Maryland on the half shell

If you are traveling through Maryland on a hire bus from Bus Rental Maryland, you cannot help but notice that enormous bay out of the window. This is Chesapeake Bay, Maryland’s single largest geographic feature. This huge body of water is the world’s third largest estuary, and was once known for it’s abundant seafood and shellfish. Unfortunately, over the years, overfishing and pollution have severely reduced the the catch being brought from the bay. Measures have been taken over the past couple of decades to reverse this, and preserve the eco-system and fishing grounds. This has led to the bay making some recovery, and Maryland seafood is again available to be enjoyed by all.

Maryland’s cuisine can be a little exotic. Years of overfishing can make certain delicacies hard to find, but a little persistent searching will yield delicious rewards. Most famous of Maryland local delicacies are Maryland Blue Crabs. The blue crab is Maryland’s state symbol, and prepared in the local manner, makes for a wonderful meal. Blue Crab is usually served in large quantities, drenched in peppery Old Bay sauce, and accompanied with copious amounts of beer.

Another specialty is soft shell blue crab. These are crabs which have shed their hard shell, and are in the process of growing a new, larger shell to grow into. Known around the world as a delicacy in high class , fine dining establishments, soft shell blue crab is pretty much an everyday bar food staple in Maryland. Just grab the crab, and eat it all. In Maryland, soft shell blue crab is usually served in a bun, with a variety of condiments.

Aside from crabs, you will also find a variety of shellfish on the menu. Oysters on the half shell are what Chesapeake Bay is famous, and over here you will get them fresh, served with a hot sauce. Chesapeake Bay clams are also served the same way. If you’re visiting during the colder months, a meal of steamed mussels are an excellent way to warm yourself up. If you are in Baltimore, visit Bertha’s for the best steamed mussels in the state.

Having nothing much to do with the bay, or the sea, it might surprise you to learn that friend chicken is very much a Maryland specialty. It is a known fact that restaurants in Kentucky serve fried chicken done in the Maryland style. Fried chicken in Maryland is pan fried with about a quarter inch of oil, leaving a crispy skin that differs from the deep fried crunchy type. This delicacy can be a little hard to find, but a little searching and inquiries with old timers in Maryland will lead you to unassuming shacks with hand painted “Chicken” signs out front.

When visiting Maryland, and you need to arrange ground transportation for your group, give Bus Rental Maryland a call for our friendly, personalized service.

Fall Activities in Maryland

Fall is here and there are a lot of festivals you can visit in Maryland with Bus Rental MD. From headless horsemen to Jack-o-lanterns to trick or treating for all sorts of candy, it’s the perfect time to dress up and let the spooks out.

The whole state will be out in full force to make the season enjoyable for visitors and locals of all ages so look out for all sorts of activities such as crafts, scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, apple and harvest festivals, and more in all the different counties.

Trick or Treating will also be happening in selected town squares, parks, town centers and neighbourhoods. All you need to take part is your favourite costume and a big bag for storing your yummy treats.

If you’re giving out candy, put a sign on the door or decorate your yard to let all the kids know that your house is a safe and treat-filled place worth visiting.

Besides Halloween, this time of the year is also an excellent time to go picking apples. Here’s a list of some of the places that are open for you to go pick your own apples

In Baltimore, you can look for Shaw’s Orchard located at 5594 Norrisville Road, White Hall. For Carroll County, Baugher’s Orchard at 1236 Baugher Rd, Westminster or Shady Hill Farm and Orchard at 2001 New Windsor Rd (Rt. 31), New Windsor are the places to go.

For Cecil County, visit Milburn Orchards at 1495 Appleton Rd, Elkton. 410-398-1349; Visitors to Frederick County can try Rock Hill Orchard, 28600 Ridge Rd, Mount Airy; or if you’re dropping by Howard County, check out Larriland Farm at 2415 Rt. 94, Woodbine.

Meanwhile, if it’s Montgomery County you find yourself in, you can always ask Bus Rental MD to drop by Butler’s Orchard at 22200 Davis Mill Rd, Germantown; Homestead Farm. 15600 Sugarland Rd, Poolesville; Kingsbury’s Orchard. At 19415 Peach Tree Rd, Dickerson or Lewis Orchards. At Rt. 28 and Peach Tree Rd, Dickerson