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Cross the Naval Academy bridge into a historic American college

Nearby Annapolis is the hub of U.S. Naval history, and it’s home to the exclusive U.S. Naval Academy. The U.S. Naval Academy bridge crosses the Severn River and leads into the Academy, leading visitors to this historic site since its construction in 1994. The original bascule bridge was replaced with the current bridge—the design of which […]

Columbia arts festival

The Columbia arts festival celebrates 50 years with outstanding performers

  This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Columbia Festival of the Arts—and the 50th anniversary of Columbia! This year’s Columbia arts festival is filled with awe-inspiring performers and engaging activities. From iconic folk singers to New Orleans Rhythm and blues, the Festival’s music has something for everyone in the family. (For more info on Howard County, […]

Fiore Winery

Taste the terroir at Fiore Winery

  One of the things we love most about our region is the terroir. Stunning landscapes through which to hike are simply indicators of the abundance that comes from the land. Fiore Winery, which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, has been a leader in showing everything Maryland has to offer. (For more on all […]

Columbia Triathlon

Come enjoy the incredible atmosphere at the Columbia Triathlon

  If you’ve ever been to a race event, you’ll know how much fun and camaraderie there is. Ellicott City has several great races, but one of the best is the upcoming Columbia Triathlon & Duathlon. (For more on Ellicott City, download our free area vacation guide.) Held on Sunday, May 21, the Columbia Triathlon […]

MD Sheep and Wool Festival

Come enjoy spring at the MD Sheep and Wool Festival

  Lovers of the outdoors, livestock and fiber arts will have a great time at the MD Sheep and Wool Festival. This year’s festival takes place May 6 & 7, 2017 (8:30AM – 6PM Saturday, 8:30AM – 5PM Sunday) at Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship, MD. (We have a free Howard County vacation guide to […]

Preakness Balloon Festival

Take flight above Howard County at the Preakness Balloon Festival

  Howard County is packed full of wonderful things to enjoy—just check out our free area vacation guide for proof! One of the most unusual events doesn’t just happen in Howard County. It happens above it! We’re talking about the Preakness Balloon Festival coming up in May. About the Preakness Balloon Festival Held at the […]

Capital Jazz Fest

Get your groove on at Capital Jazz Fest

  We love our own historic Ellicott City—in part because of how convenient our awesome small town is to so many other great locations. This summer, jazz enthusiasts can stay with us (download our free area vacation guide!) and still enjoy the 25th Annual Capital Jazz Fest. From June 2-4, the Capital Jazz Fest will […]

Elk Run Winery

Taste the region at Elk Run Winery

  Last week we highlighted one of our favorite local wineries. This week, we’re highlighting another! Elk Run Winery is a celebrated and award-winning vineyard in our region. (For more recommendations on our favorite things to do in the region, download our free area vacation guide.) With more than 600 International, National and Regional awards, […]

Basignani Winery

Visit Basignani Winery for a taste of Italy in Maryland!

When you think of our wonderful slice of Maryland, you likely think of American history. Our region is so packed with historic sites, protected lands, and preservation projects that you might not realize what else we have to offer. (For our regional favorites, download our free area vacation guide!) Basignani Winery is one of those […]

Thomas Point Lighthouse

Plan a visit to the historic Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse

  If you’re enchanted by the waterside, a fan of boating, an American history buff, or all three, Annapolis is a must-visit town. It’s filled with historic sites, like the charming Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse. (For recommendations on what to do throughout the wonderful Howard County, download our free area vacation guide.) The Thomas Point […]