The Maryland hotel and motel market, dominated by the concentration of properties around Baltimore and Washington, D.C., includes chain hotels, mom-and-pop operations and inns. Accommodations in and around the cities are generally more expensive and in greater demand than elsewhere. Areas away from the cities have hotels and motels with significant connections to United States history.
Western Maryland’s panhandle is the site of old mountain towns, rugged state parks and vacation homes. Interstate 68 runs the length of the region, making even the most remote areas accessible. The Casselman Inn, located in downtown Grantsville, served drovers, stagecoaches and travelers along the National Pike during the 19th century. Four rooms at the inn and 40 motel rooms provide economical lodging. Failinger’s Hotel Gunter, in Frostburg, opened in 1897. The hotel, renovated to restore the property’s original grandeur, offers 17 rooms decorated with Victorian antiques.
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, a seaport since the 1700s, is the site of Fort McHenry, the Maryland Science Center and a first-rate aquarium. Water taxis transport passengers from point to point, and restaurants and shops line the waterfront. Hotels in the Inner Harbor area are generally upscale and expensive. The Pier 5 Hotel, located on the waterfront, rents contemporary rooms with harbor and city views. Suites offer walk-in showers, wet bars and Jacuzzi tubs. Monday through Friday, Pier 5 hosts Crabby Hour. Guests participate in cooking demonstrations featuring Baltimore’s signature shellfish.
Washington, D.C. Suburbs
Close-in Washington suburbs like Silver Spring, Rockville, Bethesda and Greenbelt have hundreds of hotels among them. Hotels in these suburbs are only a little cheaper than in-town hotels and have high occupancy rates during events like the Cherry Blossom Festival, Fourth of July and the winter holiday celebrations. Look for a hotel with free parking close to a Metro stop. The price may be a little higher, but you’ll save yourself the hassle of driving in Washington’s heavy traffic.
Off the Beaten Path
Taneytown is near the Pennsylvania border, about 50 miles northwest of Baltimore. Much of the town is on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Antrim 1844, a Historic Hotel of America. The former plantation’s 1844 mansion has nine guestrooms decorated with antiques. An additional 40 rooms are scattered around the property in outbuildings. Cozy Village, located in Thurmont not far from Camp David, is an inn and restaurant built in 1929. Cozy Village offers standard rooms and suites named after the press organizations that use the inn when they’re covering presidential visits to Camp David.
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