General Information

General Info for our 2014 AWC National attendees

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About Hunt Valley and Cockeysville, Maryland

Hunt Valley is named because it is on the outskirts of Maryland's famed "hunt country".  Rolling terrain, big horse farms, fox hunting, and steeplechases are part of the lifestyle in this affluent area in the counties north of Baltimore, Maryland. Hunt Valley and its neighboring town of Cockeysville also host major employers Systems Alliance, Inc., BreakAway Games, Sinclair Broadcasting, McCormick & Co, AAI, Dunbar Armored Vehicles, TESSCO Tech, KCI Tech, and Zenimax Online.  Because of the large number of people in the area, expect to find nearby shopping, a mall, restaurants, grocery stores, and the like, all conveniently located a short drive from the Hunt Valley Inn.  Along with servicing the needs of local businesses, the Hunt Valley Inn has made a name for itself in the convention business, notably for hosting many fan interest cons, such as the Star Trek Conventions. 

The City of Baltimore offers many outstanding day trip destinations for those who want to get away from the host hotel.  Mass transit runs from Hunt Valley into downtown Baltimore destinations, so if you are without a car, you can still hit some popular spots.  Locals recommend going to the Baltimore Inner Harbour with its concentration of museums, restaurants, and shopping.  Highly recommended are the National Aquarium, one of the nation's premiere aquariums, and (if you're more interested in what goes on top of the sea than lives in it), the Historic Ships including the USS Constellation.  Water Taxis are available to Ft. McHenry, where you can pay homage to the inspiration behind our "Star Spangled National". 

Maryland also has a growing and nationally-recognized wine and craft brewing movement, and we hope to make some of these locally-made products available at an evening tasting--details to follow.

Airports

For those coming by air, you have a number of major airports from which to choose, and any airline which will accept dogs as cargo will offer flights into at least one of the following:

Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI): 30 miles
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL): 97 miles
Dulles International Airport (IAD): 78 Miles
Washington/Reagan National (DCA): 62 Miles

Shuttle Service

The Hunt Valley Inn does not offer shuttle service to any airport.  Each attendee who is arriving by air must be responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from the host hotel.  Shuttle service to the host hotel is available through Execucar.  The cost of this service is by far the most economical if you fly into BWI! 

 

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