You can buy an acoustic guitar (or shred an axe) in Catonsville. This charming village and nearby towns offer everything from big box stores to one-of-a-kind boutiques. And the 4th of July parade here is a big slice of old fashioned Americana!
Musicians and music fans alike delight in walking in Catonsville's “Music Row,” a few blocks that include the original Record and Tape Traders, Appalachian Bluegrass, The Piano Man, and Bill's Music House. Pubs like G.L. Shack's and Kibby's cater to the happy-hour and after-hours crowds, and cheap eats abound—from pasta at Chef Paolino’s to Indian Delight to Peace A Pizza. There are suburban big-box stores—Walmart, Home Depot, Sports Authority—and the enormous Korean grocery H Mart. But to truly capture the spirit of Catonsville, don’t miss the Fourth of July parade.
Just up Frederick Road in Ellicott City, you’ll find a beautifully preserved 19th century village carved from rocky cliffs. The terminus of the famous race between the Tom Thumb steam locomotive and a horse-drawn carriage (the horse won) is memorialized at the B&O Railroad Station Museum, and Ellicott City offers quirky galleries, antique stores, trendy boutiques, and lots of places to grab a bite (La Palapa, Ellicott Mills Brewery) or a three-course meal (Tersiguel’s, Cacao Lane). Many of the pubs are also fun places to stop in at night (The Phoenix), and some host live bands.
Nearby Columbia offers great mall and big box shopping, including a Wegman’s and the retail warehouse of the mail order giant of remaindered books—Daedalus Books & Music.
Patapsco State Park offers 14,000 acres of hiking and biking, picnic areas, and campgrounds.
Catonsville Chamber of Commerce