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Springtime in Old Ellicott City

Springtime in Old Ellicott City

Spring!  It’s a time of new beginnings, color and sunlight and Old Ellicott City is blossoming with our recovery! Amazing strides have been made by the community with support from our friends at the Howard County Government.  With nearly all of our businesses reopened, it’s time to celebrate.  Robin Williams said it best, “Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!”.

Everyone is invited to come and celebrate Earth Day at our annual Spring Fest, Saturday April 22!  This free family friendly event takes place throughout the entire town with 4 stages of music and performances from 20+ local & regional bands.   In addition to wine, our three ‘beer gardens’ will feature the best of Howard County craft beer from Jailbreak, Manor Hill, and our very own Ellicott Mills Brewing Company.  We’ve added margaritas too!

NEW this year is a family activity area in front of the B&O Rail Museum where kids can make their own tie dye shirt and build a masterpiece using thousands of Lego pieces.  Other kids crafts areas will offer pinwheels, egg carton caterpillars, spoon bugs, windsocks and more.   As always, our kids crafts are totally free to participate!

While you’re at the festival, stop by the Courtyards at Tongue Row and be a part of our Community Art Project.  Make a donation and get a tile to decorate.  These tiles will be assembled into a giant mosaic that will later be put on display at the Roger Carter Community Center.

Just like flowers popping up to greet the sun, many new businesses have joined our Main St.!   Plan a visit  and see what’s new here in Old Ellicott City.

A Lamp to Remember
Artists’ Gallery
Clipper’s Canine Cafe
EC Pops
Junk Girl
Made on Main
Manor Hill Tavern
Primitive Beginnings
Taylor’s Collective Antiques Arts & Artisans

Parking and a shuttle service from the outer parking lots are free.  Find out more about event parking.

MORE ABOUT SPRING FEST 2017

Spring Fest is brought to you by The Ellicott City Partnership.

Old Ellicott City – 6 Months Later

Old Ellicott City – Six Months Later

before after salonSix months ago today, images of the destructive force of the waters that swept through Old Ellicott City on July 30th, 2016 became international news.  In less than 30 minutes, dreams were swept away, businesses destroyed, hundreds left unemployed, residents made homeless, and two lives lost.  911 switchboards were overwhelmed with calls for help.  First responders waited impatiently on the edges of town until the flash flood waters receded.  It would be months before residents could go home and businesses rebuild.

190 residents were affected.  Those evacuated by first responders had with them only the clothes they were wearing.  Many loved pets had to be left behind to be rescued another day.

90 businesses were damaged, some completely swept away.  In the weeks that followed, people began turning in items they found along the Patapsco River, hoping to give back to someone a small piece of what they had lost.

clean up 2john shoe

As clean up began, business owners, residents and volunteers stood shoulder to shoulder trying to save what they could and toss what was destroyed. For weeks, when one location was finished, they moved on to the next wearing respirator masks and hazmat suits.

In the six months that have followed since that night, more than 70 businesses have been able to reopen and most residents have gone home.  Our community is closer and stronger than ever. We are forever grateful for the support and kindness that has been shared. But with an estimated $22.4 million in property damage alone, there is still work to be done.

How can you help?  Please be our guest and come for a visit  – do a little shopping, stay for dinner. Experience the friendly and wonderful town that we call home.                                                     Ecstrong

To find out more about the funds raised and how your donations have helped us rebuild, please visit ECPartnership.org

Experience the Trolley Trail

Looking for a great walking spot?  The old Trolley Trail is a great 1.5 mile escape just on the immediate outskirts of Old Ellicott City.

The #9  trolley line arrived in Ellicott City in 1899 and served the community for the next 55 years. This route was known for its scenic woodland views as the line dropped into the Patapsco River Valley.  In 1991, a century after it’s construction, Boy Scout Troop 456, organized the effort to clear and pave the #9 Trolley Line for a bike/hike trail as part of a very successful Eagle Scout project. Today, the path is paved and features a section of boardwalk next to walls of rock that were hand-cut by the original builders.

trolley old

 

Highlights Of The Trail
  • Boardwalk – The trail features a boardwalk that curves between the canyons trolley boardwalkof granite that was hand-cut in the 1890s when the electric streetcar rails were built from Ellicott City to Catonsville. These 100-foot walls are a striking gateway to the trail from historic Ellicott City just across the Patapsco River from Oella.
  • A stream feeding into the Patapsco River follows along a portion of the trail providing a peaceful soundtrack to your journey.
  • Wildlife  A variety of wild life can be encountered on the path from a rare black squirrel to owls soaring silently overhead.
  • Benches dot the trail and offer a great opportunity to rest and enjoy the scenery.
Trolley woods
 What’s Nearby
  • Near the 1-mile mark, a short detour off the trail will take you to Banneker Historical Park & Museum, which has nature trails, archaeological sites, and living history areas re-creating the colonial farm and life of Benjamin Banneker, an African-American astronomer and farmer.
  • The Baltimore & Ohio Train Museum – Ellicott City Station highlights the rich history of the nation’s first railroad.
  • Along Oella Ave is The Breadery where you can get water and snacks, and Trueth’s  Meats, a butcher shop with freshly cut meats.  The Trolley Stop Restaurant  is located at the Ellicott City end of the trail.

 

The #9 Trolley Trail is ADA accessible and pet friendly!

trolley dogs

Parking – Lot A, located on the Baltimore County side of the Patapsco River, is the closest parking lot.  Once parked, look for a set of stairs. The trail is to your left at the top of those stairs.    ADA spaces are available at the start of the trail head on Westchester Ave.

Outdoor Dining in Old Ellicott City

From going alfresco on the moonlit decks at Cacao Lane, to sharing pitchers of sangrias in the festive LaPalapa’s patio area, Old Ellicott City has a variety of outdoor dining options for every occasion!

 

Outdoor Dining in Old Ellicott City

CACAO LANE
8066 Main Street
(410) 461 – 1378                                                    

Located in lower Main St, Cacao Lane has a beautiful outdoor 3 tier seating area with a terrific view of the Ellicott City skyline.  Join them on the top level for their full equiped bar or enjoy something from the full dining menu at a table located on one of the lower levels.  The deck is open seasonally and weather dependent.  Menu & info.

JOHNNY'S BISTRO ON MAIN
8167 Main Street
(410) 461 – 8210

Located in the heart of Historic Ellicott City, Johnny's Bistro .  The outdoor seating is reminiscent of a European Bistro.  Enjoy your intimate gourmet meal for two while taking in the scenery of Historic Main Street. Hours may vary so it's best to call ahead. Menu & info

Outdoor Dining in Old Ellicott City

Outdoor Dining in Old Ellicott City

LA PALAPA GRILL AND CANTINA
8307 Main Street
(410) 465 – 0070

The only Mexican Restaurant in Old Ellicott City, La Palapa's boasts plenty of outdoor seating and is the perfect spot for large groups or dinner with the family. Stop in to enjoy an amazing Mexican meal and a refreshing Margarita on a hot summer day!   Menu & Info

LITTLE FRENCH MARKET
3731 Hamilton Street
(410) 465 – 5995

Located on the grassy courtyards of Tonge Row, stop in for gourmet coffees, teas and custom sandwiches. Open for breakfast and lunch, vegan friendly.    Menu & info

Outdoor Dining in Old Ellicott City

Outdoor Dining in Old Ellicott City

PORTALLI'S
8085 Main Street
(410) 720 – 2330

Whether you’re looking for traditional Italian style dishes such as Beef Carpaccio, Lasagna Bolognese, or Spaghetti & Meatballs, or unique preparations like Braised Beef Penne or Veal Short Ribs smothered in a wild mushroom marsala sauce, Portalli’s is the place for you. The Italian-inspired wine list is diverse but approachable for the casual wine drinker.  Enjoy a fantastic meal with a hand crafted cocktail on their rooftop deck!  Happy hour 3-6pm Menu & info

PURE WINE CAFE
8210 Main Street
(410) 480– 5037

Their stone patio overlooking Main Street is truly the best outdoor dining view in town. Enjoy a farm fresh menu of snack plates, tapas, light meals, full Mediterranean-style dining, or even just an intimate dessert.  Sip your glass of wine with friends as you watch Ellicott City roll by. Pure Wine has enjoyed the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 5 years running.   Menu & info

Outdoor Dining in Old Ellicott City

Outdoor Dining in Old Ellicott City

RIVER HOUSE PIZZA
3752 Hamilton Street
(410) 206-3658

The River House Pizza Company brings wood-fired artisan pizza to life!  It is the best pizza you will ever taste.  Located on the scenic courtyards on Tonge Row there's plenty of table seating and room for the kids to play.  Don't forget ScoopAHHdeedoo ice cream for dessert.   Don't want to wait?  They offer an online ordering option too! Wednesday - Sunday  Menu & info

TEA ON THE TIBER
8081 Main Street
(410) 480 – 8000

Experience an authentic English style Tea overlooking the Tiber River.  Tea on the Tiber offers a wide selection of teas accompanied by cheese, fruit, and pastries.  Reservations are requested for afternoon tea.  Menu & Info

Outdoor Dining in Old Ellicott City

Ellicott City Designated As A Main Street Maryland Community

We are proud to announce that our little town was designated as a Main Street Maryland today.  A press conference was held this morning at the Howard County Welcome Center.  We are the first town to get this designation in Howard County.  For the video and more information on the Main Street Maryland program, check out the below video and link.  Thanks for helping us make this a great community!

Press Conference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVK02o1_unk

Howard County Press Release:  http://www.co.ho.md.us/News111714b.htm

Main Street Maryland: http://www.mainstreetmaryland.org/blog/2014/11/visit-ellicott-city-main-street/

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HallowRead Mini-Con Brings National Authors to Town

Local Maryland author of dark urban fantasy, Rachel Rawlings, had a crazy idea. Create a book convention for genre fiction and hold it the weekend before Halloween. Haunted and historic Ellicott City has always held a special place in her heart so there was no other place to take her convention. The town welcomed her and HallowRead with open arms. Each ticket sold helps raise money for the Ellicott City Partnership- a coalition of residents and business owners for the betterment of the town.

HallowRead is a book convention for authors and fans of the Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, SteamPunk and Horror genres. This multi-author event will feature various activities throughout the weekend including Writing Workshops, Ghost Tour, SteamPunk Author Tea, Author Panels, Book Signing, Paranormal Investigation, the new House on Hahallowread_bannerunted Hill attraction at the ruins of the Patapsco Female Institute. Hang out with your favorite authors in the haunted and historic town of Ellicott City, Maryland!

HallowRead and the other events held in the historic district raise money for projects like rain barrels which help reduce the sediment and contaminants running into the Patapsco River and fund grants for projects like Paint Main Street which helped small business owners get a much needed fresh coat of paint improving the moral and over all appearance of the town. One ticket, whether it’s a $10 House on Haunted Hill attraction admission or the full monty ticket makes a difference for the town and the wonderful people who call it home, something Rachel is extremely proud of.

HallowRead
Oct 24 & 25, 2014

  Visit HallowRead for more information on events and tickets!

Community Safety Workshop Announced

In observance of National Preparedness Month, the Ellicott City Historic District Partnership’s Clean, Green and Safe Committee will host a Safety Workshop on personal and business preparedness. Ellicott City has faced many challenges throughout its history from fires to floods to train wrecks. This workshop is part of local efforts to help increase the town’s resiliency to internal and external threats and disasters. The workshop will be held on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 6:15-8:30 pm in the Oella Room of the Roger Carter Center at 3000 Milltowne Dr, Ellicott City,  MD 21043.

The first part of the workshop (6:30-7:00) will focus on business safety practices. The second part (7:00-8:20) will focus on various aspects of disaster preparedness, particularly flooding, and how the town can best prepare for and recover from these kinds of events. The workshop will conclude with a brief, facilitated group discussion on next steps based on lessons learned from our speakers. Featured speakers are representatives from Howard County police, Howard County Office of Emergency Management, MD State Insurance Administration and Howard County Dept. of Inspections, Licenses and Permits.

All who work or live in the Ellicott City Historic District area and are interested in learning more are invited to attend. Please RSVP to: debra.korb(at)visitellicottcity.com

A raffle drawing for an emergency kit (valued at $170)will take place at the event.

Outdoor Dining in Historic Ellicott City

From going alfresco on the moonlit decks at Cacao Lane, to sharing pitchers of sangrias in the festive LaPalapa’s patio area, these places are the ideal spots to dine in the great outdoors.

 

 

 

Outdoor Dining in Historic Ellicott City

CACAO LANE
8066 Main Street
(410) 461 – 1378                                                    

Located in lower Main St, Cacao Lane has a beautiful outdoor 3 tier seating area with a terrific view of the Ellicott City skyline.  Join them on the top level for their full equiped bar or enjoy something from the full dining menu at a table located on one of the lower levels.  The deck is open seasonally and weather dependent.  Menu & info.

 

JOHNNY'S BISTRO ON MAIN
8167 Main Street
(410) 461 – 8210

Located in the heart of Historic Ellicott City, Johnny's Bistro .  The outdoor seating is reminiscent of a European Bistro.  Enjoy your intimate gourmet meal for two while taking in the scenery of Historic Main Street. Menu & info

 

 

Outdoor Dining in Historic Ellicott City

Outdoor Dining in Historic Ellicott City

LA PALAPA GRILL AND CANTINA
8307 Main Street
(410) 465 – 0070

The only Mexican Restaurant in Historic Ellicott City, LaPalapa's boasts plenty of outdoor seating and is the perfect spot for large groups or dinner with the family. Stop in to enjoy an amazing Mexican meal and a refreshing Margarita on a hot summer day!   Menu & Info

 

LITTLE FRENCH MARKET
3731 Hamilton Street
(410) 465 – 5995

Located on the grassy courtyards of Tonge Row, stop in for gourmet coffees, teas and custom sandwiches. Open for breakfast and lunch, vegan friendly.    Menu & info

 

 

Outdoor Dining in Historic Ellicott City

Outdoor Dining in Historic Ellicott City

PURE WINE CAFE
8210 Main Street
(410) 480– 5037

Come to the newly opened stone patio at Pure Wine Café overlooking Main Streer. Sip your glass of wine and partake in Pure Wine’s farm fresh menu as you watch Ellicott City roll by.   Menu & info

 

 

TEA ON THE TIBER
8081 Main Street
(410) 480 – 8000

Experience an authentic English style Tea overlooking the Tiber River.  Tea on the Tiber offers a wide selection of teas accompanied by cheese, fruit, and pastries.  Reservations are requested for afternoon tea.  Menu & Info

 

Outdoor Dining in Historic Ellicott City

Happy 2014 from Historic Ellicott City

With 2014 fully underway, you may start to notice some changes happening in the Ellicott City Historic District.  Although we’re saying goodbye to some old friends, we’re looking forward to new shops, restaurants and neighbors joining our family.

A recent article in the Ellicott City Patch lends a peek in to what’s in store….

 

Local Shops Win Howard Magazine’s “Best of” Contest!

Congratulations to our local businesses for representing  the Ellicott City Historic District (and winning) in the Howard Magazine’s Best of Howard County 2013!

Our Winners!!

 

Best Place to Buy WineThe Wine Bin

Wine Bin

 

 

 

Best PhotographyPam Long Photography

Pam Long Photography

 

 

Honorable Mentions

Historic Ellicott City – Best Place for a First Date
St. Paul Catholic Church, Rev. Matthew Buening – Best Clergy Person
Sweet Elizabeth Jane – Best Clothing Boutique AND Best Place to Buy Home Decor
Taylors Antique Mall – Best Place to Buy Antiques
Wessels –  Best Florist