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.
Evangelical Reformed Church
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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 www.frederick.com 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.
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.
Above text and photos courtesy of Volt Restaurant