King and Queens Chair Loop @ Rocks State Park

The King and Queens Chair Loop trail at Rocks State Park is consistently on the top hikes in Maryland. I’ve had the map printed out for a few months now and had some free time to go exploring this weekend 🙂

You can make the hike as long or short as you want. We chose to park at the Park Office and hiked along the white trail and the red trail which ended up being about 3 miles, and took us about 2 hours. There are some steep parts along the white trail, so I’d consider it as moderate difficulty.

The cool part about the trail is not only the grand view at the top, but the history. The “King and Queen Seat” was a ceremonial location for the Susquehannock Indians, according to legend. Tourists came to this location in the 1800s, and you can see carvings into the rock.

If you park at the Rock Ridge Picnic area, there are play areas for kids. You can take the red trail from there to the King and Queen Seat.

Maryland Mac and Cheese Festival

The Maryland Mac and Cheese Festival is a 2-day event at Power Plant Live in downtown Baltimore. I’ve always wanted to go to this festival and finally had a free weekend to enjoy it. It’s still going on today if you would like to join in on the fun!

About 15 vendors in total were ready to hand out different styles of mac and cheese in 3 oz portions. With the premium package (which we enjoyed), we received 10 mac and cheese vouchers and 1 drink ticket. In my opinion, the best mac was the fried mac and cheese balls with pepperoni… :-b

Urban Pirates

This pirate cruise sails around the inner harbor from its starting/docking point in Fells Point. They offer an adult booze cruise which we thoroughly enjoyed, as well as kids cruises earlier in the day.

The booze cruise is BYOG (bring your own grog), and they supply music and a really good time.

I thought it would be cheesy but it sure wasn’t! We all said this was the most fun we’ve had in Baltimore.

“Bmore Beautiful” Itinerary

My dad’s cousins came into town and they made T-shirts to promote my blog! We had a blast exploring my favorite parts of the city to showcase its BEAUTY. I made an itinerary for our day; you can see it at the bottom of this page if you would like to follow in our footsteps! There’s also a downloadable PDF file of the itinerary beneath it. After looking through it, please take the poll at the bottom of this post to let me know what you think about the itinerary!

Billy and Patty have a camper, and camped at Hollofield Campground in Ellicott City, approximately 20-30 minutes from inner city Baltimore. Don’t these pictures make you want one?! After checking out their portable apartment, I showed them around my beautiful city 🙂

First stop: Federal Hill Park

The view from here is spectacular. You can see the entire Baltimore skyline from above the inner harbor. Then take a brief stroll on Montgomery Street to see the gorgeous historic homes in Federal Hill.

DiPasquales at Harborview

We had lunch at this Italian marketplace on the water near Federal Hill. It has delicious pizza and sandwiches with a view of the harbor.

Under Amour Promenade and the Water Taxi

The promenade offers views of Fells Point, Harbor East, and Canton from the water. From there we took the Water Taxi around to Harbor East.

Harbor East

We explored the Under Armour Brand House for shopping, and the Sandlot: a beach-themed bar on the water.

Fells Point

We walked from The Sandlot to Fells Point and explored the cute shops here. We had a drink at Choptank before heading back on the Water Taxi.

Bmore Beautiful Itinerary

Hint: If you click on the underlined under the “parking/info” it should lead you to directions to the location through Google Maps.
Clicking on the underlined under the “destination” will take you to their website, which will have additional info.

11-11:30amFederal Hill Park
Walk 1-2 blocks along Montgomery Street
Pay to Park on Key Hwy/2 hr free parking along Warren Avenue
Montgomery St
11:30-12:15pmLunch at DiPasqualesParking lot (free for customers)
Dining is outdoor-only right now. If it’s good weather the scenery is beautiful 🙂
12:30-1pmWalk the 1-mile loop around Fort McHenryParking lot (free)
1:30-2pmUnder Armour PromenadeStreet parking in Locust Point
2-2:30pmWater Taxi to Harbor East
Walk to The Sandlot
Walk to Fells Point
Water Taxi
The Sandlot
Fells Point
3-4pmExplore Fells PointSu Casa, The Seasoned Olive, EC Pops, walk up S Ann Street
4pm*Drinks @ ChoptankReservations (request outdoor seating)
5:30pmWater Taxi to UAWater Taxi, pick up car in LP
6pmDinner: LP Steamers, Diamondback BreweryPark along Fort Avenue or in McHenry Row shopping center parking garages

*Recommend reservations

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Canton Square

In 1785, Captain John O’Donnell settled in Baltimore along the water in the inner harbor, currently known as Canton. German, Irish and Polish communities lived in the town, and large industrial companies made their way here in the 19th century. Now, Canton is known for the numerous bars scattered in the city town, some of which are congregated at Canton Square on O’Donnell Street. This weekend we checked out El Bufalo and Southern Provisions, as well as a few small shops.

El Bufalo has delicious food and drinks of Mexican, Spanish and South Western influence. They have some of the best tacos and margaritas in the city.

Southern Provisions has southern fare with a hint of Baltimore. They even delight with southern hospitality! We enjoyed their draught beers and apps and recommend the crispy deviled eggs with crab meat.

There is so much more Canton has to offer, we will be visiting them all so check back for more posts on this cute part of town 🙂

National Aquarium

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The National Aquarium is in the heart of the Inner Harbor and dramatizes the Baltimore skyline. The Aquarium opened 40 years ago in 1981 during the Baltimore City Inner Harbor’s redevelopment. It is ranked one of the top three aquariums in the U.S. and is one of the most visited attractions in Maryland.

The Aquarium focuses on promoting conservation of aquatic treasures, and they have a “vision to change the way humanity cares for our ocean planet.” Please think about donating to the aquarium’s nonprofit organization.

Currently they have timed ticketed slots and they are constantly updating based off of current covid-19 protocols and guidelines. Click here to plan your visit. Ticket prices are currently $39.95/adult and $29.95/child.

The Dolphin Show is one of the main attractions in the aquarium, which showcases narrated training sessions with the dolphins. You can download the free mobile app or look on the digital screens to the entrance of Dolphin Discovery to find the showtimes. Jellies Invasion is one of the most mesmerizing of exhibits and is located right next to the Dolphin Discovery.

Ministry of Brewing

The Ministry of Brewing is a brewery inside of an old church in northern Fells Point. The St. Michael’s Catholic Church building was built in 1857, and closed in 2011. The brewing company on the location opened in late 2019, right before the pandemic hit. They have endured the numerous shut-downs and are doing well sustaining with the capacity rules made by the city. Upon entering on site, it was very impressive that they kept the architecture and design of the inside of the church. It was cool to see that the kegs were where the altar would be in the church, which makes for an interesting conversation piece. The beer was great too 🙂 Check it out!

Parking: There is a lot of free parallel parking on the streets surrounding the church (be sure to check the signs). OR, $5 flat rate parking on weeknights and weekends at the SP+ lot: 201 N Wolfe St.

Address: 1900 E Lombard St @ S Wolfe St, Baltimore, MD 21231

Fort McHenry

Music: “Celebration” by Scott Holmes Music

The Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine is one of my favorite strolls in Baltimore. It is a 1-mile path around the Fort and is right next to the water. With its scenic views and powerful American history, you just can’t beat it. The museum is still not open yet, but it has a 5-10 minute video inside that is very much worth watching and makes you feel “Proud to be an American.” The gates to the park are open 9AM-5PM. Afterwards, walk or drive through Locust Point to the Under Armour Promenade (see Rosie’s Top 5 list about UA). *Tip: in March, the beautiful cherry blossoms are in full bloom 😉

Parking at the Fort: There is a FREE parking lot inside the gates of the park. Also, there’s free parallel parking along Fort Avenue in Locust Point.

Fun History Facts:

If you can spot the Key Bridge, that’s about how far away the British ships were back in 1814!

The Fort was transformed to a general hospital during WWI.

The almost 40-foot tall Orpheus statue greets you at the beginning of the park. It was chosen from a national challenge, and was dedicated to the park in 1922 for the centennial of the writing of the Star Spangled Banner (a few years late due to WWI). Orpheus is the Greek god of music.

The Star Spangled Banner became the national anthem in 1931.

Baltimore Museum of Industry

Women of Steel is an outdoor exhibition along Key Highway in Federal Hill at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. This collection explores what women experienced in the workplace at Bethlehem Steel, which used to be in Locust Point. As we now have our first woman as Vice President, no matter your political views, this exhibit was indeed a momentous and empowering stroll around the Baltimore Museum of Industry.

Right now, indoors at the Baltimore Museum of Industry is by appointment only. You can purchase 10 tickets for $150 with your close family or friends to explore the inside of the museum at the allotted time slot. The outdoor exhibition is free, and parking is free at the museum.

‘Miracle on 34th Street’ in Hampden

Christmas lights on the 700 block of 34th Street in Hampden have brightened our holidays since the 1980s. Each house has its own theme and passion for the season.

For 73 years, Darlene Hughes has lived on 34th Street in Hampden. She and her family always loved putting up tons of Christmas lights year after year. She later married Bob Hosier and they transformed this street in the 1980s to what we now know of as “Miracle on 34th Street.”

You can park on the streets surrounding the block, just be sure to check the signs. As always, the earlier the better, and wear your masks 🙂 There is a convenient shop called Treehouse Cafe and Juice Bar just caddy-corner to the street that has hot drinks. I recommend you get this after you explore, so you can be masked up for the experience. You could also order a meal to-go from the restaurants on The Avenue, just 2 blocks north.

Thanks for lighting up our lives!