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Ellicott City shops

The Best Ellicott City Shops to Hit Before the Holidays

We recently gave you the heads up on Ellicott City’s annual Christmas Midnight Madness tradition. The shops stay open late and the holiday season is kicked off with style and irresistible cheer. One key ingredient to the whole celebration is, well, the Ellicott City shops! Ellicott City features a number of charming shops, with everything […]

Baltimore museums

7 Truly Unique Baltimore Museums to Explore

One of the things we love about our location in Ellicott City is our proximity to so many other interesting, historical and cultural sites. We get the best of all worlds: the naval history at Annapolis and the nation’s Capital, for instance. But Baltimore offers its own charms, and these Baltimore museums are part of […]

Ellicott City Midnight Madness

Get Ready for Christmas at Ellicott City Midnight Madness

Mark your calendars! Ellicott City Midnight Madness and its magic is back this year on December 4th, 2015. Start a new family tradition and enjoy the first Friday in December shopping until you drop. Shops will be open late, until midnight, to help you get your Christmas shopping done early. What is Ellicott City Midnight Madness? […]

The Mall in Columbia

Spend a Day at The Mall in Columbia

Nestled in the quaint town of Columbia, MD, just 4.25 miles away from the Wayside Inn, The Mall in Columbia is the perfect place to spend your time shopping the day away. Boasting over 200 different shopping experiences, The Mall in Columbia will keep you coming back for more. Shop at The Mall in Columbia  […]

Maryland ghost tours

History and Hauntings: 4 Spooky Maryland Ghost Tours

The Wayside Inn’s Ellicott City is a historical gem, but our proximity to other major cities is part of the allure. Baltimore is just a short drive away—and it has its share of history, happenings…and hauntings. We recently told you about some of Ellicott City’s spookiest haunts, but Baltimore has a series of Maryland ghost […]

Patuxent Research Refuge

7 Fun Visitor Activities at the Patuxent Research Refuge

    The Patuxent Research Refuge has been around since 1936, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt created it with an executive order. One thing that makes the Patuxent Research Refuge so special is it’s the nation’s only national wildlife refuge established to support wildlife research. Naturally, the Patuxent Research Refuge is an invaluable resource for […]

Baltimore fall festivals

Your Family Will Love These 5 Baltimore Fall Festivals

When the summer heat subsides, it’s time to get outside and enjoy the changing season. One of our favorite ways to enjoy the autumn is going to a few Baltimore fall festivals. These 5 festivals in and around Baltimore cover all the bases, from the rock n’ roll vibe of The Shindig Music Festival to the […]

haunted Ellicott City

Take a Ghost Tour of Haunted Ellicott City

Ellicott City has long been known for its ghost stories and sightings that accompany the town’s rich history. There’s even a section on dedicated to the most well-known ghost stories that have haunted Ellicott City for decades: The Cooking Ghost of Oak Lawn The Ghosts of Lilburn’s Mansion The Patapsco Female Institute The Ghost […]

Patapsco Heritage Greenway

Enjoy Nature on the Patapsco Heritage Greenway

The Patapsco River Valley is one of the earliest parts of our country that was explored and settled. Captain John Smith himself explored the Patapsco River in 1608, and settlers started calling it home in the 1690s. The Patapsco Heritage Greenway is a project dedicated to two aims: protecting the valley and telling its story.  […]

Howard County farms

4 Fun Howard County Farms to Visit with Your Family

Howard County is beauty, but it’s also bounty. The Howard County farms spanning the countryside provide a glimpse into the working agrarian side of our beloved region. From alpacas to bees, hayrides to tennis, there’s something for every interest. Here are four Howard County farms that are sure to be educational, enlightening, and a whole […]

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