If you're coming to Smithsburg, Maryland to visit our winery, we invite you to make a day out of your trip. Washington County offers a variety of cultural, historical and educational events and attractions. Below are a few helpful links for planning your memorable visit.
» "Dead Heifer" Halloween Costume 5k Run at Red Heifer
Saturday, October 28 - 3:00 - 7:00pm
Entries: $35 | Register Here »
The "Dead Heifer" Halloween Costume 5k Run at Red Heifer is a fun, un-timed foot race through the property of Red Heifer Winery. Runners should expect mixed terrain, including field and trail, but should anticipate mountain, forest and vineyard views throughout the course. Runners are encouraged to dress in a Halloween costume. There will be prizes for the best male and female costumes.
Included with your race entry is a beautiful 12oz double wall stainless steel and copper vacuum sealed tumbler featuring the Red Heifer Winery logo. This is a high-quality item good for cold and hot beverages. Additionally, all runners 21 and over will receive a complimentary glass of wine! There is no charge for race spectators. The after party includes food vendors and live music performed by Paul Ivey.
Proceeds from this event will benefit our friends at Operation Second Chance who serve our wounded, injured, and ill combat veterans. Learn more about Operation Second Chance here. Packet pick up will be available at the winery on Friday October 27 from 1-7pm and Saturday October 28th from 11-3pm. All runners must be registered by 3:00pm on Saturday. The race will begin at 4:00pm.
» Please note: General wine tastings are not offered during special events. Event entrance fees are required to visit the winery at these times.
Summer Music Series
Join us throughout the summer for live music at Red Heifer every weekend.
Admission is free, but we request that patrons at our Summer Music Series be age 21 and over.
Cunningham Falls – 7.5 miles from Red Heifer
Outdoor activity is everywhere at Cunningham Falls State Park, located in the picturesque Catoctin Mountains. Leisure opportunities like swimming, hiking, fishing and canoeing are available. For those who wish to get away for either a night or longer there are campsites and camper cabins available for rental from April through October.
Pen Mar Park – 4.7 miles from Red Heifer
At an altitude of 1400 feet, Pen Mar Park is one of the finest scenic areas in Maryland. Continuing up High Rock Road you will come to another scenic overlook known as High Rock. Located just off the Appalachian Trail in Northern Maryland on South Mountain this location is a popular hang-gliding site. It has spectacular views on a clear day.
Appalachian Trail, Raven Rock and Devil's Racecourse – 1 mile from Red Heifer
If you're feeling adventurous park along Rt. 491 at the blue blazes and take a .5 mile hike up the Raven Rock formation to view the town of Smithsburg. At an evelation of 1400 feet you will have a bird's eye view of the local orchards and town. For the active, plan a hike from Raven Rock Hollow to High Rock.
Premium Outlets – 14.4 miles from Red Heifer
With over 100 outlet stores, you will find impressive savings at Adidas, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Coach, Gap Outlet, Guess, J.Crew, Kate Spade New York, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armour and more.
Mountain Springs Orchards – 3 miles from Red Heifer
Mountain Springs Orchards sells locally grown, high quality fruits and vegetables. Enjoy fruit as a wholesome snack or dessert choice. They are open Monday through Saturday and are conveniently located on Rt. 491 just off Rt. 64 on the way to our winery.
Antietam Battlefield – 22 miles from Red Heifer
The Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia's first invasion into the North and led to Abraham Lincoln's issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation. 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862.
Gettysburg Battlefield – 21 miles from Red Heifer
The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War, the Union victory that ended General Robert E. Lee's second and most ambitious invasion of the North. Often referred to as the "High Water Mark of the Rebellion," Gettysburg was the war's bloodiest battle with 51,000 casualties. It was also the inspiration for President Abraham Lincoln's immortal "Gettysburg Address."
Catoctin Zoo – 12.3 miles from Red Heifer
Over 25 wooded acres serves home to a variety of animals including endearing Sun Bears, energetic Lemurs from Madagascar, Kangaroos, African Lions, Asian Tigers, South American Jaguar, and Arctic Wolves. In addition to being a local attraction, The Catoctin Zoo focuses on long-term efforts to sustain and expand the population of animals in protected environments and has resulted in successfully breeding multiple generations of rare and endangered animals.
Ski Liberty – 12 miles from Red Heifer
Liberty Mountain Resorts offers year-round activities including golfing in summer and skiing and snowboarding through the winter. The location offers conference and wedding packages.
Other Wineries on the Antietam Highlands Wine Trail
Distillery Lane Ciderworks – 26 miles from Red Heifer
Distillery Lane Ciderworks is the first licensed cidery in Maryland. Although the farm does not make traditional wine (hard cider has approximately the same alcohol content as wine, but is made from apples instead of grapes), it operates under a winery license. The orchard is spread across nine acres (over 3,000 trees)! The rest of the 95 acres of the farm are mostly pastures and woods. The business has been featured in articles in media outlets such as The Washington Post. Most recently, Distillery Lane Ciderworks was featured in the hit television show, “Drinking Made Easy,” where the host, Zane Lamprey, and his stuffed monkey, Pleepleus, visited the farm and tasted some of the cider!
Knob Hall Winery – 24 miles from Red Heifer
Family-owned for over 200 years, Knob Hall Winery farms and cultivates approximately 30 acres of vines that have been planted along the gentle slopes in the foothills of the Alleghany Mountains in Western Maryland. A short 30-minute drive from Smithsburg, Maryland, Knob Hall maintains a tradition of sustainable agriculture and offers a variety of high quality sweet and dry wines made from grapes harvested from their vineyards.
Orchid Cellar Winery – 20 miles from Red Heifer
Orchid Cellar Winery is a family-owned, boutique winery located in the foothills of the Catoctin Mountains, near Frederick and Hagerstown, in Middletown, MD. Orchid Cellar Winery specializes in meads – or honey based wines – and offers ten different varieties. Meads are made with local honey and the finest, all natural ingredients, with no artificial flavorings or preservatives added. They also offer two vintages of Merlot (2010, 2011) made from Maryland grapes. At the winery, enjoy a picnic and a glass of wine on the furnished patio with a scenic view, or a stroll through the vineyard. Tastings are offered every Saturday and Sunday from 12-5pm.
Big Cork Vineyards – 22 miles from Red Heifer
Nestled on 100 rolling acres in Maryland’s Pleasant Valley, Big Cork Vineyards embodies the bold and expressive landscape of our heritage. Crafted by award-winning vintner Dave Collins, our wines will delight enthusiasts with exceptional flavors and finesse. Pour a glass, indulge your palate, stimulate your senses and toast the Big Cork experience.
Places To Stay
Martin House B&B – 13 miles from Red Heifer – 1085 Jacks Mountain Road, Fairfield, PA 17320
The Martin House is an easy 15-minute drive to the Gettysburg Battlefield, Gettysburg shopping outlets and antique centers, and an even shorter drive to the Appalachian Trail, Liberty Mountain Ski Resort, Red Heifer Winery, and two local top notch golf courses.
Inn at Red Hill – 23 miles from Red Heifer – 4936 Red Hill Road, Keedysville, Maryland 21756
The Inn at Red Hill is nestled in the woodlands of Elk Ridge, the northern extension of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Overlooking Antietam National Battlefield, Red Hill is the perfect getaway for the weekend traveler, business person, history buff or recreation enthusiast.
Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Located in the crossroads of the Civil War, Washington County is known for its rich history, but also has a rich cultural scene. Washington County has a long list of educational and recreational activities too. So much so, that you will begin planning your next visit before the first one is over. In addition to great wineries and vineyards, Washington County is home to great golf, upscale and outlet shopping, restaurants, museums, theater and superb hotel and meeting facilities.
Visit the Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau website to find places of interest, restaurants and a calendar of events going on in Washington County.
Maryland Winery Association
The Maryland Winery Association website offers an events calendar and news and information about Maryland's growing wine industry.