While staying at Turf Valley, you cannot miss out on a day trip to the
Ellicott City Historic District, located just six miles from Turf Valley
Resort. With a mix of restaurants, retails, and even a few friendly ghosts,
you won’t leave empty handed.
Upon arrival to historic Ellicott City, visit the eyes and ears of Howard
County, the Howard County Tourism & Promotion Welcome Center, who
can offer you many tips on what to do during your stay in Howard County.
Photo Credit: Scott Kramer
Main Street is a shopper’s paradise, with boutiques offering clothing,
home décor, antiques, toys, and more! For the shopper, we suggest
visiting Sweet Elizabeth Jane, a vintage-inspired lifestyle store, and
Simply Divine Boutique, whose clothing you may have seen on the runway
at Turf Valley’s Annual Wedding Extravaganza or Pretty in Pink Champagne
Ladies Luncheon fashion show!
Photo Credit: Simply Divine
For the home designer, visit one of the many vintage or antique stores
on Main Street, including A Journey from Junk, Antique Depot, Shoemaker
Country, or Ellicott’s Country Store, who recently created a Downtown
Abbey Home Décor line inspired by products of the show.
If you’re always a kid at heart, don’t forget to stop by All
Time Toys and Forget-Me-Not Factory! On the weekends you can find Forget-Me-Not
Factory’s Barry the Bubbleman outside entertaining children with
his giant bubble demonstrations. A fun activity for the whole family!
Photo Credit: Cassidy Sterling
*And a secret tip: start at the top of Main Street! Historic Ellicott City
is a hilly street and let’s face it - no one wants to climb Main
Street with a handful of heavy shopping bags!
What’s a day of sightseeing without delicious food? There are more
than 15 restaurants and cafes in Historic Ellicott City. For casual fare,
visit Johnny’s Bistro, Bean Hollow, La Palapa Mexican Grill &
Cantina, or River House Pizza Co. If you’re looking for a fancier
setting, try one of the fine dining restaurants – Cacao Lane, Pure
Wine Café, Tersiguel’s French Country Restaurant, or Portalli’s,
all of which offer great views of Main Street and even better cuisine.
And make sure to try one of Maryland’s local brews at our Main Street
pubs – Diamondback Tavern, Ellicott Mills Brewing Company, or Phoenix
Emporium to name a few!
Photo : Pure Wine Café
While Old Ellicott City is great for food and shopping, it is a historical
town! Take advantage of its history and partake in a Ye Haunted History
of Olde Ellicott City Ghost Tour or a visit to the Baltimore & Ohio
Railroad Museum. According to its official website, the Ellicott City
Station is the oldest surviving railroad station in America, and was the
original terminus of the first 13 miles of commercial railroad in the
country. A great excursion for those who share a love for trains or American history!
Photo Credit: Ellicottcity.net
Whether you’re visiting Turf Valley for a meeting, wedding, or simply
a weekend getaway, a trip to Old Ellicott City is a must! To find out
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