Ashley Ryan 2016-12-08 05:46:26
CHARM CITY IS THE PLACE TO BE FOR TRAVELERS WITH A TASTE FOR HISTORY, ARCHITECTURE AND CULTURE. Lovingly referred to as a city of neighborhoods, Baltimore is filled with unique districts that possess distinct styles. Serving as a major destination for European immigrants for over a century, the city is steeped in a rich history and visitors will find plenty to keep them occupied, as Baltimore is home to a variety of museums, restaurants and breweries, as well as a beautiful waterfront, which is currently experiencing exciting new developments. Located on Recreation Pier, Sagamore Pendry Baltimore brings classic sophistication and modern flavor to the vibrant community of Fell’s Point. With cobblestone streets and modern skyscrapers, Baltimore offers the perfect blend of traditional and contemporary—both in architecture and recreation. DINE Distinctive restaurants are abundant in Baltimore. Enjoy upscale ambience and modern Greek food at Ouzo Bay or stop by the raw bar at the historic Thames Street Oyster House in Fell’s Point. Fifteen minutes north of Fell’s Point, near Druid Hill Park, diners can experience the locally sourced ingredients of the Chesapeake at Woodberry Kitchen where chefs craft dishes like spicy pork and rigatoni or cast-iron lambchetta served with buttered cabbage, roasted lady apples, turnips and lamb jus. For a cocktail with a side of history, stop by The Horse You Came In On Saloon in Fell’s Point. Known by locals simply as The Horse, the bar was established in 1775 and is said to be the last known whereabouts of the famous poet Edgar Allen Poe before his death in 1849. SHOP One of America’s most charming historical cities certainly has the boutiques to match. Head to Zelda Zen in Fell’s Point for a swath of carefully curated and handpicked finds. Also in Fell’s Point and Federal Hill is Brightside Boutique offering chic and edgy styles from local and national designers. Over in Charles Village, The Kelmscott Bookshop is a great place to find rare and antique books on topics like art, travel and architecture.For home decor, try Trohv, which has a variety of tchotchkes that will make the perfect souvenir for your time in Charm City. ART Baltimore is home to the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), one of the top art and design schools in the country, which helps support a thriving community of creatives. Experience the City’s art scene with a visit to The Baltimore Museum of Art. Featuring the Cone collection, the museum boasts paintings by artists including Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, Cézanne, Degas and more. Art lovers will also enjoy The Walters Art Museum; their collection includes a variety of ancient, medieval, Renaissance and 18th- and 19th-century artwork. Less traditional pieces can also be found at the American Visionary Art Museum—a place exhibiting artwork by self-taught artists who don’t follow the techniques and ideals of mainstream art. In addition to museums, Baltimore is the place to be for art-related festivals. During the spring, the Sowebo Arts and Music Festival takes over while summer is the time to visit for the three-day Artscape. Another summertime treasure is the African American Festival, featuring two days of music and performances from local and national artists. PLAY Outside of the artistic realm, Baltimore has a variety of museums which focus on topics ranging from science to history. The B&O Railroad Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Industry and the Baltimore Streetcar Museum all offer insight into the city’s past, as do spots like Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, where our country’s national anthem was written, and the Carroll Mansion, home to one of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence. Sports lovers will want to check out the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum, a space dedicated both to Ruth’s life and Orioles baseball. Other popular places to visit include the Inner Harbor seaport, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the National Aquarium and the Washington Monument, which preceded the one in Washington, D.C.
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