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Getaway Guide: Weekend Trip to Baltimore

September 1, 2012 6:00 AM

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If you live in D.C., it’s just a given you’ll spend time in Baltimore, but if you’re just making the rounds through the region and aren’t sticking around the area long, making time for exploring the Inner Harbor is an absolute must. Pencil in a weekend in Baltimore for a seaside city experience like you can’t get anywhere else.


Getting There

Make your way out of the city and toward I-395 north. Take the exit for Pennsylvania Avenue then continue onto Highway 295. After about nine miles, take the exit onto I-495/95 north. Continue onto I-95 north for about 30 miles until you reach I-395 north/Martin Luther King Boulevard. Merge onto the highway and continue for about a mile, then turn right onto West Conway Street. The entire trip is about 47 miles and should take about an hour, depending on the flow of traffic. For a pit stop along the way, run free at Greenbelt Park, practice your golf swing at the Courses at Fort Meade, or visit the Montpelier Arts Center.

Inner Harbor
Baltimore, MD
baltimore.org

There is no shortage of places to go and things to do at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Shop until you drop at the Harborplace Gallery, visit the National Aquarium, or climb aboard a Seadog Cruise and learn about the historic sites around the harbor. The Inner Harbor also features more than 30 restaurants to satisfy all types of cravings as well as plenty of activities for children. Power Plant Live, located within a block of the Inner Harbor, features a variety of restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Don’t forget to swing by the Harborplace Amphitheater where singers, dancers, magicians and other performing artists entertain the crowds for free. Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights feature a variety of bands including country, funk, jazz, R&B, oldies, Motown and everything in between.

Related: Best Boating Trips Near the City in D.C.

What to See

Baltimore Tattoo Museum
1534 Eastern Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21231
(410) 522-5800
www.baltimoretattoomuseum.net/

Early American tattooing started with the carneys, and thanks to the traveling nature of the show, body art reached out to a further audience than naval ports and military towns. Learn more about the history of American electric tattooing as well as see the artwork of prolific tattoo artists including Normal “Sailor Jerry” Collins, Carol Nightingale and Stoney St. Clair. The museum is a fully functioning tattoo studio as well. The museum features a talented group of tattoo artists who can emulate the very designs featured in the exhibits or help you create a custom design that’s right for you.

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Cylburn Arboretum
4915 Greenspring Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21209
(410) 367-2217
www.cylburnassociation.org/

Price: free

Amidst all the hustle and bustle of the city lies the Cylburn Arboretum, a 207-acre nature preserve and city park. Walk among magnolias, maples and flowering shrubs, and enjoy the beauty of blooming blossoms such as the Virginia bluebell, wild geranium and yellow irises. The arboretum features more than a dozen gardens, including a butterfly garden, as well as walking trails, a bog and a visitor’s center. Sign up for a guided tour or participate in one of many exciting programs such as outdoor yoga, concerts, storytelling and art shows.

Dining

Pickles Pub
520 Washington Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 752-1784
www.picklespub.com

Located “just a homerun away” from Orioles Park, the Pickle Pub is the place to be before or after a Baltimore Orioles or Ravens game. Enjoy daily food and drink specials including $4 nachos and $1.75 domestic draft beers. The menu features traditional bar fare including wings, burgers and sandwiches, as well as the best beer-battered pickles. Come early and play a round of beer pong or flip cup, dance to tunes or just hang out with friends. The Pickles Pub features special promotions and events including live music, drink promotions and barbecues on game days.

Chiapparelli’s
237 S. High St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 837-0309
www.chiapparellis.com

Feel like you’re at home as you enjoy authentic Italian dishes, including Grandma’s ravioli and penne con vodka, along with other tasty meals such as homemade pizzas, crab cakes and the famous house salad. Recognized as Restaurateur of the Year by the Restaurant Association of Maryland, Chiapparelli’s is a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike. In addition to a full-service bar, Chiapparelli’s features an extensive wine list.

Lodging

Marriott Baltimore Waterfront
700 Aliceanna St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 385-3000
www.marriott.com

Price: from $249

Stay in Baltimore’s tallest hotel and enjoy the best views of the city. The 31-story hotel offers luxurious guest rooms, easy access to local attractions and plenty of on-site dining options. Each room features a 37-inch high definition television, refrigerator and coffee maker, deluxe products by Bath and Body Works and the Marriott Revive bed featuring high quality linens and soft pillows. Enjoy high speed Internet, a fitness center and an indoor pool.

Tremont Plaza Hotel
222 St. Paul Pl.
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 727-2222
www.tremontplazahotel.com

Price: from $160

Experience the lap of luxury without breaking the bank. Each room features complimentary wireless Internet, a kitchenette, flat screen high definition television, a safe for your laptop and luxurious bedding. The hotel features an on-site gym, outdoor pool and three dining options. Nearby attractions include Oriole Park, the M&T Bank Stadium and the Maryland Science Center. Guests also enjoy valet parking, laundry services and a business center.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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