Welcome New Marylander. I am relatively new myself. I have lived here only since 1961. Here are a few ideas off-the-cuff, many of them within a short drive and less traffic-ridden than Washington DC (where some of us only bring out-of-town friends and relatives):
Baltimore City - Fells Point, Federal Hill and Hampden are three neighborhoods with quaint shops, local restaurants and nightlife. Downtown also has some museums tucked into out-of-the-way places. Do not overlook Fort McHenry.
Baltimore County - In Timonium is the Fire Museum of Maryland, which has a wonderfully interactive display about the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904. There also are wineries and such in the northern part of the County, which usually do tours and tastings on the weekends (ditto for the other northern tier counties). Catonsville is another interesting historic town.
Howard County - Ellicott City and Savage Mill both are a lot of fun to explore on foot. Antiques, boutiques, quaint shops and restaurants.
Carroll County - Nearly every incorporated municipality has historical districts with interesting buildings, shops and museums. The Carroll County Farm Museum also is as it sounds. Civil War historical sites can be found all around the County as well as Frederick County.
Harford County - We like Havre de Grace with its nautical flair (think Annapolis without the pretentiousness). Ditto for North East in Cecil County.
Hope this helps a little. Good luck and have fun.
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