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What to Do, Where to Go Along the Great Allegheny Passage

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Escape Keys

GETTING THERE

Cumberland is about 135 miles from Washington (or 185 miles via the C&O towpath). Take Interstate 270 north to I-70 west to Exit 52 west toward Hagerstown. Continue on I-68/U.S. 40 west and take Exit 43C to downtown. Cyclists can park free at a lot adjacent to Canal Place, the historic district downtown. Check in at the C&O Canal Cumberland Visitors Center at the Western Maryland Railway Station, 13 Canal St., 301-722-0340.

STAYING THERE

Holiday Inn Downtown Cumberland, 100 S. George St., 301-724-8800, http://www.hicumberland.com. Doubles from $128 a night.

The Hostel on Main, 506 Main St., Rockwood, Pa.; 814-926-4546; http://www.hostelonmain.com. Offers bunks at $22 per person per night.

EATING THERE

Ristorante Ottaviani, 25 N. Centre St., Cumberland, 301-722-0052, http://www.ristoranteottaviani.com. Seafood and Italian specialties on two dining levels and a patio. Entrees $13 to $28.

Rock City Cafe, 671 Main St., Rockwood, Pa., 814-926-1009, http://www.rockcitycafepa.com. Offers pub grub Tuesday through Sunday year-round. Wings are the specialty. Pizza, burgers and sandwiches $2.50 to $8.25.

The Rockwood Mill Shoppes and Opera House, 450 W. Main St. Rockwood, Pa., 814-926-4546, http://www.rockwoodmillshoppes.com. Serves fresh baked goods, snacks and light meals.

PLAYING THERE

Western Maryland Scenic Railway, 13 Canal St., Cumberland, 800-TRAIN-50, http://www.wmsr.com. Offers round-trip excursions several times a week. Tickets range from $15 for children to $29 for adults with bikes.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

http://www.gaptrail.org.

-- C.H.O.

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