A May 2005 trip
to Baltimore by Saphira
Quote: There was quite a downpour the 2 days we visited the Inner Habor in Baltimore. First a downpour of rain, then a downpour of Phillies fans, and finally a downpour of horse-racing fans. Good thing Baltimore is a big city with plenty to do.
There was so much to do contained in a small amount of space. The Inner Harbor was filled with food, entertainment, and fun. Camden Yards was amazing and proved not only to be a top-notch ball park, but it has some of the best atmosphere outside of the ballpark I've seen. This is definitely a city everyone should experience at least once.
The only downside to driving everywhere is that you will have to pay for parking everywhere you go. We parked our car in an underground lot marked simply, "HOTEL PARKING," which was located near 20 West Baltimore Street. We parked our car there for 30 hours during our trip and it only cost us when we left. We were very happy. We parked in New York once for 3 hours and paid . Parking in Baltimore is clearly a bargain.
The secret is discipline. We have a Visa Gold Points card. We charge our daily expenses, like groceries, eating out, etc., on it. Then we pay it off at the end of the month and keep the points, which we use for free hotel stays. (Our room would have cost us $250 a night).
This hotel was impressive. It did not have a pool or other such amenities, but there is so much to do right within walking distance that it didn't matter. The room appeared clean and bright and was stocked well with good-quality soaps and shampoos. The cozy bed included a down mattress cover, down pillows, and a down comforter on top. It was like sleeping on a cloud. The only negative was that the walls were paper thin, so you could easily hear what was going on in your neighbor’s room. That was a small price to price to pay, however, for an enjoyable stay at a grand, historic hotel.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 28, 2005
Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore
20 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
The menu contained a great selection of soups, salads, and sandwiches. They also had a great brunch selection, which included pecan pancakes, croissant French toast, and a Portobello and spinach omelet. I ordered the turkey and brie sandwich, which was comprised of fresh turkey breast, melted brie, and a cranberry-mustard sauce. The cranberry-mustard sauce made the sandwich, giving it a delicious sweet-and-tangy flavor. My husband ordered the old bay chicken wrap, which he insisted was very tasty as well. We both agreed that the fresh-cut fries, seasoned perfectly with old bay and sea salt, were the ideal complement to our meal.
The staff had some of the friendliest people I've encountered and were sure to make our meal an enjoyable experience. If you visit there, you might even learn a thing or two about horse racing from the knowledgeable staff. Overall, this was a fun and inviting place, whether you want a great meal or just a drink.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 28, 2005
Regi's American Bistro
1002 Light St
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
+1 410 539 7344
Restaurant | "City Lights"
Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 28, 2005
City Lights Restaurant
301 Light St
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
+1 410 244 8811
Attraction | "Baltimore Aquarium"
The large pool on the main level is a nice feature, and Calypso, the one flipper sea turtle, is an interesting sight to see. If you do go to the aquarium, don't miss the dolphin show. It is sure to deliver some giggles and ooohs and ahhhs from the kids and some adults. They have a creative mix of dolphin performing and multimedia presentations, which keeps things engaging. Be sure to utilize the elevators if you need to move between floors quickly. They were huge inside and made moving about a lot easier.
This is an enjoyable activity and a great diversion if it's raining. Just be aware that it will be crowded and you may not get to spend time exploring as much as you would like.
National Aquarium Baltimore
501 E. Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Pine Hill, New Jersey