Ready to shake off that Spring fever? Get away for the weekend to Howard County, MD! Whether you're looking for a complete relaxation or full-out adventure, you'll find events and activities to fill your days and send you home feeling rejuvenated. 

Friday evening

Kick off the weekend with a happy hour along the HowardOnTap Craft Brew Trail


Pamper yourself at one of Howard County's soothing spas or wellness retreats. Go for yoga at Haven on the Lake, relax for a bit at The Salt Sanctuary of Maryland, or enjoy a treatment at The Spa at Turf Valley or The Massage Boutique. 

Haven on the Lake free yoga class by Lake Kittamaqundi

Enjoy a veggie filled lunch at Great Sage, a local favorite for its innovative vegan cuisine. Afterwards, plan a stop at Manor Hill Brewing and enjoy a pint while overlooking the picturesque landscape. Clark's Elioak Farm isn't too far away either. Stop by to see the cool pieces saved from The Enchanted Forest Amusement Park and experience the petting farm.  

Enchanted Forest Castle at Clark's Elioak Farm

Go petal peeping in the afternoon. Depending on the timing of your visit you'll be able to find various types of blooms. In March and early April, enjoy colorful daffodils at Whipps Garden Cemetery or at various locations in downtown Columbia. There are 20,000 daffodils planted throughout town. We'd recommend venturing to Lake Kittamaqundi for an easy way to take in the color. In mid-April, Howard County's 1,800+ Kwanzan Cherry Blossom trees will bloom and add pretty pops of pink everywhere. In May, the Brighton Dam Azalea Garden has its annual moment in the sun. 

Cherry Blossoms in Ellicott City

In the evening, venture to any of Howard County's great restaurants. You'll find locally grown Spring produce featured on many menus. 


Stop by Little Market Cafe in Old Ellicott City for breakfast before venturing to Patapsco Valley State Park for a nice hike. 

The Wayside Inn in Ellicott City, MD

Ready to make plans? Find your perfect home away from home at a local hotel or B&B here.