Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center
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The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center near Cambridge celebrates the famed Underground Railroad conductor. Learn about this American hero through exhibits and an audio tour of the landscape.

What’s New for 2022 & Beyond

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Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center
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The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center near Cambridge celebrates the famed Underground Railroad conductor. Learn about this American hero through exhibits and an audio tour of the landscape.

SIGNIFICANT ANNIVERSARIES/Events

Harriet Tubman 200th – Celebrating the bicentennial of Tubman’s birth in 2022.

Maryland Transportation Authority’s Toll Facilities – MDTA has begun cashless toll collection at all of their toll facilities – Francis Scott Key Bridge (I-695), Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95) and Harbor Tunnel Thruway (I-895) in Baltimore; the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) and John F. Kennedy Highway (I-95) in Perryville; the William Preston Lane Bridge/Chesapeake Bay Bridge (US 50 & 301); and the Potomac River Bridge (US 301).  Tolls are collected by EZ-Pass or video tolling.

National Geographic’s Best of the World for 2022 – Maryland's Eastern Shore made NG’s list of 25 “Best of the World” destinations to visit in 2022. The area specifically highlighted Dorchester County around Harriet Tubman activities targeted for families. 

On the Horizon 

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


CENTRAL MARYLAND

Annapolis Maritime Museum Offers new exhibits that provide a state-of-the-art, high tech, high touch gallery divided into three thematic sections: Bay Health, Oyster Economy, and Annapolis Waters.  Skipjack Wilma Lee – back in operation for public sails with a heritage focus and as part of its educational program for children. Capable of 42 people.   

Baltimore Motorcoach Parking – Inner Harbor motorcoach parking is available, located at 405 S. Charles (aka the 414 Light Street parking pad).  Any tour operator looking for overnight parking will get a discount if they go through Visit Baltimore, a 25% discount on overnight parking WITH in/out privileges.  Currently Overnight parking is $100 and daily parking is $39 for up to 6 hours, without in/out privileges.

BWI Airport – Icelandair will begin offering seasonal service between BWI Airport and Reykjavik, Iceland, starting on May 13, 2022. Icelandair will operate four weekly roundtrip flights through October, with the Reykjavik hub offering connections to markets across Europe.

City Cruises Baltimore – Formerly 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 will be unveiled in Summer 2022. 

Cruise Maryland

  • Carnival Cruise’s Legend – Carnival Cruises replaced the Pride with the Carnival Legend.
  • Royal Caribbean International’s Enchantment of the Seas – The Grandeur of the Seas cruise ship has left RCL’s fleet. In Baltimore, the Enchantment of the Seas cruises start in 2022.

Discovery Center at Water’s Edge – Plans for a 35,000-square-foot facility, targeted to open by 2026, would include interactive exhibits, maker spaces for hands-on projects, science-themed outdoor play areas, and would serve as a hub for STEM programs in the community.  A 3,500-square-foot preview center plans to open in 2022, with the full center opening in 2023. 

First Mile Stables 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.

Live! Casino & Hotel – With the voter’s approval of sports betting, the casino has opened Sports & Social Maryland. The Sports Book, restaurant, gaming and social lounge in the heart of the casino floor and sports betting has been authorized. 

Maryland Center for History & Culture – The Maryland Historical Society has re-branded.

Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show (2022) – There are plans for Fleet Week in Baltimore with USAF Thunderbirds are scheduled to perform at the Inner Harbor, Sept. 10-11, 2022. Potential practice day Sept. 9. 

Toby’s Dinner Theatre – A new 350-seat dinner theater will be built at Symphony Woods as part of a larger arts district, the New Cultural Center.  Once they break ground, they hope to finish in 12-16 months.  They will close for about 2 week as they move into the new theatre.  They hope to open in summer 2023. 

  • Monty Python’s Spamalot (Jan.14-Mar.20, 2022); Rocky (Mar.26-Jun.5, 2022); The Sponge Bob Musical (Jun.10-Aug.21, 2022); Ghost the Musical (Aug.26-Nov.6, 2022); It’s A Wonderful Life, the Musical (Nov.11, 2022-Jan.15, 2023); and Something Rotten (Jan.20-Mar.26, 2023)

U.S.S. Constellation Museum/Water Taxi Terminal – The U.S.S. Constellation Museum is being replaced with a new ADA-compliant structure.  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 2021 and begin welcoming visitors in Spring 2022. 

U.S. Naval Academy – Tour options include Group Walking Tour; Tour & Tea; Military Reunion Tour; Jewish Chapel & Levy Center Tour; Corporate Leadership Program; Annapolis Music Man Tour (Charles Zimmerman & “Anchors Aweigh”); Navy Weigh Boot Camp; and Educational Field Trips. They have a small vehicle for a Ride the Yard tour.

U.S. Naval Academy Air Show – The annual Blue Angels Air Show takes place as part of Commissioning Week.  The Air Show is May 25, 2022, with practice the day before.  The Blue Angels Fly Over at graduation will be May 27, 2022. 

Warner Street Entertainment District

Paramount Baltimore – Horseshoe Casino has plans for a new 4,000 seat concert venue in the new entertainment district. In addition, a hotel is also planned. 

Top Golf Baltimore – Golfing entertainment is coming to the Downtown Stadium area with 90 high-tech climate-controlled hitting bays, full-service bar & restaurant, yard games sprawling video wall.  Expected opening in 2022.


GREATER WASHINGTON

BetMGM Sportsbook & Lounge – The new sports betting venue has opened at the MGM National Harbor Casino.  The lounge was designed as a prototype for sports betting destinations MGM Resorts eventually will open elsewhere in the United States.

Joint Base Andrews Air Show & Open House – Scheduled for September 17-18, 2022; the U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds are scheduled to appear. 

Monumental Boat Tours & Float Boat 360 – This allows visitors to cruise the Potomac River in their own two-person CraigCat with a knowledgeable guide (in a separate boat). Boaters will explore from National Harbor to Mount Vernon on a two-hour tour. They will see the Jones Point Lighthouse, Fort Washington, lots of Potomac wildlife and more. 

Tanger Outlets National Harbor – The outlets will be expanding and hope to offer a food court in the future. In the time being, a Food Truck Court is available for dining. 

Washington D.C. Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – The temple has been closed for renovations.  The Temple is reopening in 2022 with a public open house April 28-June 4 (except Sundays) before it is rededicated.  The open house is the only time that people from other faiths and the community are permitted to view this beautiful and sacred landmark. 


EASTERN SHORE

Black-Eyed Susan Riverboat – Worcester County purchased the paddle-wheeler and placed it into operation in Summer 2021.  The vessel offers 2.5 hour cruises and is able to accommodate 70 people for cocktail, lunch & dinner cruises.                        

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.

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

Inlet Market – Ocean City's first-ever food hall, anchored by Bandits Bar & Grill, has taken the place of The Inlet Village shopping center. The open-air market features nine new chef-driven restaurant concepts, sweeping inlet views, and safe, spacious outdoor seating. 

Roland E. Powell Convention Center – A convention center expansion and completion is expected in Spring 2022.  The design will expand the exhibit hall space by 30,000 square feet, and will increase parking needs of the facility.


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 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. 


WESTERN MARYLAND

C&O Canal Headquarters & Visitor Center – A new $17 million headquarters and visitors center for the C&O Canal is expected to open in Fall 2020 in Williamsport.  A restoration at the Cushwa Basin has already 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.   

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 2022.

Hagerstown Stadium & Sports Events Facility – Funding has been approved and a new stadium will be built for the new professional baseball team of the Atlantic League. 

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.  They expect to open soon. 

Tracks and Yaks – Maryland’s only rail biking excursion is available on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. 

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 and will be available for rail excursions in 2022. 


NEARBY

Cape Water Tours & Taxi (DE) – Offering a number of tours from Lewes and Rehoboth, they recently purchased the 117-passenger vessel, Miss Hampton II, and will be adding to their fleet. 

Delaware Botanic Gardens - Located near Dagsboro, it’s the area'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 museum has opened its doors to the public. The new museum, in Fort Belvoir, VA – close to National Harbor, tells the long history of the U.S. Army since its establishment in 1775. Guests have a unique opportunity to participate in hands-on, educational and team-building activities in a variety of learning areas. 

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

Light City Baltimore
Golf hole at Links at Perry Cabin
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The railroad ties surrounding this island green define the legenday course designer Pete Dye

Hotels – New, Changes & Updates

CENTRAL MARYLAND

Canopy by Hilton-Baltimore - Offering a local experience with a boutique hotel feel, the 156-room hotel opened in October 2020.  They have 3 meeting rooms with 3,332 sq. ft. of meeting space; largest room is 2,688 sq. ft.  They have parking for a motorcoach.  The Foreman Wolf Group operates the restaurant, Cindy Lou’s Fish House, which has indoor & outdoor dining.

Fairfield Inn & Suites-Aberdeen – A new-build property with 70 rooms has quietly opened at 907 Barnett Lane, Aberdeen, MD 21078. It is being operated by Baywood Hotels.  Tel: 443-327-7772.

Marriott Hotel at Metro Centre – Marriott has opened a new property with 224 rooms, as well as a 10,000 sq. ft. ballroom and function space. There are multiple meeting rooms, a conference center, coffee shop, full-service restaurant, and fitness center.  Metro Centre is a transit-oriented development, next to the Metro subway station in Owings Mills and includes apartments and restaurants.  It opened late 2021.

Merriweather Lakehouse, Autograph Collection by Marriott – The Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel has completed a $20 million renovation to bring the property up to par with the four-star standards of its new Marriott Autograph flag.  The new 212-room boutique hotel opened November 2021. 

Microtel Inn & Suites Gambrills – A new-build property opened in the Waugh Chapel Towne Center at 2525 Evergreen Road, Odenton, MD 21113.   Tel: 410-721-8193.  The 79-room hotel features free breakfast, free WiFi, and has a 375 sq. ft. meeting room.

TRU by Hilton-Baltimore/Harbor East – The 140-room hotel opened in summer 2021; amenities include free WiFi, Top It breakfast, fitness center & business center. They are part of the Aimbridge/Interstate family.  411 S. Central Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21202.

Hotels in the Works

Avid Joppa – An 80-room hotel is planned for Philadelphia Road in Harford County.

Candlewood Suites Sykesville – An 87-room property is planned for 1326 Londontown Boulevard in Carroll County.

Hampton Inn / Home2 Suites-Towson – A new 220-room combined property will be constructed as part of the new Towson Row development project.  The hotels will have a shared lobby area on Chesapeake Avenue. 20-21 W. Susquehanna Avenue.

Hilton Garden Inn-Bel Air - A new property is being built at 4170 Philadelphia Road, Bel Air (Riverside).  The hotel is adjacent to the Homewood Suites and Cracker Barrel.  The property will have 3 meeting rooms and 2,294 sq. ft. of meeting space.  Accepting reservations starting February 2022.

Holiday Inn Express-Baltimore/Inner Harbor – A 144-room hotel is planned for the American Building at 231 E. Baltimore Street. It would open in 2022 if all goes as planned.

Holiday Inn Express-White Marsh – A new-build 102-room hotel will have an indoor heated pool, fitness center and a meeting room.  Located at 10542 Philadelphia Road, White Marsh, MD 21162, the hotel will accept reservations after January 1, 2022.

Springhill Suites Baltimore/Downtown Convention Center Area – A 157-room hotel is in construction at 400 W. Fayette Street and anticipated opening is January 2022.  Tel: 410-528-1001.

The Study at Johns Hopkins – JHU is planning to open a university-branded hotel and conference center across from its Homewood campus by November2022.  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.

Unnamed Hotel Inner Harbor – While it is 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.


GREATER WASHINGTON

DoubleTree by Hilton-Silver Spring/DC North – The former Sheraton Silver Spring has rebranded and reopened as the DoubleTree.  The 229 room property offers rooms with panoramic city views, mini-fridges, 50-inch HDTVs, 14,235 square feet of meeting and event space, and is located four blocks away from the Silver Spring Metro station.

Embassy Suites by Hilton-Bethesda – The Bethesda Marriott Suites at 6711 Democracy Blvd. will become an Embassy Suites, part of Hilton, starting Feb. 1, 2022.  

Gaylord National Resort – The DC area’s largest hotel property completed a comprehensive renovation of all 2,000 guest rooms, during the pandemic closure.

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.

Wyndham College Park North/DC Area – The Sheraton College Park North hotel has rebranded.  The 207-room is being managed by AIL Hospitality.

Hotels in the Works

AC Hotel by Marriott Bethesda – A downtown Bethesda new-build will open Spring 2022 with 220 contemporary guest rooms, a 4,000 SF state of the art fitness center, as well as 3,100 SF of meeting space on the 18th floor, including an outdoor terrace with views of downtown DC.  The restaurant, Corella Cafe & Lounge, is located on the ground floor with expansive outdoor seating.  Hotel will be operated by OTO Development.

Marriott Headquarters in Bethesda – Marriott expects to open its 245-room hotel, in January, with a sit-down restaurant, multiple bars and a concierge lounge.  With 8,000 sq. ft. of indoor/outdoor function space, the hotel will be adjacent to the new Marriott World Headquarters complex in downtown Bethesda.   7707 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda.

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

Wingate by Wyndham 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

The Wildset – The 34-room boutique hotel partially opened this past summer.  It is spread across three historic buildings and a fourth building will eventually house event space. The restaurant, Ruse’s, has a focus on seasonal American cuisine, with a menu that changes with the seasons. 

TRU by Hilton Ocean City – The new five-story, 105-room hotel is now open at 3401 Coastal Highway.  The tech-savvy hotel features contactless mobile check-in, Digital Key, free wi-fi, remote printing, a social media wall, lobby tablets, and accessibility to outlets everywhere. Guests will enjoy incredible 180-degree views of the sun rising over the Atlantic Ocean and setting into Assawoman Bay from an elevated indoor pool located on the upper floor of the hotel.

Hotels in the Works

Fairfield Inn & Suites Berlin – An 81-room property for Main Street & Ocean Gateway.

Great Wolf Lodge – A $200 million, 44-acre lodge and waterpark will be built, next to the Hollywood Casino Perryville to open by summer 2023.  The new property will have 700 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.

Hyatt Place Kent Island – A new-build on Kent Island has been approved.  The 120-room hotel will include 5,000 sq.ft. of meeting space/conference center, and a 44-slip marina.  Located next to the Fishermen’s Inn complex, a mid-2022 opening is expected.

Margaritaville Resort Hotel – Developers have presented conceptual plans for developing the former Phillips Beach Plaza property in Ocean City.  The proposed project includes 265 hotel rooms, conference space, restaurants, bars, indoor and outdoor pools, and upscale retail along the Boardwalk between 13th & 14th Streets.

Staybridge Suites Ocean City – An 80-suite property for 309 1st Street.

TRU by Hilton Salisbury/Fruitland – A 90-room property for 301 Prosperity Lane.


SOUTHERN MARYLAND

Hotels in the Works

Avid California – A 95-room property for 23270 Three Notch Road.

Microtel Inn & Suites Waldorf – A 94-room property for 2299 US Highway 301.

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.


WESTERN MARYLAND

Hotel in the Works

Fairfield Inn & Suites Hagerstown – A new 96-room property at 89 All Star Court is scheduled for opening Feb 2022.  (Off Dual Highway, Hagerstown, near I-70 exit 32) 


CLOSURES

Best Western Envy Hotel – Closed February 2021 and for sale.

Capital Plaza Hotel / Colony South Hotel – Closed permanently.

Holiday Inn Inner Harbor – Closed permanently September 2020.

National 4-H Conference Center – Facility has been put up for sale and not reopening.

Martin’s Eastwind Catering Facility – Facility closed and inventory auctioned off.

Phillips Crab House – The flagship restaurant in Ocean City has closed.

Phillips Wharf Environmental Center - The aquaculture center has closed. 

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! – The Museum and Odditorium in Baltimore has closed.

The Gallery – The 4-story shopping venue in Baltimore closed at the end of 2021.