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

January 22, 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 15, 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 10, 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 29, 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 .

Some Additional optional info

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 7, 2014 by Maryland B&B Association

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

http://www.marylandwine.com/news/News-and-Information/article/98

Bed and Breakfast Business Building Conference

October 20, 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 6, 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 9, 2014 by Maryland B&B Association

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Father’s Day event

June 10, 2014 by Maryland B&B Association

Fun things to do with Dad

 

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Our New and Improved Web Site

June 6, 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

Inspected and Approved

March 26, 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.

Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake

October 19, 2012 by Maryland B&B Association



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!

June 22, 2012 by Maryland B&B Association

One of the joys of staying at a Maryland Bed and Breakfast is the wonderful food you can look forward to in the morning. Here is a recipe shared with you from Danielle Hanscom, innkeeper at the Brampton Bed and Breakfast Inn in Chestertown.

Herbed Scrambled Eggs


This is a versatile and delicious breakfast dish that can be adapted to what is in season. It holds up well in a 180 degree oven or a chafing dish on a buffet. This recipe can be easily doubled.
For a simple breakfast I’ll use a mixture of just parsley or parsley and lovage and serve it with a side of smoked bacon.
To dress it up I’ll use just dill and add ribbons of smoked salmon on top.
For a summer breakfast I’ll use basil and serve it with a side of roasted grape tomatoes.
For a breakfast with an exotic twist add 1 tablespoon of curry and 1 tablespoon of finely chopped cilantro.

Serves 4

6 large eggs
4 oz. cream cheese
¼ cup light cream
½ tsp. sea salt
freshly ground pepper to taste
1 Tbs. unsalted butter
1  ½ Tbs. fresh herbs such as parsley, basil, tarragon, lovage, dill finely minced

In a small glass bowl microwave cream cheese for 20 seconds. You want the cream cheese to be very soft.

In a large bowl whisk together eggs, light cream, salt, pepper and one tablespoon of herbs.
Add cream cheese and stir together. It doesn’t need to be totally incorporated.

In a large frying pan heat butter over medium heat until it foams.  Stir in eggs and cook until small curds form. Approx. 7 min. Be careful not to let it brown.
Divide amongst 4 plates and sprinkle with the rest of the fresh herbs.
If it goes on a buffet I’ll put it in a chafing dish and sprinkle with the rest of the herbs.
Herbed Scrambled Eggs

This is a versatile and delicious breakfast dish that can be adapted to what is in season. It holds up well in a 180 degree oven or a chafing dish on a buffet. This recipe can be easily doubled.
For a simple breakfast I’ll use a mixture of just parsley or parsley and lovage and serve it with a side of smoked bacon.
To dress it up I’ll use just dill and add ribbons of smoked salmon on top.
For a summer breakfast I’ll use basil and serve it with a side of roasted grape tomatoes.
For a breakfast with an exotic twist add 1 tablespoon of curry and 1 tablespoon of finely chopped cilantro.

Serves 4

6 large eggs
4 oz. cream cheese
¼ cup light cream
½ tsp. sea salt
freshly ground pepper to taste
1 Tbs. unsalted butter
1  ½ Tbs. fresh herbs such as parsley, basil, tarragon, lovage, dill finely minced

In a small glass bowl microwave cream cheese for 20 seconds. You want the cream cheese to be very soft.

In a large bowl whisk together eggs, light cream, salt, pepper and one tablespoon of herbs.
Add cream cheese and stir together. It doesn’t need to be totally incorporated.

In a large frying pan heat butter over medium heat until it foams.  Stir in eggs and cook until small curds form. Approx. 7 min. Be careful not to let it brown.
Divide amongst 4 plates and sprinkle with the rest of the fresh herbs.
If it goes on a buffet I’ll put it in a chafing dish and sprinkle with the rest of the herbs.

Ocean City splendor

June 15, 2012 by Maryland B&B Association

Two members of the MBBA are located in Ocean City Maryland.

The Inn on the Ocean, the name says it all, is an elegant 6 room inn where guests can enjoy the breath taking view of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Atlantic House B&B a comfortable 10 room inn with boardwalk and ocean views.

One of the attractions this summer will be the amazing, choreographed to music Beach Fireworks every Tuesday at 10 pm, June 12th – September 2, 2012.

Inspected B&Bs

June 8, 2012 by Maryland B&B Association

When choosing a B&B it can be daunting to decide on a place that will live up to ones expectations. Looking at websites is the best way to get a first impression. One more thing that is very helpful is to know that a B&B belongs to an association that inspects all it’s member inns before admitting them.

The Maryland Bed and Breakfast Association was founded in 1992 and for the past 20 years all it’s members have undergone a regular and thorough inspection. For the past 4 years with the help of an outside inspector. When looking for the right B&B to stay in Maryland you will not regret having chosen a member inn. It’s a better way to stay!

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