How Do You HoCo?

An easy drive from the Baltimore and Washington D.C. regions, Howard County holds over 250 square miles of lively entertainment, quiet pockets of breathtaking scenery, and plenty of places to eat, drink, and shop. Whether seeking a self-care day or planning a night on the town, you’ll create memories however you choose to HoCo.


HoCo with your family

Everyone in the family will find something to love at Clark’s Elioak Farm in Ellicott City. This perfect-for-a-Saturday farm offers a petting zoo, pony rides, an “enchanted forest” full of storybook exhibits, and play areas. 

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to nearby Manor Hill Brewery for kid-approved brick-oven pizza and adult-approved beers. Pack a picnic blanket and yard games and spend the afternoon enjoying rural views from the brewery’s expansive lawn. 

HoCo solo

Kick off your “me day” with a reflective walk around Lake Kitimiquandi, a quiet oasis in Columbia. You might spot deer, rabbits, herons, and other wildlife. Check out the exercise stations along the path for more of a challenge.

You’ll feel like you’re on a tropical vacation at THE pearl spa and health club, located just off Lake Kitimiquandi. Sink into the spa’s relaxation pool, find your center during a meditation class, and feel your stress melt away during a facial or massage.


HoCo with friends

Located in Koreatown Maryland, a stretch of Route 40 containing over 160 Korean-owned businesses, Honey Pig restaurant isn’t just a place to eat—it’s an experience. Gather with friends around a tabletop grill and watch your mouth-watering meal of Korean barbecue cooked right in front of you. Spend your culinary road trip exploring an abundance of Korean restaurants, bakeries, and shops.

Drive to Historic Ellicott City for hours of shopping, antiquing, and bar-hopping. Find trendy women’s fashions and gifts for the home at Sweet Elizabeth Jane, pop into an adorable storefront for fresh floral boutiques and green gifts at Flower Barn, and load up on locally crafted gourmet popcorn at E.C. Pops.


HoCo on a date

See if your date is the “adventurous spirit” they advertised at Terrapin Adventures at Savage Mill. Zip, climb, leap, and swing through this adrenaline-boosting park, where you’re sure to experience plenty of laughs (and maybe a few squeals).  

Cheers to your bravery with seasonal cocktails and dinner at Dive Bar and Grille, located inside Historic Savage Mill.


HoCo after work

Celebrate happy hour in Downtown Columbia, an up-and-coming hub for entertainment, shopping, and dining. Sidle up to the bar at 18th & 21st, a speakeasy-like restaurant with a menu designed to reflect the feel of prohibition supper clubs. Top off the night with open mic night or pursuing books at Busboys and Poets.    


HoCo overnight

Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City offers more than just a place to stay. Whether you’re coming for a staycation or making a stop on your trip along the East Coast, make sure to take advantage of all the resort has to offer—an indoor and outdoor pool, a spa, a golf course, tennis courts, a playground, and multiple dining options.