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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 […]

valentine's day in DC

Have the Most Romantic Valentine’s Day in DC

In a city like Washington DC, there’s never a shortage of interesting events and memorable sights. No surprise, then, that when you spend Valentines Day in DC, you’ll find a range of activities to make it the most romantic holiday. Whether you’re intrigued by outstanding musical performances or enticed by the classic elegance of French […]

seafood in Baltimore

Your Guide to the Best Seafood in Baltimore

When you visit Baltimore, it’s basically expected that you’ll go for a crab cake or two. And while there are loads of places to enjoy the fruits of the Chesapeake, there are several standout restaurants that serve the best seafood in Baltimore. (For more of our Howard County recommendations, download our free area vacation guide!) […]

colonial Annapolis historic district

Take a Day Trip to the Colonial Annapolis Historic District

  Baltimore and Washington DC are convenient to the Wayside Inn in historic Ellicott City, but a charming and equally historic site nearby is the colonial Annapolis historic district. We believe that this Maryland coastal town is one of the best places to visit on the American East Coast. Curious to find out why? Read […]

Forget-Me-Not Factory

Experience a Bit of Magic at the Forget-Me-Not Factory

Our hometown, historic Ellicott City, is rife with Americana charm and history. (Check out our free Howard County vacation guide for a ton of recommendations!) Shops like the magical Forget-Me-Not Factory are what make Ellicott City so special. So what exactly is the Forget-Me-Not Factory? It is whimsy. It is magic. It’s where bubbles meet […]

Spend a Day at the Shops at Savage Mill

As is the case with most places in our historic county, Savage Mill is a contemporary destination with a storied past. (For recommendations on what to see and do in Howard County, download our free area vacation guide!) Now known as a place to shop and dine, Savage Mill was once just that: a mill. […]