Roswell and I recently spent the night in Baltimore to see my favorite band from high school, New Found Glory. Conveniently, NFG seems to play in Baltimore around my birthday so I talked Roswell into taking the day off and spending some time exploring a little bit of Baltimore.
We stayed at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott (Baltimore Downtown/Inner Harbor) – which was a great deal booked through Booking.com (affiliate link) and the perfect location for us. I could literally see the concert venue when we stepped out the front doors. Our room was small, but comfortable with a view of a small courtyard where we could see their green roof and large rain barrel.
We had time before the concert, so we walked down through Little Italy to the Fells Point neighborhood. I happily discovered my favorite sushi place, Sticky Rice, had a Baltimore location. We ended up at Max’s Taphouse for dinner – where I’d actually highly recommend the sliders. It was a good bar with a great beer list and even better bartenders.
On our way back from dinner, we grabbed coffee from Starbucks for the late night ahead of us. After relaxing at the hotel, we decided to walk over to the Baltimore Soundstage shortly after the doors opened. It literally took us less than five minutes door to door – our hotel could not have been more convenient.
After the show, we walked back to the hotel with no problems! The next morning, we woke up later than I anticipated, but I still wanted to get a run in. Roswell and I ran down to Patterson Park to see the Pagoda (which I found on many “most instagram-able Baltimore icon lists”). I am always nervous running by myself in new or strange places, so I was glad that Roswell was willing to slow down to my pace to run with me. If you’re like me, that would be something to keep in mind.
Once we arrived at Patterson Park, we discovered there was a event for Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, BARCStoberfest – and it was adorable! It made for a nice run through the park, spotting all of the dogs in costume and looking at the vendors.
On our way back from the park, we ran past the house where the flag that inspired the poem that would become our National anthem was made. It was nearly right behind our hotel and I had no idea!
Since we woke up later that I expected, we missed breakfast at the hotel. So we once again returned to the Fells Point neighborhood and grabbed brunch at Slainte Irish Pub and Restaurant.
After breakfast, we walked along the Baltimore Waterfront Promenade before grabbing one last drink at Max’s Taphouse – I know, twice in on one trip? But we were really pleased with the service and Roswell wanted to try another beer off their great tap list.
Overall, we enjoyed Baltimore and still have a list a mile long of places we wanted to visit and to eat at. Thankfully, we live just a short car ride away so a day trip or two are definitely in our future. If you’re curious what’s on our list, here’s a map with the places we hope to visit on our futures trips!