What’s New for 2018
Baltimore Fleet Week & Air Show – Modeled on the success of Star-Spangled Sailabration and Star-Spangled Spectacular, Fleet Week will feature military ship tours, schooner pageantry and an air show featuring flight demonstrations from the US Navy, US Coast Guard, Royal Canadian Air Force and the United States Air Force Thunderbirds! Bring your groups to Baltimore October 5-7, 2018 for VIP group-friendly ship tours, dining venues and cruises. Groups can also stroll through the free landside Inner Harbor Fleet Week Festival with shops, food and fun.
Baltimore Motorcoach Parking Facility – The overnight facility located near the B&O Railroad Museum is closed. The city is working on additional options.
Bassmaster Elite Tournament returns to the Upper Chesapeake Bay in 2018 with the Bassmaster Elite Upper Chesapeake Bay, taking place at Ripken Stadium, July 26-29, 2018.
Dave & Buster’s-White Marsh – The restaurant/arcade chain has open a new 50,000+ sq. ft. location in the White Marsh Mall.
Foxfire – A new event center in Harford’s horse country (Monkton), for weddings, corporate retreats, parties and holiday functions. The property, located on 127 acres, can accommodate 300 guests. The property includes a manor house, gardens, ponds and expansive lawns; a limited number of events are be permitted annually. www.foxfiremonkton.com
Guinness Brewery – The famous Irish brewery plans to set up shop 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. As for the famed Guinness stout itself, however, that will continue to be brewed in Dublin and shipped over to the U.S. Brewery will open in late Spring.
Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House – 5001 Washington Blvd., the “test taproom” will be open Fridays (3 p.m.-8 p.m.), Saturdays (11 a.m.-8 p.m.) and Sundays (11 a.m.-5 p.m.). The goal of the temporary taproom is to raise awareness that the new facility, opening in 2018 and to preview the types of beers they’ll brew there.
Light City Baltimore - Light City is a free festival, April 14-21, 2018, 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.
Live Casino & Hotel – Maryland Live Casino is re-branding to Live Casino & Hotel. In 2018, they will open a 310-room hotel and day spa. During Phase II, they will build a 4,000 seat convention center instead of the originally proposed 1,500 seat center so that it can house county graduations and other events.
Symphony of Lights – Due to construction taking place in the area, the drive-thru holiday lights display in Columbia is no longer allows limos or buses. The location may be moving in future years.
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 late 2018-early 2019.
Newsies (Mar.10-Jun.10, 2018); Mama Mia (Jun.15-Sept.16, 2018); Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Sept.20-Nov.4, 2018); The Little Mermaid (Nov.9-Jan.13, 2019); Gypsy (Jan.17-Mar.17, 2019)
Coal Miners Memorial – There are plans for a Coal Miners Memorial, including a Mine shaft, in Allegany County, opening Summer 2019.
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
Hotel Gunter – The historic Gunter Hotel in Frostburg, continues with major renovations and has completed some portions of the facility. The Gin Mill (Speakeasy/Restaurant) is reminiscent of the martini bars and eateries of the 1940's. The menu offers house-made meats, artisan cheeses and unique dishes made with fresh ingredients.
Monkey Business Adventure Park – Adventure seekers of all ages are currently welcome at the recently opened at 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 – The museum will tell the story of the road from its development as a trail through its evolution as a highway today; they hope to open it in Fall 2018 in Boonsboro.
St. John's Rock Road Trail – The state’s first, modern, off-road vehicle trail opened in 2017 in Garrett County. It includes the state's first-ever campsite tailored for off-road vehicles. It will also include single-track hare scramble (a form of off-road motorcycle racing) style trail sections, technical trail spurs, internal loops, vehicular pull-offs and a full size rock crawl area.
USA Cycling Amateur Road National Championships – Thousands of spectators are expected to watch 700 cyclists compete throughout Washington County, July 26-29, 2018.
Western Maryland Scenic Railroad – Work continues to make steady progress on the Baldwin Locomotive Works built #1309, the last commercially built steam locomotive for use by a railroad in the USA. If work continues as planned, 1309 will return to service in 2018.
Wisp Resort – New tour offerings:
Musical Mountain – June 8-10, 2018
Old-Fashioned 4th of July – July 4-6, 2018
Tunes & Brews Festival – Aug.30-Sept 3, 2018
Clarksburk Premium Outlets at Cabin Branch – Opened October 2016, bringing upscale shopping and designer outlet center to the suburbs. There is a designated bus drop-off, and performance space.
Flying Dog Brewery – The $54 million production facility & farm brewery plans have been put on hold.
Gaylord National’s ICE – Gaylord will be offer a day tour package, on a few selected dates that includes lunch and admission to ICE.
Glenstone Museum – Located in Potomac, will open its new 204,000-square-foot expansion in October. Visits to the expansion—a new building titled the Pavilions—can be scheduled starting in early September; admission will be 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.
National Harbor – Cherry tree installation will take place in the Spring with at least 75 trees along the waterfront. This additional cherry blossom viewing area 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 2018, Six Flags debuts the all-new Wahoo River, the new centerpiece of Hurricane Harbor Water Park, with a faster current and an endless array of watery surprises.
Tanger Outlets National Harbor – The outlets will be expanding and adding a food court. No time frame is available.
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 will close for renovations, March 2018. The Visitor Center will stay open during the closure. The Temple is expected to reopen in 2020 with a public open house held before it is rededicated.
Woodlawn Visitor Center – Montgomery Parks has opened this historic gem to the public. Visit the stone barn exhibits where echoes of the past tell the story of a bustling farm, its community, and those who made a bold bid for freedom on the Underground Railroad.
Mallows Bay-Potomac River – A 14-square mile area of the tidal Potomac River will soon be declared a National Marine Sanctuary. This is where nearly 200 vessels spanning from the Revolutionary War through the present are found, including the remains of the largest “Ghost Fleet” of World War I wooden steamships built for the U.S. Emergency Fleet, which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
NAS Patuxent River Air Expo – The Air Show will include the US Navy Blue Angels, June 2-3, 2018.
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.
The St. Mary’s County Visitor Center has moved into the Patuxent River Naval Air Station Museum.
The Casino at Ocean Downs has 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:
Adult Ecology Cruise – In this ecology-based program, participants learn through hands-on activities aboard the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle. Participants explore the Bay watershed from large to small, starting with maps of the Chesapeake’s waterways and populations, moving to water quality testing, and finishing by examining the many organisms that call an oyster reef home. 30 passenger maximum, $500 per cruise
Catch of the Day Tour for Adults – 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. Guided tour rates apply.
Oystering on the Chesapeake Tour for Adults – In this hands-on program, participants explore the history of the Chesapeake Bay and how the oyster shaped the culture, industry, and environment. Participants will learn through maps, activities, and giant oyster shells, hear the tales of the Oyster Wars and an oyster gold rush in the cabin of a skipjack, and investigate close-up an oyster nurseries’ crabs, fish, and baby mollusks. Guided tour rates apply.
Choptank River Heritage and Visitors Center – The 2,500-square foot visitors center will cost about $1.5 million with an additional $600,000 for site work and will be the headquarters for the Caroline County Office of Tourism along with an interpretative center, heritage display and restrooms for tour buses. The center will be built on stilts and have three exterior decks for a panoramic view of the Choptank River waterfront in downtown Denton.
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park Visitor Center has celebrated their one-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 visit other sites along the byway.
The Links at Perry Cabin is a new golf course, opening in Spring 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—including majestic old trees, sand dunes, and distinctive water features—and ends with an unforgettable finishing stretch in view of glorious Chesapeake Bay.
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, Sept. 7-9, 2018; September 6-8, 2019 & also 2020.
OC Air Show – Flying along the Ocean City beach and Boardwalk will the USAF Thunderbirds, June 16-17, 2018; and the US Navy Blue Angels, June 15-16, 2019.
Riverwalk Amphitheatre – A new amphitheater will open in Salisbury, in time for the National Folk Festival.
Bible Museum – Now open, the 8-story, 430,000 sq. ft. building sits on two blocks from the National Mall and houses 44,000 artifacts. Steve Green, President of Hobby Lobby, developed the museum.
International Spy Museum – The construction of a new permanent home in Southwest DC is being constructed at L’Enfant Plaza; hopes to be completed in fall 2018. 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.
National Museum of African American History and Culture – Opened Fall 2016, the museum is on the National Mall on a five-acre tract adjacent to the Washington Monument. The building, four-stories below ground, four stories above, and has a collection that comprises 33,000-plus objects that includes slave shackles and Louis Armstrong‘s trumpet as well as monumental pieces like a Jim Crow-era railway car and an Angola prison tower that were installed before the museum was completed. The museum is designed to tell the story of African Americans from the diaspora to present day.
Hotels – New, Changes & Updates
Crowne Plaza-Baltimore – The south tower of the former Baltimore Harbor Hotel property opens in April under the Crowne Plaza flag. The hotel has 365 rooms and 20,000 square feet of meeting space. 110 W. Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.
Delta Hotel by Marriott-Hunt Valley – The Hunt Valley Inn-Wyndham Grand was reflagged in 2017. The new name and flag brings the 392-room hotel back under the Marriott International brand.
Hampton Inn & Suites-Aberdeen – A new build with 134 rooms on the site of the former LaQuinta Inn & Suites is open at 795 W. BelAir Avenue, Aberdeen, MD 21001. Tel: 410-273-0202.
Hilton Garden Inn Annapolis/Downtown – The O’Callaghan Hotel is undergoing a total renovation and will be re-branded a Hilton Garden Inn when it reopens in May.
Holiday Inn-Belcamp/Aberdeen Area – The Wingate Inn-Belcamp has been re-flagged.
Hotel Revival – The former Peabody Court closed and completed a major renovation. It will reopen as a 107-room boutique hotel in early 2018.
LaQuinta Inn & Suites-Aberdeen/APG – A new build with 85 rooms and 10 suites, on the site of the former LaQuinta. Opened in late February 2018 at 793 W. BelAir Avenue, Aberdeen, MD 21001. Tel: 410-273-0202.
Residence Inn by Marriott-Johns Hopkins – The 15-story, $84 million Residence Inn at the Johns Hopkins Medical Campus opened mid-October 2017. The luxury hotel is located at 800 N. Wolfe St. adjacent to Eager Park, the 5-acre public green space in the East Baltimore. The 194-room hotel was designed to be an extended-stay hotel connected to the hospital for patients and their families.
Staybridge Suites-Baltimore/Inner Harbor – New hotel offering a blend of modern suites in a restored 1907 Historic Building, ideal for corporate & leisure travelers. 17 Commerce Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Tel: 410-624-7333.
Hotels in the Works
Cambria Hotel-Baltimore – A 144-room hotel planned for the American Building at 231 E. Baltimore Street. It would open by the end of 2018 if all goes as planned
Cambria Hotel & Suites Arundel Mills – A new 119-room property, located at the SW corner of Milestone Parkway and Arundel Mills Blvd., is expected to open in 2018.
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 mid-2018. 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.
Hampton Inn & Suites-Johns Hopkins – Cherry Cove Group is constructing a new hotel on a 2.5-acre site at 6571 Eastern Avenue in East Baltimore, just off I-95 and blocks away from the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The 115 room, $17 million Hampton Inn project should be complete in 2018.
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. It will be owned by Allstar Hotels.
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.
SpringHill Suites by Marriott-White Marsh – A 128-room hotel will break ground in in the new retail area is known at Greenleigh at Crossroads.
Tru by Hilton-Harbor East – A new millennial-branded hotel has been proposed for 415 S. Central Avenue in the Harbor East in Baltimore.
Unnamed Hotel – Southern Management Corp will break ground early next year on the 150-room boutique hotel at Metro Centre at Owings Mills. The transit-oriented development is next to the Metro subway station in Owings Mills and includes apartments and restaurants.
Unnamed Hotel-UM/BioPark – The board of the University of Maryland BioPark in March will receive details on two unsolicited proposals to build a new hotel on the sprawling West Baltimore campus. The new hotel is expected to be built in the 800 block of West Baltimore Street and would have 150 rooms and a conference center. There was a proposed Element Hotel 167-room extended stay property with construction starting in 2017.
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.
WoodSpring Suites-Aberdeen – A new 91-room motel is planned for Route 40, behind the Golden Corral restaurant.
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 is opening in April 2018 with 77 rooms.
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.
Sleep Inn & Suites-Cumberland – A new hotel opened east of Cumberland at the Love’s Truck Stop.
Hotel in the Works
Best Western Hotel Hagerstown – A new build is proposed near Valley Mall.
Sleep Inn & Suites-Hagerstown – An expansion is proposed.
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.
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
The Clarion Inn & Fundome in College Park has closed up operation, as they make way for a new grocery store.
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.
Holiday Inn Express-College Park – The Comfort Inn College Park at 9020 Baltimore Boulevard was re-branded.
The Hotel at the University of Maryland in College Park opened in fall of 2017. The $115 million project has 295 guest rooms, 43,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space for up to 1,500 guests, a rooftop banquet facility and two full-service restaurants. www.thehotelumd.com
MGM National Harbor Resort – The 308 room resort features top-of-the-line amenities and experiences, including a 125,000 square foot casino, a world-class spa & salon, a 3,000-seat entertainment theater, 8,000-square feet of high-end retail space, 27,000-square feet of meeting space, plus restaurants from celebrated local and national chefs. Opened December 2016.
WoodSpring Suites Hotel-Frederick – Newly constructed 124-suite extended stay property.
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 & Suites-College Park – Southern Management is developing another property for “overflow” to The Hotel. The 150-room, multi-level parking structure will be at 8321 Baltimore Avenue. They plan to open December 2018.
Courtyard by Marriott-College Park - A 157-room property is planned at College Park Station, 8315 Baltimore Avenue.
Courtyard by Marriott-Bowie - The Greenwich Group International has secured $22 million in construction financing for the development of a 144-room hotel, being built near the entrance to Melford, a 466-acre, mixed-use business park at Route 50 and Route 301.
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 246 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 2022.
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.
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.
Westin Bethesda – Opening December 2018 at 7740 Wisconsin Avenue, the Westin will redefine upper upscale lodging and will be the first new full service hotel in downtown Bethesda in 30 years. Situated on nearly two-acres, the 222-key Westin will be part of an almost 500,000 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.
Hotels in the Works
Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa – Plans to launch a two-year expansion project that includes tearing down the lowest and oldest part of the property, the current Rod ‘N’ Reel, and building a new structure that’s compliant with current flood regulations. A sky-lit glass atrium will connect the existing hotel with the new structure. The new hotel will include a two-story Rod ‘N’ Reel restaurant, three levels of hotel suites, retail units, an arcade, boardwalk promenade, restaurants, gaming and bingo areas, a rooftop pool and bar and a parking facility. www.chesapeakebeachresortspa.com, 410-257-5596.
DoubleTree Ocean City – The Quality Inn Beachfront was purchased by Harrison Group and they will be re-branding in the Spring. They may be doing an expansion with 87 units in a new tower on vacant land next to the existing hotel on 33rd Street in Ocean City.
Hyatt Place Ocean City – A new 170-room property on two locations, is expected to open in Spring 2018. This is on the site of the former SeaScape Motel. 1 16th Street, Ocean City, MD 21842. Tel: 410-213-5333.
Microtel Inn-Ocean City – A renovated structure in West Ocean City.
Residence Inn-Ocean City – A new 150-suite bayside property opened in 2017 at 59th Street. 300 Seabay Lane, Ocean City, MD 21842. Tel: 410-723-2222.
Wylder Hotel Tilghman Island – The shuttered Harrison’s Chesapeake House Hotel that once hosted high-profile guests including governors and athletes will soon reopen as a renovated resort. The 54-room hotel, located on 9 acres of Chesapeake Bay waterfront, plans to start accepting visitors in mid-April. 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. The hotel will be available to host weddings and other events.
Hotels in the Works
Aloft-Ocean City – The 45th Street Village in Ocean City is seeking regulatory permission to raze what remains of the “village” and replace it with a stylish hotel and retail destination. Construction for a five-story, 120-room hotel is tentatively scheduled to begin next March, with a hotel opening taking place in March 2018. The second phase of the development, a 15,500-square foot retail development, has no specific timetable.
Crystal Beach Hotel will be doing an expansion onto the Riviera Motel property at 26th Street, with 63 units in Ocean City.
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