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First, the accolades: the beautiful and prosperous Ellicott City arrived on the pages of Money magazine's "Best Places to Live" in 2005, 2006, 2008. In 2010 it made the cut for CNNMoney's own list of the "Best Places to Live." A report from the U.S. Census Bureau ranked Howard County as the third wealthiest in the nation. The school system is also the best in Maryland.
Those are the relevant statistics, and they certainly speak well of life in Ellicott City. But even a numbered ranking on a list can't tell you what it's really like to live in a particular place. The first thing you should know as a prospective resident is that the downtown historic district is the place to be. It draws tourists from all over the area, but as a local, you will get to know the store owners and enjoy the area on a deeper level.
Here history is a source for inspiration rather than a list of names and dates in a book. You can still visit the institution that started it all at the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum. The town grew up around Ellicott City Station, which is now the centerpiece of the museum and a National Historic Landmark. The rest of the story can be found at the Howard County Historical Society Museum. Here you'll learn the baseline knowledge you'll need to fully appreciate the town you live in. The way Ellicott City residents transformed their village from a little railroad hamlet to one of America's most successful small cities is nothing less than astonishing.
On the weekends it will be hard for you to resist the lure of the shopping impulse in historic Ellicott City, whether your idea of a good time is an afternoon in a tea room or a "man cave." That's right--downtown Ellicott City has both. Ladies sip tea in true Victorian style at Tea on the Tiber, while the men camp out to try out video games and flick through comic books in the appropriately-named Man Cave nearby. Or perhaps vice versa? We bet tough girlies are welcome at the Man Cave and refined gentlemen always have a place in the tea room.
Other necessary shopping experiences include the Yuppy Puppy Pet Boutique, where your pet takes center stage, and the Wine Bin, featuring the best of national, international, and local wines. Keep the name and location of the Wine Bin handy, as the shop frequently hosts events like wine tastings and ladies' book club meetings. Meanwhile bookworms of all ages will enjoy Gramp's Attic Books. To fulfill more general needs, visit the Chatham Station Shopping Center, anchored by the ever-useful Sears and Home Depot.
As you might expect from such an historic place, farming always played a central role in the life of the town. Pay homage to that heritage at Clark's Elioak Farm, and take the little ones for their first petting zoo visit and country hayride.
Of course, as you would expect from a town with world-class everything, the dining scene is superb. Try Tersiguel's French Country Restaurant for the flavors of a rustic French table, and Ellicott Mills Brewing Company, for craft beer on tap paired with an adventurous menu. And because no mention of Maryland dining is complete without crab, you can find the regional specialty at Shanty Grille.
Ellicott City offers you a lifestyle unlike anything you've experienced before, with top-notch schools, shopping, dining, and entertainment, and New Home Source would like to offer you access to the best new homes and home builders to match.
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