If you are ready to experience the amazing amenities of one of MONEY Magazine’s “America’s Best Places to Live” then let our resourceful sales team create an incredible experience for you and your group. HCTP solutions offer your attendees countless unique, off-site activities at a variety of venues – ideal for team building, spouse programs, dine-arounds, pre and post convention stays and value-added experiences. Leave it up to our imaginative team and we’ll take care of all the planning, so all you have to do is enjoy! A few of our favorite suggested experiences are listed below.
Take a Brew Tour
It’s becoming easier and easier to find beer made right here in Howard County, MD and you can easily imbibe in a local pint and grab a bite along a self-lead brew tour of the area. Start at Ellicott Mills Brewing in historic Ellicott City for lunch and a taste of one of their eight craft beers on tap. Next take the longest leg of your trip out to Heavy Seas Brewery for a tour and a little adventure. Then stop by Jailbreak Brewing Company for a sample flight or two. Finish up your ale-tastic day at Victoria Gastro Pub for dinner and a pick or two from their extensive and eclectic tap menu.
Pinots & Palates
After breakfast, take a self-guided tour of some of the area’s al fresco art exhibits. Merriweather Post Pavillion is home to an array of outdoor sculpture and the Howard County Arts Council’s ARTsites put up popular, temporary outdoor sculptures throughout the county. For lunch, stop by the lakefront in Columbia at your choice of restaurant. Afterwards take a stroll along the lakefront path and view the collection of outdoor sculpture there. From there head out to Linganore Winecellars for the afternoon . Take a tour and enjoy tasting some of the 30+ varieties of wine made there. For dinner , visit Aida Bistro & Wine Bar. They have 30 wines on tap! After dinner, get in touch with your own artistic side and spend an evening at Pinot’s Palatte as you paint and sip on a favorite beverage.
Soar through the trees, zip around corners and hit up the green during this day of adventure and outdoor friendly activities. Get your adrenaline going first thing at Autobahn Indoor Speedway on one (or both) of their Grand Prix style go kart tracks as you reach speeds up to 50 mph. After racing, head over to Terrapin Adventures for some time off the ground. Scale one of the 12 routes of the Terrapin Tower, experience 2 G’s of force on the Giant Swing and glide through the forest canopy on the Zip Line. And if the tree tops aren’t high enough for you, grab a friend and float above them on a gorgeous hot air balloon! Just imagine taking in the panoramic views and watching the landscape shrink silently away as you magically float over it all!
A Shopping-Lovers Dream
Spend a day shopping The Mill, the Mall and Main Street! Historic Savage Mill is an 18th century cotton mill transformed into a haven of shops, artist studios and antique dealers. It is a savvy shoppers dream come true. Shopaholics and fashionistas rejoice at The Mall in Columbia with 200+ trendy shops, themed restaurants and IMAX movies! Main Street Ellicott City’s old world charm makes for a perfect day of strolling, antiquing and upscale boutiquing.
**Image of outdoor concert courtesy of Howard County Recreation & Parks, Image of Sweet Elizabeth Jane’s in Old Ellicott City courtesy of Clark Vandergrift, OTD