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  • Submitted by: Mark A. Stevens
  • Submission Date: 14th Feb 2005



I. ABOUT BALTIMORE...




Events (1993) Call (410) 837-INFO for more up-to-date list
March 14: St. Patricks Day Parade
March 24-April 4: Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus
April 9-11: International Gem Show, Convention Center
May 7-16: Preakness Celebration (parades, festivals, etc.)
Info: (410)837-3030
May 15: Preakness Stakes, Pimlico Racetrack
Info: (410)542-9400
July 13: Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Camden Yards
July 24: Chicken Clucking Contest, Broadway Market

Visitor Information
General information about sightseeing, lodging, events, etc. is available free of charge by contacting:

Baltimore Office of Promotion
34 Market Place, Suite 310
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 752-8632 - Human
(410) 837-INFO - Recordings, touch-tone options






II. TRANSPORTATION




Getting To Baltimore...
Air
Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) Airport is 7 miles south of the city off either the Baltimore-Washington Parkway or I-95. The airport is very clean, modern, and well-organized with plenty of parking adjacent to the terminal.

International flights are availble from London on USAir, from Frankfurt on USAir and Icelandair, from Oslo, Stockholm, Luxembourg, and Reykjavik on Icelandair, from Mexico on Mexicana, from Amsterdam on KLM, from Jamaica and other Caribbean destinations on Air Jamaica, from Canada on Air Ontario, and to other destinations via charter flights (contact your travel agent for info).

Domestic flights are available from every major U.S. city via USAir, United, American, Delta, Continental, America West, Northwest, and TWA.

Bus service is available to downtown Baltimore or Washington, taxis are available at the airport, and all major car rental companies maintain fleets and rental counters at the airport. Bus/shuttle van service is available to most destinations in city for $8 1-way or $12 round trip, info on shuttle service is available by calling (410)859-7545.

BWI Airport: (410) 859-7100
Air Jamaica: (410) 859-1760
American Airlines: (410) 850-5800
Continental Airlines: (410) 337-2061 Delta Airlines: (410) 768-9000
Henson Airlines: (410) 850-4897
Icelandair: (410) 859-0660 or (800) 223-5500 KLM Royal Dutch Airlines: (800) 777-5553 Mexicana Airlines: (410) 859-8526 or (800) 531-7921 Northwest: (800) 225-2525
TWA: (410) 338-1156
USAir: (410) 727-0825
United Airlines: (410) 850-4557 or (800) 631-1500

Train
Amtrak service is available at Penn Station and at BWI. Penn Station is located in the central city at 1500 North Charlest Street at Mt. Royal Ave. Marc train service is available to Washington DC from either Penn Station or Camden Yards. The Camden Yard Station is located at the stadium near the Inner Harbor.
Amtrak: (410) 539-2112 or (800) 872-7245 Marc: (410) 291-4264 or (800) 325-RAIL

Bus
Greyhound Trailways serves Baltimore at the Downtown terminal at 210 West Fayette Street between Howard Street and Park Avenue, and some buses stop at the Baltimore Travel Plaza at 5625 O'Donnell Street off I-95 at exit 57. Greyhound: (410) 744-9311 or (800) 528-0447

Car
If you're driving to Baltimore, the major roads into the city are I-95 from any destination on the East Coast, I-83 from central Pennsylvania and upstate New York, I-70 from any point west of the city, I-97 from Annapolis or Maryland's eastern shore, and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway from Washington DC.

b) Getting Around...

Rental Car
If you are visiting only Baltimore and are staying in the Inner Harbor area, you may not want the hassel and expense of a car, otherwise a car will extend your range. Rental companies are located at the airport and in downtown with other locations throughout the city and suburbs

'Local Tip': The best maps of the city are those produced by Alexandria
Drafting. These are available at most convenience stores
for about $7. Pick one up if you'll be driving.
'Local Tip': Routes to tourist sites are marked by square blue and green
signs.

Alamo: (800) 327-9633, at BWI (410) 850-0197 Avis: (800) 331-1212
Budget: (800) 527-0700, at BWI (410) 859-8500, Downtown (410) 837-6955 Hertz: (800) 645-3131, at BWI (410) 850-7400, Downtown (410) 332-0015 National: (800) 227-7368
Thrifty: (800) 367-0700, at BWI (410) 768-4900, Downtown (410) 783-0300

MTA Bus
Baltimore's Mass Transit Administration (MTA) runs buses throughout the city and into the suburbs. There are 76 bus routes in the city. Buses run 24 hours a day, subways run Mon-Sat 6am-midnight and Sun 11am-7pm. Base fare is $1.10 plus zone/express charges. For information and schedules, contact MTA at (410) 539-5000

Metro
Baltimore's subway system is fairly small, going from the downtown area to the northwest suburbs. Fourteen miles of subway track are operated by MTA in addition to several miles of light rail (trolley) track that opened last year. Light rail service is available from the northern part of the city, down Howard street to the new stadium. Schedule and fare information is available by calling (410) 539-5000.

Foot
If you are planning to be in Baltimore for only a short period and are primarily interested in sites in the Inner Harbor area, foot is the best way of getting around. You can easily walk to the Orioles' stadium, the Arena, the Maryland Science Center, the National Aquarium, the Baltimore Convention Center, and a wide range of restaurants and hotels, in addition the shops of the Inner Harbor Pavilions and the Gallery in the Stouffer Hotel. Water taxis are also available to take you across the harbor or over to the Fells Point area.

Water Taxi
Water taxi service is available to various destinations on harbor, including Inner Harbor Promenade, Fells Point, Federal Hill. Tickets cost $3.25 per adult for an all-day ticket or $2.25 for children. Info: (800) 658-8947






III. SIGHTSEEING




Many of Baltimore's prime tourist attractions are in the Inner Harbor Area. This is also where the Baltimore Convention Center and Festival Hall are located, so many out of town visitors coming to Baltimore for special events will find themselves in this area. There are many attractions in the Inner Harbor area, a large number of hotels, many fine restaurants, and easy transportation into, out of, and around the area.
Things to See...
Inner Harbor Area
National Aquarium, Pratt Street at Pier 3 Modern aquarium that has become a model for other cities. Includes a huge tropical rainforest in roof area, a coral reef with a 350,000 gallon tank containing sharks, turtles, and other fish, and a new marine mammal exhibit containing beluga whales. This is one of the most popular attractions in the harbor area, especially for families with children. Admission Charge: Info: (410) 576-3810 'Local Tip': The aquarium is open Friday evenings and admission after 5 p.m. is typically only a couple dollars.

Top of the World, World Trade Center, Pratt Street Panoramic view of the harbor and city, displays describing local history and industry. Good photo opportunity. Admission Charge: Info: (410) 837-4515

U.S.S. Constellation, Pratt Street at Pier 1 Oldest Navy vessel, in service since 1797. Admission Charge: Info: (410) 539-1797

Baltimore Maritime Museum, Pratt Street at Pier 3 Tour ships anchored at the pier. Ships include U.S.S. Torsk, a World War II submarine that was the last U.S. vessel to sink a ship in WWII. The Lightship Cheseapeake, and the U.S. cutter Taney, which was at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked. Kids love the sub. Admission: Info: (410) 396-3453

Pride of Baltimore II, Inner Harbor Promenade Tall two-masted schooner. Open for tours on weekends, when in port. No charge, but donations encouraged. Info: (410) 625-5460

Maryland Science Center, 601 Light Street at Key Highway Exciting science displays from energy through dinosaurs. Museum features an IMAX theatre and a planetarium. Great place for kids. Admission Charge: Info: (410) 685-5225

National Museum of Ceramic Art, 250 W. Pratt Street Open Tues-Sunday. Info: (410) 837-2529

Baltimore City Life Museum, East Lombard and Front Street Several historic sites/homes, including:
* Carroll Mansion: Home of Charles Carroll, signer of Declaration of Independence, upper class home.
* Center for Urban Archaelogy: Short video on how archaeologist work on urban digs.
* 1840 House: 19th century home of wheelwright John Huntchinson, intended to give visitors feel for row house of period. Furnished with period reproductions.
* Brewers Park: Site of 18th century brewery. Closed Mondays. Admission Charge: Info: (410) 396-3523 'Local Tip': No admission charge for City Life Museum on Saturday mornings, 10am-1pm.

Also near this location:
* Shot Tower where lead shot was made
* Star Spangled Banner House & War of 1812 Museum
Closed Sundays. Info: (410) 837-1793
Baltimore Convention Center and Festival Hall, Pratt Street Large groups frequently meet at the convention center, which is also used for trade shows, large community festivals, etc. The Convention Center hosts various regularly-scheduled events, including an Auto Show in January, a Ski Show in October, a Travel & RV show, and a Boat Show, among others. Info on these is available from the City's Promotions Office (see section I(b), above).

2) Around Town...

Fort McHenry, Fort Avenue Site of key naval bombardment by British during war of 1812 that inspired Francis Scott Key to write national anthem. Operated by National Park Service. Info: (410) 962-4290

B & O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt Street at Poppleton St. Located in 19th century railroad roundhouse, this is another kids favorite, though it's a 'must see' for any train buff. Many restored engines, most operable, in the roundhouse with more in the yard. The model train setup on top floor is great. More than 100 locomotives. Admission Charge: Info: (410) 237-2387

Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive (off North Charles at 31st Street) Comprehensive art gallery with frequent special exhibits. Recent exhibits have included baseball art, Northwest Coast Indian art, art deco, etc. Closed Monday. Admission Charge: Info: (410) 396-7101 'Local Tip': Thursday is Museum Day with free admission all day.

Walters Art Gallery, 600 N. Charles at Centre Street Collections include an old masters collection, Renaissance sculture garden, decorative arts, and jewelry. More than 30,000 works in regular collection. Occasional special exhibits. April-June 1993 will feature only U.S. exhibit of the works of impressionist Alfred Sisley. Closed Mondays. Admission Charge: Info: (410) 547-9000 'Local Tip': Free admission hour on Saturday, 11am-noon. (Wouldn't count on it during Sisley exhibit.)

Babe Ruth Birthplace and Baseball Museum, 216 Emory and Pratt Streets See where Babe Ruth was born and lived as a kid. Now a monument to America's favorite pasttime. Lots of Orioles items including their 1983 World Series trophy. Admission Charge: Info: (410) 727-1539

Baltimore Museum of Industry, Key Highway and Boyle Street Exhibits of historical industry, including sample cannery and printing plant. Open Thursday-Sunday in summer, weekends only rest of year. Admission Charge: Info: (410) 727-4808

Great Blacks in Wax Museum, 1601 E. North Avenue at Bond Street Wax museum highlighting facets of black history, from Africa through present day. Displays include Rosa Parks being removed from Alabama bus and Harriet Tubman organizing underground railroad. Closed Mondays. Admission Charge: Info: (410) 563-3404

Baltimore Streetcar Museum, Falls Road and 20th Street Open weekends, June-October. Info: (410) 547-0264

Edgar Allan Poe House, 203 North Amity Street Home where Edgar Allan Poe lived and wrote many of his earlier works. Open Wednesday-Saturday, April-November. Info: (410) 396-7932 'Local Tip': Short hours so call before visiting.

H.L. Mencken House, Hollins Street

Baltimore City Fire Museum, Gay and Orleans Streets 200 years of firefighting memorabilia and photos of Baltimore's great fire of 1904. Open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Free. Info: (410) 396-4686

Baltimore Public Works Museum, 751 Eastern Avenue at East Falls History of public services, including street maintenance, trash pickup, utilities, etc. Includes 2-level streetscape showing pipes under street etc. Open Wednesday-Sunday, daily in summer. Info: (410) 396-5565

Lacrosse Hall of Fame, 113 W. University Avenue at 34th Street Located at Johns Hopkins University, contains records & memorabilia from lacrosse games from high school to club level. Videotaped games shown. Free. Open Mon-Fri, 1-4pm (open Saturdays, March-May). Info: (410) 235-6882

Peale Museum, 225 Holliday between Lexington and Saratoga Streets Built in 1814 by painter Rembrandt Peale. Oldest original museuem in U.S. Once served as city hall. Info: (410) 396-1149

General Motors, Broening Highway and Holabird Avenue Plant tour of this GM facility which builds mini-vans and light trucks, such as the Chevy Astro. Tours must be arranged 3 weeks in advance and are not available during periods when the plant is retooling for new models. Info: (410) 631-2508

b) Tours

Boat Tours


Harbor Cruises, Inner Harbor Promenade The Bay Lady offers dinner and lunch cruises, the Lady Baltimore offers day cruises on the Chesapeake to Annapolis or St. Michaels. Prices range fro $21-40. Info: (410) 727-3113

Schooner Nighthawk, Fells Point Dinner cruises on 82-foot windjammer leave nightly from Fells Point. Also moonlight cruises on bay. Info: (410) 327-SAIL

Guardian and Defender, Inner Harbor Shuttles between Inner Harbor, Fort McHenry, and Fells Point

Minnie V, Inner Harbor Skipjack tours of harbor. Info: (410) 522-4214

Clipper City, Inner Harbor Tall ship sailing trips daily. Carries 150 passengers. Info: (410) 539-6277

Spirit of Baltimore, Harborview New cruise ship offering dinner and lunch tours of harbor. Prices range from about $20 for a 2-hour lunch cruise to about $30 for a 3-hour dinner cruise. Info: (410)523-7447

Bus/Walking Tours


Baltimore Trolley Tours Trolley cars run 30 minutes apart to various sightseeing areas, including Ft. McHenry, B&O Railroad Museum, Inner Harbor area, etc. Tour at your own pace, reboarding trolley when you are finished seeing a sight. Info: (410) 752-2015

American Tour & Tour Guides, (410) 889-7633 Offers walking and van tours of the city, for individuals or groups.

Masterpieces in Baltimore (410) 433-5617 Tours for the art lover.






IV. PERFORMING ARTS




Music
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral at Preston Street The Meyerhoff is a modern concert hall and is home of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The hall seats 2,470. Schedule of events and ticket info is available by calling (410) 783-8000. Special events/guests for spring 93 include: Wynton Marsalis, Smothers Brothers, Emanuel Ax.

Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mt. Royal Avenue at Cathedral Street The Lyric is home of the Baltimore Opera and hosts various theatrical productions, such as Broadway musicals, and lectures by the Academy of Sciences. Seats 2,564. Info: (410) 783-8000. Ticket info is available by calling (410) 625-1400 [plays] or (410) 685-0693 [operas].

Pier Six Concert Pavilion, Pratt Street at Pier 6 Home of the Summer Harborlights Music Festival. Outdoor amphitheatre hosting various pop, rock, country, blues, jazz and other artists on summer evenings. Ticket Info: (410) 625-1400.

Merriweather Post Pavilion, Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia This is a large outdoor amphitheatre located in the suburbs, about 10 miles southwest of the city in Columbia. Shows are typically booked between late May and early September and virtually all will be well-known acts. Typical bands appearing here will include Jimmy Buffet, George Thorogood & the Destroyers, etc. Seats about 7,000 under cover and about 10,000 on the lawn. Ticket Info: (410) 982-1800.

Peabody Conservatory, One E. Mt. Vernon Place at Charles Street America's oldest school of music offers about 35 performances annually that are open to the public. Seats 804. (Performances Sept - May). Info: (410) 659-8124

Chamber Music Society, Baltimore Museum of Art Info: (410) 486-1140

b) Theatre

Morris Mechanic Theatre, Baltimore and Charles Streets at Hopkins Plaza Professionally-produced Broadway musicals. Seats 1,600. Ticket and Schedule Info: (410) 625-1400

Center Stage, 700 North Calvert at Monument Street Serious drama, comedies, and period pieces. Intimate theatre known for artistic talent. Seats 541. Box Office: (410) 332-0033

'Local Tip': For weekday performances, unsold tickets are available at
half price, day of show only---a great opportunity to see
excellent theatre at reasonable prices.

Schedule includes: May 12-June 6, 'Arms & the Man'

Arena Players, 801 McCulloh Street at Martin Luther King Blvd. Black community theatre presenting a variety of productions and hosting an annual local playwrights competition. Seats 300. Info: (410) 728-6500

Theatre Hopkins, Charles Street at 34th Street (Merrick Barn) College theatre at Johns Hopkins University. Presents four works annually, seats 106. Info: (410) 516-7159.

Theatre Project, West Preston Street at Maryland Avenue Experimental theatre founded in 1971. Seats 157. Info: (410) 752-8558

Vagabond Players, 806 South Broadway (Fells Point) Oldest continually operating theatre company in U.S. Located in Fells Point. Info: (410) 563-9135

Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St. Info: (410) 752-1225

c) Film

Baltimore Film Forum
The Baltimore Film Forum shows foriegn, art, and classic films at the Baltimore Museum of Art, located adjacent to the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus at Charles and 31st Streets---10 Art Museum Drive. Most screenings are held on weekend evenings. 'Local Tip': BFF hosts an International Film Festival in April each year, mondo cool.

Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road, Info: (410) 435-8338 Newly renovated art deco theatre. Expansive. Eclectic offerings.






V. LEISURE ACTIVITIES




Sports The primary sports venues in Baltimore are:
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Pratt Street at Russell Street
Memorial Stadium, 33rd Street at Ellerslie
Baltimore Arena, 201 West Baltimore Street
Baseball

Orioles, Oriole Park at Camden Yards
The Baltimore Orioles are playing in their new stadium at Camden Yards
in the Inner Harbor area. The stadium is considered by many baseball
fans to be the best stadium built in at least 50 years, it is an outdoor
stadium with natural grass and no obstructed view seats. It seats
approximately 45,000 people and almost every O's game sells out.
Best version of national anthem in the majors.
'Local Tip': Buy tickets FAR in advance. Most fun seats are grandstands
behind center field for $4. Limited number of standing room
only tickets sold 2 hours before game time for $3.
Ticket prices: $3 - $30. Worst seats are the $30 seats. Best seats are
lower box for about $12, but these are almost impossible
to get.
Info and Ticket Sales: (410) 432-SEAT

BaySox, Memorial Stadium
The Bowie BaySox are the Orioles' AA minor league team (formerly the
Hagerstown Suns). While Bowie-area politicians continue their childish
bickering over their new stadium, the BaySox will play in the Orioles'
old home, Memorial Stadium on East 33rd Street. Seats 54,000+
If you're there for an evening game, the view of the sun setting over
the city from the top rows of the upper deck 1st base side is phenomenal.
Games are scheduled from April 19 through early September. Box seats
cost $7, general admission is $5.
Ticket Information: (410) 467-0101

Other minor league teams within about a 90-minute drive of Baltimore
include the Harrisburg Senators (Montreal Expos affilliate) and the
Frederick Keys (Baltimore Orioles affiliate).

Hockey

Skipjacks, Baltimore Arena
The Baltimore Skipjacks are an affilliate of the Washington Capitals,
they play in the Baltimore Arena at 201 West Baltimore Street. Skipjacks
games are scheduled between October and April. Info: (410)347-2010

Lacrosse


Thunder, Baltimore Arena
The Baltimore Thunder are part of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League.
People unfamiliar with indoor lacrosse are often surprised at its
speed. Games are scheduled in January and February. Info: (410)347-2010

College teams: Lacrosse is very popular in Baltimore and highly-ranked
teams play at Johns Hopkins University, Towson State, Loyola, and the
University of Maryland. See also the Lacrosse Hall of Fame at University
Blvd.

Soccer
The Baltimore

Horse Racing


Preakness
The biggest horse racing event of the year is the annual Preakness
Stakes, the second jewel in the triple-crown. The Preakness occurs
in May of each year and always draws thousands of spectators.
'Local Tip': The biggest party in the city is in the infield, but get
there early and don't expect to see much racing.

Pimlico, Hayward and Winter Avenues
The track is located on the northwest side of the city and features
thoroughbred racing. The racing season usually runs in May and June
and again in September and October.

Timonium, York Road
Timonium racetrack no longer has a regular racing season. The track
is now used for horse racing only during the Maryland State Fair, which
is held next to the track.

Laurel, Ft. Meade Road and Baltimore Blvd., Laurel MD
Located about 25 miles south of the city is Laurel Race Track, which
offers thoroghbred racing in January-February, June-August, and
October-December.

Skiing


The nearest ski areas to Baltimore are Ski Roundtop (about 60 minutes,
north on I-83), Ski Liberty (about 75 minutes, west on I-70 then north
on 340), and Whitetail (about 75 minutes, west on I-70). An annual ski
show is held at the Baltimore Convention Center each year in October or
November.

b) Parks

Baltimore Zoo, Druid Hill Park
Features 1,200 animals. Swinging bridge, zoo train, carrousel. Includes a children's zoo with a wilderness exhibit. Admission Charge: Info: (410) 396-LION

Druid Hill Park Conservatory, Druid Hill Park Various shows throughout year including Christmas poinsetta display, outdoor display of 10,000 tulips in spring, indoor greenhouse displays throughout year. Renovation & expansion will be taking place during 1993.

c) Festivals

Preakness
For about 2 weeks prior to the annual running of the Preakness, the city will hold various festivals, parades, and parties throughout town.

Maryland State Fair
The State Fair is held just before Labor Day each summer and takes place at the Timonium Fairgrounds on the north side of the city off I-83.

d) Weekend Time...
This is a catch-all category for neat things to do in the area that don't fit neatly into other categories for various reasons.

Visiting Vineyards
Although the East Coast is not known as a major wine-producing region,
there are a number of interesting vineyards all along the coast, many
producing some excellent regional wines. Maryland currently has about
20 wineries, virtually all of them growing vitis vinifera (European
hybrid) varieties. These are some of the wineries within an easy
driving distance of the city. There is also an annual Maryland Wine
Festival held each year in Westminster (usually in September).

Basignani

Boordy Vineyards

Maryland Renaissance Festival, Crownsville MD (near Annapolis)

Go back in time to the 17th century and see knights in shining
joust on horseback as kings and queens watch, chow down on
whole smoked turkey legs while quaffing mugs of ale or mead,
watch actors perform shakespearean spoofs, and see various
characters, fools, and artisans. The festival is held each
year on weekends from early September to mid October.
Admission Charge: Info:

Bay Bridge Walk


About a 45-minute drive southeast of the city is the Chesapeake
Bay Bridge over which U.S. Route 50 crosses the bay. Each year
one span of the huge suspension bridge is closed and pedestrians
are allowed to walk across. Thousands of people from throughout
the region will show up if it's a nice day. Typically the first
weekend in May. The walk is about 4 miles, so wear comfortable shoes.

Ladew Topiary Gardens

Antique Shops


There are a cluster of antique shops known locally as 'Antique
Row' in the 700 & 800 blocks of N. Howard Street, and extending
onto the 200 block of W. Reed Street. Most shops are open Mon-Sat
10-5, and Sun. 12-5.

e) City Markets
Who needs chain grocery stores when you've got city markets? These are wonderful places where you can pick up fresh produce, freshly caught seafood, baked goods, deli meats, and other fresh foods from local merchants. Friendly bustling places filled with delicious scents of fresh foods. Most city markets are open Monday-Thursday 7am-6pm and Friday & Saturday from 6am-6pm.


Belair Market, Gay and Forrest Streets at Oldtowne Mall
Broadway Market, Broadway & Fleet Streets in Fells Point
Cross Street Market, South Charles at Cross Street in Federal Hill
Hollins Market, Hollins Street and South Arlington in SoWeBo
Lafayette Market, Pennsylvania Ave and Laurens STreet
Northeast Market, Monument and Chester Street
Also, (not run by city, but very nice and modern)

Lexington Market, 400 Lexington at Eutaw Street, Mon-Sat 8:30-6pm, Info: (410) 685-6169
The markets closest to tourist areas are Broadway Market in the heart of Fells Point (take the water taxi from Inner Harbor) and Cross Street, which is my personal favorite, a few blocks south of the Harbor in the Federal Hill area.






VI. LODGING




Most of the large hotel chains have hotels near the Inner Harbor area, many also have hotels near the airport. A few recommendations:
Close to airport: International Inn
Comfort & Personal Service: Society Hill
Close to Stadium: Sheraton
Best Location in Inner Harbor: Stouffer, Clarion
Budget Traveler in Town: Comfort Inn, Days Inn, Quality Inn
Luxury: Harbor Court
Hotel costs can be expected to average over $100 per night for a double at any Inner Harbor or Downtown hotel. The more luxurious hotels will be higher. Some, such as Comfort Inn, may be lower. Marriott, Hyatt, Sheraton, and Omni frequently advertise promotional rates for weekends and/or off-peak periods...you may be able to get better rates. You can also cut your costs by looking to budget hotels outside the city, although the savings may be offset by travel costs to get into town or parking garage fees if you drive. Hotel costs in suburbs near beltway (I-695) can be found for as little as $40 (Days Inn at exit 29B) to $45 (Comfort Inn, exit 20). Parking is available at several lots in the Inner Harbor for $5 all day on weekends (higher on weekdays). 'Local Tip:' Some downtown hotels offer free or cheap shuttle service to BWI airport. Ask about this when you make reservations.

Inner Harbor
Brookshire Inner Harbor, 120 E. Lombard Street, (410) 625-1300 (800) 647-0013. All suites. Currently quoting price of $99/night.

Clarion at Harrison's Pier 5, 711 Eastern Ave, (410)783-5553 71 rooms, located directly on harbor, next to National Aquarium. Expensive.

Harbor Court Hotel, 550 Light Street, (410) 234-0550 Luxury hotel with many amenities including indoor swimming pool, fitness facility, tennis court, and rooftop croquet court. Expensive.

Holiday Inn, 301 West Lombard St., (410)685-3500, (800)HOLIDAY Comfortable hotel with olympic-size swimming pool, fitness facility, restaurant & other amenities. Moderately expensive.

Hyatt Regency, 300 Light Street, (410)528-1234 or (800)228-9000 Comfortable hotel connected to Harborplace by overhead walkway. Swimming pool, tennis court, fitness facility. Expensive.

Marriott Inner Harbor, Pratt at 110 S. Eutaw Street, (410)962-0202 (800) 228-9290. Close to Inner Harbor & stadium. Now advertising weekend rates of $110/double with 7-day advance purchase good through 6/30/93.

Ramada Inner Harbor, 8 N. Howard St., (410) 539-1188

Sheraton Inner Harbor, 300 South Charles, (410)962-8300 (800)325-3535 Comfortable rooms, restaurant & night club, swimming pool, fitness facilities. Connected via skywalks to Inner Harbor. Close to stadium. Expensive. Has been advertising 'Sure Saver' weekend rate of $109/double.

Stouffer Harborplace Hotel, 202 East Pratt Street Comfortable modern hotel connected to Harborplace by overhead walkway. Elaborate indoor shopping mall with fountains, restaurants and four floors of shops. Expensive.

b) Downtown
Comfort Inn at Mt. Vernon, 24 W. Franklin St. (410) 727-2000

Days Inn, 100 Hopkins Place, (410)576-1000, (800)325-2525 Comfortable accommodations at moderate prices. Swimming pool. About four block walk to harbor.

Doubletree Inn at the Colonnade, 4 W. University Pkwy., (410) 235-5400 Luxury hotel located next to Johns Hopkins University.

Radisson Lord Baltimore Hotel, 20 W. Baltimore Street, (410)539-8400 (800) 333-3333
Elegant hotel located about four blocks from Inner Harbor. Contains two restaurants/lounge and indoor fitness club. Expensive. You can get a double room for $84 if you ask for the 'Historic Harbor' package.

Omni Inner Harbor Hotel, 101 W. Fayette St, (410)752-1100 (800)THE-OMNI Connected via skywalks to Inner Harbor. Swimming pool, fitness facility, restaurant and lounge on premises. Expensive.

Latham (Peabody Court) Hotel, 612 Cathedral Street, (410) 727-7101 Luxurious, traditional hotel, expensive, many amenities. Elegant, spacious rooms. Guests have privileges at Downtown Athletic Club. Located at Mt. Vernon Square.

Quality Inn Inner Harbor, 1701 Russell Street (B-W Pkwy), (410)727-3400 Older hotel on south side of stadium. Industrial-type neighborhood. Fairly close to stadium and harbor though with rooms about half the cost of large on-harbor hotels. Reasonable choice if you're on a budget. Access out of city cannot be beat.

c) Bed & Breakfasts and Inns
To find out about small Bed & Breakfast inns, contact: Amanda's Bed & Breakfast Service, (410) 225-0001 Traveller in Maryland B&B Reservation Service, (410) 269-6232

Admiral Fell Inn, 888 S. Broadway (Fells Point), (410)522-7377 (800) 292-INNS. European-style B&B type hotel. Free parking nearby.

Celie's Waterfront B&B, 1714 Thames St. (Fells Point), (410)522-2323 7 rooms, A/C, whirlpool, balconies, roofdeck.

A House by the Side of the Road, 132 Birckhead St. (Federal Hill) (410) 539-0652.

Inn at Hendersons Wharf, 1000 Fell Street (Fells Point) Comfortable 38-room inn in historic Fells Point area. Near restaurants, water taxi to Inner Harbor. Ask about weekend rates. Info: (410) 522-7777 or (800) 522-2088

Shirley Madison Inn, 205 W. Madison St. (410)728-6550, (800) 868-5064

Society Hill
The Society Hill operates elegant inns with a European flavor. Rooms are decorated with antiques, breakfast served in your room. Three locations:
Society Hill Hotel, 58 West Biddle Street (410)837-3630 Society Hill Hopkins House, 3404 St. Paul St., (410) 235-8600 Society Hill Government House, 1125 No. Calvert St., (410) 752-7722






Most of the large hotel chains have hotels near the Inner Harbor area, many also have hotels near the airport. A few recommendations:
Close to airport: International Inn
Comfort & Personal Service: Society Hill
Close to Stadium: Sheraton
Best Location in Inner Harbor: Stouffer, Clarion
Budget Traveler in Town: Comfort Inn, Days Inn, Quality Inn
Luxury: Harbor Court
Hotel costs can be expected to average over $100 per night for a double at any Inner Harbor or Downtown hotel. The more luxurious hotels will be higher. Some, such as Comfort Inn, may be lower. Marriott, Hyatt, Sheraton, and Omni frequently advertise promotional rates for weekends and/or off-peak periods...you may be able to get better rates. You can also cut your costs by looking to budget hotels outside the city, although the savings may be offset by travel costs to get into town or parking garage fees if you drive. Hotel costs in suburbs near beltway (I-695) can be found for as little as $40 (Days Inn at exit 29B) to $45 (Comfort Inn, exit 20). Parking is available at several lots in the Inner Harbor for $5 all day on weekends (higher on weekdays). 'Local Tip:' Some downtown hotels offer free or cheap shuttle service to BWI airport. Ask about this when you make reservations.

Inner Harbor
Brookshire Inner Harbor, 120 E. Lombard Street, (410) 625-1300 (800) 647-0013. All suites. Currently quoting price of $99/night.

Clarion at Harrison's Pier 5, 711 Eastern Ave, (410)783-5553 71 rooms, located directly on harbor, next to National Aquarium. Expensive.

Harbor Court Hotel, 550 Light Street, (410) 234-0550 Luxury hotel with many amenities including indoor swimming pool, fitness facility, tennis court, and rooftop croquet court. Expensive.

Holiday Inn, 301 West Lombard St., (410)685-3500, (800)HOLIDAY Comfortable hotel with olympic-size swimming pool, fitness facility, restaurant & other amenities. Moderately expensive.

Hyatt Regency, 300 Light Street, (410)528-1234 or (800)228-9000 Comfortable hotel connected to Harborplace by overhead walkway. Swimming pool, tennis court, fitness facility. Expensive.

Marriott Inner Harbor, Pratt at 110 S. Eutaw Street, (410)962-0202 (800) 228-9290. Close to Inner Harbor & stadium. Now advertising weekend rates of $110/double with 7-day advance purchase good through 6/30/93.

Ramada Inner Harbor, 8 N. Howard St., (410) 539-1188

Sheraton Inner Harbor, 300 South Charles, (410)962-8300 (800)325-3535 Comfortable rooms, restaurant & night club, swimming pool, fitness facilities. Connected via skywalks to Inner Harbor. Close to stadium. Expensive. Has been advertising 'Sure Saver' weekend rate of $109/double.

Stouffer Harborplace Hotel, 202 East Pratt Street Comfortable modern hotel connected to Harborplace by overhead walkway. Elaborate indoor shopping mall with fountains, restaurants and four floors of shops. Expensive.

b) Downtown

Comfort Inn at Mt. Vernon, 24 W. Franklin St. (410) 727-2000

Days Inn, 100 Hopkins Place, (410)576-1000, (800)325-2525 Comfortable accommodations at moderate prices. Swimming pool. About four block walk to harbor.

Doubletree Inn at the Colonnade, 4 W. University Pkwy., (410) 235-5400 Luxury hotel located next to Johns Hopkins University.

Radisson Lord Baltimore Hotel, 20 W. Baltimore Street, (410)539-8400 (800) 333-3333
Elegant hotel located about four blocks from Inner Harbor. Contains two restaurants/lounge and indoor fitness club. Expensive. You can get a double room for $84 if you ask for the 'Historic Harbor' package.

Omni Inner Harbor Hotel, 101 W. Fayette St, (410)752-1100 (800)THE-OMNI Connected via skywalks to Inner Harbor. Swimming pool, fitness facility, restaurant and lounge on premises. Expensive.

Latham (Peabody Court) Hotel, 612 Cathedral Street, (410) 727-7101 Luxurious, traditional hotel, expensive, many amenities. Elegant, spacious rooms. Guests have privileges at Downtown Athletic Club. Located at Mt. Vernon Square.

Quality Inn Inner Harbor, 1701 Russell Street (B-W Pkwy), (410)727-3400 Older hotel on south side of stadium. Industrial-type neighborhood. Fairly close to stadium and harbor though with rooms about half the cost of large on-harbor hotels. Reasonable choice if you're on a budget. Access out of city cannot be beat.

c) Bed & Breakfasts and Inns
To find out about small Bed & Breakfast inns, contact: Amanda's Bed & Breakfast Service, (410) 225-0001 Traveller in Maryland B&B Reservation Service, (410) 269-6232

Admiral Fell Inn, 888 S. Broadway (Fells Point), (410)522-7377 (800) 292-INNS. European-style B&B type hotel. Free parking nearby.

Celie's Waterfront B&B, 1714 Thames St. (Fells Point), (410)522-2323 7 rooms, A/C, whirlpool, balconies, roofdeck.

A House by the Side of the Road, 132 Birckhead St. (Federal Hill) (410) 539-0652.

Inn at Hendersons Wharf, 1000 Fell Street (Fells Point) Comfortable 38-room inn in historic Fells Point area. Near restaurants, water taxi to Inner Harbor. Ask about weekend rates. Info: (410) 522-7777 or (800) 522-2088

Shirley Madison Inn, 205 W. Madison St. (410)728-6550, (800) 868-5064
Society Hill
The Society Hill operates elegant inns with a European flavor. Rooms are decorated with antiques, breakfast served in your room. Three locations:
Society Hill Hotel, 58 West Biddle Street (410)837-3630 Society Hill Hopkins House, 3404 St. Paul St., (410) 235-8600 Society Hill Government House, 1125 No. Calvert St., (410) 752-7722






VII. RESTAURANTS




Local Specialties... Baltimore is best-known for seafood---especially blue crabs and rockfish. There are MANY good seafood restaurants in the Baltimore area and a fun adventurous dining experience can be to visit a good crab house and order up a dozen steamed crabs. Most locals will be happy to teach you how to break open the shells and eat these tasty delicacies. Crab cakes are a good bet if you don't want to have to work for your dinner. Maryland wines are available at many restaurants, most often from the Boordy Vineyards or from Byrd; these are European-style wines and are quite good. Locally-made beers include Wild Goose and Oxford Class. Brewpubs are Sisson's, Baltimore Brewing, and Wharf Rat. Recommended places: Obrycki's Crab House, Haussner's, Sabatino's, Tio Pepe, Bertha's.
Inner Harbor Area
American Cafe, Harborplace Light Street Pavilion Casual trendy place, moderate prices.

Baltimore Brewing Company, Pratt Street at 104 Albemarle Mostly American food, fresh lager beers. Not open for lunch.

Bohager's, Fleet & Eden Streets (410)563-7220 Grilled streaks, barbeque, seafood, etc. Free parking, outdoor deck.

City Lights, Harborplace Light Street Pavilion Trendy regional fare, seafood, moderate prices.

Paolo's, 301 Light Street, (310)539-7060 Pizza and light Italian fare in trendy atmosphere.

Phillips, Harborplace Light Street Pavilion Seafood restaurant, famous with Ocean City afficianados.

Rusty Scupper, 207 Key Hwy, (410) 727-3678 At the Inner Harbor Marina, near Maryland Science Center.

Ruth's Chris Streak House, Brokerage 600 Water Street, (410) 783-0033 Advertises itself as 'Home of Serious steak'.

Tandoor, Pratt Street Pavilion
Indian food, outdoor seating in summer.

Taverna Athena, Pratt Street Pavilion Greek food, outdoor seating in summer.

Uncle Lee's, 44 South Street, (410) 727-6666 Chinese, reasonable prices. Block or two walk from Harbor area. Szechuan, Hunan, Mandarin. Carry-out available.

Wharf Rat, 206 W. Pratt (across from Camden Yards), (410)244-8900 The Wharf Rat has always been known for its excellent beer selection and is now Maryland's newest brewpub with freshly-brewed ales. International menu.

c) Fells Point

Admiral Fell Inn

Al Pacino's

Bertha's, 734 S. Broadway, (410) 327-5795 Famous for its steamed mussels which are always a best bet. Try the sampler. Good beer selection. Live music in bar on weekends.

John Steven, 1800 Thames Street, (410)327-5561 Funky atmosphere. Good steamed shrimp & mussels. Off the beaten path.

d) Federal Hill

Nichiban, 1035 S. Charles (410) 837-0816 Japanese food, sushi.

No-Way Jose, 1041 Marshall St., (410)752-2837 Tex-Mex food, homemade salsa.

Sisson's Restaurant and South Baltimore Brewing Co., 36 E. Cross Street Sisson's specializes in Cajun cooking and brews their own ales in house. Blackened chicken breasts and gumbos are always good. Best beers are the seasonal ales and the I.P.A.

e) Little Italy
There are a LOT of Italian restaurants in this area, which is an easy couple-block walk from the Inner Harbor east on Pratt Street. A few representative restaurants are listed here, although there are many more fine restaurants in this neighborhood, many with very reasonable prices.

Amiccis, 231 South High Street, Little Italy (410) 528-1096 Casual atmosphere, menu changes daily. Reasonable prices.

Chiapparrelli's, 237 South High St., Little Italy (410)837-0309 Popular Italian restaurant with moderate prices.

Da Mimmo, 217 S. High Street, Little Italy (410) 727-6876 Ask about limo service from downtown hotels.

Sabatino's, 901 Fawn St., Little Italy (410) 727-9414

Vellegia's, 829 E. Pratt Street, Little Italy (410) 685-2620
f) Around Town...

Akbar, 823 North Charles St., (410)539-0944 Indian restaurant, very nice lunch buffet at reasonable prices.

The Fishery, 1717 Eastern Avenue, Phone: (410) 327-9340 Specializing in seafood.

Haussner's, 3236 Eastern Avenue, Phone: (410) 327-8365 German-American menu, incredible collection of artwork, VERY popular place Over 100 menu entrees, vast dessert selection. Moderate prices.

Kawasaki!, 413 N. Charles Street, Phone: (410)659-7600 Fresh sushi and sashami and a variety of traditional Japanese dishes.

Mencken's Cultured Pearl, 1114 Hollins Street, Phone: (410) 837-1947 Artsy type place, eclectic, interesting Mexican/Tex-Mex cuisine.

Obrycki's Crab House, 1727 East Pratt St., (410)732-6399 First rate seafood, especially steamed crabs. Moderate prices.

Prime Rib, 1101 North Calvert Street, (410)539-1804 Elegant restaurant where beef is king. Expensive. Naturally, the prime rib is one of the city's best.

Tio Pepe, 10 E. Franklin St., (410) 539-4675 Very popular restaurant serving Spanish cuisine. Reservations are a must.

Tony Cheng's Szechuan, 801 North Charles, (410) 539-6666 Chinese

g) Cuisine

Afghan:
Helmand

American:
Admiral Fell Inn
American Cafe
Baltimore Brewing Co.
Cadillac Grill
Peabody's
Prime Rib
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Wayne's Bar-B-Que

Cajun/Creole:
Sisson's

Chinese:
Tony Cheng's Szechuan
Uncle Lee's

German:
Haussner's

Greek:
Ikaros
Taverna Athena

Indian:
Akbar
Tandoor

Italian:
Amiccis
Caesar's Den
Da Mimmo
Sabatino's

Japanese:
Kawasaki
Nichiban

Mexican:
Mencken's Cultured Pearl
No-Way Jose

Seafood:
Bertha's
The Fishery
Harrison's Pier 5
John Steven Ltd.
Obrycki's
Phillips
Rusty Scupper

Spanish:
Tio Pepe

Vietnamese:
CoChin

h) Eating on the Cheap
If you're really on a budget, your best bet will be to try to pick up food at the city markets. Many vendors sell cooked food, such as steamed shrimp and crabs or deli sandwiches, and you can always buy things like fresh breads and cheeses. The Akbar has a good lunch buffet, and steamed mussels are a fairly inexpensive dinner at Bertha's. You could also cruise through the food court at the Inner Harbor in the Light Street Pavilion, although I haven't found too many bargains there





VIII. NIGHT CLUBS




Live Music There are more nightclubs in the Baltimore area than I list here, these are simply some of the better-known or more reliably-booked clubs. For a more current listing, look for a copy of the 'Baltimore City Paper' which is distributed free of charge throughout the city---the paper comes out each week on Wednesdays.
8 x 10, 8-10 East Cross Street, Phone: (410) 625-2000 Popular club featuring lively mix of progressive rock, rhythym & blues, reggae, etc. Call for schedule of bands.

A.L. Gators, 8501 Ft. Smallwood Road, Phone: (410) 255-2132 Various rock bands...mostly local groups.

Hammerjacks, 1101 S. Howard Street, Phone: (410) 659-ROCK Baltimore institution. Large night club with concert hall featuring hard-driving rock. Occasional nationally-known groups such as Ramones, Joan Jett, etc. Tuesdays are usually either wet T-shirt contest or campus babe night. Call for event schedule. Located next to parking lot of new stadium at Camden Yards.

Max's On Broadway, 735 S. Broadway, Phone: (410) 675-MAXS Progressive club in Fells Point area, featuring mix of progressive rock, R&B, etc.

Steeltown, 2401 North Point Blvd., Phone: (410) 288-3400 Hard-driving rock. Newest competition for Hammerjack's, but located on outskirts of town.

b) Comedy Clubs

Comedy Factory, Lombard & Light Streets, Phone: (410) BIG-LAFF

Slapstix, 34 Market Place (in Brokerage), Phone: (410) 659-SLAP






IX. RECOMMENDATIONS




Short Visit? If you only have a day or two in Baltimore, I'd recommend that you concentrate on things in the Inner Harbor area---especially the National Aquarium, the shops in the Inner Harbor Pavilions, and the view from the top of the World Trade Center. If you have an entire day to tour, the full-day tour offered by Baltimore Trolley Tours is a good deal and will take you to most of the best sights, including sights that might be too far to reach by walking, such as Fort McHenry.
Travelling with Kids? The sights that kids enjoy most are the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center, and the B&O Railroad Museum. The best place to eat is the shops in the Light Street Pavilion, which are crowded and noisy and kids will feel right at home.
Budget Traveler
Baltimore International Hostel, 17 W. Mulberry St. (410)576-6880

Visiting Baltimore does not have to be expensive. To stay on the cheap, contact the Baltimore International Hostel. To eat cheap, try getting food at the city markets instead of in restaurants and eating in the park, such as on top of Federal Hill, or try the all-you-can-eat lunch buffet at Akbar. To get around and see the sights, take a bus to the Inner Harbor (or walk) and then get an all-day pass on the water taxi for about $3. Also look for the bargains that I've listed in various sections above. If you want to see a baseball game, you can get standing room only tickets for $3 or a bleacher seat for $4 (plan ahead since baseball tickets are scarce commodities in Baltimore). If you're an art fan, Thursday is a good time to visit the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) and Saturday 11-noon is the best time to visit Walters Art Gallery. If you're a theatre fan, the best deal is the weekday half-price tickets at Center Stage (day of show only, limited availability). There is also an Entertainment book for the Baltimore area that has half-price coupons for many local restaurants and sights, including tours.


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