The Wayside Inn http://www.waysideinnmd.com A Bed and Breakfast near Washington DC & Baltimore Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:20:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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The Columbia Triathlon: Get in Shape http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/columbia-triathlon-get-shape/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/columbia-triathlon-get-shape/#comments Sat, 14 Feb 2015 15:14:17 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=2075 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 […]

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Columbia Triathlon

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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 Triathlon is one of the longest running races in America. Having started in 1984 with just 90 athletes, it has grown to a field of 2,500. Proceeds from the event go to the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

The race course

Athletes begin the USATF-certified course in the water. Swimmers enter Centennial Lake about every 5 seconds and swim .93 miles in a counter-clockwise rectangular loop. Temperatures in this fresh-water lake in mid-May range from 65 degrees to 73 degrees.

The swim is followed by a 25-mile bike ride through the rolling countryside and farmlands of Howard County. The challenging course offers four moderate climbs along well-maintained and paved two-lane roads.

The final leg of the race is a 6.2-mile run. The course takes runners through the paces of several steep climbs, including a 12% grade.

Some of the best athletes in the world come to compete in this annual race. All-time Columbia Triathlon course records include: overall men: 1:49:11; overall women: 2:01:39.

Want to participate?

Interested in participating? There’s still time to get in shape for the race. Even if you’re a beginner, there are some great programs online to jumpstart your training. If you decide to race, simply visit the Columbia Triathlon website to register. The field is limited to 2,500 participants. The cost is $150 per individual or $300 per relay team. All participants must be between the ages of 15 and 90 as of Dec. 31, 2014 and must be a member of the USA Triathlon organization or purchase a membership.

Keep in mind the event will be held rain or shine. Packet pickup will be held Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16 at Centennial Park. If you choose to pick up your packet Saturday, you can also place your bike at the transition point.

Celebrate your accomplishment after the race at the Post Race Party (for athletes only) where you can enjoy music, food and high-five your fellow competitors.

Want to watch?

Even if you decide not to participate, you should still plan to go watch the race. The best places to watch the athletes in action are the start line, the transition areas and the finish line. Athletes and spectators should plan to arrive early. Parking is limited and the gates to the park entrance will only be open from 4:45 a.m. to 6:35 a.m. The park gates will reopen at 11:30 a.m.

Event location

Centennial Park is located in Howard County. It spans 337 acres and features a 54-acre manmade lake. The woodland and wetland ecosystems within Centennial Park make it perfect for observing birds, waterfowl, fish and wildlife.

After the race is finished, enjoy a picnic on the park grounds, or take some time to walk the 2.6-mile paved pathway that frames Centennial Lake. If you want to log a little distance, you could walk or jog the 7.3 miles of paved pathways that wind through the park and link to surrounding neighborhoods.

The Wayside Inn

After a day competing in the Columbia Triathlon or watching the action, come back to The Wayside Inn, the perfect place to relax and recharge your batteries. Our Ellicott City inn offers six beautiful but quaint rooms. This circa 1780 inn offers a romantic retreat from everyday reality. Wake up refreshed and enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast you’re sure to love.

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Do not miss the Blossoms of Hope Cherrybration http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/not-miss-blossoms-hope-cherrybration/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/not-miss-blossoms-hope-cherrybration/#comments Thu, 05 Feb 2015 21:32:22 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=2058 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 […]

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Blossoms of Hope

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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 in nearby Washington, D.C., each spring, Howard County, Md., officials decided in 2004 to create a program to plant Kwanzan cherry trees to enhance the area. The effort, dubbed Blossoms of Hope, became a three-part mission to beautify the area, attract visitors and give back to the community.

To benefit the community, officials created a campaign to utilize the vibrant pink cherry blossoms to help raise awareness about breast cancer. They also created events to raise funds for the Howard Hospital Foundation earmarked for Claudia Mayer / Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center. Since then, more than 1,600 Kwanzan cherry trees have been planted along roadways, in parks and at area attractions, and more than $225,000 has been raised for the cause. Locate cherry trees that have been planted by clicking on the link.

2015 Blossoms of Hope Events

This year’s events include the Blossoms of Hope Annual Juried Art Show Thursday, April 16. The show will be held at the Columbia Art Center Galleries and runs through May 3, 2015. This year’s theme is Portraits and Profiles: Inspirations of My Life. An awards reception will be held Friday, April 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

If you’re into fashion, you’ll enjoy taking part in Pretty in Pink on Friday, April 17, 2015 at the Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center. This event begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Enjoy shopping, a seated luncheon and a fashion show.

If you enjoy hitting the links, plan to participate in the 7th Annual Pink Greens Golf Classic on Friday, April 24, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Play 18 holes of golf on the championship course at Turf Valley. Your entry fee includes breakfast, golf cart, soft drinks and beer on the course, a closing reception buffet with soft drinks and beer, door prizes and more.

Proceeds from all events go to Blossoms of Hope to benefit the Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center.

Plant a Kwanzan cherry tree

In addition to participating in any of the above events, you have the unique opportunity to sponsor a cherry tree or dogwood tree.

There are three options. The first option is for you to purchase a Blossoms of Hope Kwanzan Cherry or Native Dogwood tree for $225.

Another option is to sponsor a tree in the Maggie J. Brown Grove on Lake Kittamaqundi at Kennedy Gardens for $1,000. There are only 20 sponsorships available. With your sponsorship, a sign with your name will be placed near the tree.

You may also choose to sponsor a Legacy Tree for $5,000. Three saplings from the Japanese cherry trees that surround the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. have been given to the city of Columbia, Md. They have been planted on the far side of Lake Kittamaqundi in the Patrick Kennedy Garden. If you are one of the three Legacy Tree sponsors, a plaque bearing your name will be placed near a tree.

Cherry trees in Ellicott City

There are several places you can see the cherry blossoms in Ellicott City. Swing by the Howard County Welcome Center on Main Street, Gary Memorial Church on Daniels Road and Founders’ Grove at Centennial Park.

The Wayside Inn

The Wayside Inn, a historic bed and breakfast in Ellicott City, is a short drive from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. The Wayside Inn offers six beautiful rooms, as well as a gourmet breakfast to start each day.

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Music Lovers Unite at the Capital Jazz Fest http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/music-lovers-unite-capital-jazz-fest/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/music-lovers-unite-capital-jazz-fest/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 12:57:52 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=2047 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 […]

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Capital Jazz Fest

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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 may be purchased directly from the event website.

2015 Capital Jazz Fest

Finishing touches are currently being applied to the lineup for the 23rd annual Capital Jazz Fest. An announcement will be made on the event website in March regarding the 2015 artists. Be sure to check back for the latest information.

The event typically features more than 30 top jazz talent and soul singers. Artists that participated in last year’s festival include Chaka Khan, The O’Jays, Faith Evans, Erykah Badu and John Legend.

In addition to the music, the Capital Jazz Fest also offers fine arts and crafts vendors in the Festival Marketplace and a variety of offerings at the food court. You can also participate in artist workshops and meet-and-greet events.

Capital Jazz Fest history

The Capital Jazz Fest started in 1993 at Bull Run Regional Park in Centreville, Va., but moved to Merriweather Post Pavilion in 2004 because attendance had grown substantially. The three-day festival now attracts nearly 20,000 jazz fans of all ages daily.

The annual event is managed by Capital Jazz Radio, which also organizes a Jazz SuperCruise each year. Recent performers on the SuperCruise include Ruben Studdard and Patti LaBelle.

Dos and don’ts for attending the Capital Jazz Fest

The Jazz Fest is held rain or shine, so be sure to pack a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses for sunny days, as well as a raincoat and umbrella for wet ones. While the concert is held in June, it’s also recommended that you bring a jacket, sweatshirt or sweatpants, as the temperature can drop quickly after sunset.

Many concertgoers set up a place for the day with a beach blanket, chairs and even a beach umbrella in designated areas. Umbrellas, tents and blankets are allowed as long as none of them are wider than 10 feet.

Performances take place on two stages. In 2014, contemporary jazz and adult contemporary artists performed on the Pavilion Stage, while classic soul and soul alternative acts performed on the Symphony Woods stage.

There are seats for the event, however you can choose to sit on the lawn and listen to the music. Be sure to pack a beach blanket, towels or chairs if you choose to sit on the lawn. Chairs are allowed but must be no higher than 36 inches from the ground.

Feel free to bring a cooler or picnic basket, however a variety of food and drinks are available at the event in the concession areas.

You may not bring alcoholic beverages to the Jazz Fest.

Mega-fans may want to bring along photos of their favorite artist or a music CD for the artist to sign at one of the meet-and-greet sessions.

Merriweather Post Pavilion

Merriweather Post Pavilion is the largest music venue in Maryland. Surrounded by 40 acres of forest, the venue is located in between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Since it opened in 1967, a wide range of acts have graced its stages, including Pink Floyd, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead.

The Wayside Inn

After soaking in the jazz music, The Wayside Inn in Ellicott City is the perfect place to serve as your home base while you’re in the area. Our bed and breakfast offers six different beautiful rooms, and a stay at The Wayside in includes a freshly made breakfast each morning.

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Visit the Ellicott City B&O Railroad Museum http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/visit-ellicott-city-bo-railroad-museum/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/visit-ellicott-city-bo-railroad-museum/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 21:49:59 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=2032 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 […]

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Ellicott City B&O Railroad Museum

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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 House, which was built in 1885. View a replica of the first horse-drawn passenger rail car, as well as a 1927 Caboose. The first 13 miles of commercial railroad in America was laid by B&O Railroad connecting Baltimore with Ellicott City, then known as Ellicott Mills. This station offers the opportunity to learn not only about the nation’s first railroad, but how it impacted the growth of Ellicott City.

Ellicott City Station is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $6 for children 2-12.

Consider purchasing a combination admission ticket to visit the Ellicott City Station and the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore.

B&O Museum in Baltimore

The B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore features the oldest, most comprehensive American railroad collection in the world. It’s located on a 40-acre historic site that contains buildings and structures that have been restored and carefully preserved, as well as the first 1.5 miles of mainline railroad built in the U.S.

The B&O Railroad is located in one of Baltimore’s historic southwest neighborhoods at the original site of the historic Mt. Clare Shops. The museum is less than a 30-minute drive from The Wayside Inn.

B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore is open seven days a week. Monday-Saturday, it is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, it’s open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The museum is closed on certain holidays: Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Be sure to purchase the combination ticket so you can visit both the Ellicott City Station and the B&O Railroad Baltimore Museum at a discounted rate.

B&O Baltimore exhibits

The museum offers exhibits year-round, exhibitions that change regularly, as well as seasonal train rides on the nation’s first 1.5 miles of mainline railroad.

Year-round, you can see various locomotives and rolling stock in the Roundhouse, which is a 22-sided building that spans nearly an acre. It contains 22 bays which housed trains that were being serviced, as well as a 60-foot turntable in the center (that still works!) for positioning the trains.

Be sure to visit the Alex Brown Exhibition Gallery, which currently contains the Smithsonian Institute’s collection of railroad models, a collection of clocks and pocket watches used by railroad employees, as well as a special exhibit that runs through 2015 about the importance of the railroad during the Civil War. This gallery and the gift shop are both in the Annex Gallery.

Special exhibit

This is the final year for the featured exhibit, “The War Came by Train,” which explains how the railroad and railroaders shaped the course of the Civil War (1861-1865).

April 18 and 19, 2015 the B&O Railroad is holding a special event that commemorates President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral procession, which made its way by train through Baltimore on April 21, 1965. This year marks 150 years since the end of the Civil War. The special events begin at 11:30 a.m. on April 18 and 19 and include the reenactment of Lincoln’s funeral cortege and placing of the coffin in the Museum’s National Historic Landmark Roundhouse. One of the trains at the museum will be decorated exactly like Lincoln’s funeral train and will be on display for the rest of 2015.

All aboard

The first 1.5 miles of mainline railroad right of way carries visitors on seasonal train rides to the site where the First Stone of the Baltimore & Ohio Rail Road was laid on July 4, 1828 by Charles Carroll of Carrollton, last living signer of the Declaration of Independence. Train rides are offered at the B&O in Baltimore Wednesday through Sunday, April through December and weekends in January. Please visit the website for details on times and train rides for special occasions. Admission for the train is $3 for adults and seniors and $2 for children 2-12. (There are no train rides at the Ellicott City Musueum, only in Baltimore.)

Wayside Inn

The Wayside Inn in Ellicott City is the perfect place to serve as your home base while you’re in the area. Our bed and breakfast offers six different beautiful rooms, and a stay at The Wayside in includes a fresh made breakfast every morning. Like the B&O Railroad Museums, the Wayside Inn allows you to get lost in history. The Wayside Inn was built more than 200 years ago, and has been lovingly restored to offer you the perfect location for a relaxing getaway.

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Don’t Miss First Fridays in Ellicott City http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/dont-miss-first-fridays-ellicott-city/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/dont-miss-first-fridays-ellicott-city/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:56:24 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=2017 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 […]

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First Fridays in Ellicott City's historic downtown

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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 and visitors to enjoy. First Fridays includes sidewalk specials and evening shopping from 5-9 p.m. In addition, there is a Yappy Hour and live local music.

It all takes place in historic Ellicott City, which has won local and national accolades. Locally, Ellicott City was voted the Best Place to go on a First Date in the 2014 Best of Howard County contest.

Nationally, the city garnered national attention in 2014 when it was named a top four destination in Parade Magazine’s Best Small Towns in America contest, and when Money Magazine ranked Ellicott City No. 6 in their list of the 50 Best Places to Live in America.

First Fridays Shopping

Ellicott City’s historic district has been carefully preserved. There are more than 60 businesses in the historic downtown. Here is a peek at just a few of the shops that have participated in First Fridays.

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. You’ll want to check out their vintage boots and fun trinkets for the home, too.

Out of Our Past Antiques is a mix of late 19th century and early 20th antiques. It offers a wide range of items at reasonable prices, whether you’re looking for an accent piece, a unique gift, something for your collection or a practical piece you will use daily,

The Wine Bin is a boutique wine store that sells a wide range of wines and spirits. Whether you’re a novice or a connoisseur, you will feel comfortable shopping at the Win Bin and find something to your taste. The Wine Bin features 200 wines under $20, as well as specialty vintages, premium spirits and gourmet beers. During First Fridays, join the Wine Bin for Yappy Hour, a pet-friendly wine tasting held in the shop parking lot. In addition to adult beverages, enjoy handmade, locally made chocolate.

The Wine Bin also offers free outdoor movies on Saturday nights June through September. Held in the shop’s parking lot, enjoy a wine tasting before the movie. Bring your own chair, snacks and a blanket. June-August, the movie begins at 9 p.m. In September it begins at 8 p.m.

Vintage Bliss Boutique sells vintage shabby chic and eclectic home furnishings, personal accessories and gifts. Think painted furniture, chandeliers, art, jewelry, perfume, kitchen, dining and wine items, paper goods and apparel.

First Fridays Music

During First Fridays, bands line Upper Main Street and Lower Main Street. Bring a chair so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of First Fridays in Ellicott City.

History of Ellicott City

Ellicott City was first known as Ellicott Mills. It was settled in 1772 by three brothers from Pennsylvania, John, Andrew and Joseph Ellicott. The brothers established a flour mill upon their arrival, setting up the town to become one of the largest milling and manufacturing towns on the East Coast. In 1830, B&O Railroad built a station in Ellicott Mills, the first outside of Baltimore. In 1867, the town’s name was changed to Ellicott City.  The B&O Railroad station is now a museum open for tours daily.

Wayside Inn

The Wayside Inn in Ellicott City has a rich history, too. This circa 1780 inn offers a romantic retreat from everyday reality. It’s the perfect place for you to escape. After a day sightseeing in beautiful Howard County and a fun time at First Fridays downtown, come back to The Wayside Inn where you can relax in one of our six beautiful but quaint rooms. Wake up refreshed and enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast that you’re sure to love.

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The Most Romantic Restaurants in Columbia, Maryland http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/romantic-restaurants-columbia-maryland/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/romantic-restaurants-columbia-maryland/#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 15:55:52 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=2002 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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Restaurants in Columbia, Maryland

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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, great wine and great service in an environment that’s comfortable enough they will feel at home. The cozy atmosphere includes dark wood, exposed beams and dark colored walls, perfect for a candlelit meal.

The food is described as modern American with international influences. Local produce, meats and seafood are center stage at the restaurant that employs a farm-to-table concept. Every ingredient is prepared fresh daily and the menu changes depending on what ingredients are available.

The wine menu is varied, as well. Iron Bridge focuses on quality, rather than quantity. While it has a smaller inventory of wines (about 300), the wines they carry are mostly small vineyard, small production wines that are hard to find and highly recommended. Iron Bridge Wine Company has been a Top 50 Restaurant in Baltimore Magazine eight times. It’s also been featured in USA Today and The Wine Enthusiast.

The King’s Contrivance

Upon arriving at The King’s Contrivance, you may think the exterior and setting has the look of an old mansion – and you would be correct. The restaurant is located on a former 370-acre farm granted by The Lord Baltimore to Rev. James Macgill. The original Federal Period mansion built on the property burned and was replaced by the current structure in the 1890s. The home stayed in the Macgill family until the 1960s, when it was transformed into a fine dining restaurant.

The menu at King’s Contrivance reflects New American cuisine with European and Asian influences. Their dinner menu includes Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, Pepita-crusted Norwegian Salmon, Roasted Duck Breast and Filet Mignon Forestiere. The restaurant features a fine wine list, as well and has won Wine Spectator’s Best Award of Excellence for the last 10 years. A favorite spot for weddings and special occasions, The King’s Contrivance has been voted Howard County’s finest dining for more than 20 consecutive years.

Stanford Grill

Whether you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion, or are planning a romantic evening “just because,” the ambiance at the Stanford Grill should fit the bill. Stanford Grills’ atmosphere includes a warm, cozy dining room with wood paneling, earthy tones, soft lighting and a large fireplace. There is outdoor seating, too, which is kept warm on chilly evenings by fire pits.

The restaurant’s expansive menu includes their specialty Wood-fired Rotisserie Chicken, Eastern Shore Crab Cakes and a Fresh Vegetable Platter, to name just a few. Sides include Lobster Mac & Cheese and Seasonal Vegetables. Standford Grill’s wine selection is also extensive.

Seasons 52

Seasons 52 offers a casual yet sophisticated setting and a menu that plays on the chef’s rustic cooking techniques, such as oak fire grilling and brick oven roasting to bring out flavors in an array of dishes. The menu focuses on seasonally inspired cooking with each menu item totaling 475 calories or less.

The wine list has been hand-selected by the restaurant’s Master Sommelier, one of fewer than 250 Master Sommeliers in the world. In addition to time-tested fine wines, the wine list also includes several selections that you can try “before they’re famous.”

Wayside Inn

The Wayside Inn in Ellicott City is the perfect place to serve as your home base while you’re in the area. Our bed and breakfast offers six different beautiful rooms, and a stay at The Wayside in includes a fresh made breakfast every morning. Ellicott City is adjacent to Columbia, making The Wayside Inn a very short drive from some of the most romantic restaurants in Columbia, Maryland.

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8 Baltimore Inner Harbor Attractions http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/8-baltimore-inner-harbor-attractions/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/8-baltimore-inner-harbor-attractions/#comments Wed, 31 Dec 2014 17:42:28 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=1989 Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor is 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 are plenty Baltimore Inner Harbor attractions to choose from. 1. Camden Yards Depending on the […]

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Baltimore Inner Harbor Attractions

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Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor is 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 are plenty Baltimore Inner Harbor attractions to choose from.

1. Camden Yards

Depending on the time of year, you should plan to go to a Baltimore Orioles baseball game at Camden Yards. This baseball-only facility opened in 1992 offering a state-of-the-art ballpark with a deep respect for tradition and history. Take a behind-the-scenes tour to learn more about the history of Camden Yards, and for a look at the dugout and more. Sports Legends at Camden Yards is another must-see. Located in the historic Camden Station building, the interactive exhibit covers 22,000 square feet and showcases more than 10,000 artifacts. The exhibits pay homage to the Orioles, Babe Ruth, Baltimore Colts and Johnny Unitas, along with an in-depth look at the history of the Negro Leagues in Baltimore.

2. Power Plant Live!

If you’re ready to enjoy a night out on the town, Power Plant Live combines dining and entertainment in one location. Located one block from Inner Harbor, Power Plant Live’s restaurants include Havana Club, Joe Squared, Mex Tequila Bar, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and more. Feel like playing a game of pool or maybe some dancing? Power Plant Live includes several nightclubs including Angels Rock Bar, Howl at the Moon and Mosaic Nightclub & Lounge. This event venue also hosts a free live music series weekly May through October.

3. Maryland Science Center

The Maryland Science Center features 14 full-size dinosaurs in Dinosaur Mysteries, an exploration of the day in the life of the human body in Your Body: The Inside Story; Newton’s Alley, with dozens of interactive activities; a national touring exhibit; and the five-story IMAX Theater. Other popular attractions include the Davis Planetarium, which reopened in 2013 with a brand new screen, seats, carpet and control console. Beneath the 50-foot dome, become immersed in digital simulations of the sky and space. Planetarium shows feature themes of astronomy, space exploration and backyard observing.

4. National Aquarium in Aquarium

The National Aquarium in Baltimore is located in Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. It spans 250,000 square feet and has a water capacity of more than 2.2 million gallons. It is home to more than 17,000 animals from more than 750 species of fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals living in award-winning habitats. In fact, the brand new Blacktip Reef, a floor-to-ceiling exhibit that features blacktip sharks and an underwater viewing area, recently won the 2014 Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Significant Achievement Award in Exhibit Design.

5. Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Founded in 1876, the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is the third oldest zoo in the United States and is internationally known for its contributions in conservation and research. More than 1,500 animals are represented in the Zoo’s varied natural habitat exhibits in areas such as Polar Bear Watch, the Maryland Wilderness, African Journey and the award-winning Children’s Zoo. Beginning January 2, the Zoo will offer paid Penguin Encounters daily at 11 am and 2 pm. Penguin Encounters are 20-30 minute private tours with an Embassy keeper, special photo opportunities and up-close penguin interaction. Encounters will be limited to 8 people per tour and tours are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Visit the website for additional information.

6. Star-Spangled Banner Flag House

Step back in time when you visit the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House. This historic home belonged to Mary Pickersgill. Mary made the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to pen a poem that later became our National Anthem. When the home, which was built in 1793, was sold to the city of Baltimore in 1927, it was established as a museum and offers a glimpse at Mary’s household as she would have seen it.

7. Ripley’s Believe It or Not

Ripley’s Believe It or Not’s Odditorium includes 10 galleries. Don’t miss the Marvelous Mirror Maze, 2,000 square feet of endless passages. Also onsite is Ripley’s 4D moving Theater, which offers a movie-going experience complete with digital effects, motion seats and 4-D real effects. The Odditorium is open 365 days a year.

8. Historic Ships in Baltimore

Historic Ships in Baltimore offers the opportunity for you to explore four impressive military vessels and celebrate more than 200 years of naval and maritime history. The collection includes the U.S. Sloop-of-War Constellation, the U.S. Submarine Torsk, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Taney and the Lightship Chesapeake, all within easy walking distance of each other.

THE WAYSIDE INN

The Wayside Inn in Ellicot City is the perfect place to serve as your home base while you’re in the area. Our bed and breakfast offers six different beautiful rooms, and a stay at The Wayside in includes a freshly made breakfast.

Photo credit: Maryland Science Center

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U.S. Naval academy tours in Annapolis http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/u-s-naval-academy-tours-annapolis/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/u-s-naval-academy-tours-annapolis/#comments Fri, 26 Dec 2014 14:00:44 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=1973 A visit to the Baltimore area is not complete without taking one of the U.S. Naval Academy tours in Annapolis. The chance to see the U.S. Naval Academy in person gives you the opportunity to experience traditions that date back to 1845 when the academy began as the Naval School with a brigade of 50 on 10 acres […]

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US Naval Academy Tours

Photo Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad Runge/The U.S. Naval Academy Band/Flickr

A visit to the Baltimore area is not complete without taking one of the U.S. Naval Academy tours in Annapolis.

The chance to see the U.S. Naval Academy in person gives you the opportunity to experience traditions that date back to 1845 when the academy began as the Naval School with a brigade of 50 on 10 acres of old Fort Severn in Annapolis. The Naval Academy campus now spans 338 acres and boasts a brigade of 4,000.

U.S. Naval Academy students

Naval Academy students are considered midshipmen on active duty in the U.S. Navy. Students attend the Academy for four years, each graduating with Bachelor of Science degrees and then commissioning as Ensigns in the Navy or Second Lieutenants in the Marine Corps.

Available tours

Several tours are available for individuals, families and groups. Begin your visit at the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center where you will first watch a 13-minute film entitled “The Call to Serve.” Public walking tours of the campus, also called the Yard, depart daily from the Visitor Center and are led by a professional, certified guide.

During the campus tour, you’ll learn about the history of the U.S. Naval Academy, as well as its impact. You’ll also learn about the Beaux Arts architecture prevalent in campus buildings, as well as take notice of numerous monuments celebrating important leaders and events. Tour fees are as follows: adults $10, senior citizens $9, children (1st grade through 12th grade) $8, and pre-school aged children are free.

In addition to the walking tour, the noon formation of the Brigade is a popular daily attraction on the Yard. The formation is held weather permitting weekdays during the academic year and Monday through Saturday during Plebe Summer. Plebe Summer is the summer new midshipmen begin their four-year program.

Special group tours are available for groups of 16 or more. Group tours include a historical tour and tea at the Naval Academy Club and a corporate leadership and training tour.

Shop for Souvenirs

While you’re visiting, plan to stop by the U.S. Naval Academy Gift Shop and the Museum Store for a few souvenirs. The gift shop offers everything from hats and T-shirts to jewelry and tailgating gear. Visit the online store for a preview of the items on sale in the gift shop.

The museum, which spans two floors, is free and open to the public seven days a week. The museum store has a large assortment of naval history books, prints, models, gifts and educational toys in stock. All proceeds from the sale of merchandise benefit Brigade of Midshipmen activities.

Dining at the U.S. Naval Academy

While picnicking is not allowed on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy, you can grab a bite to eat at the Drydock Restaurant in Dahlgren Hall. The Drydock has a menu of deli-style sandwiches, grilled items and pizza. It’s open seven days a week and offers indoor and outdoor dining options. The Naval Academy Club is also open to the public for a buffet lunch during the week from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Requirements for visiting

Visitors 18 and older must have a government issued photo ID. International visitors must have an original passport. You will need to park outside the gates and enter using one of the pedestrian entrances, unless you have a U.S. Naval Academy ID, a Department of Defense sticker or handicapped tag on your vehicle.

The Wayside Inn

The Wayside Inn, a historic bed and breakfast in Ellicott City, is a short drive from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. The Wayside Inn offers six beautiful rooms, as well as a gourmet breakfast to start each day.

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5 wineries in Maryland that are spectacular http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/5-wineries-maryland-spectacular/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/5-wineries-maryland-spectacular/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:13:21 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=1962 Wine enthusiasts will be pleasantly surprised to find that there are nearly 60 wineries in Maryland boasting more than 400 different wines. We suggest you begin your adventure with the following 5 wineries in Maryland that are spectacular. Each winery is in close proximity to The Wayside Inn, making for an enjoyable day trip with plenty of […]

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5 wineries in Maryland that are spectacular

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Wine enthusiasts will be pleasantly surprised to find that there are nearly 60 wineries in Maryland boasting more than 400 different wines. We suggest you begin your adventure with the following 5 wineries in Maryland that are spectacular.

Each winery is in close proximity to The Wayside Inn, making for an enjoyable day trip with plenty of time to return to the inn for a relaxing evening.

5 Wineries in Maryland that are spectacular

Basignani Winery

Basignani Winery is located in Sparks, Md., less than an hour’s drive from The Wayside Inn. It is owned by husband and wife team Bertero (Bert) and Lynne Basignani. Bert dreamed of following in the footsteps of his Italian grandparents who made wine at home, so he bought 10 acres of land in the Maryland Piedmont while he was still a college student as a step toward fulfilling that dream. Forty years later, Bert and Lynne run a successful winery that produces 6,500 gallons of wine annually.

Basignani Winery grows Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Seyval, Burdin and Villard grape varieties which produce a several wines, including dry reds, dry whites and several sweet wines. Basignani Winery will sell a Pinot Noir-style wine made from its Nebbiolo grapes in 2015.

The tasting room is open Wednesday through Sunday 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. It is closed Monday and Tuesday. The winery hosts several special events throughout the year, including wine pairing events and a Tuscan Christmas celebration.

Black Ankle Vineyards

Black Ankle Vineyards is nestled in the foothills of Mt. Airy, Md., a little more than 30 minutes from The Wayside Inn. Founded by Ed Boyce and Sarah O’Herron, the vineyard’s first grapes were planted in 2003 and harvested in 2006. The 2006 wines rested in barrels until the tasting room opened in 2008. The vineyard spans nearly 30 acres on a 145-acre farm in the Maryland Piedmont.

You can learn more about the vineyard’s history and the 12 grape varieties that are grown there during an in-depth vineyard and winery tour offered Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m., weather permitting. The tasting room is currently closed for the winter, but will reopen in mid-April.

Boordy Vineyards

The roots of Boordy Vineyards run deep, as it was founded in the 1930s by Philip and Jocelyn Wagner, who went on to establish Maryland’s first commercial winery in Baltimore City in 1945. In 1980, the vineyard was purchased by the R.B. Deford family and relocated to a 240-acre farm located in Hydes, Md. Forty acres of grapes are cultivated on the vineyard producing 97,000 gallons of wine annually.

Located a short 30-minute drive from The Wayside Inn, Boordy Vineyards’ tasting room is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Vineyard and winery tours, which include a walk through its 19th century stone barn, are offered daily at 2 and 3:30 p.m.

Elk Run Vineyard & Winery

Established in 1983, award-winning Elk Run Vineyard and Winery’s approach to making wine is an homage to the traditions and values of old world practices while integrating new world research and technology. All the varieties made at Elk Run are grown on the 25-acre vineyard.

The tasting room is open November through April Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. and other days by appointment. May through First week of October, Elk Run Vineyard is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Wine Down Friday is an event held weekly from 6 p.m.-9 p.m., weather permitting.

Fiore Winery

Fiore Winery offers a full range of wines, including dry reds, dry whites, sparkling wines and dessert wines. This winery was established in 1986 by Mike and Rose Fiore. Mike was a vineyard owner in Italy before moving to the United States in 1962.

Located in Pylesville, Md., about an hour from The Wayside Inn, Fiore Winery produces 35,000 gallons of wine annually and has been the recipient of many awards. Pack a picnic lunch and plan to spend leisurely afternoon exploring the vineyard and sampling the wines.

Fiore Winery’s tasting room is open November through March Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. April through October, the winery is open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

The Wayside Inn

After a wonderful day in the Maryland countryside, return to The Wayside Inn to relax. Our six-room bed and breakfast is located in Ellicott City and is a beautiful place to spend a weekend. Each of our luxurious rooms are well-appointed, and your stay includes a delicious made-to-order breakfast each morning.

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