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Preakness Balloon Festival

Take flight above Howard County at the Preakness Balloon Festival

  Howard County is packed full of wonderful things to enjoy—just check out our free area vacation guide for proof! One of the most unusual events doesn’t just happen in Howard County. It happens above it! We’re talking about the Preakness Balloon Festival coming up in May. About the Preakness Balloon Festival Held at the […]

Capital Jazz Fest

Get your groove on at Capital Jazz Fest

  We love our own historic Ellicott City—in part because of how convenient our awesome small town is to so many other great locations. This summer, jazz enthusiasts can stay with us (download our free area vacation guide!) and still enjoy the 25th Annual Capital Jazz Fest. From June 2-4, the Capital Jazz Fest will […]

Elk Run Winery

Taste the region at Elk Run Winery

  Last week we highlighted one of our favorite local wineries. This week, we’re highlighting another! Elk Run Winery is a celebrated and award-winning vineyard in our region. (For more recommendations on our favorite things to do in the region, download our free area vacation guide.) With more than 600 International, National and Regional awards, […]

Basignani Winery

Visit Basignani Winery for a taste of Italy in Maryland!

When you think of our wonderful slice of Maryland, you likely think of American history. Our region is so packed with historic sites, protected lands, and preservation projects that you might not realize what else we have to offer. (For our regional favorites, download our free area vacation guide!) Basignani Winery is one of those […]

Thomas Point Lighthouse

Plan a visit to the historic Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse

  If you’re enchanted by the waterside, a fan of boating, an American history buff, or all three, Annapolis is a must-visit town. It’s filled with historic sites, like the charming Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse. (For recommendations on what to do throughout the wonderful Howard County, download our free area vacation guide.) The Thomas Point […]

Iron Bridge

Enjoy the food and wine at Iron Bridge Wine Company

    Since 2003, the Iron Bridge Wine Company in nearby Columbia has been a wine connoisseur’s dream destination. Friendly, cozy, lively…the atmosphere is perfect for enjoying with friends. (For more of our recommendations, download our free area vacation guide!) Even better, the food and wines match the atmosphere’s quality. What to Expect at Iron […]


Enjoy Howard County’s Best Crab Cakes at Leelynn’s

We love our hometown, Ellicott City! Once a center of commerce for grain, it’s now a wonderful collection of antique stores, eclectic shops, restaurants, and taverns. There are Ghost Tours almost all through the year and a monthly farmers market during the spring through fall. There is always something going on in the historic downtown. (For more […]

Robinson Nature Center

Explore the Outdoors at the Robinson Nature Center 

    The Robinson Nature Center in nearby Columbia is a wonderful place for lovers of the outdoors to experience Maryland’s stunning landscapes. (For more recommendations on the best things to do in Howard County, download our free area vacation guide!) Open from Wednesday to Saturday, 9am-5pm, and Sunday from noon-5pm, you won’t find a […]

Miss Shirley's

Miss Shirley’s Serves Up a Delicious Brunch

We’ve recently highlighted the wonderful nearby town Annapolis and its historic district, and of course, we’re always singing the praises of Baltimore. But we wanted to give a little more attention to one of the special things that Annapolis and Baltimore share: Miss Shirley’s. (For more recommendations, check out our free area vacation guide!) With […]

Chase-Lloyd House in Annapolis

Why You Should Take a Tour of the Chase-Lloyd House in Annapolis

Annapolis is a wonderful waterside town. You can spend a day there walking the historic streets, boating on the water, and eating wonderful Chesapeake food. (For more Howard County recommendations, download our free area vacation guide!) The Chase-Lloyd House in Annapolis is one of those sites worth visiting. History of the Chase-Lloyd House The Chase […]

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