“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.

TimeDestinationParking/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

Thank you for visiting my site! Much love to all, stay positive ❤
-Rosie

Chloe’s “Best” Foodie Places in Baltimore (with parking information!)

Chloe’s top 5 places in Baltimore ended up being a overlap between my and Marie’s favorites. Instead, since Chloe has a diverse and more sophisticated palate than Marie or me, we all decided she should pick her top food/drink places to go in the city. Best pizza may not be a surprise to all who know Chloe…

Best Pizza: Diamondback Brewing Company in Locust Point

Diamondback (DB) is one of our favorite places to go in the city because of the atmosphere, and the pizza. Oh and Chloe says the beer is good too 😉 I’m not an IPA person, but their beer is mostly known for their hops. Chloe’s favorite beer there is the Green Machine. Since their recent beer release event with Star Bright Farm, they now have a delicious blueberry sour beer.

You are always in for a treat at DB with their pizza. Their pizza dough recipe came to fruition from experimenting many different recipes until it was decided on by all of the employees. That’s also how they picked their pizza sauce, and how they choose their seasonal pizzas.

The workers at DB have been our friends for a while now. They are good-hearted people rooted with a whole bunch of sarcasm (did I get that right? 😉 ). For the winter months, DB plans to have heaters and fire pits outside to continue to promote a covid-safe atmosphere.

Parking at DB: Diamondback is located in the McHenry Row shopping center, next to the Porter Street Apartments. Parking is free! You can park off of Porter Street in the motor court area outside of the Banner Building, or in one of the many parking lots on that street or in the shopping center area.

Best Atmosphere: The Choptank in Fells Point

Whenever out-of-towners visit, we always take them to Choptank because of the atmosphere and their food is delicious. This was on my top 5 list as well and is well-deserved. Whenever we go here, we feel like we are on vacation.

Choptank has a relaxed beach-vibe in the heart of Fells Point, especially if you have one of their frozen drinks. You really can’t go wrong with anything on their menu. Chloe and I can devour their cream of crab soup and not to mention, their homemade donuts for brunch are mouth-watering. Afterwards, explore our favorite town in Baltimore: Fells Point.

Parking: I recommend downloading the Premium Parking app before you go to park in this lot (1401 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231) or parallel park on the streets around Broadway St. & Fleet St., or Caroline St. & Thames St. Some parallel parking uses Pay to Park stations, you just need to leave the ticket on your dashboard.

Best Wings: Delia Foley’s Pub in Federal Hill

Chloe describes Delia Foley’s as an Irish bar that has great wings and very good bar food. The atmosphere is like a typical sports bar with lots of TVs, and is a good place to watch sports. They are only open on some Sundays when the Ravens play due to liquor licensing rules. You can find them on Facebook to find out which Sundays they are open.

Delia Foley’s has boneless wings and regular wings, and many many many different delicious sauces based off of your spice and taste levels. You can get extra sauces on the side for 50 cents extra each. All of the food is really good and the bartenders were a great help!

Parking: There is street parking along Fort Avenue and Charles Street. Check the signs; usually on Charles Street they have the Pay to Park Stations. The earlier the better since parking is scarce (and for greater social distancing). Or, park in the nearby West Street Parking Garage or for free in the Locust Point area, just be prepared to walk a little ways.

Best Tacos: Vida Taco Bar in Harbor Point

This savory taco restaurant is set very close to the water of the inner harbor and makes for great views and a relaxing atmosphere. They made extra outdoor seating this year, which we have really enjoyed. They have a delicious queso dip, a wide variety of taco fillings, and 3 different taco shells: flour, corn, or a lettuce wrap.

Chloe’s favorite is the chorizo taco, and she loves the jalapeño margarita. I like their chicken taco, and the sweet potato taco. For drinks, I go for their classic margarita or the purple drank when I go on a Ravens game day (which is a regular marg mixed with sangria). Before you go here and before other locations close for the night, check out Fells Point, Harbor East, and/or The Sandlot.

Parking: I recommend downloading Premium Parking app before you park in this area. Park along Point Street for parallel parking. Signs will tell you which code to use for the app.

Best Brunch: Spoons Café in Federal Hill

This café is located on Cross Street, right next to the market. Spoons also expanded into the street this year to allow for outdoor seating. The food is delicious, and they present it beautifully as well. Chloe says they have creative food choices, good portions, and lots of options.

Before the pandemic, I went here with my large extended family. We each got something different from the menu and we all loved our meals. So you really can’t go wrong with your food choices. After you go to Spoons, check out the small business shops along Cross Street, and head to the beautiful views at Federal Hill Park. *Spoons was so crowded when we went there. We recommend you go before 9AM or order to-go and take it to the Park!

Parking: There are Pay to Park stations on the streets perpendicular to Cross Street (on Light Street and Charles Street). Or, you can park in the West Street Parking Garage.

Let us know (below) if one of these is on your favorites list, or if there’s another spot in town we should try! Cheers!

Top Things to Do in Baltimore 2020 (with parking information)

I asked my friends, Chloe & Marie, what their top 5 things to do are in the city. It was very interesting to learn that we all have different viewpoints. Today, I will share with you mine! Stay tuned for Marie’s top 5, and for Chloe’s top foodie places. Leave a message at the bottom if you end up exploring my favorite places, and let me know what you think!

1) Baltimore Water Taxi

Be ready to be blown away by the experience of the Baltimore Water Taxi. I recommend that you stay on the boat for more than just your stop so you can truly see the beauty of Baltimore. Click here for my blog post highlighting more in-depth about this ride. It rides from 11AM-6PM on the weekends, weather permitting after October 1st.

Parking: See #2, #3, or #4 on this list – you can get picked up at any of these locations.

2) Under Armour Promenade in Locust Point 

This is the best spot in town for sunrise or sunset. Bring foldable chairs and food/drinks to truly relax/enjoy the atmosphere here. This view never gets old 😊  

Parking: On the weekends, you can park in any of the lots on the Under Armour premises, or park on Hull Street (free parking). 

3)  The Choptank in Fells Point 

Their frozen drinks make you feel like you’re at a socially-distant beach bar, and they also have a great menu. Chloe, our foodie, will go in more detail about the food/drinks. The earlier the better here to keep away from crowds. The Choptank usually has a waitlist so put your name in, turn your phone sound ON and explore 😊 We especially love this place because it’s in the beautiful, historic town of Fells Point.

Parking: I recommend downloading Premium Parking app before you go to park in this lot (1401 Thames St, Baltimore, MD 21231) or parallel park on the streets around Broadway St. & Fleet St., or Caroline St. & Thames St. Some parallel parking uses Pay to Park stations, you just need to leave the ticket on your dashboard. 

Hint: a lot of the stores around Fells Point close at 5pm so go in the stores before you go to a restaurant!

4) The Sandlot in Harbor East

This is a great place to be in the early afternoon hours to sit, enjoy a picnic lunch, and head on over to locations at Fells Point or Harbor East.

Parking: I recommend downloading Premium Parking app before you park in this area. Park along Point Street for parallel parking or go all the way through the garage under the Exelon building, and it will take you to an open parking lot right next to The Sandlot. Signs will tell you which code to use for the app. 

5) Graffiti Alley 

Graffiti is often seen as a form of vandalism, but Graffiti Alley encourages street artists to showcase their artwork in a legal form. It is an ever-changing canvas that promotes positivity and has a vibrant color scheme. The Alley is in the middle of a not-so-nice part of town, but it emphasizes that you can create beauty on the streets.

Parking: 1915 N Howard St, Baltimore, MD 21218 This is an open parking lot. You will only explore the Alley for about 5-10 minutes, no need to pay to park unless you feel the need. It is through Premium Parking as well.

Fallston, Fells Point, Kent Narrows, & Chestertown

This weekend I was mostly in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, but I made sure to make the most out of being in MD even if it was just for a day or two! I started out the weekend hanging out with Kelly and her kids in Fallson on Friday night 🙂 We went to Belvedere Farm and picked out farm-fresh flowers to display in our homes. We also got carry out from Basta Pasta. They did have an outdoor area that looked safe, if that appeals to you! Their entire menu is delicious. Kelly sent me a picture of her oldest son holding up a sign that gives me all the feels! Love you, little one!

On Labor Day, we explored our favorite parts of town – Fort McHenry and Fells Point. The star fort is STILL closed as well as the museum, but we made the most out of it and enjoyed the 1 mile walk around the fort. We went into a bunch of shops in Fells Point. But first, make sure you spot the Vote Against Prohibition sign in the center of the small town. We went into EC Pops for the first time… what a cool store! We also like going to Poppy & Stella and Brightside Boutique for outfits, and The Seasoned Olive for creative gift ideas.

Also in Fells Point is The Choptank. Their frozen drinks and the atmosphere make us feel like we are at the beach. We love their music and vibe. We ended the weekend with a pitstop at Chiapparelli’s in Little Italy. Their drooling gnocchis are absolutely drool-worthy.

Since Marie was at work on Tuesday and I had the day off, I showed Emma around Baltimore some more. We biked/ran around the harbor in the morning. She got to see the Sandlot, and we had brunch at Miss Shirley’s in the Inner Harbor. We got the Wake Up Call and the Spicy Shirley to start us off. We each got an Elote Street Corn Avocado Toast, and we shared the S’Mores Baked Donuts. What a treat! It is always super busy on the weekends, so I would recommend coming here during the week. We recommend to ask for some Old Bay on top of the toast 😉 I took a Lime home… it definitely is touchy and scary at times, but it is SO MUCH FUN!

We also went to my favorite touristy spots: Graffiti Alley, Edgar Allen Poe’s gravesite, and Cross Street Market in Federal Hill.

Mom and Dad have been wanting to take me to The Bridges on Kent Narrows ALL SUMMER. Finally, we made it! Boy was it worth it. Our favorite drink was the Bridges Breeze, and we ate the fried green tomatoes, crab cake, coconut shrimp, and ahi tuna. For dessert, we had the key lime cheesecake and the blondie. I’m drooling just typing this right now. It was nothing short of amazing. This restaurant is also right on the water and has a very relaxing view and atmosphere.

Afterwards, we explored the small town of Chestertown. We also drove around the nearby Washington College, and Camp Pecometh which is where my bestie got married! On the way home, we checked out our favorite new neighborhood called Gibson’s Grant, which is along a beautiful bike trail. Wow what a weekend. Did I mention I went to Shenandoah? Check out the “Around the U.S.” section tomorrow night for that post.

Parents Weekend

During the week, my friends and I work and workout so we can have playtime on the weekends! This weekend, my parents joined me on my adventures. We first explored walking around the Baltimore Museum of Industry, which has a lot to “sink” in.

Then we got carryout at Limoncello Restaurant since they had no room to take any walk-ins. We thoroughly enjoyed our Italian meal on the roof deck. The Italian meats and cheeses platter is to die for. To walk it all off, we took in the sights around Federal Hill and Locust Point.