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Studio Information: I teach my local classes in my home/studio in Sparks, Maryland, part of the Baltimore metropolitan area. My home/studio is open to participating students from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. I provide each student with a work station of a table and a chair. I will send a suggested supply list about four to six weeks before the class begins. I do have two small short-haired cats, and I provide a continental breakfast each morning, so if you have concerns regarding animal or food allergies, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Student Sewing Machines: If you are coming to a retreat or Intensive at my studio from a long distance, I have sewing machines available for four students. The machine will be yours to use for the duration of the class for a rental fee of $40. These are available for reservation on a first come, first serve basis. To reserve a machine, please contact me by email at sarah@sarahveblen.com or by phone at 410-472-9253.

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Location/Amenities: My studio in Sparks is located five minutes north of Hunt Valley, which is a thriving business/industrial park and shopping area. It is a 30- to 40-minute drive from downtown Baltimore, depending on traffic.

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Recommended Airport: Baltimore-Washington International is the closest airport -- 33 miles away and about a 45-minute drive. There is a MTA Light Rail train that you can take from BWI to Hunt Valley; since you must transfer at Baltimore's train station (Penn Station), you should allow 1 hour and 30 minutes for transit time. The Light Rail very inexpensive, only a few dollars per trip. The shuttle services from Hunt Valley hotels will come pick you up at the light rail stop.

Other Airports:

  • Harrisburg International Airport (70 miles, about 1 hour and 15 minutes)
  • Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. (60 miles, with D.C. traffic the drive will usually take at least 1 hour and 30 minutes)
  • Philadelphia International Airport (100 miles, about 1 hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours)
  • Dulles International Airport, outside of Washington, D.C. (80 miles away, with D.C. traffic the drive will take at least 2 hours)

Dining: In Hunt Valley and the surrounding areas, there are a variety of dining options. There are delis, restaurants, fast food chains, and a grocery stores with excellent prepared take out, including a Wegman's. Baltimore offers an even greater selection of restaurants specializing in an array of cuisines.

Hotels: Since I have never stayed in any of these hotels, I can't give any personal recommendations, but students in the past have been satisfied and comfortable in all that I have listed here. There are several more hotels/motels in the nearby communities.

AirBNB in Loveton Farms (Sarah's Neighborhood)
Sparks, MD 21152
Email Contact: Aaron, argroen@gmail.com

Chase Suite Hotel
10710 Beaver Dam Road
Hunt Valley, MD 21030
410-584-7370 or 800-WOODFIN
(Kitchen in every suite and meal plan available.)

Courtyard by Marriott
221 International Circle
Hunt Valley, MD 21030
410-584-7070 or 800-321-2211

Embassy Suites Baltimore-Hunt Valley
213 International Circle at Shawan Court
Hunt Valley, MD 21030
410-584-1400 or 800-EMBASSY
(Courtesy van service available.)

Holiday Inn Express
11200 York Road
Hunt Valley, MD 21030
410-527-1500 or 800-426-7866

Marriott’s Hunt Valley Inn
245 Shawan Road
Hunt Valley, MD 21030
410-785-7000 or 800-228-9290
(Courtesy van service available.)

Marriott's Residence Inn Baltimore-Hunt Valley
45 Schilling Road
Hunt Valley, MD 21030
410-527-2333 or 1-800-331-3131
(Courtesy van service available.)

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