Beyond the bright lights and bustle of Baltimore and Washington, the central Maryland countryside offers up natural beauty and palpable history in a virtually undisturbed state. In the shadow of the rolling Catoctin Mountains, you’ll find the ideal expression of both, Taneytown, a 250-year-old settlement shaped by the Civil War (Gettysburg is just 15 minutes away), whose famous residents included Francis Scott Key, author of the “Star Spangled Banner.” Today, the area’s quaint charm, idyllic setting, and lively community make it a pastoral refuge from the commotion of urban life.
Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel, a meticulously restored antebellum mansion surrounded by gracious outbuildings and manicured gardens, truly captures the ambiance of the past. The mansion’s nine guestrooms – and 31 additional rooms and suites in nine adjoining buildings – are individually decorated in a style that’s simultaneously refined and understated, with wood-burning fireplaces, private balconies, and featherbeds as common features. Outside your room, peaceful topiary gardens and courts for tennis, volleyball and croquet offer plenty of opportunity for recreation on the grounds. In the evening, Antrim’s acclaimed Smokehouse Restaurant serves a delectable six-course prix-fixe dining experience. While dining choose from the expansive wine list featuring over 2,900 selections of wine representing the over 19,000 bottled wine collection stored in the wine cellar and through the 24-acre property.