In between our days in Baltimore, we were in Gaithersburg, Maryland for lacrosse games! We lucked out with our early game times today leaving the whole afternoon and evening free to explore. We headed off on a little “field trip” to Potomac, Maryland and then across the border into Virginia for Great Falls Park.
The Old Angler’s Inn
Our afternoon started with a divine lunch at The Old Angler’s Inn. Two of Glass Slipper friends live in this area and both highly recommended it! The Old Angler’s Inn was opened in 1860 to serve those journeying to and from the Nation’s Capital, and also to serve the gentleman and ladies of the capital and the great estates which graced the Maryland countryside.
Dining is all al fresco, with tables winding on various terraces between gardens, stone walls and fountains. Yet another absolutely charming spot in Maryland!
Our lunch was outstanding from start to finish! We particularly enjoyed the local New Point oysters. John and I each chose the pan seared rock fish (state fish of Maryland!) and savored every bite. Honey can’t resist a French dip and Whit did the short rib (he only likes his fish raw).
We took a peek back at the lovely little beer garden as well. I can see why the locals love Old Anglers! I think it would be so romantic at night.
Great Falls Park
At Great Falls, the Potomac River builds up speed and force as it falls over a series of steep, jagged rocks and flows thorough a narrow gorge. There are easy hikes to three different overlooks on the Virginia side and we did all three to enjoy a variety of vantage points. You can also take a peek at the Potomac from right across from Old Angers. We saw many guests coming right off the trails!
A trading place. A place to fish. A canal and town. An amusement park. A place to discover nature. During the past ten thousand years, the Great Falls of the Potomac has been the location of all these, and more. Notably, The Patowmack Company was organized in 1784 to construct a series of canals to make the river navigable. George Washington presided over the effort, that would stimulate trade between the East and Ohio Valley and bind the country together in a framework of trade and mutual interest.