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Things to See and Do in Williamsport

Life in a Canal Town...

Long before its founding Williamsport, Maryland was host to countless visitors from American Indian travelers, to fur traders, to settlers passing through. With its location along the Potomac River and the eventual opening of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal, the town’s history was built on welcoming travelers and guests.

Williamsport is nestled between the Potomac River and the Conococheague Creek. It was a natural pathway for our nation’s first inhabitants, the Native Americans who named the settlement Conococheague meaning “river of many fish.” Bay Farms Bed and Breakfast stands proudly on Conococheague St along with several other small town shops. Many people in this historic city are born and raised here and own most of the shops. You will love the rich history and the down home hospitality that only a small town can offer! So whether you are passing through for a night or decide to stay for a while, come explore all that this “canal town” has to offer.

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C&O Canal

What’s the fuss all about?

The C&O Canal bike trail is perhaps the most famous reason to visit the town of Williamsport. Located just two blocks from the C&O, this town is a logical resting point for those who are biking or hiking along the 184.5-mile towpath made up of crushed limestone. Visitors come from far and wide to experience the adventure of a lifetime, traveling the towpath either in sections or braving the entire route! Many travelers camp along the way, but those looking for a hot shower and a decent meal usually pass through our small town for a night to rejuvenate.


The path was originally built for the mules to walk beside the canal boats as they “towed” them along the Potomac River hence the term “towpath.” The Canal was once an active transportation link between the coal fields of the Allegheny Mountains and the urban markets of what is now Washington DC. George Washington knew that linking the Potomac to the forks of the Ohio River (in present-day Pittsburgh) would serve as a connection for vast resources. However, during the 22 years that it took to construct the C&O canal, it became apparent that it would not be able to compete with the B&O railroad in terms of speed and capacity. The National Park Service took over the canal in 1971 and continued efforts of restoring and preserving its history. It is one of the few places in America where you will find a trail free from traffic for over 380 total miles from Pittsburgh to DC, making it a cyclist’s dream come true!

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Calling all History Buffs! Not only is Williamsport rich in history but many of our Nation’s bloodiest battles were fought just miles away, making Bay Farms Bed and Breakfast a central location to stay.

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For those guests that arrive on two wheels instead of four, fear not! We are located in the heart of main street so we have several options for dining that are only steps away, or you can take an Uber to larger chain restaurants that are within 5 miles

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Wineries & Breweries

Williamsport is an excellent location to stay for a weekend of leisure and tastings! Whether you are celebrating a special anniversary or having a girls’ weekend full of antiquing and tastings, this location is in the heart of Maryland wine country! Here are only a few listings within a 20-minute drive; however, the list goes on and on.

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Shopping & Antiques

My husband uses words like “hoarder,” but I much prefer “collector” or “Princess Up-Cycle”! If you love vintage, then we just became best friends! This area is booming with adorable shops and barn sales. When planning your trip, please be aware that many of my favorite shops are only open certain weekends out of the month. Here are a few that I love, but this list goes on and on!

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Ghost Tours

During the month of October, you can participate in a ghost walk each weekend around the town of Williamsport. However, there are many spooky towns within a 30-minute drive where you can pay a visit if you like things that go bump in the night! Some of these towns have been deemed the most haunted in America. After October, Williamsport turns back into a sleepy canal town, but don’t miss our Charlie Brown Christmas during the month of December!

Surrounding Spooky Towns where you will find Ghost Tours:

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Outdoor Activities

Whether you are exploring the C&O Canal or hiking the Appalachian Trail, Bay Farms Bed and Breakfast will be a welcoming place to rest your head after a long day of adventure! Year round we are surrounded by beautiful mountains and rolling rivers. If you are looking for a place to catch a quick adventure and make some great memories, then here are just a few ideas to get you on your way!

Bike or Hike the C&O Canal – This can be done on your own or booked with a tour company who will help with the arrangements all along the way!

  • Bike Washington is a helpful site for those of you planning a trip on your own or mapping out a short weekend trip!
  • Purchase a paper trail guide and I will mail it to you FOR FREE! These books are a wealth of information for those mapping out their own trips from Pittsburgh to DC! Check out this site for more info and reach me on my cell to order this year’s guide book!

Tour Companies that are top notch in no particular order:

Take a Canal Ride on the Aqueduct:

Kayaking, Tubing, White Water Rafting Trips:


Skiing and Snow Tubing:

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