Post # 1
Hi Baltimore bees! *waves* I will be moving to Baltimore after we get married! FI is already living there, and I will be visiting every other month or so. I’m not familiar with the area, so I thought I’d ask – what are some fun things we can do in the area on the weekend? We’ve already done the aquarium and Inner Harbor, but I was hoping you could point us toward some lowkey, interesting things Baltimore has to offer that would help us get to know the area as a couple!
Post # 3
I live in DC, but have been to baltimore many times. My favorite area in B’more is Hampden. It’s a little more artsy and not so touristy as the inner harbour. This is right off 83 and is famous for John Watter’s films. Hairspray is based on this area. It has tons of cute lil’ shops, particularly Red Tree which has adorable furnishings and things for your new place in Baltimore!
There are also some great restaurants in the area:
1) Holy Frijoles (fantastic Mexican : to die for taco salad and amazing nachos!) http://holyfrijoles.net/
2) Golden West ( good all around, but I go for breakfast!)
3) Woodberry kitchen: (www.woodberrykitchen.com) it is off the path a little from Hampden, but worth it!
Post # 4
Hampden is my very favorite neighborhood in Baltimore. Very kitschy and TONS of great stores!
You could go to the Baltimore Museum of Art, which is one of my favorite art museums in the world. If you love modern art, that’s the place to go! They also have an impressive collection of minatures.
Check out the Paper Moon Diner, it’s very unique and very Baltimore!
Post # 5
Hampden is definitely a cool place in Baltimore to check out. All the restaurants that thefuturemrsjewell recommended are great! If you want to try to regular old tourist attraction in Hampden, try Hon Cafe. It’s crowded and pretty popular but the food is always good and reliable.
Then just try out all the other neighborhoods – Mt. Vernon, Fells Point, Canton and Federal Hill. Try a different one each night. There are great restaurants and bars in all of them, so just go and meander around.
As a tourist, I would definitely recommend taking a tour of Camden Yards and catching an Orioles game. Go get a drink at Pickles Pub beforehand. Try the Walters Art Museum and the Museum of Modern Art and Baltimore Museum of Art. They are all very nice! Whenever I have people in town, I usually jump on the Water Taxi just to give them an idea of the layout of the city.
Check out Baltimore Magazine, the City Paper and the Baltimore Sun for ideas of fun things going on in the city.
Post # 6
Thanks everyone! FI and I actually saw a little bit of Hampden last time but we might spend some more time there. All the ideas are great!
Post # 7
Hey Danielle. My fiance and I currently live in Hamilton…in the north east corner of Baltimore. I’ve went to Loyola and have been here since 2002. Baltimore is a town of neighborhoods each with their own feel and different treats to offer. Canton is great for beers and sports bars. My FI is more than impressed by the number of tvs that Looney’s offers being quite the sports fan. Federal Hill is a neighbor with cute boutiques during the day and quite a bustling nightlife…it can get quite crowded and parking isn’t always the easiest, but there is a great view of the harbor from atop fed hill park. Next to the park is also my fave museum in B’more – the Visionary…they always have some cool exhibit thats different from your run of the mill art museum. Fells Point has a handful of good restaurants and watering holes as well, in addition to pirate boat rides and ghost tours. HANDS DOWN my favorite restaurant in Baltimore is Henninger’s in Upper Fells point…get the mussels! Fells Point is full of locals of all ages. To be truley Bawlmore you should try DuckPin Bowling…there’s an “alley” on Eastern Ave and one on Harford Road in the Parkville Shopping Center. For outdoor fun Druid Hill Park is nice and huge and the loop around the reservoir is great for jogging or biking. We also like GunPowder Falls in the County…for more trail hiking. Or if you don’t mind driving to Monkton you can go tubing on a hot summer day. Also up in that area is Beaver Dam – another great place to cool off. This site provides a list of events going on… http://baltimore.org/events …Oh and one last thing in this rambling post…restaurant week is just around the corner!!
Post # 8
We live in Federal Hill and I highly recommend checking out Ft. McHenry and taking a picnic lunch down there – you don’t have to pay to enter the grounds, just the fort itself, so you can sit and picnic and watch the water.
I also highly recommend checking out the Brewer’s Art up in Mt. Vernon – best french fries ever. Also DuClaw (good food/bear) and Mad River Grille (best crab pretzels in town) and Nacho Mama’s (crabmeat quesadillas).
You can also look into some good Baltimore theatre – there are always shows in the area – Hippodrome, Lyric, etc. http://www.baltimoreperforms.org/
Like Bunney Love said, if you’re outdoorsy, you can go bike riding or walking/running on the NCR trail up north of Baltimore, or you can go tubing on the Gunpowder. You can do kayak tours on the bay, which is pretty cool. You can go to some of the local state parks (Centinnial in Ellicott City, for example) and rent kayaks, canoes, or rowboats. (Or go fishing.)
You could also consider volunteering together – it seems cheesy, but it can be a great way to connect with your partner and get to know your community – Habitat for Humanity is pretty active in Baltimore, and a bunch of local nature centers have volunteer days where you can spend time digging up weeds and planting stuff.
(Also, if you are a Bank of America member, admission to the Visionary Arts Museum is free on the first Saturday of the month as part of their Museums on Us program.)
One couple thing we love to do is walk up to the farmer’s market under the 83 viaduct on Sunday mornings. Good produce and a nice walk – can’t complain!
Post # 9
I can’t believe I didn’t post on this topic. I absolutely love Hampen and lived there for like forever, but in Hampden they have Holy Frijioles, which is a great little Mexican spot. There’s Fraisers where they also have live music and Karoke sometimes. Also you can walk the Jones Falls Trail or bike ride.
Patterson Park has the gorgeous Pagoda which is now open on Sundays to walk to the top to check it out. There are still oodles of festivals and fairs going on through now until the Holidays.
There is also Baltimore Free Fall where if you google it the website should come up of all the free activities taking place from now until Nov1.
Hope that helps, I love Baltimore Hon 🙂 Baltimore Hon or Hampden Festival should be coming up soon too.