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What’s New for 2020 and Beyond

March 2020

SIGNIFICANT ANNIVERSARIES

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historic Park – The C & O Canal will celebrates its 50th anniversary of being designated a national park in 2021.

Maryland Transportation Authority’s Toll Facilities – MDTA has begun cashless toll collection at the Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695) in Baltimore and the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) in Perryville.  Tolls are collected by EZ-Pass or video tolling.  With the 2-year re-decking of the William Preston Lane Bridge/Chesapeake Bay Bridge (US 50 & 301), cashless toll collection should begin in early 2020.

United States Naval Academy – This is the 175th Anniversary of USNA, and it will host a wide variety of special events and programs throughout the year to commemorate this special occasion.

Women’s Suffrage 100th Anniversary – The Year 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote.  Maryland has compiled a list of sites and stories of Maryland’s powerful women to include in the Year of the Woman celebration.

On the Horizon 

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum – The 200th anniversary of American Railroading festivities will begin in 2027

CENTRAL MARYLAND

Annapolis Maritime Museum is closed for renovations and is expected to reopen in late-Spring 2020.  New exhibits will provide a state-of-the-art, high tech, high-touch gallery divided into three thematic sections: Bay Health, Oyster Economy, and Annapolis Waters.  

Baltimore Motorcoach Parking – A surface lot, located behind the 414 Light Street building, is now available for 10-12 buses, daily or overnight.  Overnight parking is available at Lot O, near Ravens Stadium. 

Charm City Rabbit Hole – A new, immersive experience, where a series of fantastical rooms created by artists play with size and perception. Gomez is looking to bring a place to take in lots of creative settings under one roof in June 2020. 

Edgar Allan Poe House – The home in Baltimore was designated as Maryland’s first literary landmark.

First Mile Stable at the B&O Railroad Museum – The stables will house the Baltimore Police Department’s mounted unit, which make up the oldest continuously operating mounted police unit in the country.  The B&O gets a new attraction on its 40-acre property once the stables open to the public next summer. 

Hippodrome Theatre – They will overhaul their multi-use space and banquet hall at the M&T Bank Pavilion.  It will add new event space to the historic theater and complex. 

Howard County Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall – They will be building a new 16,000 sq. ft. exhibition hall and hope to have it open by the end of 2019.

Live Casino & Hotel – In 2018, they opened a 310-room hotel and day spa, and have now opened a 4,000+ seat convention center to host concerts, graduations and other events.

Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show – The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are scheduled to perform in Baltimore, September 12-13, 2020.  They routinely hold a practice show, which will be Friday, September 11, 2020.  

Maryland Zoo in Baltimore – The Maryland Zoo completed a major renovation and expansion of several areas within the African Journey section of the Zoo, specifically the expansion of elephant outdoor yards, as well as major renovations to the giraffe and lion habitats.  

M & T Bank Stadium - The team completed a three-year renovation project that has already added two massive high-definition video boards, LED ribbon displays, a field-level party suite and new cameras to the 71,000-seat stadium. The most recent improvements, include upgrades to the club level as well as 16 new escalators and four new elevators to ferry fans to the stadium's top floor. 

National Aquarium’s Animal Care Center – Discover how they care for sick and injured marine animals before returning them to their ocean home and peek into our exhibit fabrication shop. This tour will allow you to experience the National Aquarium in a new way and shed light on the most important work they do—caring for the world's aquatic treasures and inspiring others to do the same. 

PGA Tour FedEx Cup Playoffs – The 2021 BMW Championship tournament is scheduled for August 17-22, 2021 at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills.

Rash Field Park – Ground breaking for the new Rash Field begins.  It will feature a modern pavilion with a 2,000-square-foot cafe, public restrooms, rain gardens and a rooftop deck. The first phase will also bring a children's nature park, a kinetic playground, a small skatepark and a shady lawn. Overall, the park will hold more than 400 trees.

Round1 – A 53,000 sq. ft. entertainment/dining venue is coming to Towson Town Center.  When completed, it will have 14 full-size bowling lanes, five professional billiard tables, two karaoke party rooms, more than 250 arcade games and a bar and dining area with pizza, fries, wings, burgers, ice cream and more.  Expected to open by Spring 2020.

Royal Caribbean International’s Enchantment of the Seas – The Grandeur of the Seas cruise ship that sails out of Baltimore will be leaving RCL’s fleet. In a news release, the cruise company wrote that the cruise ship will join Pullmantur Cruises in spring 2021 and be replaced in Baltimore by Enchantment of the Seas.

Spirit of Baltimore – Spirit Cruises is in the process of renovating a 192-foot ship and it will replace the current 145-foot Spirit of Baltimore.  The new vessel will have three indoor levels and an “open atrium” between the second and third decks allowing passengers to peer down to the second-level dance floor.  The new ship is slated to be unveiled in Spring 2020.

Toby’s Dinner Theatre – A new dinner theater will be built at Symphony Woods as part of a larger arts district.  Once they break ground, they hope to finish in 12-16 months.   They will only close for about 2 week as the move into the new theatre.  They hope to open in 2021.  

  • Monty Python’s Spamalot (Jun.12-Aug.23, 2020);
  • Godspell (Aug.28-Nov.1, 2020);
  • Elf The Musical (Nov.6, 2020-Jan.10, 2021); and
  • Something Rotten (Jan.15-Mar.21, 2021)

U.S.S. Constellation Museum/Water Taxi Terminal – The U.S.S. Constellation Museum has been torn down and replaced with a new ADA-compliant structure.  The Water Taxi terminal will still offer service and access to the historic ship.  The current exhibits in the museum will be displayed in the new terminal.  It will operate in partnership with the Water Taxi and Living Classrooms and is set to be complete by late 2020.  

U.S. Naval Academy – They are replacing the chapel dome with a new reddish copper color dome – in contrast to the current green patina. Once completed, it could take Mother Nature more than 20 years to weather the new copper and change it to the green patina color now adorning the Annapolis skyline.  They have also launched a U.S. Naval Academy Virtual Walking Tour of the Yard – Groups with limited mobility will enjoy this tour of the Academy all while seated in our climate controlled theater. 

Watermark has a few new tour offerings:

  • Scandalous Side of Annapolis Tour – This lighthearted, tongue-in-cheek tour is presented by a guide in the character of a colonial indentured servant who works odd jobs day and night to make ends meet – colonial style.
  • USNA Tours - 90-minute and 2 hour and 15 minute VIP Tours.  Watermark USNA Tours are the same as the USNA tours with the same certified guides and can go in all the same buildings.  The groups are smaller and guides meet the groups outside the gate and walk the groups through security.  
  • Women of Achievement – 90-minute tour; visit sites that are connected with women who demanded the right to vote, first appointed Maryland official printer, women who helped runaway slaves, the woman who was the “invisible member of Lincoln’s cabinet, etc.  (Can be done as a walking tour or step-on-guide tour)

Warner Street Entertainment District:
Paramount Baltimore – Horseshoe Casino has plans for a new 4,000 seat concert venue in the new entertainment district. 
Top Golf – Golfing entertainment with high-tech climate-controlled hitting bays, where the balls are micro-chipped to show accuracy and distance on TV monitors and allow for competition among players. Expected opening in 2021. 

WESTERN MARYLAND

C&O Canal National Historic Park – A restoration at the Cushwa Basin has opened.  The C&O will offer boat rides of a re-watered section of canal that leads through the turning basin, under the only Railroad Lift Bridge as well as the only Bollman Iron and the Conococheague Aqueduct.  

C&O Canal Headquarters & Visitor Center – A new $17 million headquarters and visitors center for the C&O Canal is expected to open in September 2020 in Williamsport.   

Evergreen Heritage Center – Located near Frostburg, they have programs like Science in the Outdoors, Healthy Living & Agriculture and art programs. Great for student groups.  

Garrett College Community Education and Performing Arts Center – A new theatre is being built. It will feature a state-of-the-art theater with 400-500 seats.  Expected opening is 2021. 

Historic B&O Railroad Station – They have a new 1928 Baldwin Steam Engine on display in Oakland.  

Maryland Theatre – The expansion and restoration of this historic theatre in Hagerstown, home to the Maryland Symphony Orchestra is completed.  Even more show options coming to the stage; banquet room for private dining or meet in greets before shows; seating for 1,300; and offering 4 free performances to student groups annually.  Grand Opening was October 2019. 

National Road Museum – Visitors to the 1,900 square-foot building will learn the history of the Historic National Road, the first major east-west route that carried early settlers from the historic seaport in Baltimore to Illinois, and its impact on the development of transportation technology.  An opening date has not been announced. 

Western Maryland Scenic Railroad – The newest steam locomotive at WMSR will be the #1309, it will be the largest compound-articulated steam locomotive in service in the world.  It is scheduled to start operating in 2020. 

GREATER WASHINGTON

Denizens Brewing Company – A new brewery and tap room facility has opened at Riverdale Park Station.  It is the larger sibling to the original Denizens in downtown Silver Spring. The new 12,000 sq. ft. brewing facility features a 150-seat tap room with 20 drafts on demand.  It will be available for events, meetings, meet-ups, as well as private functions. 

Gaylord National’s ICE – Gaylord will be offer a day tour package, on selected dates that includes lunch and admission to ICE.  

Glenstone Museum – Located in Potomac, has a new 204,000-square-foot expansion.  The Pavilions provide an additional 50,000 square feet of exhibition space and will show works from the collection of Emily and Mitchell Rales. Museum is free, but limited to 400 guests/day.  

KID Museum – A new innovative learning space unlike any other in the DC region. The museum provides hands-on learning that incorporates STEM, art, and culture with 21st-century skills like creativity and critical thinking. Located in Bethesda.  

National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton – Step back in time at the Shrine to 1842 and discover the story of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton through the eyes of her daughter, Catherine.  Catherine Comes Home focuses on all that happened at the site from 1809 when Elizabeth Ann first arrived, to 1842, the year of Catherine's first visit back to Emmitsburg.  Attendees may interact and ask questions of the costumed interpreters. Tours for Catherine are available on Sunday and Wednesday. 

Six Flags America – Six Flags has announced its newest attraction — Harley Quinn Spinsanity, making its debut in 2020. The oversized giant pendulum ride named after the iconic DC Super Villain Harley Quinn, promises to deliver epic high-flying excitement as it spins and swings to breathtaking heights.  The towering, impressive giant disc will reach speeds up to 70 miles per hour as it whips back and forth going higher and higher while constantly spinning, giving riders an exhilarating riding experience. 

Tanger Outlets National Harbor – The outlets will be expanding and adding a food court. Completion is to be determined.  

Top Golf – Hitting bays, full-service restaurant & bars, private event space and rooftop terrace with fire pits.  New locations opening in Germantown and National Harbor. 

Urban Air Adventure Park – Zip lining, a trampoline park, obstacle courses and more family-friendly fun will arrive in Frederick in the fall of 2020.  It will occupy 40,000 square feet of space in the former Wolf Furniture outlet in Ballenger Creek Plaza. In addition, the park will have plenty of other options, including a ropes course, climbing wall, tubes playground, “Spin Zone,” dodgeball courts and laser tag. 

Washington D.C. Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – The temple has closed for renovations.  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.  

SOUTHERN MARYLAND

Mallows Bay Park – Mallows Bay has been designated a new national marine sanctuary to protect the remains of more than 100 abandoned steamships and vessels built as part of America’s engagement in World War I.  Located along an 18-square mile stretch of Potomac River, the new sanctuary boasts a collection of historic shipwrecks dating back to the Civil War, as well as archaeological artifacts nearly 12,000 years old.  

Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival – Special group packages available to relax waterside on the museum lawn and enjoy live national jazz artists, lots of delicious seafood and gorgeous views of the Potomac and St. Clement’s Island at this popular signature event.  July 11, 2020. 

Potomac River Bridge (Nice/Middleton Bridge) – The MDTA has approved a contract for design and build of a new 1.9 mile bridge across the Potomac River.  The project will replace the existing two-lane bridge with a new, four-lane span that will be aligned with the existing roadway approaches in Maryland and Virginia. The four, 12-foot-wide lanes with 2-foot shoulders will double capacity and improve safety, enhancing emergency response and maintenance/inspection activities.  The new bridge is expected to open in 2023. 

St. Clement’s Island Museum – Currently undergoing architectural/engineering review and plan to completely renovate the entire museum along with a complete redesign of new exhibits, etc. 

EASTERN SHORE

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum – There are some new tour offerings:

  • A Day in St. Michaels – One call package with a highlighted tour of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, lunch at the Crab Claw, and a scenic river cruise aboard the Patriot.
  • Oystering on the Chesapeake Tour – Participants explore the history of the Chesapeake Bay and how the oyster shaped the culture, industry, and environment. 
  • The Maryland Dove – A new version of the late 17th-century trading ship that accompanied the first European settlers to what is now Maryland, will be built.  Ship design work will commence in January 2019, and construction is anticipated to begin by mid-year. The launch of the new Maryland Dove is targeted for 2021. All work will be done in full public view, allowing the public to experience every stage of the project.

Classic Motor Museum – A new museum is open in St. Michaels, 7 days a week.  The living history showcases motoring classics of all kinds, from antique farm tractors to fine examples of the cars that have fueled American's love affair with the automobile.  They are dedicated to educating the next generation of technicians trained in the art of classic vehicle restoration and maintenance. 

Harriet Tubman Mural – A new mural featuring a powerful image of Harriet Tubman is attracting attention from around the country, with some people moved to tears. On the side of the Harriet Tubman Museum & Educational Center in Cambridge, the mural shows Tubman with her hand outstretched, beckoning the viewer to join her on a journey to freedom.   

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park Visitor Center – A new film, “Harriet Tubman: Soldier of Freedom” has debuted.  The 15-minute short will be shown daily – three times an hour – to visitor center guests.  

Madhouse Oyster Farm – Oyster farming demonstration and programs on Hooper’s Island. 

National Folk Festival – One of America’s largest, most prestigious, and longest-running celebrations of arts, culture, and traditional arts celebrations in the country. The Festival will bring as many as six stages of continuous music, a dance pavilion, traditional crafts, regional food, storytelling, parades, and folk life demonstrations to Downtown Salisbury. This large scale, three-day outdoor event is free to the public, September 11-13, 2020. 

OC Air Show – Flying along the Ocean City beach and Boardwalk, the event will showcase the US Air Force Thunderbirds, June 13-14, 2020. 

Perdue Family Farmhouse – The Perdue Farmhouse will be open for group tours.  The home would be a perfect stop on tours focusing on agriculture, Eastern Shore heritage, ‘Made on the Shore’ and Year of the Woman.  

Ripley’s Believe It or Not (Ocean City) – Newly renovated. Discover the strange, the shocking, and beautiful at Ripley's Believe It or Not! on The Boardwalk. Enjoy incredible eye-popping exhibits where you can pose with the world’s tallest man, lose yourself in some mind-boggling visual illusions, and even see a shrunken head. 

Roland E. Powell Convention Center – A convention center expansion has been funded.  The conceptual design documents suggest that the existing site is capable of accommodating an expansion of the exhibit hall space by 30,000 square feet, and will address the resulting parking needs of the facility. 

Sawyer Tours & Charters – Captain Dave Schauber no longer has the charter boat option, but they are still offering land-based tours.  

NEARBY

Delaware Botanic Gardens - The soon-to-open Gardens near Dagsboro, is Sussex County's first botanic garden, boasting 70,000 plants, including perennials and grasses, a saltwater front, freshwater ponds, a learning center and woodlands. The Meadow Garden was designed by world-renowned plantsman Piet Oudolf. 

National Museum of the United States Army — A new project from the U.S. Army and the nonprofit Army Historical Foundation, will be open to the public on June 4, 2020, at Fort Belvoir, VA. The museum will be the first of its kind and aims to document the 244-year history of the Army, and will be free. It's currently under construction.  

U.S. Route 301-Delaware Mainline – The toll road which runs for 15 miles from Del. 1 to the Delaware/Maryland border is now open.  This provides an express route from I-95 in Delaware to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Electronic tolling only.

Hotels – New, Changes & Updates

CENTRAL MARYLAND



Cambria Hotel & Suites-Arundel Mills – The new 122-room Cambria Suites Arundel Mills-BWI Airport, located at 7700 Milestone Parkway in Hanover is now open.

Candlewood Suites-Baltimore – A classic building renovation has opened as a new 102-room hotel at 101 N. Charles Street in Baltimore.

Courtyard by Marriott-McHenry Row – A 126-room hotel has opened in McHenry Row/Locust Point area, very close to the Cruise Ship Terminal.  

Delta Hotel Baltimore North (Cross Keys) – The Radisson Cross Keys has re-branded as the Delta Hotel Baltimore North.  

Graduate Hotel Annapolis – The Loews Annapolis Hotel has rebranded under the Graduate Hotel series, after completing renovations.  Graduate Hotels targets college communities and caters to university alumni, attendees and their families.  www.graduateannapolis.com

Hotels in the Works


Cambria Hotel-Baltimore – A 144-room hotel planned for the American Building at 231 E. Baltimore Street. It would open in 2020 if all goes as planned.

Canopy by Hilton-Baltimore - The new boutique lodging brand by Hilton will develop a four-story hotel at Harbor Point in Baltimore in 2020. 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. Scheduled to open in May, the 156-room hotel’s grand opening has been delayed due to Covid-19.

Columbia Town Center Hotel – Autograph Collection by Marriott – The Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel will soon undergo $20 million in renovations to bring the property up to par with the four-star standards of its new Marriott Autograph flag.  Owner and developer Costello Construction will add 70 rooms, bringing the total to 290, and update the entire interior and exterior of the hotel

Element Hotel by Westin-BioPark – A proposed new extended-stay hotel property is planned for the University of Maryland Bio Park.  The new hotel is expected to be built in the 800 block of West Baltimore Street and have a conference center.  

Fairfield Inn & Suites Aberdeen – A new build property is planned in Aberdeen.

Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites-Arundel Mills – The Live Lofts hotel was sold to Tharaldson Hospitality and the property will return to being the Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites in Summer 2020. 

Hilton Garden Inn-Bel Air - A new property will be built at 4170 Philadelphia Road, Bel Air (Riverside).  The groundbreaking is next week and this will be adjacent to the Homewood Suites and the Cracker Barrel at I-95, Exit 80.  Expected opening in late 2020.

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.  

Hilton properties – Two new Hilton properties are expected to be part of the new Towson Row development project in Towson.

Marriott Hotel at Metro Centre – Marriott has broken ground on new property with 235 rooms as well as a banquet and conference center that can accommodate up to 1,000 guests.  Metro Centre is a transit-oriented development, next to the Metro subway station in Owings Mills and includes apartments and restaurants.

The Study at Johns Hopkins – JHU is planning to open a university-branded hotel and conference center across from its Homewood campus by summer 2021.  Plans call to convert an 11-story apartment building at the corner of North Charles and East 33rd streets into a 115-room hotel, complete with a restaurant, and meeting and conference spaces. Study Hotels will lead the renovation and operate the hotel on the property that is owned by Hopkins.

TownePlace Suites Aberdeen – A new build property is planned for Aberdeen.

Tru by Hilton-Harbor East – A new millennial-branded 144-room hotel has been proposed for 415 S. Central Avenue in the Harbor East in Baltimore, opening in 2020.

Unnamed Hotel-BWI Terminal – Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport expects to put a request for proposals out by the end of the year for a hotel that would be part of the terminal. The new RFP will look for a developer to bring a four-star branded hotel with between 200-250 rooms. 

Unnamed Hotel – A proposed 100-room hotel is being discussed for Howard Station, the 300 block of North Howard Street.

Unnamed Hotel – A proposed 102-room conversion hotel is proposed for the Latrobe Building, 2 E. Read Street.

Unnamed Hotel – A 155-room hotel has been added to the plans for the University Lofts project, an entire city block near the Hippodrome Theatre and Lexington Market. The development is aimed at graduate students from the University of Maryland-Baltimore.

Unnamed Hotel Columbia – Developer Howard Hughes has approval for a new 15-story, 208 room upscale hotel in Columbia’s Merriweather District.  Designs for the project show a modern metal, dark-colored brick and glass building that incorporates a tall hotel tower, as well as a 4,000 sq. ft. ballroom, pool deck and restaurants overlooking what will eventually become a walkable, urban district in the heart of Columbia.

Unnamed Hotel Inner Harbor – Several years down the road, a new hotel is expected at 300 E. Pratt Street.  The new build will include a 600-car parking garage, a hotel and office, residential and retail space.  

WoodSpring Suites-Aberdeen – A new 91-room motel is planned for Route 40, behind the Golden Corral restaurant.

WESTERN MARYLAND

Home2 Suites Hagerstown – A new hotel with 106 suites has opened in the area of Valley Mall.  Home2 Suites by Hilton Hagerstown MD, 1661 Pullman Lane, Hagerstown.

Hotel in the Works

Best Western Hotel Hagerstown – A new build is proposed near Valley Mall.

LaQuinta Hotel-Hagerstown – Two local hotel owners are proposing an 80-room hotel off Citicorp Drive in northern Washington County. Discussions are currently on-going with La Quinta for a La Quinta Inns & Suites franchise and would take 18 months to open.

Unnamed Hotel-Oakland – A proposed hotel, restaurant and retail establishment located along U.S. Route 219 adjacent to the North Oak Plaza is planned.


GREATER WASHINGTON
 

Bethesdan Hotel, Tapestry Collection by Hilton – The former DoubleTree by Hilton as re-opened under the Tapestry Collection by Hilton.  The 270-room property is located at 8120 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda.  

Doubletree Hotel by Hilton–DC North/Gaithersburg – The Hilton Gaithersburg was re-flagged and has completed major renovations.

Hampton Inn & Suites-Glenarden/DC – A new 106-room hotel has opened, located behind the Woodmore Town Center, in an area that is developing into downtown Largo.  Tel: 301-322-3200.

Holiday Inn Express Brunswick - A new 93-room property will open at the end of 2019, near Harper’s Ferry.  Located at 1501 Green Village Way, the property will have indoor pool.

Homewood Suites by Hilton-Largo – A newly built property has opened at 9103 Basil Court. The 116-suite property includes 2,700 sq. ft. of flex meeting space.

Residence Inn Upper Marlboro Joint Base Andrews – A newly built property has opened, located immediately off the Beltway, at Ritchie Station Marketplace in Capitol Heights.  The property is operated by an arm of Tharaldson Hospitality Management,   

TownePlace Suites-College Park – Baywood Hotels has opened a 75-room property at 9620 Baltimore Avenue.

Hotels in the Works



AC Hotel by Marriott Bethesda - A downtown Bethesda developer has announced plans to build a 219-room AC Hotel as part of a mixed-use project at the corner of Montgomery and Wisconsin avenues.  Construction on the $300 million redevelopment project is scheduled to begin early in 2019 and wrap up in the spring of 2021. OTO Development would operate the hotel.

Cambria Hotel Capital Heights – A new hotel opening soon.

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.  

Hyatt House–College Park – Immediately adjacent to College Park at the under-construction at Riverdale Park Station, are plans for a 120-room hotel.

Hyatt Place National Harbor – Building has begun on a 156-room waterfront property at National Harbor.  About half the rooms will have Potomac River views, and the plan also includes ground floor restaurant/bar with outdoor seating and 1.7K SF of flex meeting space.  Expected to debut late 2020, the new Hyatt Place is being developed by South Carolina-based OTO Development.

Marriott Headquarters in Bethesda – A 244-room hotel, with 8,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, is part of the construction plan, when Marriott builds a new World Headquarters complex in downtown Bethesda at Wisconsin & Norfolk Avenues.  Proposed opening is mid-2022. The Bernstein Companies and Boston Properties joint venture as owners and developers.

Marriott Downtown Frederick – Plamondon Hospitality Partners has proposed a general layout of the four-story, 230-room hotel, 20,000-square-foot conference center, neighboring retail building and courtyard planned for 200-212 E. Patrick St., along Carroll Creek.

Residence Inn Bowie & Springhill Suites Bowie – Hospitality Development Company III, LLC has plans to build two additional Marriott properties at Melford, a 125-suite Residence Inn and a 100-suite Spring Hill Suites. The timeline for the construction of these related properties has yet to be confirmed.   

Residence Inn College Park – Republic Properties Corp. has proposed a new build for the intersection of Campus Drive and Corporal Frank Scott Drive, near the College Park Metro station. The DC developer has proposed a 160-room hotel with approximately 8,000 square feet of retail for this location within College Park's Discovery District.

Staybridge Suites Washington DC East – Largo – The Staybridge is scheduled to open in March 2020.

Unnamed Hotel-Silver Spring – A proposed 173-room hotel, by Starr Capital, would be located at 8600 Georgia Avenue, the current site of a gas station

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.

Wyndham Garden Beltsville – Plans are in the works to bring a third hotel to the Beltsville area. Proposed is a 90-room, 60,500 sq. ft. property, built on a 1.45 acre parcel at 10700 Rhode Island Avenue.

EASTERN SHORE

Aloft-Ocean City – A new 120-room, pet-friendly hotel opened on 45th Street & Bayside in Ocean City.  The new Aloft is equipped with a state-of-the-art fitness center; an indoor and outdoor pool, including a poolside bar and private balconies overlooking Isle of Wight Bay.  It has two bay-facing event spaces totaling 3,250 square-feet, and a 380 square-foot space perfect for corporate meetings. 4501 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD 21842. www.aloftoceancity.com, Tel: 443-373-0800.   The second phase of the development, a 15,500-square foot retail development, has no specific timetable.

Hampton Inn-West Ocean City – A new 83-room hotel opened across from the OC Outlets.  Each room includes free WiFi, microwave, mini-fridge and free hot breakfast.  The hotel has an indoor pool, business center and lobby snack shop. The hotel is managed by the Pinnacle Hospitality Group.

Holiday Inn Express-West Ocean City – A new build with 84 rooms is now open at 12552 Ocean Gateway, Ocean City, MD 21842; Tel: 410-213-7900. 

Home2 Suites-Ocean City – A newly built project has opened at 67th Street, with 100 suites.  This Hilton hotel offers a range of amenities, including fully equipped kitchens, modular furniture, complimentary Internet access, communal spaces, a laundry and fitness area, an indoor pool and a fire pit and grill area.  

The Inn at 202 Dover – The Tidewater Inn has purchased the property.  They will own and manage the existing guest rooms and suites with a plan to convert the restaurant to private dining space ideal for corporate, social and intimate wedding functions. Guests staying at The Inn at 202 Dover will benefit from all the services and amenities now available at the Tidewater Inn.

Wylder Hotel Tilghman Island – The shuttered Harrison’s Chesapeake House Hotel that once hosted high-profile guests including governors and athletes has reopened as a renovated resort. The 54-room hotel, is located on 9 acres of Chesapeake Bay waterfront.  The revamped hotel will feature two restaurants helmed by Chef Sean Wheaton; Bar Mumbo and Tickler's Crab Shack and Restaurant.  The complex will also have a saltwater pool, the opportunity to take stand-up paddleboards and kayaks out onto the water, and play bocce on the grounds. 

Worcester County Hotel Tax – Hotel guests in Ocean City should expect to pay a little more when they book their beach trips after the Worcester County Commissioners unanimously voted to raise the room tax from 4.5% to 5%; total is now 11%.
 

Hotels in the Works


Cambria Suites Ocean City – A new Ocean City property is under development and scheduled to open in spring 2020 at 309 N. 1st Street, just off the Route 50 Bridge.

Crystal Beach Hotel  - will be doing an expansion onto the Riviera Motel property at 26th Street, with 63 units in Ocean City.

Great Wolf Lodge – A $200 million, 44-acre lodge and waterpark will be built, next to the Hollywood Casino Perryville to open by summer 2022.  The new property will have 500 hotel rooms with a 1,000-person conference center, restaurants and entertainment venues amid the waterparks and play areas.

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.

Hyatt Place Kent Island – A new build on Kent Island.

Kent Manor Inn – A new 9,675-square-foot banquet facility and a separate 22-room annex will be added. 

TRU by Hilton Ocean City – Resort planners approved the site plan for a new five-story, 105-room TRU by Hilton brand hotel, on the site of Planet Maze.  
 

SOUTHERN MARYLAND

Hotels in the Works

Rod ‘N’ Reel Resort – The Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa has launched 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. It will be rebranded as the Rod ‘N’ Reel Resort.  410-257-5596.

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