The Wayside Inn
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Over two hundred years of history await you at the Wayside Inn Bed and Breakfast in Ellicott City, Maryland. Conveniently located nearby historic Ellicott City, Maryland, and within a short drive of either Baltimore and Annapolis, Maryland or Washington, D.C., the Wayside Inn is the perfect place for you to escape to the past.
The Wayside Inn is not only historic (circa 1780), but also a romantic retreat from everyday reality. Innkeepers Susan and David have created a luxurious oasis….close to both fine and casual dining, and many nearby entertainment choices. Yet once you are inside the Inn, the world retreats and you are surrounded with warmth, attention to detail, and most of all, comfort! Even though the Inn is historic, our rooms are equiped with the most modern of amenities: free broadband WiFi, flat screen TVs with Fios cable (over 300 channels! 50+ movies channels!), large double spa jetted tubs and separate showers. Most of the rooms also have fireplaces. Plush robes and silky sheets call out to you to snuggle warmly in your favorite room.
But you do not have to stay in your room! Our Library is the perfect place to cozy up to a fire and share an afternoon snack while you play a game or immerse yourself in a best seller. Classical music will serenade you while you peruse the day’s newspapers or magazines on our Sunporch. Or tackle a puzzle in the Dining Room or the Parlor.
Guests of the Inn enjoy outstanding, home-away-from-home hospitality. Your comfortable night’s sleep in one of our exquisite rooms is followed by a multi-course, gourmet breakfast, created fresh that morning by the innkeepers. Then spend the day exploring the area: shopping in Historic Ellicott City, antiquing in Frederick, touring our Nation’s Capital, meandering through Annapolis, cruising on the Chesapeake Bay, or experiencing Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor. In the evening, treat yourself to a fabulous dinner at one of the area’s many restaurants, wine bars or micro-breweries. For more information, please contact David and Susan Balderson via e-mail or by telephone: 410-461-4636.
The rooms at the Wayside Inn have been designed to maximize your comfort! While the design is historical in nature, you will quickly notice that the rooms are equipped with an array of amenities, like modern ensuite bathrooms with double spa jetted tubs and separate showers with seats and multiple jets. Each room has a TV (most are flat screen Hi-Def TVs) with Fios Cable with over 300 channels of anything you could wish to view or listen to. Each room has been furnished with the highest quality linens and incredible sheets you will want to take home with you! See our individual room descriptions below to see our varied types of rooms…one sure to fit your needs and taste!
“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” How many times have you heard that? Well here at the Wayside Inn, we know that it is more than just a saying, it is 50% of what we are: a Bed and BREAKFAST! If you have stayed here, you know that we take that seriously. We try to offer a breakfast that is not just filling, but a breakfast that you would never make yourself at home. Every morning of your stay we offer a sumptuous breakfast, starting with hot Coffee and a selection of Teas, followed by a choice of four to six juices. We then bring out the first course, a special fruit dish. It may be Heavenly Bananas or a Baked Grapefruit or our signature dish: Sunrise Cocktail! This is quickly followed by a second course: something fresh baked from the kitchen. Today it might be Orange Glazed Muffins, or Lemon Poppyseed Scones, or warm Butter Croissants.
Our Main Course follows: Breakfast today, made to order just before it is served, may be fresh Lemon Blueberry Pancakes, Ham and Apple Frittata topped with Four Cheeses, or one of the other signature dishes created by Owner/Chef David. Perhaps he will serve this morning his Grand Marnier French Toast with an Orange Rum Sauce. Or perhaps Baked Eggs with Six Cheeses or the popular Cranberry Orange Croissant Souffle’. If you are a meat lover your entree will be served with meats like Thick Cut Peppered Bacon, or Grilled Ham Slices or perhaps Maple Sausage Patties.
Whatever is served each morning is prepared fresh and with your specific food preferences in mind. We specialize in serving folks that have special food needs, such as Vegetarians (in fact, almost every main entree is Vegetarian), and those who are Vegan, Glutan Intolerant, or Diabetic. Every effort is made when you make your reservation and again at check in to ascertain your specific likes and dislikes and you are given a ranges of dining times that we have found meets the varied desires of our guests.
“The Inn is beautiful, warm, cozy & the accomodations were wonderful! We received superior customer service!” ~ Washington, D.C.
“Warm and friendly hosts, beautiful and interesting B & B, quiet and secluded yet easily accessible.” ~ Big Sky, MT.
“Our 15th Anniversary was wonderful at The Wayside Inn!” ~ Churchton, MD
“The Wayside Inn was our first B&B experience. My wife surprised me on our anniversary with a night away from home at the Wayside. After that we were hooked and now look for B&Bs to stay in when traveling.” ~ B. Kirkpatrick
“I found you guys through groupon–my wife and I decided to stay for our 3rd anniversary–neither one of us had ever been to a B&B before. We LOVED it! We’ve already decided we HAVE to come back, and we’re telling everyone we know about our awesome experience!!” ~ N. Clark
The Wayside Inn is located near an original portion of the Old Columbia Turnpike, which was established in the early 18th Century. This turnpike was intended to serve as a major link from the mill of Ellicott’s Lower Mills, later renamed Ellicott City, south to Georgetown in Washington, DC.
An original milepost still stands about 200 yards south of the Inn with the inscription “2M to E.C”. The book, “The Diary of George Cooke: Twenty-three Years On a Maryland Plantation, 1826-1849”, bespeaks the importance of this turnpike on the daily lives of the area plantation owners.
Local Historians indicate that the Wayside Inn was one of several Inns in what was at first Ann Arundel County, and later Howard County. While it is frustrating that no records have been found to verify this assertion, its proximity to the old turnpike makes it a likely candidate. A further indication would be the name, Wayside Inn. Nowhere are there records of that name as a commercial establishment, yet the name has been passed down through many generations of owners, leading one to believe that this was once an established Inn. Local lore has it that both General George Washington and John Quincy Adams were guests at the Inn and that could certainly have been the case, especially for Washington. We know for fact he was in the general vicinity. His name is on a ledger at a pub in nearby Elkridge.
Ownership records show that the tract of land on which the Inn now stands was first contained in a special warrant granted to a Henry Pierpoint by his Lordships Land Office (perhaps by The Lord Baltimore, himself?) in 1755. Shortly thereafter a formal survey of the land was completed and the tract was named “Search”. In subsequent years various parcels of land were added, bringing the total property to approximately 200 acres and the name was changed to “Search Enlarged” (real creative, this Pierpoint, eh?) In the ensuing three decades, Pierpoint sold off parts of the property to various parties including his daughter Elizabeth. A major portion was sold to a Michael Pue, a Baltimore physician, and his wife Mary in the Early 1780s. It is thought the house that is now the Inn and several other structures were a part of that sale for two main reasons:
The sale price was listed as 4 Pounds Sterling per acre, a huge increase over the nominal price for the property of 1 schilling per acre recorded in the years just prior. This would indicate that the property had been improved by adding buildings, etc.,
The deed listed not only the land, but also “premises and appurtenances,” which would seem to indicate that the house was already standing. We therefore date the time of the house to approximately 1780.
Portions of the original estate were sold to several prominent families of the time, among them the Hughes, several of the Pue family and one Edward Hill Dorsey. We are sure that it is no coincidence that the first village of the new town of Columbia that one arrives in when going south from the Inn is known as Dorsey’s Search. The estate was divided even further throughout the 19th century and the early 20th century where it passed to families such as the Shapiros, the Hodges and the Parletts. The property deteriorated until Robert and Charlotte Hartkopf, prominent Ellicott City restaurateurs, purchased it in 1963. They renovated the property and sought and received the first historical designation awarded to the house. Since the Hartkopfs, the house has known only three owners: the Gerards who purchased it in 1976, the Osantowskis, who purchased it in 1980 and were the couple who finally renovated the third floor and opened it as a bed and breakfast, and finally us, Susan and David Balderson, who purchased it in 1998 and reopened the Inn as it is now in 1999.
The History of the Candles
The Wayside Inn is known throughout this area as “that house with the candles in the windows.” Many myths have sprung up concerning those famous candles including but not limited to: 1.“They show the house is haunted!” 2. One of the owner’s sons went off to war and the mother put the candles in the windows as a tribute to her son. 3. In the same vain, one mother put the candles in the windows when here son went off to war and said they would stay there until he came home. He never did which is why they are still burning.
The truth is, the Hartkopfs revived what they understood to be an old English tradition of putting candles in every window to show that this was a public house and that weary travelers were welcome to stay here. A traveler could tell from the lighted candles in the bedroom windows that rooms were available (an early vacancy sign) and would come in for a meal and a room. The Hartkopfs put a candle, now electric of course, in all 35 windows of the house and kept them burning 24 hours a day. This fact has even been recorded in Ripley’s: Believe it or Not.” Today we carry on the tradition. While we do not have all 35 windows bedecked with candles, all of the bedrooms have candles lit to show you, the weary traveler, that there is a room available. And in the old tradition, as you check-in in the evening, we extinguish your candles to indicate that your room is no longer available.
We specialize in intimate weddings. While we have done a couple of large receptions (100+) we prefer the 35 and under wedding and reception. The Inn is really perfect for the bridal party to spend the night before the ceremony, having a Champagne breakfast in the morning beore the hairstylist and make-up artist arrive. After the photographer has photographed the beautiful bride and her attendants in this incredibly photogenic, historic inn, they are whisked away in their Limo to get to the church on time!
- Bridal Luncheon
Max Capacity: 20-49
Historic Ellicott City
This incredible little town has been written up in just about every online and printed medium possible in the past few years. Founded in 1750 by the Ellicott Brothers, three Quaker brothers in search of a good location for a mill, they happened upon the Tiber river in what was then Ann Arundel County. Here, they decided, was an excellent location for their new mill. The town of Ellicott Mills was born! Now this town, once a center of commerce for grain, is a wonderful collection of antique stores, eclectic shops (the Yuppie Puppy Boutique?!), restaurants and taverns. There are Ghost Tours almost all through the year and a monthly farmers market during the spring through fall. There is always something going on in the historic downtown. To read just about everything there is to find in Ellicott City, go to ellicottcity.net and to view information about Ghost Tours and other going on in Ellicott city, go to Tourism.
Listed along with Ellicott City by Money Magazine in 2010 as the 2nd best place to live in the United States, Columbia is home to many fun activities throughout the year. And it is right next door! In fact, you can walk to the nearest village of Columbia from the Wayside Inn. The Columbia Mall is just a couple of miles from the Inn and is chock full of upscale shops (Nordstroms!), eateries, movie theaters, and restaurants. Also nearby is Merriweather Post Pavillion, where concerts of all kinds, from country to classical, from rock to comedy, play all summer long. To see a list of upcoming concerts and to buy tickets, go to Merriweather‘s website. Other fun Activities in Columbia throughout the year include the Columbia Arts Festival (Bobby McFerrin headlined one year and stayed here at the inn!), Wine in the Woods , The Columbia Classic Grand Prix , and the The Columbia Triathlon. Of course, Howard County is also famous as the location for the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. This festival is the largest of its kind in the United States and draws vendors and visitors from all over the U.S. and other countries. We sell out every year way in advance, so if you want to stay with us this year or next, call right now! Who knew??
Like a whole lot of states, Maryland has bred its share of wineries. And although I am an avowed wine snob at times, some of these wineries are getting really good press (see: Black Ankle). The Wayside Inn is right in the middle of many of them. To look at a list and locations of them while you are visiting us, go to Maryland Wineries
Baltimore has had a lot of press (most of it good) in the past 20 years, as the innovator of many of the more positive things happening in U.S. cities. The renovation of what is now known as the Inner Harbor is heralded as a model of how to turn a decrepid area into a major tourist attraction. In the ensuing years the National Aquarium, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, The Maryland Science Center, to name just a few, were added to the the Inner Harbor area and became widely copied throughout the U.S. due to their success. Come see for yourself why Baltimore is such a popular place to visit!
For a short time, Annapolis was the Capitol of the United States. When they decided to open the Naval Academy there, it was decided that having politicians that close to all those young men was not a good idea, so they moved the Capitol quickly to Washington, D.C.! Now it is not only an historic town, but also a scenic tourist attaction on one of the prettiest water sites in the U.S. Of course, come take a tour of the Naval Academy (highly recommended!), but also come to tour the wharfs, the shops, the restaurants and all that is Annapolis!
What can we say about Washington? It is arguably the most exciting, the most beautiful, the most frustrating place in the United States. It is all that and more! Hundreds of thousands of people come each year to witness for themselves this incredible city. David is a native Washingtonian who has helped many guests experience all that is Washington safely and efficiently. He has good knowledge on what is happening at any given time in the city and can help you get there and back home safely to the Inn. This site will help you plan your trip before your arrival. Then feel free to ask David if what the website says is really worth a visit!
Directions to the Wayside Inn
The Wayside Inn is located at 4344 Columbia Road. It is conveniently located in Ellicott City, between Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
Directions from Washington, DC/Virginia and areas south:
Take 95 north to 100 west (Exit 43B), toward Ellicott City. At US 29 (approx. 5 1/2 miles), take the left exit onto US 29 south. Move to the right and take the first exit (Exit 21B, Clarksville) onto Route 108 west. Take your first right (at a traffic light) onto Columbia Road. Drive 1.5 miles to 4344 Columbia Road. If you are arriving after dark our lamp post and sign will be shining brightly.
Directions from Baltimore Area and areas north:
Take 95 south to 100 west (Exit 43B), toward Ellicott City. At US 29 (approx. 5 1/2 miles), take the left exit onto US 29 south. Move to the right and take the first exit (Exit 21B, Clarksville) onto Route 108 west. Take your first right (at a traffic light) onto Columbia Road. Drive 1.5 miles to 4344 Columbia Road. If you are arriving after dark our lamp post and sign will be shining brightly.
Directions from Annapolis and vicinity:
Take Rt. 97 north to 100 west toward Ellicott City. At US 29, take the left exit onto US 29 south. Move to the right and take the first exit (Exit 21B, Clarksville) onto Route 108 west. Take your first right (at a traffic light) onto Columbia Road. Drive 1.5 miles to 4344 Columbia Road. The Inn is on your left. If you are arriving after dark our lamppost and sign will be shining brightly.
Directions From North Baltimore and Central Pa:
Take Rt. 83 north (from Baltimore vicinity) or Rt. 83 south (from Central, PA vicinity) to Rt. 695 south. Exit onto Rt. 70 towards Frederick. Take the Left exit onto Rt. 29 south. Take Exit onto Rt.103/St. John’s Lane. As you exit, move to the right and turn right at the stoplight at the top of the exit. Go one block to the dead-end and turn left onto Columbia Road. Go one block to dead-end (yes, again) and turn left again to stay on Columbia Road. The Inn is approximately 2500 ft. on the right. If you are arriving after dark our lamppost and sign will be shining brightly.
Directions From Western Maryland, Western PA/Ohio. Etc.:
Take Rt. 70 east to Rt. 29 south. Take Exit onto Rt.103/St. John’s Lane. As you exit, move to the right and turn right at the stoplight at the top of the exit. Go one block to the dead-end and turn left onto Columbia Road. Go one block to dead-end (yes, again) and turn left again to stay on Columbia Road. The Inn is approximately 2500 ft. on the right. If you are arriving after dark our lamppost and sign will be shining brightly.
Directions From BWI
Take the airport exit to Route 295 (Baltimore-Washington Parkway) South toward Washington, D.C. Take 100 West toward Ellicott City. At US 29 (approx. 5 1/2 miles), take the left exit onto US 29 South. Move to the right and take the first exit (Exit 21B, Clarksville) onto Route 108 West. Take your first right (at a traffic light) onto Columbia Road. Drive 1.5 miles to 4344 Columbia Road. If you are arriving after dark our lamppost and sign will be shining brightly.