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Yes, Baltimore. I'm as surprised as you are. It was actually an impromptu visit Thursday to surprise my sister and niece (who lives in a suburb) at a special event. We elected to stay overnight after the evening celebration. We headed into town. I recalled reading about old cannons found on a hotel dig, googled it and ended up at the craygorge Sagamore Pendry Hotel, which put us in a fascinating area calls Fells Point. I'd never even heard of it but now it's a fave. 👉Swipe and see my stories for more👆
Fells Point lies across the bay from Baltimore's Inner Harbor area (you can watertaxi over). It was a shipbuiding maritime district from the 1700s. Spared from the city's 1904 fire, history that had been lost elsewhere has been preserved here. Blocks of quaint rowhouses date from before the Revolutionary War. Cobbled colonial streets are lined with lanterns, pubs, warehouses and small shops. While Fells Point has more than rebounded from its old reputation as a rowdy, often seedy, dockfront district, it is still known for it's pubs, clubs and nightlife. We arrived at midnight to see quite a few characters stumbling from the taverns that line the waterfront.
On Friday we walked the streets - Thames, S Bond, Shakespeare and S Ann are perfect - before racing back to New York. We were completely charmed. We didn't have time to do the other parts of town that are said to be lovely, but I will say something that I never thought I'd say: I hope to head back to Baltimore soon. And when we do, I'll be sharing more here.
BTW: The hotel is so wow it deserves a separate post...and it's worth a trip to Baltimore just to stay there.
FYI: France Scott Key wrote our national anthem while on a ship in this harbor. During The War of 1812 he saw the US flag raised over Fort McHenry and was inspired to write the Star Spangled Banner. Abolitionist Fredrick Douglass learned to read and write while working on the Fells Point docks.
PS: @gothamfairytales is about beauty and escapes in and AROUND New York. I usually cap the driving distance at 3 hrs. Baltimore is more like 3.5, but it's such a pleasant car ride with so much to do that I have to share.