The trip started with an AMTRAK from New York Penn Station, through Philadelphia then down to Maryland. It is very easy to travel to the cities on the east coast by plane, train or automobile.
Baltimore has so much to offer visitors, from countryside vineyards, history and culture, some the freshest and tastiest seafood (crab cake anyone?) along with world-class art and architecture. On my recent visit I was immersed in the culture and charm of the city and was lucky enough to enjoy a variety of activities which I would highly recommend.
Fells Point & Sagamore Pendry
Fells Point is a world away from skyscrapers and city life with cobbled streets and quaint two storey buildings in different colours that are unique boutique shops, cafes, restaurants, galleries and taverns. It looks out over the harbour and being so close to the sea makes it relaxing and gives it a village vibe. Many of the taverns feature local music which I saw when I was there and if you are looking for the freshest seafood there are lots of places selling local crab and oysters.
I would definitely recommend staying in Fells Point as its a lovely area, so much on your doorstep and it is also home to a stunning luxury hotel, the Sagamore Pendry. It sits on Recreation Pier overlooking the sea, with modern, industrial design elements, local art, a champagne vending machine (one for the 'gram) and an outdoor swimming pool and bar which overlook the harbour. There is a water taxi which can take you around the city or a visit to the Sagamore Spirit Distillery (well worth a visit if you like whisky). Rooms overlook the courtyard or the sea and the nautical design elements can be seen clearly in rooms and suites.
Oriole Park - Baseball
We were lucky enough to be invited to the opening game of the season at Orioles Park when the Baltimore Orioles were facing the New York Yankees. The atmosphere is fantastic; families, couples, friends, all sit together as do opposing fans and they all enjoy the game, the hotdogs and beer together. I would definitely recommend booking a game if you are visiting Baltimore, it gets you chatting to the locals, the atmosphere is electric and the stadium itself sits right in the heart of the city offering some stunning views. The complex is huge and there are many places to get food and drinks galore.
Day trip to Frederick
Frederick is well worth a day trip out of the city centre as it has some great local finds. Our visit started with the Frederick Visitor's Centre where you can find out all about the history of the area, things to see and do in the area and watch a video about Frederick and it's past. We then walked to the McClintock Distillery which is Maryland's first organic distillery and I could picture the people of Frederick having a fantastic time there in the evenings and the spirits were tasty and smooth. Frederick has some fantastic architecture and Baltimore itself is known for reusing and restoring old buildings so just looking around the town is interesting. There were colourful buildings and lots of local cafes and shops on Patrick & Market Street. We visited Cafe Nola, a local coffee shop which offered a huge range of coffee flavours that I hadn't heard of. I opted for the chocolate rose which tasted like Turkish Delight! Lunch was at Bella Trattoria, an Italian inspired restaurant which was delicious and even in April the weather was warm enough to sit outside to eat.
Wine tour & tasting
From the hustle and bustle of town and city life, we drove into the countryside to Black Ankle Vineyard. With rolling hills and gorgeous outdoor seating spaces, you could easily imagine people having weddings and parties here. We had a tour of the vineyard and farm and learnt a little about the process of making the wine and the owners before going to the bar and sampling some of the wines they make onsite. We also had some local cheeses from the area which paired perfectly with the wines. A great afternoon out for wine lovers!
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