Sometimes you need to just get away for a weekend with that special someone. Be it for an anniversary, birthday, some other milestone, or even just a quick romantic escape, Howard County has you covered! We offer world class dining, shopping, and luxurious and romantic hotels to pamper and celebrate your love.

Patapsco Valley State Park--Maryland’s first state park is an award winning park featuring lovely lakes, paved scenic trails, and plenty of spots to picnic. This park encompasses 16,043 acres, so there’s plenty to see here! Are you both more into fitness classes such as yoga or pilates? Haven On The Lake should be on your list! This 27,000 square foot retreat is the perfect spot to reconnect with yourselves, and each other. After all, it takes two to tango!

Looking to wind down after a long week? Head over to The Melting Pot! This romantic fondue restaurant in Columbia is a unique dining experience where you can cook, and dip your food. Enjoy chicken, honey orange duck breast, filet mignon, and more. For dessert you can’t go wrong with dipping your own strawberries in chocolate, now can you? Howard County is also the home to Stella Notte! This warm, inviting Italian restaurant is a perfect place to have a nice, romantic dinner! Located right in Ellicott City, they offer Veal Marsala (medallions of veal sauteed with mushrooms in a sweet Marsala wine sauce, served with linguini), Chicken Stella Notte (tender pieces of chicken breast lightly sautéed with blackening spices, served atop tri-colored cheese filled tortellini in a creamy tomato pesto sauce), Scallops Michelangelo (sea scallops lightly floured then flash fried, served on a bed of garlic wilted baby spinach with tomatoes and sliced mushrooms, topped with a sweet lavender-butter sauce, accompanied by vegetable risotto) and much more!

Elkridge Furnace Inn and Garden House has been around for well over 150 years, and is a beautiful setting for a romantic dinner. The award winning menu features Escargot (Sautéed with white beans, a garlic, shallot & saffron butter, olive bread croutons & pancetta finished with a glace de viande), Tunisian Lamb Shank (Tunisian braised, served with butternut squash and Brussels sprouts sautéed with shallots and garlic finished with a harissa, lemon and yogurt sauce), steak, and an amazing wine selection.

To make a true weekend out of it, we offer a wide selection of wonderful hotels and inns. Customize your stays to make it a romantic getaway your partner will never forget! So what are you waiting for? Grab your loved one and come see how romantic Howard County really is!