When I was in high school, my family decided to buy a vacation house in Garrett County. While that area is one of my favorite places in the world, though, one of the treasures about it is what we pass while on the way there: Penn Alps Restaurant and Craft Shop.
My family first discovered Penn Alps while on the way to the Deep Creek Lake area almost ten years ago. We stopped for some dinner on the way, and got a lot more than that. Penn Alps is settled quietly, yet conveniently, off of US 219, so it’s easy to get to without any of the crazy highway hustle and bustle.
There are many perks about stopping at Penn Alps, and while the delicious food is one of them, the artisan craft village that’s on the property is definitely another. While waiting to eat, or for an after-meal stroll, you can walk right out of the restaurant and enter the village.
Complete with woodcarving, pottery, ornaments and more, the artisan village brings its visitors back in time, while perhaps simultaneously getting them ahead on some holiday gift buying! If the artisans are present, you can even watch them at work.
The magic of Penn Alps is that you can go to just one place for delicious, home style cooking, entertainment, gifts, and a history lesson.
If you are ever on your way towards Western Maryland, West Virginia or Pennsylvania, stop and spend some time at this one-of-a-kind gem. Get more information about Penn Alps restaurant, gifts, and artisans at www.pennalps.com.