Well 2019 was a whirlwind year as we got settled into our new home at the Historic Hotel Gunter. We are looking forward to what 2020 has to offer. If you have visited us recently you may have noticed that there is some construction going on in the basement at the site of the former Speakeasy. In the near future we plan to reopen the speakeasy as our tasting room for our wines as well as craft brews and spirits from our forthcoming brewery and distillery. It has been very exciting and we can’t wait till we can introduce all of our new products.

Other recent changes are the opening of our new retail store, Gladstones Mercantile, off the lobby. The store features many locally made products, locally themed t-shirts, Maryland made wines and spirits among other items. Stop in to check it out as new items are added daily.

Toasted Goat and Hotel Gunter Grand Opening

Frostburg – A grand opening and ribbon cutting are scheduled for this Saturday, November 24 at the new location for Toasted Goat Winery and Hotel Gunter in Frostburg. The grand opening runs from 11 am – 10 pm and the ribbon cutting is scheduled for 3 pm. Local Frostburg residents, Donny and Kristan Carter recently purchased the Frostburg landmark and have relocated Toasted Goat Winery to the hotel located at 11 W. Main Street, Frostburg.

“We love this town and are  excited about being the new owners of this incredible building and to be part of the growing Arts and Entertainment District of Frostburg. And we are thrilled to welcome the community this Saturday to our grand opening,” commented Donny Carter. “Our first step was to move Toasted Goat Winery from 10 E. Main Street to the hotel. We’ve created an eclectic vibe and we think Toasted Goat is the place to enjoy some favorite Toasted Goat wines, local craft beers and more. We are welcoming guests and tenants to the hotel. We’ve received such positive comments and encouragement from the community.”

The Hotel Gunter has a rich and colorful history. A landmark on Frostburg’s Main Street, the building is a three-story masonry structure featuring multiple hipped dormers, and second- and third-story balconies. When it first opened in 1897, the hotel had a café, a barbershop, and a room where traveling salesmen could exhibit their merchandise. In the early years, there were also tennis courts, an observatory, and a petting zoo complete with a tame fawn.

Hotel Gunter featured a subterranean jail where prisoners being transported down Route 40 would spend the night while the federal marshals accompanying them enjoy the upstairs accommodations. During Prohibition, the cellar held a speakeasy where patrons could partake in a bit of illegal liquor and illicit entertainment.

The relocated Toasted Goat Winery is open Wednesday – Sunday. The hotel’s banquet room is now available for events and parties and is under the management of Chef Phil Carter.

Donny and Kristan Carter are owners of Carter-Roque Real Estate, also located in Frostburg. Donny is a graduate of Beall High School and the University of Maryland. Kristan graduated from Frostburg State University with a degree in Economics and received her MBA from FSU in 2005. The couple serves on various local boards and committees. They are the parents of three daughters, Taylor, a student at WVU; Reese, age 10; and Brooke, age 7.

The second floor of the Hotel Gunter will house a new business, Uptown Art Studio, LLC owned by long time Frostburg residents, Matt and Marne Troutman. The couple enjoys creating sculptures, printmaking and home projects. They have designed Uptown Art Studio  to provide the opportunity to combine their talents to help others create one-of-a-kind projects including personalized wood signs, canvases, pillows and more. The studio will host instructor led do-it-yourself workshops, private parties and team building events. Home décor and on-trend wood signs will also be available for purchase. For more information, visit Uptown Art Studio on Facebook or call 301-876-0683.

Wine & Vinyl Nights

Beginning Friday February 3, 2017, the Toasted Goat Winery will begin hosting Wine & Vinyl nights at the winery.  Bring your favorite vinyls or stop in and see our friends at Yellow K Records ahead of time to pick out something from their vast supply.  The fun starts at 6 pm every Friday.  

Tasting Room Opens

After what seems like an eternity, actually only two months, we are happy to announce that our tasting room is now open.  We have been working hard the last couple of months to get things ready and bring some of our wines on line, build wine racks, tables and too many other things to mention.   Our tasting room is located at 10 E. Main Street in the heart of the growing Arts & Entertainment District of Frostburg, MD.   img_1793

A Hint of Whats To Come

Over the past two years we have been trying out different wines on our friends and family in an effort to determine where to begin with our wine list.  After working through some good ones and some not so good ones, we have finally found a few that we are going to produce in the coming weeks.  Our Steam Engine Red is a semi-sweet Merlot based wine with hints of raspberries and other fruits.   Three Hot Blondes will be a sweet White Merlot with a strawberry finish that is sure to a favorite.  A few others that we think will be big hits are also in the works and will be announced soon.

Toasted Goat News

After waiting nearly seven months, we were notified this past week that our Federal Basic Permit was issued and that our Maryland Winery License would finally be issued. What a relief this is as we have been itching to begin producing our wines and prepare to open our new tasting room. We are working on preparing between five and eight wines that we hope to have ready within the next couple of months for our customers to enjoy.