“A bit of tranquil lake is extra important to my life than any huge metropolis on this planet.” – Munia Khan (creator and poet)
Constantly making it to the highest of Cash Journal’s greatest locations to dwell within the U.S. every year, and named the “most secure metropolis” by Forbes Journal, Columbia, Maryland is a superbly landscaped instance of a tree-lined suburban utopia with city conveniences.
Near each Baltimore and Washington, D.C., Columbia’s quickly increasing downtown, also referred to as the City Heart, attracts each locals and vacationers to its leisure and occasions, but additionally to buy on the Mall of Columbia, the place there are over 200 locations to buy and eat.
The newly developed Merriweather District in Columbia’s City Heart is shortly turning into a hub for arts and tradition, with a wide range of distinctive eating choices that embrace Thai, Indian, and a speakeasy with a number of extra eating places and eateries set to open this 12 months together with a “crossanterie.” In Merriweather District’s Colorburst Park, you’ll be able to go ice-skating at their seasonal out of doors rink in winter and so they even host out of doors film nights and dwell music in the summertime.
There’s an appreciation for nature and sustainability right here too. Columbia maintains 3600 acres of open house, 114 miles of trails, and 5 lakes for anybody desirous to benefit from the outdoor. Columbia’s Lakefront District is a well-liked spot for festivals and different out of doors occasions all year long.
The Merriweather Lakehouse Resort
Now, with the opening of its brand-new luxurious, Merriweather Lakehouse Resort final 12 months, Columbia is turning into a sought-after vacation spot. With fashionable lake home vibes and beautiful floor-to-ceiling lake views all through, The Merriweather Resort is the right spot for a soothing winter getaway.
Open only a 12 months, with 212 fashionable rooms and a part of Marriott’s Autograph Assortment (a bunch of over 180 distinctive impartial accommodations, upscale and luxurious accommodations), Merriweather Lakehouse Hotel is a shocking lakeside retreat tucked in seven wooded acres the place you’ll be able to take time to loosen up and refresh any time of 12 months.
And there’s a lot to like right here.
Lovely, serene visitor rooms with luxurious linens (many with lakeside balconies views), a beautiful foyer and bar, a contemporary health heart, a cute little foyer cafe/espresso store, and lake views for days will all make you by no means need to depart.
Visitor room comforts and facilities embrace:
- Luxurious Linens
- C.O. Bigelow Lavender-Peppermint Tub Necessities
- 55′ Flat Display Good TV
- Mini Fridge
The excellent news is if you wish to convey your pooch alongside, they’re pet-friendly too.
The nice and cozy and attentive employees makes this resort really feel like a boutique property, but it surely’s the attractive views, luxurious facilities, and scrumptious onsite eating that may make you need to come again repeatedly.
As you enter The Merriweather Lakehouse Resort, you’ll immediately get transported right into a Zen-like house that mixes the fantastic thing about lakeside dwelling with an appreciation for the musical facet of Columbia’s historical past.
With a impartial palette with accents of blues and greens and lake-inspired décor in each nook, probably the most hanging issues concerning the resort is its floor-to-ceiling glass home windows that supply larger-than-life lake views from nearly each spot within the resort. There’s no technique to not really feel relaxed. We particularly loved sipping complimentary sizzling chocolate within the cozy foyer every night.
There’s additionally a real appreciation for dwell music right here. Musical performances streamed within the foyer, honor the close by Merriweather Publish Pavilion, which each Billboard Journal and Rolling Stone have acknowledged as among the finest out of doors amphitheaters within the U.S. For the final 40 years, it’s drawn among the largest acts in music, together with Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, and Taylor Swift. And it’s solely a 15-minute stroll from the resort.
The Merriweather Lakehouse Resort overooks Columbia’s stunning 27-acre Lake Kittamaqundi. Surrounded by a peaceable 1.4-mile wooded path, it’s excellent for nature lovers and health fans. A stunning spot to reconnect with nature any time of the 12 months.
A reputation that means “assembly place” within the language of the primary domestically settled Indian tribe, Lake Kittamaqundi, is a reasonably little lake. Calm down on one in all its many benches, take a leisurely stroll, or get your each day run alongside its simple paved path. Whereas the lake definitely sees extra site visitors in summer time, it’s simply as stunning and serene within the winter.
Lake Kittamaqundi is the most important of Columbia’s 5 deliberate and developed lakes. However though it’s not authentic to the realm, it seems to be and feels prefer it belongs right here. And native wildlife agrees.
Fowl lovers will probably be glad to study that the lake and its surrounding space are actually residence to a wide range of chook species, together with water birds like belted kingfishers and nice blue herons. Head to the lake’s pier to identify one of many many species of geese like ring-necked geese, northern shovelers, and hooded mergansers fortunately swimming by.
Tip: Test right here for up-to-date daily bird sightings at Lake Kittamaqundi!
An awesome place to “canine watch”, the lake is a favourite spot for locals to stroll their canines of all breeds. Welcome to kayakers, you’ll want a allow if you wish to fish.
What’s good is that the path that wraps round Lake Kittamaqundi additionally connects with different paved trails that wind all through Columbia. For extra exploration, veer to the left the place the path forks on the northwest finish of the lake. This path will take you to close by Wilde Lake and is the right path to take when you’re searching for an extended out of doors trek (2.9. miles complete). See the trail here
Lake Kittamaqundi makes a fantastic picnic spot within the hotter months. There’s a Entire Meals a brief stroll from the south finish of the lake (2 minutes) the place you’ll be able to seize lunch, a snack, or take a espresso to go to benefit from the lakeside. It’s additionally recognized for its stunning sunsets.
Eating At The Merriweather Lakehouse Resort
The resort is inside strolling distance of the eating places within the Merriweather District and The Mall of Columbia. However you don’t want to depart the resort property for a scrumptious chew. The resort’s onsite restaurant, lāk affords a inventive menu of basic American with Worldwide infusions.
lāk Restaurant at The Merriweather Lakehouse
Serving breakfast and dinner each day, lāk (pronounced “lake”) is taken into account a fantastic eating restaurant. However its heat service, cool fashionable, pop artwork décor and relaxed ambiance give it good informal vibes. And we love that.
Even higher is the meals.
The whole lot we tried at lāk was contemporary and scrumptious. The highlights from our order the evening we visited was the sunshine and crispy Fried Calamari with pepperoncini and Fra Diavolo sauce and the Rooster Piccata, a Parmesan-crusted hen breast with angel hair topped with a delicious Lemon Caper Sauce.
Raised on a dairy farm in Pennsylvania close to the Poconos, Chef Zach Dollak just lately joined the Merriweather Lakehouse workforce because the resort’s culinary director after working all through the U.S. at premier eating places and luxurious accommodations, together with Emeril’s NOLA and The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia. Now he’s placing lāk on the map as a culinary vacation spot to not be missed.
Since there’s no higher place for crab muffins than Maryland, we couldn’t depart with out making an attempt their two lump crab muffins served over a creamy forest mushroom risotto with lemon garlic aioli. Completely unbelievable. In case you love crab, don’t miss this dish.
Even when you’re full from dinner, don’t miss out on their ever-changing made-from-scratch dessert menu. Dessert choices change right here typically. If accessible, strive the Apple Crisp served with caramel ice cream or the Skillet Cowboy Cookie sundae topped with vanilla ice cream and moist walnuts. Each are tremendous scrumptious.
Pastry Chef Brian Holland, a graduate of the Worldwide Culinary Heart in New York Metropolis who spent greater than a decade on the 4 Seasons in Baltimore, creates tantalizing desserts and pastries for the resort.
The Rookery Bar & Lounge
At evening, unwind on the resort’s Rookery Bar & Lounge serves up craft cocktails, wine, and beer with tasty bites like Steak & Cheese Egg Rolls, Bavarian Pretzel Sticks, and Cubano sandwiches.
Stylish and fashionable, with among the greatest lake views in the home, The Rookery Bar & Lounge opens at 4 pm every evening. You even have the choice to order from lāk’s menu however get served up within the bar.
The Osprey Cafe
For gourmand espresso served with lake views and comfortable seating in entrance of a fireside, head to the Osprey Cafe, the resort’s stylish lobby-side cafe.
Together with contemporary brewed Lavazza espresso, espresso, and fancy espresso drinks, you may as well seize a fast chew within the morning when you don’t have time for a sit-down breakfast.
Don’t overlook to choose up one in all their freshly baked pastries, like their buttery chocolate croissants.
The Health Heart
The fitness center right here is so good right here you’ll need to break a sweat.
To get in a superb exercise, the Merriweather Lakehouse Resort has a 24-hour onsite health heart that’s well-equipped with weights, machines, and equipment like BOSU® steadiness trainers, yoga balls, and foam rollers for energetic restoration.
In addition they have a rowing machine, Peloton® bikes, and high-tech Elevate Life-style treadmills and elliptical machines, that are Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled and have dwell real-world interactive programs that may transport you across the globe. They’re quite a lot of enjoyable! Make an account, and it can save you your exercise knowledge for later.
The Pearl Spa
For spa facilities, therapies, and health lessons like yoga, The Pearl Spa, is a 27,000-square-foot wellness heart solely a brief stroll from the resort.
Moreover stress-free massages, physique wraps, and reiki, additionally they provide magnificence therapies like facials, manicures, pedicures, and waxing. A singular function of THE Pearl is its expansive water remedy room that features a jacuzzi, steam room and sauna, chilly plunge, leisure pool, and vitamin C bathe they name THE Therapeutic Waters.
For a novel expertise, guide a session in The Pearl’s Halotherapy (salt) room which advocates consider helps promote detoxing, reduces irritation and improves respiration. To quiet your thoughts, THE Nice Abyss – is a deep multi-sensory meditation expertise that mixes vibrations and magnetic remedy with layers of music – to induce deep leisure.
The Pearl Spa’s Wellness Passport offers friends with an inexpensive package deal with a few of their hottest experiences for relieving stress. It consists of:
- 1 mind-body motion or meditation class
- 1 component expertise salt session
- 1 hour in THE therapeutic waters
- A 25-minute session in THE nice abyss (meditation expertise)
It prices $100 per individual and you may prepay when reserving the resort with code SPA at checkout.
Merriweather Lakehouse Resort Location and Parking
Resort: Merriweather Lakehouse, Autograph Assortment
Web site: https://merriweatherlakehouse.com/
Deal with: 10209 Wincopin Circle
Columbia, Maryland, 21044
Tel: +1 410-730-3900
Nearest Cross Avenue: Little Patuxent Parkway
Parking: Parking on the resort is free and simple. Self-park within the storage instantly throughout from the resort.
Attending to the Merriweather Lakehouse Resort
Close by Airports
Balt/Wash Intl (10.25 miles southeast)
Ronald Reagan Natl (27.25 miles southwest)
Dulles Intl (36 miles southwest)
Close by Sights
The Mall in Columbia
Merriweather Post Pavilion
THE Pearl Modern Spa
Fairway Hills Golf Club
Historic Ellicott City
Robinson Nature Center
Patapsco Valley State Park
Toby’s Dinner Theatre
Lost Ark Distilling Company
Sapwood Cellars Brewery