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Back to the Turf in Howard County

Back to school season is here! In a few weeks, Howard County public schools will be in session. Not only are our Forty West parents hitting the stores for school supplies, but they’re also preparing for the fall sports season as well. Our resident team moms and dads have been running drills in their Forty West  estate sized backyards all summer long. From football to field hockey, Howard County Recreation & Parks offers a variety of sports programs, leagues, and camps for all ages and skill levels. We’re giving you the rundown on our favorite youth sports teams before their [...]

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Tips For Keeping Your Home Cool This Summer

Summer is officially here and what a relief it is to residents across the state of  Maryland. Days of cloudy skies and cold chills are gone. Get ready to say hello to sunny days, pool parties and barbeques! But like many of us know, summer comes with its upsets as well. As temperatures continue to rise you’ll be looking for ways to cool down your home, without cranking up the air conditioner. We’ve got the best tips to beat the summer heat in your Forty West Builders home. Open Your Windows At Night During most summers, evening temperatures can get [...]

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Memorial Day Staycation

Memorial Day is expected to break travel records this year! Families across Maryland will be headed to their favorite beaches, campsites, and outdoor attractions. Beat the heat ( and the traffic) and make the most of a three day weekend near your Forty West home. Backyard Attractions No need to head to the crowded amusement parks this Memorial Day Weekend! You and the kids will have all the amusement you need with this more than life sized unicorn sprinkler. Need For Speed Keep your need for speed close to home! Twenty minutes away from our Montclair community in Ellicott City, [...]

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Baseball Season Kickoff in Carrol County and Howard County

America’s favorite pastime is back! It’s officially baseball season and we’ve got the perfect spots to watch an Orioles or Nationals game. Watching the big game from home? No problem! We’ve got tips to turn your Forty West home into the perfect game day lounge. Howard County Sonoma’s Bar and Grill Located in the heart of Columbia, Sonoma’s Bar and Grill is an established sports bar known for their friendly atmosphere. Enjoy their specials as you watch Nats! Unplugged Restaurant & Sports Bar Loaded with flat screen TV’s mounted over the bar, this sports bar is a must for Nat’s [...]

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Spring Gardening Season

Spring is finally here! It’s not too early to begin prepping for your spring garden at your Forty West Home. Start your gardening season off right with these tips and tricks to get your garden flourishing this season. Whether you’re looking to grow your own produce or just a few beautiful spring flowers, these tips are the perfect start! Timing is Everything It’s important to have your timing down to a science. Certain plants need to be planted in specific climates during certain times of spring to ensure a full bloom. You can check both at the United States Department [...]

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Best Antique Furniture in Ellicott City and Tips for Buying

Historic Ellicott City is full of shops where you can find antique, vintage and collectible one-of-a-kind items. We’ve rounded up four of the best antique shops in Ellicott City for buying furniture, as well as some tried and true tips for finding that perfect piece. Antique Depot 3720 Maryland Avenue | Ellicott City, MD 21043 The Antique Depot is an antiques, vintage, and collectibles mall housing about 70 different small businesses. New items come in almost every day so you never know what you are going to find! Cottage Antiques 8181 Main Street | Ellicott City, MD 21043-4929 Cottage Antiques [...]

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day in Howard County

Looking for the perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day with that special someone? Look no further! We’ve rounded up 5 of our favorite romantic restaurants near our new homes in Howard County. Don’t want to wait until Valentine’s Day to enjoy all that these restaurants have to offer? Lucky for you, Howard County Restaurant Week is January 22nd – February 5th and some of the below are participating. Pure Wine Cafe 8210 Main St. Ellicott City. MD 21043 Pure Wine Cafe offers small plates of fresh, locally sourced ingredients, with a wine list that represents a wide variety of tastes [...]

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Our Favorite Howard County Breweries

In recent years, Howard County has come a growing local craft beer destination. Learn more about Howard County’s craft brew trail and then keep reading to see a few of our of favorite Howard County breweries near our new homes in Ellicott City. HowardOnTap Craft Brew Trail The HowardOnTap Craft Brew Trail features 11 destinations, including established brewpubs, up-and-coming farm breweries and exciting start-ups getting creative with their ingredients. A trip to the trail is the perfect holiday gift for the craft beer lover in your life. Receive swag when you visit four or all stops on the trail, and [...]

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Shop Local on Small Business Saturday

In between the hustle and bustle of Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Small Business Saturday. First recognized in 2010, Small Business Saturday is a day to celebrate the Shop Small movement, driving shoppers to local merchants across the U.S. Just minutes from our new home communities in the charming downtown areas of Westminster and Ellicott City, you’ll find plenty of local shops where you can find unique, one-of-a-kind items for this holiday season. Main Street Ellicott City near Montclair The Antique Depot 3720 Maryland Avenue | Ellicott City, MD The Antique Depot is an antiques, vintage, and collectibles mall [...]

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Pet-Friendly Ellicott City

October is Adopt-A-Dog Month, dedicated to giving a loving home to the millions of dogs waiting in shelters. When you’re ready to bring home your new four-legged family member, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite pet-friendly Howard County businesses near our new homes in Ellicott City. Dog Adoption: Animal Advocates of Howard County PO Box 1403 | Ellicott City, MD 21041 Animal Advocates of Howard County is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing the suffering of animals, through the promotion of adoption of pets from Howard County Animal Control, securing shelter for animals in trouble, providing free [...]

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