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What to Do, Where to Go in Berlin, Md.

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GETTING THERE

Berlin is about 130 miles from the Capital Beltway. Go east on Route 50 to Route 113 south. Turn right on Bay Street and drive about a half-mile.

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WHERE TO STAY

The Atlantic Hotel (2 N. Main St., 410-641-3589, http://www.atlantichotel.com), with 17 rooms, an apartment and a small cottage, is the only hotel in town. Rates in July and August are $140-$270 weekdays and $155-$320 weekends. Bed-and-breakfasts include Merry Sherwood Plantation (8909 Worcester Hwy., 800-660-0358, http://www.merrysherwood.com) with rates from $125 to $200 a night in season, and Holland House Bed and Breakfast (5 Bay St., 410-641-1956, http://www.hollandhousebandb.com) priced in season at $120 weekdays and $135 weekends.

WHERE TO EAT

The Drummer's Cafe at the Atlantic Hotel (see above) offers light fare and fine dining. The Globe (12 Broad St., 410-641-0784, http://www.globetheater.com) offers lunch, dinner and live entertainment, plus Sunday brunch.

WHAT TO DO

Once you finish drinking an iced tea on the Atlantic Hotel's porch, go shopping. Antiques stores include Town Center Antiques (1 N. Main St., 410-629-1895) and Stuart's Antiques (5 Pitts St., 410-641-0435). Buy local art at A Step Above Gallery (27 N. Main St., 410-629-0988). Several artists have their own shops, including glass blower Jeffrey Auxer (19 Jefferson St., 443-497-0812, http://www.jeffreyauxer.com) and painter Liz Lind (22 Williams St., 443-513-4536). The Water's Edge Gallery (2 S. Main St., 410-629-1784) exhibits local artists.

The Calvin B. Taylor Museum (208 N. Main St., 410-641-1019, http://www.taylorhousemuseum.org), in a restored 19th-century house, documents the region's history. It offers free Concerts on the Lawn on July 12, Aug. 9 and Sept. 13. The Art Stroll, with music and artist receptions, is held downtown every second Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

The Berlin Chamber of Commerce (http://www.berlinchamber.org) or the Berlin Arts and Entertainment District (http://www.berlinmdarts.org).

-- C.S.


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