Baltimore: D.C.’s Quirky Cousin

September 2, 2016

I’m currently sitting in my sister’s condo overlooking the Chesapeake Bay in Baltimore, MD, a city I likely wouldn’t have included on my bucket list should she have decided not to live here. With its close proximity to popular cities like New York and Washington, D.C., this little gem is commonly overlooked as an East Coast destination.

With hole-in-the-wall seafood shacks, local pubs, cobblestone streets, the harbor and row houses that go on for miles, this quintessential East Coast city has a ton to offer. When I travel, I always like to discover the best local spots, so I have compiled a Baltimore guide of hidden gems in case you ever happen to stumble upon this great city.

Thames Street Oyster House —The seafood tower is a must.

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Bo Brooks Tiki Hut — This hidden tiki bar is known for their “crushes,” which consist of fresh muddled fruit, infused vodkas and soda.

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Patterson Park — Concerts, soccer, Zumba and yoga classes, dog parks and so much more. This is Baltimore’s ultimate green space.

Mamas on the Half Shell — When you’ve finished strolling through the park, venture to Mamas on the Half Shell for their crab cakes or the amazing raw bar.

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Federal Hill — Hike up Federal Hill for a complete view of the city and to see charming row houses.

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Stroll through Little Italy — B-more offers locals their very own Little Italy with small family-owned restaurants and authentic cuisine.

Harbor East & Inner Harbor — Walk the harbors to see historic ships, enormous yachts and sailboats.

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Wine Country — Take a day trip to the vineyards just north of Baltimore.

Hampden Neighborhood — This hipster neighborhood is filled with breweries, cafes and eccentric shops.

Annapolis – If you’re looking to shake things up, Annapolis is next door with charming local storefronts, shopping and historic streets. Tour the Navy base and make sure to try the freshly caught Maryland crab.