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.
We explored the Under Armour Brand House for shopping, and the Sandlot: a beach-themed bar on the water.
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.
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 🙂
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Every Saturday from 7AM-noon, the 32nd Street Farmers Market flourishes. This is a large farmers market in the Baltimore town of Waverly, close to Union Memorial Hospital.
As of now, there are 53 vendors, all with very different missions and items to shop for. When parking, there are a few spots on the actual premises of the market, but you can safely parallel park around the few blocks south of the market.
If you are driving from the south, check out the beautiful homes along Calvert Street before you get to 32nd Street (pictured below). We also drove around Bolton Hill just to see the beautiful brownstone homes and gardens. That neighborhood reminded us of a mix between NYC and Otterbein (which is in South Baltimore).
Hope everyone has a happy holiday 🙂 Love to you all! ❤
We thoroughly soaked in the holiday ambiance in Old Ellicott City. We explored several shops, some of which placed items they are selling outside for safety reasons and to lure people in. Some of our favorite stores are Shoemaker Country, Sweet Elisabeth Jane, Su Casa, and Sunflower Trading Company where I bought my favorite new hat! It wasn’t as crowded as past years, but the holiday cheer was everywhere. We even spotted the Grinch!
Once all of the stores closed at 5pm, we went to Manor Hill Tavern for a warm weekend meal. Their menu has so much to offer but when we saw the brick oven there was no turning back for our taste buds. We ordered two of their brick oven pizzas, a salad, and burger and fries, all of which impressed. Their drink menu was also extensive; I was very pleased with their apple specialty drink. They also serve their own brewed beer: Manor Hill Brewing. It sure was a cozy evening near the oven and with the holiday decor.
There are arrows and security/staff at the front of the market directing people where to go to follow covid protocol. Check it out this Saturday from 8:00am-12:30pm, and after the 2021 New Year it will start at 9am.
This is a great way to support the locals since a lot of the businesses can only have carry out options, and/or set up shop at outdoor farmers markets. Pictured above are how store fronts are looking these days in Fell’s Point…