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Valentine's Day will be special on Main Street [Ellicott City]

With Valentine's Day less than a week away, here are few holiday special events and gifts ideas in Ellicott City:

Historic Ellicott City's Tea on the Tiber is hosting a Valentine's Day Afternoon Tea on Saturday, Feb. 14, with seating at 11 a.m., 2 or 5 p.m. Bring your sweetheart to enjoy warm scones with jam, clotted cream, tea sandwiches, fruit and cheese, desserts and 30-plus tea selections. Reservations required by calling 410-480-8000.

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On Valentine's Day weekend, renowned French country restaurant Tersiguels has prepared a special four-course chef's menu with seatings on Friday, Feb. 13, from 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 14, from noon to 3 p.m. and from 4 to 10 p.m. Wine pairing is optional. For more information and reservations (required), go to tersiguels.com/events or call 410-465-4004.

Take the family to the Snow Cafe, near the intersection of St. John's Lane and Frederick Road (near Rita's Italian Ice), for Valentine's cupcakes and heart-shaped waffles. Although the waffles are available with a variety of sweet and savory toppings, including jalapeno chicken, the Cafe's Valentine's Day special is the Red Velvet Waffle with cream cheese frost, strawberry, blueberry, chocolate drops and drizzled dark chocolate.

The cafe also serves sandwiches, coffees, teas and desserts. For more information, follow the cafe on Twitter (snowcafemd) and Facebook.

For the chocolate lover, Main Street Ellicott City's Sweet Cascades Chocolatier offers traditional chocolates (truffles, cremes) and strawberry-dipped chocolates, in addition to a variety of unique creations such as chocolate dipped wine and beer bottles (pre-dipped bottles are available or bring your own favorite bottle for dipping), chocolate heart pops, a box of "strawberry dipped" roses and Maryland Old Bay seasoning crab chocolates.

Some items are special order. To learn more about Ellicott City's Sweet Cascades go to sweetcascadeschocolatier.com or find the store on Facebook and Twitter.

Bring the kids to Ellicott City's Barnes & Nobles book store to celebrate the holiday at the "I Love you Just Like This!" story time on Saturday, Feb. 14, at 11 a.m. This free event will feature a book reading and Valentine's Day themed Elmo and his Sesame Street friends activities. Call 410-203-9001 for more information.

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