Ellicott City is a very picturesque town close to where we were staying in the US. It's a lovely place to stroll around on a sunny afternoon, with a historic centre and interesting shops. I was particularly entertained by the store specialising in comic books and hot sauce. (And what relation between these two things? I have honestly no idea.)
There's also at least one nice coffee shop, Bean Hollow, where we spent a few hours relaxing over a nice cup of coffee and amazing, if slightly pricey, cakes.