Open Air Museum

Open Air Museum

Open Air Museum in Downtown Brunswick

Downtown Brunswick has an incredible railroad and canal history. To celebrate our history and spruce up some of the windows in our downtown, the Brunswick Main Street Design Committee worked with the Brunswick Heritage Museum, City of Brunswick History Commission and local artist Joanne Rodgers to place historic Brunswick photos and artwork in empty storefront windows. In total, there are 15 historic images and 2 pieces of local artwork.

Local artist Joanne Rodgers also made some wonderful illustrations on what COULD go into some of these storefronts. For more information about the available commericial properties within our downtown, click HERE.

History Quiz:

Do you have what it takes to answer our history quiz? After strolling through our downtown and seeing all of the wonderful historic photos, can you answer the following questions?

Each correct submission will be entered into a drawing for a FREE yoga class from Roots & River Yoga.

What do you know about Brunswick History?

Downtown Brunswick’s Most Picture Perfect Spots

Downtown Brunswick’s Most Picture Perfect Spots

Downtown Brunswick is packed with camera-worthy gems that will make THE perfect backdrop for your next family photo or that stunning, summer selfie your Facebook/ Instagram page is missing. Here at Brunswick Main Street, we have compiled a list of the most picturesque parts of Downtown Brunswick just waiting for your shutter to snap! When you visit these spots make sure you tag @brunswickmainstreetmd for your chance to see them appear on Brunswick Main Street’s Instagram of Facebook feed.

1. The Towpath along the C&O Canal and Potomac River

First up (unsurprisingly) is of course, the Towpath! The C&O Canal is one of the most gorgeous spots in Maryland, so you definitely shouldn’t miss the opportunity to take a few pictures. Here are a few of our favorite shots below! Bonus points if you actually can take them FROM the river.

2. The Trains

Brunswick is deeply proud of its train history, and there is no better way to represent that than on a caboose itself! This historically restored caboose has beautifully bright colors that would make the best backdrop for a picture with the kids! To actually go inside the caboose, call the City of Brunswick 1.301.834.7500 to arrange a tour. Train lovers can also (safely) get a great shot of the track from the viewing platform next to the caboose, or underneath the bridge on South Virginia Ave. The bridge can also be a great spot for pictures!

3. Downtown Texture

If you’re looking for some incredible textural backdrops there are some fabulous ones downtown! The wall of King’s pizza (like a professional alleyway shot with much better lighting) or the tank on A Street.

4. Brunswick Icons

And finally, there are some must-see spots downtown that are oozing with charm and character. These spots include (but are definitely not limited to) Beans in the Belfry, the River Mural on South Maple and the Brunswick Mural in Square Corner Park!

Brunswick Bike Life

Brunswick Bike Life

Guest Post by Alyssa Theodore

Whether you like an adrenaline-pumping trail ride, a level out-and-back that everyone in the family can master, or something in-between, Brunswick has the bike experience for you. Here’s everything you need to know to get pedaling.

The Trails:

C&O Canal Towpath

The biking equivalent of a Sunday drive…

Brunswick’s section of the historic C&O Canal Towpath (Mile Marker 55) is a stretch of flat, recently-resurfaced trail shaded by nearly unbroken tree canopy that is perfect for everything from hardtail mountain bikes to training wheels.. Head west and in 5 miles you’ll enjoy views of the Potomac River and the chance to cross the railroad bridge footpath into Harper’s Ferry. Head east, and make the Brunswick Family Campground your destination for a picnic and some wading before your return trip. Or, continue on to Point of Rocks (MM 48.2) to explore where the canal and the B & O Railroad squeak alongside each other in an area narrower than the width of a baseball diamond. NOTE: a washed out culvert at MM 52.5 detours riders down a pathway to a temporary low-water crossing (i.e. little wooden bridge).

Brunswick Crossing-Valley Trail

Work up just enough sweat to earn a beer at Smoketown Brewing Stationor an ice cream cone at Towpath Creamery

Pick up the bottom of this paved trail on Brunswick St. across from West End Park. From there it’s a gradual climb up to the Brunswick Crossing housing development, crossing and recrossing the ? Creek over picturesque wooden bridges. Continue your circuit through the neighborhood and back and you can clock up to 26 miles! 

River’s Edge Trail

Because you didn’t mount that GoPro on your helmet for nothing…

You’ll find the trailhead for this bone-rattling opportunity near the intersection of Cummins Dr. and 13th Ave., just past the driveway entrance for the Brunswick Middle School. The first section of the trail overlaps with the high school’s cross-country running course, then takes off into hilly terrain with, in the words of one rider, “some beautifully designed switchbacks.”

Click here for a map of Historic Downtown Brunswick: City of Brunswick Downtown MAP

Other Resources to Know:

Brunswick Family Campground

Brunswick Family Campground

100 S. Maple Ave. (MM 54)<br /> | 301-834-9952<br />

If you haven’t invested in your own bike yet, yours is in the shop, or you need extra wheels for visitors, you can rent bikes from River & Trail Outfitters.

Beans in the Belfry

Beans in the Belfry

122 W. Potomac St.<br /> | 301-834-7178

Take advantage of Beans soon-to-be-installed bike parking and their bike washing station to rinse off the dust and relax with a drink or snack after a ride.

Three Points Cycles

Three Points Cycles

5 W. Potomac St.<br /> | 301-834-7199

Repairs, gear, helmet, and bikes to drool over. Quick dry clothing and Brunswick paraphenalia. Refuel on gels and liquids found here!

Towpath Creamery

Towpath Creamery

12 S. Maple Ave.<br /> | 301-969-6480

In addition to a post-ride ice cream, you’ll find a variety of pack-able snacks, first-aid paraphernalia, and other trail essentials.

Springtime in Brunswick!

Springtime in Brunswick!

Spring has finally arrived, and despite the chill that still seems to be lingering in the air, we couldn’t be more excited!! Those who have been anxious to get out of the house can finally step outside into downtown Brunswick to enjoy the sun and all that the community has to offer. For those of you who have been itching to try something new, look no further! We’ve done the research for you and found quite a few things for you to do on your day off.

 

Looking for an afternoon snack?

Head over to Beans in the Belfry! One of the town’s favorite food spots will be offering an afternoon tea! Now you may be asking…where do I sign up? A tea for two (or three or four or however many more!) can be reserved by calling Beans in the Belfry at least a day before you plan to attend. Guests will be served on vintage china and have an assortment of teas, sandwiches, and pastries to pick from. How fancy!

 

 

Looking to do some spring cleaning?

Sign up as a volunteer for Brunswick Main Streets Spring Clean! The big clean will be held on Brunswick’s Small City Saturday (April 13th). Registration begins at 9AM in Square Corner Park and cleanup will be held between 10AM – 12PM. The early morning wake-up will be worth it!! Not only will you get to give back to Brunswick, but you will also be provided with a free continental breakfast! Volunteers will also be provided with needed equipment, but feel free to bring your own! Those wanting to sign up early can do so by visiting the link below. Hope to see you there!

www.brunswickmainstreet.org/?s=spring+clean

 

 

Want to spice up your home with some new furniture for the spring and summer season?

Head over to Antiques N Ole Stuff to take advantage of their 40% off storewide sale! Yes, 40% off STOREWIDE!! Antiques N Ole Stuff is making room for new merchandise and is offering this super discount for the first weekend of every month. Be sure to stop by and load up on goodies for your home!

 

 

Just need a breath of fresh air?

Take a hike or get out your bike! Go for a ride, run, or walk on one of the many trails in Brunswick! There is no better way to make the most out of a sunny day than taking a stroll with friends, family, or your four-legged friend. The C & O Canal is one of the many trails nearby that offers a beautiful path to hikers for… drum roll please…. FREE!!

 

Downtown Brunswick Valentine Gift Guide

Downtown Brunswick Valentine Gift Guide

Love is definitely in the air in Downtown Brunswick! If you’re looking for some fun trinkets to spoil your loved ones this year – look no further! Da da da daaaa (*fanfare of course!)… We have compiled a gift guide for some of Brunswick Main Street’s most thoughtful Valentines treats! So if you are in the mood for something local – or you simply need something close (*ahem* – for all of us who may have forgot to get something sooner) here is our Valentine’s Day Guide of 2019:

 

 

 

If your loved one is one to be spoiled with goodies and presents:

Towpath Creamery – From pink soap to heart shaped jewelry, there is something here for everyone! You can also find chocolates and cookies here too! Local and handmade crafts are just the perfect gift for a family member, friend or someone special.

Corner Store – Discount Alert! That’s right! 10% off wines and craft beers. Such a good idea for those who want an evening in.

 

 

For all of our Foodies in Brunswick:

Smoketown Brewing Station – Start the evening out at Smoketown’s Valentine’s Day Happy Hour (from 5PM – 7PM) with $4 pints, $5 specialty beers! Be sure to taste their new annual Oyster Stout – launching that day!

Beans in the Belfry – If you are really looking for a decadent evening – look no further. Beans in the Belfry is going full glamour this Valentine’s Day! Bellini, fresh fruit, eclairs, quiche, chocolate tortes …. WINE! Oh, and did we mention jazz music in the background to set the mood? A dreaaam date place.

 

 

 

For our Active Couples…. or Singles:

Roots and River Yoga – Come do some Yin Yoga with Machelle Lee and lift a glass to self-love! Choose from several wines and then take your glass, cheeses, and truffles to the mat for an indulgent but therapeutic Yin Yoga practice themed around deep love for the simple presentations of life.

Now THAT’s what we call a good Valentine’s Day!

Sending love from all of us here at Brunswick Main Street <3