Winter Weather Activities in Southern Maryland!
Your Guide to the Best Towns to Visit for Winter Activities and Holiday Fun!
The holidays are here, which indicate the official start of winter is just around the corner! Embrace the chilly weather by going to holiday festivals, participating in winter activities, and exploring different areas around Southern Maryland. The temperatures may drop, but the fun in Maryland never stops!
Holiday Extravaganza at Flatiron Farm
Beautiful Flatiron Farm is located 15 minutes from Leonardtown, MD and is featuring an amazing holiday light display, complete with festive music and treats! This display will run through December 31st from 5pm-9pm on weekends, and from 5pm-8pm on weeknights. Visitors are invited to park their cars and enjoy a full Christmas Village, pictures with Santa, a candy cane farm, petting zoo, train display, pony rides, and shopping stalls to find that special something! More information on this event can be found here: http://www.flatironfarmchristmas.com.
Holiday Midnight Madness: Shopping in Annapolis!
IReady to shop ‘til you drop? Take a drive to Annapolis where history meets boutique shopping! Enjoy musical performances, food & refreshments, stroll charming streets, and buy great gifts in local shops. Annapolis stores will stay open from 6pm-Midnight on December 6th & 13th and from 6-11pm on December 20th! Take in the sights and sounds of Annapolis, while crossing items off your shopping list! More information on this event can be found here: https://www.visitmaryland.org/event/holiday-midnight-madness-shopping-annapolis
Wondering how to get the family active in the cold? Why not spend a weekend skiing right here in Maryland? The whole family can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, tubing, skating, and mountain roller coasters, while gazing at beautiful snow-covered peaks! The Wisp Resort is newly renovated and equipped with all the necessary amenities to make your stay cozy and comfortable! Channel your love of all things white and drive a short 1 hour and 8 minutes from Leonardtown to a winter wonderland! Find out more information on Wisp Resort at: https://www.wispresort.com
First Day Hike at St. Mary’s River State Park in Leonardtown!
We are so lucky to have beautiful St. Mary’s River State Park right in our backyard, and should take full advantage of this oasis all year round! St. Mary’s River State Park was developed around the intersection of the Chesapeake Bay and the Potomac River, and has a wide array of biodiversity, animal life, and different habitats. As part of the nationwide Get Out and Hike Initiative, join one of St. Mary’s experienced rangers on a two mile hike to start your New Year off right! The hike will be held on January 1st, 2019 from 10-12pm. Registration is required and more information can be found here: https://www.visitstmarysmd.com/events/first-day-hike-smrsp
Patuxent Wine Trail
One of Southern Maryland’s best kept secrets is the wine country! Did you know that the Patuxent Wine Trail runs through St. Mary’s and Calvert counties? As the birthplace of Maryland, this region is full of both history AND flavor! Home to many historical landmarks, lighthouses and quaint waterfront towns, visitors can roam the trail and sample superb wines in a variety of beautiful and historical locations! Wineries include Cove Point Winery, Fridays Creek, Perigeaux Vineyards & Winery, Port of Leonardtown Winery, and Running Hare Vineyard. Check the link below for more information on the Patuxent Wine Trail: https://www.visitmaryland.org/driving-tours/patuxent-wine-trail
There is so much to experience and explore this winter and all throughout the year in Southern Maryland! Come enjoy Southern Maryland first-hand with the perfect place to live in any one of our beautiful communities. Visit us at: www.marrickhomes.com/community for more information on our amazing locations!
Top Kitchen Trends We Are Excited About in 2019!
Is 2019 the year that you are going to finally renovate your kitchen? If so, start researching and planning the kitchen redesign of your dreams!
The team at Marrick Homes knows that remodeling your entire kitchen WHILE being displaced from the most important room in your home can be intimidating. For avid cooks, hosts, and busy families, your kitchen is the focal point of your home and a place where design and function converge. It is important to remember that not only is the kitchen the central gathering area in your home, but the first thing that home buyers assess when looking to buy new. If you haven’t thought about renovating yet- it is time to start planning!
2019 is right around the corner and there are already some amazing and innovative kitchen styles and products that will ignite your culinary spark!
Quartz countertops are one of the most highly requested countertop materials because the finish is brilliant and the overall look is timeless. Quartz is also highly durable because it has a harder surface and is non-porous, so it stands up to everyday kitchen spills without any problem. This is not just a trend- but rather a lifetime investment that is here to stay!
Replace All White Kitchens with More Unique Tones:
An upcoming 2019 design trend is to replace the common all-white kitchen with more color, contrast, and warmth. Replace bright white with different subtle colors to create a richer and more layered look. Consider adding paint color that will heighten energy and evoke more of a reaction, while adding some contrast between your countertops and cabinets. Backsplash options are limitless and range in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors! Move away from white and add a splash of color by adding a new beautiful grey tone or a vibrant mosaic!
Certain aspects of your kitchen can be customized to account for daily habits- this might mean a few additional pull-out refrigerator drawers to hold easy to prepare foods, drinks, or snacks. Microwave drawers are becoming increasingly popular as higher space is freed up, and the likelihood of dangerous spillage is minimized. Undercounter appliances increase the sleeker and cleaner look of your kitchen and will reduce the presence of bulky appliances!
Installing deeper drawers will make cooking and storage much easier- especially if drawers are placed in high traffic cooking areas next to your stovetop or range. Drawers allow you to add dividers and containers to make organization a breeze! Also, lower drawers are about two feet deep, allowing you easy access to items at the very back of a drawer- so, say goodbye to rummaging around!
Marrick Homes effectively incorporates many of these design trends into our award-winning homes throughout every community! We love sleek colors, designs that promote functionality and organization with timeless appeal. Visit any of our neighborhoods in Southern Maryland to find the perfect place to move into before the end of the year! Visit us at www.marrickhomes.com/community for more information on our amazing locations!
A Holiday List You'll Be Thankful For: The Ultimate Holiday Home Guide!
The holidays have arrived and the search for new holiday decor is upon us. We are always looking for new ways to celebrate, entertain, and decorate. The team at Marrick Homes is here to help make your holiday decorating easier by outlining some trendy and affordable ideas that will wow your guests and make your holiday gatherings something to talk about! Make the holiday season magical by do-it-yourself holiday decor, following trends, or just purchasing timeless decorative items that will light up your home for years to come. Here are some great ideas that were trending this year for you to explore!
DIY Table Runners
Table runners are a great alternative to tablecloths because they are less expensive, more versatile, easier to clean, and can be changed out without any hassle. These table runners can be customized to reflect the colors of the holidays and have different patterns woven in to create a beautiful and unique table setting! Click on this link for step-by-step instructions on how to make your own holiday table runner: https://www.marthastewart.com/914263/how-make-table-runners
Ornament wreaths make a festive statement and are completely cost effective as the ornaments do not have to be expensive. Imperfections in ornaments create a rustic and cozy finish and you can create a wreath out of ornaments you already have- there is no need to buy anything new for this project!
Click on this link for step-by-step instructions on how to make an ornament wreath: https://www.marthastewart.com/1043681/ornament-wreath
The 2018 color trends have encouraged us to move beyond the traditional gold, red, and green hues that are so common during the holidays and it seems this trend is here to stay! The most fashionable colors for 2018 in holiday decor are purples, blues, and various shades of gray. Imagine your home filled with shimmer and shine as the winter sun dances off these exquisite decorations!
Creating More Space for Guests
Your home may not have enough seating for all of your holiday guests - so why not get creative and add more space to accommodate all your family and guests! Here are some very easy and functional ways to add space:
Ottomans: can be added to your living area for more seating, while acting as hidden storage.
Cushions: can be used to elevate surfaces such as fireplace surrounds or deep window sills- but make sure the surface is secure!
Marrick Homes wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday season. Stop by any of our gorgeous communities around Southern Maryland to find the perfect place to move into before the end of the year! Visit us at: www.marrickhomes.com/community for more information on our amazing locations!
Create the Bathroom Design of Your Dreams
As 2018 is coming to an end, is 2019 the year for a total bathroom update? If your resolutions for the New Year include a new home or bathroom remodel, start your Pinterest bathroom board now and browse our fabulous blogs on Tumblr, to research and design the bathroom of your dreams!
While remodeling a bathroom can be intimidating, it is important to remember that a bathroom renovation is one of the most cost-effective ways to increase the value of your home. Also, an impeccably planned bathroom transforms into a personal sanctuary all your own, a serene space to relax, retreat, and revitalize!
2018 brought some amazing and innovative bathroom styles that will help you achieve total bathroom bliss! Here are a few of our favorites to add to your design list:
Let’s start with the key to total relaxation - a freestanding tub. One of the advantages of the freestanding tub is providing complete placement flexibility to install it almost anywhere! With a very distinct style, a freestanding tub will be the highlight of your bathroom space and there are also multiple colors and design options to choose from! Plus the benefit of providing the illusion of more space, the freestanding tub includes an opening around the tub, as opposed to closed off, as seen in most standard bathrooms.
Why not showcase decorative items such as pictures, lights, and candles in your bathroom using unique shelving options, rather than old-fashioned wall mounts? Decorative shelving will allow you to put your personality on display, sharing items that reflect your interests and hobbies by adding unique aesthetic features, and also giving you easy access to items that help increase much needed relaxation and rejuvenation! Open-ledge storage adds an interesting design element, as well as adds a little something extra to your bathroom space
Bathroom Accent Walls
Accent walls are an amazing design element with different wall color to break up the traditional look of four walls painted the same neutral color. Accent walls draw your attention and allow you to experiment with colors in a new and innovative way. A bathroom is a great room to try different wall colors using paint, tile, or both! When done correctly, colors can add vibrant style to any bathroom! Marrick Homes has taken this style concept into account when designing our bathrooms. Accent walls are added depending upon homeowner preference, and we love using the dark intense paint shades or tile colors in small spaces to enhance the overall look of our bathrooms!
Contemporary mixed with Transitional Style
A transitional style combines contemporary and traditional styles to create a clean, built-in appearance for your bathroom space. Traditional design elements such as paneled cabinets, combined with contemporary subway tiles or a stone slab, create an amazingly clean yet modern look. The clean lines and straight edges are very easy to maintain over a long time period, and the aesthetic is perfect for people who do not want their home to be limited to one style. Why not be creative and mix different design elements into one amazing bathroom!
Marrick Homes offers new home designs that showcase the vibrant beauty of a transitional style bathroom. Combining different elements, such as traditional color tones mixed with sleek tile, fixtures, and accents, fuse perfectly for a classic style with a modern twist! If you’re interested in retreating to a bathroom like this, visit our single-family home designs available at Clarks Rest Community! The Pinehurst Model features a spacious owner’s bath or opt for a royal bath with a glass block shower. Take a virtual model tour or try customizing a floorplan design online, select the options you desire for your dream home, and let us build the rest!
Fabulous Fall Landscaping Ideas
As the temperatures begin to drop and talk of the first frost arrives in the 7-day forecast, now is the time to put focus on decorating the outside of your home with autumn decorations!
From a cozy front porch to a harvest garden, we are sharing ways you can add curb appeal to your home with seasonal fall décor to give your guests a festive greeting upon arrival and be the envy of the neighborhood!
Get to Know Us!
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Since 1984, we’ve grown to be one of Southern Maryland’s premier homebuilders. We are proud of the homes and communities we have built in Southern Maryland – and our roots here are deep! From the first time you visit one of our model homes, to the day you move in, and beyond, we want to make finding your forever home an enjoyable experience, which means getting to know you just as well as you get to know us!
Published 10/2/18 @ 7:44am
Fall Events and Festivals in Southern MD
The autumn season is full of festivities guaranteed to get your spine-tingling and pumpkin–spice lattes flowing! From haunted attractions to pumpkin patches, Southern MD has the perfect fall fun for your family!
Get ready to fall in love with living in Southern MD and see what the season brings with some of the fun festivals and events going on for you and your family to explore!
Published 9/26/18 @ 1:38pm
Things To Do in Leonardtown!
As the summer season draws to a close, grab a seat for dinner outside or take a stroll down a charming small-town street found in Leonardtown, Maryland – also right up the street from our magnificent planned community of Clarks Rest!
Centrally located in St. Mary’s County, Leonardtown was irrefutably named as “a most convenient place” in the early 18th century and remains to be the convenient hub we know and love today! So if you’re ready to get outside and enjoy the summer sun, plan your day for exploring this beautiful historic town! To help you along the way we compiled a list of our Top 5 picks for dining, shopping and exploring the very best of Leonardtown.
Pet Upgrades for Your Home!
We all love our pets and will of course do anything to make them happy and comfortable within our own homes - we sneak them extra treats, buy them a plethora of toys, and find any excuse we can to spoil them at a moments notice. However, if you’re a dedicated pet owner who likes to take things a step further, chances are you’ve probably even made some changes to your living space to accommodate them.
Stylish Window Treatments
Window treatments can often turn into a design challenge, or worse, a major investment! However, let’s face it - if you neglect your windows in favor of a different design focus, you’ll be left with a pretty lackluster view. Whether you find yourself in need of fresh window treatments, want to let more sunshine in your house (or block it out) in modern fashion or are starting from complete scratch on a renovation, we’ve gathered some fresh trends to help you turn any window into your new favorite focal point!
Long Weekend Summer Getaway Spots for Maryland Residents!
If you’re like us, you blinked once and suddenly… we’re halfway through July! Don’t worry, though. Summer isn’t over yet, and you till have time to take advantage of the sunshine. If you’re tired of scrolling through Facebook and seeing friends and acquaintances wandering about, a late-summer long weekend getaway might be the perfect remedy for a quick escape! No need for airline tickets or a robust itinerary – there’s great spots within reach of the Southern Maryland corridor, and we’ll fill you in on some of our favorites!
Patio Ideas, Décor & More!
IA mid-June afternoon on the Eastern Shore; the sun is shining, and there’s not a cloud in the sky – whether your residence allows for porch, patio or poolside relaxation to soak in those rays, we have the assortment of furniture, styles and outdoor accessories alike to make your stay-cation all the more enjoyable throughout the summer months!
Green Home Remodeling!
Leaving a smaller Carbon Footprint is an important, and generally overlooked factor from the construction process all the way through your home’s lifespan and beyond. Being mindful of our impact on the immediate and surrounding environment is a big step in procuring longevity for our planet! With both technical additions and moderate design and architectural adjustments, achieving a home that is more environmentally friendly can be a realistic feat whether you’re building a custom home, remodeling a current residence, or just looking to upgrade outdated materials or components. Take a look at some popular options towards creating a greener home that both you, and Mother Nature, can be proud of!
Make Your Home SMART.
Nowadays, your home is only as smart as the technology you fill it with. Traditional, multi-facetted systems have been streamlined to put ease of access at the forefront – and with that comes the ability for the newest appliances and gadgets to benefit our daily routines from safety, economical and entertainment perspectives. Take a look at what made our list of the “Gotta Haves” for your home to bring it into the modern-age!
Friendly, Functional Home Offices.
Work, work, work - Because some things just have to get done! However, if you’ve broken free of the prototypical office environment and brought your workstation into the comfort of your own residence, you have the utmost freedom to not only maximize productivity, but your aesthetics as well. Make your office space resonate with your passions and personality that provide the zen that has you working at your very best!
Garden Tips for Spring
With the last of the seasonal snow likely behind us, it’s time to soak in the spring time sun! Slowly but surely, as the temperatures begin their climb upward, everyone will look to embark on their own version of the endeavor that is.. spring-cleaning! While you may initially look towards the inside of your home, there will certainly be some items that need their own tender loving care outside as well – like your patio, walkways, or home garden. Make sure to set aside an upcoming weekend on your calendar to spruce up your collection of flowers, plants and herbs using a few of these preparation tips before the summer months roll in!
Kitchen Organization Hacks
Your kitchen – perhaps THE most popular space in your entire home. Now, we know some people treat this space as their kingdom and domain, while others see it more of a place they’re stuck longer than they wish. BUT – if there’s one thing either side can agree on, it’s that keeping the kitchen uncluttered makes everyone’s life a little easier. Follow some of these tips to create some useful storage space and open up your counters to make prepping, cooking and cleaning that much easier, and even more enjoyable.