What's New

WESTERN MARYLAND

 

Wisp Resort
Spring 2015

New additions to Wisp Resort include a longer zip-line and a new children’s ski area.  Wisp also offers Segway tours, Laser Tag, Disk Golf and fly-fishing lessons.  The new Sundown Village is a beautiful location on the outskirts of the golf course and within walking distance of the Wisp Resort Hotel and McHenry Lodge.  This picture perfect site overlooks manicured lawns and beautiful seasonal foliage and will offer wedding packages.

Friendsville 250th Anniversary
Throughout 2015

Join the town of Friendsville in celebrating their 250th anniversary throughout 2015.  September 19-20 will be a weekend full of events remembering the town’s rural and historic heritage.  Activities include a nostalgic parade, spectacular fireworks display, Community Vesper Service and an old fashioned community social complete with food and games for all! 

 

CAPITAL REGION

 

Bourbon Street Fireball
April 2015

Bourbon Street Fireball is Six Flags America’s 10th roller coaster.  This seven-story, chaotic looping coaster with a train, holds 24 riders seated in unique forward and backward, face-to-face positions. The full chaos of the ride is unleashed as the train swings pendulum style to a completely suspended position at the top of the loop, hanging guests momentarily upside down. In full motion, the coaster loops into a series of 360⁰ revolutions of pure adrenaline. Just as the riders think they know what to expect, the train reaches the top of the loop only to reverse direction for additional 360⁰ revolutions.  It will be located in the festive Mardi Gras section of the park.

American Indian Village
June 2015

American Indian Village at Patuxent River Park will feature traditional structures from the Piscataway Indians, such as the longhouse and wigwam, net weaving and mat making stations, a cooking circle, archeological exhibits and more.  Opening in June 2015 in Upper Marlboro, the Piscataway descendants have offered to lead activities and workshops at the village and some will record cultural histories for audio tours. 

Cambria Suites Rockville
June 2015

The Cambria Suites Rockville is close to the Rockville Town Center and steps from a metrorail station with access to endless choices for dining and entertainment.  All the well-appointed suites feature upscale amenities and provide guests direct access to Washington, DC’s corporate and government offices, monuments, and museums.

Westin Bethesda
Opens 2016

The upscale Westin 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 sq. ft. 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 sq. ft. 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.

 

CENTRAL MARYLAND

 

Living Seashore at National Aquarium
May 2015

Living Seashore is an interactive exhibit where guests can explore the shore and touch the animals that live between the tides. This new exhibit, which spans 2,700 square feet, takes guests beyond the boardwalk to the crashing waves, sandy beaches and shifting dunes of the ever-changing mid-Atlantic seashore, where they will encounter more than 150 animals, including clearnose skates, horseshoe crabs and moon jellies. Along the edge of two large touchpools, containing 5,331 gallons of salt water, guests will be able to gently touch the prickly pointed spines of a purple sea urchin; the sleek, muscular wing of an Atlantic stingray; and the mysterious, firm bell of a pulsing moon jelly.

The Ivy Hotel
May 2015

The Ivy Hotel will be the premier luxury hotel in Baltimore's historic Mount Vernon neighborhood. The Ivy’s 18 guest accommodations – nine suites and nine rooms – will each have a fireplace, a private bathroom, and character and charm all its own. Some will have balconies, and others will have easy access to the boutique Ivy spa, where all treatments will be customized. The Ivy experience will be like staying in the magnificent private home this historic brownstone mansion once was: all-inclusive, sophisticated, chic and a whole lot of fun.

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture - 10th Anniversary
Throughout 2015

In 2015, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum marks 10 years of offering premier exhibitions and programs on Maryland’s rich African American history and culture. When the museum turns 10 in June 2015, visitors are invited to join a bash anchored by live music. The year culminates with the museum’s gala in winter 2015.

A Monumental Bicentennial
July 4, 2015

The Mount Vernon Place Conservancy will host “A Monumental Bicentennial” to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Baltimore’s iconic Washington Monument, the first monument in America dedicated to George Washington. The patriotic celebration will include an official re-dedication, an American Citizenship Naturalization Ceremony, tours of the monument and family-fun hands-on activities. The Conservancy recently completed a $5.5 million restoration of the monument.

 

SOUTHERN MARYLAND

 

Patuxent River Naval Air Station Museum
Summer 2015

The Patuxent River Naval Air Station 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.  The construction of the new building is being completed and a grand opening planned for the summer of 2015. 

 

EASTERN SHORE

 

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum 50th Anniversary
May 2015

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2015. Led by a committee of museum staff and board, the festivities kick off on Memorial Day weekend with Party on the Point: Celebrating 50 Years on the Bay festival, and the opening of a major exhibition showcasing the 50 most significant artifacts in the museum’s collection.

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park
Opens 2016

The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park, expected to open in 2016, is a 17-acre tract adjacent to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.   It will offer exhibits, programs, tours and be located about 12 miles south of Cambridge.  Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park was approved by Congress in late 2014.  The measure authorizes the National Park Service to acquire additional acreage in the area of Tubman's likely birthplace, the plantation where she worked as a young girl and the plantation from which she escaped slavery.  The congressional action comes a year after President Obama set aside 480 acres on the Shore as a national monument honoring Tubman. Maryland also acquired 17 acres south of Cambridge in 2007 for a state park honoring Tubman.

Paul Reed Smith Factory Tours & 30th Anniversary
February 2015

From a humble beginning in a small shop on West Street in Annapolis, Paul Reed Smith Guitars has grown into an internationally-respected guitar-making company located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The company is devoted to the instrument’s rich heritage while committed to emerging technology that enhances the sound. The new 90-minute guided factory tour was created to help celebrate their 30th anniversary and it allows visitors to get a firsthand look at the processes used to turn raw wood into refined musical instruments. Chances are high that a PRS guitar is being played by an artist that you admire, whether your favorite music is Blues, country, R&B, or rock and roll.