Built in the 1960s as one of the first planned communities, Columbia, Maryland has ranked in the top ten of Money
magazine’s top 100 places to live in both 2006 and 2008. If you are looking for Columbia, Maryland hotels, Extended Stay Hotels has several great places to stay, each offering comfortable accommodations and low rates. Click on a local area below for Extended Stay Hotels or view all metropolitan Columbia hotels.
Conveniently situated near Baltimore, southern Maryland and the Nation’s capital, Columbia offers a quiet retreat from the congestion and hectic pace of nearby cities. Depending on traffic, the National Mall, home to national icons like the Smithsonian and Lincoln Memorial, is less than an hour away. Getting to Columbia is very easy for those flying into Baltimore-Washington International Airport, which is just 20 minutes away.
Just 20 minutes southeast of Columbia is Forte Meade, home to numerous Defense Department installations including the National Security Agency. Also nearby is the Applied Physics Laboratory, or APL, at Johns Hopkins University. Working on projects ranging from national security to the study of the cosmos, the APL was established in 1942. Columbia is also home to the corporate headquarters of the Grace Corporation. Grace is a major producer of construction materials and is the second longest continually operating chemical company in America. Columbia is located in a region that is perfect for anyone who loves the out of doors. Nearby are the Clarksville Environmental Area and the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area. In the northeast corner of the Clarksville Area is Hobbits Glenn Golf Course, a beautiful but private golf club.
If a five mile hike through the woods is just what you are looking for, Middle Patuxent Area has hiking trails ranging from easy to moderate in difficulty. Believe it or not, Maryland is a terrific place to tour wineries and sample fine local wines. Just 30 minutes from Columbia is Mount Airy, home to two marvelous wineries. Linganore Winecellars combines fun events with wine tasting, while Black Ankle Vineyards has been a consistently award-winning producer of fine wines. Columbia offers visitors diverse entertainment options. Patrons of live theater will want to visit Toby’s Dinner and Show. Here you combine a sumptuous buffet dinner with entertaining stage productions. If you would rather just sink you teeth in a mouthwatering steak, and pass on the theater, the Longhorn Steakhouse is most likely where you want to head.
This area has several notable places perfect for the young and the young at heart. Lovers of today’s great music who appreciate the total experience will want to visit the Merriweather Post Pavilion. One of the nation’s most storied outdoor amphitheaters, the Merriweather has hosted the likes of Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead and many other music legends.
For a more physically active experience, the Columbia Sports Park offers batting cages, a skate park and mini golf. Those interested in full size golf should check out Fairway Hills Golf Club, an ideal choice for the casual golfer who prefers precision shots to 300 yard drives. The course may be short, but with water on 12 holes, accuracy is a must. For other fun golf options in the Columbia area, visit Golflink.com. For a comfortable, convenient, and affordable hotel in Columbia, Maryland, Extended Stay Hotels has just what you are looking for.