Ellicott City Travel Guide

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Ellicott City Things to Do

  • Movies, Yoga, Dance, Massage, Relax,...

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  • The Forget Me Knot Factory

    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....

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  • Old Gothic Houses

    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...

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  • Mt. Ida

    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....

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  • The Haunting of the Patapsco Female...

    Although very elegant in appearance life a the institute was reported to be very harsh. The buildings were made of stone and are told to have been bitterly cold in the winter. There were no sanitary facilities in the institute so the girls used chamber pots. Its reported that colds and sickness spread amoung the girls during the wet and colder...

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  • The Haunted Patapsco Female Institute

    One of the most haunted places in Ellicott City is located High on a hill overlooking over looking the city. Here you will find the ruins of the Patapsco Female Institue. The school was one of the first female institues in the Southern United States and was officially opened in 1839. It is reported that the walls were constructed of yellow granite...

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Ellicott City Restaurants

  • Great French Country Food

    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...

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  • Japanese lunch buffet

    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...

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  • My least favorite restaurant in Ellicott...

    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...

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  • Great Mexican Food

    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...

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  • Excellent

    This is a wonderful little tavern in super-cute Ellicott City, Maryland. It has a formal dining room but we always eat in the booths in the pub area. It's got great contemporary food -- terrific appetizers like fried green tomatoes, crab soup, great sandwiches -- and a relaxing atmosphere. Great place if you're looking for a good meal and not too...

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  • Brew Pub?

    After we got back from the winter in FL, we went to our daughter's in Ellicott City to get our mail. Also we hadn't seen their house since they had moved into it. They took us out for a late lunch/early dinner. The restaurant they wanted wasn't open yet, so we ended up here.Apparently two guys from PA started this out as a BBQ restaurant, and later...

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Ellicott City Nightlife

  • by jc2000 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    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.

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Ellicott City Transportation

  • Except for School Buses

    ..there's very little public transportation where we live. Howard County has some bus routes, but none of them come to our area. Most public transportation is down in the Columbia area of Howard County

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  • There are plenty of parking...

    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.

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  • It depends on where you are...

    It depends on where you are coming from. If you are coming from an area that is out of country, take the airplane. If you are coming from somewhere out of state, you have a few options. you can travel by car/van, train, or airplane. If you live inside Maryland, you can just get here by car/van. The best way to get around Ellicott City would...

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Ellicott City Shopping

  • Fun shop in Ellicott City

    This is a very fun two-story shop in historic Ellicott City Maryland. The store has a variety of home decor items and furnishings with a contemporary theme. Since this store has a boutique flair, the prices are a bit more than you might spend elsewhere.

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  • Homemade Fudge

    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...

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Ellicott City Local Customs

  • Sharing Costumes

    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...

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  • Trying on hats

    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....

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  • Many people of different...

    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...

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Ellicott City Warnings and Dangers

  • by jc2000 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    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.

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Ellicott City Tourist Traps

  • The Shops of Ellicott City

    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...

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  • Ellicott City is one of the...

    Ellicott City is one of the many stops on the 'Antiquing tour' in central Maryland. My sister, Danielle, once had a small booth in one of the many Antique malls here....

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  • I know this is weird, since I...

    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....

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Ellicott City Off The Beaten Path

  • by jc2000 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    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?

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Ellicott City Favorites

  • Autumn in Our Backyard

    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.

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  • We Had Great Neighbors in Ellicott City

    We really enjoyed the friends we met in our small Ellicott City neighborhood. We are still in touch with many of them, even though we live almost as far as possible from them now.

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  • Historical Bedroom Community

    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...

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