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  Summer 2011

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Tourism Web Site Development Firm Chosen

Provide Your Input for the New St. Mary's County Tourism Web Site

War of 1812 Regional Map and Guide Published

St. Mary's County Sites Receive Maryland Heritage Area Grants

Savor St. Mary's Restaurant Week Round-up

Travel Writer Conference Update

New Management for St. George Island Resort

Winery Takes Gold in International and State Competitions

Butterfly Takes off for New York

Agri-Tourism Site: Mazes, Mowers and...Cupcakes?

Micro Chip Goes Big

Linking Up: A Tourism "Must"

Take the Buy Local Challenge This Month

State Tourism Enhanced E-Calendar for Events

IndustryInterestIndustry-Interest Events

Seventh District Tourism Meeting

July 18, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Morris Point Restaurant

38869 Morris Point Road

Abell, MD 20606

Discussion of branding options, collective activities, networking. Dinner buffet $12 per person. May attend without purchase of dinner but must RSVP by July 8 if planning to attend. RSVP to by July 8 or call 301-475-4200 ext. 1404.


Summer Seminar and Seasonal Savories

July 21, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Kent Manor Inn

500 Kent Manor Drive

Stevensville, MD 21666

9:30 Registration

10:00-11:00 Find Your Best Marketing Mix

11:30-12:30 One Page...Many Sales; How to Write a Great Profile

12:45-3:00 Seasonal Savories/Crab Feast

FEE: $75 members/$100 non-members

Sponsor $350, includes online and press recognition, 2-minutes to speak, registration for 2. Deadline: July 11. For details and to register:


Maryland Travel and Tourism Summit

November 2-4

Marriott Inn & Conference Center

University of Maryland College Park

3501 University Boulevard East

Hyattsville, MD 20783

Save the date for the Maryland Tourism Industry's annual conference. Registration info coming your way soon. Click here for silent auction and sponsorship opportunities:


Ongoing Industry Meetings



St. Mary's Chamber of Commerce Tourism Advisory Council

Second Tuesday of the month, 9 a.m.
St. Mary's County Chamber of Commerce Office, California 

Need not be a chamber member to attend.  Tourism and hospitality stakeholders meet to discuss industry topics.  Contact the Chamber Office for more information: 301-737-3001.

Leonardtown Business Association Meeting

Second Friday of the month, 8:30 a.m.
Various Leonardtown locations

Businesses, organizations and other corporate entities located in Leonardtown meet to discuss ways to promote the Town.  For membership and meeting information, contact

St. Mary's County Hotels Meeting

Third Thursday of the month, 1:30 a.m.
Location varies

St. Mary's County hotels meet with SMCT to discuss industry topics, programs and marketing initiatives.  Contact SMCT for meeting info and location at 301-475-4200 ext. 1404.  


Calendar of Special Events    



To view the calendar of special events in St. Mary's County visit       



This is the official Industry Bulletin produced by St. Mary's County Tourism (SMCT), a division of the Department of Economic and Community Development.

News You Can Use 

WebSiteFirmTourism Web Site Development Firm Chosen 


Web design firm CDF Web Solutions of Rockville, Maryland, has been chosen to develop a new tourism Web site and mobile Web site for the St. Mary's County Tourism.   The new Web site will feature a fresh new look and marketing message plus trip planning, enhanced listings, interactive mapping, and other tools expected by today's travel consumer.  Search engine optimization features, direct posting of deals and offers by industry partners, and other special features will help make the county more competitive in the destination marketplace. CDF designed the Montgomery County Conference and Visitors Bureau Web site, recipient of the Maryland Tourism Council's 2010 Best Electronic Marketing Award. SMCT is excited to be working with CDF and their project partner Enten Marketing. Together, the firms bring impressive strategic and marketing capabilities that will help refine the county's tourism message, attract more visitors and increase business for our industry partners.


SMCWebSiteSurveyProvide Your Input for the New St. Mary's County Tourism Web Site 


Please complete a short survey at and tell us what kind of information you are interested in seeing on the new Web site and the tools that you would find useful.  The survey link will only appear the first time that you visit the website.   Thank you for participating!


War of 1812 BrochureWarOf1812MapWar of 1812 Regional Map and Guide Published   


Southern Maryland has gotten an early start on the multi-year War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration with publication of a new map and guide of War of 1812-related sites in Southern Maryland.  The guide is now available at local and state visitor centers, and sites and attractions.  The guide was created through a partnership of the three Southern Maryland tourism offices, the Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium and several local museums and sites with War of 1812 stories. 


MHAASt. Mary's County Sites Receive Maryland Heritage Area Grants   


Two sites in St. Mary's County that are part of the Southern Maryland Heritage Area have been awarded capital grants by the Maryland Heritage Area as announced on July 11.  They are Piney Point Lighthouse, Museum and Historic Park (enhancement project: building repairs): $90,000; and Chesapeake Bay Field Lab (renovation of the Skipjack the Dee of St. Mary's): $57,000.  The Southern Maryland Heritage Area received a management grant for $62,000 and a marketing grant for $25,000.  The latter will be used to further develop the new regional destination Web site and other electronic marketing efforts.  Fifty-one matching grants totaling $2,298,000 were awarded to Maryland non-profits - including museums, tourism sites, historic preservation, natural resources and educational organizations, as well as local jurisdications - by the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority (MHAA).  These grant funds support heritage tourism projects and activities that expand economic development and tourism-related job creation throughout the state.


TravelWriterTravel Writers' Conference Update 


Regional Tourism partners continue planning for the September Mid-Atlantic Travel Public Relations Alliance (MATPRA) travel writers' conference headquartered at Holiday Inn Solomons. A pre-conference tour of sites along the Religious Freedom National Scenic By-way, and several afternoon tours during the conference will highlight sites and attractions in St. Mary's County. Sotterley and Historic St. Mary's City are both hosting dining events. Sixty to seventy travel writers are expected to attend.


SavorStMarysSavor St. Mary's Restaurant Week Round-up 


Restaurants responding to a follow-up survey reported an increase in diners during the restaurant week which took place June 6 through June 19. All respondents reported an overall increase in customers during Restaurant Week and 50% reported an increase in business of between 11% and 30%.  Featuring dishes created from fresh local ingredients was viewed as important to the campaign's success.  Seventy-five percent felt that having the dishes helped drive customers to their doors.  SMCT will be gathering more input from local stakeholders to ensure a fabulous foodie future for Savor St. Mary's.  Bon appetit!


StGeorgeIslandResortNew Management for St. George Island Resort 


Cherry Cove Hospitality, LLC has assumed management of the Island Inn & Suites and the Island Bar and Grill.  The restaurant's new casual menu is reflected in the change of name to the lsland Bar and Crab House, soon to feature a dining deck. The adjacent Island Inn & Suites is a 28 room boutique style hotel with waterfront views from every room.


WineryGoldMedalWinery Takes Gold in International and State ComPOLW Wine Close Uppetitions 


Just starting its second year of production, the Port of Leonardtown Winery was awarded a gold medal at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition for its 2009 Autumn Frost.  It was the only Maryland winery in the competition to take gold.  The winery's just released 2009 Quarterdeck was awarded gold in the recent Maryland Winemaster's Choice competition.

ButterflyButterfly Takes off for New York


Butterfly NTP CastThe original play, "Butterfly", by local playwright Trish Cole has been selected to be performed in New York City at the 2011 Strawberry One-Act Festival competition.  The original Three Notch Theater cast will be traveling to New York to perform it on July 31.  The play was part of the Newtowne Players Footlight Festival in 2009 and represented Newtowne Players at state festival in 2010.


LawnmowerRacesAgri-Tourism Site: Mazes, Mowers and...Cupcakes? 

This August, Bowles Farm in Clements, known for its popular corn maze, will host not only the STA-Bil National Lawn Mower Racing Series U.S. Points Race Double Header, but will combine that with the U.S. Eastern Seaboard Open. Now in its 7th year of racing, Bowles Farms has become one of the premiere lawn mower racing facilities in the nation. Bowles Farms continues their enterprising spirit by adding the Farmer's Daughter Cupcakes business to their mix of offerings. Look for the Farmer's Daughter and her zucchini spice cupcakes at the races and other events around the county--made with home grown zucchini-natch! and  


MicroChipMicro Chip Goes Big 


Micro Chip"A Micro-Chip on My Shoulder: A True Story of a Little Poult," has won the National Indie Excellence Book Award for children's literature.  Author Christina Allen is also an artist and organic farmer.  Tours of Allen's Homestead in Park Hall attract international visitors and tour groups from throughout the United States who want to learn about sustainable lifestyles.  Chip is a Jersey buff turkey and the book illustrates the value of the heritage breed.


LinkingLinking Up: A Tourism "Must" 


Placing the SMCT logo with a link to SMCT's Web site,, helps everyone in the local tourism industry by providing potential visitors access to all there is to see and do. In one week, the SMCT logo/link on Historic St. Mary's City's Web site,, brought 45 unique visitors to the county tourism site for information on where to shop, dine, and stay. All local partners are encouraged to post the logo/link and doing so remains a condition for participating in SMCT's co-operative advertising program. Contact SMCT for more information.


BuyLocalChallengeTake the Buy Local Challenge This Month 


Buy Local Challenge LogoMaryland's Buy Local Challenge Week, July 23-31, invites residents and visitors to pledge to eat at least one item produced by a local farm every day during that time. The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) initiated the challenge in 2007 to highlight how buying local benefits Maryland's economy and environment. SMADC has also established a contest tied to "bringing the Buy Local Challenge to your workplace." 


StateECalendarState Tourism Enhanced E-Calendar for Events


The Maryland Office of Tourism recently launched an enhanced electronic calendar of events on the state's official tourism Web site, The calendar now accepts event postings directly from venues, event organizers and destinations through an on-line entry system at Event representatives can also purchase ads on the site as well as enhance their calendar listings with upgrades, such as images and preferred placement. In addition, the online calendar has the capability to search popular event web sites for additional content.



How to submit items

Provide us with news to share with industry partners in the SMCT Quarterly Industry Bulletin.  SMCT also accepts items for its monthly Tourism e-Newsletter distributed to the general visitor.  Submissions should be no more than 50 words and should contain a point of contact for more info.  Submit to


Contact SMCT Staff

Carolyn Laray, Tourism Manager, 301-475-4200 ext. 1403

 St. Mary's County Seal - Gold

Rebecca Deprey, Tourism Coordinator, 301-475-4200 ext. 1404


This bulletin is produced by St. Mary's County Tourism, a Division of the Department of Economic and Community Development.  For more information about St Mary's County Government, log on to