STAY Somewhere Special
Set in the charming Mount Vernon neighborhood, The Ivy Hotel is a historic mansion inn with 18 uniquely decorated suites. The all-inclusive rates make it so you can summon a pot of tea, a glass of wine or a drawn bath at will. Plus a private driver will take you anywhere in the city whenever you’d like.
For goregous waterfront views, the Sagamore Pendry in Fell’s Point is a high-end option that has been impeccably restored on a pier that once welcomed thousands of immigrants to the United States. The hotel is also home to Rec Pier Chop House, an Italian-style chophouse by chef Andrew Carmellini.
Originally the B&O Railroad headquarters, Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco is now a historic, boutique hotel. Take advantage of the in-room spa service, dine in its elegant restaurant featuring locally sourced food, or use one of the hotel’s complimentary bikes to explore the city.
LOOK and Feel Great
While the Four Seasons is another excellent choice for a luxurious place to stay, the hotel’s spa is an attraction on its own. Couples can book the spa for the evening to have exclusive access to all of the spa facilities, plus two 80-minute massages, a candlelit rose-petal bath and a multi-course tasting menu on a private terrace.
The Red Door Salon and Spa is a spa “getaway” within city limits that’s set in an open-air garden in The Village of Cross Keys. Pamper yourself with facials and massage therapies, or take advantage of the full-service hair salon.
Men shouldn’t miss The QG Department Store, which is part barbershop and spa, part clothier and part speakeasy. Traditional stylists will give you a hair consultation to ensure you get the look you want, and afterward you can unwind in the cigar lounge, which is outfitted with flat screen TVs and gaming systems.
You won’t find any scissors or tin foil in sight at Haute Blow Dry Bar, which is exclusively dedicated to hair styling and blowouts. The salon also offers keratin treatments, makeup and waxing.
TREAT Your Tastebuds
Now that you’re prepped and pampered, make plans to go out on the town and indulge your taste buds. Set in a renovated factory, Woodberry Kitchen is a rustic restaurant that takes the farm-to-table ethos seriously. Everything on the menu is locally sourced, including Maryland favorites like Chesapeake oysters and crab cakes.
Charleston has been the crème de la crème when it comes to upscale dining in Baltimore since the French restaurant opened its doors in Harbor East more than 20 years ago. For an unbeatable private dining experience, request to be seated in the Wine Library, and enjoy a meal cooked by six-time James Beard Award-nominated chef Cindy Wolf.
Any whiskey connoisseur won’t want to miss a tour of Sagamore Spirit, a waterfront distillery located near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Marvel at the 40-foot mirror-finished copper still, and then taste three of the company’s award-winning whiskeys.
VIEW Spectacular Sightseeing
If you’re interested in taking in the Baltimore sights, there’s no better way than a birds-eye view aboard a private chopper. Book a tour through Monumental Helicopters or Charm City Helicopters, and you’ll get to know the city from high in the sky.
Of course, while you’re in Baltimore, you’ll likely want to spend some time on the Chesapeake Bay. From an iconic riverboat to luxurious yachts, Yacht Charters on the Bay by Watermark has 13 U.S. Coast Guard-certified vessels with varying amenities.