Skip to main content
Destination Maryland

Premiered November 15, 2023 at 7pm

Airing Wednesdays at 7pm on MPT

Few places can match Maryland for its geographic, historic and cultural diversity. Often dubbed “America in Miniature”, it has something to offer everyone: historic sites of incomparable importance, limitless outdoor adventures, events and festivals to suit every interest, world-class cultural institutions, quaint coastal towns, bustling city streets, and of course, America’s coolest state flag.

With so much to see and do, navigating all of Maryland’s offerings can be overwhelming. So, MPT is teaming up with the dynamic duo of Tony Coffield and Sara Fiksdal, hosts and producers of the YouTube travel channel The Detour Duo, to showcase the best of Maryland.

Tony and Sara’s unique perspectives, combined with immersive story-telling techniques, will help first time visitors, new arrivals and long-time residents discover the must-see-attractions and hidden gems that make Maryland the ultimate destination.

Encore airings:

MPT2 04/09/2024 22:00:00:00 DESTINATION MARYLAND #201H
MPT2 04/09/2024 22:30:00:00 DESTINATION MARYLAND #202H
MPT2 04/18/2024 21:00:00:00 DESTINATION MARYLAND #201H
MPT2 04/18/2024 21:30:00:00 DESTINATION MARYLAND #202H
MPT-HD 04/20/2024 15:00:00:00 DESTINATION MARYLAND #201H
MPT-HD 04/27/2024 15:00:00:00 DESTINATION MARYLAND #202H

Preview: Destination Maryland 2023

Episode 202 - Western Wanderlust
Air Date: November 22, 2023 at 7pm

Join hosts Tony and Sara as they chronicle their adventures in the mountains of Western Maryland. From the breathtaking beauty of Swallow Falls State Park and the mountaintop ziplines of Wisp Resort, to a world-famous bluegrass festival in Cumberland and Tonka Toy dreams in Hagerstown, Tony and Sara lead viewers on a wild journey through the western portion of the state.

Preview: Destination Maryland: Episode 202

Locations and Activities - Episode 202

Wisp Resort

Wisp may be best known as a destination for skiers, but Tony and Sara discover that this Western Maryland hotspot is a year-round destination for outdoor adventure - from ziplines to mountain coasters, and golf greens to whitewater rafting, Wisp has something for everyone.

Mountain State Brewing Co

After an action-packed day in Deep Creek, Tony and Sara recharge at Mountain State Brewing Co with a couple of their tasty wood-fired flatbreads and hand-crafted ales.

Swallow Falls

Home to Maryland’s highest free-falling waterfall and spectacular hiking trails, Swallow Falls State Park is one of the jewels of the state park system. Tony and Sara meet with park manager Donald Oates to get some inside information before exploring the park.

Tracks and Yaks

Tony and Sara take the scenic route from Frostburg to Cumberland using a unique method of transportation: rail bikes. Ride the rails with Tracks and Yaks, and take in the spectacular mountain scenery as you coast alongside the Great Allegheny Passage.


Founded by bluegrass legend Del McCoury, DelFest is a four-day music festival that takes place at the Allegheny County Fairgrounds. Join Sara and Tony as they immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of this annual event, attracting musicians and bluegrass aficionados from across the nation.

Heavy Metal Playground

If you’ve ever dreamed of operating construction equipment, Heavy Metal Playground is the place for you! Tony and Sara head to Hagerstown to try their hand at digging, scooping, pushing and stacking - culminating in a race through the Heavy Metal Playground obstacle course.

Pretzel and Pizza Creations

Nestled in the heart of Hagerstown, Pretzel and Pizza Creations tantalizes taste buds with their mouthwatering selection of pizzas, pretzels, and calzones crafted from their signature pretzel dough. 

Episode 201 - Eastern Shore Adventures
Air Date: November 15, 2023 at 7pm

Join hosts Tony Coffield and Sara Fiksdal as they explore the heart of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  Learn to sail with dolphins in picturesque St. Michaels, walk in the footsteps of Frederick Douglass in historic Easton, board a Chesapeake Bay crabbing charter at the crack of dawn, and befriend a herd of adorable alpacas. Tony and Sara’s immersive Eastern Shore journey will surprise and inspire.

Preview: Destination Maryland: Episode 201

Locations and Activities - Episode 201

Sail Selena II

The Sail Selina II is a meticulously restored sailboat offering pleasure cruises and sailing lessons in the waters surrounding picturesque St Michaels. Hosts Tony and Sara join Captain Iris and her crew for a sailing lesson on the Miles River.

Riley Kat Crabbing Charter

Tony and Sara board the Riley Kat and learn to crab with Captain Russell, a sixth generation waterman. Using a traditional trotline off the shores of Tilghman Island, our hosts try to keep up with Captain Russell, but are no match for his experience.

Frederick Douglass Mural

Created by artist Michael Rosato, this tribute to Frederick Douglas depicts his remarkable journey from slave to abolitionist to statesman, and his enduring impact on subsequent generations.

Outstanding Dreams Farm

Outstanding Dreams Farm is a family-owned farm that is home to a growing herd of adorable alpacas. Tony and Sara spend time getting to know owners Phil and Vickie, and their affable alpacas, at this family-friendly stop in Preston.

Oxford-Bellevue Ferry

Established in 1683, the Oxford-Bellevue Ferry is the nation’s oldest privately owned ferry service. The ten-minute voyage from Oxford to Bellevue carries you across the Tred Avon River, providing a vital link between these charming communities.

Blu Miles Seafood & Grill
Blu Miles Seafood & Grill is a vibrant, family-owned restaurant specializing in locally-sourced seafood. Overlooking the St Michaels marina, their outdoor patio is the perfect place to unwind after a long day on the water.

Wylder Hotel
Accommodations for Tony and Sara were provided by Wylder Hotel Tilghman Island. The luxurious 19th century boarding house celebrates the traditions of Tilghman Island with fine food, warm hospitality and family-friendly fun.

Sunflowers and Greens
After a long day of adventure, Tony and Sara seek out a hearty, healthy meal and find the perfect spot in Easton: Sunflowers and Greens. This popular lunch spot specializes in locally-sourced, freshly made salads, soups and wraps.

Host Bios

Tony and Sara are a travel-obsessed couple with a passion for new experiences and adventure.

Born and raised in Maryland, Tony began documenting his travels while serving in the US Navy. In 2020, he and partner Sara began sharing their wanderlust with viewers all over the world as The Detour Duo, exploring sprawling cities, tiny towns, and wild landscapes from a unique perspective.

Now, Tony and Sara are exploring his home state of Maryland - from Deep Creek to the Chesapeake - and bringing their immersive storytelling to viewers on MPT.

Maryland Department of Tourism is MPT’s co-production partner for Destination Maryland.