15 Things to Do in Baltimore During Blogalicious Weekend [Guest Post]
Whenever someone mentions Baltimore, three things come to mind: O’s, Boh’s and Crab cakes! Granted, those might be our three claims to fame (and those Ravens, too), but there are so many other AMAZING things to see and do while in Baltimore. Since you lovely people will be visiting Baltimore for three whole days during Blogalicious Weekend, that means there’s plenty of time for you to see a little bit more of what our city has to offer.
Being that I’m a Baltimore native and will attend Blogalicious Weekend, I figured I’d be your virtual tour guide on all things Baltimore. Below you’ll find a check list of the top things you can do, see and eat during your free time while in “Bawlmer”. Remember, they don’t call us Charm City for nothing. By the time you’re done with this list, you’ll be begging to call Baltimore ‘home’.
Top Things in Baltimore for Blogalicious Weekend
* = Close to the Marriott Waterfront Hotel (preferred hotel for #BYOE15 goers.)
1. Blue Moon Cafe*
What can I say, this girl loves her food so I had to start with it. Blue Moon Cafe is a tiny mom & pop, ten table cafe right outside of harbor east, serving up THEE BEST breakfast you can ask for. You may have seen them on Diners Drive Ins and Dives when Guy fell in love with their Captain Crunch French Toast. Trust me, you will too. They are open 24 hours a day starting Friday morning until Sunday at 9pm. I suggest making breakfast your dinner and going mid-day or late evening to skip 2 hour + wait. (That should let you know how good it is). It’s most definitely worth the trip.
What to Eat: A plate of Sweet Baby Jesus, Red Velvet Pancakes or Captain Crunch French Toast. Be ready to loosen those pants.
Blue Moon Cafe
2. Graffiti Ally
If you’re a fan of the arts or just looking for a funky back drop for an OOTD post, you’ll love Graffiti Ally. Tucked away in an L shaped ally between North Avenue and Howard Street, this gem is an ever changing art piece by local spray painters. It’s a beautiful thing to see and really shows off the skill and talent in this super artsy district. If you have the chance you MUST swing by. The last time I visited, they had the cutest little minions on one of the walls!
3. Baltimore Farmers Market
Staying through Sunday? As early as 7am, you can catch local crafts, artisans, farmers and chefs with their wears and eats on display at this Baltimore staple. We house it under the JFX every Sunday. If you’re only here for the weekend I would put this on your “don’t miss” list to get a true taste — literally and figuratively — of Baltimore. You’ll leave with everything from fresh flowers to bags of farm fresh veggies and crafts galore.
4. Sweet Tooth Heaven (cold edition)
If you’re looking for a sweet way to chill out over the weekend, I have two ice cream shops that are serving up the coolest taste in Baltimore:
Formerly known to us Baltimore folks as Uncle Wiggly’s, Jupiter is set in a picturesque area inside Mt. Washington along the Jones Falls River. Jupiter exclusively sells Baltimore made and black owned Taharka Brothers ice cream, which won Best of Baltimore 4 years running.
What to Eat: Be sure to grab their limited edition Peach ice cream if you can. It’s to die for!
Just a hop, skip and a jump away from Jupiter, The Charmery is in Hampden (one of my favorite areas) on the Avenue. New to the scene, but already a local favorite, The Charmery uses locally sourced ingredients to whip up amazing ice cream with some B-more flair. So if you like sodas from scratch or if flavors like Maryland Mud, Old Bay Carmel, Tell Tale Chocolate and Lemon Stick sound like something you could sink your teeth, into don’t pass up this cute little ice cream shop on the corner!
5. Cylburn Arboretum
Take a little hike (in your car…not literally) up 83 and run into paradise nestled in the city. This is honestly one of my most favorite places to explore or just relax at. Depending on when you go in the season, you’ll get to see a host of different flowers, plants and just sheer natural beauty all around you. The grounds itself holds 4 different dedicated gardens, 5 different collections of trees from all across the world and 11 different trails, ranging from easy peasy for the inexperienced to hard as heck for those more up for a challenge. If you’re looking for quiet, relaxing beauty in Baltimore, it’s all here for you!
6. The Cathedral of Mary Our Queen
The Cathedral is the third largest Cathedral in the United States and I hear it is breath taking. I’ve never been, but since they’re open for tours until 7 PM, I plan on visiting soon. Its enormous vaulted ceilings and stained glass that catch sun rays on even the most hum drum of days leave locals in amazement.
7. Sweet Tooth Heaven (warm edition)
I couldn’t give you cold sweets without the perfect balance of warm sweets. Plus, these tasty toasty treats come from two of my personal favorite sweet shops in Baltimore.
Fractured Prune is located in Towson, Maryland, which is about 15 minutes outside the city and is well worth the trip. You’ll find ALWAYS hot doughnuts that you can make yourself. That’s right: You choose from dozen of glazes, toppings and extras to make your perfect treat or pick one of their super original flavors that are made fresh right in front of you.
What to Eat (My favorites): O.C. Sand and Strawberry Short Cake!
I fell in love with La Cakarie by chance one spring day in Towson while looking for something to curve my craving for something sweet. I walked in, grabbed the usual safe vanilla cupcake, took one bite and immediately ordered 3 more cupcakes. Now one specialty cake and dozens of cupcakes later, I’m hooked and unsure as to how I have not gained 30lbs!
La Cakerie owner and executive Chef Jason Hisley, who is a past winner of Cupcake Wars, has nailed the head on how to make the perfect cupcake. They are light, fluffy and the perfect cupcake to frosting ratio. But La Cakerie doesn’t just serve up delectable sweets; you can feast on the savory as well with their full menu of cafe treats including sandwiches, soups and more.
8. Bolton Hill
Bolton Hill is beautiful example of classic 19th century Baltimore row homes and architecture set along tree lined streets. This historic and cultural district has hidden gems around every corner. Just walking from one street to the next you can find quaint gardens and lovely fountains. I often find myself getting lost in all its beauty every time I’m in the neighborhood. It gets extra points for housing one of my favorite places to eat, On the Hill Cafe, which has the most mouthwatering sandwiches and amazing Mexican inspired dishes.
What to Eat: Tamale Cakes or the On the Hill Club, but you don’t have to take my word for it.
Bolton Hill. Copyright 2012 Bill Adams – MomentsNow.com.
9. Horseshoe Casino*
Just celebrating their one year anniversary, the Horseshoe Casino treats me well every time I go. Which is a good thing because losing money is NOT on my list of things to do. With six restaurants, a mix of table games and slots, events and concerts, a good time will always be had when you step through the doors of Horseshoe. So grab a blogger buddy, extra pennies for the slots (or the big bills if you’re feeling lucky) and give Horseshoe a try.
10. Baltimore Museum of Art
One of my favorite museums in Baltimore, just outside of the Charles Village neighborhood, is the Baltimore Museum of Art. I personally fell in love with their Contemporary wing the first time I went, however, what I may love most is their sculpture garden. This is always an interesting and beautiful place to visit. If you are into the museum scene you will not be disappointed!
11. Harbor East*
If your only interests involve fine dining, upscale shopping and beautiful harbor views, look no further than the streets of Harbor East. It is Luxury at your fingertips! I like to frequent Ra Sushi, however, Waterfront Kitchen is a tasty place to eat and the views from the dining room are beautiful.
Shops are a mix of local businesses like Curiosity and Sassanova and big name shops like J. Crew, Free People and South moon under. Catch a movie, get a massage or sit and watch the sun set by the dock — it’s all up to you in perfect little Harbor East.
12. Urban Pirates*
Up for a slightly tipsy swashbuckling good time? Unfortunately, Urban Pirates is another attraction I have not yet been able to attend myself, however I trust my friends’ expert opinion when they say this is a boat ride you don’t want to miss. Grab some of your girls your favorite *cough* adult beverage *cough* and let these pirates sail you along the seven seas, or in this case the harbor. Enjoy views, jokes, music, dancing, games and a jolly old’ good time under the setting sun!
13. Federal Hill Park*
Federal Hill Park is just on the other side of the Inner Harbor and provides one of the best views of the city. Like most things in our city, it also boasts Historic features, cannons that once manned Fort Federal Hill during the Civil War, and monuments commemorating The Battle of Baltimore 1814. It is great for picnics, late night stargazing & boo loving’. If you’re looking for a bit more of a turn up, just take a little walk down to the classic Federal Hill Bars.
Hampden may just be my favorite neighborhood in all of Baltimore city. Its Kitschy Eclectic vibes with a 1950’s spin just makes you feel at home. Its main street “the Avenue” is lined with great eateries and super cute original shops filled with everything you could ever want. Grab a bite to eat and mix and mingle with locals as you take in the sights. If you’re looking for a great drink, I suggest 13.5% Wine Bar and for some great eats The Food Market must not be passed up.
15. Visionary Arts Museum*
If you’re looking for a completely different museum experience, this will be it. They specialize in the preservation of “outsider art” better known as intuitive art. With 67,000 feet of exhibition space and 4,000 staple art pieces, it is surely a sight to see. Calling itself the “un-museumy museum”, there’s no need to feel stuffy once inside. The space itself screams creativity from the front doors to its super sparkly glass exterior and glass trees.
Ready to explore Baltimore now? Be sure to have fun, eat well, drink responsibly and be merry. If you do try any of these spots, be sure to snap a pic while there, post it on Instagram and use the hashtag #ThePrettyGirlsGuideBmore. See you at #BYOE15 — Blogalicious Weekend!
Deanna is a 26 year old single millennial blogger and lover of all things beauty, fashion, food & travel. Personally, she likes to think of herself as a professional “curlfriend” & Pretty Girl enthusiast. Shes makes it her mission to help women embrace their beauty on the inside & out no matter their size or race through her no nonsense (ok, maybe there’s some nonsense) advice. Check her out on her blog, The Pretty Girls Guide, where you will find her sometimes comedic take on natural hair, fashion, beauty & all the little curves life throws at you with tips on how to throw it right back!
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