Baltimore is a quintessential Maryland city; it’s no wonder that it is commonly referred to as Charm City. Bustling with charming neighborhoods, passionate residents, fresh seafood, including some of the best crab cakes that you will ever have, what’s there not to love about the city of Baltimore?
Numerous things make Baltimore a great city to visit. The city’s thriving neighborhoods and its adjoining markets are a great meeting point for locals. The food scene has also come quite a long way. These days, there is quite a bit of buzz and hoopla surrounding the ethnic food scene, that’s all about local and artisanal offerings.
In Baltimore, you don’t have to restrict your stay to one hotel room; why not bounce from hotel to hotel so that you can sample the best of what the city has to offer during your stay? Baltimore didn’t always have the most upscale hotel scene but boy have things changed.
Some huge luxury brands such as The Ritz-Carlton and the Four Seasons call Baltimore home. Boutique hotels are also on the rise in the city, thus diversifying the city’s hospitality scene even further.
If that’s not enough to convince you to visit Baltimore during the winter, here are some great things to do during your visit:
Get a taste of the city’s history
Baltimore is steeped in rich history and luck for you, most of it is preserved. Get a taste of the city’s history by visiting some of the biggest and most popular museums available. If you want to get a sense of how the city folk live, why not delve into some of the neighborhoods.
Historic environs such as Bolton Hill, Federal Hill, and Fells Point all harbor knowledge of the city’s storied past in their buildings and streets. Numerous historical figures have called Baltimore point at one point or another.
Such great names include F. Scott Fitzgerald, Frederick Douglas, Edgar Allan Poe, and Billie Holiday are just a few of the names that have called Baltimore home. Across the pond at Fort McHenry, you’ll also find the fort that inspired Francis Scott Key to create the Star-Spangled Banner.
Enjoy the city’s winter wonderland
During winter, the city’s covered in now thus transforming the green spaces within the city into winter wonderlands. Visit parks such as Gwynns Falls, which stands as the second biggest woodland park in the country. Gwynn Falls stretches across the county and consists of more than 6 hiking trails, as well as other scenic structures such as a Civil War Era mansion that is open to visitors.
There are also various botanical gardens that you can explore all over the city. Prime examples include Sherwood Gardens, and Botanical Gardens, Cylburn Arboretum, and Rawlings Conservatory. To really capture your time here, why not schedule a photoshoot with one of the city’s great photographers?
Explore the city’s architecture
Baltimore’s impressive architecture is largely the reason why the city is commonly referred to as Charm City. Perfect for architecture lovers, the city’s cobblestoned streets are lined with vibrantly painted brownstones and marvelous catholic churches and art deco buildings.
The city’s industrial past has helped to create an interesting architectural backdrop characterized by mills and repurposed factories that have been transformed into commercial and residential spaces.
Sample some art
The art scene in Baltimore is one that you will not want to miss largely owing to the efforts made by institutions such as The Maryland Institute College of Art and Baltimore School for the Arts. There is also no shortage of great art-centric venues such as the Creative Alliance. Even though the art scene is one of the most vibrant that you will ever encounter in the country, it is still very accessible to local and arriving visitors.
Fine art institutions like the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Walters Art Museum are available to the public. However, anyone traveling on a budget and is on the hunt for some free and inexpensive options will also be treated to an array of underground selections that are perfect for creatives and art enthusiasts.
Visit the home of the Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore hosts the Baltimore Ravens, the city’s 2-time Super Bowl champions. If you are a lover of the NFL and sports in general, you must make it a point to stop by the M&T Bank Stadium. Or if baseball is more your speed, you can also drop by the impressive Camden Yards, the home of the Orioles.
Baltimore residents take their sports teams very seriously. As such, whether you love sports or not, the experience of it all guarantees that you will have a great time. When you are done with your sports-filled day, stop by one of the city’s many bars for an Arnold Palmer.
You may or may not know this but Baltimore is credited with inventing the drink, which is also known as a ‘Half and Half’ by locals. If an Arnold Palmer is not your speed, perhaps consider giving Natty Boh a try. Natty Boh beer is a type of beer that originated from the city that is always served at big sports games.
Like most cities, Baltimore is charming and friendly, yet complicated, which makes it worth visiting at least once in your lifetime. One of the city’s greatest charms is that it is unlike anything that you will ever experience possessing a unique outlook and a refreshingly odd culture. The city moves at its own pace, making it stand out as one of the better cities to visit in the Northeast megalopolis.
Plus, Baltimore is incredibly accessible as it is centrally located close to cities such as Manhattan and Washington. So if you are looking to explore your surroundings during your stay, you couldn’t be better placed during your visit. Don’t forget to take lots of pictures to commemorate your trip to this amazing but underrated American city.