Antietam Memorial Illumination

Antietam IlluminationDecember 13, 2014  6:00pm to Midnight

Rooms are still available at Red Hill.

Come experience the beauty of 23,110 luminaries lit for each soldier who was killed, wounded or missing during the bloodiest battle of the American Civil War.  It’s breath taking!!

Beautiful Time of Year

IMG_0990IMG_0991IMG_0992We love it here in the fall.  Busting all over in color!

A Capella Singers Visit Red Hill

IMG_1004This great group of women came to Red Hill from Southern California.  They played hard all around the town.  They are now in Baltimore for their annual A Capella Convention.  Thanks for the fun and entertainment!

Jan, Pat, Debi, Nancy & Jackie.

Bicycle Ride of a Lifetime

This is taken from Tim Roland’s Editorial in this morning’s Herald Mail -September 21, 2014 –   Well done Tim!!

Western Maryland could be in for the ride of a lifetime”

On his page, Tim Roland talks about the boomers, those of us in our late 50’s and early 60’s, who will be retiring soon and ready to hit the trail, leaving our work responsibilities behind.  He said:

“Earlier this month, Adventure Cycling Assoc. came to Western Maryland to connect with local cyclists in Cumberland, Maryland.  They came to explain their plans for nationwide, numbered bicycle routes that run on bike trails or existing roads, one or two of which will run through our backyard, and sooner rather than later will be attracting worldwide attention.”

He said that The C and O Canal National Historic Park, which is only 7 miles from Red Hill, “recently became the first national park to officially designate a number, Route 50, to the towpath, a bikeway that extends to Pittsburgh on the Great Allegheny Passage and eventually will run to the West Coast.  …The Adventure Cycling group also is publlicizing another bike-friendly initiative, the growing availability of Amtrak’s roll-on bicycle service.  One of the first lines to allow bicyclists to push their mount directly onto a passenger car will be the Capitol Limited out of Washington, D.C.”

He closed is article by saying:  “Western Maryland is fortunate to have one of the nation’s great bicycle arteries plying its midst, and should be prepared to take advantage of it.”  We are ready!!

Never too old to bike the Cumberland and Ohio Canal!

Don and Robert CyclistsBrothers Don & Bob are cycling from Washington DC to Cumberland, MD – the full 185 Miles.  What a great example of staying active in your “golden years”.  Best of luck guys!  It was a pleasure having you visit Red Hill.

Big Cork Vineyard-Minutes from Inn at Red Hill

Big Cork Vineyard


Blues Fest Visitors and Hikers come to Red Hill

What a weekend at Red Hill!  Pat & Ann came up from Towson, Maryland to visit friends and attend the 19th Annual Western Maryland Blues Fest in Hagerstown.  Saturday afternoon Hiker Bill arrived on our front porch and took a rest in the old green rocker.  He walked from Pittsburgh, stopping here for the night.  He is on his way to DC (350 Miles total).  What an amazing man.

Bill settled in on the back deck with a nice glass of red wine.  I served him bubbling hot lasagne, fresh salad greens and topped it all of with a bowl of Peach Ice Cream from South Mountain Creamery.

Bill continued his journey early Sunday morning, meeting his wife in nearby Shepherdstown, WVa.  That afternoon new friends arrived from New York.  Jeanne and Jim came to stay at Red Hill as the planned to visit their friend Monday morning.  Their friend is hiking the entire Appalachian Trail!  He started in Georgia sometime in April.  Harper’s Ferry is the half way point of the trail at mile mark 1,000.  Jeanne came to Red Hill with a crock pot of pulled pork for their friend as they prepared a very special day for him in celebration of his accomplishment! I just love innkeeping.  I’m meeting the coolest people!!

Happy Spring!   -Cindy

Bill on his way to Shepherdstown

Bill on his way to Shepherdstown

Appalachian Trail at Spring Time

Weverton Cliffs 001With 60 degree weather, spring finally arrived in “South County” section of Washington County Maryland.  The Appalachian Trail winds through this part of Maryland with many hiking opportunities along the way.  One of the closest access points to Inn at Red Hill is Weverton Cliffs.  There is plenty of parking right off Rt. 67 near the 340 Bridge.  The hike is steep and rocky.  As you can see Bob chose to use is new trekking poles.  I find these poles very useful on the way down the slope.

Weverton is a 2 mile hike; 1 mile up, 1 mile down.  At the top you have a beautiful view of the Potomac River as it winds along the banks of Maryland and West Virginia.  One of the many gems in this area of the country.

Happy Spring Everyone!!

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Happy Valentine’s Day

IMG_0772Enjoy your Valentine’s Day.  Our guests will be treated with some yummy surprises when they arrive.  It’s like a Winter Wonderland here on the Hill.  16 inches of beautiful snow blanketing our trees and landscape.  What a site!


From our Farms to your Table

IMG_0298Friday morning I had the pleasure to sit in a Boonsboro Economic Development Commision meeting and listen to Leslie Hart, the very articulate Agricultural Business Development Specialist in Washington County, Maryland.  She talked about buying local from our farms and where our food comes from.

Leslie said that Washington County Maryland had the most dairy farms in the state of Maryland.  Wow.  She asked us to think about where our food comes from and talked about leaving farming to the experts.  Growing your vegetables and raising your own chickens seem to be the thing to do these days but we need to keep a few things in mind.   As we all are concerned about fertilizers that farmers use we need to remember that they are regulated.  Those of us that garden at home are not regulated.  We have a tendency to use too many fertilizers in our personal raised beds.  She reminded us to leave farming to the experts.  I truly created a new respect for our farmers during this meeting.

Leslie talked about all the opportunities for us to support our local farms.  The Historic City Farmers Market in Hagerstown is the oldest market around and is open every Saturday morning all year long.  There are also markets available at Robinwood Medical Center and Cronise Market in nearby Boonsboro.  The Valley Food Coop is another opportunity to purchase local produce, dairy and fresh meats.  Red Hill is a member of the Valley Coop.  Washington County also has an abundance of new wineries and vineyards along the newly created Antietam Highland Wine Trail.  Big Cork Winery will have it’s grand opening this spring.  They are minutes from Red Hill.  How convenient is that!!

I felt good as an innkeeper when I left our monthly EDC Meeting.  As I drove back to Red Hill I thought about all the farms I have grown to support since we opened our doors in 2011.  We joined the Valley Coop in April of 2011.  I volunteer for them every few weeks – my favorite trip is out to Litton Farms where I pick up local produce for our members.  I’m always greeted by several of their many children.  Wearing hats and suspenders, they come bouncing down to my car to greet me.  They help me carry the heavy boxes of produce and carefully load everything in the back of my seat.  One trip right before Thanksgiving  I could barely see out of the back of my car as I had sweet potatoes as big as pumpkins loaded up along with beets, several varieties of squash and of course pumpkins of various shapes and sizes

I support our local farms by buying eggs from Cool Brook Farms, Dairy products from either Trickling Springs or South Mountain Dairy.  They both have the best cream and butter for me to use in our fresh Belgian waffles.  Our honey comes from A&D Apiaries and fresh maple syrup from S&S Maple Syrup Farm in Corriganville, Maryland.  Palmyra Farm and Spriggs Delight carry some of the best cheese around.  Spriggs has goat ricotta cheese that just melts in your mouth.  It is such a pleasure to create our hot, gourmet breakfast using these local ingredients.

My Morning Mist Coffee Beans come from Clif at South Mountain Roasters.  He roasts his beans weekly and they smell so good when I bring them back to Red Hill.  I especially enjoy the aroma when I grind them here in our coffee bar for breakfast.  His package says “Roasting for the discriminating coffee lover”.

When in season I bring back fresh blueberries, strawberries and apples from Cronis Market.  They also have a great variety of peaches at the end of the summer for our crisps and parfaits.  Traveling over the Washington County line into Frederick County I sometimes visit Cider Distillery Works for fresh apples and cider.

The key to abundant flavor is freshness.  The fresher the ingredients the better it tastes.  Red Hill’s hot breakfast uses the finest from Frederick and Washington County Farms.  There is nothing like supporting our local community and businesses.  I’m proud of our efforts.