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Baltimore, Maryland is full of history. And despite its less-than-stellar reputation for safety, Baltimore has lots of lovely and safe neighborhoods to explore after 5. For a central hotel recommendation with spectacular views of the inner harbor, check out this review of the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.
In Baltimore, you have to walk through the Inner Harbor. This is a beautiful neighborhood on the waterfront, full of shops and restaurants. Catch a boat tour (more on that below) or a movie at the IMAX, or just take a stroll and have a drink while you enjoy the views.
How to Get to Baltimore, MD
Baltimore/Washington International, or BWI, airport, is closest to the center of Baltimore, MD, about a 20-minute drive. Reagan Washington National (DCA) and Washington Dulles (IAD) are each a little over an hour away from Baltimore via car. All three airports have trains that go into Baltimore’s city center, but ride-share services and taxis are probably easiest.
Renting a car isn’t necessary in Baltimore, and parking can be expensive. Ride-share services are regularly available and probably more convenient than renting. But unlike cities like NYC or Chicago, it won’t be too difficult to find parking, so rent away if you feel the need.
Where to Eat Dinner in Baltimore, MD
Brewers Art // Go here for great beers that are brewed in-house. Brewers Art focuses on interesting Belgian-style beers, including lots of darker brews, such as the “Black is Beautiful” imperial stout. They also serve reasonably-priced cocktails and wine. Expect hearty, delicious, pub-style food such as cheesesteak sandwiches and soft pretzels.
Vaccaro’s Italian Pastry Shop // In the Little Italy neighborhood, which is a very short walk from the Harbor East area, is where the lovely Baltimore Marriott Waterfront hotel sits. Vaccaro’s has been a successful Italian bakery since the 1950’s, serving some of the best cream puffs, cannolis, and gelato in the city.
Lexington Market // Home to 54 food vendors, this market has been around since the late 1700s! Prepared food is available, or you can pick up specialties to cook at home. For example, Harbor Fish (https://lexingtonmarket.com/vendor/harbor-fish/) provides super-fresh, just-caught fish that they’ll happily de-bone and de-scale for you. Or, grab anything from a hot dog to fried chicken to salads to eat there.
Faidley’s // The best crab cakes in Baltimore. It’s also in Lexington Market, but deserves a special call-out. It’s been family-owned since 1886 and is still going strong despite the pandemic.
Rye Street Tavern // True to its name, this restaurant specializes in American rye whiskey, along with farm-raised meats and Maryland crab. This restaurant is right next door to the Sagamore Spirit Distillery, where you can book a whiskey tour prior to dinner here. Get the fried chicken with buttermilk biscuits.
Things to Do in Baltimore, MD at Night
Take a boat tour around Inner Harbor // The innermost harbor of Baltimore is called Inner Harbor for obvious reasons, and it’s full of beautiful views. The entire harbor area is filled with fun shops, hotels, and restaurants, so it’s great to walk around. But if you can, definitely take a boat tour, which are offered multiple times per day, including in the evenings. Try Watermark Tours or Hornblower Cruises, both of which have boat docks on the inner harbor. IMAGE 4 – Image by 1778011 from Pixabay
Visit the Top of the World Observation Tower // While you’re in Inner Harbor, get your pics for the ‘gram here, with admission for only $6. However, do this right after you get off work, since some weekdays they close at 6p!
Take a distillery tour // Adjacent to the Rye Street Tavern is the Sagamore Spirit Distillery, dedicated to rye whiskey. Check out their visitor center, or even book a guided tour of the facility, where you can see the copper still. Open til 8p, all days except Mondays, so it’s perfect for an after-work whiskey tasting.
Walk through Patterson Park // Stroll through this large, urban green space, which is full of historical markers along an easy hiking trail. You can see the lush Patterson City Farms Garden, or even try to jump into a pickup game of basketball if you’re so inclined. Summer evenings often have concerts, so check the park website for events too.
Explore the Canton neighborhood // Canton is another trendy, waterfront Baltimore neighborhood not far from the Harbor East/Inner Harbor neighborhood. You can walk directly along the lovely waterfront and see small local restaurants, pubs, and pastry shops. In the summer, you might come across a concert or a food festival. Pass by the outdoor Korean War Memorial on your way, and learn while you stroll.
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