Traveling during the holiday and winter months can be overwhelming – so why not visit a place just a few miles from the city? From farms and parties to shopping and entertainment, Howard County is the destination to make your cold weather season special this year. To learn more about the unique experiences, we spoke with the team at Visit Howard County, who shared their best choice for festive fun.
Seasonal culinary delights
Solid cold weather dishes and seasonal sips will have their moment during Howard County Restaurant Weeks and Craft Beverages. Switch to your date night, family dinner or drinks with friends, and try new places from the 17th-30th. January – when the participating eateries offer special prix-fix menus for lunch and dinner.
With a variety of dishes for every taste and budget – including unique cocktail pairings for every meal and a recently expanded partnership with eateries in Koreatown – foodies will discover Howard County’s valued culinary scene.
And if you’re taking some great photos of your Instagram-worthy experience, be sure to use the hashtag #hocorestaurantweeks.
Land of Desire
Howard County offers joyful entertainment for people of all ages. Gather your crew and head to the Colorburst Ice Rink in the Merriweather District to hit the ice until February 28th. Tickets are required and reservations can be made online.
And with 75 minutes of ice time, you’re sure to whet your appetite. Go over to one of the nearby restaurants to satisfy any urge.
A home away from home
After the holiday madness you can take a staycation and check in for a weekend at one of the area’s affordable hotels or inns. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing vacation or an action-packed itinerary, businesses in Howard County will brighten up the dark winter months. To learn more about their offerings, visit here.
Try one of Howard County’s many restaurants to dine in or bring along. Local restaurants put together menus with seasonal flavors and add cocktails with festive cheers. You can also plan ahead and skip the Christmas cleanup this year by ordering multi-course meals from The Kings Contrivance Restaurant or the Elkridge Furnace Inn.
Check out gifts on your list
Buy small this year – and support local businesses while you’re at it. With a variety of stores, Howard County business owners will help you find the perfect gift for your Valentine. Stroll through sidewalk vendors while enjoying festive cocktails and bites in the winter wonderland, Main Street.
Savage Mill is also a unique shopping destination. A newly remodeled historic cotton mill, the place boasts lively vendors and eateries. For more extensive shopping, check out the Columbia Mall, which has a number of retailers to check out all the gifts from your list. With well-known department stores and local retailers, Mall in Columbia is your one-stop destination, no matter what gift you are looking for.