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Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival

The 42nd Annual Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival

It’s almost time for the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, a 42-year tradition in Howard County. This year’s festival will be held at the Howard County Fairgrounds Saturday, May 2 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking and admission are free, however a $5 minimum donation is […]

Historic Ellicott City

Fantastic shops in Historic Ellicott City

When you’re visiting a new area, one of the many fun things to do is to go shopping. You never know what treasures you might find. We at The Wayside Inn recommend exploring some of the fantastic shops in Historic Ellicott City. Located just 10 minutes from the inn, Historic Ellicott City offers a range […]

Howard County Events

Free (or Almost Free) Howard County Events

Howard County, Md. is a great place to visit because it offers something for everyone. History buffs will enjoy finding out about this region’s role in the Civil War. Nature lovers will have a great time exploring the county’s rolling hills and beautiful landscape. Those who seek local entertainment can explore local shops and art […]

Places to visit in Maryland

Top 4 places to visit in Maryland that are near DC

Exciting attractions, natural beauty and rich history await you in Maryland and the Washington, D.C. area. With so many things to do and see, we compiled a list of the top 4 places to visit in Maryland that are near D.C. 1. Baltimore Inner Harbor Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor is about an hour’s drive from […]

Columbia Triathlon

The Columbia Triathlon: Get in Shape

The 32nd annual Columbia Triathlon is coming up Sunday, May 17, 2015 and will be held at Centennial Park in Ellicott City. This world-class, Olympic-distance race attracts athletes from around the world to compete in a beautiful yet challenging event that includes a .93-mile swim, a 25-mile bike ride and a 6.2-mile run. The Columbia […]

Blossoms of Hope

Do not miss the Blossoms of Hope Cherrybration

Usually, it’s the month of October when women are urged to “Think Pink.” However, there’s an event each April in Howard County called Blossoms of Hope that pulls double duty as an occasion to celebrate the beautiful flowering cherry trees of spring and raise awareness about breast cancer. How Blossoms of Hope began Inspired by the cherry trees that bloom […]

Capital Jazz Fest

Music Lovers Unite at the Capital Jazz Fest

Each year, the Capital Jazz Fest in Columbia, Md., draws tens of thousands of music lovers from across the country to enjoy a three-day celebration featuring top jazz talent and soul singers. The 2015 festival is scheduled for June 5-7 at Merriweather Post Pavilion. Tickets go on sale for this event in March. Single and multi-day tickets […]

Ellicott City B&O Railroad Museum

Visit the Ellicott City B&O Railroad Museum

Train enthusiasts and history buffs, take note. While you’re in the area, you make sure you visit the Ellicott City B&O Railroad Museum. Ellicott City B&O Railroad Museum The Ellicott City Station is America’s oldest surviving railroad station. Step back in time as you explore the Main Depot, which was built in 1830-31 and the Freight […]

First Fridays in Ellicott City's historic downtown

Don’t Miss First Fridays in Ellicott City

A spotlight shines on locally owned shops and restaurants in historic Ellicott City during First Fridays, an event held the first Friday of each month from April to December. First Fridays began in 2010 as a way to attract more business to the historic area. The event has blossomed into a fun gathering for locals […]

Restaurants in Columbia, Maryland

The Most Romantic Restaurants in Columbia, Maryland

During your getaway, be sure to reserve a table at one of the many romantic restaurants in Columbia, Maryland, which neighbors Ellicott City, home of the Wayside Inn. Iron Bridge Wine Company Located on a scenic country road, the Iron Bridge Wine Company was designed as a wine country retreat that offers patrons great food, […]

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