Amy and Jesse got married!


Wedding Guest Accommodations and Local Attractions


We’ve reserved a block of rooms for our wedding guests at the Antrim Hotel. This block of rooms will be on hold until Nov. 21, 2009. Please book your room by this date to receive a discounted rate. Our guests are guaranteed to get the lowest rate if a room is reserved by Nov. 21. The rooms are available for the night of our wedding on March 21. You can view a description of each room and the room rates here.

You need to call the Antrim directly (410-756-6812) to make the reservations. Ask to speak to Robin Bowman.

There are other hotels nearby if you do not wish to stay at the Antrim:

  1. Sleep Inn Emmitsburg in Emmitsburg, Md.
  2. Best Western in Westminster, Md.
  3. Country Inn & Suites, Gettysburg, Pa. Gettysburg has many hotel options.

Taneytown (pronounced tawny town) is in Carroll County, Md., and is approximately 1.5 hours from Northern Virginia, 1.5 hours from York, Pa., 140 miles from Philadelphia, 35 miles from Baltimore and half an hour from Frederick, Md. The closest airport is BWI, about an hour away.

Civil War history buffs may be interested in visiting Gettysburg, Pa., 10 minutes north of Taneytown. Frederick, Md., is half an hour south and has a cute downtown area that contains the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.

I went to college at Mount St. Mary’s College (now a university) in Emmitsburg, Md.–15 minutes west of Taneytown–so of course I can recommend some great spots to visit in that area! One of my favorite places is the National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes, located on the mountainside behind the college campus. Daily masses are held outdoors next to the “cave” in warmer months and year round at the indoor glass chapel. You can stroll down “Rosary walk” and view the lovely marble statues, pray, or capture gallons of the Grotto’s famous holy water from a spring. Yes, I said gallons! I’ve seen people fill wagons with gallon containers of the water to take home because they believe it has healing powers. I know this may be too much talk about Catholicism for some of you, but even if you aren’t Catholic you can appreciate the beauty of the surroundings and the peace and quiet. I used to go there quite a bit to study when the weather was nice. There used to be a 3-mile hiking trail available to the public, but the last time I was there last year it was closed.

Cunningham Falls in Thurmont, Md., is 20 minutes south of Taneytown. It is very close to Camp David and has a gorgeous 78-foot waterfall. It’s a great area to hike, picnic or swim.


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