Baltimore county is a lively and colorful place full of activities for all tastes. Occasionally, it may seem that some venues and events tend to forget about the needs and desires of the more mature crowd, and fail to appeal to the tastes of seniors. But the ever-lively Baltimore never disappoints, and for those seniors looking for leisure, entertainment or excitement during the weekends in the greater Baltimore area, here are a few things to check out.

Linganore Winecellars
13601 Glissans Mill Road
Mt. Airy, MD 21771
(301) 831-5889
www.linganorewines.com

Located on a beautiful country estate, Linganore’s doesn’t simply grow wine in its acres of scenic vineyard, nor does it simply manufacture the wine in its on-site winery. Linganore’s invites guests to come around to tour the grounds and taste the fair. After viewing the beautifully constructed estate, sit on the patio and sample the hand-made wine along with cheese and chocolates, and purchase any that strike your fancy. Check the schedule on their website to see some of the larger festivals and weekend events that the winery hosts on their grounds, which include such things as music concerts, farmers markets and dining events.

Ladew Topiary Gardens
3535 Jarrettsville Park
Monkton, MD 21111
(410) 557-9570
www.ladewgardens.com

Ladew is a regal country estate which has been transformed into several acres of fountains, flower gardens, hedge mazes, bush sculptures, ponds, statuary, terraces and porticoes; in short, all the trappings of a vast Victorian garden. One may tour the grounds or historic manor house, and when the season is right, the butterfly house, as well. Ladew has a lovely cafe’ which overlooks the gardens and serves tea, salads, sandwiches and deserts, all home-made by their dedicated staff. In addition to these daily activities, Ladew hosts weekend events such as outdoor plays and musical concerts, gardening sessions, festivals and guided tours. At Ladew, Seniors receive discounts on all events.

Baltimore Ghost Tours
731 S. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21231
(410) 357-1186
www.fellspointghost.com

Baltimore is a very old city. A very, very old city. Two of the older areas of Baltimore are historic Fells Point and Mt. Vernon. Both port districts in their time, they have a rich history of seafaring tales and all of the haunts and spirits that come with them. Baltimore Ghost Tours gives its guests a history lesson in the most entertaining way possible: by taking them on a walking tour through a historic section of Baltimore, visiting pubs and other historic locations of interest, all while regaling them with tales — both told and acted out — of the spirits that still haunt this wicked town. While these are walking tours, there are plenty of rest stops, including opportunities to sit down and enjoy food or alcohol while the guides tell and act out their various tales.

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Everyman Theatre
315 W. Fayette St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 752-2208
everymantheatre.org

Live theater has been slowly relegated to high school and college plays or to large productions such as Broadway and opera houses. Fortunately, venues like Everyman Theatre still exist to keep the tradition alive. Everyman is an intimate setting, and there are no bad seats in the house. No matter where you sit, you will find a commanding view of the stage where you can take in the moving and professional performances of dramas, mysteries, ghost stories and comedies, including such classics such as “Death of a Salesman,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” original plays by Baltimore prodigies, variety shows and even the occasional Shakespearean work.

Charm City Food Tours
3320 Bel Air Road
Baltimore, MD 21213
(410) 563-6222
www.baltimorefoodtours.com

Baltimore is often referred to as Charm City. Its charm? The tableau of history, culture and art it represents. And nowhere is this history more represented than in the rich variety of culinary delight which positively crowds the city streets. Charm City Food Tours offers to take its guests on the best possible tour of Baltimore: a tour of the restaurants and dining establishments which make this city great. Pick one of the several historic neighborhoods which CCFT showcases, and sample both traditional recipes handed down from generations and cutting edge culinary delights, all while being informed about the history and architecture surrounding you.

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Joel Furches is a freelance writer and researcher for The Examiner and Logos Software, and also manages his own catalog of writing on Hub Pages. Joel is on the board of directors for Ratio Christi. He has a bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Education.

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