Berlin MD Named 1 of 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2016

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Smithsonian Magazine named Berlin, MD one of 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2016.

“Berlin might look familiar for those who have watched the 1999 romantic comedy Runaway Bride on repeat. The town was cast as the fictional Hale, Julia Roberts’ character’s hometown in the film. Downtown Berlin also made an appearance on the big screen as the turn-of-the-century setting in Tuck Everlasting. Minutes from Assateague Island National Seashore and beach town Ocean City, Berlin—which was voted Budget Travel’s coolest small town in 2014—isn’t stuck in the ’90s or the 1890s, though.”

Read the post! Congratulations Berlin, MD!!!

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Maryland and It’s Regions

dreamstime_xs_49497355 - CartographerCartographers of the past like to make changes. I realized someone’s been making changes to Maryland’s regions. I’m sure the changes happened some time ago. I noticed the different in maps a couple months after starting the blog.  I found information explaining why it happened but not when. Now, I’m adjusting my tracking to match the correct maps.

The problem is there are several maps with the regions arranged differently. I found the official word on a State of Maryland website. In old maps of Maryland, the regions are arranged this way:

  1. Western Region – Garrett County, Allegany County, Washington County and Frederick County
  2. Central Region – Carroll County, Howard County, Baltimore County, Baltimore City, and Harford County
  3. Southern Region – Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, Charles County, St. Mary’s County, Calvert County and Anne Arundel County
  4. Eastern Shore Region – Cecil County, Kent County, Queen Anne’s County, Talbot County, Caroline County, Dorchester County, Wicomico County, Somerset County and Worcester County

Two major changes are made for the new map:

  1. A new Capital Region is created. Frederick County, Montgomery County and Prince George’s County are moved to the new region.
  2. Anne Arundel County is moved to the Central Region.

I found other maps that break the Eastern Shore into two regions:

  1. Upper Eastern Shore Region – Cecil County, Kent County, Queen Anne’s County, Talbot County and Caroline County
  2. Lower Eastern Shore Region – Dorchester County, Wicomico County, Somerset County and Worcester County

The final result looks like this:

Maryland Region Map II

Welcome to the new Maryland Region Map! If you have more information on this, please share!

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Berlin Md – Top 100 Coolest Small Towns

Road Trip to BerlinBudget Travel Magazine posted it’s Top 100 Coolest Small Towns in America this month. It’s a list of a decade’s worth of winners in the annual Coolest Small Towns contest! Berlin is the only Maryland town to make the list!

Berlin is a town in Worcester County, Maryland (United States) with population around 4,000. The town is close to Ocean City, Md and Assateague Island so there’s a wide area of things to see and do. It also has an active tourism calendar and good social media channels to keep up-to-date.

Main Street Berlin gets good reviews on TripAdvisor. The town even has a short video on the Main Street website with a list of things to do. Main Street Berlin is part of Maryland’s Main Streets Program.

Need one more reason to visit Berlin, you may have already seen the Town of Berlin and didn’t know it. Parts of the movie Runaway Bride (1999), starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts were filmed there. [Thanks Wikipedia!]

Congratulations to Berlin … Maryland’s coolest small town!

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