Originally a stopover on the trade route between Pennsylvania and Baltimore, the historic City of Westminster preserves early colonial roadside inns that are still in business today. Many city buildings are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, adding to the charm of this vibrant center for government and commerce. The new Northwest Expressway assures a quick 35-minute trip into downtown Baltimore, although commuter buses are available. Residents enjoy shopping in local shops and the regional Cranberry Mall. Westminster is the site of the annual Blue Grass Festival, the Fiddlers Convention, and the Maryland Wine Festival.