Ellicott City

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Ellicott City [1] is a wealthy suburb of Baltimore, with a long and well-preserved history, and is often ranked one of the top towns to live in the country.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Coming up from D.C., take the Columbia Pike, US-29, to US-40. Head east on 40 to Rogers Ave and turn right to get to the historic district.

From Baltimore, head west on US-40 (the Baltimore National Pike), and turn left on Rogers Ave for the Historic district.

From BWI and Amtrak, take I195 north to I95 south to 100 west to 29 north, stay in right lane and take route 40 east, at first light make a right onto Rogers Avenue, after the county office complex take a right onto Ellicott Mills Drive, continue until you come to Main Street in the Historic Ellicott City, turn left at the lights for down town.

Get around[edit]

Historic downtown Ellicott City is a pedestrian friendly city, however in order to reach other areas within the city limits it will require a personal vehicle. RTA does offer some bus service through out Ellicott city and Howard county but the schedule is subject to change and there are limited routes.

See[edit][add listing]

The main attraction in Ellicott City is the Historic Main Street, popular with tourists for its old-timey charm, upscale restaurants and cafes, and a couple historic attractions.

  • Thomas Isaac Log Cabin, Main St & Ellicott Mills Dr, +1 410 465-8500. Sa-Su 1PM-4PM. One of Ellicott City's first homes, from the 18th Century. Free.  edit
  • Ellicott City Station, [2]. Ellicott City Station is the oldest remaining passenger train station in the United States, and one of the oldest in the world. At the time of its construction it was the terminus of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad line from Baltimore to Ellicott's Mills, Maryland and it incorporated features for the servicing of steam locomotives at the end of the 13 mile (21 km) run. The station is now used as a museum.  edit
  • B&O Railroad Museum's Ellicott City Station, 2711 Maryland Ave ☎ 410-461-1945 M-Tu closed, Wed-Sun 11-4pm - Completed in 1830, its the oldest surviving railroad station in America
  • Howard County Welcome Center, 8267 Main Street ☎ 410-313-1900 - A plethora of information for anyone new to the city or a local looking for a new adventure. Check out upcoming local community events.
  • The Shrine of St. Anthony, 12290 Folly Quarter Road ☎ 410-531-2800 - Historic site, daily services as well as gift shop.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Patapsco Valley State Park, 8020 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21043 ☎ 410-313-0420 - Relax in the parks 16,043 acres that follow 32 miles of river in the heart of Howard County. There are five recreational areas located through out the park. Activities at Patapsco include Trails, hiking, fishing, camping, horseback riding.
  • Ghost Tours - Historic Ellicott is said to be a paranormal hot spot, rich in history. There are two guided ghost tours that take you through different areas of downtown and show you the most activity spots as well as the stories that go along with them. Who knows you may even see a spirit for yourself. ☎ 800-288-8747 for information
  • Dare to taste the spirits of Ellicott City - 2 hour, 21+ guided tour through the haunted restaurants and bars of the historic area. 8600 Foundry Street.
  • Ya Haunted history of Olde Ellicott City tour - 1.5 hour guided tour through the downtown area. Stories of are shared outside each location. 8267 Main Street.
  • The Spa at Turf Valley, 2700 Turf Valley Road ☎ 410-465-1500 - Relax , rejuvenate and even grab a bite to eat with one of the Spa packages offered at this highly recommended spa.
  • Clarks Elioak Farm, 10500 Clarksville Pike ☎ 410-730-4049 - Clarks is a local favorite in Ellicott City. Petting farm, pony rides and seasonal activities and pumpkin patch are some of the activities you can enjoy on the farm. Great way to spend a family fun day in the outdoors.

Buy[edit][add listing]

  • The Forget Me Not Factory, 8044 Main Street ☎ 410-465-7355 - 3 floors of unique shopping experience. Sun-Fri 10am-10pm Sat 10am-10pm, closed holidays
  • Sweet Elizabeth James Gift Shop, 8125 Main Street ☎ 410-465-6400
  • Journey From Junk Antique shop 8247 Main Street ☎ 410-465-8330

Eat[edit][add listing]

There are endless places to eat in greater Ellicott City, but as a visitor, the best (and often priciest) options are on the Historic Main Street, and there are a bunch to choose from.

  • Johnny's Bistro, 8167 main st, ellicott city, md (take us-29 north. exit on us-40 west. Take a left at St. John's lane. take the 3rd left (frederick rd) johnnys on right), 410-461-8210, [3]. Although very pricey thheir food is great. They have specialty soup every day and thay have great oyster casino.  edit
  • The Crab Shanty Restaurant, 3410 Plum Tree Dr., 410-465-9660, [4]. Seafood restaurant known for their Maryland style crab cakes. Open Sunday through Friday for lunch, daily for dinner. Carryout is available.  edit
  • La Palapa Grill & Cantina, 8307 Main St, (410) 465-0070, [5]. Mexican restaurant located in Ellicott City's historic downtown.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Judge’s Bench, 8385 Main St, (410) 465-3497, [6]. Pub with the "largest selection of single malts in the state." They also have live music on the weekends.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Turf Valley Resort, 2700 Turf Valley Rd, +1 410 465-1500, +1 888 TEE-TURF, [7]. A golf and spa resort that often caters to large business meetings and events. $120-250.  edit
  • The Wayside Inn Bed and Breakfast, 4344 Columbia Road, ☎ 410-461-4636

A quaint yet modern bed and breakfast located in historic Ellicott City. Private ensuite master baths, and large spacious rooms. Rise to A delicious homemade breakfast every morning. Room rates starting from $159 a night.

Get out[edit]


Routes through Ellicott City
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