Perched on a hill overlooking northern Baltimore County's scenic valleys, Royal Rabbit Vineyards typically provides guests pleasing views throughout the year. It isn't until late spring and summer, however, that the landscape begins to change: heavy green and purple orbs crop up along 4 acres of climbing grapevines. By fall, the heavy, ripened grapes are ready for harvest—later on they’ll be turned into the winery’s award-winning wines or used as low-impact marbles. The small winery lies along the Piedmont Wine Trail and Mason-Dixie Wine Trail, which connects more than 20 small, family-owned wineries in Pennsylvania and Maryland.
In keeping with the Royal Rabbit Vineyards motto—"Treat yourself royally"—many of the wines have royal titles, including a cabernet franc blend dubbed “the duke.” Wine labels display a kingly rabbit holding a golden chalice.
At Adams County Winery, grapes mature in rich Pennsylvania soil before being used in recipes for bacchanalian beverages that have earned a place on Central PA Magazine’s 2010 Hot List. Married vintners John and Katherine welcome visitors to explore their more-than-30-year-old cellars during a private tour. Guests are escorted through the winery, which is housed in a 19th century Pennsylvania bank barn and can peek in on where the white, red, and fruit wines come to life. Starring among the rubicund inebriants is the Rebel Red, a semisweet wine with a dry finish, and the team of whites claims the Tears of Gettysburg, a Niagara blend as storied and sweet as a skyscraper made of cake. Nosh on regional munchables in the form of local summer sausage, cheese, and crackers. Visitors head home with two wine glasses and a waiter-style corkscrew inscribed with the Adams County Winery logo as well as a golden keepsake ornament.
Chic neighborhood restaurant and wine bar serving "French with a flair" cuisine. Bar offers wine, craft beers and mixology cocktails - all in a fine dining, but unpretentious atmosphere. Retail shop features more than 400 varieties of wine and craft beer.
Tomato plants are imperfect, yielding just as many inedible fruits as the healthy, tasty ones. The organizers of The Tomato Bash devised an alternative employment for the unworthy bounty, transforming the leftover tomatoes into ammunition for a massive ketchup making party. Participants are encouraged to sport silly costumes for the big event, as they are inevitably going to get utterly filthy.
To kick off the festivities, revelers are entertained with a cadre of food trucks, beverage vendors, and DJ playing tunes, including rebellious anthems encouraging the tomatoes to throw themselves. At 3 p.m., the tomato foam machine outside of the tomato arena powers up, pumping the stage area full of bubbly, pink fruit foam. Then the hordes of goggle-clad contestants descend upon a large arena and lose themselves in a sea of red goo.
Though the name might insinuate otherwise, The Beer Joint actually specializes in three things: burgers, bourbon, and, yes, beer. They have so many varietals of the latter two, that all the drinks are divided into three profiles. For bourbon, that's traditional, high-wheat, and high-rye; for beer that's blonds, reds, and bolds, all of which are brewed in the pub's onsite brewery. The burgers are equally varied, and not just in the way of toppings. Some, like the All-American, layer tomatoes, onions, and cheese between sesame-seed buns. Others, like an octogenarian who can slam dunk, are bit more unexpected, like meatball-style sliders on toasted bread, or full-size patties bulked up with suet (beef fat) or Japanese beef. And for those who crave something a little different, The Beer Joint also offers up ribs, wings, and beer-battered mozzarella cheese sticks,