Local Info

Lodging

Hotels

Blocks of rooms have been set aside for participants at the following hotels convenient to the venues:

Friday night - 
Comfort Inn
5801 Baltimore National Pike
Catonsville, MD, US, 21228
To book a room: Call 410-744-5000, mention the "QOC" block of rooms on hold until Oct. 14, and get the $76 room (2 double or 1 king, non-smoking) rate including OUSA's CDP# 00228560.

Friday and Saturday nights - 
 
Comfort Inn
8180 Silverbrook Rd
Lorton, VA, US, 22079
To book a room: Call 703-643-3100, mention the "QOC" block of rooms on hold until Oct. 14, and get the $86 room (2 double or 1 king, non-smoking) rate including OUSA's CDP# 00228560.
There are, of course, many other hotels to choose from in the Baltimore and Washington, DC metropolitan areas.

Camping and Cabins
 
There are no campgrounds known to us particularly close to Oregon Ridge Park.  Year-round campgrounds on the way towards Washington, DC and the Saturday and Sunday venues include:
 
Patapsco Valley State Park (separate campgrounds in different sections of the park near Baltimore, Catonsville, Ellicott City and Halethorpe, MD, just south of Baltimore)
Washington DC/Capitol KOA, Millersville, MD, about halfway between Baltimore and Washington, DC
Greenbelt National Park, Greenbelt, MD, just inside the north side of the Capital Beltway

The closest campground to Hemlock Overlook and Fountainhead Regional Parks that will be open in November is at Bull Run Regional Park, 30-40 minutes drive away.  The park has 49 tent sites, 57 electric only sites, 32 full-service sites and 6 rustic cabins (2 night stay required for cabins).

Nearby (recommended) Stores and Restaurants

A map of restaurants near Oregon Ridge ("oregon_restaurants") can be found in our Resources section; note that it includes the location of The Greene Turtle and The Oregon Grille, which are both open late on Fridays (until 2am for the Turtle). Additionally, competitor Robert Buraczynski recommends The Corner Stable restaurant, located 3.5 miles from Oregon Ridge Park at 9942 York Rd, Cockeysville (open until 11pm on Fridays) for their "excellent barbequed ribs".

Near the I-95 Lorton exit likely to be convenient for Hemlock and Fountainhead, there are quite a few restaurants, some of which are shown in the PDF ("lorton_restaurants") also now available in our Resources section. Vinny's Italian Grill & Pizzaria is recommended by long-time QOC member (and historian) Sid Sachs for its "tasty food, large portions and reasonable prices".

Local Attractions
The tourist attractions of Washington DC, including the Smithsonian museums, are well known.  Lesser known attractions near event venues that might be worth your time include:
  • National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles (website)
  • Manassas National Battlefield (website)
  • Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House (website)