What's New in Maryland: 2018


Following in His Footsteps - Maryland's Frederick Douglass Driving Tour - 2018 is the “Year of Frederick Douglass” in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of the famed abolitionist, writer, and orator (www.visitmaryland.org/article/year-frederick-douglass) and a driving tour based on Frederick’s formative time in Maryland has been created for visitors. (www.visitmaryland.org/driving-tours/following-his-footsteps-marylands-frederick-douglass-driving-tour)

Maryland Crab & Oyster Trail - Savor the fruits of the Chesapeake Bay on Maryland's Crab & Oyster Trails.  Explore restaurants, seafood markets, tours, events and more in our five deliciously fun regions. www.visitmaryland.org/article/crack-shuck-savor-maryland



St. John's Rock Road Trail, Finzel
Opened July 23, 2017
The state’s first, modern, off-road vehicle trail opened in Garrett County.  It includes the state's first-ever campsite tailored for off-road vehicles. It features 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. NOTE: Reservations must be made in advance.  http://dnr.maryland.gov/forests/Pages/ORV/home.aspx

Sang Run State Park, McHenry
Opened September 2017
The property, formerly known as Friend’s Delight, is an 81-acre tract which includes the historic Friends Store, an election house (to be fully restored in the near future), a quaint 1880’s era farm and waterfront property known as the greens. Originally settled in 1769 after John Friend bartered with the Shawnee tribe, the state park now includes a picnic shelter, and access to the Youghiogheny River for rafting and fishing

Hiking trails, native and vegetable gardens, blue bird restoration projects, and traditional Appalachian arts and trades will be demonstrated through the spring, summer and fall. http://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/western/sangrun.aspx

Monkey Business Aerial Adventure Park, McHenry
Opened October 2017
Open all year long, thrill seekers of all ages will delight in dual racing zip lines, aerial obstacle and free-falling courses overlooking Deep Creek Lake. With three elevation levels (450-ft., 600-ft, and a mini option for 4- to 7-year olds), the courses include more than 21 challenging elements and the mini option has lily hops, vine crossings and balance beams where parents can walk alongside of their children. https://deepcreeklakeadventure.com/activity/deep-creek-monkey-business-aerial-adventure-park/ 

Heavy Metal Playground, Boonsboro
Reopens Spring 2018
Harness your inner construction worker, climb into the cab and fire up the heavy construction site equipment, then get to digging, dumping, and smashing.  You’ll even learn how to “play basketball” using the excavator. Group friendly business. www.heavymetalplayground.com

Thomas Kennedy Memorial Park and the Thomas Kennedy Center, Hagerstown
Opening Summer 2018
The colony of Maryland was founded upon the concept of religious freedom, but it was not until Washington County state lawmaker Thomas Kennedy introduced a bill in 1818 that Maryland citizens of the Jewish faith were allowed to hold public office. Two hundred years after the introduction of the “Jew Bill” (which did not pass until 1826), Hagerstown will dedicate a park plaza and 7 foot-tall bronze statue of Kennedy designed by Antonio Tobias Mendez. The park will contain also contain benches and plaques Kennedy’s lasting legacy and is located across from the Congregation of B’nai Abraham Synagogue.  

The Thomas Kennedy Center will open later in Phase Two; the Center will contain exhibits, classroom space and teacher education seminars emphasizing religious freedom and tolerance. www.thomaskennedycenter.org

National Road Museum, Boonsboro
Opening November 2018
The Warrenfelz building, once the town’s hardware store, has been restored and will become the 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.

The “Vehicles Through Time” central exhibit will include a stagecoach, Model-T and other modes of transportation. http://nationalrdfoundation.com/national-road-museum/



The Hotel at the University of Maryland in College Park
Opened September 2017
Located adjacent to the University of Maryland College campus, the luxury hotel boasts 295 elegant guest rooms with state-of-the-art features such as electronically controlled window coverings (standard rooms average 450 square feet, the most spacious in the region), 43,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space for up to 1,500 guests, and a rooftop banquet facility. The Hotel also offers a fitness center, pool and open-air zen garden terrace on its fourth floor and 5,200 square-foot Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa which will be open to the public as well as hotel guests

The Hotel houses a lobby bar and four restaurants; the largest is Old Maryland Grill with classic and contemporary Maryland cuisine. Guests can expect to find crab, oysters, Eastern Shore fried chicken and even Maryland’s official state dessert, Smith Island Cake, on its menu. Kapnos Taverna, a coastal Greek restaurant, Bagels ‘n Grinds and Potomac Pizza round out the dining options onsite.  www.thehotelumd.com

Legacy Wine Trail, Brandywine
Opened March 2018
The name for Maryland’s newest wine trail is a nod to the region’s rich history and the four family-owned and operated wineries on the Legacy Wine Trail utilize deep, dark soils on historic farms once dedicated to tobacco. Included on the trail are Romano Vineyard & Winery, Janemark Winery & Vineyard, Gemeny Winery and Vineyards, and Robin Hill Farm and Vineyards.  www.visitmaryland.org/driving-tours/legacy-wine-trail

Six Flags America, Largo
Opens Spring 2018
Six Flags debuts the all-new Wahoo River, the new centerpiece of Hurricane Harbor Water Park, with a faster current, water arches, sprays, geysers, surging waves, waterfalls, leaky pipes and dumping buckets for a fun-drenched day at the park.  www.sixflags.com/america/attractions/newfor2018

C&O Canal, Swains Lockhouse, Potomac
Opening Fall 2018
The latest lockhouse to be renovated and placed into the C&O Canal Trusts’ Canal Quarters Program, Swains Lockhouse will be unique in that it will be the first accessible building, and also multi-purpose, due to its larger size thanks to a 1890s expansion.

Each lockhouse currently in the Canal Quarters program was rehabilitated and furnished to depict Canal history between 1830-1954. Swains Lockhouse will accommodate up to eight guests and will interpret 1916, the year the National Park Service was created, and also an important time in the Canal’s history, when it was transitioning from being a commercial to a recreational resource. www.canaltrust.org/swains



Cultural Center at the Opera House, Havre de Grace
Reopened Summer 2017
Constructed in 1870, used as a combination grade school on the first floor and opera house/theatre on the second from 1871-1897, then as offices for city government from 1897-1993, the building has hosted performances and civic events since its construction, and once served as the backdrop for a campaign speech given by past-president Theodore Roosevelt in 1912.

Key upgrades include theatre seating for over 200 patrons, state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment and first floor box office, dressing rooms and art gallery. www.OHHdg.org

Sagamore Pendry Hotel, Baltimore City
Opened Summer 2017
The circa-1914 Baltimore’s historic Recreation Pier – “Rec Pier” as it’s known to locals – has been transformed into a 128-room/suites luxury boutique hotel that embodies the city’s rich history and captures the idyllic harbor setting. Amenities include an open air courtyard featuring sculpture by renowned international artist Fernando Botero, a curated art collection, private dock, spa services, Rec Pier Chop House (signature restaurant by Chef Andrew Carmellini), The Cannon Room (featuring curated premium whiskey, rye, bourbon) and a seasonal bar & grill poolside. www.pendryhotels.com/baltimore

Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House, Relay
Opened Winter 2017
This weekend-only 2,700 square-foot “test” taproom opened on the site of the state’s first distillery to open after Prohibition. The goal of the temporary taproom is to raise awareness of the new Guinness brewery, (see above) and to preview the types of beers they’ll brew there. www.newguinnessbrewery.com/test-taproom

Bassmaster Elite Upper Chesapeake, Aberdeen and Edgewood
July 26-29, 2018
This national bass fishing tournament returns to the Upper Chesapeake Bay July with more than 100 top bass anglers competing for a first-place prize of $100,000. Anglers depart from Flying Point Park in Edgewood for a day of fishing the Upper Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Weigh-ins take place at Ripken Stadium where there will also be a family festival on the grounds.  www.bassmaster.com/elite and http://visitharford.com/event/Bassmaster-Elite-2018/2018-07-29/print

Chez Hugo, Baltimore City
Opens Spring 2018
An intimate French bistro will open on East Redwood Street in the Merchant’s Club Building next to the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company with seating for up to 60 people and a ten-person tasting room. The prep kitchen will make bread and charcuterie daily. http://chezhugobistro.com

Revival at Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore City

Opened in Spring 2018
A Joie de Vivre hotel, located in the heart of the arts and culture district of historic Mount Vernon, the Revival will boast 107 stylish guestrooms, Jonathan Adler bath amenities, 4,000 square feet of meeting and event space, concierge service, valet parking, and complimentary high-speed wifi. Our guest's stay will be enhanced by made from scratch cuisine at dining options, Topside Restaurant & Rooftop bar and Square Meal. In a truly unique offering, guests can sing to their heart’s content in three Private Karaoke Rooms. https://www.jdvhotels.com/hotels/maryland/baltimore/hotel-revival-baltimore

Castle Angelo Country Inn, Ellicott City
Opening Summer 2018
Located on the hill above historic Ellicott City’s Main Street, Castle Angelo (AKA Angelo Cottage) has been extensively restored to its circa 1830s French-inspired ambiance. From the lushly landscaped yard to the gothic arched entryway to the four guest suites with heart-pine floors, this historic property will provide a luxurious experience.

Cured: Table and Tap and Eighteenth & Twenty First, Columbia
Opening Summer 2018
Located near Merriweather Post Pavilion and the new Chrysalis amphitheater (opened April 2017), Cured: Table and Tap will pay homage to the concert venue with vintage posters, music memorabilia and wooden accents created from trees removed from the Merriweather property. With seating for 140 and a menu focusing on local foods and beverages (think Eastern Shore oysters, Maryland craft beer and cocktails made with traditional Maryland rye), the restaurant is sure to climb the foodie charts.

At the back of Cure an 88-seat luxurious lounge with a name hearkening back to the amendments that created, then repealed Prohibition, Eighteenth and Twenty First will offer a different menu and live jazz six-nights per week. www.weckerhospitality.com/reservations

Guinness Brewery, Relay
Opening Summer 2018
The famous Irish brewery will produce beers targeted at a U.S. market. 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. www.newguinnessbrewery.com

Cambria Hotel, Baltimore City
Opens Winter 2018
The 14-story American Building, the first office building constructed following the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 and home to the Baltimore American, a city newspaper that ceased publication in 1986, will find new life as a 144-room inn. Located at the southwest corner of Baltimore Street and Guilford Avenue.

Live! Casino & Hotel, Hanover
Opened Spring 2018
Maryland Live! Casino is re-branding to Live! Casino & Hotel.  They opened a 17-story (which is the tallest building in Anne Arundel County), glass-encased, 310-room and 52-suite hotel with an elegant day spa, meeting space and, in phase II, a 4,000 seat convention center and concert venue. www.marylandlivecasino.com



Port Tobacco River Park and Tom Roland Natural Resource Area, Port Tobacco
Opened September 2017
The 149-acre Port Tobacco River Park features water amenities in an historic area, several miles of hiking/nature trails, wildlife observation decks, interpretive displays, trail side rest stops, a picnic grove and much more. The natural resources area is dedicated to Tom Roland who spent more than 35 years dedicated to expanding and improving county-wide outdoor recreational opportunities. www.charlescountyparks.com/parks/port-tobacco-river-park-and-tom-roland-natural-resource-area

Chesapeake Windsail Cruises, Chesapeake Beach
Opened April 2018
Sailing from the Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa, the Eternal Hope, a 42-foot luxurious sailing yacht offers four 2 ½ hour cruises Tuesday through Sunday to explore the area, including a water-side view of Calvert Cliffs. http://chesapeakewindsailcruises.com/

Naval Air Station Patuxent River 75th Anniversary, Lexington Park
Spring 2018
Since NAS Pax River was dedicated in 1943 during World War II, the community surrounding the base has grown and prospered. Today, visitors can spend time at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum whose mission is to "Preserve, Educate, Inspire by presenting the continuing story of Naval Aviation with a focus on Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation (RDT&E) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River.” www.paxmuseum.com



The Links at Perry Cabin, St. Michaels
Opening Spring 2018
Designed by legendary pro-golfer Pete Dye, this 18-hole 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 the glorious Chesapeake Bay. A full-service pro-shop will offer merchandise and apparel. www.linksatperrycabin.com

Harbourtown Golf Resort and Conference Center, St. Michaels
Reopening Summer 2018
Closed for a major renovation for the past few years, the luxury resort will once again offer exquisite sunset views from their waterfront rooms, dining, golf on their Pete Dye designed 18-hole course, tennis, swimming and delicious dining in their restaurant. Perfect location for a waterfront wedding or corporate event.

The Barn and The Cottages at Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, Stevensville
Opening Late Summer 2018
Located on Kent Island and in view of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club will add The Barn, a standalone farm-style inspired building containing 18 guest rooms and suites, and The Cottages, five one-bedroom bungalows. www.baybeachclub.com/blog/the-barn-cottages

National Folk Festival, Salisbury
Fall 2018-2020 (September 7-9, 2018; September 6-8, 2019; & dates TBD 2020)
America’s largest, most prestigious, and longest-running celebrations of arts, culture, and traditional arts celebrations in the country is free to the public. 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. www.nationalfolkfestival.com


Updated April 16, 2018