Road Trip: Beat a path to Baltimore for some fall fun

Baltimore Inner Harbor (Photo courtesy of Visit Baltimore)

You gotta love a city that can claim Edgar Allan Poe and John Waters. That is Baltimore, a city that is both refined and quirky, old school and new school—but always charming.

Fall is a perfect time to plan a visit to Baltimore. In addition to its popular year-round attractions, such as the National Aquarium, Fort McHenry and Visionary Arts Museums, the city has a bounty of seasonal offerings.

A Modern Influence: Henri Matisse, Etta Cone, and Baltimore at the Baltimore Museum of Art

What to do/see:

  • Free Fall Baltimore features free arts and cultural events from participating venues and organizations throughout Baltimore City through the end of October.
  • Baltimore Ghost Tours offers spooky tours through Baltimore’s historic Fells Point and Mt. Vernon neighborhoods. The company also has a special series of haunted pub crawls.
  • A Modern Influence: Henri Matisse, Etta Cone, and Baltimore is a new exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art that explores the 43-year friendship between artist Henri Matisse and Baltimore collector Etta Cone. More than 160 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and illustrated books provide new insights into the formation of the renowned Cone Collection, one of the greatest collections of modern art in the United States. On display now through Jan.. 2, 2022, the exhibition requires a reserved timed-entry ticket, priced from $5 to $15.
  • Christmas Village in Baltimore is a combination of an outdoor and indoor holiday market at West Shore Park at the Inner Harbor. The event is modeled after the traditional Christmas Markets in Germany like the famous Christkindl Market in Nuremberg. The holiday market runs Nov 20 through Dec 24, with free admission to the outdoor portion and nominal fee to the indoor portion on select weekends.
Loch Bar

Where to eat:

  • Miss Shirley’s has quickly become a Baltimore institution since its founding in 2005. Offering an upscale-casual, all-day menu of Southern-inspired breakfast, brunch and lunch options, it has multiple locations—including at the Inner Harbor.
  • Loch Bar, part of the award-winning Atlas Restaurant Group, is one of Baltimore’s the Mid-Atlantic’s best seafood restaurants. Located at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, its crab cakes and super-sized raw bar should not be missed.
  • Tagliata ranks among Baltimore’s best Italian restaurants—which is a big deal for a city that has one of the largest Italian-American communities in the United States. Located in the heart of Baltimore’s Little Italy, Tagliata’s menu features delicious hand-rolled pastas and an extensive wine list. PS – The Elk Room, a speakeasy-style cocktail bar, is located adjacent to Tagliata.
Sagamore Pendry Baltimore

Where to stay:

  • The Ivy Hotel – Offering 17 uniquely furnished rooms in a historic mansion in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood, The Ivy Hotel is ranked among the top luxury hotels in the United States. Its amenities include daily made-to-order breakfast, afternoon tea service and a serve-yourself bar for cocktails and wine as well as a spa and restaurant.
  • Four Seasons Baltimore – The floor to ceiling windows of the Four Seasons Baltimore offers wonderful views of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. This upscale property also has a host of amenities, including a spa, heated pool and hot tub, and multiple restaurants. Located on the hotel’s 29th floor, The Bygone pays homage to the roaring ’20s with indulgent foods and cocktails accompanied by unrivaled panoramic views of the city.
  • Sagamore Pendry Baltimore – Housed in a restored warehouse atop historic Recreation Pier in Fells Point. the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore is a stunning boutique property. It has vast pool deck overlooking the Inner Harbor and multiple chef-driven restaurants, including an Italian chophouse and whisky bar. Guests can also catch the Baltimore Water Taxi from the hotel for a quick and easy travel around the harbor.


Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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