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Maryland ghost tours

History and Hauntings: 4 Spooky Maryland Ghost Tours

The Wayside Inn’s Ellicott City is a historical gem, but our proximity to other major cities is part of the allure. Baltimore is just a short drive away—and it has its share of history, happenings…and hauntings. We recently told you about some of Ellicott City’s spookiest haunts, but Baltimore has a series of Maryland ghost […]

Patuxent Research Refuge

7 Fun Visitor Activities at the Patuxent Research Refuge

    The Patuxent Research Refuge has been around since 1936, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt created it with an executive order. One thing that makes the Patuxent Research Refuge so special is it’s the nation’s only national wildlife refuge established to support wildlife research. Naturally, the Patuxent Research Refuge is an invaluable resource for […]

Baltimore fall festivals

Your Family Will Love These 5 Baltimore Fall Festivals

When the summer heat subsides, it’s time to get outside and enjoy the changing season. One of our favorite ways to enjoy the autumn is going to a few Baltimore fall festivals. These 5 festivals in and around Baltimore cover all the bases, from the rock n’ roll vibe of The Shindig Music Festival to the […]

Patapsco Heritage Greenway

Enjoy Nature on the Patapsco Heritage Greenway

The Patapsco River Valley is one of the earliest parts of our country that was explored and settled. Captain John Smith himself explored the Patapsco River in 1608, and settlers started calling it home in the 1690s. The Patapsco Heritage Greenway is a project dedicated to two aims: protecting the valley and telling its story.  […]

Howard County Historical Society

3 Unique Exhibits from the Howard County Historical Society

At the Wayside Inn, we’re a prime home base for trips to so many American history sites. We’re particularly proud of our own county. The Howard County Historical Society preserves and presents our area’s storied past. This fall, consider reserving a getaway to Wayside Inn that coincides with one of these Howard County Historical Society […]

Patuxent River

Hiking, Fishing and More at These Patuxent River Parks

As one of Maryland’s designated scenic rivers, Patuxent River showcases the region’s natural beauty and provides hours of experiences, both open air and cultural. After enjoying a hearty breakfast at Wayside Inn, outdoors enthusiasts should consider hiking in nearby Patuxent River State Park. Or for nature mixed with history, a visit to the downriver Patuxent […]

Ellicott City Music Festival

Experience the Ellicott City Music Festival

The streets in Ellicott City come alive each September during the Ellicott City Music Festival, also known as the Main Street Music Fest. This free family-friendly event is a great time to enjoy music, locally brewed craft beer, food and a variety of activities! Billed as Maryland’s first “Unsigned Emerging Artist Music Festival,” you will […]

HCC Grand Prix

Don’t Miss the Annual HCC Grand Prix

One of the year’s most exciting horse-related event in Maryland, outside of the Preakness, is Howard County Community College’s Grand Prix. Held each September at Marama Farm in Clarksville, Md., the HCC Grand Prix is a beautiful 15-minute ride from the Wayside Inn and a great way to spend an afternoon. The 2015 event will […]

Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore: Our Favorite Things to Do

When you visit the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, you’re visiting the nation’s third oldest zoo! Originally established in 1876, this zoo spans more than 135 acres and offers the chance to view nearly 200 species of animals. The zoo’s newest addition is an exhibit for African penguins. There is no doubt that spending a day […]

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

Upcoming Performances by the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company

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, each summer, the company performs under the stars at the open-air ruins of the Patapsco Female […]