My husband and I just recently celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary. We normally don’t do much for our anniversary except to get a babysitter and go out somewhere for dinner. I wanted to do something a little bit more special this time. Thanks to my good friend Celeste, who knows all of the goings-on in the area, she gave me the idea of going to Everedy Square and Shab Row in downtown Frederick for their annual Holiday Open House.
Here is a little history of Everedy Square from their website –
“The Everedy Square & Shab Row district offers relaxing shopping experience in historic buildings spread over three blocks on East Street in downtown Historic Frederick, Maryland.
The dwellings which comprise shops on Shab Row formerly housed tinkers, wheelwrights and other artisans who serviced the first stagecoaches traveling west on The National Pike (now known as US Route 40).
The buildings of Everedy Square were once the home of the Everedy Company, where the Everedy Bottle Capper was invented and manufactured. The product met with national success following the enactment of Prohibition. Prospering for 50 years, The Everedy Company ultimately produced a line of kitchenware that is still used in many households today.
The declining area was purchased and restored by Frederick businessman, Bert Anderson, in the 1970s and 1980s to produce the vital shopping and business district that it is today.”
I found a little blurb on this particular event in my Frederick Magazine – “The festively decorated shops and eateries of Downtown Frederick are ablaze with 40,000 twinkling white lights and alive with the sounds of the season. Hospitality, costumed characters, music,and free horse-drawn carriage rides will be available.”
This seemed like just the ticket for our anniversary outing. We got there around 6:00 pm and there was a line of about 30 to 40 people waiting to ride the horse-drawn carriages. There were two carriages with wagons that could fit about 10 to 12 people per ride. My husband and I waited about 45 minutes to get on the ride.
It was chilly out, but it was worth the wait. While waiting, it was nice to see the sights, lights, and do some people watching as darkness fell.
Here is a little video of the two horse-drawn carriages as they approached the get-in point:
The ride wasn’t very long – probably about 15 minutes, but long enough to really enjoy the brisk evening and to get into the holiday spirit. The sounds of the horses hooves hitting the street made me imagine what it must have been like long ago when people relied on this type of transportation. It was very relaxing and quite a treat. People on the streets and within the Bistro and Wine Bar waved to us as we passed by.
After our horse-drawn carriage ride, we decided to try a new restaurant located in Everedy Square called Ayse Meze Lounge – The best of Greek, Turkish and Lebanese Cuisine in small dishes. It reminded me of a tapas style restaurant such as Isabella’s, but with Greek/Turkish/Lebanese dishes. It was very good and I highly recommend it.
If you haven’t been to downtown Frederick lately or if you’ve never been to downtown Frederick, make it a point to add it to your itinerary. Everedy Square and Shab Row are just a small sampling of what downtown Frederick has to offer.