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Pride of Baltimore

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An October 2004 trip to Baltimore by samepenny

Marriott Baltimore Waterfront Photo, Baltimore, Maryland More Photos
Quote: A gracious visit to one of America's oldest cities began with great views of the inner harbor. This is a city for great food, plenty to do, and plenty of American history. A wonderful vacation destination!

Pride of Baltimore

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Overview

Pride of Baltimore 2 Photo, Baltimore, Maryland
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The "Pride of Baltimore 2" is a sailing ship that has its home base in Baltimore. A beautiful sailing ship, she first caught my sight as she returned to Baltimore after an absence of nearly a year. My luck! The Inner Harbor area has been redeveloped since the 1970s, when the city made the decision to save both its history and its natural beauty by rescuing that area from the decay of the end of the Industrial era. The result is a pleasure for all who visit this fine city. From ball games to historic sites, it has something for just about everyone. You must spend time on the water. I got around the harbor on the famous water taxis, which do a fine job of providing transportation, a little narrati...Read More

Marriott Baltimore Waterfront

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Hotel | "Marriott Waterfront"

Marriott Baltimore Waterfront Photo, Baltimore, Maryland
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You can count on Marriott for a very reliable business-style hotel product, which this hotel delivers 100%. The huge bonus, however, is in the location of the hotel and the extremely high quality of the staff. Book a harbor-view room (not too high up) and enjoy the pleasure of watching this beautiful harbor and its activities by day and by night. My room was a large king-size room (#1039), nearly a corner room, overlooking the harbor. All the details were right, from the quality of the housekeeping to the extremely comfortable pillow-topped bed, but I couldn't get over the view. Let's give this hotel a lot of extra points for location. It is a few minutes walk down to the inner harbor, the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 14, 2004

Marriott Baltimore Waterfront
700 Aliceanna St
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
(410) 385-3000

City Lights Restaurant

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Restaurant | "City Lights, A Seafood Restaurant"

City Lights Restaurant Photo, Baltimore, Maryland
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Our first evening in Baltimore, we trotted out of our hotel to meet our dinner requirement. That is a crab supper for my husband and a great view for me. We accomplished both at City Lights. It’s perched above the Inner Harbor, in a shopping center that reminds me so much of Cape Town, South Africa, that I felt very much at home. They offer a vast seafood menu with bright and cheerful decor. The menu is heavy on crab specialties, but there a few choices for those of us who don't get along with seafood. There is outside dining available in fine weather, but our evening had both the cold rain and wind of late fall in Baltimore. We dined comfortably inside, served by a waiter whose 'Bawl-mer' acc...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 15, 2004

City Lights Restaurant
301 Light St
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
+1 410 244 8811

McCormick & Schmicks Seafood Restaurant

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Restaurant | "McCormick & Schmick's"

McCormick & Schmicks Seafood Restaurant Photo, Baltimore, Maryland
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On the advice of IgoUgo guide "Idler", we made a reservation on a busy Sunday night for this fine restaurant. It was very busy, as it was "National Seafood Month". A special, wonderful, tasty, and hospitable evening. The atmosphere is that of a richly decorated seafront restaurant of ages past. Lots of Tiffany lamps, white tablecloths, and sparkling glassware. My husband dove into the menu and ordered 'Shrimp Popcorn with Sherry Mayonnaise' ($9.85). I started with a house salad with blue cheese and walnuts ($5.85). A bit of Little Penguin wine, and my husband didn't hesitate with the 'Crab Imperial' ($23.75), and I made a choice of preferred oceans and ordered 'Atlantic Salmon from New Brunswic...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 17, 2004

McCormick & Schmicks Seafood Restaurant
711 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
(410) 234-1300

Peacock Cafe

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Peacock Cafe Photo, Baltimore, Maryland
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On our final morning in Baltimore, we were tired of sightseeing and wanted a nice sit-down brunch. We accomplished this at this café, which is on the other end of the same building as McCormick & Schmick's On Pier 5 on the Inner Harbor. The menu has many choices. I chose a Gene Kelly, which is grilled portabella mushroom with avocado, tomato, peppers, and tomato pesto ($8.50). My husband had the Ginger Rogers, which has turkey, bacon provolone cheese, mustard, lettuce, and tomato ($7.95). We appreciated the hearty meal, as we knew that we had long flights ahead (with no food service). The food was fresh, but served quickly. The views from this restaurant include a historic ship a...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 17, 2004

Peacock Cafe
711 Eastern Ave.
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
410/547-1333

Marriott Waterfront Baltimore

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Restaurant

Marriott Waterfront Baltimore Photo, Baltimore, Maryland
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On a dark and dreary late fall evening, we decided that we wanted to stay in the hotel for dinner. Did I mention it was raining? Based on the quality of a lunch I'd had in the hotel's restaurant, The Grille, a couple of days earlier with Idler, we booked a reservation (needed on busy nights). I've dined in Marriott hotel restaurants here, there, and about everywhere. This is one of the best and should be on the list for the best restaurants in Baltimore. The decor is a bit heavy, featuring dark woods, large mirrors, and furnishings, but it holds up well against the huge windows that frame views of the Harbor. When it is dark outside, the restaurant sparkles. Fair warning to all, especially tho...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 18, 2004

Marriott Waterfront Baltimore
700 Aliceanna St.
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
410/385-3000

Phillips Harborplace

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Restaurant

Phillips Harborplace Photo, Baltimore, Maryland
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We had experienced so many really good restaurants in Baltimore that we went to Phillips Harborplace for a quick lunch on a cold and windy day with no particular expectations. After all, it's in a tourist area in the midst of a shopping district. It turns out we ambled into one of Baltimore's most famous restaurants, a restaurant with a well-deserved reputation for quality at a fair price (although it seems local folk think all the harborside restaurants have gotten too expensive). Located a stone's throw from the waters of the Inner Harbor, the views are great. I munched my way through a very fresh green salad and truly enjoyed my planked Norwegian salmon served with a very light bourbon-pe...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 22, 2005

Phillips Harborplace
301 Light St
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
(410) 685-6600

Fells Point Maritime Museum

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Attraction

Fells Point Maritime Museum Photo, Baltimore, Maryland
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I walked for about 15 minutes from the Marriott at 700 Aliceanna, mostly along the water, to Fells Point. It is an easy walk on level ground. The little town of Fells Point is almost all a historic preservation area with many dozens of narrow row houses, restaurants, and shops to be admired. For evenings, there is a busy bar and tavern trade. The Maritime Museum is of a very high quality. It is only a few steps from the docks where thousands of immigrants to America came off their ships and headed ashore for their new lives. All of the displays are carefully presented with easy-to-read cards. Photography is allowed. It was at Fells Point where the first major invention of American technology, t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 14, 2004

Fells Point Maritime Museum
1724 Thames Street
Baltimore, Maryland
(410) 732-0278

U.S.S. Constellation

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Attraction | "USS Constellation"

U.S.S. Constellation Photo, Baltimore, Maryland
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Special Report to IgoUgo: It is my very good fortune to report that I happened to be in Baltimore Harbor at the time of the Annual Ship's Turnaround with the Voyage to the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, and the 150th anniversary of this fine ship. At the moment, I could hardly believe my luck. The USS Constellation, the flagship of President Abraham Lincoln, is retired to Pier 1, Baltimore Inner Harbor, where she has experienced the largest non-Naval wooden ship restoration in the United States for a total of $7.5 million. Almost back to her original appearance, she is moored most of the time, except for the Annual Ship's Turnaround, and on this special year, her towing down...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 18, 2004

U.S.S. Constellation
301 East Pratt Street at Pier 1
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
410 539 1797