By Kim Williams
There is no denying that Westminster is a small town. However, the location of McDaniel College in no way means that student life is boring. There is there always something happening on campus — from a movie night with friends to a comedian in the pub or any number of other activities.
This little town has a surprising number of venues for good music, cool art, eye-opening coffee and back deck or patio dining and drinks. Some personal (and free press staff) favorites within walking distance include:
Eye-opening coffee: The Pour House, Starry Night Bakery, Starbucks,
Cool art and cultural events: The Carroll Arts Center
Patio dining and drinks: Rafael’s, O’Lordans Irish Pub, Maggie’s
New place: A Little Bit of Tuscany
Old Place: Johanssons
Odd place: Ernie’s
A place not so near but close enough: Full Moon
And anyone craving a visit to a city is in luck. As the college website points out in the Westminster and Region section, Baltimore is a mere 30 miles east of the campus while Washington D.C. is also easily accessible at 56 miles south of McDaniel.
Visits to the nearby cities are not just a possibility, but journeys many students take often.
“I went with a friend and had a blast,” said Sophomore Cindy Sordo, a fan of Washington D.C. “I really enjoyed the city and found it very beautiful and interesting. There is so much diversity and various things to do. I don’t think I could ever get bored there.”
Senior Christy Thomas also sings the praises of our nation’s capital, saying, “I visit D.C. often to go to various museums, do photoshoots, conduct research, and attend the occasional opera.”
Baltimore also attracts McDaniel students on the weekends. “I went to Baltimore to see an Orioles game against the Red Sox on their Friday student night. Cheap tickets, good game,” said Sophomore Skyler Fultz.
Baltimore also hosts a variety of other sights that offer fun things to do:
The Inner Harbor (try a Duck Tour)
Howl at the Moon
The Power Plant
And The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum