If you're tired of the cold anonymity of city life, read on, because this town might be just the cure you're looking for. Bel Air is a small town where "everybody knows everybody," according to one resident. Another feature of this little town that may inspire nostalgia is the lively downtown square. Here, the streets hum with activity and people still greet each other with a smile--Bel Air is the very picture of early twentieth-century America, updated for the demands of the twenty-first.
The town may seem quaint, but the fashion is anything but. Find the latest styles on Main Street at boutiques, hip consignment stores, jewelers, and florists. Another local specialty is one-of-a-kind kids' clothing shops, from which your little ones will emerge as well-dressed as you are. After a day of hunting for the perfect find, relax with a cappuccino at Shamrock Coffee Company. If you're feeling a little more adventurous, grab a few friends and head to the Dark Horse Saloon to choose one of 20 draft beers on tap and hot plate of nachos, crab dip, or other hard-to-resist pub grub.
Like any small town, Bel Air has its share of beautiful, historic homes, complete with stories and tall tales about the people who once lived in them. One such local attraction is the Liriodendron Mansion, The former summer home of the doctor who founded John Hopkins Hospital. It's open for touring every Sunday. Another must-see is the Rockfield Manor, which has been hosting Bel Air's best parties since 1898. Residents still select Rockfield as their preferred venue for wine tastings, weddings, and parties. It is also known for its spectacular gardens. There's even a playground to entertain children while parents tour the grounds.
In the unlikely case you haven't done enough shopping yet, there remains the Harford Mall. Anchored by your favorites like Macy's, Sears and Old Navy, this mall is the local teen hangout and your source for up-to-the-minute fashion from Charlotte Russe, Hot Topic, Aeropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, Victoria's Secret, and Claire's. The mature, professional set will appreciate the Lane Bryant and New York and Company, also located in the mall.
Even after you've enjoyed the local sights and shopped 'til you dropped, there's still plenty to do on the weekends. Get out your bike, put on your walking shoes, or even saddle up your horse for the Ma and Pa Railroad Heritage trails, which connect two local parks and provide residents with an outdoors outlet for fun and for exercise.
Finally, this is a town that cares about its future, and makes raising children with love and care a number-one priority. You can feel comfortable raising a family in Bel Air, where the school system is consistently good. As one resident said, "When I moved here 30 years ago, Bel Air had good schools. And it's still known for its good schools." If you prefer to send your children to private school, you have many options here: the Harford Day School and the John Carroll School are both nearby.
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