This family-friendly hotel, located in verdant Maryland community, features a restaurant, lounge, and a complimentary area shuttle
Hotel at a Glance: 3.5-Star Top-Secret Columbia Town Center Hotel
This Columbia Town Center hotel sits on 12 wooded acres near Lake Kittamaqundi in the affluent Maryland community of Columbia. Set about midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC, the hotel provides a quiet, relaxing place to stay that’s still not far from the monuments, museums, and waterfront fun those two cities are known for.
- Spacious lodge rooms feature atrium ceilings, custom bedding, complimentary WiFi access, and flat-screen TVs.
- Take a tour of the Guinness Open Gate Brewery, just a short drive away.
- Have dinner at the hotel’s lake-view restaurant and lounge.
- Stay fit with a workout at the onsite fitness center or a run on the property’s jogging track.
- Complimentary shuttle: It makes stops within a 5-mile radius of the hotel.
- Driving time to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor: 25 minutes
- Driving time to the National Mall in DC: 1 hour
Columbia, Maryland: Affluent Community near Baltimore and DC
Verdant Columbia was founded as a planned community in 1967. There are lots of green spaces and spots for outdoor recreation in and around Lake Kittamaqundi, and you shouldn’t have any trouble finding good shopping, dining, and entertainment. Columbia is proud home to the Merriweather Post Pavilion, an outdoor amphitheater consistently ranked one of the country’s best by publications such as Billboard and Rolling Stone.
Both Baltimore and Washington, DC, are within easy driving distance. Baltimore’s Inner Harbor can be reached in about a half hour. Redeveloped as a tourism district in the mid-20th century, this busy port has become one of the city’s best-known and most beloved landmarks. Water taxis ferry visitors from one historic, cultural, or family-friendly attraction to another. Sites along the routes include the star-shaped Fort McHenry (where US forces repelled the British during the War of 1812, inspiring Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner”) and restaurants where you can sample the city’s famous crab cakes.
You’ll find several unique museums here, too, from the National Aquarium—which houses more than 16,000 sea creatures in realistic habitats—to the wonderfully oddball American Visionary Art Museum, one of the country’s leading institutions for outsider art. For a stunning view of the skyline, the Inner Harbor, and Chesapeake Bay, head up to the 27th floor of the Baltimore World Trade Center, where you can see the city from 360 degrees at the observation deck.