August 24, 2010

Tuesday’s Travel Tips – Baltimore

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This week’s Travel Tips take us to B-more, otherwise known as Baltimore (pronounced Bali-d-more by natives). Nestled just south of the Mason-Dixon line, this northern Maryland city serves up a fun, though sometimes head-scratching mix, of north and south. With sights that span the Civil War to a lingering grunge culture, Baltimore makes for a great weekend trip on our BlueCity tour.

General Manager, David, came up with some great travel tips to his hometown. For those not familiar with the area, he offers, the Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) was originally called “Friendship Airport”. If you’re coming for a day trip to catch some Orioles/Ravens action or for the weekend and staying near the airport, the MTA Light Rail leaves from BWI and will drop you off at M&T Bank Stadium, Camden Yards,

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or just blocks from Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor. What’s even better is that it only costs $1.60 each way!

Baltimore is famous for its crabs. Don’t forget to use Old Bay on your crabs (Marylanders also put that stuff on everything from eggs to french fries, and more). With the motto, “You dream it, we’ll bake it, you eat it,” Charm City Cakes is a famous bakery in Baltimore that is known for being able to produce any request for a cake, no matter how bizarre. Before Babe Ruth built the Yankees house, the Sultan of Swat called Baltimore his home, and you can visit the house he grew up in.

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Worth checking out is Brewer’s Art for a gourmet menu and crafted beers, the National Aquarium (for the fish you can’t eat), CHAP’S Charcoal Restaurant for some mean BBQ, and Pickle’s Pub, just across from Camden Yards for some pre or post game eats. G&M Restaurant in Linthicum, MD, just minutes from BWI, has some of the best crab cakes you’ll ever eat.

Baltimore offers a large variety of activities from family-oriented fun in the harbor to some exciting nightlife for the big kids. Baltimore is only 35-40 minutes from Historic Annapolis and the U.S. Naval Academy. Come visit, you’re bound to have a great time!

Do you have some good Baltimore travel tips? Leave them in the comments below, or Tweet them using the hashtag #TTBWI.

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