This summer, I’m doing something I’ve never done before. I’ve signed on to be a contributor to Maryland Road Trips. My second article has just been posted, and I’d love for you to take a read.
Maryland has a lot to offer, as I was telling my cousins from New Mexico who were in town this weekend. Our state offers beaches, mountains, rivers, access to Baltimore and Washington, D.C., the state capital of Annapolis, the Chesapeake Bay, and offers wonderful proximity to Philadelphia, New York, Boston, as well as southern states such as Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
The website marylandroadtrips.com specifically focuses on travel within our state. Honestly, if you’re looking for something to do on a weekend, you may want to check out this site. It’s chock-full of excellent recommendations for places to travel perfect for day or weekend trips. Little gems are hidden all over Maryland, and it’s always fun to explore what’s right underneath our noses.
My feature this month was a delight to write. I was able to connect with 7 bookstores across the state and hear insight about their independent bookstores. The feature could have been way longer as I gained quite a bit of knowledge and chatted with each of them for quite some time. What was wonderful to hear collectively was how much they love being a part of their local community and their passion for putting the right book in someone’s hand. All of them said the same thing.
The bookstores I cover in the piece include (from the west to the east): Turn the Page Bookstore in Boonsboro; The Curious Iguana in Frederick; The Ivy in Baltimore; Park Books & Literacy Lab in Severna Park; The Old Fox Bookstore in Annapolis; Mystery Loves Company in Oxford; and They Greyhound in Berlin.
I hope you’ll take a minute to click the link and visit the article (click here). These bookstores have survived the pandemic and have remained solid in their communities. We need to appreciate small business owners who are staying true to their missions and reminding people of why we need them.