Charm City’s Favorites – Ellicott City
Posted on December 04, 2012

Whether you are looking to plan a day of fun with out of town guests during the holidays or simply head out to enjoy shopping and dining locally, Historic Ellicott City is the perfect destination.

Located in Howard County, the Historic District of Ellicott City Maryland includes antiquing, shopping, dining, hiking; the B&O Train Museum, the oldest railroad station in America, and much more all within walking distance.


Favorite for Children of all Ages:

Holiday Festival of Trains at Ellicott City Station
Visit Wednesdays through Sundays through January 27th from 11am – 4pm.
The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum: Ellicott City Station is the oldest surviving railroad station in America. Come in for the Holiday Festival of Trains and you will be treated to operating model trains including:

  • Multi-level 360 degree LEGO layout by the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area LEGO Train Club with interactive lights, motors, and sounds
  • Miniature Thomas the Tank Engine G-scale layout
  • Children’s push button layout
  • N-scale layout

eventpageheadersIf you visit on December 9th between 11am-4pm, Railroad Santa will be there to greet you and will be handing out a special treat for children! Visitors coming by on December 15-16 or 22-23 during special hours will be greeted and treated by Frosty the Snowman!

Favorite Mid-Day Coffee & Snack Break Spot:

Little French Market and Café
As you walk from shop to shop, be sure to stop in and enjoy your favorite coffee, espresso or tea drink & pair it with a delicious French pastry! You will get a relaxing break and the energy to get back out there and explore more! Little French Market

Favorite Restaurant/Drink Spot:

Pure Wine Café:
Great for those who love food or wine, or food AND wine!

pureEnjoy their small & intimate setting, allowing you to chat with friends at a high-top table, or sit at their cozy bar. They offer wine by the bottle, glass, and half glass (allowing you to try a couple different things). The wine list has something for everyone and their staff is more than happy to help you make your decision.

Their food menu is made up of small plates, with a focus on healthy and natural ingredients. They regularly offer Weekend Specials so you can always try a new specialty on your next trip back. The style of menu works great for a smaller group of 5-6 people in our experience.

Start with their House Infused Olive Oil and Truffle Fries; move on to Cheddar Baked Oysters and Braised Pork. There are vegetarian options as well, so everyone should be able to find something delicious!

Coolest Place To Stay:

The Obladi:
For family traveling in from out of town, be sure to recommend a stay at The Obladi. The Obladi is a historic building dating back to 1838. It was renovated by the owners into this historic hotel and opened in October of 2010. There are just four guest rooms, each named after a Beatle and featuring a fireplace. A comfortable, quaint place to stay and located right on Main Street.

TheObladiFavorite Home Décor & Gifts
Sweet Elizabeth Jane:
A store you can get lost in while checking out their cute accessories and home items that are “fun and funk-tional”! Vintage-inspired but with a modern twist,  you will love the special items you will find here.


Have we convinced you to head to Main Street? We have the perfect event for you to make your visit – Midnight Madness! Starting with a tree lighting and continuing throughout the night with music, food, drinks and great specials! This Friday, December 7th, from 6pm-12am.

Bring your friends and family to town for a fun filled night of free live music, sales, specials and surprises! Santa’s Workshop will be open at the Thomas Isaac Log Cabin from 5 to 8pm. A tree lighting at 6:00pm, carolers much more make this the perfect time to start that Holiday shopping

For info: 410-313-1900