The Wilderness Bed and Breakfast

2 Thistle Road, Catonsville, Maryland 21228
 
  • Introduction

    The Wilderness Bed and Breakfast - Catonsville, MarylandCome enjoy a weekend at The Wilderness Bed and Breakfast, a secluded, Victorian-era summer home listed on the National Register of Historic Places, located in Catonsville, Maryland. Nestled between the rolling hills of the Patapsco Valley State Park, outside of historic Ellicott City, the Wilderness Bed and Breakfast offers a tranquil, rural setting for guests seeking to "get away from it all." Conveniently located 15 minutes from downtown Baltimore and BWI airport, 35 minutes from Washington, DC, it is a short drive to many Maryland landmarks. If notified in advance, The Wilderness Bed and Breakfast management will make arrangements for local tours or antiquing forays.

    Catering to historic house lovers, The Wilderness Bed and Breakfast has been lovingly restored to its former country manor atmosphere. Although the original home on the site dates to 1799, the current structure is the result of a major addition and renovation by a wealthy Baltimore industrialist in 1899. With a family of 14, the house was enlarged to accommodate the immediate and extended family that Victorians frequently entertained during the summer months. We invite you to The Wilderness Bed and Breakfast to enjoy the same turn-of-the-century splendors: large, inviting rooms, period detail, wraparound veranda, and Victorian hospitality.

    The Wilderness Bed and Breakfast - Catonsville, MarylandThe Wilderness Bed and Breakfast - Catonsville, Maryland

    Enjoy a delicious continental breakfast buffet each morning featuring a variety of homemade baked goods, fresh fruit and fruit salad, yogurt, typical breakfast beverages and occasional special treats.

    We have three guest suites, each with a bedroom, a private sitting room, and a private modern bath. Suites at The Wilderness Bed and Breakfast are available for rental on any weekend throughout the year; weekday availability is possible with advance notice. Antiques abound inside, while gardens and wildlife abundantly surround the property. All of this splendor is just a five-minute drive to civilization!

    Come out for a visit and get lost in your dreams!

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Ellen Sawaya for sharing her secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Family activities.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Our location - close to everything, but down a forest lined street (entering a State Park area) that makes one feel a hundred miles away from civilization. The setting is the best thing about the inn!

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    No comment.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    I love this review - this guest summed it up well:

    "Facebook, twitter, e-mails, internet chatter, incessant digital cacophony of life...it all disappears in a flash when you spend a little time at The Wilderness. So restful and peaceful, I could while away the day just sitting on the patio watching the endless parade of goldfinches and hummingbirds, reading the paper on the lovely wraparound porch, or just laying about in the lovely Sullivan Suite, reading a book, feeling the muscles and mind relax. Aaaaaaaaaah. Thanks, Ellen."

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Ellicott City is a delightful little historic town that is a great place to spend an afternoon and evening.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    Hike in the Patapsco Valley State Park (entrance right down the street from the inn), spend an afternoon and evening in Ellicott City, hit Baltimore's Inner Harbor for a day, and spend a day in Annapolis - it's only 35 minutes away!

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Well, my street is VERY narrow - I don't really encourage guests to walk along it since cars don't have much space to pull around pedestrians. It's possible, but not a good idea.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Lots of great food in the area - in Ellicott City, I like The Trolley Stop for casual fare, Tersiguels for a special occasion and Cacoa Lane for an in-between evening. In Catonsville, The Catonsville Gourmet is great (but always a wait on weekend evenings) and I really like our only Indian restaurant - good food reasonably priced (and great service at all of the listed restaurants)!

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?

    Ellicottcity.net is a great website for Ellicott City - has everything you could possibly need to know. That site has a sister site - Catonsville.net that lists a calendar of events, too.

    How many rooms does your inn have?

    4

    Do you accept pets?

    No pets, please.

     

  • How to Find Us

    From Baltimore Washington International (BWI) Airport

    1. Take I-195 W
    2. Stay straight and pass Route 295, Route 1, & Route 95 exits
    3. At top of hill take the MD-166 North/Rolling Road exit toward Catonsville (bear to right)
    4. Go through three lights and stay on MD-166 heading North
    5. After sharp right curve, turn Left onto MD-144/Frederick Rd. at light
    6. Go through one light and turn Left onto Thistle Road (Dimitri's International Grille is on corner) The Wilderness, 2 Thistle Road is on the right

    From Washington, DC and Points South

    1. Take I-95 North toward Baltimore
    2. Take the I-195 E/MD-166 exit- exit number 47A-B- toward BWI Airport/Catonsville. Stay to Left
    3. At top of hill take the MD-166 North/Rolling Road exit toward Catonsville (bear to right)
    4. Go through three lights and stay on MD-166 heading North
    5. After sharp right curve, turn Left onto MD-144/Frederick Rd. at light
    6. Go through one light and turn Left onto Thistle Road (Dimitri's International Grille is on corner) The Wilderness, 2 Thistle Road is on the right

    From Baltimore and Points North

    1. Take I-95 South toward Washington, DC. If coming from north of Baltimore (i.e. New York, Delaware, New Jersey, etc.) proceed through the Fort McHenry tunnel on I-95
    2. Take the I-695 W exit- exit number 49B- toward I-70/Towson
    3. Merge onto I-695 N/Baltimore Beltway Inner Loop
    4. Take the MD-144/Frederick Rd exit- exit number 13- toward Catonsville
    5. Turn Left onto MD-144/Frederick Rd
    6. Turn LEFT onto Thistle Road (Dimitri's International Grille is on corner) The Wilderness, 2 Thistle Road is on the right

    From Frederick and Points West

    1. Take I-70 East toward Baltimore
    2. Merge onto I-695 S/Baltimore Beltway Outer Loop via exit number 91A toward I-95 S/Glen Burnie
    3. Take the MD-144/Fred Rd exit- exit number 13- toward Catonsville
    4. Turn Right onto MD-144/Frederick Rd
    5. Turn Left onto Thistle Road (Dimitri's International Grille is on corner) The Wilderness, 2 Thistle Road is on the right