Merriweather Lakehouse – Hotel for Fun Fall Activities in Columbia, MD

Soak up the loveliness and festiveness of fall on the Maryland Piedmont with a getaway to the Merriweather Lakehouse! Our Columbia, Maryland hotel—part of the Marriott Autograph Collection—nestles you in style along Lake Kittamaqundi, the perfect jumping-off point for autumn pleasures just a hop, skip, and a jump from Baltimore.

Here are only a few of the seasonal attractions our region serves up this time of year, yours to enjoy as a pampered guest of ours here at the Merriweather Lakehouse.


Leaf Peeping: Soak Up Some Fall Colors on Your Merriweather Lakehouse Stay

The extensive hardwood canopies in our neck of the woods (if you will) put on quite the multihued show this time of year, and you’re spoiled for choices when it comes to appreciating the fall colors—aka “leaf-peeping”—while calling a Merriweather Lakehouse guest room or suite your home away from home. Generally speaking, our autumn foliage peaks in vibrancy sometime between early and mid-October, though naturally this varies from year to year based on weather conditions.

The Lake Kittamaqundi shoreline itself sports plenty of fall color, and it’s fully on display from our lakefront hotel. Symphony Woods right in the heart of Columbia is another good destination for leaf-peeping, as are the scenic units of Patapsco Valley State Park, which covers more than 16,000 lovely acres—and a fabulously extensive network of hiking trails—along the Patapsco River, a vital part of the bloodstream of Chesapeake Bay.


Farm-Hopping in the Countryside

For more than a few of us, fall means quality time spent in apple orchards and pumpkin patches. On that “agritourism” count, you’re well covered with a cozy perch here at the Merriweather Lakehouse.

Consider some day-tripping excursions to such friendly and bountiful locations as Sharp’s at Waterford Farm (4003.Jennings Chapel Rd, Brookeville, MD), offering educational farm tours alongside a country store where you can find an inventory of over 100 types of jams, jellies, mustard’s, marinades & more. Sharp’s Farm also offers a vast variety of plants & vegetables that are all locally grown on the farm.

Then there’s Mary’s A-Maze-Ing Pumpkins (4979 Sheppard Ln, Ellicott City, MD), tempting you not only with apple cider and pumpkin decoration but also a corn maze, pumpkin patch, scarecrow row and more. Or steer your way to Strohmer’s Farm (3501 Hernwood Rd, Woodstock, MD), which puts on yoga in a country setting with goats, a meat shack & market, breakfast on the farm, an educational farm workshop with hands on experience for kids, goat cuddles, and plenty else to delight your fall-loving self.


Timeless Family Pleasures at the Maryland Corn Maze

Soaking up our Marriott Autograph Collection hospitality here at the Merriweather Lakehouse, you’re within shouting distance of an iconic regional fall attraction: the Maryland Corn Maze (389 Gambrills Road, Gambrills, MD).

This eight-acre maze encompasses two different routes—one less challenging, the other trickier—which (gently) test your navigational abilities while serving up plenty of singular seasonal ambience. There’s a whole slew of associated Farm Play activities as well, from a petting zoo and bounce pad to ziplines and a rope ladder.


Escape to the Merriweather Lakehouse Hotel for a Columbia, MD Fall Getaway

Treat yourself to the best of lakefront hospitality in Columbia, Maryland this fall with a stay here at the Merriweather Lakehouse! When you’re not cavorting among the colorful canopies and pumpkin-laden fields, you can marinate in the sheer comfort of your Lakehouse room or suite, wine and dine at our exceptional on-site restaurant lāk, and otherwise enjoy all of the pitch-perfect elements of our hospitality here on Lake Kittamaqundi.