Located in the HEART of the Baltimore & Washington DC region, Howard County offers fun filled romance for every interest and budget in every season. Plus, enter to win FREE date nights for a year!
Ellicott City, MD – Howard County Tourism & Promotion thinks the Beatles said it best, that all you need is love, and there’s sure lots to love, love, love about Howard County, Where Maryland Comes Together! So we’ve gathered a list of romantic adventures for every season. Allow us to help you turn every day into Valentine’s Day! Howard County is located in the heart of the Baltimore Washington, DC region. When one thinks of things of the heart, romance always comes to mind and Howard County abounds with romantic things to do. A quaint, historic bed and breakfast, a couples afternoon at a nearby spa, sumptuous hand crafted chocolates, wooded glades and serene retreats and musical programs with internationally recognized artists; all of that and much more is right here in Howard County.
Make a reservation at one of Howard County’s finest romantic restaurants and with the fantastic wine pairings, well, who knows! Tersiguel’s French Country Restaurant in the Ellicott City Historic District, The Elkridge Furnace Inn which was recently identified as one of the Top 100 ‘Most Romantic’ in the US by OpenTable, and The King’s Contrivance in Columbia are among the most romantic in the county. Superb food, excellent service and an atmosphere that makes you want to hold hands between courses are what you can expect.
Ladies, if the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, take home a growler from Victoria Gastro Pub or the Ale House Columbia. Take a cooking class together from one of our renowned chefs and reap the culinary rewards of a job well done.
If you’re looking to reconnect with that special someone there are many Howard County locales to do just that. The Spa at Turf Valley offers great couple’s get-a-ways like Couple’s Golf & Spa. Romantic stays can also be had at The Wayside Inn Bed and Breakfast where you can choose a room that includes a claw foot bathtub and options to make your stay so very special and the The Obladi, the only hotel in the Ellicott City Historic District can take some back to their “courting” days if that was when the Fab Four were current. The name alone will conjure up memories and you can stay in a room named after your favorite: John, Paul, George or Ringo. Add a Haunted History of Olde Ellicott City walking tour to your stay for another reason to hold each other close!
An evening out to catch a live performance can be quite nice when you are with the one you love. Warm up a cold winter evening with dinner and a show at Toby’s Dinner Theatre. The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, our local and highly acclaimed theatre company, offers performances under a
starlit sky all summer long! If classical music is your style, check out the Columbia Orchestra.
“When we’re looking for weekend plans, we have our choice of wine tasting, concert going or zip lining…actually we could probably do all three! This area has so much to offer,” said Lori Paddy, Sales &
Communications Coordinator at Howard County Tourism & Promotion.
For some out of the ordinary romantic experiences in and around Howard County consider the following ideas: Take your honey to Terrapin Adventures where you can climb, swing, and zip your way to a special bond! Stroll the beautiful Azalea Gardens just outside Howard County at Brighton Dam. This is a wonderful spot with 20,000 shrubs on 5 acres overlooking Triadelphia Reservoir and it’s absolutely free.
The Shrine of Saint Anthony is a little bit of Italy right here with a 70 year old late Italian Renaissance building on 310 acres of rolling hills and woodlands. A stroll here with that special someone may just have you asking the friars to tie the knot that very same day.
The Wine Bin in Historic Ellicott City serves up wine tastings (and sometimes chocolate pairings!) all year long. Linganore Winecellars offers tastings paired with chocolate and roses (in February), cheese, and more throughout the year at the vineyard.
At Tea on the Tiber you can experience the quiet elegance and refinement of a grand English Tea parlor. As you sip your tea you can imagine ladies and gentlemen of a bygone era in their afternoon finery enjoying the comfort and camaraderie of friends. Join them for an afternoon of fine teas and
traditional English fare with your special someone.
Are wedding proposal plans in the works? Or, do you want to treat your sweetheart to a unique experience? Top it all and schedule a surprise romantic flight for two at Friendship Hot Air Balloon Company.
Upcoming Date Nights to make your sweetheart swoon:
Food and Wine
Gourmand Goes Lebanon – A Wine Tasting Event
January 24, 2013
Elkridge Furnace Inn
BR Cohn Wine Tasting
January 26, 2013
Alexandra’s Restaurant at Turf Valley
Barrel Room Tasting
February 2, 2013
Arts & Culture
Barber and Sibelius Classical Concert
February 2, 2013 Jim Rouse Theatre
Harlem String Quartet: Bringing New Attitude to Classical Music
February 2, 2013
Smith Theatre at Howard Community College
80s Party with Live Music from The New Romance
January 19, 2013
The Woodstock Inn Restaurant & Bar
The Fabulous Hubcaps
March 8, 2013
Romantic Adventure with Zip Lines and More
February 16-17, 2013
For information on the businesses mentioned above, or to schedule your romantic adventure, go to www.visithowardcounty.com, stop in the Howard County Welcome Center (8267 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043) or call 1-800-288-8747. And don’t forget to check our calendar of events for more great date nights!
Like the sound of these? Enter to win FREE date nights for a year through the promotion Download for Date Nights January 14 – February 14, 2013. Persons are enthusiastically encouraged to download the new Parker App technology and prove it! Show us in-person at the Welcome Center or on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/hocotourism. The winner will be drawn on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2013 at the Welcome Center.
INNOVATIVE PARKING TECHNOLOGY helps with Parking in Ellicott City A new smart phone app that allows shoppers and visitors to Historic Ellicott City to more easily locate available parking with their smartphone is now available. The parking solution called ParkerTM directs travelers in real time to open parking spots just like a GPS provides directions to Ellicott City itself. Implementing the ParkerTM App is one facet of how Howard County is enhancing parking opportunities in historic Ellicott City. As part of this project, sensors have been installed in each of nearly 600 parking spaces. Motorists can use the app like a GPS device to locate available parking and be informed if it is metered parking or one of 350 year-round, free spots in the city’s six downtown lots. It saves time, gas and the frustration of driving around searching.