Committing their enterprise to eco-friendly tourism, the women at SegZone Tours guide visitors through the historic streets of Annapolis, along the city waterways of Dover, and around the track at Dover International Speedway—all aboard segways. For groups or private parties, tour leaders can also focus excursions on local gardens, architecture, and wildlife in areas often unreachable by car or paraglider. They also guide themed seasonal tours, such as rides along haunted-house routes or past holiday-light displays. With an eye toward safety, staff members always provide thorough instruction on riding before tours or rentals, though they often give customers license to race or argue over whose segway would look better with flames painted on the side. When not leading guided excursions for customers or school groups, the team organizes corporate team-building events as well as indoor obstacle courses for recreation.
Touring Washington D.C. can get tiring very quickly, whether because of trying to cover its expansive acreage on foot or in a bus crowded with an exorbitant amount of passengers. ELD Touring Enterprises opts for a less weary mode of transportation, as guides chauffeur groups of six people around the city in minivans and SUVs. This makes each tour private or semi-private, giving sightseers more intimate access to the destinations they're exploring. Longer daytime tours hit many of the major destinations, including Arlington Cemetery and the White House, while evening tours are reserved for those landmarks that are dramatically lit at night, such as the Lincoln Memorial or Teddy Roosevelt's hot tub. Groups can also opt for themed tours, such as an African-American history tour, or work with ELD guides to come up with a custom route.
A product of the agricultural landscape of Pennsylvania, Adrian Mobilia's roots reach four generations deep into the rich soil of farming traditions. He grew up on his family?s 200-acre farm where he mastered the art of growing grapes and apples and picking peaches and cherries. After studying horticulture at Penn State, he returned home to find that the family had begun flourishing in a new venture. The Mobilias had been pressing grapes for years, but now they?d begun shipping the juices to wineries near and far. Adrian worked with his father to plant cabernet sauvignon, chambourcin, and merlot grapes, and by 1999, the first finished bottle left the family winery for consumption. Today, Fenwick Wine Cellars crafts more than 20 varietals, including an award-winning Cabernet Franc, Riesling, and summery fruit wines.
Ayers Creek softly ripples by the idyllic location where Steven and Suzy Taylor run their kayak and canoe center. Despite being situated near Ocean City, the watery spot is quiet except for the occasional stirring of a duck, heron, or standup paddleboard. Steven has been a neighbor to the animals in this stretch of coastal Maryland since childhood, and the couple now operates their business from their own bankside property. Both Suzy and Steven spent decades mastering the waters on their own before they began giving tours of the salt marshes and wetlands. Steven, an environmental consultant, often narrates on these tours, reliving his boyhood awe for visitors as groups encounter deer and fly-by cameos by bald eagles. Committed to preservation, the Taylors sprinkle guided adventures with educational factoids about the area's diverse ecology as paddlers conquer the headwaters.
Some say that the Assateague wild ponies swam ashore after a 17th-century shipwreck. Others insist that they are feral remnants of colonist livestock that have since adapted to the marshy terrain. The captain of the Bay Breeze—a USCG-certified seaman with a knack for spotting bashful wildlife—can't claim to know the truth, but he can show you where to find the ponies as they canter, graze, and hold hooves while walking along the beach. During his sunset pontoon-boat tours, he points out the wildlife to up to six passengers taking in panoramic views of the Maryland coast that’s home to birds such as herons and eagles, as well as dolphins. Though he specializes in steering past the ponies at the Assateague National Wildlife Refuge, he can also arrange custom charters, carrying birthday parties and other groups between shoreline bars and restaurants.
With fishing boats, charters, and dolphin- and whale-watching trips departing from dawn until dusk, the captains at Fisherman?s Wharf keep the docks buzzing with activity. This organized schedule of comings and goings can be attributed to the fact that four generations of the same family have been overseeing the fleet and learning the ropes for more than 70 years.