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We are delighted to announce our 2017 Annual Meeting will be held during the 2017 PABBI conference in Harrisburg, Pa.The theme this year in Unlocking the Mysteries of Innkeeping, which sounds pretty exciting! In an effort to stay current and connected, we will be joining almost 100 innkeepers to attend educational panels and to listen to keynote speakers who are experts in the B&B field, on topics ranging from marketing to baking to AirBNB (short term) rentals. The conference will be held November 7-9 in Harrisburg, Pa and our annual meeting will be on Thurs, Nov 9 from 8-9 am. Hopefully, this will be a valuable opportunity to catch up with old friends, make some new ones, and maybe learn something inspirational.
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TEAMS UP WITH TESLA MOTORS
March 22, 2016 – The Atlantic House Bed and Breakfast in Ocean City ,MD has teamed up with Tesla Motors to provide an increasingly desirable amenity; Tesla Destination Charging. Tesla High Power Wall Connectors add up to 60 miles of range per hour to Model S and Model X, charging the vehicle overnight and replicating the convenience Tesla owners are accustomed to at home.
The Atlantic House Bed and Breakfast joins a rapidly growing network of resorts in Tesla’s Destination Charging Program. Tesla partners with hotels, resorts, and restaurants around the world to offer High Power Connectors as an amenity for visitors, allowing them to charge their Tesla Model S at locations where they want to stay for several hours like hotels, ski resorts, and restaurants. Tesla vehicles offer 270 miles of range on a single charge so the High Power Wall Connector can easily top off the Tesla in just a few hours.
The Atlantic House Bed and Breakfast is constantly finding new ways to heighten the guests’ experience. By combining leading-edge technology and the forward-thinking of Tesla with our commitment to provide outstanding service and offerings, we now have the ability to offer guests a seamless and convenient charging experience during their stay at The Atlantic House Bed and Breakfast
The Atlantic House Bed and Breakfast and other Tesla Destination Charging locations are hosted on Tesla’s interactive webpage and were recently GPS located on Model S and Model X’s navigation through a free software update sent wirelessly to the car. Tesla owners are now able to use the in-vehicle 17” touchscreen to easily plan trips and locate the property.
The Atlantic House Bed and Breakfast
Located a half a block from the famous Ocean City Boardwalk and Beach. One of the premier Atlantic Ocean beaches, Ocean City is accessible from many east coast cities, such as Washington DC, Baltimore, MD Philadelphia, PA and New York City. Our proximity to many restaurants, pubs, and amusements allows you to walk to all of them as your vehicle is charging. You can relax surrounded by the Victorian charm of a by-gone era. A full home cooked buffet breakfast greets guests every morning, also snacks in the afternoon and of course an evening sweet. WIFI is free as is off street parking. For reservations check our web site at http://www.atlantichouse.com/
Tesla Motors’ (NASDAQ: TSLA) goal is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable transport with a full range of increasingly affordable electric cars. California-based Tesla designs and manufactures electric vehicles, as well as renewable energy storage. Tesla has delivered more than 1000,000 electric vehicles to customers worldwide.
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Maryland’s Western Region contains some of the most picturesque and beautiful scenery in all of Maryland. The Appalachian Mountains and waterways of the Western Region allow for some great hiking, fishing, hunting, and aquatic activities. The Waters Run Guest House & Suite B&B is the place to stay for any guests visiting our Western Region, as Swallow Falls and Deep Creek Lake State Parks are just a short drive away.
On Saturday June 6th, The Mountain State Brewing Company will be hosting “The Bark and Brew Festival” starting at 3pm. Located in McHenry, MD, the festival will feature over 40 craft beer samples, dog events, and live entertainment. Proceeds will benefit the HART for animals foundation and admission for people under 21 and non-drinkers is free. Dog talent and fashion shows will also be showcased, visit the Bark and Brew ticket website to purchase tickets.
The town of Friendsville is celebrating their 250th anniversary this summer and will host special events all summer long. On June 20th Friendsville will conduct the “Art Along the River Flotilla and Rubber Ducky Race”. The Youghiogheny River and Bear Creek will host races of makeshift rafts. The Youghiogheny will host the flotilla, while Bear Creek will have a rubber ducky race for children. Artwork will be featured along the river and a hidden treasure is to be sought for at the town-wide yard sale. Other events throughout the summer will include music, movie, and popcorn in the park, fireworks displays, and the big celebration of Friendsville’s 250th Birthday! Visit the Friendsville Events Page for a list of full events going on this summer.
The lower Eastern Shore and Ocean City allow for a great spring weekend getaway for couples and families. There are plenty of interesting things to do in the month of April for guests of: The Atlantic House Bed and Breakfast, The Inn on the Ocean, The Whitehaven Hotel, and The River Gem BnB.
On Saturday April 18th from 11am to 4pm, Pocomoke City will have their downtown Spring Festival. The event will feature live entertainment, food vendors, face painting, and free admission to Pocomoke City Museums. Salisbury, MD will be hosting their annual Pork in the Park event on April 24th and 25th. Winterplace Park will host live entertainment, rides and games, unique craft vendors, delicious bbq, food, and beverages all weekend long. Admission is only $3 and kids under age 12 are free. Pig and “hot dog” racing will be going on all weekend and Saturday will feature a day long “kids zone” as well as the Eastern Shore Wing War, and the 5th annual corn hole tournament.Visit the Pork in the Park Website for more information and a full list of events.
Aside from a quiet and relaxing escape to the coast, Ocean City, MD also has some great events during April. Ocean City Restaurant Week runs from April 19th to May 3rd and $10, $20, $30, and $40 fixed price menu options are available. The 4th annual Komen Maryland Ocean City Race for the Cure will be on Sunday April 19th with all proceeds benefiting breast cancer research. The 21st Annual Maryland International Kite Expo will run from April 24th to 26th right on the boardwalk. Exhibitions and demonstrations including stunt and power kite lessons will be featured all weekend long. Some of the best kite flyers from around the world will be showcased along with massive character and theme based kites as well.
Guests of the Victorian Candle and Brictoria Cottage, will not be disappointed with spending an April weekend at one of these great MBBA establishments. Victorian Candle located in St. Mary’s County and Brictoria Cottage in Charles county, not only allow for a quiet weekend getaway, but also are close to some great events and activities in the month of April.
St. Mary’s County is featuring an antique flea market and a classic car show. The Maryland Antique Center in Leonardtown is hosting a flea market on April 18th and 19th starting at 8am. The antique flea market will run rain or shine and is located at 26005 Point Lookout Road in Leonardtown, MD. Leonardtown is also the Spring Fling Car Show on Sunday April 26h starting at 8am. Over 300 antique and classic cars will be showcased at Leonardtown Square, with proceeds benefiting the hospice of St. Mary’s.
Charles County is hosting a once in a lifetime historical experience. The Lincoln 150 On The Trail of the Assassin Commemoration Weekend runs from April 17th-19th. Follow the escape path of the infamous John Wilkes Booth as he fled from authorities after assassinating the beloved 16th President of the United States. There are plenty of unique and informative events running all weekend long. Including a historical Charles County in the Civil War lecture and a global view of Booth’s escape path using digital dome and science on a sphere technology. There will also be historical re-enactments, shows, music, and historical excavations all throughout the weekend. Don’t miss this unique and historic weekend, visit the Lincoln 150 Website for more information as well as a full list of events and activities.
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 host 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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
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
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
Perhaps the most important difference between a Maryland Bed and Breakfast Association member and any other lodging is our system of quality assurance. Our members apply an exhaustive list of criteria for excellence in the hospitality industry, offered by an independent inspector and monitored by the association. Innkeepers are evaluated on a number of categories from the visibility of innkeepers and staff, to posting Inn policies and rates, in addition to cleanliness and safety. All inns must comply with state and local regulations and have their licenses visibly posted. All of our members take pride in their properties, their breakfasts and their ability to create a unique and enjoyable experience for their guests.
Innkeepers love to share their recipes. Here is one we got from Sharon Fastnaught from Brictoria Cottage in Charlotte Hall, Maryland. She writes: