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Inspected and Approved

March 26th, 2014 by Maryland B&B Association

approvedPerhaps the most important difference between a Maryland bed and breakfast association member  and any other  lodging is our system of quality assurance.  Our members are inspected by an independent inspector ,with years of experience in the hospitality industry. The inspection is standardize and the same for all member Inns  Inns are critiqued on a number of categories from the visibility of innkeepers and staff ,to posting Inn policies and rates. All inns must comply with all state and local regulations and have their licenses visibly posted. Our inspectors make sure everyone complies. All of our members take pride in their properties, their breakfast and their ability to create a unique and enjoyable experience for their guests.

Annapolis B&Bs in March

March 2nd, 2015 by Maryland B&B Association

Maryland’s State Capital provides guests staying in our Annapolis B&Bs plenty of things to do. Whether its shopping, dining, or visiting historic landmarks, America’s Sailing Capital will not disappoint. Flag House Inn, Two-O-One Bed and Breakfast, and Georgian House Bed and Breakfast are all historic themselves and uniquely Annapolitan.

Main St. and the Annapolis City Dock hosts great shopping and dining. Visit the United States Naval Academy or the newly remodeled historic State House.  The State House is the oldest state capitol building in continuous legislative use and also the largest free standing wooden dome in the country. George Washington resigned his commission there before the Continental Congress in 1783. The new remodeling of the State House, now allows visitors to stand in the same room where Washington made this famous resignation speech!

There are plenty of events and activities for guests staying in Annapolis during the month of March. The inaugural Annapolis Irish week runs from March 7th-17th, and features great events, activities, and contests. Highlighted by the Annapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 8th, the week also includes a best irish coffee contest, free guinness glass engravings, and live Irish music all over town. Visit the Irish Week website for more information.

Celebrate Maryland Day in Annapolis from March 20th-22nd. There are plenty of fun and interesting activities all over town and the surrounding areas. Including exclusive tours of Annapolis’s museums and the newly remodeled State House. Visit the Maryland Day Website for a full list of the activities and more information. The State Capital will also be hosting the Annapolis Film Festival with over 70 films from March 26th-29th. Visit the Annapolis Film Festival website for more information.

Western Region and Garrett County

February 21st, 2015 by Maryland B&B Association

Waters Run B&B in our Western Region, is just a short drive away from some of Maryland’s most beautiful State Parks (Deep Creek Lake, Herrington Manor, and Swallow Falls ) as well as Wisp Mountain Ski Resort. Spend your ski weekend at a personal and intimate bed and breakfast instead of an expensive cabin or hotel room at the resort.

On March 1 from 2-5, Wisp will be hosting Heritage Tubing Night. Kids and adults of all ages are welcome to the top of the mountain for exciting snow tube rides and pizza. No lessons or rentals are necessary for this snow activity, just show up, hop in the tube, and head down the hill! Tickets cost $20 and include 3 hours of tubing, a slice of pizza, and a drink. Call 301-387-4386 for more information.

All Earth Eco Tours puts on snowshoe tours of the beautiful mountainous region of Western Maryland. Day tours take place on the weekend, Saturday and Sunday at 10 am and 1 pm. Headlamp night tours run every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 6:30-8:30pm. Admission includes snowshoe rental, hot chocolate, and tour guide. The hike tours the beautiful and scenic Swallow Falls State Park. Don’t miss this unique look at Western Maryland’s beautiful scenery. Call 1-800-446-7554 or visit the All Earth Eco Tour website for ticket prices and more information.

March and April in the Central Region

February 12th, 2015 by Maryland B&B Association

The Inn at Norwood and The Atlee House Bed and Breakfast offer guests easy access to some of Carroll County’s best events. The towns of Westminster and Sykesville not only host historical sites and museums, but also great shopping, restaurants, and events. March and April in our Central Region provide potential guests plenty of things to keep busy with.

Carroll County’s proximity to the Mason Dixon Line allowed for the county to have a historical and influential impact on the Civil War. The county offers both walking and driving tours that highlight this influence. Sykesville and Westminster also host several interesting museums and attractions for people to visit, including the Carroll County Farm Museum, Western Maryland Railroad Museum, Sykesville Gate House Museum, The Strawbridge Shrine, and the Sykesville Schoolhouse which was built in 1903.

The Carroll County Farmers Market Spring Fling begins March 21st and runs from 8am-2pm. The market features 75 Carroll County vendors, showcasing handmade crafts, home baked goods, and local produce. The farmers market is held at the Carroll County Agricultural Center in Westminster, MD. The Westminster Fire Hall is holding a coin and currency show on Sunday April 12th. The show runs from 9am-4pm and refreshments will be offered. The Westminster Fire Hall is located at 28 John St. in Westminster and admission and parking are free.

IMA World Health and McDaniel College are hosting The Local Goes Global: Homegrown Talent Healing the World Blues Concert on March 6th. The concert features the best local Carroll County musical talent and raises both money and awareness for global health emergencies. The show will feature blues, jazz, and tango artists such as Tim Jenkins, Jon Seligman, Alice Tung, Shelley Ensor, and Christopher James. Tickets to the show cost $25 and there is also a pre-concert reception that costs $50. The concert is being held at the Carroll Arts Center, located at 91 West Main St. in Westminster, MD. Visit the concert website for more details and ticket buying information.

Eastern Shore Region, End of March

February 5th, 2015 by Maryland B&B Association

For guests interested in visiting our Eastern Shore Region B&Bs, the towns of St. Michael’s and Easton offer plenty of entertainment. Guests of Combsberry Inn, J.S. McDaniel House, and Bishops House are encouraged to visit these two historic towns and take in the food, shopping, and culture.

The Eastern Shore Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival showcases over 25 local artisans and takes place during the last weekend of March. (28th and 29th) The festival runs from 10am-4pm and two day admission tickets cost $5. The festival will be hosted and held at Ophiuroidea and the Old Mill District in St. Michael’s, MD. Purchasing a wristband/ticket gets you discounted access to select St. Michael’s restaurants, shops, and museums.

St. Michael’s beautiful and historic waterfront offers guests great restaurants and shopping. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum celebrates the Bay’s boats, seafood, history, and culture. The Museum is open daily from 10am-4pm and tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $6 for kids ages 6-17. Visit Olivins on Saturday mornings from 10-12 for free coffee tastings and the Eastern Shore Brewing Company is also a neat place to check out for any craft beer enthusiasts. St. Michael’s also offers a self guided walking tour of the historic Chesapeake Bay town.

Much like St. Michael’s, Easton, MD also offers great restaurants and shopping combined with unique Maryland History. Ranked the 8th best small town in the country, Easton features classic shops, museums, and restaurants. The Eating Easton Food Tour runs every Friday and Saturday from 11:30-2:30, and features some of the great cuisine from this historic Maryland town. Tickets cost $49, and include food and drink sampling from at least 4 of Easton’s best restaurants.

End of February in the Southern Region

January 29th, 2015 by Maryland B&B Association

Calvert County Restaurant Week and a one of a kind Maryland wine experience, are just two things for guests staying in our Southern Region B&Bs to enjoy.  Guests of Solomons Victorian Inn, Back Creek Inn, and Victorian Candle Bed and Breakfast, will be able to enjoy these two great activities during the final two weeks of February.

Calvert County Restaurant Week runs from 2/20-3/1 and 38 restaurants are participating. Enjoy special restaurant week menus for both lunch and dinner. Participating restaurants feature all types of cuisine including steakhouses, Italian, Asian, and Mexican. Visit the restaurant week website for a list of participating restaurants and their lunch and dinner menus.

The Maryland Wine Passport Experience is a unique and interactive tour of Maryland’s best vineyards and wineries. The tour is self guided and takes place during the last two weekends in February from 12-5 pm. Tickets for the wine experience are $27 and the tickets are good for both weekends. The wine experience is broken up into 6 Maryland wine trails: Antietam Highlands, Carroll, Chesapeake, Frederick, Patuxent, and Piedmont. MBBA members, Back Creek Inn and Solomons Victorian Inn, are participating in the Patuxent Trail portion of the experience. Back Creek Inn will offer guests participating in the event 50% off their 2nd night stay. While Solomons Victorian Inn is offering 20% off to guests participating in the wine tour. Tickets include: access to all participating wineries for both weekends, complimentary wine tasting at each winery, souvenir wine glasses, 10% off all wine purchased on the trail, and much more. Some wineries will offer food or chocolate pairings with the wine tastings as well as other special activities. For more information and FAQ visit the Maryland Wine Passport Experience website.

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January 27th, 2015 by Maryland B&B Association

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Things to do in the Central Region 2/28 – 3/1

January 22nd, 2015 by Maryland B&B Association

There is no shortage of things to do in Baltimore City as the Inner Harbor, National Aquarium, and the various historical sites scattered around the city offer plenty of options for people to keep busy. However, for guests of our Central Region who are looking for something different and less “touristy”, the last weekend in February offers three unique events to enjoy. Guests of The Inn at 2920 and Scarborough Fair B&B, are lucky enough to visit two unique museum exhibits and can also see how maple syrup is made, right here in Baltimore.

On Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 pm, park rangers from Robert E. Lee Park will showcase the process of turning sap from trees into maple syrup. The event costs $3 and attendees will take a hike to extract sap from trees, watch that sap be cooked into syrup, and then taste the syrup! Robert E. Lee Park is located at 1000 Lakeside Drive Baltimore, MD. 21201. To register for the event call 410-877-4156 or email releepark-rp@baltimorecountymd.gov.

The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, opened in 1934 and features 35,000 art objects ranging from the third millenium B.C. all the way to the 20th century. In addition to enjoying the aforementioned historical art, the museum is showcasing an exhibit highlighting the revolutionary impact of the printing press. From Pen to Press: Experimentation and Innovation in the Age of Print, explores the contentious time period created by the invention of Johannes Gutenberg’s printing press. The printing press is arguably one of the most influential inventions in all of history. The exhibit highlights both the failed and successful experiments of printing and the mixing and matching of printing techniques that branched off from the printing press. The Walters Art Museum is located at 600 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201, and admission is free although donations are accepted and encouraged. For more information on the exhibit and all the other artifacts at the museum visit The Walters Art Museum website.

The Jewish Museum of Maryland has a unique exhibit profiling the made for movie life of “The A-Mazing Mendes Cohen”. This little known Baltimorean led a life similar to Forrest Gump, as Cohen was present for many historical and influential events. These events ranged from Baltimore and all throughout America; all the way to Paris, The Vatican, and The Nile River. A banker, soldier, adventurer, and explorer; Cohen was the first American tourist to visit Jerusalem and was at Ft. Mchenry for the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812. These are only two of the amazing events that Cohen was present for. The exhibit helps to tell the extraordinary story of the unknown American patriot and just how “A-Mazing” Mendes Cohen really was. The Jewish Museum of Maryland is located at 15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 and admission is also free but donations are encouraged and accepted. For more information on the Museum and all of the exhibits, including the Mendes Cohen exhibit, visit Jewish Museum of Maryland website.

Weekend on the Eastern Shore

January 15th, 2015 by Maryland B&B Association

There are plenty of things to do for guests staying at B&Bs in the Eastern Shore region, during the last weekend of January. (1/23-1/25) This region includes: Brampton Inn, Crowfarmstay B&B, Great Oak Inn, Inn at Huntingfield Creek, and Moonlight Bay. A wine and chocolate pairing, a local production of Lost in Yonkers, and a live classical concert will keep guests of these B&Bs busy all weekend long.

Crow Farm and Vineyard is having a wine and chocolate pairing on Saturday the 24th from 12-5pm. Tickets for the event are $10 and features award winning Crow Wine varieties coupled with fine chocolates from Nolia Chocolates. The vidal blanc wine will be paired with the rosy goat truffle. While the rose wine will go along with either the lemon pepper or triple vanilla truffle. The Crow Farm barbera will be paired with either sea salt caramel or raspberry champagne truffle. And the sparkling vidal blanc will be coupled with the blood orange buttercream heart. Call 302-304-0551 or visit the Crow Farm and Vineyard website  to RSVP.

The Churchill Theatre in Churchill, MD is putting on a rendition of the famous Lost in Yonkers comedic drama written by Neil Simon. This memory play runs through mid February and has shows on Friday and Saturday at 8pm and one show on Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for Churchill Theatre members, and $10 for students. The Churchill Theatre is located at 103 Walnut St. in Churchill, MD. Visit the Churchill Theatre website for tickets and more information.

Kent Chamber Music is putting on a concert showcasing a harp and flute duo on Saturday the 24th at 7pm. Tickets can be bought at the event for $15, and the concert is located at Washington College in the Hotchkiss Hall and Gibson Center for the Arts. Visit the Kent Chamber Music website for more information on the concert and the artists that will be performing.

MLK weekend in the Capital Region

January 10th, 2015 by Maryland B&B Association

Guests visiting our capital region B&Bs, Pleasant Springs Farm or Morningside Inn, are just a short drive away from two unique events taking place during MLK weekend.

Every Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm, Gaithersburg hosts their Main St. Farmers Market. Located at 301 Main St. in downtown Gaithersburg, this farmers market provides the freshest local winter produce as well as meats, breads, crab cakes, honey, jams, and hot beverages.

Orchid Cellar Winery in Middleton, MD also offers a unique activity for wine enthusiasts or a couple just looking for something to do. Orchid Cellar Meadery & Winery, located between Frederick and Hagerstown, has a special barrel tasting and tour of their scenic winery. Two tours go off daily from Saturday through Monday, one starting at 2 pm and the other at 4 pm. Tickets are $12 each and includes tastings pulled right out of the “French Oakies”, which are the new Orchid Cellar barrels. 21 and over to drink or taste but children and teens are welcome on the tour. Below is a link to the Orchid Cellar website and also a link to buy tickets and view frequently asked questions.

 

Orchid Cellar Website.

Buy Tickets and FAQ.

Mark your calendar

November 29th, 2014 by Maryland B&B Association

Bed and Breakfast Business Building Conference – March 23, 2015
Fullybookedinn.com is hosting its 1st Annual Bed and Breakfast Business Building Conference in Ashburn, Va. The one day event will show innkeepers how to increase bookings in all seasons and implement business systems that maximize results while minimizing hands on effort. Keynote speakers include internationally recognized speaker and author, Heloise and Ellen Goldberg, owner of the Briar Patch B&B in Middleburg, Va. For more information and register, visit www.businessbuildingconference.com .

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The B&B Business Building conference represents an opportunity for innkeepers to discover new ways to grow their businesses with interactive sessions.  At a typical conference, you listen to several speakers, take pages of notes and try to remember what you wanted to implement after you get back home. At this conference, you’ll receive an official Conference Workbook that will contain all of the important highlights and notes from the training, fill in the blank forms, and tips on how to implement your ideas after you leave. It’s not a seminar, but an interactive event that will be filled with practical, repeatable strategies and tactics to promote your bed and breakfast inn.

Check out local Wineries

November 7th, 2014 by Maryland B&B Association

Stay at one of our member B&B ‘s and visit a local Winery

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Bed and Breakfast Business Building Conference

October 20th, 2014 by Maryland B&B Association

Bed and Breakfast Business Building Conference – March 23, 2015
Fullybookedinn.com is hosting its 1st Annual Bed and Breakfast Business Building Conference in Ashburn, Va. The one day event will show innkeepers how to increase bookings in all seasons and implement business systems that maximize results while minimizing hands on effort. Keynote speakers include internationally recognized speaker and author, Heloise and Ellen Goldberg, owner of the Briar Patch B&B in Middleburg, Va. For more information and register, visit www.businessbuildingconference.com . Maryland B&B Association members will receive a special discounted rate of only $47. Contact Association President Brian for more details

Association Annual Meeting

October 6th, 2014 by Maryland B&B Association

Non member B&B’s and Inns are welcome to attend our annual meeting on Oct 21 at Crow Farm B&B beginning @8:30 am till 3:00pm.

For more info and to RSVP  email  us  at        info @marylandbb.com

Things to do in Maryland

September 9th, 2014 by Maryland B&B Association

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Father’s Day event

June 10th, 2014 by Maryland B&B Association

Fun things to do with Dad

 

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Our New and Improved Web Site

June 6th, 2014 by Maryland B&B Association

Maryland Bed and Breakfast Association Announces Website Relaunch

The Maryland Bed and Breakfast Association (MBBA) has announced the re-launch of their website. Developed with the input of the MBBA membership, the improved site offers new features designed to increase visitation and bookings for Maryland inns, enhance user experience, and improve the site’s aesthetics.

MBBA, which began in 1992, redesigned the site to attract more visitors to Maryland inns through updated content and streamlined navigation. The WordPress-designed site allows MBBA Members access to customize their individual profiles, upload and resize photos and update special offers at their inns. It has a direct RSS feed to the Maryland Department of Tourism Development allowing visitors to see current events on the State’s calendar. In addition to the calendar, visitors can link to other Maryland association that have interesting member events like wineries, craft brewers and others.

Members can also write about special events unique to their inns and post them on the Blog and Facebook page. An “Innkeeper’s Corner” has links to helpful vendors, e.g., Insurance Services United, Bushnell and Bushnell (a licensed real estate broker offering nationwide innkeeping consulting and valuation services), and information from BnBFinder.

MBBA is a non-profit organization whose members are owners of small inns, guest houses and bed & breakfasts. MBBA inns are inspected for health, safety and appearance by an independent inspector, and must comply with all state and local regulations.

Please visit the new MBBA website at www.marylandbb.com

Annapolis Arts Crafts Festival and Eastport-A-Rockin’ 2013

June 5th, 2013 by Maryland B&B Association

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Whether you want to soak in the colonial heritage of the United States first capital from 1783-1784, set sail in the Sailing Capital of the World, or enjoy the thriving art scene, the vibrant city of Annapolis, Maryland offers something for everyone, including relaxing and historic Annapolis, Maryland bed and breakfasts. The more than four million people who visit this historic city each year can’t be wrong!

This month, Annapolis shines a spotlight on the craftsmen, artisans, and furniture makers that are an important part of this city’s history. Annapolis thrived as a result of these businesses. The Annual Annapolis Arts and Crafts Festival will take place June 8 & 9, 2013 at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. Enjoy the paintings, sculptures, and jewelry from more than 200 artists. After sipping some Maryland wine and toasting the artists’ inspirational work, make your way back to The Flag House Inn and unwind on the large front porch. Located in the National Historic District, this inn is one of the largest private homes near the waterfront. Enjoy the nautical art and memorabilia, fine paintings, and antiques on display in your room before retiring for the night.

End your stay in Annapolis at a rockin’ musical arts scene. Eastport A Rockin’ taking place on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at the Annapolis Maritime Museum, is known as the local music festival of the summer. Three stages will feature 25 local bands from the Chesapeake region performing rock, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and funk. When you’re done rockin’ out, escape to the quaint, friendly setting at Chez Amis Bed and Breakfast (translation is “House of Friends”). Just like close friends, this inn embraces guests with its French country-styled common area designed for reading, conversation, and indulging in homemade goodies. Wake up each morning to a three-course gourmet breakfast before exploring the State Capitol, antique shops and fabulous dining all located just steps from the inn.

Visitors need look no further than Maryland for a getaway that will satisfy history buffs and everyone in between. Make your way to Annapolis this month to celebrate art at its finest. You’ll enjoy the work of these present-day artists even as you encounter history and B&Bs located in the charming Annapolis Region.

Western Maryland Bed and Breakfast Deals

April 18th, 2013 by Maryland B&B Association

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Searching for an early season travel discount on a getaway in Western Maryland?

Look no further.

Now through May 13, 2013, eleven lodging properties located in the Deep Creek Lake area have teamed up with the
Garrett County Chamber of Commerce for the
3-2-1 Lodging and Activity Promotion and it is quite the deal.

Stay 3 nights for the price of 2 between now and May 13, 2013.

We would of course recommend you stay with our member inn, Waters Run Guest House & Suite Bed & Breakfast located in Swanton, MD.  They are offering their Guest House at $250 plus tax and their Suite for $190 plus tax for 3 nights for 2 persons per unit staying 3 consecutive days.
Note: there is a charge for a each additional person, and cannot be combined with a gift certificate.

Spring in Maryland is a wonderful time to visit.  Temperatures tend towards the moderate side, and with a light jacket you can enjoy a hike or bike ride along our many trails, dust off the golf clubs for a round at one of our many courses, and its always a perfect time to see whats on the menu at our many fine dining locations.

Just ask the innkeepers at Waters Run Guest House & Suite Bed & Breakfast what they would recommend when you book your visit with them, or any of the other fine member innkeepers of the Maryland Bed & Breakfast Association!

Maryland Festivals: Sugarloaf Craft & Pork in the Park

March 28th, 2013 by Maryland B&B Association

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Maryland reawakens in April from its long winter slumber, springing back to life with a great assortment of festivals and events that delight both our local residents and visiting guests.   Innkeepers have completed their spring cleaning, and are ready to welcome you for your next visit!

We’d like to share two upcoming events scheduled for mid-April 2013 and let you know about the Maryland Bed & Breakfast Association members conveniently located near these activities.

April 12-14, 2013
Sugarloaf Craft Festival  
Montgomery County Fairgrounds
Gaithersburg, Maryland      

Here are a few of our members near the Montgomery County Fairgrounds:
Inn at Norwood 
Gramercy Mansion
Pleasant  Springs Farm B&B 

Also check in our “Places to Stay” section of the Maryland Bed & Breakfast Association website to find other member inns.

April 19-21, 2013
Pork in the Park BBQ Festival   
Winterplace Park
Salisbury, Maryland

Here are a few of our members that are nearby this BBQ Festival:
Inn on the Ocean  
Whitehaven B&B 
Atlantic House B&B 

Check back next week for more happenings in Maryland!

Maryland Innkeepers: Consider a Portrait Photographer

March 20th, 2013 by Maryland B&B Association

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Maryland innkeepers understand that in this day and age of internet marketing, achieving instant rapport with a prospective guest is essential and your website is the crucial portal to your future success.

Professional photography of your inn including special features and your food service is easy, but what about a photo of you?  Most innkeepers don’t consider good portraiture of themselves as a key component of the sales process, but people want to put a human face on the experience they are about to enjoy!

 The guest’s overnight experience involves more than just selecting the room they want to stay in. They are choosing you as well!  It is your labor & love of the world of innkeeping that makes your inn a warm and inviting destination.  Your guest is seeking the unique experience of a bed and breakfast, and that includes choosing “a unique place and a friendly face”.

A professionally produced environmental portrait is an essential component of unique branding. There is no other you!

What exactly is an environmental portrait? Simply put, it is an image placing you in your element reflecting the image you want to portray of your inn.

If your inn style is casual, then our photo shoot will be casual.  If your style is formal and upscale, your portrait will reflect that. If you have a strikingly unique feature to your inn, we will make that the focal point in our portrait of you.

When contracting the professional to photograph you in your establishment, an additional qualification to consider is that photographer’s ability to bring out the best in you.  Looking at the photographer’s portfolio will showcase how well they capture the individual in their environment.

It is an old axiom but a true one:  you only get one chance to make a good first impression.

You are your inn, so remember to let your future guests see you both at your best through the lens of a professional photographer!

content courtesy of:
Bill Rettberg
MidAtlantic Inn Photography

Maryland Bed & Breakfast at MidAtlantic Conference 2013

March 1st, 2013 by Maryland B&B Association

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Whether you are an aspiring or veteran innkeeper, we hope you are making plans to attend this year’s MidAtlantic Innkeepers Trade Show & Conference taking place March 10-11-12, 2013 in our home state:  Hunt Valley, Maryland!

2013 marks the 6th Annual gathering and this conference has been growing in popularity among innkeepers each year.  Pete Holladay and his team do an excellent job of attracting experts from around the country to present on the latest trends and issues important to the hospitality industry.  Topics range from Google updates and internet marketing to mid-week business development and cooking with tea!

The trade show floor will be teaming with experts in their field, each looking forward to visiting with and updating innkeepers on their latest products and services. 

Your Maryland Bed & Breakfast Association is proud to endorse the MidAtlantic Innkeepers Trade Show & Conference, and we will participate as an exhibitor:  visit us in Foyer 3 in the Exhibition Hall – and say hello to new President, Brian McCarthy (Atlantic House Bed & Breakfast, Ocean City MD).  Be sure to pick up information on “Partnering With the State” and learn more about the discounts available to our members through our preferred vendor relationships. 

For information about registering for the conference, visit the MidAtlantic Innkeepers conference registration page.  Hope to see you there!

Maryland Bed and Breakfast Gift Certificates Make the Perfect Gift

December 18th, 2012 by Maryland B&B Association

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Last-minute gift needs can cause a real panic… but not if you choose a gift certificate from your favorite Maryland Bed and Breakfast!

 

Our member inns offer the perfect getaway alternative to hotels anywhere in the state through unparallelled service, great breakfasts, ideal ambiance, and knowledgeable innkeepers.  Offering east-coast hospitality at its finest, any of our member inns are the perfect place to send friends, family, or loved-ones!

Gift certificates are available for any occasion, and any dollar amount – choose to give a stay, part of a stay, or any dollar amount to be used toward a perfect Maryland vacation!  Contact your favorite member innkeeper today, and give the perfect gift!

November Events For Your Maryland Getaway

October 30th, 2012 by Maryland B&B Association

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November is almost here, and with it comes some unique events that you can only find here in Maryland.  If you plan to take a vacation to any of our charming Mid-Atlantic inns, make sure to set aside some time to take in these great happenings.

November 3-4, 2012:  Fall Fest of Fine Art in Ocean City, MD
The Atlantic House Bed and Breakfast and Inn on the Ocean Bed and Breakfast welcome you during this major arts event.  Located at the Ocean City Convention Center on 40th Street, this even features vendors from here in Maryland, and across the United States.  Nearly 6,000 attendees come to discover a wide variety of professional artistry products, perfect for your home, or for gifts.

November 3-4, 2012:  Christmas Craft Expo in Ocean City, MD
The sister show to the Fall Fest of Fine Art, The Christmas Craft Expo craft show is also located in the Ocean City Convention Center.  In fact, one admission cost will get you into both shows (Just $5 for adults, $4 for attendees aged 13-17, and free for children under 12 when accompanied by an adult)!  Crafters from all over the country will be in attendance, offering wares of wood, glass, ceramics, paper, fabrics, and more.

November 9, 10, and 11, 2012: Waterfowl Festival in Easton, MD
The Bishops House Bed and Breakfast and John S. McDaniel House Bed and Breakfast offer unparalleled hospitality during the area’s premier fall wildlife event!  What began as three small preservation-minded exhibits in 1970 has blossomed into a full-fledged eco-celebration, able to support hundreds of conservation projects.  The event features information, demonstrations, auctions, and contests, complete with kids’ activities, and shopping opportunities for everything from gear to fine art, making this the perfect family activity!  One $12 admission cost will grant you access to all three days of the event; children under 12 years old are free.

November 10-11, 2012: Unique Boutique in Hollywood, MD
More than 40 artisans will be present at the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department.  Wares include fine art, stained glass, ceramics, candles, bath products, jewelry, fiber art, paper art, and much more.  Admission is free, and there will be food available at the event, so come at your convenience.  The Victorian Candle Bed and Breakfast welcomes you during the show!

Now through November 17, 2012:  The Main Street Farmer’s Market in Gaithersburg, MD

Farmers from around the area share the Market with local artists and crafters each Saturday at the Main Street Pavilion (301 Main Street).  You’ll find fresh produce, herbs, jams/jellies, baked goods, honey, jewelry, bath products, yard art, fiber art, and much more!  The market is open from 10am to 2pm.

Every Wednesday in Crumpton, MD:  The Crumption Auction
Once per week, you can take part in one of the best auctions in the state.  The Crumpton Auction at Dixon’s Furniture features furniture, art, china, housewares, and some very interesting collectibles, both modern and antique.  There’s just no telling WHAT will turn up!  Photos of some items/lots are posted the day before the auction, however this is just an idea of what all might be for sale.  Auctions start at 8:00am promptly each day.  New buyers should contact the Main Office at 410-928-3006 for information about setting up an account with the auction.  For your convenience, the Brampton Bed and Breakfast Inn in Chestertown, Crow Farmstay Bed and Breakfast in Kennedyville, the Inn at Huntingfield Creek in Rock Hall, and the Moonlight Bay Inn in Rock Hall are all within 10 miles of the auction site.

Of course, this doesn’t include all the post-Thanksgiving, Christmas-related events that will happen all over!  Your Maryland Bed and Breakfast Association innkeeper will be happy to provide more information on additional area activities close to their individual inns.  So plan your Maryland getaway at your favorite inn accommodations anywhere in the state.

Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake

October 19th, 2012 by Maryland B&B Association

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Innkeepers love to share their recipes. Here is one we got froSharon Fastnaught from Brictoria Cottage in Charlotte Hall, Maryland. She writes:

You asked for a favorite recipe and the following would be one of those that I love using this time of year.

Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake
1- box yellow cake mix
1 c. pumpkin (puree)
3 eggs, beaten
3 Tbl. oil
1/3 c. water OR buttermilk
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 1/3 c. packed brown sugar, divided
1 c. flour
2 tsp. cinnamon, divided
1/2 c. butter, softened
Combine cake mix, pumpkin, eggs, oil, water/milk, and pie spice. Mix well.
Pour 1/2 of the batter into a greased 13×9 dish. Set remaining batter aside.
Mix 1/3 c. brown sugar and 3/4 t. cinnamon, sprinkle over the batter in dish.
Carefully spread remaining batter over top.
Combine flour, remaining brown sugar, remaining cinnamon and butter. Mix well and spread evenly over top of batter.
Bake at 325 for 30-40 minutes, until toothpick in center comes clean.
Dust with powdered sugar, serves 10-12.
Enjoy!
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