(Closed) Tell me wonderful things about Maryland

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Post # 17
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@hollyberry4: I don’t think it’s fair to say that public schools in Baltimore city are awesome when they are very much behind their counterparts in the surrounding counties.

Hey Holly. No not offended at all, honestly. I just wanted the original posting Bee to know that there are good ones in the City because others had only mentioned the not so favorable side to the City schools. But I don’t think that I was misleading in saying that Maryland schools are the best, hands down, and a few are within the city boundaries.

It’s one of the reasons, along with the budget management, that there are whispers of O’Malley running for the presidential ticket in 2016 along with some other highly qualified contendors.

Post # 18
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Agreed. OP should definitely move to Baltimore because it’s pretty awesome! AND the Orioles are doing pretty awesome so that’s another incentive!

Post # 21
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My Fiance is a die-hard Yankees fan too! But he has become  an “Orioles sympathizer”, as he calls it. Although the Orioles did awesome this year so that term may soon be outdated! Definitely check out Columbia/Ellicott City areas as far as suburbs. Also Towson has some very nice areas (just north of the city). If you are looking in the city definitely check out Canton area, which has some really nice townhomes. If you need any recommendations for restaurants, things to do, etc. defintely ask. I’d recommend Matthew’s Pizza in Canton for some awesome pizza! And Balitmore is like Crab Capital so you will definitely have to try some crabs!

There are some good opportunities for theatre too here. I live within walking distance to the Hippodrome which has some wonderful plays. My family came up to visit a couple weekends ago and we saw Wicked there. The Aquarium is very awesome as well.

In regards to traveling between cities, the bus and train systems are very convenient and make for easy travel. It’s also nice being so close to an airport!

Good luck OP!

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

HOW COULD I HAVE FORGOTTEN TO MENTION CRAB FEASTS?!?!

Fellow Marylanders, I am ashamed of myself.

Post # 23
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I live just outside oF DC. The high-time traffic is terrible but there’s so much to do here!

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’ve lived all over the U.S. (Northern CA, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Ohio) and I really love Maryland and Baltimore. I’ve lived in Baltimore for about 7-8 years now. I lived in the city for about 5-6 of those years, in neighborhoods like Fells Point and Mt. Vernon. I love that Baltimore has so many neighborhoods, each with their own vibe (like NYC in that way). It definitely is a city with character and it does have a big city/small town feel. Very charming – thus the nickname, “Charm City.” If you are thinking about starting a family, a neighborhood like Canton, Mt. Washington, or Roland Park (pricey though) might be good. If you live in the city, you do have to be careful about crime, but I always felt it was worth it. There are definitely parts of the city that you want to avoid at all costs, but there are plenty of nice areas in Baltimore city. In terms of suburbs, there are lots of great choices… Towson, Ellicott City, Columbia, Catonsville, Bel Air, Fallston, etc. Maryland in general is a wealthier state and does have great public schools… maybe not everywhere, but if you look carefully, you can definitely find them. I currently live north of the city, in Harford County, and there are some excellent schools near us.

Anyway, here’s a brief list of some of my favorite things about Baltimore: down-to-earth residents, quirky neighborhoods, character, history, pride in local sports teams, good schools, excellent hospitals, pretty good shopping, great restaurants, decent weather, beautiful parks, access to bay/ocean as well as mountains/skiing, and within day-trip distance to NYC, Philadelphia, or DC. Plus all the fun things other people mentioned… festivals, crab feasts, Berger cookies, Natty Bo, etc!

Feel free to PM me if you have any questions! Good luck!

Post # 25
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Newbee

I live in Baltimore and all of these posts just made me so happy lol. While some of them I disagree with, many are very true things that I never really thought of. To be honest, I wouldn’t mind moving to a different state but that won’t happen as SO is terrified of change. I gotta say, I love the location and proximity to so many different places like DC and NYC. You can go to the ocean or the mountains easily, food is great – hello crab cakes. I’m from the county though, not the city. I avoid the city – or at least driving there due to parking and everything, but the harbor is gorgeous. Fells Point is my favorite area. After thinking about it, MD is a fantastic state after all ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I live in Frederick MD, about 30 mins east of Baltimore.  I LOVEE it here.  The only downsides are the traffic and cost of living.  But this area is great b/c you get all the awesomeness of living near big cities and you can take advantage of DC/Baltimore/Ocean City b/c they are all fairly easy to travel to. 

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@star_dust:  Let’s break away from the cities, Garret County is the most beautiful place I know. Gorgeous mountain sides and so much to do! Deep Creek State Park is hands down my favorite location for skiing, kayaking, hiking, picnicing, and everything in between ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 28
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Blushing bee

I lived in Northern VA for most of my childhood and really loved it there.  The great thing about the East Coast is that VA, WV, DC, MD, and PA are all very close together and if you live near the boarder you can easily travel among them.  Moving from the south (which we did) everything is huge and far apart, but thinking X is a whole state away is decieving.  I really wanted to visit Gettysburg PA and so my family set aside a whole day after planning for months to take the trip, even going through the whole state of MD it is only 1.5 hours–very close.  Hop on Google Maps and check out driving times to interesting destinations.  Even NYC is driving distance for a long weekend, my Dad still lives in VA and takes cruises from NYC a fair amount since they can just drive to take the train to the port. 

The next best thing about the East Coast is the history.  If you love history or plan to have kids, it is so fun to live near VA/DC because so much of US history is based there and you can just go see it to enhance the learning.  <3

Post # 29
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I lived in MD for a while, in Bethesda, which is just outside of DC, and I can’t recommend it enough! For a more affordable cost of living, Rockville is a good option (yet still in the most expensive county in MD). I recommend it mostly because it’s safe, quiet, and very close to the DC mall (where there are free museums galore) and other fun things to do.

Baltimore, where my FH is from, and where I have spent a lot of time  is a fairly nice decent depending on where you live. Federal Hill is one of the more affluent, nicer parts of Baltimore, and is close to the inner harbor with their fabulous malls, water views, and food. Fells point is nice, too.

As for suburbs of Baltimore — Ellicott City is a very nice place to live, great for families. Columbia is great, as well.

 

In the city itself, when you get down towards the stadium and MLK, that is where Baltimore is really “creepy” for the lack of a better word. You don’t want to live there, I assure you.

Post # 30
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Bumble bee

I LOVE Baltimore! I grew up in MD and went to college in Baltimore. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s really a great city. I love how artsy it is, there are a lot of cute little restaurants and boutiques with a lot of personality. The inner harbor is a nice place to spend a day walking up Federal Hill for the beautiful view, going to the aquarium or over to Harbor East for a fancy dinner, or hitting up one of the many museums. There are some GORGEOUS historic homes in Baltimore too, especially north. Towson, Timonium, and Cockeysville/Hunt Valley (just north of Baltimore) have lots of good shopping and there are lots of jobs. ALSO, big plus, there are some of the best hospitals around, and lots of options for doctors/specialists. There are many colleges in the area too ๐Ÿ™‚ I grew up around Bel Air, a suburb northeast about 40 minutes outside the city, but there are lots of other decent suburbs with all the amenities of the city close by. Even in the city limits there are some nice quiet neighborhoods (though they may be pricey like Roland Park, but worth it I’d say). Yeah I know this was a little all-over-the-place, but I love baltimore/maryland! ๐Ÿ™‚ I live in Delaware now and I go back to MD at least once a month haha only thing better about DE is no sales tax!

Post # 31
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Baltimore is fun.  My DH and I live in Anne Arundel County in Severna Park, the best school distict in AA County.  We moved here for the schools but my DH grew up here about 5-10 minutes from where we live. 

I’m not sure why people think this is a lower cost of living state – it’s pretty high!  DH and I looked for a year and a half before finally finding a decently priced house in the one area we wanted to live. 

In Baltimore and north of the city, people are extremely interested in where you went to HS, which I find hilarious.  People find private schools like Gilman, McDonough, and the Friends School impressive regardless of the fact that my DH went to public school and then an Ivy college.  It’s weird but we don’t encounter it in AA County at all.  

My Brother-In-Law & SIL live in Catonsville and they absolutely love it.  It’s a really cool area near Ellicott City but still close to the city and north Baltimore (BIL works in Hunt Valley).

As far as good things about Maryland, I’d say we are nicely centered on the Atlantic.  It’s quick to drive north or south but also there are beaches here and mountains too.  Summers are humid and sweaty but I love the warmth.  Even better are the CRABS!  Nothing better than crabs and beer on a summer afternoon (even better in a screened porch).  If you like boats, even better, cause boats are huge here.  People really take advantage of the water.  

Culturally, Baltimore has some fun and awesome museums like the Aquarium, the Science Center, Art Museum, and close access to Washington via driving or the metro.  Additionally, the nightlife is really fun.  On top of that, in recent years we’ve also had some REALLY COOL events like “Sailabration” where we had TONS of boats of all sorts docked in the harbor, vendors, tours, etc.  It was really neat to see all of that.  Also, over Labor Day we have hosted twice now the Baltimore Grand Prix which is absolutely amazing to see these cars speeding down the streets we drive on every day.  There are a lot of gritty areas in Baltimore and surrounding areas but if you do your homework, you’ll come across the right neighborhood for you.  

I like Maryland, I do, but I’d go back to Colorado in a heartbeat except for the fact that my DH was born and raised here and is not moving anywhere else.  

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