It’s the little surprises along the way that often make road trips truly memorable.
Such was the case with a recent trip to Elakala Falls. As we drove through field and mountain, Deep Creek Lake fading in the distance behind us, we happened upon a small town called Thomas. The rural countryside suddenly opened up to reveal a charming small town: brick storefronts on our left faced a river-fronted forest to the right.
We stopped in on the way home from the falls, with only a limited time before the shops began to close. First on the list was Thomasyard, a unique florist & gift shop with a great variety of pottery and knick-knacks. From there, we passed a few antique stores and art galleries that had already closed for the day, but included enough enticing objects in their window display to ensure an affirmative decision to return.
Next was TipTop, a beautiful coffeehouse and bar. They had interesting art and edibles for sale, as well as a great selection of beverages and desserts. Certainly a watering hole worth another visit! Unfortunately, we had to run, so it was back into the car for us. As we drove away, it was clear we only had scratched the surface - many more storefronts beckoned!
There is much to see in this small town. Just under an hour from Deep Creek Lake, and only ten minutes from Blackwater Falls, it’s an unquestionably good choice to add Thomas to your adventure itinerary.