grounds and the picnic areas. Since then our schedule has expanded to include 5 major festivals and more than 20 smaller indoor events throughout the year. In 1983, recognizing the growing interest in regionally produced wines, Jack Aellen worked to establish the first federally designated grape growing area in Maryland, the Linganore Viticultural Area, which encompasses 90 square miles of land around the winery in the heart of Maryland. In 1989, we introduced our custom label program for special occasions, private and corporate functions, and weddings. In 1990, Anthony introduced dry fruit wines to our customers as an alternative to dry grape wines. Also in mid 1990, Jack and Lucille’s youngest son, Eric, took on the management of the vineyards. By 1997, expansion was in the works again with the addition of a new 5,000 sq. ft. warehouse and bottling facility which moved this part of the production out of the original dairy barn where the winery operation remained. This move saw the upgrade of bottling equipment from an all manual system which could handle 12 bottles per minute to a semi automatic line at 22 bottles per minute. In 1999, expansion was in the works again with the addition of a 6,000 sq. ft. state of the art tank room and processing facility. This addition increased our capacity to over 100,000 gallons with enough expansion room to take us to close to 200,000 as we grow. We installed a German membrane press and numerous refrigerated tanks in the press room and banks of refrigerated fermentation tanks in the tank room which increased juice quality and in turn increased the quality of the finished wine. In 2000, with over 40 acres of vineyards, we purchased the state’s first mechanical grape harvester. This machine greatly increased the speed at which the grapes can be harvested. We could now harvest in one hour what an eight man crew could harvest in one day, reducing time from harvest to processing to about 30 minutes. Decreasing the time from harvest to crush greatly increased overall juice and wine quality. 2003 saw the addition of a new bottling room to house a state of the art fully automated Italian bottling line, handling 60 bottles per minute; this was a substantial increase from the 22 bottles per minute with our previous bottling system. Additional new tanks were installed which increased capacity to just under 150,000 gallons. In the fall of 2004, we started renovation of the 19th century bank barn which housed the winery in the lower level for its first 23 years. Completed in 2006, this grand structure with its black walnut beams and towering ceilings is now the home of our cask aging cellar, a new tasting/sales room and a spectacular banquet facility. In 2005, we installed a centrifuge to clear the wines of sediment after fermentation. Centrifuging the wine eliminates the use of settling chemicals for clarification before aging and bottling. This process has significantly increased wine quality. In 2011, power supplied to the winery was converted to 100% wind power, leading us to win 2011 Green Business of the Year, in the small to midsize business category, from the Baltimore Business Journal. We also received a grant from the Department of Agriculture which allowed for the installation of 2 Electric Car Charging Stations, that are powered by a sun tracking solar panel. Our most recent endeavor was the installation of a wind anemometer, which will record wind speed to determine if we can install our own wind turbines further reducing our carbon footprint. In looking toward the future, the third generation of Aellens is already hard at work around the winery forming their base for taking the winery into the future. Melding Jack’s German-Swiss winemaking heritage with Lucille’s Italian winemaking roots and ever conscious of our customers tastes, Anthony has created a splendid variety of wines which have won over 200 medals in national and international competitions. Producing over 30 wines, ranging from stylish white and red dinner wines to elegant semi-sweet grape, fruit, and honey wines, our winery enjoys a reputation as a fun place to visit and a relaxed place to sample wines in a casual setting. Lucille’s cookbook about serving and cooking with wines has consistently wetted our customers’ appetites. We welcome visitors 361 days a year to experience a fun filled afternoon in a country setting where winemaking really is a family affair.

Reviewed By jehenson81

This winery was built to accommodate a large number of people based on their parking lot and the size of their tasting room. I got there just after they opened at 10a. I paid and was shown to the tasting bar. My server was still...MoreThank you so much for the kind review... we appreciate your feedback as we strive to create quality wines and great experiences, here at the winery.

2. Black Ankle Vineyards

14463 Black Ankle Rd, Mount Airy, MD 21771-9121 +1 301-829-3338
Excellent
54%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 85 reviews

Black Ankle Vineyards

Reviewed By AlixSlade - Washington DC, District of Columbia

This Vineyard has some very nice reds but i think overpriced. Lovely location and the tasting room is done in a very eco-friendly manner, and set beautifully in the landscape. Definitely worth the trip on Friday nights for music.

For tasting - most expensive tasting menu of the three wineries we visited ($12 for 6 very small pours). Wines themselves ranged from ok to tasty on the red wine scale however, felt they were very overpriced. The employee doing the tasting did not engage with us, and did not tell us any thing about the wine unless we asked and probed. So no idea if the price reflected the vineyard's attempt at eco-friendliness.

However, on a Friday night, they had a great duo playing, and families and friends were spread out over the field and patio for picnic dinners. So a nice activity on a nice night.

3. Gaver Farm

5501 Detrick Rd, Mount Airy, MD 21771-6135 +1 301-865-3515
Excellent
60%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 51 reviews

Gaver Farm

Reviewed By SugarMagnolia923 - Hagerstown, Maryland

We took our 7 year old grandson and 3 year old granddaughter here twice. Once on a Saturday in September when they had the "Touch a Tractor" event and then again on a Sunday in mid-October. This place is really great. Lots and lots to do for all ages. Since we went twice in one year, I can say September had much smaller crowds but our October trip had a few more things (food truck inside for instance). One thing -- on our October trip there were TONS of bees. They were landing on everything and everyone. I've never seen so many bees. Not sure the reason. It may have been purely coincidence. We will definitely be going here every fall from now on.

4. Elk Run Vineyards

15113 Liberty Rd, Mount Airy, MD 21771-9502 +1 410-775-5089
Excellent
41%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 28 reviews

Elk Run Vineyards

Reviewed By Helen S

Enjoyed the wine and lovely setting. Only problem was a sweet white lab mix dog that appeared to be a pet at the winery. He seemed sad and scared, especially of men, which made it seem like he has been abused. Labs are usually such merry and carefree dogs, it was sad to see. Hoping he was a rescue and not being hurt now.

5. Milkhouse Brewery at Stillpoint Farm

8253 Dollyhyde Rd, Mount Airy, MD 21771-9404 +1 301-829-6950
Excellent
53%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
9%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 21 reviews

Milkhouse Brewery at Stillpoint Farm

Reviewed By Matthew B - Houston, Texas

This is one of those rare gems I just discovered start after hiking at Sugarloaf Mountain for the day. Beautiful countryside setting, friendly staff, and one of the best ales I've ever had (which is saying a lot, given I've been to over 30 breweries in the area). Do yourself a favor and come check this place out

6. MISCellaneous Distillery

114 S Main St, Suite B103, Mount Airy, MD 21771-5420 +1 240-394-6472
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 5 reviews

MISCellaneous Distillery

Reviewed By Ivan B - Mount Airy, United States

The owners of Misc Distillery have put their heart and soul into being a hometown craft distillery. We went for the grand opening and did the tour and tasting. The distillery is small and lives up to the hand crafted using local ingredients mantra of the growing "not big brands" spirits industry. The small warehouse type space is the perfect set-up. It was neat and well labelled. Most of all you have some very motivated distillers giving a great tour of how spirits are made. They currently only have rum but whiskey is on the way also. The rum was EXTREMELY good!! A definite stop for anyone, especially spirit enthusiasts.

7. Red Shedman Farm Brewery And Hop Yard

13601 Glissans Mill Rd, Mount Airy, MD 21771-8507 +1 301-831-5889
Excellent
20%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
40%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 10 reviews

Red Shedman Farm Brewery And Hop Yard

Reviewed By MKJourneys - Washington DC, District of Columbia

Also known as Linganore Wine Cellars this winery out in the country is located on beautiful grounds where you can bring picnic lunch and sit on the expansive lawn and listen to bands on weekends. You an also sample (for a fee) a wide range of wines they produce. A nice weekend day trip.

8. Loew vinyards

14001 Liberty Rd, Mount Airy, MD 21771-9524 +1 301-831-5464
Excellent
25%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 4 reviews

Loew vinyards

Reviewed By pooknnook - Haddonfield, New Jersey

Stopped by on my way to my vacation destination. It is located off Route 70 and I though, what the heck, I'll stop! Everyone working there was very friendly, the wines were pretty good, although nothing to rave about. The grounds are nice, you can grab a bottle and sit outside at a table. You pay for the tasting but keep the glass. I don't remember how many tastes you get, I think they let you taste everything, my husband and I don't drink anything that's not dry so there weren't a whole lot to taste.
All in all a nice experience, would go back again.

9. Woodbourne Creamery atRock Hill Orchard

28600 Ridge Rd, Mount Airy, MD 21771-4439 +1 240-207-3732
Excellent
34%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 3 reviews

Woodbourne Creamery atRock Hill Orchard

Reviewed By Mike C - Eldersburg, Maryland

This was our last stop on the Maryland Ice Cream Trail, 2017, and it is the closest to our house. They are the only stop that has Guernsey cows, which apparently produce sweeter milk with a golden glow. It makes great ice cream, so try the vanilla. Except... no vanilla today.

They make their own cream with their own ingredients, so their selection seemed to be based largely on what crops had been harvested recently. A few varieties of raspberry, a peach one, dark chocolate, coffee, and well, that was about it. The chocolate, coffee, and vanilla with chocolate covered raspberries were all good. Good prices, good ice cream.

Maybe a visit to the orchard and farm, with a tour of the creamery would have been nice, but there wasn't much going on today. Possibly more lively in the Fall?

10. Audrey Carroll Audubon Sanctuary

13030 Old Annapolis Rd, Mount Airy, MD 21771-7741
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 1 reviews

Audrey Carroll Audubon Sanctuary

Reviewed By Sooty_Shearwater - Moss, Norway

This bird sanctuary is amazing. We visited on a foggy day in March, I'm not sure if it was even open, the gate was locked but you could just walk in.
We were met by a variety of different birds and wildlife. This place is paradise for birders. They have pathes and clearings and a lookout platform. It seems to be well maintained and looked after. I recorded 3 new bird species in an hour.
I would highly recommend this bird sanctuary if you enjoy nature and are in the area.

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