Charmed


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Baltimore was the 27th city I researched for the, “What 100 Bucks Will Get You” travel guide.  After exploring B-more, I can say with confidence that it is one of my favorite cities. It is a vacationer’s wonderland. Really. I’ve crawled through enough cities to understand what makes a place inviting; plenty of public green space, historical significance, navigational ease, great public transportation, interesting and inexpensive sites,  progressive, pet and family-friendly, loaded with eclectic local shops, fabulous eateries and a wealth of diversity.  A done deal in Baltimore.

I love this place.

Baltimore does not withhold art/beauty from people.  The Baltimore Museum of Art is free, as is the Walters Art Museum, and the Rowland Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (Wed-Sun).  The Charm City Circulator (bus) is free, as are daily performances at the Harborplace Amphitheater.  Weekly outdoor films and Friday night concerts at Power Plant Live are free. Baltimore offers free, (yes, free) guided walking tours.  One can climb the original Washington Monument for $1, stroll the Inner Harbor, Mount Vernon Park, Lexington Market (est. 1786), Fells Point, Federal Hill, and Patterson Park.  Want history?  How about the Fort Mc Henry (where Old Glory flew) inspiring Francis Scott Key to pen the words that became our National Anthem, the USS Constilation and Tyson Street (once housing Irish Immigrants).  Baltimore was the entry port for thousands of immigrants, second only to Ellis Island.

Wanna play?  Try out the state-of-art basketball court or volleyball pits.  Fly a kite or picnic on the knoll overlooking the harbor, visit a u-pick orchard, or just pick up a berger cookie from Big Jim’s and sit on a park bench on the pier.  Ahhh, I love the Baltimore; the murals, the neighborhoods, Cafe Hon, Red Canoe Books & Coffee, the Charles Theater, North East Market and the Creative Alliance.

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