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
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! ❤
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…
This past weekend we went Christmas shopping in our favorite Fells Point, then wanted to try something new for dinner. We decided on the brand new restaurant that’s been open for about 5 weeks now, Cindy Lou’s Fish House.
This is a more upscale restaurant in Harbor Point facing Domino’s Sugar. We almost felt like we were on a boat, that’s how close we were to the water. We recommend getting a reservation right when it opens. On the weekends, brunch starts at 10AM and dinner starts at 5PM.
The restaurant is right next to The Sandlot in Harbor Point. Go to the end of Wills Street and walk into the Hilton hotel, Canopy. The restaurant is in the lobby on the right, closest to the water. Enjoy!
The Jones Falls Trail is a 9.1-mile paved trail for hikers and bikers. The southernmost trail head begins at the inner harbor, and heads north paralleling I-83 (The Jones Falls Expressway), through Druid Hill Park, around the Maryland Zoo, through Woodberry, Cold Spring Park, then landing at the northernmost point at the Cylburn Arboretum. Marie and I ran from the Maryland Zoo to the Cylburn Arboretum, which spanned more than 7 miles there-and-back.
The trail took us to some scenic neighborhoods which we loved exploring. One of the most photographic areas along the trail was the Clipper Mill. Also, who knew Druid Hill Park has Frisbee Golf? We saw lots of people playing this weekend.
When we reached the Cylburn Arboretum, we called my 95 year-old grandmother who used to live on the grounds of the mansion. Her father was one of the groundskeepers, and she lived in a duplex on the grounds “down in the valley.” Her family lived there during the depression, and she remembers that the cook in the mansion saved them food so they could eat. She also told us a story of when she and her sister (who was deaf) took the streetcar to 36th street in Hampden to go to the movies. I attached some pictures she saved, one of which is a drawing by a family friend. A few years ago, my aunt and grandmother found the remnants of the house in the woods, but there were too many leaves for us to explore it this time.
Let me know if you have questions about the trail! The easiest way to follow it is with Google Maps (you’ll need to zoom in and you’ll see the trail is a skinny green line). We parked (for free) at the Maryland Zoo, and asked the parking staff where we could find the trail. Then, follow the green spray painted markings on the sidewalks; I found that to be easier than looking for the signs. I hope you check it out!
Union Collective is an old Sears warehouse in Hampden currently filled with Baltimore-based businesses including Union Craft Brewing and The Wine Collective. We enjoyed these this two weekends ago.
Union Craft Brewing takes over most of the warehouse, and has a large outdoor area which makes it easy to socially distance. They have many beer options and good bar food with brick oven pizza on their online menu. I love their tagline, “Beer unites,” which means “Good beer brings good people together for good times and good works.” Union was founded in 2011 and opened its doors at Union Collective in 2016.
Unfortunately one of our favorite ice cream places, The Charmery, is not currently open at the Union Collective location. However, we found a marvelous new addition to the old warehouse: The Wine Collective. This new urban winery has an “obsession for quality” with their service, menu, wine expertise, and food preparation.
At Wine Collective, they believe that saying “cheers” brings back the “human pact of love against all odds.” Their outstanding attention to detail was impressive. Would definitely recommend! There is more than enough room to socially distance inside this warehouse, but they also have outside seating underneath a tent. As always, exploring during off-meal times is best.