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Ellicott City: 
Rich in History, Culture, and Charm

Mar 24, 2014 02:32PM ● By Cate Reynolds

Photography by Larry French

Featured as a shoppers’ haven in the New York Times and Southern Living and as a foodies’ heaven in other publications, Ellicott City has become one of the Mid-Atlantic’s must-see destinations. But if such high praise of this enchanting town, located in Howard County, doesn’t pique your interest, perhaps you’ll just have to visit and experience its old-world charm for yourself.

As you stroll down Main Street, treat yourself to an exciting shopping experience. Ellicott City’s five-block historic district features more than 50 boutiques and bistros, offering something for everyone and accommodating every budget. Whether you’re looking for clothing, antiques, or home décor—or just browsing—you’re sure to find something that delights you. Enjoy a delicious meal at one of the local bistros or cafés, and don’t forget to visit the breweries, wine bars, taverns, and pubs, as well.

In addition to great shopping and dining, Ellicott City also features historical attractions and fascinating experiences. The town is home to the B&O Railroad Museum: Ellicott City Station, the oldest surviving railroad station in America. Explore the exhibits and discover the history and magic of the railroads. (Special events are offered throughout the year.) Attend a Literary Pub Crawl and listen to stories about famous people who visited Ellicott City, including Washington Irving, Davy Crockett, Robert E. Lee, and others, or take a ghost tour and have a spooky good time as you visit some of the town’s haunted locales.

There is so much to see and do in Ellicott City, you are sure to fall in love with this delightful town. To learn more about Ellicott City and plan your trip, visit