News Release, Town of Leonardtown

Leonardtown, MD– For those who are interested in living a healthy lifestyle, Historic Leonardtown, Maryland is an idyllic location to live and visit. Offering a wealth of options from both indoor and outdoor activities, Leonardtown is sure to fit everyone’s idea for a “fit lifestyle”.

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If you’re an outdoor enthusiast why not spend the day on the water.PAC Paddlesports(www.pacpaddle.com)provides rentals for kayaks and paddleboards at Leonardtown Wharf and Port of Leonardtown Winery Park. One favorite paddle outing they highly recommend is a scenic water trail that departs from the Port of Leonardtown Winery Park, launching from McIntosh Run – a little known secret hidden in this vibrant, green park that provides cooling shade to visitors even on the warmest of days. This serene water trail is nearly three miles long and leads to picturesque Leonardtown Wharf Park. The trip to the Wharf and back can take between 2.5 to 3 hrs to complete depending on the speed of paddling and any breaks taken to stop and smell the flowers. On this outing, sighting a few bald eagles is easy to do in the Spring months and if you go in the morning or evening, seeing muskrat, beaver or otter is not uncommon.

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Looking for more of a challenge, why not try Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP). Rent a paddleboard from PAC Paddlesports at Leonardtown Wharf and enjoy the day paddling on beautiful Breton Bay. Paddleboarding has been proven to burn more calories than most sports. In addition to being comparable to a full body workout, paddleboarding also helps improve strength, balance and endurance. You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy this new and upcoming sport. SUP is designed to be family friendly and is great for beginners. Personal Training Studio,root, SUP & Fitness (www.rootsupfitness.com), offers classes focused on technique and supplies board rentals for community paddles.

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During the Spring and Summer beautiful weather brings a lot of activity to the Wharf. In addition to exciting water sports, you can join in on one of the ongoing group fitness classes. These classes are a great way to engage with others while getting fit. Evolve Yoga’s popularSunrise Yoga Series(www.evolveyogawellness.com)returns to the Wharf on Saturday, June 8, and is also held on the second Saturday in July and August from 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m., and the outdoor sessions of the newZumba Fitness Around Townseries kicks off with a Spring launch party on Saturday, April 6 from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., and continues on Saturdays at the same time at alternating locations from the Wharf to Port of Leonardtown Winery Park. Visit Zumba Fitness Around Town on Facebook for information.

If a leisurely stroll or jog is more your pace, enjoy the gorgeous view from the Wharf then wander up the hill to Leonardtown Square, the heart of Historic Leonardtown, where you can enjoy a delicious healthy meal at one of the quality local restaurants. Wander around and visitthe numerous, local shops while you’re in town. Leonardtown’s Mayor, Daniel Burris, describes Leonardtown as a “Walking town with a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere that’s focused on connectivity.” Mayor Burris goes on to note that “Everything is accessible within a few blocks, and as you walk around town, you’ll find no one feels like a stranger. Everyone speaks to everyone.” Town Administrator, Laschelle McKay, shared information about plans to expand on this connectivity in the future. “Many sidewalk and road connections are planned or underway to ensure a safe environment for anyone that wants to walk, jog or run their way around Town,” McKay notes.

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In addition to offering fine dining, the at-home cook can find shopping and resources for planning healthful meals at home. The health conscious cook shouldn’t miss checking outQuality Street Catering(www.qualitystreetcatering.com)andThe Good Earth Natural Food Companieswww.goodearthnaturals.com). Shop fresh produce from local Certified Organic shops at The Good Earth and try new healthy recipes and cooking techniques at Quality Street Catering.

If you’re ready to get in out of the sun, there are many indoor fitness options in Town.SPICE Fitness Studio(www.somdspice.com),Results Health & Fitness Gym(www.somdresultsfitness.com), andFit U Training(www.fitutraining360.com) provide a variety of fitness classes in friendly, welcoming atmospheres where everyone is welcome no matter their fitness level.

If you’re interested in trying any of the healthy living activities or sampling offerings from some of the local businesses, a great time to plan a visit would be during theAnnual Leonardtown Earth Day Celebrationon Sunday, April 14 from 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. when many of these activities will be available to the public free of charge. Try out a variety of racquet and paddle sports from tennis and pop tennis to badminton to pickleball then head down to the Wharf to join in on Tai Chi and Zumba demos, and be sure to try your hand at kayaking or paddleboarding (for more information about Leonardtown’s Earth Day Celebration, visitwww.leonardtown.somd.comor call 301-475-9791).

Whether you are a visitor or a resident of this small, vibrant town, living a healthy and happy lifestyle is easy and fully attainable here in Historic Leonardtown.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...