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Up along the winding Jarrettsville Pike, among the estates and ranches, you can find the Ladew Topiary and Gardens.
Getting there is half the fun. From I-83, exit 20, travel east on Shawan Road to York Road (US45). Jog south on York Road to Ashland Road (SR145). Go east for about 5 miles (becomes Paper Mill Road) to the intersection with Jarretsville Pike (SR146). Go north, past Fallston Road and look for the signs. It is all behind some huge shrubbery so you need to be watchful.
(By the way, about 5 miles back, you passed the new Wegman's Supermarket... a Rochester,NY original and now spreading to Maryland. Stop in and get a look at the variety of foodstuff and the low prices).
The Ladew Estate is acres of flowers and hedges, grown and cut into magnificent shapes and arrangements. There are arches and benches and fountains and koi pools; unique trees and flowers; hedges shaped like castles or hunstmen, foxes and rabbits. A good camera is a must.
They have tea parties on scheduled weekends and weddings and other special events. Be sure to check the web page to ensure that the grounds are open to the public when you want to visit.
Was a bit pricey ($15 per person), and it takes a good couple of hours to walk (and walk and walk) from garden to garden on the estate. There are no drinking fountains in the gardens (but there are plenty of sprayers) so be sure to carry water with you on hot days. There is a small dining nook with patio tables where you can sit for lunch or non-alcholic drink.
Updated Feb 5, 2007
Address: 3535 Jarretsville Pike
I've eaten at other locations of this restaurant, but I have not eaten at this one.
The website says:
"Restaurant Size: 6,300 square feet including dining room and bar area seating approximately 246 guests. Patio areas available.
"Exterior Design: A lush rooftop garden complete with trees, shrubs and flowering vines. "
"Interior Design: Earth-toned colors and warm, welcoming decor featuring vintage and contemporary Carrabba family photographs, and memorabilia. "
They do have photos of the family all over the place.
Proprietor at this location John DiSciorio
Hours: Sun: 12-10pm
Carrabba's Carside Carry-out
Dining room available for private
luncheons (30-150 people).
Open for lunch at noon on Sundays!
Large Party Carry-Out menu available
Favorite Dish: This is what the website says:
"Calamari, chicken marsala, steamed mussels, homemade lasagne and pizza baked in a wood-fired oven; unique pasta with a variety of homemade sauces and fresh fish, seafood and meats cooked over a wood-fired grill. "
Tagliarini Picchi Pacchiu
Fine pasta in a sauce of crushed tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and basil - add chicken or shrimp
Delicate half moon ravioli stuffed with chicken, ricotta and spinach in a tomato cream sauce
Fettuccine alfredo tossed with grilled chicken, saut?ed mushrooms and peas
Italian sausage, peppers and caprino cheese in a pomodoro sauce
Shrimp sauted in a garlic, lemon butter, white wine sauce with saut?ed mushrooms and scallions, served over fettuccine alfredo
Shrimp sauted with garlic, white wine, herbs and lemon butter, served over linguine
Updated Mar 14, 2009
Address: 130 Shawan Rd.
Phone: (410) 785-9400
My mom wanted to have a meal with me, and my daughter who flew in from TX to judge a horse show in the area before my daughter flew back home. My oldest daughter and her husband and child and my husband also came up.
It was a buffet, which my mom doesn't particularly care for as she prefers to be waited on, but most places don't open early enough for my TX daughter to return her rental car to the airport.
The chairs were one of the best things about the restaurant - they roll easily so you don't have to hold the arms and scutch up to the table.
Favorite Dish: You could have juice (cranberry, orange, tomato), coffee, tea, milk or cocoa to drink, and also I think wine was available.
They had an omelet station and you could get the big waffles made to order. I didn't bother with either of them.
Since it was a brunch, they had other breakfast items. That included cold cereal, oatmeal, toast, bagels, muffins and date bread, and french toast (all of which one could probably get at the Hampton Inn for free with your room). They also had bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes (although not crisp) and various kinds of fruit including thin pineapple slices.
Then they also had lunch items including spinach salad, with several dressings, cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumbers etc., and what was called a fall medley which had asparagus, beets, and bell pepper It tasted.very good, but I don't think of asparagus as a fall vegetable. They also had rice, tilipia (very good0, beef ribs, amd pork tenderloins.
Then there was a hot apple dish, a cheese and fruit tray and various cakes including coconut and pies (apple and banana cream)
Written Oct 9, 2005
Address: 245 Shawan Road
There are three restaurants in the Baltimore Marriott at Hunt Valley. One of them was being used for a meeting or convention. One of them was the Cinnamon Tree where we went for brunch. The Paddock Bar and Lounge was the third one. I took a picture of the big fabric wall hanging or art because I thought it interesting. The room looks out on the outdoor pool, which wasn't being used on this cold October day.
Open for lunch and dinner
Written Oct 9, 2005
Address: 245 Shawan Road
The Route 9 Bus which is centered in Baltimore departs from or arrives at International Circle in Huntsville as well as at the Light Rail Terminal there. Dep/Arr times are about 30 minutes (see website page below for exact schedule).
Cost is $0.50 per trip or $1.50 for day pass. There are cheaper rates also for weekly passes for frequent travelers.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
ASAP Car Service offers transportation to/from BWI Airport for around $50 and to/from Dulles for around $125.
They also offer service to other locations in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Northern Virginia.
Written Oct 4, 2010
The Central Light Line railway (centered in Baltimore) has its northern end here in Hunt Valley.
The train has departures or arrivals about every 30 minutes.
Fares are $1.50 per trip. $10 weekdays passes can be purchased for frequent travelers.
The ride is fairly slow because of the frequent stops but it runs on time and very smoothly.
Written Jun 29, 2007
As you drive around the Hunt Valley area and see the nice estates and horse farms and farm fields, it is hard to believe that the crime statistics for this area are so bad. Granted, the records include the whole Cockeysville area and therefore are not indicative of just Hunt Valley. Still, you should use this information to your advantage. Assaults and Car Thefts in the area are significantly above the average risk levels.
Also there are 9 sex offenders registered for the regions near Hunt Valley.
To get more information on who may be watching you and your family while you are on vacation in that area, please see the website below.
Be sure to lock your car doors and stay away from unfamiliar areas at night if you are alone.
We traveled around the area extensively during the day and had absolutely no problems.
But I have no idea (other than the crime stats) whether there is danger in the evening.
Updated Apr 17, 2007