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SAMPLE STORY IDEAS ON ALL THINGS BALTIMORE
Baltimore is a year-round vacation destination filled with experiences that appeal to travelers of all interests. From free museums and unforgettable dining experiences to strolls along the Inner Harbor and afternoons at Camden Yards, Baltimore's attractions leave visitors wanting more. Sample story ideas include:
Civil War 150: The Baltimore Commemoration - The first bloodshed of the Civil War happened in Baltimore. No matter where you go in Baltimore, you are walking in the footsteps of giants – Francis Scott Key, Frederick Douglass and Harriett Tubman. All of these giants left their mark here, making history that changed our nation. Visit attractions that played a significant part in Baltimore’s Civil War history. “The War Came By Train” exhibit serves as the B&O Railroad Museum’s primary attraction for the five-year commemoration of the war’s sesquicentennial. The Maryland Historical Society showcases Maryland’s largest and most comprehensive Civil War with the “Divided Voices: Maryland and the Civil War” exhibit. Other key sites to visit are Federal Hill Park, Fell’s Point, and the Historic Ships in Baltimore.
Luxurious Baltimore - The Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore is sure to
delight business travelers and leisure travelers alike. With 256 guest
rooms, including 45 spacious luxury suites, guests are given a
resort-like getaway. Explore upscale dining at Wit & Wisdom, A
Tavern by Michael Mina, located inside the hotel, or stroll through the
vibrant neighborhood of Harbor East to find entertainment and great
shopping. Luxuriate in the Spa, or lounge in the Four Seasons Hotel
pool overlooking the marina. The hotel is all within walking distance
to the shopping, restaurants and attractions of Baltimore's Inner
In the Neighborhood - Baltimore is a city of eclectic and bustling neighborhoods, and it is hard to pick just one favorite area of Baltimore. A few areas that visitors will not want to miss include hipster Mount Vernon, historic Fell's Point, funky Canton, quirky Hampden, upscale Harbor East, emerging Station North Arts & Entertainment District, and a slice of Europe in Little Italy. Variety is the key ingredient in Baltimore's neighborhoods - each location has its own unique personality, lively character and story to tell. Together the neighborhoods create the rich tapestry that makes Baltimore a cozy, interesting and real city with small-town charm.
Just Around the Corner - Baltimore is easily accessible from the East Coast, whether it's a short flight, an Amtrak train ride or a road trip. Especially with the current economic conditions facing U.S. vacationers, a trip to Baltimore can provide a quick getaway and is a great value compared to other East Coast destinations. Baltimore is easy to get to, and easy to get around with all the attractions, hotels and restaurants within walking distance of Baltimore's spectacular waterfront.
Culture Haven, At the Right Price - With over 20 museums and galleries located in the heart of Baltimore, arts and culture lovers might have to add an extra day to their trip. Two world-class museums, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Walters Art Museum, have permanently eliminated admission fees, so that the treasures inside can be enjoyed by everyone. Kids of all ages can step back and witness the history of pop culture at Geppi's Entertainment Museum or view nontraditional, original works by self-taught artists at the American Visionary Art Museum.
Bring Your Appetite - Baltimore is becoming a "can't miss" destination for culinary travelers in the United States. A city with a "no velvet ropes" policy, Baltimore's cuisine has a comfort vibe that is recognizable in restaurant service and cozy, yet upscale, atmospheres with diverse menus to please every palate. Dining in Baltimore provides a great variety of neighborhood treasures, from Faidley's famous crab cakes at Lexington Market to sampling celebrated chef John Shields' creations at Gertrude's in the Baltimore Museum of Art. However, Baltimore is more than just crab cakes - there is so much more to Baltimore's culinary scene, including locally owned restaurants where chefs are having fun with food, true farm-to-table experiences and the freshest Chesapeake Bay seafood around.
Take a Pass at Top Attractions - No one likes standing in line for tickets at one attraction after another. The Harbor Pass enhances the visitor experience by allowing quick access to Baltimore's most popular attractions at a discount providing both value and convenience. With the Harbor Pass, you can visit the National Aquarium, Maryland Science Center, Top of The World Observation Level, Sports Legends at Camden Yards and your choice of Port Discovery Children's Museum or the American Visionary Art Museum at a savings of up to 25% when purchased in advance by phone.
Shop Til You Drop - Baltimore's collection of boutiques, antique shops and art galleries are a shopper's paradise. From the perfect party dress to a unique piece of antique furniture or a contemporary sculpture, Baltimore's shops let every visitor take home a piece of the city. Don't leave without stepping foot in shops such as Trixie's Palace, fashion boutique Cupcake or art galleries such as the Light Street Gallery. Or, pick up the latest new handbag at Harbor East's Handbags in the City and window shop the quaint row of South Charles Street boutiques found in Federal Hill. If unique and original is what you seek, Baltimore shopping has it all.
African American History - A number of African Americans were integral in shaping the cultural, social, political and economic fabric of Baltimore and our nation. Their contributions remain a vital component to the city's heritage and even inspired a Broadway play - "Thurgood," - based on the life of Baltimore's Thurgood Marshall. Baltimore's rich African American history and attractions are one of the city's greatest draws. Top attractions include the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Frederick Douglass - Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum, the National Great Blacks In Wax Museum, the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center, and the Dorothy Parker Memorial.
FamilyMore - Moms, dads and kids alike can learn and play at family hot spots like Port Discovery Children's Museum, Sports Legends at Camden Yards, the National Aquarium and the Maryland Science Center. A variety of hotels and restaurants with family-friendly prices add to Baltimore's appeal for the entire gang.
A Cleaner, Greener, Healthier City - Baltimore is cleaner and greener than ever before. Baltimore has cleaned up its act with new citywide cleaning initiatives; expansions to parks and trailways; and a new, greener infrastructure. Rent a bike in the harbor and enjoy Baltimore's fresh air as you pedal along the recently expanded Gwynns Falls trail - spanning 15 miles and connecting more than 30 neighborhoods - or walk the more than seven miles of waterfront promenade surrounding Baltimore's picturesque harbor. Check out the new Hilton Baltimore's "green roof" which turns otherwise useless space into green space or stay at Baltimore's first LEED-certified green hotel, the Fairfield Inn & Suites, and hop an environmentally friendly ride on the new Super Shuttle buses that will take you anywhere you want to go - for free!
Plan your trip!
- The War Came By Train: American Civil War 150th Anniversary April 30, 2011 - December 31, 2015 | All Day
- The Ben Ezra Synagogue and the Walters-Yeshiva University Ark Door March 2, 2013 - May 26, 2013 | 10:00am - 5:00pm
- “PORTRAIT OF A CITY: VIEWS OF EARLY BALTIMORE” March 5, 2013 - May 26, 2013 | 11:00am - 4:00pm
- Defining Moments: An Exhibition of Works by Bryan Collier (for all ages) January 19, 2013 - May 26, 2013 | All Day
- Waterfront Wellness Series May 25, 2013 - September 29, 2013 | 8:30am - 10:30am