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Need BrickFair/Bronycon Travel Advice/Help

Posted by Avohkah Tamer , Jun 29 2015 · 577 views

As I've mentioned elsewhere in posts and comments, I'm hoping to attend both BrickFair and Bronycon this year due to their relatively close proximity to each other and being on consecutive weekends.

(For reference, BrickFair is July 29 - August 2, Bronycon is August 7-9).

Here's the problem. Should I fly home after BrickFair and then fly back for Bronycon, or do I try to stay somewhere in the DC/Baltimore area all week until the end of Bronycon, and then fly back home?

If I stay the whole 2 weeks, I don't know what to do or where I should stay in the days between BrickFair and Bronycon. Should I reserve extra days at the Holiday Inn post-BrickFair and just chill at a hotel the whole time, or should I get to the Baltimore Hilton early and stay for a few days prior to Bronycon?

Or, heck, is there anyone who lives in the area who's attending both cons who I might be able to stay with for a couple days and then hitch a ride to the Baltimore Hilton? That would save me so much hassle (and money o_o).

As of right now I haven't actually purchased any reservations or plane tickets because I'm not sure how this will all pan out, but reservations for both cons are running out and plane ticket prices are going up, so I need to figure this out pretty dang quick. If I have to make a decision to only attend one, I'll pick BrickFair.

Sorry for the rambling. Any help or advice would be immensely appreciated.

Edit: I should also mention, regarding BrickFair: Please PM me if anyone's looking to save some money and either has space available or would like to share a 2-bed hotel room at the con. I should have space available.

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If you're considering hanging out in a hotel in between, keep in mind there will be a lot more to do in Baltimore than Chantilly. The Inner Harbor is really nice and there's shops and the aquarium. There's also a zoo in Baltimore. All of it is within a pretty reasonable proximity, and there's the light rail if you don't want to walk.
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Avohkah Tamer
Jun 29 2015 12:07 PM

If you're considering hanging out in a hotel in between, keep in mind there will be a lot more to do in Baltimore than Chantilly. The Inner Harbor is really nice and there's shops and the aquarium. There's also a zoo in Baltimore. All of it is within a pretty reasonable proximity, and there's the light rail if you don't want to walk.

 

Thanks for the tip. If I stay the whole week, I may check some of that stuff out, but ideally I'd prefer to do stuff like that with friends rather than just wandering around on my own.

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If you're considering hanging out in a hotel in between, keep in mind there will be a lot more to do in Baltimore than Chantilly. The Inner Harbor is really nice and there's shops and the aquarium. There's also a zoo in Baltimore. All of it is within a pretty reasonable proximity, and there's the light rail if you don't want to walk.

 

Thanks for the tip. If I stay the whole week, I may check some of that stuff out, but ideally I'd prefer to do stuff like that with friends rather than just wandering around on my own.

 

I'm, like, an hour away from Baltimore on a bad day if you need someone to pal around the inner harbor with? And I'm sure Pablo would be willing to come around too.

 

so yes stay in baltimore and experience it all

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Avohkah Tamer
Jun 29 2015 01:57 PM

I'm, like, an hour away from Baltimore on a bad day if you need someone to pal around the inner harbor with? And I'm sure Pablo would be willing to come around too.

 

so yes stay in baltimore and experience it all

That would be awesome, although the hotel costs won't be fun. Assuming I can even get convention rates before or after the two conventions, it's $145 per night in Baltimore, compared to a little over $100 per night in Chantilly. I'm looking to save money anywhere I can. It might actually turn out to be cheaper to fly home and then fly back to Baltimore a few days later.

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Ooh, yeah. $145 a night for five nights at Freddie's isn't fun at all. Finances should 100% take priority.

 

But if you need fun while you're in Baltimore, you know who to call. (HINT: it's pablo)

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Woo, another person attempting the BrickFair/BronyCon two week marathon!

Having not really done this before, I can't really make any recommendations for travel or what to do between the two cons. But if you haven't booked a room for BronyCon yet, you could maybe room with us for the con itself. We have a room at the Baltimore Inner Harbor Holiday Inn with two queen-size beds, but Scott and I could share a bed and leave the other one for you if it came down to that.

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Avohkah Tamer
Jun 29 2015 03:10 PM

Woo, another person attempting the BrickFair/BronyCon two week marathon!

Having not really done this before, I can't really make any recommendations for travel or what to do between the two cons. But if you haven't booked a room for BronyCon yet, you could maybe room with us for the con itself. We have a room at the Baltimore Inner Harbor Holiday Inn with two queen-size beds, but Scott and I could share a bed and leave the other one for you if it came down to that.

If you guys are really cool with me staying with you at your hotel, that would be awesome, and I would of course be more than happy to cover part of the hotel costs if so!

 

Although rooming with you guys would definitely solve part of my dilemma, that still leaves the questions of travel (which I can probably figure out), and also where I'd stay between the cons. How long do you have the room for? Are you hotel-hopping straight from Brickfair to Bronycon, or are you heading home between the conventions?

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Woo, another person attempting the BrickFair/BronyCon two week marathon!

Having not really done this before, I can't really make any recommendations for travel or what to do between the two cons. But if you haven't booked a room for BronyCon yet, you could maybe room with us for the con itself. We have a room at the Baltimore Inner Harbor Holiday Inn with two queen-size beds, but Scott and I could share a bed and leave the other one for you if it came down to that.

If you guys are really cool with me staying with you at your hotel, that would be awesome, and I would of course be more than happy to cover part of the hotel costs if so!

 

Although rooming with you guys would definitely solve part of my dilemma, that still leaves the questions of travel (which I can probably figure out), and also where I'd stay between the cons. How long do you have the room for? Are you hotel-hopping straight from Brickfair to Bronycon, or are you heading home between the conventions?

 

We live in Virginia, so we'll just be heading home after BrickFair and taking the train up to Baltimore at the end of the week. We'll have the hotel room from Friday afternoon until Sunday.

Don't know what you should do between then and now. I'd love to put you up at our family's home in Fredericksburg, but I don't know whether it'd be in a state to accommodate guests by then, plus for that to work you'd need to get a train ticket to Baltimore with us, which could be expensive. I think that you'd be safer making other plans for the week before BronyCon.

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Ooh, yeah. $145 a night for five nights at Freddie's isn't fun at all. Finances should 100% take priority.

 

But if you need fun while you're in Baltimore, you know who to call. (HINT: it's pablo)

 

Yeah, if you're in the Baltimore (or other DC/VA/MD area), feel free to hit me up. 

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