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Welcome to the Morningside Inn, offering Frederick, MD event planner services. Whether you desire a unique setting for a special event or a banquet or a productive business meeting venue, you will be pleasantly surprised at what you find at this extraordinary site. Our Inn is defined by a unique combination of serenity, elegance, tranquility, and spaciousness, making any event held here more memorable. Our facility is situated outside of Frederick, Maryland, on 300 acres of beautiful countryside overlooking two ponds and within 45 minutes of Washington DC, Baltimore, Gettysburg, and Harpers Ferry, making it convenient for destination weddings or for use as a conference center.
You made our event very special. The food and service were wonderful and the facility is beautiful. Thank you again. I will definitely recommend you to friends and business associates. - Megan Wiesenmayer
Our country setting is surrounded completely by farmland. The Inn is a converted bank barn accented by natural stone, oak floors, and the original oak beams. We have a large reception area and dining room that will seat up to 200 people. The rustic interior of the dining room recalls the spacious ambience of a mountain lodge. The lower level gives an aura of bright outside southern style veranda. This combination gives the best of both styles to appeal to guests of different backgrounds and tastes. For that perfect wedding ceremony, we have a large brick patio overlooking the ponds.
Business professionals will like our conference center, which is conveniently located near Interstate 270 and 70 and other transportation with nearby airports (BWI and Dulles), and the Frederick MARC rail station. We have modern technology available such as LCD projectors and high-speed Wi-Fi access throughout the Inn.
Thank you for everything to help make our training a success. Having such a beautiful setting and professional, friendly staff on hand make it a very relaxing and enjoyable event. All my best to you and please let Tim and all the others involved know how much they are appreciated. - Pam Sardelis
We are also close to major government facilities such as Fort Detrick, National Institute of Health, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Energy, and businesses such as Wells Fargo and Bechtel.
Local and regional attractions include, Antietam Battlefield, Monocacy Battlefield, C and O Canal, B and O Railroad Museum, Museum of Civil War Medicine, Smithsonian Institution, The National Aquarium, The Inner Harbor, Gettysburg, The White House, and the Capitol buildings. There are five golf courses nearby including Clustered Spires, Glade Valley, West Winds Country Club, Musket Ridge Golf Club, and Whiskey Creek Golf Club.
Morningside Inn, a Maryland retreat center, is a renovated bank barn dating to the early 1900s and is a showcase of historic structural renewal. The barn's original heavy wood structural beams accent the interior decor throughout the Inn. The Amish-style post and beam construction and craftsmanship used in the Inn's transformation will fascinate architectural buffs.
The surrounding 300 acres of fields and forest are yours to enjoy. Nature becomes the focus for all who take the time to visit here. A special wonderland is created by the rolling hillsides and woods. Migrating geese and Great Herons often pause in their flights to wander the banks of our ponds, and deer and other native wildlife are often seen in the fields surrounding the Inn.
This property was originally a dairy farm that was exchanged throughout the years until the Cochrans purchased it in the late 1970s. Numerous years passed as the farm was transformed into a thoroughbred racehorse breeding facility. In the early 1990s, the Cochrans located their home here and began construction of the Morningside Inn, which opened for business in 1995. Numerous additions and alterations have been made over the years to provide a first-class banquet and conference facility, making it a welcome alternative to a hotel in western Maryland.
Weddings and receptions became the main events to be held here, and the Inn has evolved into one of Maryland's finest wedding locations. The Cochrans are still managing the Inn.
Morningside Inn offers the perfect setting for Frederick, Maryland weddings and receptions. Ceremonies are performed on the open patio surrounded by rolling hills, woods, and ponds. The room located on the lower level offers a panoramic view through the large windows and provides the perfect alternative for inclement weather as the ceremony can be quickly relocated inside.
When selecting from available wedding locations in Frederick, MD, keep in mind that Morningside has two levels of dining room space allowing for the formal dinner on the upper level and casual mixing and dancing on the lower level. Our rooms are large enough to accommodate weddings up to 200 people. We provide full catering services on the premises and can tailor your menu to your needs, whether you are looking for a formal sit-down dinner or buffet.
Separate rooms for the bride and groom provide ideal accommodations for the bridal party to get ready and to take pre-ceremony pictures. Photographers love the amazing photo opportunities available here. Pictures are taken on the grounds or inside by the cozy fireplace. Nature has provided unforgettable backdrops for the photography. The bride and groom can often be found posing for pictures by the ponds and the large willow tree.
Our Chef, Timothy Erfourth, is a classically trained chef with 30 years of experience. He has been the chef here since 1996 and has established the Inn's reputation for excellent food. Our food is prepared from scratch using the finest ingredients available. Guests often compliment us saying that this is not the typical wedding food they get at most event locations. You can choose from our banquet menu, or we will be happy to custom design a menu just for your event.
Our location is the perfect off-site Washington DC meeting facility for groups requiring focus without interruptions. Business meetings take on a new meaning in a relaxing atmosphere, which is conducive to decision making. Our seclusion is a major advantage; yet we're still convenient to major interstate highways such as I-70, I-270, and US 15. We take care of all the details, so you can stay focused and productive.
For corporate travel in Maryland, we have a meeting center offering the perfect setting for confidential presentations. The capacity for this room is approximately 50. The lower level in the main building is used for large (150) or small (10) meetings and offers the flexibility of breakout areas.
We can customize the layout to fit the needs of your meeting space. Our experienced staff will be able to help you set up the area to meet your requirements. We have all the equipment you might need for your meeting from AV equipment to wireless Internet service. You have access to fax and copier services as well as the expertise of our office staff, if needed. We are dedicated to helping you have an efficient and productive meeting.
We provide all required food services. Our delicious, fresh-baked, lemon-blueberry muffins have become a favorite of our corporate clients. The continental breakfast and break treats are served within the meeting space while lunch and dinner are held in the main dining room. Menus are available.
Special Events & Banquets
The Morningside Inn is the perfect place to hold Frederick, Maryland special events. From awards banquets to anniversary dinners to wedding receptions, we can handle your occasion with ease. Our staff will set up and guide you through everything you need to make your event flawless. We can handle groups from 50 people up to 200. There are two levels of dining room space to accommodate a formal dinner on the upper level and casual mixing and dancing on the lower level. Our event planners will help you select the right menu for your wedding reception, business meeting, or other event.
We have 8 sleeping rooms for our corporate retreat and wedding guests. Each room has a full bathroom, queen-sized bed, Wi-Fi access, and is decorated with a different style of furniture and theme.
For your convenience, we have on-site services for flowers (Madeline's FlowerWorks) and photography (Reflective Moments Photography), and we work with a local deejay (Soundsations Deejays).
At our Maryland banquet facilities, Chef Tim Erfourth drew from his vast experience to design our banquet menu to please the most discerning palate. Whether your function requires haute cuisine or just a down-home country feast, we will make sure that it is the very best that it can be.
When you select Morningside Inn from the available banquet halls in Frederick, MD, you can choose from the entrees that we have on our menu, or we will be happy to custom design a menu for your party. If you have a favorite recipe or ethnic cuisine that you would like for your function, our chef has the expertise to recreate it for your event, so that it will be as flavorful and authentic as possible.
How to Find Us
For Dulles Airport meeting facilities or a location for a Baltimore area conference, consider our Morningside Inn facility located in Frederick, Maryland.
7477 McKaig Road
Frederick, MD 21701
For more information or any inquiries please call:
(301) 898-3920 or toll free 1-800-786-7403
Fax (301) 898-1815 or e-mail us
From Washington D.C.:
Take 270N which turns into 15N. Pass Frederick exits, take Rt. 26 East, go through 3 lights and get into the right lane when crossing the bridge at the Monocacy River to stay on Rt. 26, follow for 2.3 miles to Mt. Pleasant. Turn right on Kelly Rd. Turn right on McKaig Rd. Driveway entrance located 3/4 mile on left.
Take I-70W to exit 62. Turn north on Rt 75. At first light, turn left on Old National Pike (Rt. 144). Pass through New Market, turn right on Boyers Mill Rd for 5 miles. Go through two stop signs onto McKaig Rd (Boyers Mill changes its name to McKaig at the second stop sign). Entrance is 1/2 mile on right.
From the North:
Take I-70E to Frederick. Take 15N. Pass Frederick exits, take Rt. 26 East, go through 3 lights and get into the right lane when crossing the bridge at the Monocacy River to stay on Rt. 26, follow for 2.3 miles to Mt. Pleasant. Turn right on Kelly Rd. Turn right on McKaig Rd. Driveway entrance located 3/4 mile on left.