From Points East:

  1. Take I-70 west from the vicinity of Frederick, MD (~40 minutes W of Baltimore) Just beyond Hancock MD, take the exit for I-68 west. A good rest stop appears atop Sideling Hill, btw.
  2. Continue west on I-68 for a long stretch until you reach Exit #14-A. Consider noting your odometer reading as you exit onto U.S. 219 SOUTH. (Note: Do NOT take exit #19: its only for U.S. 219 north)
  3. Proceed 12 miles south on U.S. 219 where you’ll find both MD Rt 42 & the police barracks on the right. Continue south on U.S. 219 for 1.2 miles more, to the McHenry EXXON Station, also on the right. Between the EXXON sign and a bank’s flashing time & temp sign, turn right onto Sang Run Rd. (Need something from the store? Put off this turn, go ~ 250 yds to Market Square on your left, & backtrack)
  4. From the bank sign proceed EXACTLY 0.5 miles. Go no farther, else you’ll risk getting lost in Garrett County’s version of the Bermuda Triangle! You’ll be passing a "Wisp" sign on the driver’s side, and will shortly see the start of a rail fence on the passenger side. At the fence’s end is the all-important turn.
  5. Turn left onto Hoyes Run Rd. There’s a boulder with a brass “Julies Honor” sign landmarking the turn. If it is near or after dark, please slow down as deer will frequently step out of the woods from here on out. Proceed the 3.8 miles down the Hoyes Run Rd to its ‘T’ junction with Oakland-Sang Run Rd. Turn right. Our illuminated ‘Streams & Dreams Retreat’ sign is immediately visible on your right. Congratulations!
  6. If you’re staying in the B&B, pull into the "U" shaped driveway and back into a parking space to either side of the garage, taking care not to block the garage or the driveway loop - thanks! Please enter through the sunroom at the extreme right end of the main house. Use the shoe mat outside to awaken the occupants.
  7. If you are staying in the Brookside Cottage, you might check-in with Don in the B&B, or if he’s hard to find proceed on down to the cottage – just continue along bearing right around the main house, cross the little bridge over Hoyes Run, and take the first driveway on the right. ‘A Rivers Rest’ is the first- floor unit. ‘Brookside’ is the second floor- unit. Cottage parking is rather limited, but problems can be avoided by strictly following the parking plan pictured on your unit’s refrigerator. Please park facing out, and only in the positions shown. Your cooperation in this matter is as essential as it is appreciated by all.
  8. Assuming I haven't noticed your arrival and greeted you by now, call Don at 301 387-6881. If there’s snow/ice, rain, even heavy dew, wood decks and stairs can be very slippery – please use all due caution.
  9. Travel times (assuming good weather, light traffic, without stops...)
    ...from the west side of the Baltimore Beltway, about 2:45
    ...from the NW side of the Washington Beltway, about 2:50
    ...from Hagerstown MD at I-81 and I-70, about 1:55
    Be safe and enjoy your visit!

From Points West

  1. Take I-68 east from the vicinity of Morgantown, WV. You will pass the WV/MD border after 33 miles. Four miles more brings you to Friendsville, and Exit #4.
  2. Take Exit #4 south and bear right onto State Route 42. Proceed 8 miles south to U.S. 219 and the ‘outskirts’ of McHenry, MD. Bear right/south on U.S. 219 for 1.2 miles more, to the McHenry EXXON Station, also on the right. Between the EXXON sign and a bank’s flashing time & temp sign, turn right onto Sang Run Rd. (Need something from the store? Put off this turn, go ~ 250 yds to Market Square on your left, & backtrack)
  3. From the bank sign proceed EXACTLY 0.5 miles. Go no farther, else you’ll risk getting lost in Garrett County’s version of the Bermuda Triangle! You’ll be passing a "Wisp" sign on the driver’s side, and will shortly see the start of a rail fence on the passenger side. At the fence’s end is the all-important turn.
  4. Turn left onto Hoyes Run Rd. There’s a boulder with a brass “Julies Honor” sign landmarking the turn. If it is near or after dark, please slow down as deer will frequently step out of the woods from here on out. Proceed the 3.8 miles down the Hoyes Run Rd to its ‘T’ junction with Oakland-Sang Run Rd. Turn right. Our illuminated ‘Streams & Dreams Retreat’ sign is immediately visible on your right. Congratulations!
  5. If you’re staying in the B&B, pull into the "U" shaped driveway and back into a parking space to either side of the garage, taking care not to block the garage or the driveway loop - thanks! Please enter through the sunroom at the extreme right end of the main house. Use the shoe mat outside to awaken the occupants.
  6. If you are staying in the Brookside Cottage, you might check-in with Don in the B&B, or if he’s hard to find proceed on down to the cottage – just continue along bearing right around the main house, cross the little bridge over Hoyes Run, and take the first driveway on the right. ‘A Rivers Rest’ is the first- floor unit. ‘Brookside’ is the second floor- unit. Cottage parking is rather limited, but problems can be avoided by strictly following the parking plan pictured on your unit’s refrigerator. Please park facing out, and only in the positions shown. Your cooperation in this matter is as essential as it is appreciated by all.
  7. Assuming I haven't noticed your arrival and greeted you by now, call Don at 301 387-6881. If there’s snow/ice, rain, even heavy dew, wood decks and stairs can be very slippery – please use all due caution.
  8. Travel times (assuming good weather, light traffic, without stops...)
    ...from Charleston, WV, about 3:05
    ...from the SW side of Pittsburgh, about 1:50
    ...from Morgantown WV at I-68 and I-79, about 0:45

As we like to say, Streams & Dreams is located just off the more beaten path on Hoyes Run, just steps from the scenic Youghiogheny River. A few folks will come here just planning to sleep, then go look for various amusements in the vicinity.  They usually conclude in short order that they've found a worthy destination in its own right, and hang out just taking in the peacefulness.  But either way works.

The road less traveled...

We're conveniently close for enjoying the region's attractions, yet far enough away to avoid all distraction if that's your pleasure. No constant traffic or jet ski whine here, just birdsong and whispering sounds of wind and water and wildlife.  Its been said that S&D is made of 100% babble & rustle, 0% hustle and bustle. 

Wisp (for downhill skiing) is about a 7 minute easy drive away.  Herrington Manor State Park (groomed for cross-country skiing) is 'half that close'. A virgin hemlock forest featuring Maryland's tallest waterfall is only two miles away (as the crow flies) at Swallow Falls State Park.  Two golf courses (including Maryland's most challenging and one of its prettiest) are within 10 minutes drive.  Deep Creek State Park has a wonderful Visitors Center with a full slate of fun and educational programs.  Horseback riding stables, antiques, restaurants from fine- to fast-food, glass factory and artisan's village tours... to learn more just call and receive a free vacation guide outlining these and many more activities  (Chamber of Commerce 301-387-4FUN)

... They say that getting there is half the fun, anticipation, adventure, etc! First- time guests say its easy to find us, even though we are nicely off the beaten path. You’ll make only a few turns at easily identified local landmarks, made easier to spot if you’ll make the recommended use of your odometer.

Do NOT use MAPQUEST. One option would be for you to check out "www.delorme.com" which has a virtual map routine. Enter "Hoyes Run, MD" as your destination, and a place name near your home. It will produce a map and all the travel info you'd ever need. If web access is not so convenient, here are some written directions which work every time they are tried! Here are two sets of directions - from all points east and all point west.

I’ll want to greet you upon your arrival, so please call and let me know when to expect to see you. My entire day’s schedule is made around the arrival time you provided when the reservation was made, so if see you’re going to be delayed more than several minutes I'd REALLY appreciate your call and your new ETA. This may well free me up to run errands, extend a lesson, get a shower, or take care of one of the hundreds of other tasks in this solo labor of love. So thanks for prompt notification of any changes!

Should you still manage to get turned around somehow, call 301-3-TROUT-1 (that's 301-387-6881) and I’ll be happy to assist. Or ask anyone for the corner of Hoyes Run and Oakland-Sang Run Roads.

Find yourself just off the more beaten path...