9:00 AM - Coffee and Breakfast at Rise
Rise Southern Chicken and Biscuits is a recent addition to Howard County’s burgeoning food scene. They specialize in fresh baked, made from scratch biscuits. Chicken biscuit sandwiches, donuts, fritters, chicken sandwiches, and best of all, housemade cheese filled tots. I went with the Fried Green Tomato biscuit sandwich with pimento cheese, and a blueberry biscuit for the road.
11:00 AM - Patapsco State Park Hike
The Patapsco State Park is easily accessible from all over the County, with many entrances spread over the 32 mile state park.The Orange Grove area is probably the most popular area of the park, featuring Cascade Falls, a swinging bridge, and the Grist Mill Trail. The Daniels area in Ellicott City features the Daniels Dam and the ruins of the old Mill Town. Pack a lunch, bring the camera, and whatever trail or area you pick, you are guaranteed stunning and serene autumn views.
7:00 PM - Dinner at Sushi Sono
Sushi Sono is a venerated Columbia establishment located at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront. For Over 20 years they have provided diners with the highest standard of sushi and japanese cuisine. My personal favorites are the shrimp handroll, the hurricane eye roll, and a steaming bowl of miso soup, perfect for a chilly fall night by the lake.
10:00 AM - Brunch at Savage Mill
Savage Mill is a historic mill complex which has been transformed into a commercial space featuring many galleries, antique shops, restaurants and more. Ram's Head Tavern is a great option for brunch at the mill, with options like chorizo and egg tacos, french toast made with a gran marnier custard, and the Annapolis Benedict: eggs benedict with a lump crab cake, poached eggs, and hollandaise. Also located at Savage Mill is the Rustique Bakery, which offers classic French pastries like croissants and pain au chocolat, to quice, croque monsieur, and pissaladiere.
12:00 - Terrapin Adventures/Savage Mill Trail
Terrapin Adventures, located in Historic Savage Mill, is a thrilling outdoor adventure complex zip lines, a giant swing, 43-foot climbing tower, high ropes, and the Terrapin Flyer: a 40 ft free fall. You can take a virtual tour of Terrapin Adventures here. Walk-ins are accepted but it is best to make reservations in advance. If you are seeking something a bit more relaxing. There are two nearby hiking trails. The Savage Park trail is a wooded 3 mile hike, and the Savage Mill trail, which takes you on a short hike along the Patuxent River.