The Wayside Inn http://www.waysideinnmd.com A Bed and Breakfast near Washington DC & Baltimore Thu, 02 Jul 2015 14:46:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Upcoming Performances by the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/upcoming-performances-by-the-chesapeake-shakespeare-company/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/upcoming-performances-by-the-chesapeake-shakespeare-company/#comments Sat, 27 Jun 2015 00:49:07 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=2290 Enjoy a live Shakespeare performance in a unique setting under the stars the next time you visit the Baltimore area. The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company spends most of each year performing for audiences at its home theatre in Baltimore. But, eeach summer, the company performs under the stars at the open-air ruins of the Patapsco Female […]

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

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

History of the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

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

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

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

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

Performances by the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

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

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

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

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

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3 Restaurants to Try in Baltimore’s Little Italy http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/3-restaurants-to-try-in-baltimores-little-italy/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/3-restaurants-to-try-in-baltimores-little-italy/#comments Sat, 20 Jun 2015 00:38:16 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=2286 If a trip to Italy is on your bucket list, but it may be a while before the trip comes to fruition, you can still get a little taste of Italy by visiting one of the many delicious restaurants, cafes and bakeries in Baltimore’s Little Italy. Featuring authentic Italian food, this popular section of Baltimore […]

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Baltimore's Little ItalyIf a trip to Italy is on your bucket list, but it may be a while before the trip comes to fruition, you can still get a little taste of Italy by visiting one of the many delicious restaurants, cafes and bakeries in Baltimore’s Little Italy. Featuring authentic Italian food, this popular section of Baltimore is a great place to enjoy a romantic meal while you’re staying at the Wayside Inn in nearby Ellicott City.

The neighborhood was given its name Little Italy many years ago due to the number of Italian immigrant families that moved into the area during the 20th century. It’s still home to many families today, however, it has become established as a fun and delicious restaurant district within walking distance of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Mangia!

Restaurants in Baltimore’s Little Italy

Whether you’re looking for a fine dining experience or something a little more casual, there is something for everyone in Little Italy. Here are just a few of the restaurants you may want to try while you’re visiting the area.

  1. Aldo’s. 306 South High St., Baltimore.

Enjoy an authentic Italian meal in a fine-dining atmosphere at Aldo’s. Chef Aldo Vitale, the restaurant’s namesake, focuses on using fresh, seasonal ingredients, with a preference for those that are natural and organic, in his Southern-inspired dishes.

  1. Amicci’s. 231 S. High St., Baltimore.

Amicci opened more than 20 years ago and has been serving fine Italian food to customers in a casual dining atmosphere. Fresh ingredients, time-tested recipes and a lengthy menu you’ll have to spend some time perusing over a glass of vino or birra and the Pane’ Rotundo, a loaf of Italian bread brushed with garlic butter and topped with shrimp scampi.

  1. Ciao Bella. 236 South High St., Baltimore.

Owner Tony Bambino is known for making guests feel like family. Whether you’re planning a romantic evening or a group dinner with friends or family, you can enjoy fresh Italian cuisine in a comfortable atmosphere with Old World charm.

For additional restaurants, visit the Little Italy in Baltimore website.

Other Fun Things to Do

You can certainly eat your way through Little Italy – It has been done! But there are several other things to do, including checking out museums the Bocce Courts at D’Alesandro Park and pay a visit to St. Leo the Great Roman Catholic Church.

Where Should You Stay?

As you are planning your trip to the area, take some of the guesswork out of it by downloading our Free Vacation Guide. This guide is packed with useful information about all the fun and interesting things to do and see in the area. The Wayside Inn is a great place to call your home away from home whenever you visit the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area. Our six beautiful guest rooms offer all the comforts of home, and you can enjoy a delicious breakfast each morning that you didn’t have to make!

 

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Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon: Everything You Need to Know http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/iron-girl-columbia-triathlon-everything-you-need-to-know/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/iron-girl-columbia-triathlon-everything-you-need-to-know/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 10:25:47 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=2256 Attention female runners, swimmers and cyclists: If you’ve ever thought about participating in a triathlon series, a sprint triathlon is a great place to start. While the distances for each activity are abbreviated, compared to a full triathlon, there is still an incredible amount of work that goes into training and completing a race. If you’re […]

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Attention female runners, swimmers and cyclists: Iron Girl Columbia If you’ve ever thought about participating in a triathlon series, a sprint triathlon is a great place to start. While the distances for each activity are abbreviated, compared to a full triathlon, there is still an incredible amount of work that goes into training and completing a race. If you’re searching for your first triathlon in which to compete, the Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon is a great race place to begin and it’s coming up soon!

Iron Girl Triathlon: Everything You Need to Know

The Iron Girl Columbia Triathlon is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2015. This year’s event will take place Sunday, August 16 and registration closes July 17, 2015. The spring triathlon will include three legs: a .62-mile swim, a 16-mile bike ride and a 3.4 mile run.

As the largest event of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic states, you’ll enjoy running, biking and swimming with a crowd of inspiring women. As the Iron Girl website states, the event is about a “journey to live better, challenge yourself to be the best that you can be!”

Should you choose to run, be sure to register by July 17, 2015. The expo and packet pickup are held Friday, August 15 and Saturday, August 16. Saturday the 16th is also the day you would place your bike in the rack.

The event itself will be held at Centennial Park in Ellicott City. The race begins at 6:30 a.m. and is followed by a Post Race Party in the Athlete’s food tent from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

The swim course is marked by buoys in Centennial Lake. This fresh-water lake offers plenty of space fot the .62 mile swim. The bike course takes you through the beautiful countryside and farmlands of Howard County. Described as “challenging,” this 16-mile bike course follows paved two-lane roads and several aid stations along the way. The run course follows a 3.4-mile route around Centennial Lake, and through an adjoining neighborhood. Several aid stations are located along this route, as well.

About the Organization

The Iron Girl event series hosts races nationwide. It was created in 2004 by women for women. In the beginning, the series only featured two races, but it now includes everything from 5Ks to sprint triathlons. There are even three international Iron Girl events, including two races in South Africa and one in Canada.

Tips and FAQs

If this is your first race, Iron Girl organization website offers a lot of information on its website regarding training, how the event itself works, what to wear, how to set up your transition areas, and more.

Where to Stay

As you are planning your trip to the area to partake in the Iron Girl Columbia event, take some of the guesswork out of it by downloading our Free Vacation Guide. This guide is packed with useful information about all the fun and interesting things to do and see in the area. The Wayside Inn is a great place to call your home away from home whenever you visit the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area. Our six beautiful guest rooms offer all the comforts of home, and you can enjoy a delicious breakfast each morning that you didn’t have to make!

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It’s Almost Time for the Howard County Fair http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/its-almost-time-for-the-howard-county-fair/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/its-almost-time-for-the-howard-county-fair/#comments Fri, 05 Jun 2015 21:14:41 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=2249 Do you remember going to your first county fair? What was your favorite ride? What was your favorite food? Here at the Wayside Inn, we remember the thrill of riding the Ferris wheel and the merry-go-round, as well as the satisfaction of eating an elephant ear and all of its powdered sugar goodness. If you’d […]

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Howard County Fair

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Do you remember going to your first county fair? What was your favorite ride? What was your favorite food? Here at the Wayside Inn, we remember the thrill of riding the Ferris wheel and the merry-go-round, as well as the satisfaction of eating an elephant ear and all of its powdered sugar goodness. If you’d like to relive your county fair memories, be sure to visit the Howard County Fair this summer! It’s coming up soon and will be celebrating its 70th year!

Make Plans to Attend the Howard County Fair

The Howard County Fair is held each August at the fairgrounds in West Friendship, Maryland. The fairgrounds are about a 20-minute drive from the Wayside Inn in Ellicott City, making it a nice outing during your visit to the area. Daily events at the fair include amusement rides and games, as well as agricultural displays, pony rides, farm fresh produce market and more. Visit the county fair website for event dates, ticket prices and the latest information.

Live Entertainment

From bull rides to bluegrass bands, the live entertainment at the Howard County Fair does not disappoint. This year’s fair includes a relatively new event: a demolition derby! Throughout the week, you’ll be treated to magic shows, high-energy square dancing, rock and roll and bluegrass bands, as well as bands that play R&B and oldies. Don’t miss the baby contest, the parade of floats and a rodeo. This rodeo is official, with a lineup that includes pro bull riding, a rodeo clown, bull fighters, barrel racing and more.

Several contests will be held throughout the week, including an antique tractor pull, a pie eating contest, a cow milking contest. Mule pulling, coon mule jumping and an amateur variety contest will also be held.

Free and Fun Things to Do in Howard County

In addition to the Howard County Fair, there are so many fun things to do in this region. If you happen to be visiting the first Friday of each month, or the second Sunday of each month, be sure to make your way to Ellicott City’s historic district where you can enjoy First Fridays and Second Sundays. First Fridays offers after-hours shopping and events while Second Sundays incorporates a unique shopping event with local farmers and artisans. For information on this and other Howard County events, be sure to read Free (or Almost Free) Howard County Events on our blog!

Planning Your Trip to Maryland

Take some of the guesswork out of planning your trip to Maryland by downloading our Free Vacation Guide. This guide is packed with useful information about all the fun and interesting things to do and see in the area. The Wayside Inn is a great place to call your home away from home whenever you visit the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area. Our six beautiful guest rooms offer all the comforts of home, and you can enjoy a delicious breakfast each morning that you didn’t have to make!

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14 Baltimore Breweries to Experience http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/14-baltimore-breweries-to-experience/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/14-baltimore-breweries-to-experience/#comments Sat, 30 May 2015 09:45:45 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=2242 This great nation of ours offers a plethora of wonderful places to visit. Each city and town provide something new and exciting to see – and taste! If you’re a beer lover, you’re in luck. Maryland has several places to taste local offerings, including the following Baltimore breweries. Baltimore Breweries Union Craft Brewing Company The […]

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Baltimore breweries

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This great nation of ours offers a plethora of wonderful places to visit. Each city and town provide something new and exciting to see – and taste! If you’re a beer lover, you’re in luck. Maryland has several places to taste local offerings, including the following Baltimore breweries.

Baltimore Breweries

Union Craft Brewing Company

The Union Craft Tap Room, located at 1700 Union Ave. in Baltimore is located in the Woodberry neighborhood, a historic little area in Baltimore. This brewery opened in 2012 and has since become a top place to taste local brews. The atmosphere is very relaxed, you may often find a food truck outside for you to grab a quick bite to go with your beer. It’s also open every Saturday for free tours, so you can catch a glimpse of how they make their own popular brews, including, Duckpin Pale Ale, Altbier, Blackwing and Anthem, all of which are year-round.

Pratt Street Ale House

Pratt Street Ale House, conveniently located on Pratt Street in Baltimore, houses Oliver’s Breweries. Reportedly Baltimore’s oldest brewpub, Pratt Street features British-style ales, including a pale ale, a bitter and more. Oliver Breweries’ not only pack a punch, but feature quirky names, as well, including Ironman Pale ale, Bishops Breakfast and Dark Horse. Check out the beer menu for seasonal and year-round offerings. Pratt Street Ale House also serves pub fare.

Ellicott Mills Brewing Company  

Ellicott Mills Brewing Company is located just around the corner from The Wayside Inn. This locally owned and operated brewery features hand-crafted micro brews and uses only the finest hops, wheat, barley and other ingredients. In addition to simply walking in and having a nice beer, you can also attend a brewing class or a gather a few friends for tasting party, although these offerings are by appointment only. Ellicott Mills features 8 micro brews on tap, offering something for every beer lover. In addition to the hand-crafted microbrews, Ellicott Mills Brewing Company also offers burgers, ribs, seafood, salads and more. Hint: The Bavarian soft pretzels are great with a house-made brew!

Bare Bones Grill & Brewery

The Bare Bones Grill & Brewery  in Ellicott City features several house-made brews, including Old Ellicott Ale, Patapsco Valley Gold and Savage Mill Porter. Joined by two other house-made beers, Bare Bones’ offers a hearty selection of local beer for you to try. Bare Bones also serves lunch and dinner in the Grill and features a full menu.

Other Baltimore breweries to try:

(Courtesy of Beer Advocate)

PLANNING YOUR TRIP THE BALTIMORE/WASHINGTON, D.C. AREA

As you plan your trip to the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area, please be sure to download a copy of our FREE Vacation Guide. It contains a variety of information on things to do and see while you’re here, including great restaurants and breweries!

The Wayside Inn in Ellicott City would be happy to serve as your home base during your stay. We offer six beautiful guestrooms and a delicious breakfast each morning.

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4 Great Parks in MD for Hiking and Biking http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/4-great-parks-in-md-for-hiking-and-biking/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/4-great-parks-in-md-for-hiking-and-biking/#comments Sat, 23 May 2015 09:12:01 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=2232 Maryland is known for its beautiful parks and varied terrain, which makes it a desirable location for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you’re looking for an easy trail or something a little more grueling, take a look at these 4 great parks in MD for hiking and biking. Centennial Park Centennial Park in nearby Columbia spans 337 acres and […]

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parks in MD

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Maryland is known for its beautiful parks and varied terrain, which makes it a desirable location for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you’re looking for an easy trail or something a little more grueling, take a look at these 4 great parks in MD for hiking and biking.

Centennial Park

Centennial Park in nearby Columbia spans 337 acres and features a 2.4-mile paved trail around a large man-made lake. The trail winds in and out of woodland and wetland ecosystems featuring abundant wildlife. There are also opportunities for fishing and boating on the lake. Paddle boats, canoes, kayaks and rowboats are available for rent mid-April through mid-October.

Patapsco Valley State Park

Patapsco Valley State Park is nationally known for its trail opportunities and scenery and can be accessed right here in Ellicott City.

Encompassing more than 16,000 acres and spreading throughout much of Maryland, the park has 170 miles of multi-use trails. Hiking, fishing, camping, canoeing, picnicking, horseback riding and mountain biking are all available at Patapsco Valley State Park.

Patapsco Valley State Park was just named Maryland’s most popular mountain biking trail by Singletracks.com. The Morning Choice trail in the Avalon Area was featured as a great mountain biking trail because it’s “rocky, rooty and fast.” Other trails in the park featured are Bull Run and Soapstone.

Patapsco Heritage Greenway

The old #9 Trolley Trail along the Patapsco Heritage Trail traces the path of the #9 trolley line that arrived in Ellicott City in 1899 connecting it to Catonsville. Today you can follow the same route on foot or on bike through gorgeous scenic woodlands. The trail features a boardwalk that curves between canyons of granite hand-cut when the electric streetcar rails were built. This beautiful, easy trail is perfect for a day when you feel like getting a little exercise and experiencing nature.

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. Find out more about the park and where you can access it on the National Park website.

Planning Your Trip to Visit Parks in Maryland

As you plan your trip to the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area, please be sure to download a copy of our FREE Vacation Guide. It contains a variety of information on things to do and see while you’re here.

The Wayside Inn in Ellicott City would be happy to serve as your home base during your stay. We offer six beautiful guestrooms and a delicious breakfast each morning.

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Tips for celebrating the Fourth of July in Washington DC http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/tips-for-celebrating-the-fourth-of-july-in-washington-dc/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/tips-for-celebrating-the-fourth-of-july-in-washington-dc/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 10:19:24 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=2220 Washington DC is a short drive from The Wayside Inn in Ellicott City, Maryland, making it an easy and educational day trip. In particular, visiting the Nation’s Capital is quite patriotic on the Fourth of July. If you plan to spend the Fourth of July in Washington DC, you can rest assured there are plenty of fun-filled […]

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Fourth of July in Washington DC

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Washington DC is a short drive from The Wayside Inn in Ellicott City, Maryland, making it an easy and educational day trip. In particular, visiting the Nation’s Capital is quite patriotic on the Fourth of July. If you plan to spend the Fourth of July in Washington DC, you can rest assured there are plenty of fun-filled activities taking place that will not only strike a chord with your patriotic side, but provide memories that will last a lifetime.

Below are our two favorite activities to enjoy on the Fourth of July Washington, D.C.

Independence Day Parade

The annual Independence Day Parade takes place July 4 at 11:45 a.m. Find a spot along Constitution Avenue or 7th Street to watch this patriotic parade that consists of bands from all over the country that have been invited to play, fife and drum corps, floats, military and specialty units, drill teams, dignitaries, celebrities and more.

Fireworks over the National Mall

The July Fourth Fireworks show over the National Mall is one that will send chills up your spine. You know you’re seeing something special when you are watching the colorful display of fireworks exploding with the U.S. Capitol, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Monument and many other monuments visible. The fireworks themselves are shot from the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall.

One of the best spots to watch the July Fourth Fireworks is the National Mall itself. Here you can enjoy watching the fireworks. About 700,000 people go to DC to watch the fireworks each July 4, so be prepared to arrive early and go with the flow when the fireworks are over. It reportedly takes about 2 hours to exit the National Mall once the fireworks have ended. There is a security checkpoint when you enter the Mall. No glass bottles or alcohol are allowed. Admission is free. Gates to the National Mall open at 10 a.m.

The West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol grounds is another great spot to view the fireworks, as a concert is put on simultaneously by the National Symphony Orchestra. Gates open at 3 p.m. Admission is free, however there is a security checkpoint. The concert begins at 8 p.m.

Fun tip: There is a full dress rehearsal for the concert and the fireworks on July 3. Beat the crowds and enjoy the concert and fireworks a day early!

Best spots to celebrate July 4 in Howard County

If you’d rather stay closer to The Wayside Inn for the fireworks, check out these locations for viewing fireworks in Maryland.

  • Howard County Recreation & Parks set off fireworks on the Columbia Lakefront in Columbia each July 4 at dusk. Bring a blanket, chairs and picnic.
  • Catonsville also celebrates July 4 with a family-friendly parade and fireworks.

Planning your trip

Since Washington, D.C. is a short drive from Maryland, let The Wayside Inn in Ellicott City serve as home base during your visit. While you’re planning your trip, please be sure to download a copy of our FREE Vacation Guide. It contains a variety of information on things to do and see while you’re in the area. The Wayside Inn has six beautiful guestrooms to choose from and offers a delicious breakfast each morning.

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Howard County Restaurant Week http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/howard-county-restaurant-week/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/howard-county-restaurant-week/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 10:13:30 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=2215 Restaurant Week has grown in popularity in cities across the nation wanting to draw attention to local eateries and their chefs, as well as offer a great deal for patrons. Howard County, Md., is no different. Restaurants in the county’s big cities and quaint towns alike participate in Howard County Restaurant Week held twice a […]

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Howard County Restaurant Week

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Restaurant Week has grown in popularity in cities across the nation wanting to draw attention to local eateries and their chefs, as well as offer a great deal for patrons. Howard County, Md., is no different. Restaurants in the county’s big cities and quaint towns alike participate in Howard County Restaurant Week held twice a year in mid-January and mid-July.

Fabulous food at prix fixe prices

Part of the draw of restaurant week in any town is the special pricing. Many restaurants offer special pricing for lunch, dinner and on occasion brunch. Menus are generally priced from $15 – $45. You can easily select a restaurant for your budget by looking at the icons ranging from: 15 ($), $25 ($$), $35 ($$$) to $45 ($$$$). Lunches generally start at $15.

Howard County Restaurant Week is the perfect time to treat yourself to a delicious meal. Organized by Howard County Tourism & Promotion, both events include scores of restaurants, including popular and off-the-beaten-path eateries in Ellicott City, Columbia, Elkridge, Glenelg, Sykesville and more.

Howard County Restaurant Week Featured Restaurants

Restaurants representing a range of cuisines and a range of prices have participated in Howard County Restaurant Week, including these restaurants close to The Wayside Inn:

Alexandra’s at Turf Valley in Ellicott City is billed as an American fusion restaurant with a strong focus on farm-to-table fare.

Grille620 in Ellicott City, serves American specialties and has been voted the 3rd Best Steakhouse in Baltimore.

Kelsey’s Ellicott City is a family owned and operated restaurant offering traditional Irish fare. This neighborhood eatery was voted the Best Pub in Baltimore in 2015.

Tersiguel’s French Country Restaurant in Ellicott City opened in 1990. Tersiguels is a family owned and operated French restaurant featuring the creations of Chef Michael.

AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar in Columbia is an Italian restaurant with a focus on the farm-to-table concept, as well as pairing delicious wines with its offerings.

Dates and participating restaurants

To get all the latest information on Howard County Restaurant Week, including dates and participating restaurants, please visit the event website.

A few things to remember about Howard County Restaurant Week

When you attend Howard County Restaurant Week, be sure to keep these additional things in mind:

  • Only select restaurants participate in Howard County Restaurant Week. Be sure to visit the website for the complete list of restaurants.
  • Price does not include tax and tip.
  • Reservations are recommended.
  • Please call ahead to discuss any dietary concerns you may have.

Planning your trip to Howard County

As you begin making plans to attend Howard County Restaurant Week, be sure to download a copy of The Wayside Inn’s Vacation Guide. This guide is full of tips and information regarding things to go, places to see and great restaurants to try any time of year. The Wayside Inn can also serve as the perfect home base during your stay whenever you choose to visit the area. Get a good night’s rest in one of our six luxurious rooms and indulge in a delicious breakfast each morning.

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Don’t miss the Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/the-chesapeake-crab-beer-festival/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/the-chesapeake-crab-beer-festival/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 09:44:53 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=2210 The Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival is such a fun summer event, they hold it twice! Once in early summer at Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Md., and again in late summer at the Waterfront on the Potomac River in National Harbor, Md. No matter which date you choose to attend, you’re sure to get your […]

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The Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival

Photo Credit: rob_rob2001 / Steamed Crabs / Flickr

The Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival is such a fun summer event, they hold it twice! Once in early summer at Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Md., and again in late summer at the Waterfront on the Potomac River in National Harbor, Md. No matter which date you choose to attend, you’re sure to get your fill of delicious crab, a variety of beers to sample, as well as live music, craft vendors and more.

When and where is the Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival?

The first Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival is held each June at Rash Field at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore. Enjoy an all-you-care-to-taste extravaganza complete with more 30,000 crabs, a lot of beer, arts and crafts, live music, family fun and much more. Two four-hour sessions are held during the June event. You can choose to attend the 11-3 p.m. tasting or the 5-9 p.m. tasting.

A second Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival is held at the National Harbor in Baltimore in August. All of the same great food and beverages will be available. Two four-hour sessions are held at the August, event as well.

Both events typically feature an all-you-care-to-taste menu of crabs (seasoned with Old Bay Seafood Seasoning), corn on the cob, cole slaw, potato chips and watermelon. Additional food items can be purchased from vendors.

Both events will also feature an array of more than 50 beers to taste. Ticket holders will receive a tasting glass in which you can taste more than 50 beers, wines and a few spirits.

Event tickets are sold in advance, as well as on-site (cash only). When you purchase a ticket, not only will you be enjoying a fun day of great food, good music and fun, you’ll also be supporting a local cause. A portion of event proceeds will be donated to Spirit Hope Children’s Foundation.

How to make the most of the event

First-come, first-serve tables are set up for the crowds to enjoy cracking and eating crabs. However, to make the most of the event, attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to set up to enjoy the live music, as well as to have a spot to call your own. It is also recommended that attendees bring cash, a valid ID and your own non-alcoholic beverages and snacks.

While blankets and chairs are encouraged, organizers have prohibited tents and beach umbrellas. Please visit the event website for additional Dos and Don’ts.

Free Area Vacation Guide

If you are planning a visit to the Baltimore – Washington, D.C., area, you should request our free Vacation Guide. The area has so many things to do for a romantic getaway, active travelers, or even a trip for “me time,” and we want to share our suggestions with you! Click here to download our Vacation Guide.

And while you’re visiting, let the Wayside Inn serve as your home base. Relax in one of our six luxurious rooms, and enjoy a delicious breakfast each morning.

Photo Credit: rob_rob2001 / Steamed Crabs / Flickr

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

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Things to do in Fells Point

Photo Credit: Isaac Wedin / Fells Point / Flickr

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

Where is Fells Point?

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

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

Things to do in Fells Point

Shopping

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

Dining

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

Attractions

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

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

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

Nightlife

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

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

Annual Events

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

The Wayside Inn

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

Photo Credit: Isaac Wedin / Fells Point / Flickr

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