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Above "Refractor Row" and more. Just part of what awaits those making the pilgrimage to Company Seven's showroom near Washington, DC. (90,142 & 104,606 bytes).
Yeah that big Apo is an Astro-Physics 206 f/7.9 EDF, while the baby brother of our own OGS 24" Ritchey Chrétien observatory telescope is a 16 inch RCOS with carbon fiber OTA.
PS: these are 9-½ foot tall ceilings!
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Company Seven's is among the last remaining and most enduring astronomical instruments-oriented specialty showrooms in the Americas. Our showroom is located at 14300 Cherry Lane Court in Laurel, Maryland 20707. The showroom is situated almost halfway between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, nearby the east west spanning Maryland Route 198, and Maryland Route 200 (Intercounty Connector), and bracketed between the north south arteries Interstate 95 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (Maryland Route 295):

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Regional Airports:

Baltimore Washington International (BWI), Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA), Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)

Private aircraft: Suburban Airport (KW18), Laurel, MD (longest Runway 2,324 ft.)


Train / Rail Services:

AMTRAK Train from New York, Philadelphia, Richmond, etc.:
Refer to www.amtrak.com for schedules and stations. The nearest stations are:

  • BWI - Baltimore Washington International Airport (rental cars available)
  • NCR - New Carrollton (a taxi is usually available)

Washington, D.C Metro (Subway):
Green Line - to Greenbelt Metro Station, 5717 Greenbelt Metro Drive, Greenbelt MD 20740. Then travel by Metro Bus Express 87, or 89 or 89M north to Laurel. You will want to exit the bus nearest Route 1 and Cherry Lane, then walk east on Cherry Lane, then right onto Cherry Lane Court - about three blocks to Company Seven.

You may hire a taxi at the Metro station then ride to our showroom (about 12 miles). To view a map of the current Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority Metrorail system click here. Or, to download a color map in Adobe ".pdf" format suitable for printing click here.

Laurel Train Station (26,312 bytes) MARC Commuter Train from Washington, D.C.:
MARC (Maryland Transit 800-325-7245, www.mtamaryland.com) - Camden Line to Laurel station (morning/late afternoon services only)

MARC Commuter Train from Baltimore, MD:
MARC (Maryland Transit 800-325-7245, www.mtamaryland.com) - Camden Line to Laurel station (morning/late afternoon services only)

Right: Laurel Station, 22 Main St. Laurel, Md. 20707. Open Monday to Friday between 5:00 am to 9:00 pm
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Laurel Station is a historic passenger rail station built in 1884. It is on the MARC Camden Line in Laurel, Maryland, between Union Station in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore's Camden Station.


Travel by automobile:

There is no reliable public taxi in Laurel which is available to visitors on short notice throughout the day. You will be best served if you travel here from your point of arrival by private automobile, by rental car, or by Taxi (if one can be found to come to pick you up at the end of your visit). If you do rent a car and are not familiar with this region, then you should request a car equipped with a GPS Navigation system.

If you drive in the region then we advise you tune WTOP , Washington's 24 hour news radio station on the radio dial at 103.5 on the FM band. WTOP broadcasts traffic and weather reports for the Washington, D.C. region every ten minutes on the 8's (12:08, 12:18, 12:28, etc.). This may help you learn about and bypass traffic snarls.

Approximate Travel Times by Auto:

From Time
Annapolis (Downtown) 30 Minutes
Baltimore (Downtown) 30 Minutes
Baltimore-Washington International Airport, MD (15.3 Miles) 25 Minutes
Washington-Dulles International Airport, VA (42.8 Miles) 1 Hour
York, PA 2 Hours
New York, NY 3.5 Hours
Philadelphia, PA 2 Hours
Richmond, VA 2 Hours
Washington, DC 40 Minutes
Reagan National Airport, Washington, D.C. (28.2 miles) 1 Hour
Wilmington, DE 1.5 Hours


If you are coming by helicopter:

Location Map:


For detailed directions, please select an option based on the direction from which you are approaching:


If you have a Global Positioning System (GPS) then enter our street address (above) or:

    Latitude North 39 Degrees, 05 Minutes, 07.3 Seconds

    Longitude West 076 Degrees, 51 Minutes, 38.2 Seconds


Accommodations:

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Laurel (35,113 bytes) DoubleTree logo (16,910 bytes) Among the better hotels in the Laurel area is the "DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Laurel", this hotel is easy to find and access. It is located about 1/2 mile (1 km) west from the intersection of Interstate 95 and Maryland Route 198. It is 3.9 miles (6.3 km) almost due west from our showroom, and about 18 miles from Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI), 27 miles from Washington National (DCA) airport, 39 miles to Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Laurel was formerly the Holiday Inn Hotel West Laurel when it completed a four million dollar renovation in September 2005 after being acquired from the former operator Best Western. It was later acquired by Double Tree of Hilton. It remains a full service hotel with comforts and conveniences including breakfast and lunch on site at the Atrium Cafe, and dinner at the attached OEJ's Provision Company seafood restaurant. There is an indoor fitness center complete with indoor pool, sauna, whirlpool, exercise room, game room, putting green, billiard table, shuffleboard and gift shop. Guest rooms include WiFi, phone messaging system and an upgraded keyed off Executive Level complete with upgraded in-room amenities.

Address: 15101 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD 20707. Telephone 301-776-5300, or for reservations (from USA and Canada) 1-855-610-TREE. Their Internet site is http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/maryland/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-laurel-BWILMDT/index.html.


Hol Inn Ex Laurel Lakes (28,372 bytes)

Hol Inn Ex logo (19,258 bytes) The hotel that is closest to Company Seven's showroom is Holiday Inn Express & Suites of Laurel Lakes, it is among the more economical places to stay of reasonable quality in the area. This hotel is visible to the south from Cherry Lane on the approach to the intersection of Baltimore Ave (Route 1). This hotel is situated conveniently to the local bus stops and the hotel is about one mile south from the Laurel Train Station (mentioned above). While the hotel is is only about 1,000 feet (300 meters) directly from our showroom, getting to Company Seven requires a walk of some fifteen minutes: proceed one block north to Cherry Lane turning right, then about three blocks east (from Route 1 Baltimore Avenue) to Cherry Lane Court.

Left and Right: photos taken by us of the sign nearby the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, and of the hotel as seen from Laurel Lakes Drive as one would approach it from Route 1 from the east.

The Holiday Inn Express of Laurel Lakes provides guests with an indoor swimming pool and fitness center. Each of the 117 rooms has amenities including: WiFi, a compact refrigerator, Queen-size sofa bed, security safe, clothes iron with ironing board, coffee-maker, and cable TV. The hotel was remodeled over the Spring of 2012, after it was acquired by Holiday Inn from its former operator the Comfort Suites Laurel Lakes.

Address: 14402 Laurel Place, Laurel, MD 20707. Telephone 301-206-2600, or for reservations (from USA and Canada) 1-800-315-2621. Their Internet site is http://www.hiexpress.com/hotels/us/en/laurel/nhklp/hoteldetail.

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites hotel backs up the the man-made Laurel Lake and is adjacent to the Laurel Lakes Shopping Center.

Dining:

There are several convenient and reasonably good restaurants nearby Company Seven, including several that we refer to as 'cookie cutter' chain restaurants. The most popular restaurants among our employees and visitors are:

  • For light fare and quick convenience mornings and afternoons there is Panera Bread in the Towne Centre at Laurel, at 14806 Baltimore Ave., that is next to McDonalds and just across Route 1 from the Laurel Bicycle Center and about five or six blocks north west of Company Seven. Employees and customers of Company Seven usually meet for breakfast at Panera on Saturday mornings at 10 am, just prior to or coincident with the opening of Company Seven's showroom at 11 am.

      Panera replaces our former favorite haunt for light fare, that was the former Einstein Bros Bagels at 14402 Baltimore Ave., that is just across road, Laurel Place, from the Holiday Inn Express's main entrance. Unfortunately the Einstein Bros Bagels of Laurel closed later in 2014, though it was not long before Panera opened.
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  • Also within several blocks of Company Seven was the Silver Diner that has closed, but reopened on 10 June 2018 under new ownership as the Double T Diner of Laurel. This is near and across the street, Laurel Place, from the Holiday Inn Express. This is at 14550 Baltimore Ave, providing good food and open daily from 6 am to 11 pm. Telephone 240-280-8688. Adjacent to the Diner are a TGIF restaurant, and an Olive Garden restaurant.

  • Pasta Plus logo (58,496 bytes) One of the better Italian restaurants in the Baltimore-Washington region is the small family-owned Pasta Plus at 209 Gorman Avenue, in Laurel. Telephone 301-498-5100. This is about 1.3 mile north of Company Seven off Route 1 at Route 198 (Gorman Road east bound) in a run-down strip shopping center. Pasta Plus has endured since 1983 by offering a broad selection of good food. They are Zagat rated and have been featured on Public Television, most famous for their pasta that is made on the premises. Their menu includes beef, pork, poultry, fish and vegetarian fare - all if it memorably good in an unpretentious casual setting. Lunch is served Tuesday to Fridays 11:30 am to 2 pm, dinner Tuesday to Sunday from 5 to 9 pm. Their consistency results in visitors often having to wait to be seated for dinner, that can range from 20 minutes to an hour during peak evenings so arriving earlier rather than later can be a good idea.

      We were blessed to have had another of the better Italian restaurants in the area, this was the family-owned C J Ferrari's at 14311 Baltimore Ave. this is a short few blocks walk west of Company Seven. While this has been closed since about 2014, since then we expected something else to open here so we will keep an eye on the lot.

  • If you can drive north into the city of Laurel then there are numerous fast food restaurants and other sit down restaurants including Red Hot& Blue at 677 Main Street in Laurel. This casual spot is popular for their barbecue pork and beef ribs, and barbecue chicken.

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