Day Tripping - DC Metro
Frederick, Maryland
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Photo Courtesy of Volt
Photo Courtesy of Volt
Photo Courtesy of Volt
Photo Courtesy of Volt
Items of Interest: Antiques, Restaurants
(Located On Interstate 270 South of Hagerstown, MD
About an Hour North from DC)


Frederick is a delightful city for an easy stroll down tree shaded streets and an escape to a world not rushed by the stress of the "modern". This city, at least the historic area, has a small town atmosphere.

There is also a variety of architecture - from federal to Victorian to colonial revival to deco - in various stages of authenticity and restoration.

Its skyline of church steeples looks remarkably the same today as it did in many nineteenth century illustrations of the city. History abounds here.

The downtown historical area is a living community where residences are mingled with commercial establishments.

You will find many restaurants, antique shops, art galleries and gift/ specialty shops in the downtown area. Noticeably not as upscale as Alexandria or Georgetown, they have a charm all their own.

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Evangelical Reformed Church
Downtown Frederick
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Downtown Frederick
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There is a wonderful candy shop called The Candy Kitchen at 52 North Market Street (301-698-0442) where you can purchase delicious chocolates pre-boxed, or you can create your own selection.

This establishment has housed Chocolatiers since 1902 and is believed to sell Frederick's finest hand made chocolates, brittles, truffles, and fudges - made with all natural ingredients! Yum!

Two of our favorite restaurants are Volt and Brewer's Alley on North Market. We've enjoyed outstanding brunch and luncheon offerings and recommend them heartily.

Check out for the variety of dining listings offered in Frederick. It is a great place to spend the day in any season.

Exceptional dining awaits you at VOLT in historic Frederick, Maryland, where Executive Chef Bryan Voltaggio's seasonal entreés showcase classic flavor combinations prepared with fresh, local ingredients.

Quartered within a spectacular 19th Century brownstone mansion, the restaurant's distinctive ambience combines Victorian elegance with contemporary, urban sophistication.

Volt Restaurant - Photo Courtesy Volt

Chef Bryan Voltaggio - Photo Courtesy Volt

Chef Bryan Voltaggio is at the forefront of a generation of chefs who are reinventing American cooking through a commitment to farm-to-table cuisine.

Since opening VOLT in his native Frederick, MD, Voltaggio's cuisine has earned him many accolades, including being nominated for a coveted James Beard Award as Best Chef Mid-Atlantic in 2010 and being named Chef of the Year by both the Washington, D.C.- based nonprofit Share Our Strength and the Restaurant Association of Maryland that same year.

He was also a finalist on the sixth season of Bravo TV's hit show "Top Chef" in 2009.

Voltaggio's passion for this style of cooking was fostered throughout his childhood in Frederick County, where meals often included produce harvested from the family garden. "I baled hay and pulled corn," he says. "I can remember when the neighbors would all gather at my parents' house and we'd shuck corn and make it into creamed corn. Those are the things that impacted me on the importance of food."

The restaurant's Main Dining Room, awash in a palate of amber and burnt rose, pays homage to the building's original Gilded Era construction. The glass enclosed, oval-shaped Conservatory - designated for private dining - yields panoramic views of the mansion's walled garden.

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Volt on WETA Restaurant Video

In the tradition of Neighborhood Eats and The WETA Guide to Fine Dining, the new hour-long Breakfast in Washington features a geographically, ethnically and economically diverse selection of breakfast spots throughout Greater Washington.

Learn how to get your day off to a good start with Breakfast in Washington. From all-you-can-eat buffets to upscale power breakfasts, favorite greasy spoons to quick and tasty bites-on-the-go, let Breakfast in Washington be your guide to the most important meal of the day!

From all-you-can-eat buffets to upscale power breakfasts, favorite greasy spoons to quick and tasty bites-on-the-go, let Breakfast in Washington be your guide to the most important meal of the day!

Watch the show, watch the Breakfast in Washington video of the featured breakfast spots, and tell WETA about your favorite Washington breakfast!

Regarding Brewer's Alley, this is a very good and popular restaurant located on North Market in Frederick. Here we have an authentic American restaurant which serves very generous portions. The service there is impeccable and the atmosphere friendly and efficient.

We really savored their soup, the Bar-B-Cue, and their wonderful desserts - especially the bread pudding. The Bar-B-Cue was tender, very fresh-tasting, and with a sauce that was tangy and just a bit sweet. The portion was more than ample and the dish included terrific fries.

If you're lucky enough to be in Frederick on a warm day, and when their outside tables are available, your experience will be enhanced considerably. Downtown is usually very busy and people watching makes your experience even better.

We couldn't find a fault.

Brewer's Alley
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Our Rating (Five Chefs is Highest)

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Great Stuff by Paul
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"Great Stuff by Paul" is an unusual shop which has been featured in national magazines.

According to Paul, "We have literally thousands of unique items from China, England, France, Germany, Holland and other places. Many are over 100 years old or more."

Paul and his representatives scour these places for new and exotic items and their stuff ranges from the whimsical to the exotic. If you're looking for that certain something to make a big statement in your décor, chances are you will find items here to fill that bill.

Frederick hosts a variety of special events and festivals throughout the year. There is an active historical society and a tourist information center to alert you to the area's possibilities. Check their community calendar to discover what's happening in this lively spot.

If you're dining on a week end, stop in at the Braddock Mountain Antique Center next door to John Hagan's where you will find some interesting furniture, paintings, and civil war items. We spotted some wonderful paintings (something we are always looking for) - a large, antique religious painting which looks as if it would clean up nicely and a small Madonna painting (either French or Spanish).