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Historic Ellicott City

This incredible little town has been written up in just about every online and printed medium possible in the past few years. Founded in 1750 by the Ellicott Brothers, three Quaker brothers in search of a good location for a mill, they happened upon the Tiber river in what was then Ann Arundel County. Here, they decided, was an excellent location for their new mill. The town of Ellicott Mills was born! Now this town, once a center of commerce for grain, is a wonderful collection of antique stores, eclectic shops (the Yuppie Puppy Boutique?!), restaurants and taverns. There are Ghost Tours almost all through the year and a monthly farmers market during the spring through fall. There is always something going on in the historic downtown. To read just about everything there is to find in Ellicott City, go to and to view information about Ghost Tours and other going on in Ellicott city, go to Tourism.


Listed along with Ellicott City by Money Magazine in 2010 as the 2nd best place to live in the United States, Columbia is home to many fun activities throughout the year. And it is right next door! In fact, you can walk to the nearest village of Columbia from the Wayside Inn. The Columbia Mall is just a couple of miles from the Inn and is chock full of upscale shops (Nordstroms!), eateries, movie theaters, and restaurants. Also nearby is Merriweather Post Pavillion, where concerts of all kinds, from country to classical, from rock to comedy, play all summer long. To see a list of upcoming concerts and to buy tickets, go to Merriweather‘s website. Other fun Activities in Columbia throughout the year include the Columbia Arts Festival (Bobby McFerrin headlined one year and stayed here at the inn!), Wine in the WoodsThe Columbia Classic Grand Prix , and the The Columbia Triathlon. Of course, Howard County is also famous as the location for the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. This festival is the largest of its kind in the United States and draws vendors and visitors from all over the U.S. and other countries. We sell out every year way in advance, so if you want to stay with us this year or next, call right now! Who knew??

Maryland Wineries

Like a whole lot of states, Maryland has bred its share of wineries. And although I am an avowed wine snob at times, some of these wineries are getting really good press (see: Black Ankle). The Wayside Inn is right in the middle of many of them. To look at a list and locations of them while you are visiting us, go to Maryland Wineries


Baltimore has had a lot of press (most of it good) in the past 20 years, as the innovator of many of the more positive things happening in U.S. cities. The renovation of what is now known as the Inner Harbor is heralded as a model of how to turn a decrepid area into a major tourist attraction. In the ensuing years the National Aquarium, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, The Maryland Science Center, to name just a few, were added to the the Inner Harbor area and became widely copied throughout the U.S. due to their success. Come see for yourself why Baltimore is such a popular place to visit!


For a short time, Annapolis was the Capitol of the United States. When they decided to open the Naval Academy there, it was decided that having politicians that close to all those young men was not a good idea, so they moved the Capitol quickly to Washington, D.C.! Now it is not only an historic town, but also a scenic tourist attaction on one of the prettiest water sites in the U.S. Of course, come take a tour of the Naval Academy (highly recommended!), but also come to tour the wharfs, the shops, the restaurants and all that is Annapolis!

Washington D.C.

What can we say about Washington? It is arguably the most exciting, the most beautiful, the most frustrating place in the United States. It is all that and more! Hundreds of thousands of people come each year to witness for themselves this incredible city. David is a native Washingtonian who has helped many guests experience all that is Washington safely and efficiently. He has good knowledge on what is happening at any given time in the city and can help you get there and back home safely to the Inn. This site will help you plan your trip before your arrival. Then feel free to ask David if what the website says is really worth a visit!