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Time Out: Baltimore

Baltimore skyline. Richard T Nowitz_Getty Images.

Baltimore has long been known for its rich history and blue crab, as well as being the home of sports apparel giant Under Armour and Johns Hopkins University. Recently, however, Charm City has become even more deserving of its nickname thanks to an influx of design-focused hotels, gourmet eateries, craft breweries and hip cocktail bars popping up in the city’s eclectic neighborhoods, especially in Charles Village and the city’s hottest hood right now: Fell’s Point. July in Baltimore is high time for some of the area’s best cultural festivals, including events surrounding Independence Day, which the city celebrates with all-out, patriotic fanfare.


Wake up early to catch the bakers at Center Cut Doughnuts in Hampden pulling pastries with creative flavors such as brown butter and cannoli from the ovens. For lunch, try the chicken tikka masala and other Indian delights at the Memsahib lunch buffet located in Lexington Market. Later, indulge in afternoon tea and finger sandwiches at The Ivy Hotel, a mansion-turned-Relais & Châteaux property in the historic Mount Vernon district. Save room for a dinner of Chesapeake oysters and Maryland farmstead cheeses at Woodberry Kitchen; if the weather’s nice, request a table on the patio of the gorgeous brick factory building.

Beer has been an integral part of Baltimore’s landscape for many moons thanks to the local favorite National Bohemian (better known as Natty Boh). Visit one of the city’s many craft brew taprooms, such as Monument City Brewing Company’s new industrial-chic space in a historic building in Highlandtown, where you can taste top picks such as Battle IPA and 51 Rye IPA.

The historic Fell’s Point neighborhood, right along the waterfront, just received a big facelift with the arrival of the Sagamore Pendry hotel atop Recreation Pier. Aside from its 128 luxury rooms and suites, the hotel boasts Rec Pier Chop House by acclaimed chef Andrew Carmellini and the American whiskey bar The Cannon Room.

The city is bursting with impressive art, but few spaces showcase it better than the Baltimore Museum of Art. Be sure to catch Imagining Home, the first exhibit in the new Patricia and Mark Joseph Education Center. The museum’s Cone Collection, featuring art by Picasso, Matisse and Cézanne, is another can’t-miss.

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