Caroline County Economic Development

February 2023 Director’s Note: Visit Someplace New for Valentine’s Day

By Tara Hill-Coursey, Tourism Manager, Caroline County Economic Development and Tourism

After the excitement of a successful holiday season in Caroline, we a thrilled to see what 2023 will bring for the tourism industry. Both distant vacations and more importantly local experiences continue to evolve. Travelers are planning their trips in the most unique ways and redefining tourism in such a way that we too must reimagine what that means. It is equally important for us to focus on local tourists as well and the success of this can be measured by locals having something fun to do every weekend this past December!

The uniqueness and ever-growing small businesses that are budding. The creative and careful planning of events in our area, and a new spin on what attracts people here. From fairies to nature walks, to spending time with locals discussing history and art, to dining at new local favorites. Our communities are diligent in making Caroline a destination that sets itself apart from our neighbors.

We look forward to promoting some signature and popular events this month. Places to dine, things to do and where to get unique gifts. The Culinary Arts Center and its chocolate-inspired Valentine’s dinner, all proceeds benefit the center. Tenchi Spanish American kitchen with fun Valentine’s themed taco arrangements. Local florists offering beautiful bouquets and opportunities to be at one with nature for guided walks at Adkins Arboretum.

I’d encourage you to cruise around the county, stop into the Ridgely train station to take look back in time. Then visit the Ridgely Pharmacy which offers a cozy lunch counter and charming gifts. The arts district in Denton is a few miles away where you can explore the current collection at the Fiber Arts Center of the Eastern Shore and the Foundry who will also host a Black History Month Celebration. Dine and shop in the growing downtown and grab dinner at Caroline’s. Stay overnight at the Best Western in Denton. Grab local fresh seafood from LNT in Preston and if the weather is just right, you can take a nice, serene walk along the Marshyhope in Federalsburg to cap off your visit.

There is no shortage of things to this month while spending a day or the weekend Caroline is always going to invite you to be our neighbor. Please visit our website to subscribe to our monthly newsletter and follow Caroline County, MD Tourism on Facebook to stay in the know with all things Caroline.

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