The Wayside Inn http://www.waysideinnmd.com A Bed and Breakfast near Washington DC & Baltimore Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:11:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Things to do in Fells Point http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/things-to-do-in-fells-point/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/things-to-do-in-fells-point/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:00:41 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=2201 Fells Point in Baltimore, Md., was founded by a man named William Fell in 1730. The waterside town was once a major port and shipbuilding center. In 1797, Fells Point, Baltimore Town and Jones Town combined to form the city of Baltimore. Centuries later, Fells Point remains in touch with its maritime roots, and has […]

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Things to do in Fells Point

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Fells Point in Baltimore, Md., was founded by a man named William Fell in 1730. The waterside town was once a major port and shipbuilding center. In 1797, Fells Point, Baltimore Town and Jones Town combined to form the city of Baltimore. Centuries later, Fells Point remains in touch with its maritime roots, and has blossomed into a tourist destination in and of itself. When you plan to visit the area, be sure to consult our list of suggested things to do in Fells Point.

Where is Fells Point?

Fells Point is east of Baltimore. You can take a 10-minute water taxi from Inner Harbor to Fells Point, or if you’re up for a little exercise, enjoy a 15-minute walk to Fells Point along the Baltimore Waterfront Promenade.

There are two main streets in Fells Point, Thames and Broadway. Where these two streets intersect is considered the “heart of the community.” Shops and restaurants populate the main streets, as well as Aliceanna Street and Fleet Street.

Things to do in Fells Point

Shopping

Known for its antique stores, Fells Point also offers a variety of clothing and accessory stores, art galleries, gift shops and more.

Dining

If you’re looking for a great meal, Fells Point is on point. Try Riptide by the Bay, a casual dining restaurant located on the historic waterfront. In the mood for something eclectic yet gourmet? Try Slainte, a traditional Irish pub on the waterfront that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Waterfront Kitchen offers upscale dining with its “seed to table” concept serving lunch, brunch, dinner and happy hour.

Attractions

Did you know that at one point, there were almost 20 shipyards in Fells Point? The Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park offers the opportunity for you to learn about Baltimore’s rich maritime history, as well as learn about the important role African Americans played in the maritime trade. The museum is named after Frederick Douglass, who was a slave as a child and a young man, and Isaac Myers, a free-born African American who became a national leader.

Through a series of interactive exhibits, explore history, the maritime industry that has been so important in the development of the Baltimore area, as well as shipbuilding traditions. Self-guided and group tours available.

Other attractions in Fells Point include haunted walking tours, walking history tours, and you can even board a “pirate ship” for an exciting day or evening outing with your “mates.”

Nightlife

Max’s Taphouse has more than 100 beers on tap, as well as an extensive food menu. They have a special running every weeknight, from Tuesday’s Beer Social featuring rare, exotic beers, to Friday’s Happy Hour where 32-ounce drafts are just $6 (except the high-octane beers).

Feel like dancing? Try The Get Down, where you can dance the night away on two floors listening to the DJ play a wide variety of music. Table reservations are available Friday and Saturday nights.

Annual Events

Fells Point has two big events each year, its Privateer Festival in April and its Olde Tyme Christmas Celebration in December. Check the Fells Point Main Street website for more info on these annual events.

The Wayside Inn

While you’re visiting the Baltimore, Washington, D.C. area, make The Wayside Inn your home base. Located in between the two major cities, our Ellicott City bed and breakfast is the perfect place to relax after a fun day exploring Fells Point. The Wayside Inn features six luxurious, comfortable rooms and a delicious, hot breakfast each morning.

Photo Credit: Isaac Wedin / Fells Point / Flickr

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5 Things to see on Charles Street, a National Scenic Byway http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/5-things-to-see-on-charles-street-a-national-scenic-byway/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/5-things-to-see-on-charles-street-a-national-scenic-byway/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:49:33 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=2189 When you’re looking for things to do and see during your visit to the Baltimore area, be sure to check out Charles Street, a National Scenic Byway. This street runs 12 miles through the city and consists of a nearly unbroken series of local and National Register historic districts. In addition to monuments and museums, […]

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National Scenic Byway

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When you’re looking for things to do and see during your visit to the Baltimore area, be sure to check out Charles Street, a National Scenic Byway. This street runs 12 miles through the city and consists of a nearly unbroken series of local and National Register historic districts.

In addition to monuments and museums, Charles Street also has plenty of places to eat and shop. Several public greenspaces are located along Charles Street, as well. Whether you walk or drive the corridor, you’ll quickly discover why it was designated as a National Scenic Byway by the National Park Service.

What is a National Scenic Byway?

A National Scenic Byway is a road that has been selected by the Federal Highway Administration to be preserved and enhanced. Roads are selected based on their archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities. It’s interesting to note that Baltimore’s Charles Street is reportedly one of only four national scenic byways in an urban setting!

Top 5 Things You’ll see on Charles Street

The following is a list of the Top 5 things you’ll see on Charles Street. There are many more, but this will get you started!

  1. Washington Monument

This Washington Monument, located in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore, was the first planned architectural monument to honor the first president of the United States. This statue was designed by Robert Mills in 1815 and it was built between 1815 and 1829. The monument stands 178 feet tall and features a museum on the ground floor. Be sure to climb the steps to the top of the monument where you will be rewarded (after climbing 228 steps) with a beautiful view of Baltimore.

The monument is undergoing a $5.5 million renovation and will reopen July 4, 2015 in celebration of its bicentennial. A big celebration is planned, including a rededication of the monument and an old-fashioned country fair, complete with crafts, historical reenactments, old-fashioned games, live music, concessions and more. Admission is free.

  1. Station North Arts & Entertainment District

The Station North Arts & Entertainment District spans several neighborhoods in Baltimore and is a diverse mix of artist live-work spaces and galleries, along with rowhomes and businesses. There are plenty of things to do when you visit this arts and entertainment district, including peruse art galleries, visit gallery/bars, grab a bite to eat at a locally owned restaurant, or just sit back and enjoy a happy hour beverage. If you’d like to take in a show, check out Charles Theatre and the Mercury Theater.

  1. Basilica of the Assumption

Also called “America’s First Cathedral,” the Basilica of the Assumption is one of Baltimore’s top tourist destinations. The historic church was built between 1806 and 1821. Guided tours are offered Monday-Friday at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Please check the website for details on Saturday and Sunday tours, as tours may not be available if an event is planned. You may also take an unguided tour 7 days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  1. Baltimore Museum of Art

The Baltimore Museum of Art is located on Charles Street and is home to the largest collection of words by Henri Matisse in the world. The museum was founded in 1914 with a single painting, and the collection has grown to include more than 90,000 works of art including 19th century, modern and contemporary art collections. Peruse the artwork at your leisure, or take a guided, or self-guided tour, to get in-depth information about the museum and its collections.

  1. The Maryland Zoo

Kids of all ages will enjoy visiting the Maryland Zoo. Open daily, except for a few holidays, the Maryland Zoo offers an animal collection with more than 1,500 birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles, representing nearly 200 species. Animals are displayed in natural settings replicating their native habitats.

THE WAYSIDE INN

If you’re planning a trip to Maryland soon, let the Wayside Inn serve as your home base during your visit. Our Ellicott City bed and breakfast is a romantic retreat from everyday reality. The Wayside Inn is the perfect place for you to escape. After a day enjoying Charles Street, come back to The Wayside Inn where you can relax in one of our six beautiful, quaint rooms. Wake up refreshed and enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast that you’re sure to love.

Photo Credit: Jeff Kubina / Washington Monument, Baltimore / Flickr

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Check out the Merriweather Post Pavilion Schedule http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/check-out-the-merriweather-post-pavilion-schedule/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/check-out-the-merriweather-post-pavilion-schedule/#comments Sat, 11 Apr 2015 10:04:47 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=2175 Merriweather Post Pavilion has hosted some of the biggest names in the history of music and been named in the Top 5 Best Amphitheaters in the U.S. by Rolling Stone and Billboard magazines. Merriweather Post Pavilion is less than 15 minutes from The Wayside Inn, making it very convenient for you to catch a show […]

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Merriweather Post Pavilion Schedule

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Merriweather Post Pavilion has hosted some of the biggest names in the history of music and been named in the Top 5 Best Amphitheaters in the U.S. by Rolling Stone and Billboard magazines. Merriweather Post Pavilion is less than 15 minutes from The Wayside Inn, making it very convenient for you to catch a show during your stay in Ellicott City. Check out the Merriweather Post Pavilion Schedule to see what concerts are coming up!

History of Merriweather Post

When Merriweather Post was built in in 1967, it was originally intended to be the summer home of the National Symphony Orchestra. Located in between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, the pavilion was nestled in 40 acres of forest that is now called Symphony Woods.

Before long, the venue opened up to host a variety of artists throughout the year. It has since hosted some of the biggest and best names in rock, country, rhythm and blues, pop, jazz, hip hop, alternative, electronica and, of course, classical.

Big names that have performed at Merriweather Post include Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, the Who, Led Zeppelin, Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffet and more. Side note: Jimmy Buffett has reportedly performed at the venue more than any other artist. At last count, he’s played more than 42 shows there.

Not your typical concert venue

For starters, when you wait in line to enter the venue ahead of the concert, you are not in a line that stretches around a huge building surrounded by concrete. Instead, you line up along a path that is flanked by grass and towering trees. It sets the tone to make the event as relaxed as you’d like for it to be. Upon entering the venue, you can either set up on the lawn with your blanket or low-backed lawn chair. Or if you have tickets for a seat under the pavilion, make your way there at your leisure. There isn’t a bad seat in the “house.” In recent years, the venue brought in more than 700 truckloads of dirt to create a slope that would offer a great view of the stage from the lawn.

Merriweather Post has all of the typical vendors and concessions you would at a coliseum, including concessions and T-shirt vendors. For the convenience of its concert-goers, the venue recently tripled the number of its restrooms.

Merriweather Post Pavilion Schedule

The Merriweather Post Pavilion Schedule includes everything from annual concert festivals – including Capital Jazz Fest – to a rotating roster of artists from every genre out there. Kenny Chesney, Florida-Georgia Line, Mumford and Sons, Sam Smith, Phish, Willie Nelson, Darius Rucker, Death Cab for Cutie and much, much more are on tap this year. Click here to see the latest Merriweather Post Pavilion Schedule.

If you’re planning to go to a concert at Merriweather Post soon, please refer to their list of FAQs for information on things you can and cannot bring into the venue.

THE WAYSIDE INN

If you’re planning a trip to Maryland soon, let the Wayside Inn serve as your home base during your visit. Our Ellicott City bed and breakfast is a romantic retreat from everyday reality. The Wayside Inn is the perfect place for you to escape. After a day enjoying Wine in the Woods, come back to The Wayside Inn where you can relax in one of our six beautiful, quaint rooms. Wake up refreshed and enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast that you’re sure to love.

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Baltimore’s own Old Bay Seafood Seasoning: All the spicy details http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/baltimores-own-old-bay-seafood-seasoning-all-the-spicy-details/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/baltimores-own-old-bay-seafood-seasoning-all-the-spicy-details/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 10:24:49 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=2164 When you visit Maryland, chances are your To Do list includes eating seafood. And chances are, that seafood will be seasoned to perfection with Baltimore’s own Old Bay Seafood Seasoning. This concoction of spices has been around for 76 years and its story is nothing short of delicious. Here are all the spicy details, plus a […]

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 Old Bay Seafood Seasoning

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When you visit Maryland, chances are your To Do list includes eating seafood. And chances are, that seafood will be seasoned to perfection with Baltimore’s own Old Bay Seafood Seasoning. This concoction of spices has been around for 76 years and its story is nothing short of delicious. Here are all the spicy details, plus a recipe to boot.

Old Bay Seafood Seasoning

Old Bay Seafood Seasoning was originally named “Delicious Brand Shrimp and Crab Seasoning,” because … you guessed it! It was a great way to season shrimp and crab. Eventually, the creators decided to change its name to something a little catchier. They went with Old Bay after a steamship line that traveled the Chesapeake Bay in between Maryland and Virginia.

What’s in Old Bay Seafood Seasoning?

This bold, zesty flavoring was created more than 70 years ago using 18 spices and herbs. Today it’s made using the same spices and herbs that have become so popular with home cooks and restaurants around the world. In fact, Old Bay isn’t just for shrimp and crab. It can be used pretty much on anything and everything from seafood to poultry, pizza to pasta, as well as salads, vegetables and more. Personal favorite: Try a little Old Bay on corn on the cob the next time you make it!

Where can you buy Old Bay Seafood Seasoning?

Old Bay is available in many grocery stores and markets. Choose from 25 products, including Classic Old Bay Seafood Seasoning, Hot Old Bay Seasoning, Old Bay Rub, Old Bay cocktail sauce, crab cake mix and much more. Old Bay Seasoning is also available with 30% less sodium.

Recipe

Want to give cooking with Old Bay a try at home? This Original Old Bay Shrimp Boil Shrimp Fest Recipe is a classic. It can be found on the Old Bay website along with many more recipes!

INGREDIENTS

4 quarts water (16 cups)

1 can (12 ounces) beer (optional)

1/2 cup OLD BAY® Seasoning

2 tablespoons salt

8 medium red potatoes, quartered

2 large onions, cut into wedges

2 pounds lean smoked sausage, cut into 2-inch pieces

8 ears fresh corn, shucked and halved crosswise

4 pounds unpeeled jumbo shrimp (21 to 25 count)

DIRECTIONS

Bring water, beer, OLD BAY Seasoning and salt to boil in 12-quart stockpot on high heat. Add potatoes and onions. Cook 8 minutes. Add smoked sausage. Cook 5 minutes. Add corn. Cook 7 minutes.

Stir in shrimp. Cook 4 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink.

Drain cooking liquid. Pour contents of pot into large serving bowl or platter. Or, mound on paper-covered table. Sprinkle with additional OLD BAY Seasoning, if desired.

THE WAYSIDE INN

If you’re planning a trip to Baltimore, let the Wayside Inn serve as your home base during your visit. Our Ellicott City bed and breakfast is a romantic retreat from everyday reality. The Wayside Inn is the perfect place for you to escape. After a day spent exploring the Baltimore area, come back to The Wayside Inn where you can relax in one of our six beautiful, quaint rooms. Wake up refreshed and enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast that you’re sure to love.

Photo Credit: Mike Mozart / Old Bay Seasoning / Flickr

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Wine in the Woods in Columbia, Maryland http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/wine-in-the-woods-in-columbia-maryland/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/wine-in-the-woods-in-columbia-maryland/#comments Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:50:17 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=2155 The countdown is on to Wine in the Woods in Columbia, Maryland, an annual celebration of wine in Symphony Woods. This year’s Wine in the Woods will be held Saturday, May 16 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday May 17 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The event will be held at Symphony […]

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Wine in the Woods

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The countdown is on to Wine in the Woods in Columbia, Maryland, an annual celebration of wine in Symphony Woods.

This year’s Wine in the Woods will be held Saturday, May 16 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday May 17 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The event will be held at Symphony Woods, a 36-acre park owned by the Columbia Association located in Columbia’s downtown on Little Patuxent Parkway. Symphony Woods actually encircles Merriweather Post Pavilion, an outdoor concert venue.

Symphony Woods is located a quick 15 minute drive from The Wayside Inn, making it a convenient and exciting excursion during your stay.

This rain or shine event started in 1992 with 10 wineries and has grown to include 35 wineries, as well as nearly 50 artisans, musicians on two stages and more than 20 food vendors.

What to expect

In addition to participating in tastings at Wine in the Woods, you can also attend seminars to deepen your knowledge. Whether you’re a “newbie” or an experienced wine drinker, be sure to sit in on seminars covering a range of topics from Wine Tasting 101 to the History of Wine in Maryland. Seminars will be presented by Tasters Guild International and the Maryland Wineries Association.

There will be several wine tastings each day featuring white, red, dessert wines. Visit the event website for details on the participating wineries.

What to bring, what not to bring

Be sure to bring your ID with you. When you’re packing your car for the festival, feel free to bring blankets or tarps to place on the ground. You may also bring coolers for food or picnic baskets, as well as low-backed chairs. Please do not bring tents, grills, tables or alcohol.

Where to get tickets

When you buy tickets in advance, you have the opportunity to enter the park each day before other guests. That allows you to come in and find your spot before the festival officially opens at 11 a.m.

The following tickets are available:

Saturday, May 16, 11 AM-6 PM

Wine Taster: $32 advanced purchase; $40 at gate

*Designated Driver: $25

Youth (ages 3-20): $25

Sunday, May 17, 11 AM-5 PM

Wine Taster: $27 advanced purchase; $35 at gate

**Designated Driver: $20

Youth (ages 3-20): $20

Visit the event website to purchase advance tickets. 

You may also purchase tickets in advance at the following locations:

  • Recreation & Parks HQ (7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia)
  • North Laurel Comm. Center (9411 Whiskey Bottom Road, Laurel)
  • Gary J. Arthur Comm. Center (2400 Rt. 97, Cooksville)
  • Roger Carter Comm. Center (3000 Milltowne Drive, Ellicott City)
  • Robinson Nature Center (6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia)

THE WAYSIDE INN

If you’re planning to attend the festival, let the Wayside Inn serve as your home base during your visit. Our Ellicott City bed and breakfast is a romantic retreat from everyday reality. The Wayside Inn is the perfect place for you to escape. After a day enjoying Wine in the Woods, come back to The Wayside Inn where you can relax in one of our six beautiful, quaint rooms. Wake up refreshed and enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast that you’re sure to love.

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Don’t miss The Preakness Balloon Festival http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/the-preakness-balloon-festival-what-to-look-forward-to/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/the-preakness-balloon-festival-what-to-look-forward-to/#comments Sat, 21 Mar 2015 09:45:48 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=2143 If you’ve ever been interested in going for a hot air balloon ride, you may want to check out the Preakness Balloon Festival in Howard County, Md., each May. There are always plenty of fun things to do on the ground and in the sky, from watching the nightly Balloon Glow (pictured) to climbing in […]

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Preakness Balloon Festival

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If you’ve ever been interested in going for a hot air balloon ride, you may want to check out the Preakness Balloon Festival in Howard County, Md., each May. There are always plenty of fun things to do on the ground and in the sky, from watching the nightly Balloon Glow (pictured) to climbing in a balloon basket and taking to the skies for your very own bird’s eye view of Maryland.

The 2015 Balloon Festival will be held Thursday May 14 through Saturday May 16. This family friendly festival has been a tradition for 40 years, offering fun and entertainment for locals and visitors alike. Activities will be held at the Howard County Fairgrounds and Turf Valley in Ellicott City.

The Preakness Balloon Festival Afternoon Activities

Each day during the festival, afternoon activities will be held at the Howard County Fairgrounds beginning at 4:30 p.m. Activities include:

  • A tethered hot air balloon ride, where you’ll float 60-80 feet in the air for an incredible view of Howard County.
  • A bevy of food, retail and craft vendors to explore at your leisure.
  • A mass hot air balloon ascension of 25 colorful balloons at 6:30 p.m. Reserve your spot on one of these hot air balloon rides! Details below.
  • A Balloon Glow at dusk at Turf Valley. This beautiful sight is a great way to cap off your evening. More details on the Balloon Glow are below.

The only morning activities during the festival will be the 6:30 a.m. ascensions at Turf Valley in Ellicott City. A full schedule of events is listed on the Balloon Festival website.

Mass Hot Air Balloon Ascensions

The mass hot air balloon ascensions are a sight to see with 25 hot air balloons taking to the sky. The ascensions are scheduled (weather permitting) for May 14 at 6:30 p.m., May 15 at 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., and May 16 at 6:30 a.m.

All morning balloon ascensions take place at Turf Valley. All evening ascensions take place at Howard County Fairgrounds.

Whether you choose to attend the morning or evening session, you can watch from the ground as these giant balloons are inflated and then take flight. Or you can reserve your very own spot in a balloon basket and experience the flight yourself. The flight is $225 per person.

Nightly Balloon Glow

The Nightly Balloon Glow takes place at Turf Valley at 8:30 p.m. The balloons are inflated and lighted but do not take flight. Spectators have said that the balloons almost look like Christmas ornaments against the backdrop of the night sky.

The Balloons

Twenty-five hot air balloons are scheduled to appear at the festival, including colorful balloons and specialty balloons in the shape of Puddy Cat and Yellow Bird. Other specialty balloons include one with a giant teddy bear on it and another shaped like a giant elephant. Find out more about these balloons and see a few fun pictures at the event website.

The Preakness Celebration

The Balloon Festival is one of many events that make up the Preakness Celebration, a week-long lineup of food, fun and entertainment in honor of the Preakness Stakes, one of the most famous events in horse racing. In addition to the Balloon Festival, events include the Preakness 5-K Run at Pimlico, concerts and more.

The Preakness Stakes

The big race will be held May 16, 2015 at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, the second oldest racetrack in the nation. The Preakness is the “second jewel” in the thoroughbred racing’s prestigious Triple Crown. If you plan to be in town the entire week of the Preakness, you can take advantage of all the activities surrounding this racing tradition.

THE WAYSIDE INN

If you’re planning to attend the festival, let the Wayside Inn serve as your home base during your visit. Our Ellicott City bed and breakfast is a romantic retreat from everyday reality. The Wayside Inn is the perfect place for you to escape. After a day enjoying the Preakness Balloon Festival, come back to The Wayside Inn where you can relax in one of our six beautiful, quaint rooms. Wake up refreshed and enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast that you’re sure to love.

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The 42nd Annual Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/the-42nd-annual-maryland-sheep-and-wool-festival/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/the-42nd-annual-maryland-sheep-and-wool-festival/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:04:24 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=2130 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 […]

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Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival

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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 suggested each day. When you donate, you receive a collectible festival button.

What to expect at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival

The Maryland Sheep and Wood Festival began in 1974. It was created as an event where hand-spinners could buy fleeces at auction. Forty-seven buyers attended that first festival. Nearly 350 buyers attended the 2014 festival, a number that is a testament to the festival’s popularity and growth.

Part of its growth is due to the fact that the festival is not just for buyers anymore. It has evolved to become a community event with demonstrations, classes and entertainment, as well as food and craft vendors. In fact, more than 200 vendors attend each year, offering festival-goers the chance to purchase materials, supplies and finished goods.

Take a look behind-the-scenes

This festival offers you a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to produce wool and farm-fresh lamb. Attend a Shepherd Workshop if you’re curious about what it takes to raise sheep or if you are seriously considering obtaining a herd. Participate in a hands-on workshop where you’ll learn to care for and handle the animals. Watch sheep shearing, spinning, herding demos and more. Pick up a few tips from the lamb cooking demonstration by Chef Brett Arnold from Smokin’ Hot Bar and Grille. Learn about the various breeds of sheep during the Sheep Parade.

Classes and Competitions

Classes and competitions are always part of the festival. A few of the main events include the Fine Arts Competition featuring sheep or wool-related subjects and a Sheep to Shawl contest, where a team shears a sheep and then goes through the steps to make a shawl in the span of a couple hours. Other competitions include the Junior Spinning Competition, the Grand Chili Cook-off and a Sheep Photo Contest.

Family Activities

The Family Activities Tent includes opportunities for children to make Dream Catchers and needle tapestry bracelets, as well as learn to spin wool and try their hand at knitting and crocheting.

New in 2015

There will be a special Leicester Longwool Sheep Exhibit to celebrate the return of the breed to the U.S. The exhibit will include presentations and demonstrations. Another new exhibit is the Festival Farm Market where you can purchase lamb, honey and cheese products. This exhibit will be located in the Home Arts Building. If you plan to purchase edible items, it is recommended that you bring a cooler.

For more information about demonstrations, exhibits and a schedule of events for the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, please visit the event website.

The Wayside Inn

If you’re planning to attend the festival, let the Wayside Inn serve as your home base during your visit. Our Ellicott City bed and breakfast is a romantic retreat from everyday reality. The Wayside Inn is the perfect place for you to escape. After a day at the Maryland Wool and Sheep Festival, come back to The Wayside Inn where you can relax in one of our six beautiful, quaint rooms. Wake up refreshed and enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast that you’re sure to love.

Photo Credit: Jeff Kubina / Maryland Sheep & Wood Festival / Flickr

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Fantastic shops in Historic Ellicott City http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/fantastic-shops-in-historic-ellicott-city/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/fantastic-shops-in-historic-ellicott-city/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:01:09 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=2103 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 […]

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Historic Ellicott City

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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 of galleries and shops that occupy carefully preserved buildings. Among them, you’ll find antiques, jewelry, eclectic boutiques, furniture and more. In addition, Historic Ellicott City also offers several restaurants and specialty shops (think coffee, tea, wine and chocolate) to provide you with the sustenance you need for a full day of retail therapy.

Ellicott’s Country Store

Ellicott’s Country Store occupies the Walker-Chandler building on Main Street in Historic Ellicott City. The building was constructed circa 1792 and is, in fact, one of the oldest duplex buildings in the United States.

Open since 1962, the family-owned store has been passed down through four generations, offering customers a variety of antiques, furniture, gifts and accessories. The owners of Ellicott Country Store also opened Ellicott Interiors in 1990 to offer professional interior design services to customers.

Take the time to browse Ellicott’s Country Store’s nine showrooms spanning four floors. You’ll find each showroom features a different decorative style, ranging from English Hunt to French Country Gourmet. You’ll also find contemporary and trend-setting furnishings and accessories.

A Journey From Junk

A Journey from Junk is a vintage boutique on Main Street. This funky shop opened in 2008 and offers everything from clothing and accessories to furniture and paint. Journey from Junk has a fun charm bar, where you can create your own necklace or bracelet from their collection of more than 100 different charms. You’ll want to check out their vintage boots and fun trinkets for the home, too.

Mat About You

Mat About You is an art gallery and custom frame shop located on Hamilton Street. This art studio-turned gallery was founded in 1972 by the late Gino Manelli, a local artist. When Manelli’s youngest son Julian began framing his father’s art a few years later, Mat About You was born. The gallery and framing shop is still family owned and has expanded to include a unique selection of jewelry and gifts in addition to paintings by local artists.

Mat About You is one of more than 20 galleries that participate in the Ellicott City Art Walk each October. The free event features a variety of styles of art, including watercolor paintings, oil paintings, metal and wood sculpture, mixed media, ceramics, photography and artistic jewelry.

Shoemaker Country

Shoemaker Country is a custom furniture store on Main Street that offers antiques as well as new handmade, custom built pieces of furniture. Enjoy exploring more than 8,000 square feet of furniture, rugs, lighting and accessories.

One of the many unique offerings at Shoemaker Country is Tom’s Hand-painted Signs. These signs have a weathered look to them and are each handmade with the same attention to detail as signmakers from 100 years ago. Pre-made signs are available, or you could have a sign custom made bearing your family name or a fun quote.

First Fridays in Ellicott City

If you happen to be in town the first Friday of the month April to December, be sure to head to Historic Ellicott City for First Fridays. The evening includes sidewalk specials and extended shopping hours from 5-9 p.m. In addition, there is a Yappy Hour and live local music. Read more about this event on our blog.

THE WAYSIDE INN

Our Ellicott City bed and breakfast is a romantic retreat from everyday reality. The Wayside Inn is the perfect place for you to escape. After a day spent shopping in Historic Ellicott City, come back to The Wayside Inn where you can relax in one of our six beautiful, quaint rooms. Wake up refreshed and enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast that you’re sure to love.

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Free (or Almost Free) Howard County Events http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/free-or-almost-free-howard-county-events/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/free-or-almost-free-howard-county-events/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:12:02 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=2109 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 […]

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Howard County Events

Photo Credit: Jeff Kubina / Yellow Leaf in Patapsco River/ Flickr

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 galleries during special events. To help you get started planning your trip, we’ve put together a list of several great free and almost free Howard County events and activities.

First Fridays and Second Sundays

Shops and galleries in Ellicott City’s Historic District stay open until 8 p.m. the first Friday of each month April through December. The First Fridays event offers patrons a unique evening shopping experience, with special offers, musical entertainment and more. Read more about First Fridays in Ellicott City on The Wayside Inn’s blog.

In addition to First Fridays, you won’t want to miss Second Sundays in Ellicott City, either. The second Sunday of each month May through September, you can visit the stores along Tongue Row, along with booths set up by local farmers and artisans. Find out more information here.

Green spaces

Howard County is home to numerous parks, including the Patapsco Valley State Park. This 16,000-acre park stretches along 32 miles of the Patapsco River. Its eight developed recreational areas offer opportunities to hike, fish, camp, canoe, ride horses, mountain bike, as well as simply enjoy a picnic lunch stretched out on the grass or in one of the pavilions.

If you enjoy hiking, Patapsco Valley State Park features 170 miles of trails, 70 of them that are maintained. Guided hikes and educational programs are offered at the park, and information about these programs can be found on the website. In addition, you can visit the Avalon Visitor Center, which features an exhibit spanning 300 years of history along the Patapsco River.

Howard County Conservancy also offers opportunities for hiking. The Conservancy maintains Mt. Pleasant Farm, a 300-year-old farm in Woodstock left for preservation in 1993. It is home to more than 140 species of birds and wildlife. There’s quite a lot to do at Mt. Pleasant Farm. You can visit the nature center, where there are nearly always activities to enjoy, explore the farm’s outbuildings, discover the butterfly garden or take a self-guided hike along 4 miles of trails. Free guided hikes are held on the property the second Saturday of each month. Visit the website for more info, including trail maps and a schedule of activities.

Civil War History

History buffs will enjoy exploring various historic sites related to the Civil War in Howard County. Download and print a free guide and make your way at your leisure to various Civil War interpretive markers throughout the county. You’ll learn about the roles Savage Mill, the B&O Railroad Station in Ellicott City (formerly Ellicott Mills) and the Thomas Viaduct played in the war. More information is available at the Civil War Traveler website.

The Wayside Inn

The Wayside Inn is conveniently located in Howard County, making it central place to stay during your visit. Our Ellicott City bed and breakfast is a romantic retreat from everyday reality. It’s the perfect place for you to escape. After a day spent sightseeing, come back to The Wayside Inn where you can relax in one of our six beautiful, quaint rooms. Wake up refreshed and enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast that you’re sure to love.

Photo Credit: Jeff Kubina / Yellow Leaf in Patapsco River/ Flickr

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Top 4 places to visit in Maryland that are near DC http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/top-4-places-to-visit-in-maryland-that-are-near-dc/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/top-4-places-to-visit-in-maryland-that-are-near-dc/#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2015 10:10:15 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=2089 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 […]

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Places to visit in Maryland

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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 Washington, D.C. It’s also a short 30-minute drive from the Wayside Inn, making for an easy day trip into the city. Whether you like to soak in a bit of history or simply want a night out on the town, there is plenty to see and do at the Inner Harbor.

The Baltimore Harbor has played a huge part in the city’s growth and evolution. It has been a major seaport since the 18th century and was once the nation’s leading shipbuilding site. In order to bring visitors to the harbor, major attractions were added through the years to the waterfront area, beginning in the 1970s with the Maryland Science Center and the Baltimore Convention Center. Harborplace, a shopping, dining and entertainment complex opened in the 1980s, followed by the National Aquarium, which today is the city’s top tourist destination.

Other attractions in the Inner Harbor include Oriole Park at Camden Yards and Baltimore Ravens Stadium. Not to mention that within a few blocks of the waterfront, there are a multitude of restaurants, museums, shopping areas and additional attractions, making the Inner Harbor a great destination for couples, families, school groups and more. Check out other things to do in Baltimore.

2. C&O Canal National Historical Park

The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park is a great place for nature and history lovers to spend a day. The canal stretches 184.5 miles and can be accessed at several different locations. Activities include hiking, biking, boating, ranger-led programs, canal boat rides, fishing, horseback riding and more.

The C&O Canal was built along the Potomac River to provide a route to transport coal from the Allegheny Mountains. It stretched from Cumberland, Md. to Washington, D.C. The canal was used heavily from 1831 to 1924, but it was abandoned after damaging floods in 1924 and 1936. The canal sat idle for many years before becoming recognized as a national monument in 1961 and then a national historic park in 1971.

You can access the canal via six Visitor Centers along the route. The access point in Washington, D.C. is located close to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The next closest access point is at Great Falls Tavern in Potomac, Md., about 13 miles from D.C. Find out more about the park and where you can access it on the National Park website.

3. Six Flags America

Six Flags America is located just outside of Washington, D.C., in Upper Marlboro, Md. It offers fun for kids of all ages, including daring rides, live entertainment, shopping and dining. The Bourbon Street Fireball is a new ride opening in 2015. This looping roller coaster stands seven stories tall and swooshes through several thrilling full-circle revolutions at top speed. The Fireball joins a gut-wrenching lineup including the Apocalypse, a stand-up roller coaster; and the Batwing Coaster, which reaches speeds of up to 50 miles per hour as you drop 10 stories. When you’ve had your fill of roller coasters, cool off at the Water Park!

4. Brookside Gardens

You can easily spend a day exploring Brookside Gardens, a beautiful 50-acre garden located in Wheaton, Md. The gardens are about a 30 minutes from Washington, D.C. and The Wayside Inn.

Open year-round, Brookside Gardens has been divided into several different areas, each with its own focus.

You can visit the: Aquatic Garden, Azalea Garden, Butterfly Garden, Children’s Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Style Garden and Labyrinth, Trial Garden, Rain Garden and Woodland Walk. In addition, there is a Formal Garden that includes a Perennial Garden, Yew Garden, the Maple Terrace and a Fragrance Garden. Glass-covered conservatories allow visitors to experience tropical plants, seasonal blooms and special exhibits throughout the year.

Wayside Inn

The Wayside Inn is located about 30 miles from Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, making it convenient, central place to stay during your visit. Our Ellicott City bed and breakfast is a romantic retreat from everyday reality. It’s the perfect place for you to escape. After a day spent sightseeing, come back to The Wayside Inn where you can relax in one of our six beautiful, quaint rooms. Wake up refreshed and enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast that you’re sure to love.

 

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