Baltimore. You’ve probably passed through or around it more times than you can count. Heading north on I-95, south to D.C., or southeast to cute, little Annapolis. It used to be mentioned in the same vein as Philly or Boston. And then it seemed to shut down. Businesses closed, neighborhoods were boarded up, and the Orioles stopped winning games. But slowly–seemingly at a snail’s pace, at times–the Baltimore waterfront has awakened from its long slumber. Baltimore is again becoming a place you’ll want to visit, not be forced to visit.
Situated along the Patapsco River–which eventually empties into the Chesapeake Bay–Baltimore was once one of the country’s largest immigration ports. Now the Inner Harbor is filled with water taxis and seafood restaurants. Watch the dolphins at the National Aquarium. Take in the 360-degree view from the World Trade Center. Board the USS Constellation or the USS Torsk. Eat crabs–steamed or caked. Sample fudge. Shop at Harborplace. Dance at Power Plant Live! Explore Canton, Fells Point, and Federal Hill. And don’t miss dessert at Vaccaro’s.
Fells Point is where you’ll find the Inn at Henderson’s Wharf. The brick inn is located down a cobblestone street on the waterfront. Outside rooms face the marina; interior rooms look out over the quiet courtyard, where you can eat breakfast and read the newspaper in the morning. Rooms have incredibly comfortable beds and a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon awaiting your arrival. You’re close enough to walk to the nearby Irish pubs, but far enough way to get a good night’s sleep.
So, who’s next? If Charm City can pulled off the near impossible, then other gutted downtowns must be able to do the same. We’re rooting for you, Detroit.