The Wayside Inn http://www.waysideinnmd.com A Bed and Breakfast near Washington DC & Baltimore Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:55:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Your Family Will Love These 5 Baltimore Fall Festivals http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/your-family-will-love-these-5-baltimore-fall-festivals/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/your-family-will-love-these-5-baltimore-fall-festivals/#comments Tue, 25 Aug 2015 14:55:03 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=2371 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 […]

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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 costumed fun of the Maryland Rennaisance Festival. Whatever your Baltimore fall festival speed, we’re sure you‘ll find at least one to fit your family.

The Shindig Music Festival

September 19

1500 Washington Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21230
Located in Historic Pigtown
1.5 Miles from Camden Yards, M&T Bank Stadium, I-95, and I-395

A “Shindig” is defined as “a large, lively party celebrating something.” In this case, the “something” is the blue collar, rock & roll spirit which makes up the very core of the city of Baltimore. Last year’s Shindig attracted over 10,000 live music fans—the most ever gathered at Carroll Park for an event. It’s easily the most popular of the Baltimore fall festivals.

The all-day festival will feature two identical main stages with no overlapping sets of music.

The Vending Village in The Woods offers a variety of Baltimore’s most popular restaurants options with plenty of seating and shade to enjoy. The Woods is also home to the Ripley’s “Believe it or Not” Side Stage featuring an array of rare talent including a performance by local shock-rock troupe Dingleberry Dynasty, plus Sword Swallowers, Fire Breathers, Aerial Acrobats, Burlesque performances, Tattoo Contests, and many other visually captivating oddities.

The Baltimore Book Festival

September 25-27

11am-7pm
Baltimore Inner Harbor

The Baltimore Book Festival features hundreds of appearances by local, celebrity and nationally known authors, book signings, more than 100 exhibitors and booksellers, nonstop readings on multiple stages, cooking demos by top chefs, poetry readings, workshops, panel discussions, storytellers and hands-on projects for kids, live music, and a delicious variety of food, beer and wine.

Although this is the most bookish of the Baltimore fall festivals, you’ll absolutely get a feel for the fun and flavors of autumn.

Das Best OktoberFest

October 10

Noon – 2pm VIP Admission Session, 2PM – 6pm Regular Admission Session
M&T Bank Stadium Lots

It wouldn’t be fall if there wasn’t an OktoberFest, and this hugely popular version fills that place in the Baltimore fall festivals lineup. All the features are under cover, so rain or shine, you are totally wunderbar! As you enter the show, you’ll receive a souvenir tasting glass for “all you care to taste” sampling.

All of your favorite craft beers and perfectly paired wines will be served to highlight the great Beer Hall theme—with more than 150 international, domestic and local Maryland beers, domestic wines and schnapps available.

As always, drinking responsibly is key to having fun. And keeping in mind the cause this OktoberFest supports: A portion of event proceeds go to Spirit of Hope Children’s Foundation.

7th Annual Cockeysville Fall Festival

October 17, 2015

10am-4pm
594 Cranbrook Rd, Cockeysville, MD 21030

Live music, games, moon bounces, free balloon animals, appearances by Ronald McDonald, and other fun characters, raffles, local vendors, and plenty of family fun all await at the Seventh Annual Cockeysville Fall Festival. This is the most charitably minded of the Baltimore fall festivals, donating all proceeds to local charities.
This year’s festival is benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore.

Honorable mention:

Maryland Rennaisance Festival 

Baltimore fall festivals

Maryland Renaissance Festival, September 2014 / Blake Patterson / Flickr

August 29-October 25 (see website for full list of hours)

Although the Maryland Rennaisance Festival is held near Annapolis, it’s just a short drive from the Baltimore area, and it’s definitely worth including in a list of Baltimore fall festivals.

The Maryland Renaissance Festival begins its 39th season August 29th and runs Saturdays and Sundays and Labor Day Monday through October 25th for nine weekends of thrills, feasting, handmade crafts, entertainment and merriment.

The 27 acre Village of Revel Grove comes to life each autumn with more than 200 professional performers on ten stages, authentic combat armored jousting on magnificent steeds, and streets filled with village characters. Join His Most Royal Highness King Henry VIII in the forests and glades with over 140 artisans exhibiting crafts in their own renaissance shops, five taverns featuring cool libations, 42 food and beverage emporiums providing a vast array of succulent and sweet treats to sate even the most hearty of appetites.

 

We know you’ll have a great time at any of these Baltimore fall festivals, but we’re also sure your visit to the area would only be enhanced by choosing Wayside Inn for your accommodations. To book accommodations at Wayside Inn, click here.

To learn more about the area, check out our vacation guide.

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Take a Ghost Tour of Haunted Ellicott City http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/take-a-ghost-tour-of-haunted-ellicott-city/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/take-a-ghost-tour-of-haunted-ellicott-city/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 18:15:09 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=2363 There’s even a section on EllicottCity.net 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 of Mt. Ida Seven Hills Road Hell House Heart Beat Bridge Ellicott City Old Fire Station Other accounts […]

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haunted Ellicott City

Firehouse Museum / Jon Dawson / Flickr

There’s even a section on EllicottCity.net 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 of Mt. Ida
Seven Hills Road
Hell House
Heart Beat Bridge
Ellicott City Old Fire Station

Other accounts of these famouse haunted Ellicott City locales have been compiled on PrairieGhosts.com

While you can certainly learn plenty about haunted Ellicott City online, the best way to experience them is with a walking tour.

Howard County’s tourism website illuminates the reasons why haunted Ellicott City may attract more ghosts than other places:

Spiritual energy somehow ‘pockets’ in our town. Geographically, Ellicott City is built on a bed of granite and granite composite… mediums will agree that this feature alone attracts and channels spiritual energy. As you look around notice that many of the original buildings were built using rock that was blasted and carved from the bedrock they’re built on. Paranormal investigators have also offered several other reasons for the plethora of spiritual energy: electricity, water and antiques. The many transformers and thick electrical cables over town, and the Tiber River, which flows directly beneath many of the buildings on the west side of town and empties into the Patapsco river at the bottom of the hill encourage the spirits to stay. If the combination of electricity and the power of water alone is not enough to attract and hold spirits, then many are said to have arrived here piggybacking the personal effects they once owned during life, and with which they have yet to part.
Are you one of the very brave souls who have already survived the Ye Haunted History of Olde Ellicott City Ghost Tour, now in its tenth season? If you are, you’ll surely attest that charming Ellicott City is perhaps the most actively haunted town in America. New stories about very unusual occurrences are always coming to us and we now offer Part 1 and Part II with Part II relating the most recent eye-witness accounts of paranormal activity. We normally give Part I tours on Friday evenings and Part II on Saturdays. The tours are not connected in any way so it does not matter which one you take first.

Ye Haunted History of Olde Ellicott City Ghost Tour, Parts I and II

April – November, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30pm. $13 Adults, $11 Children(12 & under) & Seniors(65+) and Active Military Personnel & their Families. Not recommended for children under 6 years old.
Tickets can be purchased at the Howard County Welcome Center, 8267 Main Street in the historic district.

The Spirits of Ellicott City

Second Thursday of each month. $20/person and $18 for senior citizens and military personnel. You must be 21+ to attend the Spirits of Ellicott City Tour.

Receive a $5.00 off coupon for the Spirits of Ellicott City tour at www.ellicottcity.net

Please note: The Spirits of Ellicott City Tour requires a minimum of 4 people before it is a go. While you are not required to book reservations for 4, you should know that the tour may be cancelled if our total does not reach 4.

Whether you enjoy tales of haunted Ellicott City or prefer to leave them behind on the tour, at Wayside Inn we can offer a safe haven from all ghostly occurrences. Click here to check availability, so you can book your stay to coincide with your ghost tour.

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Enjoy Nature on the Patapsco Heritage Greenway http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/enjoy-nature-on-the-patapsco-heritage-greenway/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/enjoy-nature-on-the-patapsco-heritage-greenway/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 15:44:02 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=2357 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.  […]

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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. Patapsco Heritage Greenway

The Ellicott family, the namesake of Wayside’s own Ellicott City, was responsible for making the region a grain producer. You can learn more about the area’s fascinating story on the Patapsco Heritage Greenway website.

Part of preserving the Patapsco Heritage Greenway comes from people enjoying the natural heritage the place offers. From hiking to biking, rock climbing to bird watching, the Patapsco Heritage Greenway makes the river valley one of our favorite places to enjoy.

Hiking and Biking

The Patapsco Heritage Greenway Trail map shows the many hikes and biking routes you might enjoy. The regional trails even cross paths with two national trails: the East Coast Greenway and the American Discovery Trail.

Note: the trail within the Patapsco Heritage Greenway is the only portion currently suitable for inexperienced bikers.

Two Patapsco Heritage Greenway trails worth exploring are the Grist Mill Trail and the Grist Mill Trail Extension.

The Grist Mill Trail, near Avalon, which includes a horse path. At just 1.4 miles and ADA accessible, there are plenty of fine views and historical sites to enjoy . The Grist Mill Trail Extension includes a suspension bridge accessible for pedestrians and bikes.

Bird Watching

Bird watchers rejoice: The Patapsco Heritage Greenway offers sights of shore birds and forest birds, and even birds found near urban development. Check out the Great Backyard Bird Count to learn more about Patapsco feathered friends.

Rock Climbing

In the watershed of Pataspco Heritage Greenway, several opportunities for rock climbing in granite quarries and outcroppings are available. A popular spot for climbers is the Illchester Rocks near Bloede Dam. For more information about this climb, click here.

Mountain Biking and Horseback Riding

According to the Patapsco Heritage Greenway website, all of the trails within the Park are mapped and designated as to the type of activities (hiking, biking, horseback riding ) permitted on each trail section.

Maps showing specific trails for horse riding can be picked up in the Hollofield Headquarters at the Avalon History Visitor Center. You can also download trail maps here.

 

The Patapsco Heritage Greenway offers a wonderful mix of history, heritage and nature for anyone, from casual hikers to conservationists. However you choose to enjoy the Greenway, we’d love to offer you accommodations at the Wayside Inn. Whether you’re looking for a charming historical hideaway or a comfortable, inviting place to rest weary legs after a long day of hiking or biking, Wayside Inn can make it happen.

Our convenience not just to the Patapsco Heritage Greenway but to any number of historical and natural Americana sites makes Wayside Inn the perfect choice.

To learn more about the area, check out our vacation guide. To book accommodations, click here.

 

Photo Credit: Patapsco River under Route 40 / Michelle Carrass / Flickr

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4 Fun Howard County Farms to Visit with Your Family http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/4-fun-howard-county-farms-to-visit-with-your-family/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/4-fun-howard-county-farms-to-visit-with-your-family/#comments Thu, 06 Aug 2015 21:31:51 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=2348 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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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 lot of fun:

BREEZY HILL ALPACA FARM

2820 Woodbine Rd
Woodbine, MD 21797

A one-hour guided tour of this family-run alpaca farm includes an interactive visit with the animals. But this isn’t a one-alpaca farm, so to speak. You’ll also get to meet the rest of the animals on this outlier among Howard County farms, including goats, sheep, rabbits, chicken and more.

If the animals are in a cooperative mood—and they usually are—you can expect a fun time and some great photo ops.
An on-site shop features luxurious roving and yarns, clothing, accessories, toys, jewelry and more.

Click here to plan your visit.

CIRCLE D FARM

15535 Carrs Mill Road
Woodbine, MD 21797

The Circle D Farm is more than just one of the typical Howard County farms. This 150-acre property features a farm, banquet facilities, day camps, and even tennis clubs and a health and fitness club.

Since it opened 60 years ago, Circle D has been one of the Howard County farms that people go to for memorable weddings, charming summer camps or any number of events. With the county’s finest indoor tennis facility, so tennis can be enjoyed indoor or out all year long. .

To learn more about Circle D Farm’s summer camp, click here.

For more info about visiting the farm, click here.

LARRILAND FARM 

Howard County farms

Apple Orchard at Larriland / Jeff Kubina / Flickr

2415 Woodbine Road
Woodbine, MD 21797

As a pick-your-own variety of Howard County farms, Larriland epitomizes the farm to table movement. From late spring to late fall, the farm is open to the public to pick fruit, berries and veggies at their peak of ripeness. The on-site Big Red Barn also offers a fresh farm market. Fall activities include public and reserved hayrides, PYO pumpkins, and weekend fall festivities.

Click here to see a list of farm hours and more event information.

SHARP’S AT WATERFORD FARM

4003 Jennings Chapel Road
Brookeville, MD 20833

Sharp’s at Waterford Farm brings education to another level among Howard County farms. Featuring everything from a day in the life of a farmer to basic farm tours, nature knowledge and pilgrim history, there’s more to this farm than you might expect.

Field trips, greenhouses, summer camps, and a country store offer year-round fun, while fall activities like pumpkin patches, a corn maze and hayrides make the upcoming season something really special.

A visit to Sharp’s could fill an entire day and more.

Click here to learn more about tours and activities.

 

For more ideas for what you can do in Howard County, feel free to request our vacation guide.

As always, we’d love to host your Howard County adventure here at the Wayside Inn!

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3 Unique Exhibits from the Howard County Historical Society http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/3-unique-exhibits-from-the-howard-county-historical-society/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/3-unique-exhibits-from-the-howard-county-historical-society/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:34:18 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=2341 At the Wayside Inn, we’re a prime home base for trips to so many American history sites. We’re particularly proud of our own county. The Howard County Historical Society preserves and presents our area’s storied past. This fall, consider reserving a getaway to Wayside Inn that coincides with one of these Howard County Historical Society […]

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At the Wayside Inn, we’re a prime home base for trips to so many American history sites. We’re particularly proud of our own county. The Howard County Historical Society preserves and presents our area’s storied past.

Howard County Historical Society

Jon Dawson / 8000 Main Street Ellicott City / Flickr

This fall, consider reserving a getaway to Wayside Inn that coincides with one of these Howard County Historical Society exhibits:

Historic Walking Tour

August 8 & 22
September 12 & 26
October 10 & 24

Running on the second and fourth Saturdays from June through October, the Howard County Historical Society walking tours start at 11am. Tour group participants will meet at historic Mt. Ida (3691 Sarah’s Lane, Ellicott City) and will finish at the B & O Railroad Museum on Main Street.

At just ¾ of a mile, this walking tour is suitable for everyone—but there’s plenty of history packed in. Led by a local historian, tour groups see some of the most interesting sites in the Historic District and on Main Street.

Tickets are $10 per person, $5 for Howard County Historical Society Members. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

Tickets must be reserved ahead of time. For more information call 410-480-3250.

Appraisal Roadshow & Antiques Fair

Sunday, October 11
Session I : 10-11:30am
Session II : 11:30am-1pm

Miller Branch of the Howard County Library System
9421 Frederick Road
Ellicott City, MD 21042

“Curious about the value of treasures in your attic? Start searching the house now for items to be appraised by qualified professionals.” –from the Howard County Historical Society website

Bringing your treasures to the Howard County Historical Society appraisal roadshow will be well worth the effort.

Led by professional appraiser Todd Peenstra and gemologist Steve Gouterman from Paradigm Experts, you can expect a thorough examination of your item, an assessment of age and value, and advice for repair or restoration if needed.

Ticket prices:
$12 General Admission + 1 Appraisal
$8 Member Admission + 1 Appraisal
$5 General Admission

 

Bootlegger’s Paradise: Ellicott City during Prohibition

Just like most of the nation during the Prohibition era, Howard County was divided between “drys” (Prohibition supporters) and “wets” (opponents).

The Howard County Historical Society explains:

“Ellicott City was a town without saloons, but nevertheless was identified by famous Evangelical preacher Billy Sunday due to the ease at which prescribed alcohol could be attained through pharmacists on Main Street and throughout the county. This exhibit looks at the stories, the people, and the places from Ellicott City that gave it the moniker, A Bootlegger’s Paradise.”

Bootlegger’s Paradise has proved to be one of the museum’s most popular exhibits.

 

Howard County Curiosities

The Howard County Historical Society is home to a number of curiosities with some amusement as well as historical value attached to them.

One of our favorites is a set of dentures belonging to Thomas Johnson, a delegate to the Continental Congress. Although because of poor health he declined an appointment to secretary of state from Thomas Jefferson, he (and his teeth!) played a role in the founding of our nation.

To see more of Howard County Historical Society’s featured interesting objects, click here: Featured Objects

 

To book a stay at the Wayside Inn, click here. For more information on area attractions, request our free Vacation Guide. We’d love to see you this fall!

 

Photo Credit: Jon Dawson / 8000 Main Street Ellicott City / Flickr

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Hiking, Fishing and More at These Patuxent River Parks http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/hiking-fishing-and-more-at-these-patuxent-river-parks/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/hiking-fishing-and-more-at-these-patuxent-river-parks/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:28:37 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=2330 As one of Maryland’s designated scenic rivers, Patuxent River showcases the region’s natural beauty and provides hours of experiences, both open air and cultural. After enjoying a hearty breakfast at Wayside Inn, outdoors enthusiasts should consider hiking in nearby Patuxent River State Park. Or for nature mixed with history, a visit to the downriver Patuxent […]

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Patuxent River

LollyKnit / Middle Patuxent River / Flickr

As one of Maryland’s designated scenic rivers, Patuxent River showcases the region’s natural beauty and provides hours of experiences, both open air and cultural.

After enjoying a hearty breakfast at Wayside Inn, outdoors enthusiasts should consider hiking in nearby Patuxent River State Park. Or for nature mixed with history, a visit to the downriver Patuxent River Park could easily fill a day.

Patuxent River State Park

For people with an off-the-beaten path passion, Patuxent River State Park is the perfect day-trip location. Visitors can enjoy mountain biking, horseback riding, and hiking on unsigned and untended trails. Even hunters can enjoy Patuxent River State Park, where seasonal forest game, upland game, dove and deer hunting is an option (with bow, muzzle-loader and shotgun). Standard hunting laws apply.
Note: Patuxent River State Park is opened from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday, CLOSED Monday and Tuesday

Patuxent River Park Attractions

At the more southeastern Patuxent River Park, you can still experience the panorama of Maryland’s natural beauty, and you can also experience some of the Patuxent River area history.

American Indian Village at Patuxent River Park

Coinciding with the 7th Annual American Indian Festival (October 17, 10am-4pm) the American Indian Village at Patuxent River Park will open this October.

The village will replicate an eastern woodland village that the indigenous peoples of modern-day Prince George’s County and surrounding areas would have lived in. This new interactive exhibit will provide a more accurate picture of the area’s history, alongside the existing Patuxent Rural Life Museums and Mount Calvert Historical and Archaeological Park.

Patuxent River Conservation

Since the 1960s, the Patuxent River has been protected as an important watershed and a scenic river. You can experience some of this unsullied beauty with the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Tour, a four-mile bike, hike or drive (the roadway is only open to vehicles on Sundays). The route connects Jug Bay Natural Area (which is home to Patuxent River Park’s headquarters)and Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary.

The Fran Uhler Natural Area is another option at Patuxent River Park, featuring five miles of hiking, biking and nature study between Bowie State University and the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.

Fishing and Boating in Patuxent River Park

There are plenty of places to kick back and enjoy some fishing at the park. Cedar Haven Fishing Area and Queen Anne Fishing Area are both open daily (but since the river is tidal, a Chesapeake Bay sport fishing license is required for anglers age 16 and older).
With canoe and kayak rentals at the Clyde Watson Boating Area, you needn’t bring your own boating equipment to enjoy the Patuxent River. The Queen Anne Canoe Launch is restricted access, so call the park office ahead of time to gain admittance (301-627-6074). For more casual access, including a small beach area and picnic tables, the Clyde Watson Boating Area is the place to go.

When you visit Patuxent River, you’re sure to experience some of the area’s most celebrated landscapes.

For more info, check out our FREE VACATION GUIDE here.

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Experience the Ellicott City Music Festival http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/experience-the-ellicott-city-music-festival/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/experience-the-ellicott-city-music-festival/#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 13:16:02 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=2323 The streets in Ellicott City come alive each September during the Ellicott City Music Festival, also known as the Main Street Music Fest. This free family-friendly event is a great time to enjoy music, locally brewed craft beer, food and a variety of activities! Billed as Maryland’s first “Unsigned Emerging Artist Music Festival,” you will […]

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Ellicott City Music FestivalThe streets in Ellicott City come alive each September during the Ellicott City Music Festival, also known as the Main Street Music Fest. This free family-friendly event is a great time to enjoy music, locally brewed craft beer, food and a variety of activities!

Billed as Maryland’s first “Unsigned Emerging Artist Music Festival,” you will want to plan to attend this year’s event Sept. 25, 2015 from noon to 9 p.m. in Historic Ellicott City. Expect to see more than 80 bands playing on five outdoor and five indoor stages.

Each outdoor stage will be sponsored by a local craft brewery or winery, and local restaurants will offer delicious food at each venue, as well as nonalcoholic beverages. So grab the family and head out to the Ellicott City Music Festival for a full day of fun! Be sure to check the event website close to the event for an up-to-date schedule of performing bands.

Ellicott City Music Festival Details

While the lineup hasn’t been released, you won’t want to miss the excitement on the five outdoor stages, which include:

Main Street Stage – The Main Street Stage is the biggest stage and the center of activity during the festival. Located in Lot D behind the Howard County Tourism Center, you’ll be able to listen to the bands playing on stage while checking out food vendors and a family crafts area.

Let There be Rock Stage – As you might guess, this stage will feature some of the best young rock musicians who will represent the Let There be Rock School in nearby Frederick, Md.

Home Grown Stage – You’ll want to visit this stage, located behind in The Wine Bin parking lot to watch performances by a bevy of talented local musicians.

Tiber Park Stage – This stage is located in the alley at Tiber Park near the bottom of Main Street.

La Palapa Acoustic Showcase Stage – Billed as a great place to watch live music and enjoy a frozen margarita, this stage is located on the patio of La Palapa’s Grill & Cantina.

Family Friendly Activities

In addition to the live music and vendors, organizers of the Ellicott City Music Festival always make sure to include family friendly activities. Every year is different, but this year’s family activities include crafts, storytelling, a meet and greet with Star Wars characters, face painting, and other special activities that will be announced closer to the event.

START PLANNING YOUR VISIT

Start planning your visit to the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., area now to enjoy the Ellicott City Music Festival! Let the Wayside Inn take some of the guesswork out of planning your trip by downloading our Free Vacation Guide to help you figure out the best place to stay, as well as some of the other fun and interesting things to see and do in the area. Be sure to stay at The Wayside Inn while you’re in the area. Our six beautiful guest rooms offer all the comforts of home, and you can enjoy a delicious breakfast each morning!

Planning a quick trip? Check our website for last-minute availability and specials!

Photo Credit: venturaartist / Pixabay

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Don’t Miss the Annual HCC Grand Prix http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/dont-miss-the-hcc-grand-prix-this-summer/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/dont-miss-the-hcc-grand-prix-this-summer/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2015 20:30:36 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=2311 One of the year’s most exciting horse-related event in Maryland, outside of the Preakness, is Howard County Community College’s Grand Prix. Held each September at Marama Farm in Clarksville, Md., the HCC Grand Prix is a beautiful 15-minute ride from the Wayside Inn and a great way to spend an afternoon. The 2015 event will […]

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HCC Grand PrixOne of the year’s most exciting horse-related event in Maryland, outside of the Preakness, is Howard County Community College’s Grand Prix. Held each September at Marama Farm in Clarksville, Md., the HCC Grand Prix is a beautiful 15-minute ride from the Wayside Inn and a great way to spend an afternoon.

The 2015 event will be held September 19, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Be sure to check the website for updated event information!

Long-time horse enthusiasts and those new to the sport will enjoy a day on this beautiful farm. The HCC Grand Prix began in 1987 as a way to showcase the talents of upcoming equestrians and raise funds for the Howard County Community College’s scholarship fund.

The event was first held on the school’s front lawn but has since moved to Marama Farm, which hosts other events, such as polo matches, and can accommodate a crowd of thousands. The HCC Grand Prix has certainly evolved into a premier local event, with its world-class equestrian events and exhibitions, as well as pony rides, food and craft vendors, a pumpkin patch, hayrides, children’s activities and live music. In recent years, there has even been a beer garden that offers locally brewed beer!

Where to Sit for the HCC Grand Prix

Choose from general admission lawn seating where you can bring your own blanket or chair and relax as you watch the show from close range. Grandstand seating is also available, which puts you ringside and offers an elevated view for all of the action. General admission tickets can be purchased for $10 each. Children 10 and younger are free. Grandstand seating is just $15 for adults. Children 10 and under $8. Click here to purchase tickets online.

Watch Horses Fly and Students Soar

The Grand Prix is a U.S. Equestrian Federation-sanctioned event and the biggest event of the year for the Howard Community College Educational Foundation. The HCC Educational Foundation is a nonprofit corporation that provides funds for student scholarships, grants and programs. Money raised at events such as the Grand Prix go to fund these scholarships. Whether you are a local or just visiting the Baltimore area for a few days, attending an event like this is a great opportunity for you to support a local cause and see talented young equestrians in action.

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Whether you plan to visit the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., area for business or pleasure, let the Wayside Inn take some of the guesswork out of planning your trip. Download our Free Vacation Guide to help you figure out the best place to stay, as well as some of the other fun and interesting things to see and do in the area. The Wayside Inn is a great place to call your home away from home whenever you visit the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area. Our six beautiful guest rooms offer all the comforts of home, and you can enjoy a delicious breakfast each morning!

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The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore: Our Favorite Things to Do http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/the-maryland-zoo-in-baltimore-our-favorite-things-to-do/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/the-maryland-zoo-in-baltimore-our-favorite-things-to-do/#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:14:03 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=2300 When you visit the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, you’re visiting the nation’s third oldest zoo! Originally established in 1876, this zoo spans more than 135 acres and offers the chance to view nearly 200 species of animals. The zoo’s newest addition is an exhibit for African penguins. There is no doubt that spending a day […]

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Maryland Zoo in BaltimoreWhen you visit the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, you’re visiting the nation’s third oldest zoo! Originally established in 1876, this zoo spans more than 135 acres and offers the chance to view nearly 200 species of animals. The zoo’s newest addition is an exhibit for African penguins.

There is no doubt that spending a day at the zoo is a great reminder of all of the interesting animals out there in the world. The following are just a few suggestions for exhibits you may enjoy during your visit!

Penguins at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Penguins are not only seriously cute (in our opinion), they are also very entertaining! The new state-of-the-art Penguin Coast exhibit allows you to watch these adorable birds swim from a special underwater viewing area. The birds also have a new, larger habitat that will allow room for this colony to double in size!

Other Exciting Maryland Zoo in Baltimore Attractions

If you haven’t already overloaded on the cute penguins, there are so many other incredible animals to see. Some of our favorite mammals are the chimpanzees, giraffes, lions, African leopards, and polar bears. On the smaller side, we also love the lionheaded rabbit and the chinchilla. Beautiful birds include the blue-bellied roller, Caribbean flamingo, green-winged macaw and more.

Other intriguing exhibits include the reptiles (the African slender-snouted crocodile is a must-see) and the amphibians. The sheer size of the African bullfrog may surprise you!

Zoo Extras You Don’t Want to Miss

In addition to all of the awesome animals at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, the facility also hosts a variety of events (some seasonal) open to the public that not only increase awareness of the zoo, but allows people to come in and see it in a different light.

After Hours with the Animals, for example, lets you experience the zoo later in the day at a reduced ticket price. Visit from 4-7 p.m. the second Saturday of each month May-September for just $10.

One fun annual event the zoo hosts is OktoBEARfest. For one price, you can enjoy sampling fall-flavored beer, listen to live music (polka, of course!) and taste German-inspired food. You’ll also get an all-day admission ticket to the zoo! Visit the website for more details.

Where the Wild Things Art is a fun event, held at the Penguin Coast Penguin Education Center, where you’ll receive step-by-step instructions to paint your own masterpiece while you sip on the beverage of your choice. The ticket price includes one complimentary beverage. A cash bar is available.

If you’d love the chance to help out at the zoo, check out Breakfast with the Elephants! Enjoy your own breakfast buffet before helping put together breakfast items for the herd. Enjoy a chat with the elephant keeper before watching the elephants eat their breakfast, prepared in-part by you!

Start planning your visit

Let the Wayside Inn take some of the guesswork out of planning your trip. Download our Free Vacation Guide to help you figure out the best place to stay, as well as some of the other fun and interesting things to see and do in the area. The Wayside Inn is a great place to call your home away from home whenever you visit the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area. Our six beautiful guest rooms offer all the comforts of home, and you can enjoy a delicious breakfast each morning!

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Upcoming Performances by the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/upcoming-performances-by-the-chesapeake-shakespeare-company/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/upcoming-performances-by-the-chesapeake-shakespeare-company/#comments Sat, 27 Jun 2015 00:49:07 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=2290 Enjoy a live Shakespeare performance in a unique setting under the stars the next time you visit the Baltimore area. The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company spends most of each year performing for audiences at its home theatre in Baltimore. But, each summer, the company performs under the stars at the open-air ruins of the Patapsco Female […]

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Chesapeake Shakespeare CompanyEnjoy a live Shakespeare performance in a unique setting under the stars the next time you visit the Baltimore area. The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company spends most of each year performing for audiences at its home theatre in Baltimore. But, each summer, the company performs under the stars at the open-air ruins of the Patapsco Female Institute right here in Ellicott City.

The site is the location of a former finishing school for young women, which first opened in 1837. The Greek revival structure was stabilized and is maintained by Howard County. The PFI Historic Park is open for tours, as well as special events and performances, like that of the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company.

History of the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company held its first performance in 2002. The founding members of the group had the goal of presenting Shakespeare’s plays, and other classics, to the public in innovative, sustainable ways.

The company has two wonderful performance homes during the year. The performance troupe usually performs in a 19th-century former bank building in Baltimore that was renovated and reopened in 2014. The building, which now seats 260, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

During the summers, however, the Chesapeake Shakespeare performs at the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park right here in Ellicott City. Performances during the summer are held in June and July on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Please visit the website for exact dates and times.

Summer performances in the park offer attendees the opportunity to enjoy a performance in a relaxed setting stretched out on a blanket enjoying a picnic and perhaps a glass of wine. You may also bring your own lawn chair or borrow one from the theatre. If you decide not to pack a picnic, no problem. Several food vendors are usually set up to accommodate.

Performances by the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

This summer, you can see A Comedy of Errors at the PFI Historic Park through July 19. Tickets are sold on-site, as well as online in advance. Children are free!

The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s 2015-2016 schedule includes the following performances. Be sure to check the website for additional information and exact performance dates, times and ticket prices, as they are subject to change.

  • Much Ado About Nothing, by William Shakespeare – Sept. 18-Oct. 11, 2015.
  • Titus Andronicus, by William Shakespeare – Oct. 23-Nov.15, 2015.
  • A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens – Dates TBD.
  • Wild Oats, by John O’Keefe – Dates TBD.
  • Macbeth, by William Shakespeare – April 15-May 15, 2016.
  • Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare – June 10-19, 2016.
  • The Three Musketeers, by Alexandre Dumas – June 24-July 24, 2016

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As you are planning your trip to the Baltimore, Washington D.C. area, get a little help from your friends here at the Wayside Inn! Download our Free Vacation Guide to help you figure out the best place to stay, as well as the best things to do and see in the area. The Wayside Inn is a great place to call your home away from home whenever you visit the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area. Our six beautiful guest rooms offer all the comforts of home, and you can enjoy a delicious breakfast each morning that you didn’t have to make!

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