THE SEEDS OF WHAT WOULD BECOME HUNT VALLEY INN sprung up as early as 1965, when McCormick & Co., the Baltimore-based international producer of spices, flavoring extracts and other food products, began the planning (with its subsidiary site owner and project developer Maryland Properties, Inc.) for what it called a multi-million dollar hotel-motel hospitality complex to be built on a 15-acre tract in the Greater Baltimore Industrial Park in Cockeysville.

Two complete market surveys indicated there was a need for such a hospitality facility based on the fact that, at the time, more than 20 million people resided within a 200-mile radius of the Inn.

The 250,000-square-foot hospitality center, in the heart of Maryland’s famous hunt country, opened in early 1970. The contemporary-styled Inn, described in design terms as English countryside or late American, reflected the natural beauty of the rolling hunt country and served for years as a luxurious mecca for social activities, dining, entertainment and relaxation.

img-carvingstationThe original countryside facilities were as functional as they were beautiful and artistically integrated. Included was a restaurant and cocktail lounge seating 240, ballroom, exhibit hall, private meeting and banquet rooms, a first-run motion picture theatre – seating 875 persons, a modern swimming pool and parking facilities accommodating 1,300 cars.

Hunt Valley Inn initially offered 185 extra-large guest rooms and lavishly decorated and furnished specialty suites in both contemporary and period stylings. Future plans called for expansion to 400 guest rooms and suites (which indeed came to fruition.)

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The ballroom was – at that time – one of the largest in the Baltimore area and accommodated 1,000 persons.

The 875-seat theatre (under contract with F. H. Durkee Enterprises) showed first-run films in the evenings, while it served as an auditorium for business meetings during the day.

Hunt Valley Inn was both independently owned and operated by McCormick & Co., which said – despite the trend at the time – no motel-hotel chain had the image or standards it wished to create. Its luxurious “English countryside” architecture and overall layout was heralded as “hunt country splendor” in a February, 1969 newspaper publication.

From the beginning, Hunt Valley Inn was an anchor identity and prominent facet of Hunt Valley MD which touted itself as early as 1972 as the place “Where doing business is a pleasure.”

 

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INITIAL DESIGN…

Hunt Valley Inn’s initial contemporary design was viewed as “functional, daring” by outsiders. more

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THE LANDSCAPE…

The developers of Hunt Valley Inn used “instant” landscaping, ground cover, shrubs, more

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EARLY TECHNOLOGY…

Like many branded contemporary U.S. hotels (yet unlike most independent operations of the day), more

HUNT VALLEY INN’S PRESENT AND FUTURE

In 2013 Laurus Corporation – a private real estate investment and development firm – acquired Hunt Valley Inn. Andres Szita, founder of Laurus, intends to offer guests a “world class experience…with top-bottom upgrades (which) will elevate the hotel’s caliber and provide the experience that it was once known for.”

In addition to its commitment to restore the property to its grand and elegant days, rich with history and tradition, it has partnered with Wyndham Hotel Group to manage its newly-transformed asset with the understanding that, at the completion of its multi-million dollar renovation, it would become one of the elite properties in the very exclusive Wyndham Grand Collection.

Design firm, Leo A. Daly was tasked with overseeing the re-design. Warm and inviting neutral tones and color palette prevail. Among what’s new is a brand new events lawn as well as state-of-the-art technology allowing guests to remain connected throughout the property.

In January, 2015 Hunt Valley Inn joined the Wyndham Grand Hotel family. Situated in key destinations around the world, each Wyndham Grand hotel and resort is a one-of-a-kind experience with a compelling local flavor.

Initially designed and built to service residents of the middle Atlantic states in “the Maryland hunt country tradition,” Hunt Valley Inn management and associates will enthusiastically continue to deliver the finest hospitality service levels post-renovation in 2015.