It’s summer now, and that means people are jetting off to international destinations or other distant reaches that sound exotic or interesting. But why look so far, when there are so many gems just a train ride away?
Those of you who follow me on the blog and Instagram know that as much as Matt and I love to travel abroad, we love to explore local destinations as well. We’ve also been trying to live more in the moment, and when some extra time freed up in both our schedules, we decided to take an impromptu trip to none other than Charm City. Read on for all the details of my full Baltimore travel guide!
A refreshing welcome to our stunning suite at the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore.
A perfect sun-drenched late lunch at Loch Bar.
Getting lost on the gorgeous hotel grounds before dinner at Bar Vasquez (photos below).
Peaceful mornings started poolside in our personal cabana at the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore.
A quick walk through the hotel’s beautiful open courtyard and halls before starting the day.
Order and Chaos Coffee – the perfect stop to refresh and recharge.
A perfect start to the day with breakfast on our private terrace.
A most memorable meal at Gnocco Baltimore.
Our room at the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore, the perfect place to come back to after a long day of sightseeing.
A refreshing start to another day in Charm City at Baby’s on Fire.
The famed Peabody Library, a truly stunning sight.
We could have easily spent all day walking around picturesque historic Fell’s Point.
A perfect lunch break at Rec Pier Chop House, located inside the hotel.
All homemade with intriguing flavor combinations, Center Cut Doughnuts did not disappoint. Final spread at Woodberry Kitchen, the perfect meal to end our getaway in Charm City.
Home Away from Home
As you saw in photos above, we stayed at the newly opened Sagamore Pendry Baltimore Hotel during our trip. Located in historic Fell’s Point and right on the water, this is undoubtedly the place to stay at for anyone visiting Baltimore. Despite the hotel being so newly opened (other properties in the same shoes often go through growing pains), the hubbie and I were so impressed at how even the smallest details were impeccably cared for such that our experience rivaled, if not completely trumped, stays at other 5-star touting establishments. With a curated modern art collection around every corner and an artfully designed, spacious courtyard, the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore felt like a destination all its own.
The location also can’t be beat. There is a water taxi stop just outside the hotel for those wanting to explore the inner harbor area, and the quaint Fell’s Point neighborhood is a pleasure to walk around. Sightseeing spots such as the National Aquarium are also just a short walk away.
Despite all of this, it was difficult trying to tear ourselves away from the spacious suite and hotel. I typically find it difficult to feel comfortable while traveling, but the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore was truly the perfect home away from home.
One of our biggest joys whenever we visit a new city is trying the local cuisine. To be honest, this was such an impromptu trip that we weren’t able to do much research, but thankfully every place we tried was amazing.
Ekiben served up incredible baos nearly twice the size of those we’re used to in NYC, and one of our most memorable meals was at Gnocco, a restaurant that focuses on Mediterranean inspired Italian and Spanish cuisine. The soft shell crab in particular had us pining for more, and the wild boar sausage ricotta cavatelli rivaled some of the best pastas we’ve had in Italy. A hidden gem in Northern Baltimore, farm-to-table concept Woodbery Kitchen also reminded us a bit of home (think Stone Barns meets Brooklyn).
Of course, we made sure to stop by a Baltimore favorite, Loch Bar, for oysters and other seafood classics and rounded out our culinary adventures with some Argentinian fare at Bar Vasquez for a romantic night out. And when we didn’t want to wander far from our amazing hotel, the on-site restaurant Rec Pier Chop House served up impeccable Italian cuisine in a beautiful dining room, complete with lofty ceilings and warm woody interiors.
Walk it Off
We spent much of our time simply walking around and getting a feel for the various neighborhoods of Baltimore. What really struck us was the vast amounts of intricate street art and murals that decorated so many buildings, which turns out to be a civic initiative in partnership with the city of Baltimore. In addition to the burgeoning urban art scene, there are also many museums such as the Walters Art Museum and the American Visionary Art Museum. While we didn’t have time to visit all of them (the more reason to return!), we did make sure to visit the National Aquarium, one of the largest aquariums in the USA, as well as the George Peabody Library, a famous library as well as stunning event space and wedding venue. We also meant to take in a baseball game at the Orioles Stadium, but completely last track of time simply walking around and taking the water taxi through the harbor. The activities listed above don’t even scratch the surface of what Baltimore has to offer, but I hope this does give you a good taste!
I would be remiss if I didn’t recommend at least a few cafes and dessert shops! By far one of the cutest coffee shops we’ve ever visited, Order & Chaos warmed our hearts with their amazing hospitality, quality brews, and Belgian waffles. And of course, who can resist their adorable logo? We also loved starting our day at Baby’s on Fire, a cafe that also doubles as a record shop, and recharging with some amazing donuts at Center Cut Doughnuts. All home made from scratch with flavors like Apple Streusal and Lemon Basil, we couldn’t resist getting half a dozen all to ourselves!
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In many aspects, our trip to Baltimore was even better than one abroad. Sometimes it’s all the more comforting to know that you’re not actually too far from home while still enjoying the novelty of exploring a completely new destination. And if we ever did feel lost, we could always count on the amazing hospitality and accommodations of our hotel to make us feel right at home. Overall, Baltimore truly did charm us, and it’s no wonder this all-American gem has earned its nickname- Charm City.
A big thank you to the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore for such a great stay; thoughts and opinions are my own. Learn more here: Sagamore Pendry Baltimore.
As always, thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed!