Where Should I Stay during my House-Hunting Trip to Maryland

Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.

Relocating home buyers nearly always ask for my recommendation on places to stay during their house-hunting trip to Maryland.  That’s a tricky question to answer, since not all people like the same thing.


The Gladstone/Galway model in Bowie/Crofton

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If you want to focus on house-hunting in Bowie, Crofton, Odenton and the surrounding area, Bowie is your best bet for accommodations.  In addition to the Comfort Inn Conference Center at the intersection of Route 3 and 50, there’s also a Hampton Inn (across from Bowie New Town Centre near the Bowie Regal Movie Theater), and Towneplace Suites by Marriott (located to the back of Bowie New Town Centre).  These facilities are located about 5 minutes from my office, so not a minute will be wasted on the road in getting down to business!

Gateway Inn at the USNA


DOD lodging for military families

Check out the Navy Gateway Inn at the USNA (photo - left), the Navy Lodge at Naval Station Annapolis, the Air Force Inn at Andrews AFB, or Abrams Hall at Fort Meade.  These facilities often seem to be booked well in advance, but it’s worth checking with them for cancellations.  All of them are within a half hour of my office in Crofton MD, but there are many other DOD temporary lodging options in the greater DC-Baltimore area.

View of Annapolis from the Carroll Creek Cafe in Eastport


Combine house-hunting with a get-away

If you’re hoping to find a home AND experience the ambiance of Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay area, I’d choose Annapolis over D.C. or Baltimore because it’s closer to Crofton – less than a half hour. There is seemingly no end to the list of accommodations and restaurants in our state capitol, from Bed & Breakfast options to the Historic Inns of Annapolis and a whole menu of franchise hotels. (There will be plenty of opportunities to explore D.C. and Baltimore after you move here.)

I haven’t seen any comprehensive list online of all these options, but don’t worry… when we schedule your house-hunting trip, I’ll give you some specific suggestions that match your criteria.


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This infoMargaret Wodarmation was provided to you by Margaret Woda, an Associate Broker with Long & Foster Real Estate in Crofton Maryland. Contact Margaret today for general real estate information or to learn how she can help you buy or sell a home in Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton, Davidsonville, Gambrills, and Odenton. 

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Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Margaret ..what a wonderful idea...for the house -hunters .You are certainly the local expert.


Apr 24, 2010 02:48 AM #1
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Thanks!  We have stayed at the Navy Lodge several times - very nice and accommodating folks!     Nice post!

Apr 24, 2010 02:55 AM #2
Pippa Mac
Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring - The Woodlands, TX
The Woodlands TX Real Estate

Maragaret ... Great information here, wonderful job!

Apr 24, 2010 03:58 AM #3
Steve Shatsky
Dallas, TX

Hi Margaret... what a great topic for a post!  It's funny how many times I have been asked this but never thought of blogging about it.

Apr 24, 2010 04:49 AM #4
Thom Abbott
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What a great idea...providing your out-of-town buyers with a guide to Where I Should Stay during my House Hunting Trip to Maryland!

Truly the expert in Bowie, Crofton, Davidsonville, Fort Meade, Gambrills, Odenton and other communities in Anne Arundel County, Maryland real estate!


Apr 24, 2010 05:30 AM #5
Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

I'm just going to repeat what everyone has already said - what a great post and something I will definitely write about for my area.  Thanks!

Apr 24, 2010 05:35 AM #6
William Johnson
RE/MAX Associates - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE

Hi Margaret, It has been a few years since I was last there for a graduation at Annapolis but I think your recommendation for Annapolis is the right one. And except for that huge hill like in San Francisco, getting around is a breeze.

Apr 24, 2010 07:39 AM #7
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation

William - I find that most people who are coming to Maryland on a house-hunting trip choose Bowie because they simply want to buy a home... nothing more.  For the same reason, they sometimes choose military lodging, although it's a little less convenient.

Margaret - I had to go back and remove all the links I had in this post... It would have been "too many" and possibly compromised any google juice.  Be careful not to succumb to that temptation.  It's contrary to the whole idea of being helpful, in my opinion.

Thom - We get a lot of out-of-town buyers, and this is a question I almost always hear.

Steve - Me too!  Haha. 

Dagny - That's what they tell me.  I've had a number of people chose Abrams Hall at Fort Meade, too.

Hannah - After a few out-of-town clients made poor choices, which distracted them from their home search, I started offering this information.  It really does make our house-hunting a lot easier to have them focused.


Apr 24, 2010 09:52 AM #8
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate

Excellent information for those that are relocating into your neck of the woods Margaret!

Apr 27, 2010 12:00 AM #9
Bethany Phillips, MBA
Fredericksburg, VA

Nice!  I may have to copy your idea for my area! I will give you credit for the idea!

Apr 27, 2010 12:23 AM #10
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