Thankful & Festive in Downtown Towson


Over the next few weeks, we’ll think of all we have to be grateful for on Thanksgiving, then turn our thoughts to the holiday season, as the Towson tree lights flicker on and local shops and restaurants deck their halls in festive colors. 

Though this year looks different this year for Hampton Plaza Apartments residents and people all over the country and world, we still have plenty to celebrate – and many ways to do that in downtown Towson.

Here’s a look at what’s happening over the next few weeks just outside the doors of Hampton Plaza:

Restaurant News

Given the rapidly changing COVID landscape, restaurant guidelines are a moving target. In mid-November, downtown Towson restaurants are still open for both indoor and outdoor dining, but at reduced capacity. Many are also still offering curbside pickup and delivery.

Even with the restrictions, local spots are getting creative and keeping the energy high to offer fun, satisfying and safe dining experiences.


Café Troia

In addition to patio heaters, Café Troia has invested in air purification systems to keep the indoor dining rooms safe. 

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Towson Tavern

Towson Tavern has a newly updated fall menu – including a bunch of seasonal cocktails that sound terrific.  


The Point

On Saturday, Nov. 21, The Point hosts a drag brunch featuring Robyn Ya’Men, Candi Fuentes and Sue Nami. Given current restrictions and the need for safe social distance, seats are limited for the event – so grab your ticket while you still can. 

Nacho Mama’s

Nacho Mama’s has a Thanksgiving quesadilla on the menu – just in time to get you ready for the big turkey day.  

Thanksgiving Plans

From carryout turkeys to Turkey Bowl viewing parties, Towson restaurants are giving thanks in style.


Charles Village Pub

Charles Village Pub will open early on Thanksgiving Day for a Turkey Bowl viewing party. The doors open at 7:30 a.m. and kickoff is at 10 a.m. This is the 101st Turkey Bowl meeting between Loyola Blakefield and Calvert Hall – it’s a Baltimore tradition that defines the holiday for many.


Cunningham’s Café and Bakery


Cunningham’s Café and Bakery will be open on Thanksgiving Day. The centrally-located café also has a terrific holiday takeaway menu available, with options including a whole roasted turkey, brioche cider stuffing, sauerkraut, and classic pumpkin pie. You can either purchase individual items a la carte or simplify with the purchase of family-style meals including proteins and sides.  


Café Troia

Café Troia is open on Thanksgiving and will offer its regular menu as well as a traditional Thanksgiving menu. 

Barley’s Backyard Uptown

Barley’s Backyard Uptown has a carryout Thanksgiving feast available now through Christmas. 

Giving Back

From Nov. 20 through Dec. 11, Towson Town Center is partnering with Volunteers of America on a winter clothing drive benefiting those in our community. Donate new coats, hats, scarves, and gloves at the mall to help out your neighbors in need.


Gearing Up for the Holidays

Holiday season starts promptly after the Thanksgiving dishes are done though this year, options to celebrate in Towson look a little different than they did in the past.

Santa will be available for in-person photos at Towson Town Center, starting on Friday, Nov.27. Unlike years past, when North Pole visitors could line up at the mall, this year, reservations are required for Santa visits, and numerous safety precautions will be in place.

The mall also has a virtual Santa visit option in place, if you’d rather see the big guy from the comfort and safety of your apartment. 

The mall will host a holiday expo, featuring goods from Maryland small businesses, on Nov. 27-29 and Dec. 5 and 6 and a holiday market for local makers on Saturday, Dec. 12. 



CVP has a fun lineup of holiday events planned, including a shopping event on Dec. 5, brunch with the Grinch on Dec.12 and a pet brunch with Santa on Dec. 13.

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Spring Is on Its Way in Downtown Towson

With the weather warming up and restaurant and gym capacity restrictions lifted in Baltimore County (as of 5 p.m. on March 12), spirits are high in the Towson community. Local spots have many plans in the works to celebrate the new season. Here’s a look at what’s happening right outside the doors of Hampton Plaza Apartments:


Perennial News

Olympic Place restaurant Cunningham’s closed last year, during the pandemic. This year, the space has received a refresh by celebrated local designer Patrick Sutton and when the restaurant inside reopens this spring, it will be called Perennial

Cunningham’s chef Jay Rohlfing – who is terrific – remains at the helm and Perennial will also carry on Cunningham’s commitment to work with local farmers and purveyors.

St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is officially Wednesday, March 17, but at many Towson eateries, the celebration of the Irish lasts all month long. Keep an eye out for specials (like Reuben sandwiches at Barley’s, Guinness beef stew at CVP, and Guinness Blonde deals at C&R) and fun events, like kegs and eggs at The Point. 

Plus, Towson restaurants and bars are banding together the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day, hosting an Irish stroll on Saturday March 13. There will be fun specials and entertainment at several downtown Towson spots, including Nacho Mama’s, The Point, Rec Room, Barley’s Backyard Uptown, and CVP.


Pop-ups at The Point

The Point is continuing its pop-up series, welcoming chefs from different spots around the city for kitchen takeovers. On Monday, March 22, Chef Jonny Lease will offer a fun BBQ menu – and there are more pop-ups to come, too.


Maryland Day at THB

Maryland Day is March 25 and Towson Hot Bagel has fun plans in store for the holiday. The Towson bagelry is serving fun Maryland flag themed bagels that day (they’re available for pre-order, too) and will host a “Feed the Industry” event in partnership with the Baltimore Restaurant Relief Fund

During the event, THB will provide a meal to unemployed/underemployed members of Baltimore’s restaurant community who sign up via the BRRF website.


Paint Your Pet at The Point

On Thursday, March 25, head to The Point with a photo of your favorite pet for a night of sips, snacks, and pet portrait painting.


Live Music Returns to the Recher

After an 8-year hiatus, live music returns this month to The Recher Theater.

Opening night is March 19 – local icons Kelly Bell Band will take the stage for the first show. That concert is sold out already but there will be plenty more to follow, including a comedy show hosted by Mickey Cucchiella on March 20 and The Dirty Grass Players on March 26.

The Recher isn’t the only live music venue in town, either – keep an eye on social media for spots like C&R, The Point and Barley’s. They frequently host smaller acts, both on weekends and weeknights.


Upcoming Events

There’s much to look forward to over the next several months, including the return of Towson Gardens Day on April 29, a new season of Feet on the Street starting May 7, and the renewal of the Towson Farmer’s Market on June 3. 

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Valentine’s and More in Downtown Towson this February

This February, love is in the air at Hampton Plaza Apartments and all around downtown Towson. But this month isn’t only about Valentine’s Day – we also have football, music and a lot more on the horizon.

Here’s a look at what’s happening right outside the doors of Hampton Plaza:

What’s New in the Restaurant World

Under newly relaxed guidelines, restaurants and bars no longer have to close at 10 p.m., so late-night dining is once again an option in Towson.

That’s not the only news, either.

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Cunningham’s Café

Cunningham’s Café has a great lineup of freezer items available for purchase, from cookie dough to chicken noodle soup. They’re easy to carry home – and delicious. 



CVP’s popular bottomless brunch has returned very Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 



THB’s cinna-bagels are back on the menu – a perfect way to enjoy dessert-breakfast.

Barley’s Backyard Uptown

Barley’s Backyard Uptown has a new menu item: the #BarstoolFund Bucket – a cocktail in a bucket with a special bonus: $4 of every bucket sold goes to the #BarstoolFund, which is raising money to directly support small businesses struggling due to COVID. 

Towson Town Center

Towson Town Center’s Dine & Delight promotion is still underway. From now through the end of February, spend $50 or more (via takeout, delivery or dine-in) at a participating restaurant and you’ll receive a $20 reward card. 

The list of participating restaurants is long and includes The Brass Tap, Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill, and even Chick-fil-A.

Super Bowl Fun

The Ravens might not have made it to the big game (this year) but watching Kansas City vs. Tampa Bay can still be a lot of fun.

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Burger Bros.

Burger Bros. is a great option for wings and burgers. And don’t miss the fries – they’re classic Ocean City-style spuds. 



CVP has dine-in and carryout specials available for Super Bowl Sunday.

Valentine’s Dining


Nacho Mama's

Nacho Mama’s has lots of plans in store for Valentine’s Day, including a special prix fixe option to celebrate. The restaurant also has a fun contest underway: you can enter to win an evening in the Elvis room with up to six people. 


Café Troia

Café Troia will offer a special three-course menu, with multiple options available, throughout Valentine’s weekend – from Feb. 12 to Feb. 14. The romantic restaurant will also have specials available a la carte. 




C&R Pub

C&R Pub has a couple live music evenings scheduled. On Friday, Feb. 12, Jim Wockenfuss and John Love will be at the pub and on Saturday, Feb. 27, Jim Zorn will play.  

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An Omelette Breakfast


Monday, Feb 22nd
7:30 - 9:30 AM
Second Floor Party Room

Omelettes* made to order with your choice of fixings, bagels and orange juice

*NOTE: If you have an allergy to dairy, peanuts, nuts or seeds, these items may come in contact with your omelette. Eat at your own risk. Hampton Plaza and the Omelette Caterers assume no responsibility for illness.

This is how it will work: Residents will come to the party room (with a facemask on) to order the omelette, wait for it and then take it back to your apartment to eat. Only one omelette per person. We will allow 8 people in the party room at one time, standing in a line, 6 feet apart, unless you are in the same household. Should there be more than 8 people in the room, we will line up down the hallway towards the pool or you can come back later!

Hope to see you there!

(Omelettes* made to order with your choice of fixings, bagels and orange juice)

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