“A little bit tranquil lake is extra important to my life than any huge metropolis on the earth.” – Munia Khan (creator and poet)
Constantly making it to the highest of Cash Journal’s finest locations to stay within the U.S. every year, and named the “most secure metropolis” by Forbes Journal, Columbia, Maryland is a wonderfully landscaped instance of a tree-lined suburban utopia with city conveniences.
Near each Baltimore and Washington, D.C., Columbia’s quickly increasing downtown, also called the City Middle, 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 Middle is shortly changing into a hub for arts and tradition, with quite a lot 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 possibly can go ice-skating at their seasonal out of doors rink in winter and so they even host out of doors film nights and stay music in the summertime.
There’s an appreciation for nature and sustainability right here too. Columbia maintains 3600 acres of open area, 114 miles of trails, and 5 lakes for anybody desirous to benefit from the outside. Columbia’s Lakefront District is a well-liked spot for festivals and different out of doors occasions all year long.
The Merriweather Lakehouse Lodge
Now, with the opening of its brand-new luxurious, Merriweather Lakehouse Lodge final 12 months, Columbia is changing into a sought-after vacation spot. With fashionable lake home vibes and lovely floor-to-ceiling lake views all through, The Merriweather Lodge is the proper 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 lodges, upscale and luxurious lodges), Merriweather Lakehouse Lodge is a shocking lakeside retreat tucked in seven wooded acres the place you possibly can take time to chill out and refresh any time of 12 months.
And there’s a lot to like right here.
Stunning, serene visitor rooms with luxurious linens (many with lakeside balconies views), a beautiful foyer and bar, a contemporary health middle, a cute little foyer cafe/espresso store, and lake views for days will all make you by no means wish 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 deliver your pooch alongside, they’re pet-friendly too.
The nice and cozy and attentive employees makes this lodge really feel like a boutique property, nevertheless it’s the attractive views, luxurious facilities, and scrumptious onsite eating that may make you wish to come again repeatedly.
As you enter The Merriweather Lakehouse Lodge, you’ll immediately get transported right into a Zen-like area that mixes the fantastic thing about lakeside residing 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, one of the vital hanging issues in regards to the lodge is its floor-to-ceiling glass home windows that supply larger-than-life lake views from nearly each spot within the lodge. There’s no strategy 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 stay 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 probably the greatest 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 lodge.
The Merriweather Lakehouse Lodge 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 lovers. A beautiful 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. Loosen up on one in every of its many benches, take a leisurely stroll, or get your each day run alongside its simple paved path. Whereas the lake actually 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 world, it seems to be and feels prefer it belongs right here. And native wildlife agrees.
Hen lovers might be blissful to be taught that the lake and its surrounding space are actually house to quite a lot of chicken 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: Examine right here for up-to-date each day chicken sightings at Lake Kittamaqundi!
An ideal place to “canine watch”, the lake is a favourite spot for locals to stroll their canine 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 proper path to take if you happen to’re on the lookout for an extended out of doors trek (2.9. miles complete). See the path right here
Lake Kittamaqundi makes an important picnic spot within the hotter months. There’s a Complete Meals a brief stroll from the south finish of the lake (2 minutes) the place you possibly can 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 Lodge
The lodge is inside strolling distance of the eating places within the Merriweather District and The Mall of Columbia. However you don’t want to go away the lodge property for a scrumptious chunk. The lodge’s onsite restaurant, lāk affords a artistic 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 advantageous 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.
All the things we tried at lāk was recent 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 group because the lodge’s culinary director after working all through the U.S. at premier eating places and luxurious lodges, 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 desserts than Maryland, we couldn’t depart with out making an attempt their two lump crab desserts served over a creamy forest mushroom risotto with lemon garlic aioli. Completely unimaginable. In the event you love crab, don’t miss this dish.
Even if you happen to’re full from dinner, don’t miss out on their ever-changing made-from-scratch dessert menu. Dessert choices change right here usually. 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 Middle in New York Metropolis who spent greater than a decade on the 4 Seasons in Baltimore, creates tantalizing desserts and pastries for the lodge.
The Rookery Bar & Lounge
At evening, unwind on the lodge’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 finest 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 connoisseur espresso served with lake views and comfortable seating in entrance of a hearth, head to the Osprey Cafe, the lodge’s stylish lobby-side cafe.
Together with recent brewed Lavazza espresso, espresso, and fancy espresso drinks, it’s also possible to seize a fast chunk within the morning if you happen to don’t have time for a sit-down breakfast.
Don’t overlook to select up one in every of their freshly baked pastries, like their buttery chocolate croissants.
The Health Middle
The gymnasium right here is so good right here you’ll wish to break a sweat.
To get in an excellent exercise, the Merriweather Lakehouse Lodge has a 24-hour onsite health middle that’s well-equipped with weights, machines, and equipment like BOSU® stability trainers, yoga balls, and foam rollers for energetic restoration.
Additionally 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 stay real-world interactive programs that may transport you across the globe. They’re loads of enjoyable! Make an account, and it can save you your exercise knowledge for later.
The Pearl Spa
For spa facilities, remedies, and health courses like yoga, The Pearl Spa, is a 27,000-square-foot wellness middle solely a brief stroll from the lodge.
Moreover enjoyable massages, physique wraps, and reiki, in addition they supply magnificence remedies like facials, manicures, pedicures, and waxing. A singular characteristic 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, ebook a session in The Pearl’s Halotherapy (salt) room which advocates imagine 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 bundle with a few of their hottest experiences for relieving stress. It contains:
- 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 particular person and you may prepay when reserving the lodge with code SPA at checkout.
Merriweather Lakehouse Lodge Location and Parking
Lodge: Merriweather Lakehouse, Autograph Assortment
Web site: https://merriweatherlakehouse.com/
Handle: 10209 Wincopin Circle
Columbia, Maryland, 21044
Tel: +1 410-730-3900
Nearest Cross Avenue: Little Patuxent Parkway
Parking: Parking on the lodge is free and simple. Self-park within the storage immediately throughout from the lodge.
Attending to the Merriweather Lakehouse Lodge
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 Publish Pavilion
THE Pearl Trendy Spa
Fairway Hills Golf Membership
Historic Ellicott Metropolis
Robinson Nature Middle
Patapsco Valley State Park
Toby’s Dinner Theatre
Misplaced Ark Distilling Firm
Sapwood Cellars Brewery