Traditionally thought to be strictly a rural area, Carroll County includes areas that have become more suburban over the past few decades, drawing residents from Baltimore City and surrounding suburban areas. Convenient to Baltimore, Gettysburg and Washington D.C., it’s just a peaceful drive away from the hustle and bustle of the more metropolitan areas. Carroll County is quickly becoming a go-to location with it’s growing restaurant scene, antique and specialty shops, nature parks, interesting history with walking/driving tours, museums and local events. It’s no wonder that the home to The Maryland Wine Festival for more than 30 years, also boasts some of its most award winning vineyards. Delight your palette and feast your eyes as you explore Carroll County’s wine trails! Carroll County inspires the feeling of having taken you back to a time long past. Residents and tourists alike are enamored with the charming small-town atmosphere, historic districts of Sykesville and Westminster all the way to the pastoral edges of the Pennsylvania line in Taney Town. Carroll County residents make up a community that is rich in preserving their heritage with pride in their community from unique shopping and one-of-a-kind, locally owned, independent businesses, to concerts, festivals and more.