The Wayside Inn http://www.waysideinnmd.com A Bed and Breakfast near Washington DC & Baltimore Fri, 16 Jan 2015 13:56:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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

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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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Early 2015 Events in Baltimore http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/early-2015-events-baltimore/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/early-2015-events-baltimore/#comments Thu, 11 Dec 2014 23:25:40 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=1950 Baltimore kicks off 2015 with several exciting things to do and see. There’s something for everyone from outdoor activities to history tours, kid-friendly events to music festivals. Check out our sampling of the early 2015 events in Baltimore. Ice Skating at the Inner Harbor Ice Rink McKeldin Plaza Through Jan. 19, 2015 Enjoy seasonal ice […]

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Early 2015 Events in Baltimore

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Baltimore kicks off 2015 with several exciting things to do and see. There’s something for everyone from outdoor activities to history tours, kid-friendly events to music festivals. Check out our sampling of the early 2015 events in Baltimore.

Ice Skating at the Inner Harbor Ice Rink
McKeldin Plaza
Through Jan. 19, 2015
Enjoy seasonal ice skating in an outdoor rink in downtown Baltimore at the Inner Harbor Ice Rink. The rink is open every day through Jan. 19 allowing you to skate under crisp, sunny skies or starlit nights. Adults can skate for $9, children, military personnel and seniors can skate for $7. Skate rental is $3 per person. After you skate, warm up treat yourself to a seasonal goodie and warm with a hot beverage provided by local food trucks Thursday through Sunday.

Holiday Festival of Trains
B&O Railroad
Wednesday through Sunday now through Jan.25, 2015

While you’re still in the holiday spirit, take in the Holiday Festival of Trains at B&O Railroad. This annual display includes toy trains and model railroads, perfect for train enthusiasts of all ages. Debuting this year is a a custom built 360 degree LEGO model train layout created by the Washington, D.C. Metro Area LEGO Train Club. This interactive display is made of entirely of LEGOs and includes push buttons that activate lights, motors and sounds. The B&O Railroad is convenient to Wayside Inn, also located in Ellicott City.

Fridays after Five at the National Aquarium
The National Aquarium
Fridays through March 27, 2015
Every Friday evening through March 27, 2015, admission to the National Aquarium between 5 and 8 p.m. is just $12 per person. Fridays after Five allows you to explore at your leisure until the aquarium closes at 9:30 p.m. What will you see? The aquarium has more than 17,000 animals on display in exhibits including the award-winning Blacktip Reef, Dolphin Discovery, Shark Alley and an Amazon Rainforest. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit the website or call 410-576-3800.

American Craft Council Show
Baltimore Convention Center
Feb 20-22, 2015

If you love to explore the handmade items of local crafters, you should plan to attend the American Craft Council Show Feb. 20-22, 2015. Held at the Baltimore Convention Center, this show features more than 650 artists selling handmade items including jewelry, clothing, furniture and home décor. This event offers you the opportunity to touch and feel the items, as well as meet the people behind the products. The show will be open Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Feb. 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Advance tickets are $14 for a one-day pass and $34 for a three-day pass.

Baltimore Wicked History Tours
March 7, 2015-Nov. 28, 2015
Meets on the sidewalk outside of Max’s on Broadway
When you take a Baltimore Wicked History Tour, you’ll step back in time as you travel along the cobblestone streets of Fells Point and visit some of its pubs and taverns. Guides are well-versed in stories about this waterside town’s most colorful villains, as well as its most celebrated – if unexpected – personalities, including Billie Holliday and Edgar Allan Poe. Tours depart outside of Max’s Sidebar on Broadway at 5 p.m. and last two hours.

3rd Annual Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival
Druid Hill Park
April 25, 2015
Now in its third year, the annual Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival is a celebration of the history of bluegrass in the Baltimore area that pays homage this this music genre’s rich and vibrant history. Acts lined up for the 2015 festival include Jerry Douglas (13-time Grammy award winner and Dobro guitar phenom who is a member of Alison Krauss and Union Station); Noam Pikelny & Friends featuring Aoife O’Donovan, the Highland Hill Boys and many more.

The festival is held at Druid Hill Park, a 745-acre park in Northern Baltimore with rolling lawns and large shade trees.

The Wayside Inn
With The Wayside Inn as home base while you’re in the area, all of these things to do and see are within close proximity. Our bed and breakfast offers six different beautiful rooms, and a stay at The Wayside in includes a freshly made breakfast.  The Wayside Inn is a short 30-minute drive from Baltimore, and it’s convenient to gourmet restaurants and shopping.

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Visit the National Aquarium in Baltimore http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/visit-national-aquarium-baltimore/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/visit-national-aquarium-baltimore/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 14:42:46 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=1935 The National Aquarium in Baltimore is a short 30-minute drive from the Wayside Inn, making this award-winning aquarium a “must see” when you’re visiting the area. The aquarium 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. […]

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The National Aquarium in Baltimore is a short 30-minute drive from the Wayside Inn, making this award-winning aquarium a “must see” when you’re visiting the area.

The aquarium 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.

The aquarium first opened in 1981 and has since grown to become one of the most visited attractions in the area, with more than 1.4 million visitors annually. The aquarium has expanded several times, including in 2005 when it added Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes, the only exhibit of its kind in the U.S. depicting a northern Australia river gorge. In this exhibit, you’ll find freshwater crocs, turtles, free-flying birds and fish, fish and more fish!

The largest exhibit at the National Aquarium in Baltimore is Dolphin Discovery, a 94,000-square-foot building that houses a 1.3-million-gallon pool for the aquarium’s eight dolphins. Purchase tickets for one of the Dolphin Immersion Tours where you can experience a private dolphin training and play session. Or simply visit Dolphin Discovery on your own to watch from the stands as the dolphins train, feed and play.

Hours and ticket prices

Tickets range from $21.95 for children to $34.95 for adults. Discount rates are available for senior citizens and children under 3 are free. The aquarium is open Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. It is open every day except Christmas Day.

If you’re looking for an exceptional experience, you can add on a 4-D Immersion film for $5 per person (movies change periodically) or a behind-the-scenes experience for $15 per person. The behind-the-scenes experience is a 45-minute guided tour that gives you an exclusive look at the Pacific Coral Reef.

The aquarium also offers an array of Immersion Tours at an additional cost, allowing you to take your experience a step further. In addition to a Dolphin Encounter, mentioned above, you may want to consider a Behind-the-Scenes Tour with Sharks where you can learn about how meals for sharks are planned and prepared, and have the chance to walk the catwalk above Shark Alley. You can also sign up for a Veterinarian Tour so you can see how the animals are cared for.

Certain age restrictions apply for the Immersion Tours. For more info and to order tickets, visit the aquarium website.

Tips for a great experience

The National Aquarium in Baltimore’s website has some great tips on how to make the most of your visit. First and foremost, the experts suggest you buy your tickets online. The Aquarium uses timed entry, which allows you to skip the line at the ticket booth and walk right in. Another great tip is to arrive before 11 a.m. so you can experience the animals as they begin their day. If you’re not an early bird, no problem. There are advantages to visiting later in the day (after 3 p.m.), as the aquarium is less busy then.

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.  The Wayside Inn is a short 30-minute drive from the National Aquarium in Baltimore, and it’s convenient to gourmet restaurants and shopping, as well as an array of things to do and see.

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6 Fantastic Things to do in Howard County MD http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/6-things-to-do-in-howard-county-md/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/6-things-to-do-in-howard-county-md/#comments Sat, 29 Nov 2014 14:41:13 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=1925 For your next vacation, come experience some of the many attractions and things to do in Howard County MD. Howard County has a variety of great attractions, including museums, parks, ghost tours, wineries, casinos and golf courses. This variety of options can give you something to do anytime you come visit, with some activities best suited […]

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For your next vacation, come experience some of the many attractions and things to do in Howard County MD. Howard County has a variety of great attractions, including museums, parks, ghost tours, wineries, casinos and golf courses. This variety of options can give you something to do anytime you come visit, with some activities best suited for winter and some for warmer seasons.

Howard County Ghost Tours

One great activity for history buffs, or someone up for a good scare, is one of the three Howard County ghost tours. One of these tours, the Spirits of Ellicott City tour, is a 21 and over tour where the tour guides recount tales of ghosts and paranormal activity, while the participants can enjoy wine, beer or cocktails. This tour also will take you through haunted pubs, bistros and taverns so you can find something to eat along the way. Another tour, good for the winter time, is the indoor Ghost Walks at Savage Mills. The tour travels both indoor and outdoor, ending at the Ram’s Head Tavern, a perfect stopping point for the hungry and thirsty guests after the tour. Finally there is the Ye Haunted History of Olde Ellicott City Ghost Tour which takes you through the city and tells the tales of history and paranormal activity in the city.

B & O Railroad Museum

Another of many fun things to do in Howard County MD is to visit the B & O Railroad Museum. This museum is located at the oldest railroad station still in existence in the United States, and is a great place for those interested in history. You can see replicas of trains, original train tracks and even a light show and informational video while your visiting the museum.

Howard County Golf Courses

If you or your loved one are avid golfers, come check out one of the many premier golf courses in Howard County. These courses include Diamond Ridge Golf Course, Fairway Hills Golf Course, The Timbers at Troy, Turf Valley, and Waverly Woods Golf Club. All of these courses are in close proximity to The Wayside Inn and are a great place to spend an afternoon out on the links.

Nearby Casinos

If you want to try your luck while visiting us, check out one of two casinos in the area. These casinos include the Maryland Live! Casino and the Horseshoe Baltimore Casino. These casinos offer a variety of games and ways to win, so if your feeling lucky go out and come back a winner.

Wineries

If you enjoy the occasional glass of wine, another of the things to do in Howard County MD is take a tour of the local wineries. There are five wineries in the surrounding area including Basignani, Elk Run Vineyard and Winery, Black Ankle Vineyard, Fiore Winery, and Boordy Vineyards.

Outdoor Activities

You can also enjoy some beautiful scenery or hiking while in town. There are a few options, including the Patapsco Valley State Park, the Old Trolley Trail, and Centennial Park. You can go for a hike on the many trails available, or just sit back and relax.

The Wayside Inn

While your enjoying the variety of things to do in Howard County MD, let us take care of your accommodations at the Wayside Inn. Our historic and romantic bed and breakfast provides the perfect backdrop for your romantic getaway with your loved one. While staying, you can relax in one of our six beautiful but quaint rooms and enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast that you’re sure to love. Come see everything Howard City and The Wayside Inn have to offer for you on a relaxing and romantic weekend getaway.

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5 Superb Restaurants in Ellicott City MD You Have to Try http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/5-superb-restaurants-in-ellicott-city-md/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/5-superb-restaurants-in-ellicott-city-md/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:13:39 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=1915 This winter, come visit the Baltimore area and enjoy some of the restaurants in Ellicott City, MD, recommended by the Wayside Inn. These five places are some of the most highly sought after restaurants in Ellicott City, MD, and have to be experienced while you’re in town. Encompassing a wide range of different cuisines and atmospheres, there is […]

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This winter, come visit the Baltimore area and enjoy some of the restaurants in Ellicott City, MD, recommended by the Wayside Inn. These five places are some of the most highly sought after restaurants in Ellicott City, MD, and have to be experienced while you’re in town. Encompassing a wide range of different cuisines and atmospheres, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.

 

Portalli’s

Portalli’s offers traditional Italian fine dining in the heart of Ellicott City. They offer a unique mix of traditional Italian favorites, as well as new dishes based upon the chef’s inspirations that can’t be found anywhere else. Chef Keith Holsey designed the menu himself and it includes appetizers, salad, pasta, meat and fish. Portalli’s is also quite affordable for the fine dining atmosphere, with dishes ranging from $8 to $25 for some of the larger entrées. Just be sure to make a reservation online before you come in, especially on busier nights.

Ellicott Mills Brewing Company

The Ellicott Mills Brewing Company is a great place to stop by for a relaxing brewery atmosphere, with great beer and food. They offer a rotating selection of hand crafted micro brews, and currently offer eight different types of high quality craft beer. The menu consists of traditional pub style appetizers like Buffalo wings, battered fish, and crab dip, as well as salads and a variety of larger entrées. They even offer beer brewing classes and tasting parties by appointment, which can be a fun experience for beer aficionados.

Pure Wine Café

Another great restaurant in Ellicott City, MD is The Pure Wine Cafe, an upscale but welcoming wine bar located in the heart of town. They offer over 30 different wines of all different types, so there is something for everyone to enjoy. They also offer a variety of food for sharing or for meals, including meat and cheese plates, small plates and snack, as well as tacos and larger plates. There are also a variety of delicious homemade desserts offered.

One Dish Cuisine

One Dish Cuisine is a café that caters to everyone, as they are vegan, gluten free and allergen friendly. They aim to serve these unique dietary needs by offering great food and a welcoming atmosphere. The owner herself had long struggled with Celiac Disease and frequently had issues with cross contamination and a difficulty finding gluten free restaurants, which led her to open One Dish Cuisine. They offer a variety of hot and cold deli sandwiches, as well as larger meals and pizzas. There are two different menus to make sure they can cater to all of your dietary needs.

Tersiguel’s

Tersiguel’s is a family owned French country restaurant. They serve dinner, lunch and brunch and have a great variety of traditional French entrées at each meal. They are open six days a week, and are closed Monday, so be sure to make it down Tuesday through Sunday.

The Wayside Inn

While you’re in the area, let the Wayside Inn take care of all of your hospitality needs. We offer a comfortable and relaxing bed and breakfast to come home to after enjoying any of these gourmet restaurants in Ellicott City, Maryland. There are six different beautiful rooms available, and you will be served another delicious meal every morning, with our freshly made breakfast.

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Toby’s Dinner Theatre is an Excellent Entertainment Option http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/tobys-dinner-theatre-excellent-entertainment-option/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/tobys-dinner-theatre-excellent-entertainment-option/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:53:19 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=1894 If you’re looking for a fun night out in the Baltimore area, check out Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia, MD, for an entertaining show and a delicious meal. Toby’s dinner theatre has been open for over 30 seasons and has been nominated for 50 awards for its outstanding productions. This theatre offers a unique way to watch […]

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If you’re looking for a fun night out in the Baltimore area, check out Toby’s Dinner Theatre in Columbia, MD, for an entertaining show and a delicious meal. Toby’s dinner theatre has been open for over 30 seasons and has been nominated for 50 awards for its outstanding productions. This theatre offers a unique way to watch both original and Broadway musicals all while enjoying a delicious dinner and drinks.

Now Playing at Toby’s

Currently playing at Toby’s Dinner Theatre is one of everyone’s favorites, Mary Poppins. This show includes many famous numbers and is sure to bring back great memories and make for a fun evening out with friends, family, or a loved one. This show will be running from November until February 1st so be sure to come catch it now while it’s still happening.

Meal Offerings

During the show, Toby’s Dinner Theatre offers a buffet style dinner to their guests. The evening dinner buffet includes a variety of options including various meats, fish, pasta and vegetables. There is also a full salad bar with 25 different items available. In addition, Toby’s serves desert cakes and has a make your own sundae bar. While you watch the show, you can grab a drink at the full service cash bar which offers specialty drinks.

On Sundays, Toby’s Dinner Theatre offers a matinee brunch. This offers most of the same lunch options as you can get for the dinner service, as well as eggs, bacon, brunch potatoes, pancakes and French toast, among other options. The full service cash bar is also running during the brunch service.

Showtimes and Prices

Shows are offered every night of the weeks with prices around $55 per ticket or $40 for kids, with adult prices varying slightly depending on the night. There are also shows on Sunday afternoon for brunch and for a Wednesday matinee. Toby’s is even offering shows on New Year’s Eve, so this could be a unique way to enjoy yourself and bring in 2015.

Upcoming 2015 Shows

If you aren’t interested in Mary Poppins, there are five more shows scheduled to play during the 2015 season. These include The Adams Family, 1776 the Musical, Into the Woods, Ragtime, and It’s a Wonderful Life. With all of these different options, there is an opportunity for you to enjoy a night at Toby’s Dinner Theatre sometime during the 2015 season.

The Wayside Inn

While you’re in the Ellicott City area catching a show at Toby’s, let the Wayside Inn  take care of your hospitality needs. The Wayside Inn is less than 5 miles away from Toby’s Dinner Theatre and is merely a 5 to 10 minute drive. The Wayside Inn is a beautiful and historic bed and breakfast located in Ellicott City, Maryland, and is a beautiful place to spend a weekend. There are six different luxurious rooms at the inn and breakfast is made fresh each morning. The Wayside Inn is a perfect place to spend a relaxing or romantic weekend away in Maryland, especially after a great night at Toby’s Dinner Theatre.

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