Annapolis Tours & Watermark Cruises – Highlighting 3 new tours:
Chesapeake Cravings - A Culinary Experience
Legends & Sights of Maritime Baltimore
Chesapeake Bay Trio (Lighthouse, Bay Bridge & the Severn River).
B & O Railroad Museum – Offering a new tour option with five museums:
Firsts & Births in Baltimore – Includes B&O Railroad Museum, Babe Ruth Museum, Baltimore Basilica, Dr. Sam Harris Museum of Dentistry, and Fort McHenry.
Guinness Brewery – The famous Irish brewery plans to set up shop near Baltimore. Diageo Beer Company plans to open the new brewery and taproom on the site of the state’s first distillery to open after Prohibition. They will produce beers targeted at a U.S. market (think: Guinness Blonde American Lager). Resident Guinness brewers will also develop new creations onsite, and visitors can take a tour, sample Guinness beers at a tasting room, and shop for merchandise. As for the famed Guinness stout itself, however, that will continue to be brewed in Dublin and shipped over to the U.S.
I-FLY Baltimore – I-FLY is indoor skydiving with the simulation of true freefall conditions in a vertical wind tunnel; it’s a premium extreme sport attraction. The facility offers team-building, corporate outings, birthday parties, an educational STEM program, with physics, and a new Girl Scout program. They have a contract with the military as a training/re-certification venue, and they participate with the Wounded Warriors.
Lake Roland Nature and Environmental Education Center – New 2,594-square-foot facility that overlooks Lake Roland dam, accommodates up to 230 people.
National Aquarium in Baltimore – Living Seashore, an interactive exhibit featuring two touch pools and a variety of hands-on exploratory experiences. Living Seashore takes guests beyond the boardwalk to the crashing waves, sandy beaches, and shifting dunes of the Mid-Atlantic seashore, to encounter marine life, and be able to touch sea urchin, Atlantic stingray and feel the pulsing moon jelly.
New Psalmist Retreat and Meeting Center – A new retreat and meeting center, located at 6020 Marian Drive, Baltimore 21215.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards – The 25 year-old stadium is going through some major improvements, including carpeting, lighting and heating upgrades.
Sagamore Spirit Distillery – A four-building complex on East Cromwell Street, is expected to draw about 100,000 visitors annually for tours and tastings. Includes a restaurant and event space, a 22,000-square-foot distillery, a 27,000-square-foot processing center and a 120-foot-high water tower, holding water brought from Plank's Sagamore Farm, a horse breeding facility in Baltimore County.
Toby’s Dinner Theatre – A new dinner theater will be built at Symphony Woods in Columbia as part of a larger arts district. Toby's is projected to open in late 2018-early 2019.
U.S. Naval Academy / The Clubs at Akerson Tower – Located in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, the North and South Clubs offer a combined total of 3,600 square feet of meeting space. Each one of 1,800-square-foot rooms can accommodate a seated dinner for up to 150 people or a stand-up reception for 200 attendees. Large screen televisions, projection screens and a complete audio system connect the two clubs, so they can be used in conjunction with one another. Featuring nearly floor to ceiling windows, high ceilings and skylights, the Clubs at Akerson Tower offer outstanding views of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, downtown Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay. 410-293-8722 or 410-293-8712.
Ultimate Watersports – The Chesapeake region's oldest and largest stand-up paddle board, kayak, sailing and windsurfing outfitter is offering instruction, rentals, tours, summer camps, beach parties and team building events. They have opened a third location at Sunset Cove Marina.
Walters Art Museum – The museum has begun construction on a $10.4 million renovation and refurbishment, a project aimed at blending the attraction's history with a more modern culture. The Hackerman House mansion will be a major focus of the project as the Walters seeks to refresh the space by introducing new art pieces throughout the mansion that has long been a hub for the museum's Asian art displays.
Cushwa Brewing Company - The Williamsport craft brewery and taproom is open to the public, showcasing small batch favorites and innovative experimental beers.
High Country Creamery & Market – A new, locally owned creamery specializes in various artisan cow's milk cheeses. Breakfast and lunch will be served; Mon-Fri 7-6 and Sat 7-4 with farm to table ingredients. Cheese making days will be Monday and Wednesday. Located at 97 Locker Lane in Grantsville.
National Road Museum – The museum will tell the story of the road from its development as a trail through its evolution as a highway today.
St. John's Rock Road Trail – The state’s first modern, off-road vehicle trail in Garrett County. The trail will includes the state's first-ever campsite tailored for off-road vehicles and include a single-track hare scramble (a form of off-road motorcycle racing) style trail sections, technical trail spurs, internal loops, vehicular pull-offs and a full-size rock crawl area.
Western Maryland Scenic Railroad – The steam train Mountain Thunder will be out of service for the “1,472” comprehensive service day inspection. The Chesapeake & Ohio 1309, acquired from the B&O Railroad Museum, was the last steam locomotive built by Baldwin Locomotive Works for a domestic railroad. It will be the largest, articulated, regularly scheduled steam locomotive operating in the U.S..
GREATER WASHINGTON DC (CAPITAL REGION)
Clarksburg Premium Outlets at Cabin Branch – Features upscale shopping and designer outlet center.
Ellsworth Place – The City Place Mall in Silver Spring will undergo a renovation, upgrades and renaming.
Frederick Distilleries – There are five new small-batch distilleries in Downtown Frederick and the surrounding area. Many of distilleries are large enough and are interested in accepting groups. Distilleries are McClintock Distilling, Dragon Distillery, Tenth Ward Distilling and Misc Distillery.
Marine Corps Marathon – The pre-race Expo is moving to National Harbor in 2017 and 2018 (the marathon remains in DC.)
MGM National Harbor - A luxury resort, retail, dining, entertainment and gaming experience just minutes from Washington D.C on the banks of the Potomac River.
Pike & Rose – The new area includes new iPic Theaters and AMP by Strathmore, a 240-seat concert venue than can accommodate 250 seated or 350 for standing reception.
Six Flags America – Holiday in the Park, a dazzling winter spectacular featuring more than a million glittering lights, holiday entertainment, delicious seasonal treats, visits with Santa and many popular theme park rides.
Urban Pirates – The pirates of Baltimore are expanding to National Harbor. A bigger boat with 90-passenger capacity, sailing from the Capital Wheel pier.
Washington D.C. Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – The temple will close for renovations, March 2018. The Visitor Center will stay open during the closure. The Temple is expected to reopen in 2020 with a public open house held before it is rededicated.
Westfield Montgomery Mall – The Bethesda Mall renovated its indoor food court called the Dining Terrace. The new design featured new restaurants including Wicked Waffle, Lobster ME, Crave, Naples Ristorante e Pizzeria and others.
Woodlawn Visitor Center – Montgomery Parks has opened this historic gem to the public. Visit the stone barn exhibits where echoes of the past tell the story of a bustling farm, its community, and those who made a bold bid for freedom on the Underground Railroad.
Mallows Bay-Potomac River – A 14-square mile area of the tidal Potomac River will soon be declared a National Marine Sanctuary. This is where nearly 200 vessels spanning from the Revolutionary War through the present are found, including the remains of the largest “Ghost Fleet” of World War I wooden steamships built for the U.S. Emergency Fleet, which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Patuxent River Naval Air Station Museum – The Museum is the only naval museum dedicated to aviation research, development, testing, and evaluation. Interior exhibits include a propulsion display, unmanned aerial vehicles (including a full-scale mock-up of the X-47A Pegasus unmanned combat air vehicle), crew system artifacts, ejection seats, radars, and test instrumentation. An outdoor aircraft park displays 21 naval aircraft, and features both the X-32B and X-35C Joint Strike Fighter concept demonstrators tested at Pax River.
Choptank River Heritage and Visitors Center – The 2,500-square-foot visitors center will cost about $1.5 million with an additional $600,000 for site work and will be the headquarters for the Caroline County Office of Tourism along with an interpretative center, heritage display and restrooms for tour buses. The center will be built on stilts and have three exterior decks for a panoramic view of the Choptank River waterfront in downtown Denton.
Delmarva Discovery Center – A new 16,000-square-feet of hands-on interactive fun area features a river otter exhibit where the two playful male otters are fed daily at noon. STEM lab, classroom and nighttime at the museum options are available.
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park Visitor Center is now opened in Dorchester County.
Salisbury Zoo – Expect to see an expanded Discover Australia exhibit and other changes in the coming months as part of a recently approved zoo master plan. The exhibit will have a new aviary that will feature various bird species from down under, including black swans, kookaburras and cockatoos.
Seacrets Distilling Co. – Several years in the making, the Seacrets Distillery is now open. Seacrets, one of the Top 10 Beach Bars in the US, has been making Seacrets Spirits, including vodka, rum and gin, at a Delaware facility since May 2014. In addition to housing production, the new distillery will be open for tastings and tours. Seacrets Spirits is themed after the 1920s and Prohibition. 117 49th Street, Ocean City, MD 21842.
Washington Inn & Tavern – Located in Princess Anne, the old Washington Hotel opened in 2016. Operated by Scot Ian Fleming of Robert Morris Inn; immediate plans include operating a bar and dining rooms downstairs and guest bedrooms upstairs in the 18th-century portion of the building. Long-range plans include a banquet space and more guest rooms in the 19th-century addition.
Museum of the Bible – The 8-story, 430,000-square-foot building sits two blocks from the National Mall in DC and houses 44,000 artifacts. Steve Green, President of Hobby Lobby, developed the museum.
National Museum of African American History and Culture – The museum is on the National Mall on a five-acre tract adjacent to the Washington Monument. The building, four-stories below ground, four stories above, and has a collection that comprises 33,000-plus objects that includes slave shackles and Louis Armstrong‘s trumpet as well as monumental pieces like a Jim Crow-era railway car and an Angola prison tower. The museum is designed to tell the story of African Americans from the diaspora to present day.
Hotels – New, Changes & Updates
Comfort Inn & Suites-Aberdeen – The hotel has undergone renovations since changing from the Merit Hotel & Suites. An IHOP is now opened in the former hotel restaurant.
Delta Hotel by Marriott-Baltimore – A new hotel at 1 E. Redwood Street. It is one of the first US hotels operating under the Canada-branded Delta flag, a Marriott affiliate. Hotel includes 150 rooms and 4,000 sq. ft of meeting space.
Delta Hotel by Marriott-Hunt Valley – The Hunt Valley Inn-Wyndham Grand will be reflagged in spring 2017.
Holiday Inn Express-Owings Mills – A new build of 86-rooms at 4770 Owings Mills Blvd, Owings Mills, MD 21117.
Live! Lofts – Maryland Live Casino has purchased the Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites Complex and renamed it Live! Lofts. The 250 room and suites facility has more than 3,000- square-feet of meeting space and offers complimentary shuttles from the BWI Airport, Amtrak, Casino and Arundel Mills. Located at 7491 New Ridge Road, Hanover, 21076.
Peabody Court Hotel – The hotel closed and is completing a major renovation.
Radisson Hotel Baltimore/Inner Harbor – The former Baltimore Harbor Hotel has been re-flagged. This pet-friendly property has 323 rooms and suites. There are plans to invest $10 million to renovate the Radisson and the second tower, to open it as a second hotel or apartments.
Sagamore Pendry Hotel – Sagamore (Kevin Plank/Under Armour) Pendry is a 128-room boutique hotel with 200-person ballroom, restaurant, lounge and small whiskey bar in Baltimore's Fells Point. It will be Pendry’s first East Coast hotel.
Staybridge Suites Baltimore/Inner Harbor – A new hotel opened at 17 Commerce Street, in space that was the Baltimore International Culinary College.
WoodSpring Suites Hotel-White Marsh – New construction opened of a 124-suite extended stay property.
Hotels in the Works
Canopy by Hilton - The new boutique lodging brand by Hilton will develop a four-story hotel to open at Harbor Point in Baltimore in early 2019. The hotel will be located atop a 12-story office building called Wills Street Wharf at Harbor Point, where Exelon is currently building a 20-story headquarters.
Crowne Plaza-Baltimore – The south tower of the former Baltimore Harbor Hotel property will be run under the Crowne Plaza flag, although when it will take place is still uncertain.
Hampton Inn & Suites-Aberdeen – A new build is being constructed on the site of the former LaQuinta Inn & Suites.
Hampton Inn & Suites-Johns Hopkins – Cherry Cove Group plans to break ground on a 2.5-acre site at 6571 Eastern Avenue in East Baltimore, just blocks away from the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The 115 room, $17 million Hampton Inn project should be complete early 2018.
Hilton Garden Inn-Downtown – A proposed new construction would bring a 14 story, 87,000-square-foot space to the location with 151 planned rooms. The hotel will also have meeting space, a pool and a lounge at the 25 S. Calvert Street lot. It will be owned by Allstar Hotels and open June 2018.
Hotel Brexton – Working on a $1 million proposed expansion to add a restaurant, meeting space and increase its room count to 38 from 29. Improvements are intended to attract group business, such as weddings and family reunions.
LaQuinta Inn Baltimore – The 42-room hotel is being constructed from a former office building at 200 W. Saratoga Street.
Maryland Live Hotel – The Cordish Company plans to break ground in the fall 2017 on a $200 million hotel, 17 stories with 310 rooms, including 52 suites. Live! Hotel will have several event and meeting spaces, including a 1,500-seat concert venue and a banquet hall with seating up to 800 people. The Shop Live! retail store, a day spa and salon and an additional 1,000 parking spaces are also part of the plan.
SpringHill Suites by Marriott-White Marsh – A 128-room hotel will open late 2017 in the new retail area is known at Greenleigh at Crossroads.
Unnamed Hotel – Southern Management Corp will break ground early next year on the 150-room boutique hotel at Metro Centre at Owings Mills. The transit-oriented development is next to the Metro subway station in Owings Mills and includes apartments and restaurants.
Unnamed Hotel – A 119-room hotel is proposed for McHenry Row/Locust Point. The hotel, which is being designed with an unnamed operator, will have a first-floor, 12,000-square-foot amenity and service space as well as a courtyard.
Unnamed Hotel-UM/BioPark – The board of the University of Maryland BioPark in March will receive details on two unsolicited proposals to build a new hotel on the sprawling West Baltimore campus. The new hotel is expected to be built in the 800 block of West Baltimore Street and would have 150 rooms and a conference center. There was a proposed Element Hotel 167-room extended stay property with construction starting in 2017.
WoodSpring Suites-Aberdeen – A new 91-room motel is planned to be built off Route 40, behind the Golden Corral restaurant.
Baymont Inn Suites-Hagerstown – The Best Western Grand Venice Inn has been re-flagged. They have newly renovated rooms and pool area.
The Lodge at Wisp – The Wisp Resort Hotel has changed their name as a part of a $3.7 million renovation that will continue into 2018. Renovations and improvements include a covered entrance, outdoor gas fireplace area and 100 fully renovated rooms in the six-story tower section of the hotel.
Hotels in the Works
Unnamed Hotel-Oakland – A proposed hotel, restaurant and retail establishment located along U.S. Route 219 adjacent to the North Oak Plaza is scheduled to be completed in 2018.
GREATER WASHINGTON DC (CAPITAL REGION)
Clarion Inn Frederick Event Center – The Holiday Inn & Conference Center Frederick has been re-flagged.
College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center – The new name of the Marriott Inn & Conference Center-UMUC. The property now features 207 renovated guest rooms, the new 6,700 sq.ft. Potomac Ballroom and renovated 8,200 sq.ft. Chesapeake Ballroom as part of their 40,000 sq. ft. of function space.
Courtyard by Marriott-Largo/Capital Beltway – A new property has opened at 1320 Caraway Court, Largo, MD 20774. It joins the Residence Inn by Marriott-Largo/Capital Beltway.
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center - Opens a $20 million ballroom facility May 15, 2017. The stand-alone ballroom is located just west of the existing hotel and span 24,000 square feet, with glass on three sides to provide sweeping views of the water. The Orchard Terrace outdoor event space is has been expanded by 10,000 square feet to 39,000 square feet, and will serve as home to ICE!
Harborside Hotel near National Harbor – Renovated the interior of the hotel with upscale vibe.
Homewood Suites by Hilton-Frederick - Opened at 4950 Westview Drive. The new hotel includes117 studio and one- and two-bedroom suites, along with a fitness center, indoor pool and sport court.
Homewood Suites by Hilton-Washington, DC North/Gaithersburg – The 123 guest suite hotel, includes 1,700-square feet of meeting space.
The Hotel at the University of Maryland in College Park - The $115 million project will have 295 guest rooms, 43,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space for up to 1,500 guests, a rooftop banquet facility and two full-service restaurants. Hotel is expected to open July 2017. www.thehotelumd.com
MGM National Harbor Resort – The 308 room resort features top-of-the-line amenities and experiences, including a 125,000 square foot casino, a world-class spa & salon, a 3,000-seat entertainment theater, 8,000-square feet of high-end retail space, 27,000-square-feet of meeting space, plus restaurants from celebrated local and national chefs. Opened December 2016.
WoodSpring Suites Hotel-Frederick – New construction of a 124-suite extended stay property.
Wyndham Garden Washington DC North Hotel – The former Howard Johnson Cheverly has been re-flagged, refreshed, and refined. After a more than $5-million renovation, the hotel includes a new exterior look, new courtyard, new lobby and interiors, and all new guest rooms (40 executive kings, 110 doubles). The upgrades also include a new "Garden Bistro & Lounge" restaurant.
Hotels in the Works
Canopy by Hilton-DC/Bethesda North Hotel – A new 177-room lifestyle boutique hotel opening in 2017 in Pike & Rose, a transit-oriented neighborhood in Bethesda. 900-948 Rose Avenue, Rockville, MD 20852
Cambria Hotel & Suites-College Park – Southern Management is developing another property for “overflow” to The Hotel. The 150-room, multi-level parking structure will be at 8321 Baltimore Avenue.
Courtyard by Marriott-College Park - A 157-room property is planned at College Park Station, 8315 Baltimore Avenue.
Fairfield Inn-Westphalia Town Center – A new limited service property is expected at Woodyard Road in the new development called Westphalia, adjacent to Pennsylvania Avenue.
Holiday Inn & Conference Center Frederick – Expansion plans to build a new 205 room tower of guest rooms and add on to/renovate meeting space. No timeline is available as of yet, however, hope to break ground in 2016.
Hyatt House – Plans for a 120-room hotel immediately adjacent to College Park at the under-construction Riverdale Park Station.
Marriott Headquarters in Bethesda – A 230 room hotel, with 8,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, is part of the construction plan for Marriott's new World Headquarters complex in downtown Bethesda at Wisconsin & Norfolk Avenues. Proposed opening is 2022.
Marriott Downtown Frederick – Plamondon Hospitality Partners has proposed a $64 million, 207-room hotel with about 23,500 square feet of meeting space, 700-person ballroom, indoor pool, two restaurants, and a terrace on Carroll Creek.
Staybridge Suites Lanham-Greenbelt – Located in Eastgate Shopping Center is again under construction and finally moving toward completion. Located at the shopping center's far west side directly off Lanham-Severn Road, the 4-story, 122 room property.
TownePlace Suites-College Park – Baywood Hotels plans to develop a 75-room property at 9620-9624 Baltimore Avenue.
Unnamed Hotel-Silver Spring – A proposed 173-room hotel, by Starr Capital, located at 8600 Georgia Avenue.
Unnamed Hotel-Richie Station Marketplace – In the pipeline is a 120-room hotel and a possible "Olive Garden" restaurant at the Capital Heights/Beltway property.
Westin Bethesda – Opening December 2018 at 7740 Wisconsin Avenue, the Westin will redefine upper upscale lodging and will be the first new full service hotel in downtown Bethesda in 30 years. Situated on nearly two-acres, the 222-key Westin will be part of an almost 500,000-square-feet mixed use development. The 12-story hotel promises unparalleled amenities including: state of the art conference and ballroom space, a yoga studio, a health club, and contemporary food outlets. The project will have 20,000-square-feet of high-end retail and four levels of below ground parking. The hotel is located at 7740 Wisconsin Avenue, and will be part of The Bernstein Companies-Hotels Division.
Hotels in the Works
Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa – Plans to launch a two-year expansion project that includes tearing down the lowest and oldest part of the property, the current Rod ‘N’ Reel, and building a new structure that’s compliant with current flood regulations. A sky-lit glass atrium will connect the existing hotel with the new structure. The new hotel will include a two-story Rod ‘N’ Reel restaurant, three levels of hotel suites, retail units, an arcade, boardwalk promenade, restaurants, gaming and bingo areas, a rooftop pool and bar and a parking facility.
The Inn at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club – Located adjacent to the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club in Stevensville, the Inn features 54 luxury boutique guest rooms and suites. With more than 6,000 square feet of event space, a banquet room accommodates up to 130 guests
Quality Inn Beachfront – Hotel, purchased by Harrison Group, is considering an expansion with 87 units in a new tower on vacant land next to the existing hotel on 33rd Street in Ocean City.
Quality Inn & Suites-Easton – The Comfort Inn & Suites-Easton will be re-branded.
Residence Inn-Ocean City – A new 150-suite bayside property opens in August 2017 at 59th Street.
Tidewater Inn – Renovating public area and meeting spaces.
Hotels in the Works
Aloft-Ocean City – The 45th Street Village in Ocean City is seeking regulatory permission to raze what remains of the “village” and replace it with a stylish hotel and retail destination. Construction for a five-story, 120-room hotel is tentatively scheduled to begin next March 2017, with a hotel opening taking place in March 2018. The second phase of the development, a 15,500-square foot retail development, has no specific timetable.
Crystal Beach Hotel - Planning expansion of Riviera Motel property at 26th Street, with 63 units in Ocean City.
Fairfield Inn & Suites-Ocean City – A new build on 25th Street and the bay, this 109 room waterfront hotel accompanied by adjacent new townhouses and multiple restaurants.
Harbor Mist Hotel – A new hotel build with 129 units at 25th Street and Philadelphia.
Harbourtown Resort – The Harbourtowne Resort near St. Michaels has closed for a major renovation / rebrand of the resort. They expect to reopen in mid-2018.
Hyatt Place Kent Island – A new build on Kent Island.
Hyatt Place Ocean City – Approval was granted for the Sescape Motel at 16th Street to be taken down, along with Peppers Tavern and a new 170-room property on two locations.
Kent Manor Inn – Adding a new 9,675-square-foot banquet facility and a separate 22-room annex.
Microtel Inn-Ocean City – A renovated structure in West Ocean City.
Unnamed Hotel – A project is in the works for the 45th Street Village property in Ocean City.