- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Weather: We hare 4 distinct seasons. Summers are hot and humid. Fall has some of the most lovely, crisp days imaginable. Winter is cold, but generally not bitterly so. We do get snow, but it’s maybe 4 times a year, and usually stays on the ground for a week or less. Blizzards seem to happen once every 5ish years. They suck a lot. Spring is wet and windy.
Neighborhoods: Baltimore has a lot of places that should not be entered without body armor. It has a huge drug and gang problem, bested only by Detroit. Oh, and it’s an STD hotbed in the country. Yeah, it’s got class. LOL But there are really nice neighborhoods, too. Harbor East, Canton, Federal Hill, Mt. Vernon, and Roland Park are all winners. Other neighborhoods, like Butchers Hill and Lauraville are on the cusp, and could be good opportunities to get in now before they become hot. The actual downtown area is starting to develop its own residential population, so you may be able to score something there, too.
Cost of living: Baltimore is a typical city. Gas here is around $3.20/gallon right now, a drink at a club is $6-7, parking in a downtown lot is $15/day, tickets to a Ravens game are $90-200/seat, when it was just teen LK and I our Whole Foods bill was about $125/week, $30 is a good meal for 2 people at a moderate restaurant, your city water bill will make you want to cry
Transportation: It’s actually a pretty compact city. You can live in the county and drive to the heart of the city in 20 minutes. Note that I said “drive”. It is not a bike friendly city at all. In fact, I think bikers utterly confuse city drivers and are at really high risk. The metro system is laughably nonexistent and the busses are sketchy at best. A car really is your best option.
Skiing: It depends on what you are used to. If you’ve skiied in the Rockies, you will not be able to ski here. It would be an incredibly frustrating and disappointing experience. Our “mountains” are smaller that the foothills out west. It’s pathetic. But if you are used to East Coast skiing, it’s not that bad. Whitetail is definitely the best of the 3 local resorts. But drive a few hours more, and you can spend a weekend at Seven Springs. They kinda get it right.