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Living in Ellicott City

Published: August 8, 2015

If you are searching for a new home in Howard County, consider Ellicott City and check out our “Welcome to Ellicott City” series.

Ellicott City: Location, Location, Location

Located in the Baltimore-Washington corridor in central Maryland, Ellicott City offers a historic, small town feel close to big city conveniences. Ellicott City has been named to  MONEY Magazine’s Best Places to Live four times in the last 10 years, ranking at number 6 last year. There are great jobs nearby, several schools ranked in Newsweek’s list of America’s Top High Schools, and plenty of green space helping to land it on the list of the Top 10 Places for Dog Lovers by U.S. News and World Report.

Historic Ellicott City

Ellicott City has a rich history, and much of its history is still displayed today around Ellicott City’s Historic Main Street. Some of the most popular historic sites include the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum: Ellicott City Station, the oldest surviving railroad station in America; Thomas Isaac Log Cabin, built around 1780 by one of the first settlers of Ellicott Mills and restored as a historic visitor’s center; and the Patapsco Female Institute, a former girls’ boarding school, now a historical park.

Ellicott City: Main Street USA

Main Street offers an eclectic mix of unique restaurants and quirky shops, including pubs, coffee shops, antique stores and toy shops. There are also several recurring events on Main Street including First Fridays, Girl’s Night Out, and the Main Street Music Festival which will be in its fifth year on September 26.

Haunted Ellicott City

Named to Trip Advisor’s Top 10 Spooky American Getaways, Ellicott City is claimed to be one of the country’s most haunted small towns. Visit spooky sites, such as historic mansions claimed to be haunted by their old residents, pubs on Main Street whose guests have heard strange noises and more.

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Ellicott City: Main Street USA

Published: July 22, 2015

Historic Ellicott City’s Main Street offers an eclectic mix of unique restaurants and quirky shops. Come for a stroll and explore all that Main Street has to offer!

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Bean Hollow
A family-run cafe featuring in-house roasted coffee, tea, smoothies, bagels, pastries and delicious desserts.

Judge’s Bench Pub
With 17 rotating taps of craft beer, even more craft beer bottles and nearly 240 whiskies, you’ll never have to try the same thing twice here.

Phoenix Emporium
An old fashioned pub with large picture windows overlooking the heart of the town, Phoenix Emporium has over 160 bottled microbrews and imported beers from all around the world.

Pure Wine Cafe
Pure Wine Cafe serves small plates of fresh, locally sourced ingredients paired with a wine list that represents a wide variety of styles with a focus on gems from unlikely places.


All Time Toys
Children and toy collectors of all ages will love to explore the vintage and modern toys, including Lego, Star Wars and Marvel.

Antique Depot
An antiques and collectibles mall with over 80 dealers, Antique Depot has four floors of antiques and collectibles to explore.

Forget Me Not Factory
This shop’s three floors are filled with whimsical gifts, handmade items and fantasy-related items. If the weather is nice, stop by on the weekend to visit Barry the Bubbleman of Ellicott City!

Sweet Elizabeth Jane
Sweet Elizabeth Jane is a vintage-inspired lifestyle store with clothing, accessories, gifts and home décor.


First Fridays
The first Friday of each month, shops will stay open until 9pm or later with specials, sidewalk sales and late night dining. Live music is featured from 5-8 p.m. in front of the B&O Railroad. And bring your dog along to a wine tasting at Yappy Hour at The Wine Bin!

Girl’s Night Out
The third Thursday of each month, grab a group of girls and head out to Main Street for treats and discounts. Start at The Wine Bin for a goodie bag and then head to the participating businesses with a pink flag out front. Learn more here.

Main Street Music Festival
Maryland’s first unsigned emerging artist music festival, this event features food and drink, family activities such as crafts, storytellers and games like cornhole and football toss, and is free to the public.

Last year’s festival, in its fourth year, had over 5,000 applications, so expect this year’s festival on Saturday, September 26th to be bigger than ever. Get more info here.

Check out these fun events, plus many more!

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