Saturday, February 21, 2015

CLOSED Saturday, February 21st!

Due to the fact that the snow has started and things are likely to get worse before they get better, we are CLOSED TODAY!  Please come see us tomorrow, Sunday the 22nd... it's supposed to be quite a bit warmer than it's been, and the snow and mix will have stopped by then!

Saturday, February 07, 2015

UPDATE on C&O Canal Fee Proposal!

Well, after a lot of public input, the C&O Canal has revised their proposal for changes in the fee structure for the park. On the one hand I know many folks are relieved and pleased to not have to pay in most situations, I'm concerned about whether or not the revised plan will solve the park's financial problems to the degree necessary.

The press release follows:


Press Release: C&O Canal NHP Revises Fee Proposal

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal) is revising its proposal to increase and expand entrance and other fees park-wide. Last month the park proposed expanding fee collection to include charging a park-wide recreation fee. At this point, we’re midway through robust public meetings. Having heard concerns over the proposal for new fees, the park has decided to rescind its proposal to expand fee collection.

The park is still proposing to moderately increase existing entrance, campground and pavilion rental fees only at park locations where fees are currently collected. 
“We have seen the great passion we all share for this park displayed over the course of three public meetings and have three more scheduled. At this point we’re modifying our proposal and will continue public dialog,” Superintendent Kevin Brandt said. 
After this revision, the proposed entrance fees that would become effective no sooner than May 1, 2015 are as follows:
Park Annual Pass:
-Current: $20, Great Falls, MD only
-Proposed: $30, Great Falls, MD only

Per Vehicle Pass:
-Current: $5/vehicle for 3 days, Great Falls, MD only
-Proposed: $15/vehicle for 7 days, Great Falls, MD only

Per Person Pass:
-Current: $3/person for 3 days, Great Falls, MD only
-Proposed: $7/person for 7 days, Great Falls, MD only

Motorcycle Pass:
-Current: $5/motorcycle for 3 days, Great Falls, MD only
-Proposed: $10/motorcycle for 7 days, Great Falls, MD only

The park is are also proposing to increase fees for campgrounds and picnic pavilions. Comparability studies have been completed to determine rates. The proposals are as follows:
Drive-In Campgrounds:
-Single Site Rate: Current: $10 per night, Proposed $20 per night
-Group Site Rate: Current $20 per night, Proposed $40 per night

Hiker-Biker Camping Sites:
-Current: No Charge, no changed proposed
Picnic Pavilion: Carderock Pavilion
-Monday-Thursday: Current $150 per day, Proposed $250 per day
-Friday-Sunday & Holidays: Current $250 per day, Proposed $350 per day

To provide comments on the revised fee increase proposal, go to: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/cocanalfees. The public comment period will remain open until February 22, 2015. 
The park will continue to hold public meetings as follows:
February 9, 2015, at Hancock Town Hall, 126 West High Street, Hancock, MD from 6:30-8:00 PM
February 11, 2015, at Storer Ballroom at the Shepherd University Student Center, 210 North King Street, Shepherdstown, WV, from 6:30-8:00 PM
February 17, 2015, at Brunswick City Park Building, 655 East Potomac Street, Brunswick, MD, from 6:30-8:00 PM

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

IMPORTANT!!! C&O Canal Public Meeting Location Changed!!!!!

The Park Service has changed the location of the public meeting about the proposed fees for the C&O Canal.  The meeting will be held at the Washington Waldorf School in Bethesda, MD, at 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 5th.  If you have thoughts and concerns about this proposal, please try to make it to the meeting.


C&O Canal Facebook Notice

Friday, January 30, 2015

National Park Service proposing increased and expanded fees for C&O Canal

As many of you know, the National Park Service is proposing increasing and expanding fees for users of the C&O Canal. Public comment is being taken online as well as at public meetings. The nearest meeting to us is at Glen Echo next Thursday, February 5th at 7pm. If you have thoughts or opinions on this matter, please contribute! More info at the links...

C&O Canal Proposal

C&O Canal Fees meetings and input


Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Amazing Hase Pino!

Where can you go on a Hase Pino tandem? Well, as the father/son team who ride this one have shown, pretty much anywhere! They've decorated their bike with stickers from many of the places they've traveled, some of which you can see here.  If you're not familiar with the Pino, it's a remarkable bike that, unlike most tandems, allows both riders a great view of where they're going. In addition, the stoker is in front of the captain, allowing the person controlling the bike to see their stoker and communicate with them better. Adjustable to a wide range of sizes, it's a great choice for  many riding pairs.

This particular bike features a few special modifications to better serve the young man who sits in the front (stoker) seat.  Shock cords help hold his feet on the pedals, a cycle computer allows him to track speed and distance, an array of bells and horns (one parrot shaped, the other a killer whale), with a yoga mat added to the seat for just an extra bit of comfort.  Finally, they've added the extra sturdy kickstand that provides stability while the stoker mounts and dismounts.

All in all, the Pino is a remarkable bike.  If you're considering a tandem, you owe it to yourself to come and try it out!
Trier and the Bodensee 
Austria, Germany, Luxembourg

Remich and Munich

Maginot Line

Friday, December 19, 2014

HOLIDAY HOURS!

Christmas and the New Year are coming fast, so please make note of our holiday hours:

Wednesday, Christmas Eve: 10am - 4pm
Thursday, Christmas Day: CLOSED
Friday, Boxing Day: CLOSED
Saturday: 10am - 6pm
Sunday: Noon - 5pm

Wednesday, New Years Eve: 10am - 4pm
Thursday, New Years Day: CLOSED
Friday, Jan 2nd: 10am - 7pm
Saturday, Jan 3rd: 10am - 6pm
Sunday, Jan 4th: Noon - 5pm

Then it's back to our regular winter hours!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Join us for holiday cheer!

On Wednesday, December 17th, we'll be having hot cider, coffee, tea, cookies and holiday music from 5pm to 7pm. Come join us to celebrate the holidays.  While you're here, check out some special deals we'll be offering.  We won't be posting the details in advance, so you'll just have to come in and see for yourself... and grab a hot beverage and cookie while you're at it!

Bromptons for the Holidays!

Is there someone on your holiday shopping list who has been particularly good?  Have YOU been particularly good?  Well, what better reward than a Brompton bicycle or Brompton accessories for the holidays!  We've got a good selection of the bikes in stock, including three Super Light models (a M6L-X, P6L-X and S6L-X), in a number of colors and styles.  We've also got all of the Brompton bags in stock, including the fabulous new Game Bag, as well as the Nitto rear rack and the Brompton Toolkit. Or maybe someone on your list would like a DVD or book about the history of Brompton.  Or a spiffy new Carradice bag, perhaps in tweed?  So many great choices... hurry in before the big day!