Average high temperature in July (hottest month): 88 degrees
Commute time to downtown Baltimore: Approximately 35 to 40 minutes
Places of worship: Majestic Fellowship Church, Northwest Baptist Church, Reisterstown Baptist Church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Temple Emanuel Synagogue and Trinity Lutheran Church
Best store for bargain shoe hunters: SRI Shoe Warehouse has more than 45,000 pairs of shoes for men, women and children.
Best store to replace that broken teacup: Maryland China Co. has been in business since 1910.
Best store to buy cheap kids' stuff: The Elephant's Trunk Children's Consignment Shop is junky and certainly not much to look at, but the bargains on hand-me-downs are worth checking out. The shop offers a huge selection on clothes for babies and tykes, not to mention toys, strollers and a lot more.
Top ski shop: Ski Shoppe Ltd. is your one-stop shop for ski apparel, equipment and gear. People come from far and wide for their ski poles, gloves and goggles before hitting the slopes.
Best place for a geek connection: Cards, Comics, Collectibles where those with Incubus T-shirts, goatees and horn-rimmed glasses go to buy everything from "Batman" and "Spider-Man" comics to "Simpsons" and "Speed Racer" action figures.
Best place for bookworms: The Reisterstown Branch Library features the Reisterstown Historical Room, which includes a collection of local history.
Best home for the arts: The Open Space Arts Organization hosts at least three young adult productions annually. It also hosts various theater, writing and visual art groups for middle and high schoolers.
Take a hike: Try the walking and bike trails around Liberty Reservoir.
Fore! The Mid-Atlantic Golf Center at Reisterstown is great for golf nuts. Formerly known as Tom Mitchell's, this is also one of the most welcoming places for families and young couples on a first or second date. It boasts three miniature golf courses and a golf driving range.
Smell this: Ellie's Smellies sells a wide range of citrus, rosemary and oatmeal salt bath products along with scented candles and artwork from local artists.