Baltimore County Now
Scrap the Malls
A 12 days ‘til Christmas shopping list
Baltimore County Office of Communications
Twelve days to go, twelve ideas for unique and memorable gifts. So scrap the malls and head for the one-of-a-kind.
1. Sip local. Wine tours and tastings from Baltimore County’s vineyards
2. Spark the adventurous. Classes in rock climbing (Earth Trek Climbing Center), fencing (Baltimore Fencing Center), or flying (Middle River Aviation)
3. Get creative. Tickets to a County performance (check out Baltimore Actors Theatre, Gordon Center for Performing Arts, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Music in the Great Hall)
4. Add some class. Check out the Community College of Baltimore County.
5. Go old. Antiques
6. Go trendy. Boutiques
7. Skip the 800 numbers. Flowers from your neighborhood shop
8. I feel pretty. Salon services
9. Everybody dance now. Tickets to the Baltimore County Dance Celebration
10. Because they’ve always talked about it. Music or painting lessons from a local studio
11. Get a Big Tree. Not for Christmas, but a certificate for a native tree from your local nursery. Plant in the spring for a lifetime of beauty and shade.
12. Just Eat It. Restaurant gift card
The twelve day countdown starts today. No pressure. Really.
Baltimore County Tourism & Promotion
If you haven’t explored what Baltimore County’s wine country has to offer, there is no better time than now. Baltimore County is home to six great local wineries and vineyards, bottling everything from Cabernet Franc to Gingeroot cider, and even a highly successful world-class craft beer operation. That’s not all we have to brag about, after many of our vineyards won awards at the premier contest for Maryland wines.
At a reception held by the Maryland Wineries Association First Lady Katie O'Malley announced the finalists and winner of the 23rd Annual Maryland Governor's Cup Competition.
Boordy Vineyards' Vidal Blanc 2012 and Royal Rabbit Vineyards' Chatelaine 2012 (both white wines) took "Best in Class" for Off-Dry Varietal and Off-Dry Blend respectively. Boordy Vineyards held this title last year for its Landmark Reserve 2010.
In all, Baltimore County wines ended up with 18 gold, silver, and bronze medals from the competition’s judges. An especially impressive feat, considering the more than 400 wines produced in Maryland’s growing wine industry.