Maryland Tourism
Celebrate the New Year in Mountain Maryland
By Emily Witty /
December 18, 2017

Picturesque snow-capped mountains, exciting winter adventure sports, and toasty log cabins with roaring fireplaces are just a short drive away for Marylanders looking to ring in the New Year in Allegany and Garrett Counties. Whether you're looking to hit the slopes, enjoy a romantic horse drawn sleigh ride with your loved one, or get dressed up for an evening of dinner and dancing, Western Maryland can help you start 2018 off in style.

Allegany County: A Stylish Night to Remember

Allegany County has you covered this New Year's Eve if you're looking for a unique evening to get dressed up, eat amazing food, and dance the night away.

Gatsby Speakeasy Party: Frostburg's historic Gunter Hotel, which was built in 1896, has undergone a recent renovation just in time for their New Year's Eve Bash. The Gunter Hotel's Gatsby Speakeasy Party will include a four-course dinner, entertainment by Pittsburgh's Gatsby Gang Jazz Band, and a champagne toast at midnight. To add to the authenticity of this event, the Gunter Hotel features a speakeasy in the basement which was hidden in a secret room during the 1920's Prohibition era. Contact the Gunter Hotel at 301-689-6511 for more information.

Murder Mystery Train Dinner: The Fairfield Inn & Suites in Cumberland has partnered with the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad to ring in 2018 with a train excursion and overnight package. Guests will enjoy a five-course seafood dinner and champagne New Year's Eve toast on the train along with a murder mystery activity. Enjoy a stay at the Fairfield Inn & Suites with complimentary late check-out on Monday morning. Package details are available online at For more information contact the inn at 301-876-6037 or use the code EVE to book your New Year's Eve stay.

New Year's Eve Bash at the Ramada Inn: The Ramada Inn in downtown Cumberland will feature live entertainment from local artists including Butterscotch Blonde & DJ Hook. Tickets include hors d'oeuvres, a drink coupon, a champagne toast, and party favors. Both advanced and day-of tickets will be available. Contact the Ramada Inn Downtown at 301-724-8800 for more information.

Fireworks at the Casino: Rocky Gap Casino and Resort is offering a night of music and fun topped-off with a complimentary fireworks display for all to enjoy. BonJourney, a Journey and Bon Jovi tribute band, will keep spirits high with their unique sound. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. and you must be 21 years or older to enter the casino. Fireworks will start shortly after the midnight countdown. Both casino guests and the public can view the fireworks show at the nearby state park and immediately behind the resort. For more information visit

Garrett County: Fun for the Whole Family

Garrett County has thrilling winter sports and family-friendly rides through the snow-covered countryside to help your group ring in 2018.

New Year's On The Slopes: The thrilling trails at Wisp Resort will be open on December 31 for skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing. On New Year's Eve, Wisp will host a celebration with House DJ Jazzy Jan featuring a variety of music to keep the family dancing at the Main Lodge. There will be no cover charge and food and drink will be available for purchase. The party runs from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. Wisp will also be open on New Year's Day with ski and snowboard lessons available. For more information visit

New Year's Eve Party at Honi-Honi Bar: Come say goodbye to 2017 and welcome 2018 with the folks at Honi-Honi Bar at Deep Creek Lake. Local Cumberland band, Surrender Dorothy, will keep you dancing from 8:30 p.m. through to the New Year with cover songs from both classic rock and top 40s. The evening will feature a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. For more information visit

Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride at Circle R Ranch: Enjoy a picturesque horse drawn sleigh ride from the beautiful draft horses at Circle R Ranch at Deep Creek Lake. Snuggle under a warm blanket with your friends and family and enjoy crossing through the snowy countryside. Reservations are preferred two days prior to your sleigh ride. For more information call 301-387-6890.

No matter what activity you decide to participate in, you can't go wrong celebrating the New Year in the mountains. For more events happening in Allegany and Garrett Counties visit and


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