Literary City Guide | PERRY HALL, MARYLAND

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
— Edgar Allan Poe, from "Elenora"


Kurt Jacobson is a jack-of-all-trades on his fifth career - travel writing. After working as a chef for twenty years, an aircraft mechanic for one year, realtor, and real estate investor, travel writing is one of the most fulfilling occupations yet. Find him online at Taste of Travel.


Relationship to Perry Hall: Six-year resident

Writer you'd like to invite to dinner: William Least Heat-Moon

Chef you'd like to prepare the meal: Cindy Wolfe from Charleston restaurant in Baltimore.

Writing soundtrack: No music for this writer during work, unless my German Shepherd biting a squeaky toy counts as music?

Pen or Pencil: Pen

Coffee or tea?: Definitely tea. I like Maitake-green tea from The Woodlands at Phillips Mushrooms in Kennett Square, PA.

Paperback or hardback?: Paperback for traveling, hardback for home.

Good Reads


Ukazoo Books. Ten miles down the road, Ukazoo Books stocks 100,000 used books, plus the newest titles.


Baltimore County Library. The Perry Hall branch can be found on Honeygo. Enjoy the outdoor reading garden when weather permits.


Perry Hall Library (see above) has readings several times per year, often featuring local writers.


Perry Hall Mansion. Dating back to 1776, this historic house waits for funding to preserve it and make it into a museum. It was built by Henry Dorsey Gough, the founder of Perry Hall.

Gunpowder Falls Trail. Perfect for a peaceful walk along the river, or up in the hills. In autumn it’s a kaleidoscope of color along several miles of trails.



Good Eats


The Yummery. This bakery serves coffee to go with their cupcakes and other treats, including custom cakes.

Atwaters. Located in nearby Towson, this is an organic foodie spot for coffee, tea, sandwiches, and baked goods.


R&R Taqueria. The best Mexican food around. This restaurant offers outdoor seating in the warmer months.

Lib’s Grill. Great for brunch, lunch or dinner featuring an oyster bar, sports bar, and separate dining room serving Perry Hall’s best “almost fine dining” food.

Conrad’s. The place to go for crabs. This family commercially harvests their own crabs and serves them up with a host of other dishes at their Belair Road location.

Bombay Nights. Good Indian food in a laid back strip mall atmosphere. Try the lunch buffet seven days per week for a sampling of their best dishes.


The Yummery. You'll find custom cakes and cupcakes just over the border in White Marsh.

Richardson Farms. Find Keye’s Creamery ice cream sold by the pint, one of the best I have ever tasted! Try pumpkin in the fall and winter or blackberry in the summer.

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KURT's 5 Favorites

1. Favorite bookstore: When I finally ventured inside Ukazoo Books I found probably the best used book store in Maryland. With an extensive selection of used and new books plus a generous exchange policy this place rocks.

2. Favorite place to write: My best work is done right in the basement of my three story home. For a brain-break, I simply walk the dog for 10-15 minutes by the local peach orchard and school pondering what to write next.

3. Favorite museum: Just up the road in Kingsville is the Jerusalem Mills. The old gristmill building is open on some weekends, and worth a stop to see this circa 1772 piece of living history.

4. Favorite coffee shop: Since I don’t drink coffee I have to go by my wife’s favorite stop. That would be Dunkin’ Donuts!

5. Favorite thing about Perry Hall: Perry Hall maintains a small town atmosphere while providing all the luxuries of living in the 21st century.