Deborah Weiner, a news anchor for WBAL-TV, the NBC affiliate in Baltimore, has a few favorite places she likes to go to on day trips.
Weiner grew up in Pikesville, where she attended The Park School of Baltimore, and — after moving away to start her broadcast journalism career — has lived in the Baltimore area since 1991.
She now lives in Homeland, a neighborhood in North Baltimore, with her husband.
Here are her favorite day trip spots.
For unspoiled nature: Assateague Island
Assateague Island is known for its wild horses. Weiner and her husband like visiting so much that they bought a season pass last year.
“There’s a lot of things about it that make it special,” Weiner said. “The kayaking is extraordinary because you can be going along and stumble upon wild horses and all kinds of wildlife along the way. It just makes it pretty darn magical.”
For hiking: Jerusalem Mills Trail Loop
This hiking path, near Kingsville, goes along Little Gunpowder Falls. Along the path, hikers can get views of a scenic river, and it’s not too crowded, Weiner added.
“It’s always great when you can hike with water by your side,” she said.
For water sports: Quiet Waters Park
In Annapolis, Quiet Waters Park offers a variety of activities, including trails, art galleries and even event venue spaces. Visitors can rent boats for kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding and more.
“That is where my husband and I first really fell in love with kayaking, which has been a new hobby of ours,” Weiner said. “We rented a kayak at Quiet Waters and then, before long, we bought our own tandem kayak, and that’s just become a new hobby that we would not have stumbled upon had it not been for Quiet Waters Park.”