Perfect Weekend: 48-Hours in Baltimore, MarylandBy Mayola Fernandes
Planning the perfect 48-hours in Baltimore? This major City in the heart of Maryland is indeed the hot destination of the year – it’s an enjoyable, historical city, with a real sense of buzz. Well deservingly known as Charm City, the views are phenomenal, the food is fantastic and the people are super friendly. Discover the very best of the city in a weekend with our ultimate travel guide, featuring what to do, see and eat in Baltimore. Let’s see this city:
48-Hours in Baltimore: Where to Stay
This boutique hotel is based in Historic Downtown Baltimore and is the City’s only boutique art hotel. It’s nestled in the heart of Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood and is less than a mile from Penn Station. The 107-room, 14-story boutique hotel serves a vibrant guest experience, thoughtful design, new restaurants and signature bars. The newly renovated hotel features distinctive art and breathtaking city views which can be seen clearly from the hotel’s restaurant Topside, located on the top floor of the stunning hotel.
I loved everything about the hotel – the bedrooms have every amenity you would expect from a hotel and more – from convenient charging points, a personal steamer for your clothing and an easy to use television, with a great range of channels available. The beds are huge, comfortable and lined with soft linens making it difficult to leave the room! If you’re into fitness you can start your day with some morning yoga on the green outside of the hotel or make use of the hotel’s fully equipped Gym.
Rooms at Hotel Revival start at $139 USD per night.
48-Hours in Baltimore: What to Eat and Drink
Be sure to put your diet on hold for the few days you spend in Baltimore as there are so many amazing places to indulge in. If a food-focused traveller – you’re in for a treat with the options you’ll find at restaurants in the City.
The national dish of Maryland and a must-have during your stay in Baltimore are their delicious Crabs. They come prepared in many different ways – steamed, sautéed or as crab cakes (my personal favourite) and much of the time you’ll find them seasoned with the infamous Old Bay seasoning, that you can add onto virtually anything.
This City is foodie heaven and has really made me fall in love with all that Baltimore has to offer. Short on time? Here’s our pick of 3 must-visit places to eat:
Breakfast is named the most important meal of the day and for good reason. A hearty filling breakfast sets the mood for the day and when travelling, a great breakfast can fuel you for a day full of sightseeing, exploring and adventure. For a standout breakfast, Miss Shirley’s is definitely the spot to go to, they have even been awarded for the culinary experience they offer. They’ve got a fantastic range of options for you to choose from, there’s definitely something for everyone here.
The breakfast at Miss Shirley’s was definitely the most extensive I have ever been served to date, this one is not for the faint hearted! I went for their Signature Coconut Cream Stuffed French Toast which consists of Challah Bread dipped in Egg Mix, stuffed with Coconut Cream Cheese & Flaked Coconut, garnished with Diced Strawberries & Brûléed Bananas, dusted with Cinnamon & Powdered Sugar. It came beautifully presented on the plate, the portion was huge but very delicious.
If a breakfast this wholesome is not what you’re after, there’s loads more you can choose from, such as their; Brûléed Nana Berry Oatmeal (Steel Cut Oats, Tri-colored Quinoa, Vanilla, Agave & Coconut Milk, topped with Brûléed Banana, Raspberries, Sunflower Seeds & Raspberry Purée drizzle), Buttermilk Pancakes (Served with Whipped Butter & Grade A Pure Maple Syrup, dusted with Powdered Sugar & garnished with Raspberry Purée Plate Glaze) or a southern dish of Fried Chicken, Biscuits & Gravy Omelet (Fried Buttermilk Chicken Pieces, Peppadews, Green Onion & White Cheddar Cheese, topped with a House-Made Biscuit & Chesapeake Chicken Sausage Gravy, dusted with Cajun Spice)
Maryland are known best for their crabs, you’ll find them served in many different restaurants all across the city, in a variety of ways. Phillips Seafood is the go-to for crabs and you won’t miss the 17-foot tall Phillips sign which is part of the iconic Baltimore skyline. This is your haven for the ultimate seafood feast, they’ve got award-winning crab cakes, steamed crabs, steamed shrimp, fried chicken and corn, coleslaw and potato salad as some sides to choose from. If you choose to dine here you can enjoy nightly live music from their calendar of rotating local musicians.
Loch Bar is the perfect introduction to the fine restaurants found in the picturesque Inner Harbor. They’ve got a range of tasty cocktails, rare whiskeys, beer and wine along with a menu comprising of Cream of Crab soup, lobster rolls, steak and crab cakes with Old Bay spice, of course!
Located in the Four Seasons, they’ve got one of the region’s largest raw bars serving a selection of east and west coast oysters, clams, mussels, shrimp cocktails, alaskan king crab, maine lobster, and crudos which are all served with traditional sauces and garnish. They’ve also got live music playing 7 days a week!
48-Hours in Baltimore: What to Do and See
The American Visionary Art Museum is an art museum located in the heart of Baltimore. The museum specializes in displaying different types of intuitive art and it has been designated by Congress as America’s national museum for self-taught art.
This museum is certainly one that will inspire. Showcased all across the building (and outside) the art that is displayed in this museum is made up of work from carious self-taught artists, many whom never undertook any formal training. They offer a free tour for their visitors if you’re short on time, the tour is well-informed and displays the employees/founders passion for the art and the museum.
The Washington Monument is located a short walk from the hotel that we stayed at whilst in Baltimore (Hotel Revival). It’s a great landmark to visit, climb up to the top and you’ll be delighted with the breathtaking view the city has to offer. As soon as you enter the landmark you’ll find a restored gallery space which has interactive touch screens that provide a virtual tour of the Monument, both exterior and interior. You’ll also be able to learn about the history of the momument along with the key moments in the development of the surrounding squares of Mount Vernon Place.
The stair tower consists for 227 marble steps that spiral to the top through nine rotations. At the top, a lookout area provides views in four directions that are equally as magnificent. The stair tower is about 130 feet from its base to the top and approximately around 13 storeys, so be prepared to get your cardio in for the day! The climb itself does not take longer than 5 minutes however each group is allotted 20 minutes to ensure a good amount of time to take in the view and snap some photos.
For some insta-worthy pictures, I’d recommend visiting Charles Village to see what is called Painted Ladies. You’ll find rows of brightly coloured Victorian-style houses which are inspired by the homes of San Francisco, a perfect display of the vibrancy Baltimore has to offer. The history behind the painted houses stems from a competition in the late 1990s where residents where told to paint and decorate the outside of their houses to show pride in their neighbourhood. The tradition continued and there were annual cash prizes that were offered to selected winners. Around 20 years on and the colours are still as vibrant as can be!
We spent some time in Hampden towards the end of our trip which was the perfect location to do some last minute shopping. Baltimore’s quirky personality is displayed throughout the stores that are lined across the streets which sell anything from worthy records, novelty keepsakes and vintage jewellery. You’ll also find various cafés, restaurants and pubs around Hampden including Café Hon which is a quirky local café serving American comfort food & various Maryland classics, they’ve also got an attached gift shop where you’ll find all you need to transform into a hon yourself! The name “Hon” derives from a “Bawlmerese” word short that’s short for“honey”, it came to define the city’s typically-white working class women of the 1960s, a large population of which congregated in Hampden. What are known as “Hons” in Baltimore are recognizable by their sky-high beehive hairdos, animal print clothing and cat-eye glasses.