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What’s New for 2019

January 2019

 

SIGNIFICANT ANNIVERSARIES

 

NFL 100th Anniversary – The NFL will celebrate its 100th season in 2019.  The historic and unprecedented celebration will salute the millions of fans who love the game; highlight the unifying nature of football and its positive impact in communities; bring together generations of past, present and future players; and look ahead to the NFL's next 100 years. In the coming months, information will be shared about national and local "NFL 100" plans and ways fans can join in the celebration.  Maryland is home to two NFL teams, the Baltimore Ravens and the Washington team.

Women’s Suffrage 100th Anniversary – The Year 2020 will be the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote.  Maryland is compiling sites and stories of Maryland’s powerful women to include in what will be designated as the Year of Women.

 

CENTRAL MARYLAND

 

Baltimore Motorcoach Parking Facility – The overnight facility located near the B&O Railroad Museum is closed. The city has options available at Lot O, near Ravens Stadium. www.baltimoreparking.com/bus-parking

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. www.firstmilestable.org

Guinness Brewery – The famous Irish brewery is now open near Baltimore.  Diageo Beer Company 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. Located at 5001 Washington Blvd. www.guinnessbrewerybaltimore.com

Hammerjack’s – Once a Baltimore Rock-n-Roll institution, a new 58,000-square-foot complex at 1300 Russell St. will include a concert space, club and beer garden. It’s poised to become another destination in an industrial area city officials have hoped to transform into an entertainment district.  Not expected to open until 2019.  www.hammerjacks.com

Heavy Seas Brewery – A new tap room featuring a patio and private event space to accommodate 300, is expected to open in June 2019 in Halethorpe.  www.hsbeer.com

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.  www.france-merrickpac.com

Horseshoe Casino 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 2020. www.topgolf.com/us/baltimore

Light City Baltimore - Light City is a free festival that transforms Baltimore with large-scale light installations, performances, music and innovation. Central to Light City is the BGE Light Art. Walk along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, featuring more than 50 attractions including illuminated sculptures, projections, interactive technologies, performances, concerts, food vendors and a children’s area.  In 2019, the event will be held in conjunction with the Book Festival and will take place Nov.1-10, 2019.  www.lightcity.org

Live Casino & Hotel – In 2018, they opened a 310-room hotel and day spa.  During Phase II, they will build a 4,000+ seat convention center to house county graduations and other events. The event facility opens May 2019.

Main Event Entertainment – With more than 120 virtual video games and 22 bowling lanes, the 50,000-square-foot entertainment restaurant is now open at the Mall in Columbia.  Tel: 410-995-9009, www.mainevent.com

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 Science Center – They will upgrade the IMAX Theater from a 70 mm film-based system to a digital projection system; expected opening is March 2019.  www.mdsci.org

M & T Bank Stadium - The team plans to begin a round of upgrades to some of the stadium's luxury suites, as well as to north and south club level spaces in mid-January, according to recently filed permits. In all, the work will cost nearly $23.8 million.  www.baltimoreravens.com

National Aquarium’s Animal Care Center – Be among the first to explore the center on a tour designed exclusively for members.  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. www.aqua.org/ACRC

Port Discovery Children’s Museum – Two new exhibits will be installed – The Port exhibit, featuring an interactive ship where children can role-play as the ship’s captain, engineer, sailors and navigators, and learn about Baltimore’s maritime commercial center; and the four-story SkyClimber exhibit, made up of climbable platforms–surrounded by protective netting–to get kids active, use problem-solving skills and safely take risks.  www.PortDiscovery.org

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 they move into the new theatre.  They hope to open in 2020.  www.tobysdinnertheatre.com

Hunchback of Notre Dame (Mar.21-May 19, 2019); Grease (May 22-July 28, 2019; Mama Mia (Aug.1-Sept.8, 2019); Bodyguard (Sept.13-Nov.3, 2019); Christmas Story (Nov.8, 2019-Jan.5, 2020); Kinky Boots (Jan.10-Mar.22, 2020).

Watermark has a few new tour offerings:

Chesapeake Cravings Historical Food Tour:  Cream of Crab soup and history talk at Ram’s Head Tavern, tour the State House or a step-on-guide tour, sit down Chesapeake inspired lunch at a local restaurant, dessert (Smith Island Cake) at the PACA House.

Fleet Week Cruises to see the Blue Angels:  September 12 – 13, 2020

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.  Our groups are smaller and our 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)

Yard 56 – A new retail development area opening in 2020, convenient to I-95 & I-895. Chipotle and Panda Express are expected to join anchor tenants LA Fitness and Streets Market & Cafe in the 106,000-square-foot retail phase of the 20-acre project at 5601 Eastern Avenue. The development will total up to 2.2 million square feet of retail, office and hotel space with 1,100 parking spaces.   www.segallgroup.com/properties/yard-56/

 

WESTERN MARYLAND

 

Antietam Vineyards – A new vineyard on the edge of Antietam National Battlefield, open weekends only.

C&O Canal National Historic Park – A restoration at the Cushwa Basin; 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; and a new Park Headquarters to be built in Williamsport, with a new visitor center.

Coal Miners Memorial – There are plans for a Coal Miners Memorial, including a Mine shaft, in Allegany County, opening Summer 2019.

Evergreen Heritage Center – Located near Frostburg, they offer 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.

The Gunter Hotel in Frostburg, has opened with new owners.  The Toasted Goat Winery now occupies the restaurant space and tours are available of an original speakeasy in the basement.

Heavy Metal Playground - People have access to construction site equipment where they are able to dig, dump, and smash.  Family Recreation Park, 21036 National Pike, Boonsboro, MD 21713.  www.heavymetalplayground.com

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

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

Monkey Business Adventure Park – Adventure seekers of all ages are currently welcome at the recently opened park at 970 Deep Creek Drive, McHenry.  Several choices are available, including ziplining, aerial obstacle courses and free-falling. The park has three elevation levels, each with different challenges.  The park is owned by Deep Creek Lake Adventures, which also owns Splash Island Inflatable Water Park.

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 in Spring 2019.

Pry House Field Hospital Museum – They will be offering enhanced programming at Antietam National Battlefield.  Antietam Brewery, a great destination for groups, pairs very well with the Pry Programming

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 when it starts operating in 2019. 

Wisp Resort – They have opened two new escape rooms with two themes: Detention Breakout and Race to the Slopes.

 

GREATER WASHINGTON

 

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

Glenstone Museum – Located in Potomac, they opened a new 204,000-square-foot expansion in October.  Admission is free.  The Pavilions provide an additional 50,000 square feet of exhibition space and will show works from the collection of Emily and Mitchell Rales. Included in the inaugural display will be works by Louise Bourgeois, Michael Heizer, On Kawara, Lygia Pape, and Martin Puryear, among others.

MGM National Harbor Casino – Opened a new expansion in July; expansion includes a new, second-floor poker room, off-track horse betting area, 285 slot machines and a new terrace overlooking the Potomac River.

National Harbor – Cherry tree installation has been completed with 75 trees along the waterfront.  The new Cherry Blossom Trail should be viewable in 2019.   A new Water Taxi service begins in March and will provide service to the Wharf in Southwest DC.   There should be at least 10 transfers a day.

Pike & Rose – Easily accessible by car, bike or Metro, this vibrant neighborhood is just a short distance from DC, and offers a unique destination to shop, dine, work, play and live.  New additions to the area include: Canopy by Hilton hotel; Pinstripes dining & entertainment; AMP by Strathmore, a 240-seat concert venue; iPic Theatres, where you can enjoy a movie in plush chairs with pillows and blankets, and dine on artisan cuisine with a craft cocktail without leaving your seat; and L.L Bean.

Six Flags America – New in 2019, Six Flags will have a new, roller coaster ride called Firebird.  This all-new coaster experience will take thrill-seekers through incredible twists, drops and inversions, all while seated in state-of-the-art floorless trains.

Tanger Outlets National Harbor – The outlets will be expanding and adding a food court. Completion should happen in late 2019.

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.

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.

International Spy Museum – The new permanent home has opened in DC.  At 140,000 square feet, the new Museum will provide more than double the floor space of the existing building, and will include new resources for educational programming, a lecture hall/theater, and multifunction event space with sweeping views of DC.

 

SOUTHERN MARYLAND

 

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.  

Piney Point Museum – They will have new exhibits installed in 2019. 

St. Clement’s Island Museum – They are currently undergoing architectural/engineering review and plan to completely renovate the entire museum with either a new building or massive overhaul of the current one, along with a complete redesign of new exhibits, etc. It will basically be a brand new museum.

 

EASTERN SHORE

 

The Casino at Ocean Downs added table games into the roughly 35,000-square-foot expansion to the north of the existing facility.  They have added 270 new slot machines and 10 table games, including craps, roulette, blackjack, three-card poker and Texas Hold 'em.

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.

Adult Ecology Cruise – In this ecology-based program, participants learn through hands-on activities aboard the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle.

Catch of the Day Tour – Learn what it means to “follow the water” in every season on the Chesapeake through the eyes of a waterman. Participants will tong for oysters, pull crab pots, explore a skipjack, and hear stories of the “big guns” commercial hunters used at the turn of the 19th century.

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.

Choptank River Heritage and Visitors Center – The 2,500-square foot visitors center 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.

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park Visitor Center has celebrated its two-year anniversary. The new center serves as an orientation center and gateway to the larger Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Scenic Byway. It offers exhibits, a film, restrooms, picnic facilities, and staff to offer further information and guidance to other sites along the byway.

Jolly Roger – Updates include a refurbished, revamped Ferris Wheel.

The Links at Perry Cabin is a new golf course, opened in 2018, designed by the legendary Pete Dye.  Located near St. Michaels, the course plays through stunning topography and vistas of Maryland’s iconic Eastern Shore.

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 in the country. The Festival will offer 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 6-8, 2019 & September 11-13, 2020.

OC Air Show – Flying along the Ocean City beach and Boardwalk will showcase the US Navy Blue Angels, June 15-16, 2019.

Planet Maze – Known for its mini-golf, laser tag and indoor climbing maze, located on 33rd Street and Coastal Highway, has closed. 

Ripley’s Believe It or Not-Ocean City – They have undergone extensive renovations and have introduced new exhibits.

Riverwalk Amphitheatre – A new amphitheater has opened in Salisbury.    

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.

 

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.

Crowne Plaza-Baltimore – The south tower of the former Baltimore Harbor Hotel property opened in 2018.  The hotel has 365 rooms and 20,000 square feet of meeting space.  110 W. Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.  

Graduate Hotel Annapolis – The Loews Annapolis Hotel has sold and will be rebranded under the firm’s Graduate Hotel series in Fall 2019, after renovations.  Graduate Hotels targets college communities and caters to university alumni, attendees and their families.

Hampton Inn & Suites-Bayview – Cherry Cove has opened a new hotel, just off I-95 and blocks away from the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The 115 room hotel offers an area shuttle, free parking and the nearby Broadway Diner offers room service.  Linda Walls is the Director of Sales, [email protected] Hotel: 410-631-5676.

Hotel Revival – The former Peabody Court closed and completed a major renovation.  It has reopened as a 107-room boutique hotel.

Red Lion Hotel-North Baltimore – The Radisson Baltimore North Hotel in Timonium (former Crowne Plaza) has rebranded.  Located at 2004 Greenspring Avenue, Timonium, MD 21093; Tel: 410-252-7373

Cambria Hotel-Baltimore – A 144-room hotel planned for the American Building at 231 E. Baltimore Street. It would open in 2019 if all goes as planned

Candlewood Suites-Baltimore – A proposed building renovation by the Sunset Hotel Group has a 102-room hotel coming to 101 N. Charles Street.

Canopy by Hilton - The new boutique lodging brand by Hilton will develop a four-story hotel at Harbor Point in Baltimore in 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 expected to open in 2016.

Courtyard by Marriott – A 126-room hotel is under construction in McHenry Row/Locust Point.  The hotel is expected to open in Spring 2019.

Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites-Arundel Mills – A new combined property will be built in the Arundel Mills area.

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.

Residence Inn by Marriott-Fulton/Maple Lawn (Columbia East) – A new, 93-room all-suite hotel in a great central location with walkable restaurants and other amenities. Perfect for multi-day hub and spoke itineraries. Opening Late 2018; 11800 West Market Place, Fulton, MD.

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 2019.

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.

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. 

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.

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

 

WESTERN MARYLAND

 

Courtyard by Marriott Hagerstown – Complete hotel renovation of lobby, meeting space, and sleeping rooms to be completed March 2018.  Ideal for groups traveling I-81 with easy access to parking and multiple restaurants across the parking lot from the hotel.

Hampton Inn & Suites-Cumberland – A new build opened in May 2018. The 77 room property has a Business Center, Board Room, and indoor pool onsite.    

The Lodge at Wisp – The Wisp Resort Hotel has changed their name.  The new name is part of a $3.7 million renovation that began last fall and will continue into 2018.  The resort says guests will find changes inside and out, including a covered entrance, an outdoor gas fireplace and 100 fully renovated rooms in the six-story tower section of the hotel.

Rocky Gap Casino Resort – Completely renovated 108 of their 198 rooms. The additional rooms and their Suites will begin renovation after the first of the year.

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

Home2 Suites Hagerstown – A new hotel with 106 suites has broken ground near Valley Mall.  The hotel will be operated by Bowman Hospitality and expected opening is in 2019.  Home2 Suites by Hilton Hagerstown MD, 1661 Pullman Lane, Hagerstown.

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 scheduled to be completed first and construction is expected to begin in spring 2017 and the restaurant in 2018.

 

GREATER WASHINGTON

 

Cambria Hotel & Suites-College Park – Southern Management has opened another property, features 150 guestrooms, including 8 suites, with added amenities such as microwave, fridge, premium bedding, and free WiFi. There's also an upscale restaurant on the main level.  The prop also has meeting rooms that can be combined for up to 1,352 sq. ft. of flex space.

Canopy by Hilton-DC/Bethesda North Hotel – A new 177-room lifestyle boutique hotel opens in Spring 2018 in Pike & Rose, a transit-oriented neighborhood in Bethesda.  With 6,500 square feet of meeting space including a 3,100 square foot ballroom, known as The Outlook, the hotel will be an attractive destination for meetings and groups. In addition, Pike’s Perspective offers 3,200 square feet of outdoor terrace space, which can be tented and Collaboration Station provides an intimate meeting space for up to 16 people.  940 Rose Avenue, Rockville, MD 20852

Courtyard by Marriott-Bowie – A new build, located at 16800 Science Drive in the Melford Town Center development, is directly off US Route 50 near MD Route 3/301. The five-story, 144-room hotel features an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, guest laundry, and offers four meeting rooms with 2,200 square feet of meeting space to accommodate functions of up to 350 people.

Crowne Plaza-Greenbelt – The Marriott Greenbelt has changed its flag.  A complete multi-million dollar renno is expected to commence this summer/early fall with completion mid/late 2019.  In its current configuration, the property consists of 280 rooms, four suites, 14 meeting rooms, and almost 20k sq. ft. of total meeting space.

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

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 – Newly constructed 124-suite extended stay property.

WoodSpring Suites DC/East Arena Drive (Hyattsville) – A new WoodSpring Suites opened at 1603 Brightseat Drive in Hyattsville.  The newly constructed 122-room extended-stay hotel represents Sandpiper's third property to open in the DC region, joining Manassas and Andrews AFB.

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. 

Home2 Suites by Hilton Frederick – A new build is opening Spring 2018.

Homewood Suites by Hilton-Largo ­– Ground breaking held for new property to built adjacent to the DoubleTree Hotel-Largo.

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

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, 180-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.  

TownePlace Suites-College Park – Baywood Hotels has plans to develop a 75-room property at 9620-9624 Baltimore Avenue.

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

 

SOUTHERN MARYLAND

 

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.  www.chesapeakebeachresortspa.com, 410-257-5596.

 

EASTERN SHORE

 

DoubleTree Ocean City – The Quality Inn Beachfront was purchased by Harrison Group and re-branded.  Located at 3301 Atlantic Avenue, Ocean City, MD 21842; Tel: 410-289-1234.  They may be doing an expansion with 87 units in a new tower on vacant land next to the existing hotel. 

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 new build 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. 

Hyatt Place Ocean City – A new 105-room property opened in Fall 2018.  This is on the site of the former SeaScape Motel.  1 16th Street, Ocean City, MD 21842. Tel: 410-213-5333. 

Sea Bay Inn – The hotel will be doing a top-to-bottom renovation in 2019.

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.

Aloft-Ocean City – The 45th Street Village in Ocean City will raze what remains of the “village” and replace it with a stylish hotel and retail destination. Construction for a five-story, 120-room hotel has begun, with a hotel opening in 2019. The second phase of the development, a 15,500-square foot retail development, has no specific timetable.

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.

Hampton Inn-West Ocean City – A new 81-room hotel is expected to open in 2019.

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-2019.

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.  

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