Herring Creek Retreat for Writers


Tall Timbers, Maryland (Google zip code 20690) is 90 minutes south of Washington, D.C. and 2 hours south of Baltimore, MD.

If you’re flying
Choose Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) as your destination.  (Dulles and National Airports are farther away.) Rent a car or arrange for private car service ($250 round trip, door-to-door, ask Elizabeth for details).

If you take Amtrak
Get off at the New Carrollton, Maryland station.  Rent a car or arrange for private car service (door-to-door, ask Elizabeth for details).

If you drive
Ask your hotel for directions.

Elizabeth will provide directions from your hotel to Imago House.


You have several lodging options.  Distance from workshop location and price are variables.

Option 1: The Writer’s Guest Suite at Imago House.

  • No commute
  • Private room
  • Private bath
  • Private waterfront study for one writer only
  • $125/night includes all meals.

Reservations: Contact Elizabeth Ayres via email or telephone 1-800-510-1049.

Option 2: St. George’s Island Inn

10 minutes from Imago House, nestled on a sliver of land on picturesque St. George’s Island, the Inn offers spectacular sunset and sunrise views from your private terrace.

Reservations:  There is a discount offered to retreat participants. To register with the discount block, call 301-994-1234 (don’t book online). Tell them you’re with The Elizabeth Ayres Writing Group. Prices of discounted rooms vary by season, and usually range from $89 to $129. (The October 21-23 retreat is only $89/night.)

Option 3: Woodlawn Farm Bed & Breakfast

30 minutes from Imago House is the stunning Woodlawn Farm Bed & Breakfast, a dreamy country estate overlooking the majestic Potomac River.

Retreat participants receive a very special discount of only $120 per night.

Reservations:  Call 301-872-0555.  Ask for Jim Grube and say you’re with “Elizabeth Ayres.”

Option 4: The Comfort Inn of Solomon’s Island

25 minutes from Imago House, nestled in the arms of a creek-side marina, the Comfort Inn boasts convenient access to the picturesque fishing village of Solomon’s Island, with its boardwalk, boutiques and upscale restaurants.

Retreat participants receive a very special discount of only $85 per night. Limited room availability.  You may request a waterfront-view room, but it is not guaranteed.

Reservations:  Call 410-326-6303.  Tell them you are with “The Elizabeth Ayres Creative Writing Center.”

Option 5: Discover your own lodging

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