Cockeysville + Hunt Valley

Cockeysville, Maryland, located in Baltimore County, has both the history of a major city and the peace and quiet associated with rural living. To see historical artifacts from the founding fathers, visit The Grand Lodge of Maryland. Dating back to 1787, the Grand Lodge was established by the freemasons and the Lodge upholds Masonic traditions to this day. Nearby, the Grand Lodge Museum and Library houses the desk where George Washington resigned his commission as Commander-in-Chief as well as many other relics from the American Revolution. The quarry used to produce marble for the Washington Monument is also located in Cockeysville.

Hunt Valley’s name was based on being just east of Maryand’s more traditionally known “Hunt Country.” Each year the Maryland Hunt Cup steeplechase horse racing and jumping championship is held in Hunt Valley.

At the end of each summer, the Timonium Race Track hosts the annual Maryland State Fair. The fair features rides, concessions, and live entertainment and lasts for 11 days to conclude the summer.

For some of the best barbeque in Baltimore, stop by Andy Nelson’s Southern Pit Barbeque. Former Colts player Andy Nelson makes all of his barbeque from scratch and uses family recipes to make delicious and unique BBQ dishes. The Hunt Valley Town Center also has a variety of restaurants and shops. For traditional and fresh American cuisine, try Barrett’s Grill. In the summer, you can stop by the Town Center’s Friday Night Concert Series and check out local talent.