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2012 Visitorsâ€™ Guide &
Calendar of Events
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Welcome! Just 25 miles north of Baltimore, Harford County offers world-class attractions, special events, and natural beauty. Whether you are relocating or just visiting, you will find so much to Love in Harford County! Throughout the guide look for the 25 visitor trivia questions that can be answered by going to the Whereâ€™s Wini ? video blog on our website.
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his year’s visitors’ guide will help you find ways to enjoy Harford as one of Maryland’s most family-friendly destinations. 2012 begins anniversary commemorations of the War of 1812 and the part that Harford County played in that important time in our nation’s destiny.
Melinda and I like to keep our 9 grandchildren busy visiting Harford County’s unique attractions. Whether we stroll along the promenade along the waterfront in historic Havre de Grace, visit one of our beautiful state parks, or enjoy popsicles on our own front porch on a summer evening, lasting memories are made here. Visit Ladew Topiary Gardens in the springtime or take a scenic drive through the northern part of the County to see beautiful and bountiful farms. Make your own memories as you explore our museums, trails, historic sites, and special events. I am proud to share this place I call home with you. Harford County…Love it! Cordially, David R. Craig County Executive
Visitors’ Guide & Calendar of Events 2012 Our Towns 6-9 Bel Air, Havre de Grace, Aberdeen, White Hall, Pylesville, Whiteford, Street, Churchville, Darlington, Joppa, Abingdon, Edgewood, Belcamp, Monkton, Jarrettsville, Forest Hill, Fallston, Baldwin
Attractions 10-27 Arts & Culture Boating & Fishing Casino & Gaming Farms, Gardens & Wineries Landmarks, Museums, & Historic Sites Parks & Trails Sports Golf
Lodging 28-37 Lodging
County Map 32-33 Dining 38-43
Services 44-47 Community Resources Education Health/Medical Housing Real Estate Retail Towns/Visitor Centers
Where’s Wini? Trivia
Questions are throughout the Guide. Trivia answers are found on page 62.
Passport to Savings
Tourism Partners showing this symbol in the guide have special savings offers online. Go to www.harfordmd.com for Most of the listings in this guide your Passport to Savings! are our Tourism Partners. Do you want to be listed next year? Special thanks to Kathy Whitehead and For more information on how to Leo Heppner (www.heppnerimaging.com) for the photography used throughout become a Tourism Partner call this guide. (410) 638-3327.
Calendar of Events 50-59
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Havre de Grace Holiday Lights
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ocated in the heart of Harford County, Bel Air offers big-city convenience in a small town package. The County seat’s picturesque parks, rambling Victorians, cordial pubs, and charming boutiques welcome visitors. Trendy stores and restaurant chains fuse with farmers markets and local craftsmen to offer a wide variety of cuisine, goods, and gifts. Nestled between manicured suburbs and scenic pastures, Main Street Bel Air hums with cultural activity year round. Popular annual events include the Chocolate Festival, the Farm Fair, and the Maryland State BBQ Bash. Many new residential developments surround the town. Bel Air is the perfect place to enjoy a night out with friends at one of its popular downtown eateries. www.belairmd.org • www.downtownbelair.com
ocated in eastern Harford County on the banks of the Susquehanna River is a charming waterfront community rich with history and maritime heritage. Unique on the Chesapeake, Havre de Grace offers a truly authentic Chesapeake Bay experience, with a delightful mix of restaurants, unique bed and breakfast inns, specialty boutiques and antique shops. Waterfront trails, world-class golf, scenic parks, and a thriving arts community characterize this quaint city by the Bay. www.hdgtourism.com • www.mainstreethdg.com
Havre de Grace
berdeen’s convenient location on the I-95 corridor has made it one of Harford County’s fastest growing communities and created high demand for business and tourist activity. Located in northeast Harford County, Aberdeen is a diverse municipality successfully balancing a booming technology sector with the warmth of small town flavor. A unique hometown energy is generated here by the synergy of high-tech companies, like Battelle and APG, who are partnering with family oriented communities in handsome neighborhoods tobuild advanced educational environments, like the Higher Education and Conference Center at HEAT. An “All-America” City rich with history, diversity, technological advancement and growth. Also the home of Ripken Stadium, Aberdeen offers retail shopping, excellent family restaurants, and a large cluster of the county’s full-service hotels. www.aberdeen-md.org • www.aberdeencc.com
White Hall, Pylesville, Whiteford, Street, Churchville & Darlington icturesque landscapes adorned with sprawling farm homes, rambling hills, cheerful orchards and bustling villages characterize scenic north Harford. The immense natural area, bordered by southern Pennsylvania and the Susquehanna River, has been largely preserved for agriculture and is home to a thriving thoroughbred breeding industry. Formerly the home of an enterprising slate and green marble mining industry, area attractions now include Fiore Winery, Geneva Farm Golf Course, and Rocks State Park. Numerous outdoor festivals and events take place annually including the Fiore Wine and Jazz Festival, and the Darlington Apple Festival.
Northern Harford County
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3. Where can you find a little piece of Hamden in Harford County?
4. What does the STEM stand for? The Promenade in Havre de Grace
Joppa, Abingdon, Edgewood & Belcamp
riven by its strategic location, proximity to I-95, thriving business environment, and easily accessible MARC Train access, Southern Harford County teems with activity. The diverse and culturally rich area is home to some of Harfordâ€™s largest companies, including SafeNet, SAIC, EAI Corporation, Custom Direct, McCormick and Company and Procter & Gamble. Along the Route 40 Corridor, which joins Baltimore, Harford, and Cecil County, find outstanding golf courses, recreation centers, large movie-theaters, trendy brand-name stores, and state-of-the-art libraries. Built on the shoreline of Gunpowder Ridge, the water-oriented community of Joppa offers many recreational activities.
Southern Harford County
Monkton, Jarrettsville, Forest Hill, Fallston & Baldwin
ordered by Baltimore County, Mid-Western Harford County offers residents express access to urban amenities without compromising its suburban appeal. Its strategic location, scenic setting, and abundant recreational opportunities have made it one of the wealthiest and fastest growing regions in the County. Sophisticated boutiques, contemporary athletic clubs, convenience stores, and fine dining frame this once largely agricultural community. Western Harford attractions include Ladew Topiary Gardens, a 22-acre world-renowned historic manor home and garden, and Boordy Vineyard, a nearby Baltimore County winery.
Mid-Western Harford County
A Great Place to Live, Work & Play
Stop in at our Visitors Center 37-41 North Main St.
The Heart of Harford
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5. What famous 19th century actor performed in the historic courthouse on Main Street and was born in Bel Air?
Decoy Capital of the WorldÂ Havre de Grace
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mmerse yourself in Harfordâ€™s arts and culture. Both Havre de Grace and Bel Air now boast arts and entertainment districts and are home to numerous galleries and special events like First Fridays. Harford Community College serves as a cultural cornerstone offering musical performances, childrenâ€™s theater, ballet and more. Whether you want to enjoy the talent of others or begin to nurture your own, our partners provide many opportunities to explore the creative side of our community.
Arts & Culture
Center for the Arts at Tudor Hall
17 Tudor Lane â€˘ Bel Air, MD 21015 â€˘ (410) 838-2177 â€˘ The Center for the Arts is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a home for the arts in Harford County. Offices are located at Tudor Hall, the childhood home of John Wilkes Booth and acclaimed Shakespearean Actors Junius and Edwin Booth is open for tours by appointment. www.centerfortheartsharford.org
Harford Community College
401 Thomas Run Rd â€˘ Bel Air, MD 21015 â€˘ (443) 412-2408 â€˘ Harford Community College, founded in 1957, offers high quality educational experiences for the community and promotes lifelong learning, workforce development, and social and cultural enrichment. www.harford.edu
Harford County Cultural Arts Board
212 South Bond Street â€˘ Bel Air, MD 21014 â€˘ (410) 638-3578 â€˘ Premier local resource for arts, cultural and historical organizations, individual artists and the residents of Harford County, Maryland. HCCAB provides financial, advocacy and administrative support to its local arts and cultural groups. www.culturalartsboard.org
Havre de Grace Arts Commission
3 Concord Place â€˘ Havre de Grace, MD 21014 â€˘ (410) 939-4441 â€˘ The Havre de Grace Arts Commission is committed to coordinating, promoting and supporting the performing and fine arts events within the City of Havre de Grace. www.havredegracemd.com
Maryland Faerie Festival
2564 Silver Road â€˘ Darlington, MD 21034 â€˘ (410) 457-4038 â€˘ The Maryland Faerie Festival provides atmosphere and entertainment inspired by Faerie folklore and of course, the faeries themselves. The Festival, as a nonprofit organization, provides educational outreach opportunities for groups promoting diligent stewardship of Nature. (##!"