Baltimore, MD: Girls Weekend in the Charm City

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Location and Travel:

Where we stayed:

Want a taste of high-rise city living, then check out this AirBnB! Upon checking in we were greeted with complimentary nitro cold brew, wine, beer and snacks! Our unit was a one bedroom with a spacious living room, full kitchen, large bathroom and balcony! The living room has a large pull out sofa so the unit easily sleeps 4. Very walkable to the Baltimore’s Inner Harbour that is packed with restaurants, shopping, entertainment! Plus, access to the Water Taxi!

Weekend Itinerary:

Saturday

Take a free fitness class- We did a Zumba class in the West Shore Park, sponsored by Waterfront Wellness. They offer several types of classes for free, each weekend between May and September. Free Yoga Baltimore offers free one hour yoga classes around town, and if running is more your style, check out all these social running clubs options.

Grab a quick breakfast to refuel, we opted something truly delicious, donuts and coffee at Diablo Doughnuts.

Guinness Open Gate Brewery and Barrel House– This is the first Guinness Brewery on US soil since 1954. The beautiful faculty hosts am experimental brewery, taphouse, restaurant, and huge beer garden. Of course, you can enjoy a classic Guinness Draught (exclusively brewed in Dublin) or try the new and improved Guinness Blonde, Guinness IPA or one of the experimental beers on tap. They do offer tours but definitely book in advance!

Lunch at Lexington Market. You will need to divide and conquer! There are so many different options so everyone pick something and meet up to share!

Bar hop in Fells Point and grab some munchies along the way.

Sunday (AKA: Funday)

Brunch at Bond Street Social with Bottomless Mimosas and Make Our Own Bloody Mary Bar. They had a wonderful display with different types of mixes, hot sauces and accoutrements galore. Including spaghetti-o’s, cucumber, pickles, fresh Jalapeño, olives, carrots, celery, fresh horseradish, and bacon.

Explore the city on the Water Taxi!

Lunch at LP Steamers. Water Taxi Stop: Locust Point

Sandlot– Baltimore’s “Beach” bar. This new and trendy bar is a great place to end the day! Enjoy waterfront views, local food, games, and beautiful sunsets. Water Taxi stop: Maritime Park

Transportation:

Skip the rental car, the city is very walkable and bonus, there is a free downtown bus called Charm City Circulator. Or travel by boat on the
Baltimore Water Taxi. It make stops at popular destinations such as Inner Harbor, Fells Point, Canton, Fort Henry, and Locust Point. Tons of places to stop and explore. Below are some recommendations for each stop!

Recommendations (By Area)

Federal Hill

American Visionary Art Museum- Not your average art museum, this museum specializes in the preservation and display of “outsider” art. Tickets required for admission but plenty of art and statues can be seen from the outside.

Diablo Doughnuts– fun doughnuts and great coffee! Located in the Federal Hills area. We recommend the Creme Brûlée and Samoa donuts.

Fells Points

Bond Street Social- Bottomless Mimosa Brunch on Sunday!

The Horse You Came In On and The Horse You Rode Out On– The bar is the last destination before the mysterious death of American writer Edgar Allan Poe as well as the oldest saloon in Baltimore.

Insomnia Cookies– Cookies at 3am are always a good idea!

Thames Street Oyster House- traditional oyster bar serving a variety of Maryland, Mid-Atlantic, and New England seafood – a la carte raw food. Staff can help you navigate the oyster selection depending on your preferences of briny-salt taste, minerality taste, sweet finish and meatiness. We also recommend Oyster Shots for a first timer!

The Sound Garden– go on and get your hipster on!

Tavern at the Admiral (Located under Admiral Fell Inn)- Take the dark and ominous staircase to the underground basement lounge to find a fun and hip hangout. Grab a booth and stay a while! Order a classic cocktail and watch the bartender create magic!

Locust Point

Locust Point Steamers– Want the authentic crab smashing Baltimore experience? The grab a few friends and get on over to LP Steamers for “A Boh’t Load of Food.” This menu items includes steamed crabs, clams, mussels, oysters, scallops, shrimp, lobster tail and a pitcher of Baltimore’s favorite: National Bohemian Beer. All topped with butter and cocktail sauce! Get to smashing.

Diamondback Brewing Company– Stop in for a quick beer to wash down those Baltimore Blue Crabs!

Canton

Nacho Mama’s– Let’s just say we don’t recommend any sort of hubcap margarita drinking races, (learned from experience on that idea). Great stop for some Mexican, margarita and wash it all down with a Natty Boh.

Canton Waterfront Park- Find a grassy spot under a tree for a little nap after enjoying Nacho Mama’s’ or pack a picnic and a frisbee for a little summertime fun.

Dangerously Delicious Pies– The name doesn’t lie. The offer a variety of pies in both sweet and savory flavors!

Other places of interest around Baltimore:

Lexington Food Market– Old school food hall. Lots of options, great for a quick lunch. Looking for seafood, the crab cakes at Faidley’s Seafood are awesome. There are 6 food markets in the Baltimore area: Avenue Market, Broadway Market, Cross Street Market, Hollins Market and Northeast Market!

Orioles Baseball Game at Camden Yards- If you are in town while the Orioles are playing, we definitely recommend going to a game! Or if your just a baseball fan, schedule a tour! This stadium was built is 1992 but has the charm of an old-fashioned ball park.

National Aquarium– This aquarium is situated right on the Inner Harbor. Give yourself 2-3 hours to explore and view over 20,000 animals including bird, frogs, sharks, dolphin and jellyfish. Tickets can be purchased in advance online to avoid lines during busy times like summer and weekends.

Fort McHenry- This historic fort is a National Monument and Historic Shrine, located just outside the Locust Point area in Baltimore and conveniently has its own Water Taxi stop. The fort was built 1798 and was active during the War of 1812 when it was attacked by the British Navy defend the Baltimore Harbor and then continuously through World Wars I and II. Now the fort is a wonderful place for everyone to enjoy and learn. They frequently host reenactments, ranger talks and a long celebration in September for Defenders Day.

Baltimore Basilica– America’s First Cathedral. This beautiful church was the first Roman Catholic Church in the United States when it was completed in 1863. They offer guided tours during the week and during the weekend public tours are available.

George Peabody Public Library- Know as Baltimore’s “Cathedral of Books,” it is home to over 300,000 volumes dating back to 17th century during the
Renaissance. It is open to the public and worth the trip. Remember to look up and enjoy the view of the skylight that is 61 feet above the floor.

Full Circle Artisan Palace– Located in the Hampden area a little outside of the Inner Harbor area, these donuts deliver! Great service and some really interesting donut flavors!

Budget Breakdown:

Airfare to Baltimore: We all cashed in our Southwest Rapid Rewards points

Airbnb: $888 total, $222/ per person (4 nights)

Fitness Class: FREE

Food and Beverage (Fri/Sat/Sun): ~$250

Guinness Tour: $15 per person, includes tasting

Water Taxi: $16p

Total: ~$503


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