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March
14

Hanover MD AttractionsHanover MD is a truly unique location in Maryland because it is a "diamond in the rough," remaining a largely unknown and undeveloped part of the state until late 2000. 

Despite being located at the intersection of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and the Baltimore Outer Beltway (Maryland State Highway 100), both of which are well-traveled, Hanover did not see much exploration or expansion until November 2000 when the Arundel Mills Mall was opened.  The mall is Maryland's largest retail outlet and draws thousands of visitors to the area every month.  Hanover received another boost to its appeal when a large casino and entertainment complex opened at the Arundel Mills Mall in June 2012.

Aside from the Arundel Mills Mall and Maryland Live!, the casino complex at the mall, Hanover also has several other attractions and points of interest either within the city limits or a short distance away.  Rockburn Branch Park is immediately to the north while the Patuxent Research Refuge is located to the south, buffered by Fort Meade between the refuge and Hanover's city limits.  For baseball lovers, Oriole Park at Camden Yards is just over six miles away.

There are plenty of family-friendly attractions in and around Hanover.  The National Electronics Museum is a couple of miles away in Linthicum Heights, the North Arundel Aquatic Center (waterpark) is four miles away in Glen Burnie, the city of Baltimore is filled with enough attractions to keep everyone entertained for days, and Medieval Times is located in a stunning recreation of an 11th century castle, where you and your family can experience a fabulous four-course feast, stunning displays of horsemanship, and the gallantry of chivalrous knights as they engage in fierce jousting just a few feet away from where you sit watching.  Medieval Times has nine locations in the United States and is one of America's most-loved and most-visited attractions.  The escape into the days of kings, knights, and fair maidens where chivalry was certainly not dead and epic battles on horseback were a commonplace sight has been such a well-received show that many guests are actually repeat visitors!

Because Hanover's residential real estate market experienced a boom after the opening of the Arundel Mills Mall, many of the houses, condominiums, and apartment complexes are fairly new.  There are also some more established neighborhoods and real estate developments that are a few decades old, including a development by Washington Homes that features residences on one-acre lots.  Arundel Preserve, a master-planned mixed-use development, was completed within the past few years and brought a residential and commercial area to Hanover where you can find dining, shopping, entertainment, recreation, and many other features - all within the same community.

Interstate 95, which connects Baltimore to Washington, D.C., borders Hanover on the northwest side of the city, providing quick and easy access to either metropolis.  Several other major roadways also pass through or on the outskirts of Hanover, so the city has an excellent infrastructure with many direct routes to larger cities and beyond.  Roughly 20 miles from the edge of downtown Washington, D.C., Hanover is occasionally considered a suburb of Baltimore, since the central downtown hub of Baltimore lies less than 10 miles away.  The Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is on the eastern edge of Hanover, so visitors and residents also have access to the city via a major airport.

If you are looking for assistance or advice on finding the perfect home for your family in Hanover, Maryland, contact a professional real estate agent at Prudential Homesale YWGC Realty today.

December
10

Hanover, PA is known as the Snack Food Capital of the World--and for good reason. It is home to two of the most delicious names in the industry including Utz Quality Foods and Snyder's of Hanover. Besides providing tasty treats, these businesses have been a part of Hanover's history from the very beginning by attracting new residents, providing jobs, and giving back to the community to make Hanover a great place to live.

Where It All Began
With access to vast amounts of fresh produce from the fertile Susquehanna River Valley and a stash of German pretzel and dessert recipes from the Pennsylvania Dutch, opening a snack food company was relatively easy and affordable in the Hanover area in the early 1900s. Several companies started up, many merged, and some closed down. Snyder's and Utz are two of the biggest that are still in operation today.

Snyders of Hanover PretzelsSnyder's of Hanover
Founded in 1909, Snyder's of Hanover was originally called Hanover Canning Company.  The company became Snyder's Bakery in the 1920s and produced a variety of items from snacks to cakes to pasta. It wasn't until the 1960s, after the company had experienced a few tragedies and had changed hands several times, that the recipe for the Sourdough Hard Pretzel was developed. In the 1980s, the company branched out its operations and the Snyder's of Hanover snack operation as we know it today was born. Snyder's merged with Lance, Inc. in 2010 to become one of the biggest snack food companies in the U.S.

Utz Snacks Potato Chips HanoverUtz Quality Foods
Right alongside the Snyder family, in the 1920s, William and Salie Utz were producing potato chips in kitchen of their summer home under the name "Hanover Home Brand". In the 1930s, the facilities were expanded when they built on to the back of their home to include a factory. A few years later a modern manufacturing facility was built across town. The brand was changed to "Utz" in the late forties, and the Carlisle Street plant was purchased.  The Broadway plant and the High Street plant were both added in the 1970s and in the 1980s production expanded to include popcorn, corn chips and cheese curls. The latest facility, the Kindig Lane plant, was opened in 2003. Today, Utz is the largest independently held snack company in the U.S.


Things to Do in Hanover PA: Factory Tours

Both companies offer free tours for anyone looking for things to do in Hanover PA. Snyder's of Hanover gives a history of their fast-paced facility at the 1350 York Street building. The guided tour begins in the warehouse of raw foods, travels through the finished goods warehouse, and then on to the oven room where the smells can be intoxicating. The Utz factory has a special observation gallery that walks through the process from beginning to end. The tour is unguided, so feel free to take your time. Of the many things to do in Hanover PA, these tours are family favorites and are revisited often by Hanover residents.

Snyder's of Hanover and Utz have been supporting the community of Hanover for more than a century. In the very beginning, each company kept local farmers and tradesmen in business. Today, close to 5,000 local, full-time jobs are provided along with many more from shipping and distribution, and the boost to the local economy from the employees earning good wages. Both companies also contribute to local charities to keep the community strong making Hanover a great place to call home.

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