The Wayside Inn http://www.waysideinnmd.com A Bed and Breakfast near Washington DC & Baltimore Mon, 18 May 2015 16:21:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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

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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.

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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

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

Where is Fells Point?

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

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

Things to do in Fells Point

Shopping

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

Dining

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

Attractions

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

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

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

Nightlife

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

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

Annual Events

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

The Wayside Inn

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

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

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National Scenic Byway

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

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

What is a National Scenic Byway?

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

Top 5 Things You’ll see on Charles Street

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

  1. Washington Monument

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

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

  1. Station North Arts & Entertainment District

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

  1. Basilica of the Assumption

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

  1. Baltimore Museum of Art

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

  1. The Maryland Zoo

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

THE WAYSIDE INN

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

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

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Merriweather Post Pavilion Schedule

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

History of Merriweather Post

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

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

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

Not your typical concert venue

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

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

Merriweather Post Pavilion Schedule

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

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

THE WAYSIDE INN

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

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

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 Old Bay Seafood Seasoning

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

Old Bay Seafood Seasoning

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

What’s in Old Bay Seafood Seasoning?

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

Where can you buy Old Bay Seafood Seasoning?

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

Recipe

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

INGREDIENTS

4 quarts water (16 cups)

1 can (12 ounces) beer (optional)

1/2 cup OLD BAY® Seasoning

2 tablespoons salt

8 medium red potatoes, quartered

2 large onions, cut into wedges

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

8 ears fresh corn, shucked and halved crosswise

4 pounds unpeeled jumbo shrimp (21 to 25 count)

DIRECTIONS

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

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

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

THE WAYSIDE INN

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

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

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Wine in the Woods

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

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

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

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

What to expect

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

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

What to bring, what not to bring

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

Where to get tickets

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

The following tickets are available:

Saturday, May 16, 11 AM-6 PM

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

*Designated Driver: $25

Youth (ages 3-20): $25

Sunday, May 17, 11 AM-5 PM

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

**Designated Driver: $20

Youth (ages 3-20): $20

Visit the event website to purchase advance tickets. 

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

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

THE WAYSIDE INN

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

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

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Preakness Balloon Festival

Photo credit: Forsaken Fotos Follow / Balloon Glow / Flickr

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

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

The Preakness Balloon Festival Afternoon Activities

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

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

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

Mass Hot Air Balloon Ascensions

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

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

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

Nightly Balloon Glow

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

The Balloons

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

The Preakness Celebration

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

The Preakness Stakes

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

THE WAYSIDE INN

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

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The 42nd Annual Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/the-42nd-annual-maryland-sheep-and-wool-festival/ http://www.waysideinnmd.com/blog/the-42nd-annual-maryland-sheep-and-wool-festival/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:04:24 +0000 http://www.waysideinnmd.com/?p=2130 It’s almost time for the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, a 42-year tradition in Howard County. This year’s festival will be held at the Howard County Fairgrounds Saturday, May 2 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking and admission are free, however a $5 minimum donation is […]

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Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival

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

It’s almost time for the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, a 42-year tradition in Howard County. This year’s festival will be held at the Howard County Fairgrounds Saturday, May 2 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking and admission are free, however a $5 minimum donation is suggested each day. When you donate, you receive a collectible festival button.

What to expect at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival

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

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

Take a look behind-the-scenes

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

Classes and Competitions

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

Family Activities

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

New in 2015

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

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

The Wayside Inn

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

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

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