Ellicott City has had a number of floods in its history with the most recent and one that many of us remember occurring in 1972 when Hurricane Agnes hit Maryland. The bridge that spans the road to the B&O Railroad station has high water marks on one of its supports. The Agnes flood shows the water at 14 ½ feet high above street level – higher than...more
The train station in Ellicott City dates back to 1830 when the town became the first stop outside of Baltimore. This B&O Railroad station still stands and is considered the oldest surviving railroad station in the United States; it is also a national historic landmark. Historically, the railroad is also famous for the race between the Tom Thumb, an...more
This is the store that I mentioned in the previous tip about Barry The Bubble Guy. It is really a fun place to visit. There are three stories stuffed full of strange and fun items. Everything from jewelry to bizarre hats and costumes to Christmas decorations. The owners and staff are very friendly. They even agree to pose for pictures if you ask....more
There are many older mansions in the city that help add a Gothic flavor to the surroundings. Although most are not actually haunted and are not on the Ghost tours of the city, they still add to the atmosphere of the surroundings. This old home sits on one of the many hillsides of Ellicott City almost inviting you to imagine or write your own Gothic...more
Another well known haunted house is Mt. Ida. The house was designed in the early 1800's and was built by the same person who built the buildings of the Female Institute. After passing from many owners the house eventually ended up belonging to the family of Judge John Snowden Tyson. He lived here with his wife Rachael until sometime in the 1870's....more
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While we had starters elsewhere, we headed to the Rumor Mill Restaurant for our main meal. The Rumor Mill specializes in tapas style plates along with a nice beer and wine selection. We all selected 1-2 plates which we then shared with each other. Our selections included, among other things, teriyaki BBQ ribs and Kobe sliders. Each plate costs...more
We had drinks and starters at the Pure Wine Café, which is located on Main Street in histori Ellicott City – right at the intersection of the traffic light. We found parking in the main lot up the hill (no parking at the café itself) and headed in, thankful to get three seats at the counter.The Pure Wine Café is a very small place – only a few...more
When ever I'm back in Ellicott City and I want to have a nice dinner, I always choose Tersiguel's as THE PLACE to go. With fresh produce and goat cheese coming from the French owner's Howard County farm, the menu pays homage to the ideal of French country cooking -- only the freshest, finest ingredients. You can go here for a wonderful brunch or a...more
This restaurant is outside the historic district but in a strip shopping center (Normandy Shopping Center) off Route 40 (Baltimore National Pike). It is simply decorated with blond wood furnishings and Japanese block prints on the walls. When you enter, walk toward the back of the restaurant where you will be seated. Their luncheon buffet, Monday...more
If you want good beer I would recommend the Ellicott Mill Brewing Company. They have their own micro brewery on the premises and the beer is very good. If you are looking for a really good meal to go along with your beer then your out of luck in my opinion. I try never to judge a restaurant on one visit. There is always the chance it was just a bad...more
La Palapa's has some of the best Mexican food in the area and reasonable prices. The restaurant is large and comfortable inside. Plus there is a large deck outside for dining. The deck is covered so even if its raining you can still enjoy the outdoors. There is also a bar and large dance floor area. The margarita's are beyond description and...more
I haven't spent my night outside in Ellicott City. But I did when I was on a trip at Camp Letts.
My friends and I went for a night hike in the woods. It was so cool. Some of us had flashlights. While we were walking in the woods, people scared the wits out of others. That wasn't very polite, but funny. We all ended up laughing with each other.
There are several places to park in Ellicott City in addition to street parking. We were lucky to find a spot in the large main parking lot next to Main Street and the Visitor Information Center. It was a Friday night and it was difficult to find a spot; we had to wait for someone to leave before getting their spot. Parking was free in this lot, as...more
There are plenty of parking lots, free of charge or metered. Many shops have their own parking lots as well. Walk around is the best way to tour the hitoric district. You can bike, but there is no designated bike lane, so you have to share the narrow road with motor vehicles.more
This is a dual-use shop. Much of the shop sells junk with a southwestern motif, but there is one counter that sells fudge. Pretty damn good fudge too. They have a good assortment of flavors and the prices are reasonable. The best part is, you get a free quarter pound of fudge for every pound that you buy. That makes this the perfect gift item, a...more
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While Danielle was trying on the Christmas tree hat I found this little rainbow beauty. We were on the third floor of the store and surrounded by all kinds of bizarre items. For some reason this just seemed like the perfect hat for the moment. If you visit Ellicott City allow yourself sometime to have fun in this wonderful little store.Barry wears...more
My daughters and I spent one Sunday playing tourists in Ellicott City although we live on a few minutes from the area. It was fun to go around and discover places we had never bothered to visit before. We went into the store owned by Barry the Bubble Guy and his wife. The store is a full three stories tall and full of strange and bizarre stuff....more
Many people of different cultures live here. We all get use to each other and appreciate each other's way of living and culture. There are mostly residents in parts of Ellicott City. In restaurants, people should leave tips if they see others doing it. Some restaurants include the tips in the bills. As I have said before, many people from different...more
When you are traveling to Ellicott City, you won't have any problems (not that I can think of warnings or dangers). It is pretty safe around here. OH, but don't count on public buses. I don't believe that there are any here.
Tourist Traps are not always bad things. Sometimes they can be fun. The many shops and stores in Ellicott City are tourist traps. They exist only for the tourists walking throught the narrow streets of the town. But most of them are a lot of fun. The are full of ecletic junk! Just walking through them, talking with the owners, and perhaps finding a...more
I know this is weird, since I live here, but there isn't much to see. There are many residents. Compared to many other cities, Ellicott City doesn't have many shopping centers. This is many a place for people to dwell. Don't get me wrong. I love living here. It's one of the best places to live. Here, there are many things that relate to education....more
You are driving on a road. You passed a traffic light and cross a bridge. Suddenly the road became narrow. The houses and buildings look old. You've decided to turn back. BUT WAIT!!! STOP!!! Where do you think you're going? Take a look around you. Open your eyes. You've reached the historical part of Ellicott City. Just because of it appearance doesn't mean that its a bad place to visit. Drive on to find out!!!
Here, you can visit a historical site and learn more about history. Take a tour. Feel like you are living back in the past.
There are many stores that you can shop in (if you are a shopping person). Many of these sell antiques.
Hey, what do you think of it now that you've taken a visit? It's worth it, right?
One of the great things about living in Maryland was that every first week of November, Mother Nature would lose her mind and turn our back yard into a kalaidescope of colors. Of course, it really sucked to have to rake up all these leaves, but they certainly were beautiful while they stayed on the trees.more
I never paid much attention to Ellicott City before my daughter moved there. I must confess I still don't go many places there. We just go directly to our daughter's house. My daughter was still in England when the closing was done on her house, so Bob and I went on the final walk-through with our grandson. This gave me a chance to visit...more