Last week, I was able to hop in the car with my husband and head to Baltimore for less than 24 hours while he worked nearby. It’s funny, when I think of Baltimore, I automatically think of a city mentioned in a silly musical – because you have to sing about it for anyone to pay attention, right? I was quite wrong and felt a little foolish when I arrived in Baltimore and was amazed by the stellar architecture, funky culture that exists there, excellent food and local beer….. and I wasn’t even there 24 full hours – I only had the time to walk through about 3 neighborhoods!
Well, I could go on and on about my brief visit to Baltimore, but I will have to visit again before I say any more 🙂 There are 3 recommendations I will make, however….. if you find yourself in Baltimore, you must, must, must go to eat at the Brewer’s Art Restaurant and be sure to order their Artichoke Ravioli with mint pesto sauce – one of my new favorite dishes; seriously, I would make the 4 hour drive just to eat that ravioli! I would also recommend Langermann’s Restaurant in the Fell’s point neighborhood – their shrimp and grits is excellent (you would think they were a true Southern state) and their local beer on tap is the best I’ve tasted yet! Noteworthy neighborhoods that I wish to spend more time in? I would recommend Fell’s Point and Mount Vernon – two of the three I walked through. Very stunning architecture and cute little European style townhouses. And of course, if you are new to Baltimore, you should probably walk through the harbor area and visit Federal Hill – just beware of the touristy traps there that could keep you from the rest of the City!
Baltimore, I must say… you were an unexpected surprise!
Sean eating an Astronaut Icecream Sandwich from the Science Center
The last remaining Naval Ship from Pearl Harbor
Hotel Brexton (really nice & inexpensive hotel in Mount Vernon)