Planning to stay closer to home this summer rather than travel out of state? Consider discovering Baltimore attractions like a tourist would. The city is home to many outstanding destinations that you may have never visited or perhaps haven't seen in years. Visiting one or several of them will create a fun, interesting staycation and let you learn more about what Baltimore has to offer.
Our real estate agents recommend visiting the following sites to see Baltimore through a tourist's eyes:
Golfers in Maryland have a lot of reasons to be excited. Spring is in the air, and the greens are getting greener on all our beautiful Baltimore area golf courses. Not only that, but April 10th is National Golfers Day.
Our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorite local golf shops in and around Baltimore. There's a good chance you'll see us there on our way to the links this April.
If you've been exploring Baltimore homes for sale, you'll soon need to start thinking about how you'll decorate your dream home. While there's no shortage of places to shop in the Baltimore area, we think there's something really special about decorating with unique vintage pieces.
On their days off, many of our real estate agents enjoy visiting local vintage shops in search of hidden treasures. Here are a few of their favorites.
Getting through a day without coffee is no easy task. Our real estate agents are eternally grateful to the amazing baristas all over the Baltimore area for helping is us make it through, day in and day out.
March 1st is Barista Day, and we thought we'd take the opportunity to share some of our favorite Baltimore coffee shops. Head to one of these great local businesses to thank a barista on Barista Day, and maybe leave an extra buck or two in that tip jar!
Every Jan. 29 is Puzzle Day, so why not visit a Baltimore-area store to pick up a few to solve? It's a great activity for the entire family to share, and you can even preserve your puzzle to use as colorful wall art.
Our real estate agents recommend visiting the following stores if you'd like to know where to puzzle it out around Baltimore:
The Baltimore area is notable for its generously wooded areas and its miles of shoreline, both of which are excellent habitats for our avian friends. If you've been actively walking the woods and shores more than usual, and you've begun to wonder about the local birds you've spotted, the good news is it's easier than ever to become a bona fide birdwatcher and identify what you're seeing and hearing.
The investment can be as budget-busting or as modest as you choose: From an inexpensive set of binoculars to a state-of-the-art spotting scope, camera, and tripod, but you will need enhanced vision to track birds. Another helpful and usually free aid is an app such as BirdNET of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, which records the sound of a particular bird and then analyzes it for identification.
If you're looking for a home or listing yours among Baltimore homes for sale, there are some prime bird-watching spots near your neighborhood of choice. Here are five great places.
Baltimore may be known for its iconic blue crab, but Charm City is no slouch when it comes to red meat, either. When nothing but a juicy burger will do, head to these great restaurants around Baltimore homes for sale where our real estate agents go to satisfy their cravings.
As you start to work on your list of holiday gifts to buy, you may be tempted to head to a big-box store to cross items off your list. But for interesting, creative presents that are more closely suited to your recipients, visit one of the holiday gift shops around Baltimore that specialize in unique items.
Our real estate agents suggest visiting the following Baltimore area shops to find unique holiday gifts:
What could be better than enjoying some holiday family fun from the warmth and comfort of your own car? Many of your favorite drive-thru holiday light displays in the Baltimore area will be going on as planned this year, with dazzling light displays and memories that last a lifetime. Whether you're looking for the biggest, most spectacular show or something a little different from the usual, you'll have no trouble finding what you seek in Maryland communities. Our real estate agents are here to provide some holiday inspiration with our guide to five holiday light displays around Baltimore that are sure to be a hit with your family.
When most people plan to celebrate a birthday or other special occasion, ordering a custom cake is one of the first things that comes to mind. However, custom cookies are a much more creative idea!
Our real estate agents love supporting small local businesses, so when we heard that National Cookie Day was coming up, they were excited to recommend a few of their favorite places to get custom cookies. Next time you need to celebrate, consider paying a visit to one of these popular area bakeries.
Wouldn't it be nice to enjoy an outstanding Thanksgiving dinner with your favorite people, without having to spend all day cooking? Whether you're searching for a traditional turkey dinner or the best upscale cuisine from around the world, the restaurants of the Baltimore area are ready to serve your family for Thanksgiving this year. All you need to do is make your reservations, and bring your appetite. Our real estate agents are here to help you get started, with six upscale, Baltimore-area restaurants for a memorable Thanksgiving dinner.
Charleston – 1000 Lancaster St., Baltimore, MD 21202
The Charleston restaurant, located in Harbor East near Baltimore homes for sale, has won countless awards for its exceptional food and elegant atmosphere. With a unique menu that blends traditional French favorites and recipes from the Low Country of South Carolina, Charleston offers a fusion of flavors that you won't find anywhere else. Dine-in service is available with reservations, so call ahead to plan your Thanksgiving meal.
Mark your calendar — Monday, November 9th, is National Go to an Art Museum Day. Although Baltimore surely has many amazing museums within city limits, the many art museums around town are some of our favorites. Our real estate agents encourage you to celebrate National Go to an Art Museum Day at these six area galleries.
California may be the center of wine tasting in the U.S., but other regions such as Baltimore, Maryland are just as sip-worthy. More than 400 wines are produced in Maryland. There are many excellent vineyards, wineries, wine shops, or tasting rooms where you can enjoy a perfect tasting of quality, delicious, and refreshing vino.
Our real estate agents are excited to share five of their favorite places for wine tasting around Baltimore.
Are you and your family feeling a little cramped at home? With schools and businesses closed, it's easy to feel a little stir crazy at home. Thankfully, there are still plenty of ways you can enjoy the sights of Baltimore. Our REALTORS® encourage you to pack a few snacks and take the family on a driving tour of Baltimore to spot these five iconic statues.
Streets paved with Belgian blocks guide savvy shoppers to astonishing finds in Fells Point stores. Fine waterfront restaurants mingle among the beautiful Fells Point homes for sale, their radiant facades calling in every color of the rainbow. This, one of Baltimore's oldest neighborhoods, is rich in history and alive with all the dazzle of modern living. With so much to do in Fells Point, let's get started. You'll need good walking shoes, a zest for unique experiences, and self-restraint (if you're a shopaholic).
More than 161 historic buildings dot the Fells Point neighborhood, a corner of Baltimore founded in 1763. The first African American-owned shipyard has been transformed into the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum, open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with Saturday and Sunday hours from noon to 4 p.m.
The holiday season in Baltimore is a time of fun, family-friendly events throughout the city. It is the perfect time for getting to know what life is like here while you shop for Baltimore homes for sale.
The Annual German Christmas Village in Baltimore, now entering its sixth year of holiday fun at the Inner Harbor, has quickly become one of the city's most popular holiday events. With great food, sensational shopping, holiday-themed events, and fun activities for all ages, this year's German Christmas Village is shaping up to be better than ever. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on what types of fun are in store for the 6th Annual German Christmas Village in Baltimore for 2018.
Celebrate the Holiday Season at the Baltimore Christmas Village
The Event: The 6th Annual German Christmas Village in Baltimore
Dates: November 17 - December 24, 2018
Location: Inner Harbor – West Shore Park, 501 Light St., Baltimore
There are so many wonderful opportunities to create holiday memories in Baltimore every year, as familiar parts of the city transform with holiday cheer. The Pandora Ice Rink at the Inner Harbor is one of our city's most memorable holiday traditions. This year's, and this year's grand opening will be here before you know it.
Whether you're still shopping for Baltimore homes for sale or you're already a resident, a day at the Pandora Ice Rink is the perfect way to soak up the excitement of the holiday season. Many local businesses and restaurants also offer specials throughout the Pandora Ice Rink season, especially during the holidays.
The Pandora Ice Rink is open Monday through Thursday, noon to 10 p.m.; Friday, noon to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy an opportunity to see the Inner Harbor in an entirely new way when The Pandora Ice Rink opens November 9. Our real estate agents have all the details on how to enjoy this unique Baltimore holiday tradition.
While there are plenty of places to grab a great craft brew in Baltimore, few can match the tradition, reputation, and atmosphere of The Brewer's Art. Located in Mt. Vernon, The Brewer's Art has been serving some of Baltimore's best beer for more than 20 years, in a unique, historic setting. And The Brewer's Art is about so much more than simply serving great beer. The dining room, which is open seven days a week, features flavorful meals for lunch, dinner, and even Sunday brunch. Our real estate agents love exploring the city, and we have the inside scoop on what it's like to visit The Brewer's Art in Baltimore.
There's nothing quite like an NFL game to liven up your Sunday afternoon. Take a break from looking at Baltimore homes for sale head over to M&T Bank Stadium experience the game day atmosphere and cheer the Baltimore Ravens on to victory.
M&T Bank Stadium is located at 1101 Russell St. and with a seating capacity of 71,008, the fans make seeing a game there quite an experience. From the purple lighting, and extra-large video screens, to the cheerleaders and mascot, there's fun everywhere. With Baltimore's extensive football history and winning tradition, the chances are good you'll see an exciting and memorable game too.
Whether you're going to the game in person or want a place to watch, one thing game day always requires is great food and drink. Try one or all of these five fan-favorite restaurants to satisfy your pre-game hunger.
When you're shopping for Baltimore homes for sale, there are few things more important to your long-term satisfaction than finding the right neighborhood. There are a ton of great options to choose from, each with something unique to offer for residents. Baltimore's Canton neighborhood, located on the waterfront, has become one of the hottest spots in the city for a wide range of residents. The neighborhood features plenty of local businesses, beautiful views, and unique homes that make creative use of the area's historic structures. Our real estate agents love helping clients pick the perfect location, and we've got the inside scoop on what to expect from Baltimore's Canton neighborhood.
Canton is a waterfront neighborhood with plenty of places to enjoy its great outdoors. Canton Waterfront Park is one of the neighborhood's most popular destinations for outdoor fun, with beautiful views of the harbor, spacious outdoor recreation areas, and plenty of great spots for a picnic. The park also includes a boat ramp and fishing pier, making it easy to enjoy fun on the water close to home.
Baltimore has a lot going for it. Rich historical sites, incredible architecture, world-class seafood and a thriving economy, just to name a few. But our real estate agents want to make one thing very clear – Baltimore is also a great place to throw a party.
Sure, Baltimore probably isn't the first place that pops into your head when you think about great cities for a party, but that's a perception that's quickly changing. The nightlife in Baltimore is growing fast, and today we intend to highlight one of our favorite spots: Mosaic Nightclub and Lounge.
Baltimore's Federal Hill neighborhood has long been known as one of the best places in the city to grab a meal, whether you're in the mood for light lunch, classic entree, or succulent seafood. Ryleigh's Oyster Bar, located in Federal Hill, is a great example of the delicious dining you'll find in the neighborhood and is regularly recognized as one of the best raw bars in the region. Ryleigh's has been a popular Federal Hill destination since it was opened in 2000 and has since expanded to other locations in Baltimore County. Our real estate agents have the details on what to expect from Ryleigh's fantastic Federal Hill location.
There's no better way to appreciate a new city than through the eyes of a local. Our real estate agents love living and working in Baltimore and can't wait to share where to find the best Baltimore experiences. Read on to discover why we recommend a visit to Cylburn Arboretum when you're shopping for Baltimore homes for sale.
Baltimore is a beautiful city with deep historical roots that continue to play an instrumental role today. Visitors and residents alike love its diverse and multi-cultural opportunities that are unique to this area. When you relocate to Baltimore, our real estate agents will take you on a guided tour through the city's past and introduce you to your future home.
While you are viewing homes for sale in Baltimore, make a stop to see the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, an adventure for your entire family. You'll find the Museum among Baltimore's historic southwest neighborhoods and is the birthplace of American railroading.
Baltimore is steeped in American history like few other places. That means Baltimore homes for sale are perfect for those who like to spend their free time seeing history come alive right in their own backyard. Our real estate agents can help you find the best new home for your needs.
If you're interested in fascinating African-American history and in the best national heritage sites in all of Maryland, you won't want to miss Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park. It's found right in historic Fells Point and sits on the water as a defining example of industrial elegance.
We have good news and bad news when it comes to the concert pavilion formerly know as Pier Six located along Baltimore's Inner Harbor. The bad news: Pier Six is no more. The good news: It's back bigger and better than ever, with big-time upgrades and a brand new name. Now, this popular outdoor entertainment destination is known as the MECU Pavilion, and some of the biggest names in music will be taking the stage in Baltimore for years to come. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on the upgrades, the name change, and what to expect from the MECU Pavilion in the future.
Baltimore is filled with fabulous restaurants, but it's tough to top the incredible food, fantastic service, and amazing atmosphere of the Charleston. Established in 1997, the Charleston offers a unique fusion of French cuisine, and Lowcountry, Carolina-style cooking. The result is a menu that consistently wins awards – not just as one of the best restaurants in Baltimore, but as one of the top dining destinations in the entire country. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or simply want to sample the best of Baltimore, you'll love spending time at the Charleston. Our REALTORS® have all of the delicious details on one of Baltimore's best dining destinations.
When it comes to Baltimore homes for sale, there's a lot to love. Our real estate agents tell us that, in addition to beautiful neighborhoods and world-class amenities, many of their clients have a special reason for looking forward to living here: The delicious food!
Baltimore has long been one of America's leading spots for seafood. From the colonial era to the present day, Baltimore chefs have crafted mouth-watering cuisine including dishes built around striped bass, mountain trout, oysters, and many other delicacies from the region.
One ingredient in particular stands out, however: Crab!
Baltimore has dozens of world famous restaurants specializing in crab cakes and other crab dishes. Outdoor food and music festivals often focus on the idea of a crab feast, giving visitors the opportunity to indulge in as much delicious, delicate crab as they wish.
You could truly eat a crab dinner every day for a month here in Baltimore and you still only scratch the surface of everything the city has to offer. In fact, no less a source than Baltimore Magazine has listed 25 "can't miss" crab houses right in Baltimore.
Still, there is one option that stands head and shoulders over the rest: It's the one to choose for a single unforgettable night in Baltimore.
That's the one and only Bo Brooks Restaurant, and it's one of our favorites at BHHS Homesale Realty.
Baltimore is famous for its Inner Harbor, seafood, and beautiful waterside celebrations.
The most sought-after Baltimore homes for sale are often just off the beaten path, within reach of the harbor area without being part of the hustle and bustle all year around.
Visitors and long-time residents alike love taking the opportunity to walk along the waterfront.
The sights are spectacular and some of the best dining, shopping, and entertainment venues are right here to be enjoyed. If you want a truly unforgettable experience, however, you can go even further: Baltimore's water taxis are a unique way to see what The Charm City has to offer.
Baltimore is one of America's most historic cities. No matter which Baltimore homes for sale appeal to you, you can be sure they're not far from a slice of history. Many residents find themselves living just steps away from sites that have shaped the American story.
Because of this, the people and authorities of Baltimore frequently work together to preserve the city's heritage. Even a handful of houses on the open market are decades old. Older buildings are conserved and protected so they can be enjoyed by future generations.
One terrific example is the legendary Hippodrome Theater founded in 1914.
Every year, BHHS Homesale Realty helps people searching for Baltimore homes for sale. We know our communities inside and out – including important things like employers, education, healthcare ... and doughnut shops!
No matter whether you spell it "doughnut" or "donut," you're bound to find plenty of sweet treats around Baltimore. Doughnuts are so popular, they even get local news coverage as visitors and locals alike look for the best confections.
We'll admit it: Our REALTORS® love 'em, too!
Here's our unofficial list of where to find the best doughnuts in Baltimore:
No matter where you look, Baltimore homes for sale stand in the midst of one of the nation's most historic regions. Baltimore has been a central part of the American drama since colonial times, throughout the Revolution, and beyond. If you love history, you'll love Baltimore!
As one of the places where America's experiments in democracy first began to bear fruit, the whole Baltimore region is just covered with famous sites. In war and peace, Baltimore is a place that has always had something to contribute to the story of the United States.
One of the unforgettable sites you can visit in Baltimore is Fort McHenry National Shrine.
Our REALTORS® know Baltimore homes for sale better than anyone. They also know the ins and outs of everything else this historic city has to offer. Many newcomers to Maryland would never even guess that Baltimore is home to a vibrant Little Italy. Let's take a closer look!
For most of the year, our home city of Baltimore, MD is known as Charm City, but for a few weeks every year Baltimore becomes Light City. Billed as "Baltimore's international festival of light, music, and innovation," the Light City festival is a great example of what makes our city such a special place to call home. With light installations created by artists from around the globe and the beautiful backdrop of the Inner Harbor, Light City is one Baltimore event you won't want to miss. Our REALTORS® have all of the details on what to expect from Light City 2018.
There are many historic buildings throughout the city of Baltimore, but few match the beauty, history, and stories of Baltimore City Hall. The first cornerstone of Baltimore City Hall was put in place in 1867, in a ceremony that drew observers and celebrants from throughout the city. Ever since, Baltimore City Hall has been a center of civic life in Baltimore, and a prime example of the unique, historic architecture that you'll find in many of the city's most iconic buildings. Our REALTORS® have all of the details on this popular, historic Baltimore landmark.
Baltimore is a city filled with history and a wealth of historic homes, neighborhoods, businesses, and attractions to explore. The city is also home to quite a few historic churches. The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary – known as the Baltimore Basilica, for short – is one of Baltimore's most stunning historic sites and is among the oldest religious buildings in the country. Our REALTORS® have all of the details on this truly spectacular historic site in Baltimore, MD.
Baltimore is a beautiful place to visit and live in. It's also home to one of the best historic theaters in the world: the Senator Theatre. Launched in October 1939 by Durkee Enterprises, the Senator Theatre features both classics and latest movies.
This historic theater is a distinguishable Baltimore landmark thanks to its unique architecture and a multicolored glow at night. The Senator Theatre has a Dolby Digital surround sound and state-of-the-art projection system that takes the movie experience to another level. Our REALTORS® have compiled the following information to give you a better understanding of the history and beauty it brings to Baltimore.
A classic New York-style deli can offer comforting, robust meals that hit the spot with the most mouth-watering savory flavors. Now you can enjoy that legacy right in the heart of Pikesville with The Essen Room, which opened at the end of 2017.
Pikesville, MD has its share of tasty restaurants for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Some are famous, while others are tucked out of the way. The Essen Room is one of the city's best-kept secrets. With a name meaning to eat in Yiddish, it features delectable Jewish cuisine.
It's led by Baltimore native Neil Parish, and you can enjoy it today.
The start of baseball season is always cause for excitement here in Baltimore, and our REALTORS® are looking forward to a strong year for the Baltimore Orioles. The first game of 2018 is right around the corner at Camden Yards, so if you're new to the Baltimore area, here's what you need to know about the upcoming Orioles season.
For many residents, Baltimore is far more than just a pleasant city to call home. Whether you love the arts, the outdoors, great food, or anything in between, moving to Baltimore allows you to enjoy a truly unique city. Our REALTORS® have put together ten things you have to know before moving to Baltimore.
Baltimore is a city filled with history around every corner. Preserving our history wouldn't be possible without the hard work of dedicated volunteers in our community. Throughout Baltimore's history, there have been groups working to preserve our historic buildings, businesses, and neighborhoods so that we can still enjoy them today.
Civic Works is one volunteer organization working to make the city an even better place to call home, and its home base happens to be one of the most unique historic buildings in Baltimore--Clifton Mansion. Our REALTORS® are here to share details about Civic Works, and the beautiful Clifton Mansion they call home.
Baltimore is revered worldwide for some of the best seafood in the United States. There are so many well-known restaurants here, it can be tough to pick just one! Let's look at some of the best places to eat an unforgettable lunch:
Planning a new life with your future husband or wife? Congratulations! From planning a wedding to buying your first house, you have a lot of milestones to celebrate, and we look forward to helping you do that. But you also have a lot of expenses and decisions to consider, especially if you hope to nab that perfect venue or live in that dream house. Fortunately, bridal shows were made with you in mind, and Baltimore has plenty of events to choose from!
This winter, add some wedding-themed fun into your financial planning with some of our city's most popular bridal shows. With the right wedding vendor discounts and giveaways, you could decrease your wedding budget and increase your down payment. If you're smart about the choices you make for your wedding, you may even be able to consider more valuable Baltimore homes for sale.
Every penny counts when you're buying your first home together, so grab those bridal discounts and freebies when you can. Here are five of our favorite bridal shows in the Baltimore area, all coming up within the next few months:
Baltimore, Maryland residents have a lot to be happy about – but one fantastic aspect of this city newcomers might not know is just how great it is for kids. Not only does Baltimore boast world-class education and pediatric care, it also has tons of fun things to do in all weather.
Looking for some exciting events to share with the kids this winter? In addition to all the usual holiday cheer, don't forget the many family-friendly sites Baltimore boasts all year around. Many of them offer special discounts in December and January. Plus, they fill the months with amazing events.
If you're exploring Baltimore with the little ones this season, don't pass up these ten family favorites:
It's almost time to turn the page on another great year in Baltimore, but first we've got to celebrate 2017 in the way only our city knows how. No matter how you like to celebrate or who you're bringing along, there's a New Year's Eve event in Baltimore with your name on it. Enjoy a themed party with good food and even better drinks, or head out with the family for some ice skating and a fireworks show near the Inner Harbor. Our REALTORS® have made their resolutions, and now it's time to tell you all about the exciting New Year's Eve events in Baltimore this year.
When you walk down the streets of Baltimore City's Hampden neighborhood during the Christmas season, you'll understand why both locals and newcomers consider this Maryland community a REAL holiday miracle. Seventy-one years and going strong, Hampden's Miracle on 34th Street holiday lighting tradition joins family, friends, neighbors, and visitors to witness the unofficial start of Baltimore's holiday season.
As you tour homes for sale in Baltimore, be sure to include a visit to Christmas Village 2017. Now in its fifth season, Christmas Village in Baltimore brings the city's Inner Harbor region to life with holiday charm sure to please every member of your family.
The Christmas Village in Baltimore is an authentic German Christmas market. Artisans in unique wooden huts and a huge heated tent offer high-quality local and international gifts and a great variety of European food, sweets and drinks. Festive, holiday events and entertainment are scheduled every day.
Our REALTORS® live and work in the Baltimore area. We know you'll enjoy Christmas Village. You'll have an opportunity to shop, sample local food and culture, and view the Baltimore's beautiful harbor front area.
If you're searching for homes in Baltimore, we have good news for families interested in relocating to our city. Baltimore has plenty of things to do for our younger residents; however, the Port Discovery Children's Museum, is definitely a favorite of our local REALTORS®.
Ranked as one of the top five children's museums in the United States by Forbes, Baltimore's Port Discovery Children's Museum's mission is to promote "playing with a purpose" to our city's children by encouraging them to lead a smarter, healthier and more engage life.
Here's what parents will want to know about this popular attraction.
Baltimore is known for its crab cakes, gorgeous marina, and famous historic residents like Babe Ruth and Edgar Allen Poe. Look a little closer, and you'll discover more and more in this vibrant city: It's home to a growing and energetic craft beer industry!
Over the last few years, craft beer has truly exploded onto the scene. People enjoy it because of its creativity, its diversity, and just how easy it is to develop a flavor that's truly all your own. Cities, states, and regions all have craft breweries that strive to create the iconic local taste. It's not surprising that Baltimore, with its world-class culinary scene, has attracted several of them.
One of the most exciting in recent memory is Checkerspot Brewing Company.
Summer is still in full swing in Baltimore. The sun is out, the birds are singing, and it's time to get out and enjoy some of our city's amazing outdoor attractions. Our Baltimore REALTORS® have the inside scoop on how to plan a perfect day outdoors in Baltimore, from quiet bike rides to scenic tours of our historic harbor.
Any Baltimorean will tell you, Baltimore is a pretty cool place to call home. It's a city with a unique history, some of the most popular tourist attractions in Maryland, exceptional colleges, and a diverse economy filled with big, recognizable brands. However, people from outside of Baltimore haven't always realized all that the city has to offer, and today that is changing in a big way. Baltimore has quickly become known as one of the "coolest" cities on the East Coast, and our REALTORS® are excited to tell you more about why that's the case.
We're right in the midst of Baltimore Summer Restaurant Week, which means that if you live in Baltimore and you like to eat, you're probably having a pretty good time.
This event showcases delicious (and affordable) lunch, brunch and dinner menus all over the city, and our REALTORS® in Baltimore want to share some of their favorite local eateries that are participating during Restaurant Week. Be sure to check out these top-notch dining destinations during the event:
Baltimore is known for its iconic row houses, crab cakes, and vibrant music scene. But there's one thing the city offers you may not know about unless you've spent a bit of time there: Baltimore has some of the best free and paid fitness opportunities of any major city.
America will come together on July 4 to celebrate our nation's 241st birthday. After gorging ourselves on hamburgers, hot dogs and potato salad, grab your family and friends and head to a nearby Baltimore spot to celebrate the holiday in true red-white-and-blue Maryland style.
Baltimore is a waterfront community at heart, and that means summer will always be one of the best seasons to enjoy all that the city has to offer. For the adults in the family, that might mean enjoying an outdoor meal with drinks by the water, exploring the city's historic neighborhoods, or splurging on a day of shopping at Baltimore's unique businesses. For the kids, Baltimore's many summer camps provide structured, all-day fun in a safe setting. There are a ton of camps to choose from around the city, whether your kids love the arts, sports, or simply socializing with new friends.
Baltimore has long been a popular destination for great food, thanks to the city's multicultural history, diverse population and prime location on the water. You can find any fare you desire within Baltimore and there are always new dining spots vying to earn their place among our city's top-rated restaurants. There has never been a better time to sample our city's best restaurants. You can start by visiting one of our team's five favorite dining destinations we've listed below. Who knows--you may even run into one of our REALTORS® from Baltimore while you're out sampling our city's many delicacies.
There's always another fun event waiting around the corner in Baltimore, and the start of the fall season brings an especially packed schedule of special events throughout the city. Whether you like great seafood, an evening of dancing or a healthy serving of family fun, you're sure to find something to love in the upcoming slate of Baltimore festivals. Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year in Baltimore, so it's the perfect time to spend a day outdoors with a few hundred of your closest friends.
Our local team of REALTORS® from Homesale Realty loves spending time at Baltimore's community events, and we've put together a list of local festivals that you definitely won't want to miss this year.
Fells Point may not be Baltimore's biggest neighborhood, but it sure feels that way when you walk its historic streets. For one, Fells Point is full of successful businesses, and the dynamic people who help those businesses thrive. Many of Fells Point's most popular local businesses have been serving the city for generations, and fit seamlessly into the fabric of Baltimore just like the neighborhood's gorgeous historic homes. Kali's Court, one of the most popular dining spots in Fells Point, is one great example, and it may have a new look by the next time you go there.
Kali's Court is being rebranded as the Fells Point Tavern, and its new appearance gives us the perfect excuse to take a closer look at the businesses – and people – that make Fells Point special.
The Baltimore real estate area is a great place to buy a house if you love spending time outdoors. Taking in an Orioles game at Camden Yards on a spring afternoon or enjoying a walk through the Inner Harbor are well-known local pastimes, but many people don't realize that Baltimore is home to an excellent selection of parks. In addition to providing gorgeous scenery, many of Baltimore's parks also showcase the city's rich history, and the people who made it all possible.
Our BHHS Homesale Realty team of Baltimore REALTORS® has created a list of our five favorite parks in Baltimore. As a bonus, we've kept the focus on parks that are also located in very popular neighborhoods for home buyers.
The Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, located just a block from city hall and a quick walk from the Inner Harbor, brings world-class entertainment and a variety of things to do in Baltimore. The Beatles made an appearance back in the 1960s at the height of their fame, and the fun hasn't stopped since. Royal Farms Arena has regularly ranked among the top grossing arenas in North America, and its ability to draw top acts means that there's something for every taste throughout the year.
While there's plenty to love about Royal Farms Arena, we've got more pressing matters to discuss. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are coming to town on April 20th, and time is running out to get your ticket to see one of the most popular live acts of all time.
Let's face it, if you're house hunting in Maryland, Baltimore is a great place to begin. Charm City is filled to the brim with a unique selection of neighborhoods. Each--more than 300 overall--has its own distinct vibe and personality. How do you choose the best neighborhood for you? Our local Homesale Realty team has done some of the legwork for you by creating this list of six great Baltimore neighborhoods in which to live.
Guilford is that prominent Baltimore neighborhood where many people strive to live as they become upwardly mobile. The streets are lined with majestic trees, and green spaces created by the Olmstead firm in the early 1900s still exist. The area is registered as a historic district and features the renowned Sherwood Gardens. Guilford offers quick commutes to Johns Hopkins, the College of Notre Dame, Loyola College, and array of excellent public and private schools. The community prides itself on its close connections and supporting families, and residents have ample opportunity to bond with neighbors at community social events. Guilford's homes range from charming cottages to grand estates.
Browse the latest Guilford Maryland homes for sale.
Homeland is a planned neighborhood in northern Baltimore with over 1,000 homes. The neighborhood has received plenty of critical acclaim over its many years of existence, and it appeals to those looking for a beautiful, tranquil aesthetic in the middle of a city. Homes span from modest houses to sweeping mansions, and the neighborhood has wonderful manmade lakes that have become a central element. Homeland was designed in the 1920s, making it one of the first planned communities in the nation. Its location is near Notre Dame and other top attractions and jobs in the city. With its own architectural review committee, Homeland has consistently maintained its allure.
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Baltimore's Fells Point neighborhood borders the more widely known Canton. Another waterfront community, Fells Point possesses stunning historical architecture and energetic growth. There are over 120 restaurants, pubs, and shops, and housing is mostly comprised of eclectic townhomes and condos. With the Canton Waterfront Park and Patterson Park nearby, there are great walking spaces as well. Fells Point is a haven for young professionals who want to live, work and play all in one place.
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Roland Park is another one of Baltimore's prestigious planned communities. Stocked with top-notch private schools and some of Baltimore's best public schools, Roland Park draws upscale families to its hilly, forested streets. The neighborhood is well-located for people who like to work and play among Baltimore's hot spots, but it also possesses its own central village and is beautifully bordered by other chic neighborhoods. Considered North America's first planned suburb, it remains one of Baltimore's most sought after areas.
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Federal Hill is a water view neighborhood. Situated above the Inner Harbor, it is a popular and bustling place. In addition to being a historic district, Federal Hill has been the recipient of several urban renewal efforts. The makeover has been successful, and now it's a tight-knit community of singles, couples, and empty-nesters that enjoy close access to Downtown Baltimore and a lively parade of restaurants, shops, and bars.
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Ruxton is a luxurious, secluded community located on the outskirts of the city. The residents have a strong focus on family and community. It's surprisingly rural, yet offers a charming village center, the impressive L'Hirondelle Club, and an improvement association. Although some families have resided in Ruxton for generations, the area also attracts young high-level professionals.
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Baltimore is abundant with great schools, cultural scenes, attractions, nature, and more. Whether you're a "hipster" or "homebody," our team of local Baltimore REALTORS® at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Reaty will find the perfect home in Baltimore.
Baltimore has long been a great place to grab a meal no matter what sort of fare you're after, from crab cakes to juicy steaks. But what about burgers? Oh yeah, Baltimore does burgers, too. In fact, it does them better than just about any city you can find. Try something exotic at a boutique burger joint, or go old school with a burger from a classic bar and grill. Either way, you can't lose.
Our team at Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty has done the hard research, and narrowed down a competitive field. Now, we bring you the 10 best burgers in Baltimore for your culinary pleasure.
One of the best things about Baltimore burger spots is the customization. You'll often have the option of ordering a chef-inspired creation from the menu, or crafting your own creative bit of burger paradise. Of course, even a simple, classic burger tastes better with fresh, local ingredients.
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Baltimore may not pop up on your radar when thinking about "cool" cities to live. However, it shouldn't be discounted from your potential list of places to buy a home. Other than being the birthplace of the national anthem, a place Edgar Allen Poe called home, and the site of HonFest, a unique John Waters-inspired festival, there are a multitude of other reasons to consider Baltimore one of the nation's coolest cities.
Baltimore is made up of a variety of charismatic neighborhoods, each with its own distinct vibe. Areas feature different highlights, which makes finding one that suits your tastes fairly easy. Some people like the eclectic, busy neighborhoods with excellent night life, while others want tree-lined streets and good schools. Some popular spots include Federal Hill, Guilford, Hampden, Canton, Charles Village, and Mount Washington.
What do you like to do on your weekends? Are you looking for ballet, theater, sports, music, or art? Baltimore has it all. The city boasts the Baltimore Symphony, Baltimore Museum of Art, the Downtown Cultural Arts Center, Baltimore Ballet, the Orioles, and the recent Superbowl champs, the Ravens.
No matter what time of year it is, there's always something to do in Baltimore. From Renaissance Festivals to Farmers Markets, there are functions for the whole family. In January you can attend the big New Year's celebration. May offers one of the Triple Crown events, the Preakness. The 4th of July is a big deal in Baltimore, as is Baltimore Artscape. You'll find big festivals and small community events, each designed to bring the city closer together.
If you like being a tourist in your own city, Baltimore has numerous opportunities. Spend the day at the National Aquarium, find unusual displays at the American Visionary Art Museum, or peruse trains at the B & O Railroad Museum. Other popular places include the Historic Ships, Fort McHenry, Walters Art Museum, Maryland Zoo, Babe Ruth and Edgar Allen Poe museums, the Baltimore Museum of Industry, and many more selections.
Living in the city doesn't have to mean sacrificing time in nature. Beautiful green spots are available throughout Baltimore, and you can walk, bike, jog, and explore. Try Sherwood Gardens, H.P. Rawlins Conservatory and Botanic Gardens, the nearby Ladew Gardens, Patterson Park, Carroll Park, Wyman Park Dell, and Druid Hill Park.
Most people in the US recognize the name Johns Hopkins. It's synonymous with medical excellence. Not only is Baltimore home to top-ranked Johns Hopkins Hospital, you also have options like the University of Maryland Medical Center and Mercy Medical Center among others. Think of Baltimore as a hub of healthcare.
Many other interesting cities are accessible from Baltimore. You also can escape further into nature with a short drive. Some highlighted day trips are Washington DC, Philadelphia, Monongahela National Forest, Atlantic City, and New York.
The people of Baltimore love good meals. Just about every cuisine is represented at many different price points. Some current top culinary choices include Woodbury Kitchen, The Helmand, Aldo's, Azumi, Bookmakers Cocktail Club, Pazo, and Tapas Teatro. Baltimore is a foodie's haven with endless eating establishments to explore.
Baltimore's educational options are solid. From the Baltimore School for the Arts to Johns Hopkins University, city dwellers can get an impeccable PK-college education. In 2014, thirteen Baltimore high schools made US News Top 500 US High Schools list.
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Even though the temperatures are dropping, Maryland knows how to keep the excitement alive all winter long with fun events throughout the state. Whether you are visiting Maryland for your interest in the culture or to explore one of the rural counties, embrace the cold weather by checking out these winter events.
Winter Wonderland Canal Walk
When: January 16th
Join over 100 walkers from the Seneca Valley Sugarloafers Volksmarch Club on an 11K trail from Carderock Park to Olmsted Island at Great Falls. Take in local sites including three locks, a lock house, and the Great Falls Overlook of the Potomac River.
Outdoor Ice Skating
Pandora Ice Rink at Baltimore's Inner Harbor
Where: McKeldin Plaza 101 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202
Take a spin in the Inner Harbor as the waterfront ice rink returns for its second year.
Silver Spring Ice Skating at Veterans Plaza
Where: Veterans Plaza 8523 Fenton Street, Silver Springs, MD 20910
The new outdoor Silver Spring Ice Skating Rink is in downtown Silver Spring at Veterans' Plaza, surrounded by great restaurant, shops, and plenty of parking. It is in a convenient location for the Washington DC Metro area. Parking is free after 8pm on weeknights and all day on weekends!
Skating at The Square (Rockville)
Where: Rockville Town Square
The ice rink is the largest outdoor ice skating rink between Baltimore and Washington DC. It is the largest in all of Montgomery County. The rink is 7,200 square feet.
Quiet Waters Park Ice Rink
Where: 600 Quiet Waters Park Rd, Annapolis, MD 21403
The Quiet Waters Park ice rink offers a pleasant and safe family environment to enjoy ice skating outdoors. Skates, helmets and walkers are available and we also sharpen skates on site. A party room is available for birthday parties and get-togethers. Park admission and fees apply except when noted otherwise.
Maryland Restaurant Weeks and Seafood Festivals
From picking crabs at a table to haute cuisine, Maryland has that and everything in between. Many communities and their local restaurants sponsor a week-long experience so that you can eat to your hearts' content - at a great price.
Baltimore County Restaurant Week
When: January 15 – 30th
Brunch, Lunch and Dinner
Restaurant Week features a variety of restaurants to suit every taste and budget. From fine dining and fusion to family dining and pubs, you can enjoy 16 days of diverse "deals" and local flavors.
Howard County Winter Restaurant Week
When: January 18 –Feb 1st.
LOVE LOCAL! Howard County's top chefs are serving up savings with romantic twists on local favorites! Cozy meals at fabulous prix fixe prices from $15– $45.
Baltimore Restaurant Week
When: January 22- 31st
The most delicious week of the winter – enjoy two-course lunch & brunch for $15 or $20, and three-course dinners for $25 or $35. Bon appetite!
Maryland is a great place to visit, and is a wonderful place to call home. With so many things to do throughout Maryland all year long, you will never be at a loss of plans. Contact Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty to find homes for sale in Maryland. Our experienced and knowledgeable REALTORS® can make the buying process smoother and more enjoyable.
Have you heard the news? Restaurant guide, Zagat, named Baltimore its 2nd Top Food City of 2015. The article states…."Baltimore won its first James Beard Foundation Award this year. Well, Spike Gjerde won the Best Chef: Mid Atlantic category, but a win for a hometown boy is a win for the town too. (Cindy Wolf of Charleston restaurant was also nominated.)."
Let's take a closer look at the restaurants in Baltimore, Maryland that received recognition.
The Washington Post called the restaurant "the Chez Panisse of our region." Co-owner, Spike Gjerde, showcases the Bay's finest gifts, from Tilghman Island crabs to farmstead cheeses from Boyds Maryland. Gjerde is committed to sustainability, which can also be seen at his other restaurants, Parts & Labor (housed in a former auto repair shop and meat lover's nirvana), and Artifact coffee shop.
This is Baltimore's newest foodie destination. Annapolis coffee company Ceremony opened a new location in this haute food hall. It also includes The Local Oyster stall, craft-beer counter at Taps Fill Station and charcuterie from Cultered, as well as other artisanal goods.
At this "notably different" Italian at Downtown's Power Plant Live, Top Chef runner-up Bryan Voltaggio offers an "innovative" modern menu full of "bold flavors" and "attractively plated" dishes; tabs can "add up very quickly" and the "stark", "industrial" decor isn't for everyone, but "poised" service ensures "all the right ingredients for a classy meal out."
"Japanese fine dining" awaits at this "hot spot" in Harbor East's Four Seasons Hotel, where "fabulous" sushi and more arrives via an "attentive" team and there's a "sommelier to guide you" through the primo sake selection; boasting "beautiful views" of the water from outdoor tables, the atmosphere is "NYC sophisticated" with prices to match – but "if it's in your budget, it's worth it."
Do you have a favorite restaurant in Baltimore, Maryland? If so, let us know!
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One way to get an insider's look at a city you're interested in moving to is to spend some time there. The holidays are an excellent way to make that happen, when communities gathers and celebrate together. If you're interested in buying a home in Baltimore, MD, New Year's Eve offers numerous events to explore and discover the city. The night is dynamic and fun, and there are events for people of all ages.
In its eighth year, the Edgar Allan Poe inspired New Year's Party continues to be one of Baltimore's most incredible events. The Nevermore Masquerade Ball takes place at the Radisson North Baltimore Hotel from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. It's an adult's night out that hosts over 2000 attendees. This year's highlights include:
Get your costume made now and purchase your tickets. It's a one-of-a-kind, memorable event that embraces the mystique of the works written by Poe.
Ring in the New Year with the whole family at Baltimore New Year's Eve Spectacular. The event takes place at the Inner Harbor Promenade and Amphitheater. The night features live entertainment, ice skating, a countdown with the mayor, and an amazing fireworks show that lights the night.
The party runs from 9 p.m. until 12:30 a.m., and this year's band is the popular What's Next. The fireworks show can also be seen from neighborhoods around town like Fell's Point, Canton, Harbor East, Federal Hill, and Locust Point. Public transportation services will be extended past midnight to make getting around easier for those who don't want to drive.
Participate in an evening of cocktails, dining, cruising, and an exciting fireworks display by booking your reservation for The Black-Eyed Susan New Year's Eve Cruise. The beautiful paddleboat will host a party from 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m., and give you a warm, front row seat to Baltimore's main fireworks show. After starting with a dockside cocktail hour you'll move on to dinner while cruising the Inner and Outer Harbor. Dance to the music from Jonathon Davis and Merry Go Round DJs, and watch the fireworks from the enclosed and heated observation deck. Your ticket includes parking, gratuity, dinner, and the majority of your drinks.
Do you want to celebrate with the kids but still go out for New Year's? It's possible with the Maryland Science Center's Midnight Noon New Year's Eve Celebration. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. kids and families will create crafts like noisemakers and party favors, watch the band Milkshake at 11:30 a.m., and see the ball drop before bedtime. The party is included with your regular daily admission and no reservations are necessary. Don't miss out on Baltimore's ultimate kid-friendly event.
Baltimore's celebrations will be in full swing on New Year's Eve. Other events to consider are:
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West Shore Park in Baltimore will again be transformed into the Inner Harbor's very own German Christmas Market beginning Thanksgiving Day. Inner Harbor residents along with friends and family will gather to welcome the holidays with thousands of twinkling lights, two Christmas Trees, live music and entertainment children's activities and more.
Now in its third year, Christmas Village in Baltimore has grown into one of the city's most popular holiday attractions with this year's expected attendance topping 200,000 people.
This year's Christmas Village in Baltimore will take from Thanksgiving, November 26 through Sunday, December 27. The only days the village won't be open are December 1st, 8th, 15th, and 25th. The regular hours are:
The village is located at West Shore Park/Inner Harbor, 501 Light Street in Baltimore. Weekdays tend to be less busy than weekends, so if you want to avoid the crowd shop Monday through Friday. Weekdays are also free. The cost to visit the village on weekends is $1-$5 depending on the day and your age. Make sure to check the parking recommendation before you make the trip.
This year brings some wonderful events to add to your calendar. The kickoff is a grand opening celebration. Although the village will open on Thanksgiving Day for a Sneak Peek, the official ceremony is Sunday, November 29th. Christkind from Germany will make an appearance via water taxi, and you'll be able to enjoy live music from a local choir. The main highlight is the lighting of the Christmas tree at 4:30 p.m., and it will be accompanied by more live music. Santa and Gingy will be in attendance as well.
Some other events to look forward to include:
Keep an eye on the calendar for wine and cheese tastings, breakfasts, homecoming weekend, live music, entertainment, treasure hunts for kids, and many other events throughout the duration of the Christmas Village in Baltimore.
You'll find something for everyone on your list, including yourself, at the Christmas Village in Baltimore. With over 50 vendors, there is everything from Christmas ornaments to Gluhwine. Some of the things you'll find while shopping are jewelry, handmade soap, goods from around the world, holiday ornaments and décor, hand-painted glasses, hats, toys, handbags, and clothing. Many of the items are unique, making your gifts one-of-a-kind. When you've tired yourself out shopping, visit a food vendor and indulge in Bratwurst, beer, crab sandwiches, waffles, hot chocolate, cider, crepes, schnitzels, and many other delicacies.
The Christmas Village is yet another thing to add to the benefits of living in Baltimore. The city has events and festivities throughout the year, wonderful neighborhoods, and dynamic shops, restaurants, and attractions. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty introduces people to Baltimore daily. Contact our team of local REALTORS® to find homes for sale in Baltimore.
Mark your calendar, it's almost time for the first ever Baltimore Craft Beer Festival.
This Saturday, October 24, 2015, you can sample an abundance of beer brewed in the great state of Maryland. It's a celebration of beer, brewers, and Baltimore's booming business of craft breweries. This is a community-wide event with proceeds benefiting the Brewers Association of Maryland and Strong City Baltimore. Strong City Baltimore is a local organization whose goals is to revitalize neighborhoods throughout Charm City and build a deep sense of civic engagement for community members.
The festival takes place at Canton Waterfront Park in Downtown Baltimore. The park's address is 3001 Boston Street. On Saturday, the festival runs from 12-6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online, and ticket prices start at $35. Although the VIP tickets are sold out for this year's event, you can try to grab that privilege next year.
General admission passes are $35 for those who want late entry, 3:30-6 p.m., and $45 if you want to attend the full day. If you require transportation, a $75 BAM bus will be available to people coming from White Marsh, Frederick, Solomons Island, Silver Spring, and Southern Maryland. Pickups will be at designated breweries at each location. If you choose to drive, parking can be secured through Parking Panda so you don't have to worry about finding a spot on the day of the event. You can utilize bike parking and water taxis as well.
Although beer is the highlight of the festival, attendees will also enjoy music from live bands. Featured acts include Chris Diller, Big Hoax, and Greasy Hands. Food will also play a role, and you'll find everything from Neapolitan-style pizza and burgers to oysters and authentic Greek cuisine. Shop a variety of vendors offering cycling apparel, dog treats, hand-painted glassware, chocolates, art, and more. Everyone who attends will also leave with a commemorative glass
Beer aficionados who have begun their own home-brewing production can enter their brew in the homebrew competition. Your "harvest ale" will be judged by folks from Maryland breweries and members of the crowd. The cost to try and judge the homebrews is $10.
Note that the festival is outdoors. You are allowed to bring the following items:
The festival asks that you leave dogs, tents, coolers, and outside food at home.
As the festival gets closer, the city of Baltimore anticipates having the highest number of brewers at one singular event. You'll enjoy favorites like Flying Dog and Heavy Seas, and find excitement in trying new names in Maryland's craft brewing scene. All-in-all, there will be around 33 breweries involved in the first annual Baltimore Craft Beer Festival. If you don't have it on your calendar, add it today. It's destined to be an excellent event that will bring beer-loving citizens together for years to come.
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When you're buying a home in an unfamiliar city, one of the most challenging aspects can be finding the right neighborhood. Baltimore is a dynamic and diverse city with neighborhoods that reflect the differences. Learning about each area can help you narrow down places that are attractive to you.
Vibrant, quirky, chic, fun--four words used to describe Baltimore's Harbor East neighborhood. Located along the city's waterfront just east of the Inner Harbor, Harbor East caters to everyone from young thinkers to Baltimore's business people. Baltimore, ranked by Forbes.com as one of the "Coolest" cities in America, is an urban epicenter fueled by a surge of big business, education, and culture. Dine at one of Harbor East's trendy restaurants, shop with friends, tour a museum, or spend the day at a spa.
Hipsters young and young-at-heart will thrive in Hampden—arguably one of the hippest scenes in the US. When a neighborhood boasts a festival called "Hon Fest" inspired by historic Baltimorese slang, you know you have a one-of-a-kind place on your hands. Popular for many reasons, Hampden lures residents who enjoy a bit more color, flavor and a busy lifestyle. Conveniently located near Downtown Baltimore, some of the main highlights of Hampden include funky stores, hidden restaurants, an authentic sense of fun as well as a wide mix of home styles.
Baltimore's Fells Point neighborhood was named for English ship builder, William Fell who founded his Maryland company in 1726. Today, Fells Point real estate is an eclectic mix of residential and commercial buildings. There are over 161 Fells Point buildings listed on the National Historic Register. Fells Point is home to a menagerie of professionals, musicians, artists, students, and families. With a reputation of coming to life at night, Fells Point is also home to a variety of daytime activities like shopping at neighborhood boutiques and antique shop as well as dining at some of the city's best restaurants and pubs.
If there's an "it" zip code in Baltimore, you have found it in Guilford. The spectacular architecture and grand estates are nothing short of phenomenal. It's also home to some of the city's top schools, and the lovely Sherwood Gardens. Each year brings a new opportunity to see a vivacious display of tulips at the gardens, which many people in Baltimore take advantage of. Guilford keeps its residents close to Baltimore's top attractions and employment hubs while allowing them to live the high life in relative privacy.
Many professional singletons and young couples enjoy a work day followed by an evening out in their nightlife-driven neighborhood. Full of good bars and restaurants, Federal Hill is a preppy kind of hip that encourages a lifestyle on the go. There is a lot within walking distance, including Baltimore's Inner Harbor and downtown, which makes it a great place to go auto-free and live local.
Baltimore features too many interesting neighborhoods to name them all. The key is finding the right one for you. Buying a home in Baltimore is an exciting adventure, one that introduces you to a wonderful city full of character to live in. That's why it is always best to consult a local real estate expert. Contact a BHHS Homesale Realty office in the Baltimore area to have one of our local, experienced REALTORS® help you find the right home.
Over the years, Baltimore has become known as a city full of character and contrasts. With a rich history and unique, vibrant culture, it's no wonder Baltimore has been dubbed "Charm City." Whether you come to the city for its scrumptious seafood, star-studded past, arts and culture, or to walk along the Inner Harbor, Baltimore invites you to do more and B-More. Celebrate September in all its glory in and around Baltimore.
1. Maryland Wine Fest – Whether sommelier or an occasional sipper, attend the Maryland Wine Fest in Westminster on Saturday, September 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, September 20 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Carroll County Farm Museum. Sample locally made wines, dine on tasty treats, and watch demonstrations from what has been reviewed as a premier performance of which Maryland can be proud. General admission tickets: $30.
2. Hampdenfest 2015 – Hampdenfest started as a small, local neighborhood occasion and blossomed into one of Baltimore's much-anticipated things to do. The free event draws locals and visitors to this fun and funky neighborhood for good food, good beer, good friends, and good fun on and around West 36th Street. Barrel across the finish line in the Annual Toilet Bowl Race, sing your heart out at the Hampden Idol Competition, and devour dangerously delicious desserts at the pie eating contest. You're in Hampden—Enjoy Yourself! Hampdenfest 2015 will take place on September 19 from 11 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
3. Baltimore Book Festival – Book worms unite at the 20th Annual Baltimore Book Fest held at the Inner Harbor on September 25 – 27 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. See hundreds of local, celebrity and nationally known authors. Attend book signings. See cooking demonstrations by top chefs. Bring the kids for hands-on projects and storytelling. Live music, food, beer and wine.
4. Station North Arts District – The Station North Arts District, located in the heart of Baltimore, was the city's first area to receive a designation by the state of Maryland as an arts and entertainment district. You will find a collection of artist live-work spaces, art galleries, businesses, and row homes. Attend Station North's Akimbo Dance & Movement Arts Festival on Saturday, September 12 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The area will come alive with performances by numerous local and regional dance troupes across indoor and outdoor venues within the community. This is a free event.
5. Baltimore Seafood Festival – No city loves its seafood more than Baltimore. Celebrate the bounty of the bay at Canton Waterfront Park on Saturday, September 19 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. for the Second Annual Baltimore Seafood Festival. Feast on crab cakes, crab soup, shrimp salad, local oysters, lobster rolls and Maryland blue crabs from over 30 restaurants. Sip on refreshing drinks, listen to live music, attend cooking demonstrations. Kids will enjoy the family area with toys, games, and face painting. Fees range from free to $100.
6. Pier Six Pavilion – Come to Baltimore's Pier Six Pavilion on Sunday, September 13 at 6 p.m. at the Inner Harbor and be "wowed" by Diana Ross for one unforgettable night of musical magic. Ticket prices range from $40 - $100.
Baltimore is a great place to visit, and a wonderful place to call your home. Contact our local Baltimore real estate team at Homesale Realty, to find your Baltimore dream home.
Learn about the best things to do in Baltimore with a visit to the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards and the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum. Occupying the historic Camden Station adjacent to Oriole Park, exploring the Sport Legends Museum is a perfect treat to pair with a Baltimore Orioles game. The Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum sits just three blocks away in a beautiful, restored rowhome.
In the latter half of the 1800s, Camden Station served as a busy transportation center for Baltimore commuters. Unfortunately, by the 1970s, train travel began to change in the United States and the B&O Railroad abandoned the station. Over the next several decades, the station was bought, sold, and restored as various organizations tried to incorporate the station into the Camden Yards experience. In May 2005, the Babe Ruth Museum opened the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards, occupying two floors of the restored Camden Station.
Today, the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards pays tribute to Baltimore and Maryland's greatest sports achievements. From past to present, trace how football and baseball shaped the city's sports culture. Discover why Johnny Unitas was the "best there ever was." Discover the history of the Baltimore Colts, and football's new-era under the Ravens. Gain a new understanding of how Baltimore's Michael Phelps, forever changed the face of America's Olympic swimming.
In addition to being a mecca for sports lovers, the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards helps introduce the next generation to sports fandom. Kids may transform themselves into a sports legend in the Kid's Locker Room exhibit. Then, let the fans sweep them away in the Indoor Soccer Experience.
Just steps from the home of Baltimore baseball lies the birthplace of one of America's most famous ballplayers, George Herman "Babe" Ruth. From the Babe Ruth statue at Camden Yards, simply follow the 60 baseballs painted on the sidewalk to the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum.
On February 6, 1895, a family living at 216 Emory Street in Baltimore marked the birth of a bouncing baby boy. Eventually, George Herman "Babe" Ruth would grow up to change the face of the American baseball. With the help of Ruth's widow, children, and sister, the Babe Ruth Museum put together an expansive collection of artifacts, memorabilia, and information related to the life and times of this world-class great opening a public shrine inside 216 Emory Street in 1974.
After making the decision to close the museum for necessary upgrades, 2015 marked a large-scale restoration project. On June 12, 2015, the museum reopened, giving future generations the opportunity to pay homage to the Babe.
Today, the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum continues to chronicle the life and times of Baltimore's first-son of baseball. Throughout the home, learn about the Babe's record. What elevated him to legendary status in baseball? Some of the artifacts on display include a wrong-handed catcher's mitt he used in primary school, his 1914 rookie card, and his rosary. New for 2015, come sit with the spirit of Babe Ruth, listening to his favorite program "The Lone Ranger." In addition to viewing baseball artifacts, museum visitors get to know Babe Ruth as a person from his birth to his strong, family relationships.
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Baltimore's Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse helped ships safely navigate into the city's Inner Harbor along the Patapsco River for more than a century. Not only did the lighthouse serve as an important purpose for Maryland's shipping industry, it became one of the city's most iconic landmarks. Today, you can discover a piece of Baltimore history and discover its local flavor with a visit to the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse.
By the mid-1800s, it became clear that ships needed assistance in order to pass safely from the Chesapeake Bay, up the Patapsco River and into the Baltimore Harbor. Bolstered by the recent construction of a screwpile lighthouse at Brandywine Shoal in the Delaware Bay, plans were made to construct the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse in the early-1850s.
The Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse was only the second screwpile lighthouse in the United States and the first built in Maryland. Its construction proved to be a boom for Baltimore manufacturing because many parts were made in town, at the Murray and Hazlehurst iron foundry. Seven Foot Knoll began to the light the way upriver in 1855.
After opening, Seven Foot Knoll required the constant attention of a lighthouse keeper. Three lighthouse keepers lived and worked at Seven Foot Knoll, rotating shifts to allow each keeper 8 days off per month. Duties of a keeper included lighting the coal-powered light from sunset to sunrise, cleaning the lamp, and winding the fog bell's machine every 45 minutes during foggy weather.
Life at Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse proved tough for many. Most historians agree that retaining keepers at the lighthouse proved tough because the living quarters became too cold during the winter. Eventually, a previously-removed stove was rebuilt, improving cold-weather conditions
Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse's final keeper, Thomas Jefferson Steinhise experienced a bit of fame after he participated in a daring, sea rescue. In August 1933, a Nor'easter churned its way up the coast, putting Maryland's shore in danger. During the storm, a tug boat capsized near the lighthouse. Steinhise rowed a small boat to the shipwreck, saving five men before the arrival of additional help.
Unfortunately, following Steinhise's tenure, no other keeper would live and work at the historic Baltimore lighthouse. Lighted buoys and range lights aided ships in navigating the river. By 1948, the light became automated. Sadly, Seven Foot Knoll began to quickly decline and it closed in 1969.
In the 1980s, the City of Baltimore stepped in, saving Seven Foot Knoll from demolition. By barge, the lighthouse was moved to the Inner Harbor for restoration. The city rejoiced at saving this landmark and descendants of Keeper Steinhise participated in the restoration.
Though no longer operational, today the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse is one of the oldest remaining Chesapeake-area lighthouses. Now located on Pier 5 in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, it is open to the public and free to tour. A visit to Seven Foot Knoll offers visitors an education in Maryland lighthouses and maritime life.
With its barn-red colored siding, the lighthouse remains one of Baltimore's iconic landmarks. In addition to its informational museum, residents visit Seven Foot Knoll simply for its stunning views. Head to the lighthouse just in time to catch the sunset.
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Known as the "best backyard in Baltimore," Patterson Park covers 155 acres in Southeast Baltimore. Primarily used by residents of the surrounding neighborhoods, Patterson Park is truly an urban oasis. For visitors, it is a place to soak up local culture and enjoy an afternoon in the heart of Baltimore. Atop the park's largest hill stands its crowning jewel, the Patterson Park Pagoda. A historic observatory, the Pagoda offers visitors some of the best views of the city.
Today, the Patterson Park Pagoda stands on hallowed ground. During the Battle of Baltimore, a turning point in the War of 1812, troops defended the city from a fortified position atop Hampstead Hill, land with vast views of the harbor. As British troops approached the city, the volunteer soldiers saw them coming and were able to defend Charm City. It was during this campaign that Francis Scott Key penned the Star Spangled Banner, our national anthem. Eventually, British commanders decided the battle was a lost cause, ordering British forces to retreat.
Following the War of 1812, Hampstead Hill's importance was cemented in the city's history. Wanting to preserve a place that played a key role in the defense and development of Baltimore, William Patterson, a British merchant, donated five acres of his land to the city for a city walk in 1827. In the following decades, the city purchased additional acreage to create Patterson Park. The park, and its now-famous hill, also served to protect troops during the Civil War.
Its role in defending the city took its toll on Patterson Park, and it fell into disrepair following the Civil War. To prevent further problems, the park was reconstructed with an air of Victorian splendor, commemorating its role in previous battles and allowing others to continue to enjoy its sweeping views of the city. In 1892, Charles H. Latrobe completed construction of a Victorian and Oriental inspired observatory, known as the Pagoda.
A four story tower, the Pagoda features three observation decks connected by a spiral staircase. From the top deck, visitors enjoy sweeping views of the city, including downtown, Inner Harbor, Canton and the park. In 1914, the city commemorated The Battle of Baltimore with a centennial celebration. As part of the ceremonies, two memorials were added in front of the Pagoda. The Star-Spangled Banner Centennial Monument and the Rodgers' Bastion Memorial Cannon stand alongside the Pagoda, forever marking the role the park played in the city's history.
Today, the Pagoda is operated by the Friends of Patterson Park, a neighborhood advocacy group. The Friends of Patterson Park are committed to the restoration and preservation of the Pagoda and the park as a whole.
Urban decay took its toll on the park and the Pagoda was closed to the public in 1951, amidst talks of demolishing the structure. By the late 1990s, the Friends of Patterson Park developed a plan to restore the park to its former glory, including a complete restoration of the Pagoda. In 2002, the Pagoda was completely restored and reopened to the public. April through October, the observatory opens to the public each Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
Living in Baltimore's Inner Harbor neighborhood affords its residents (and visitors) with a wealth of things to do like touring the National Aquarium. Baltimore's number one tourist attraction, the aquarium draws an annual attendance of approximately 1.5 million people and is considered by many as one of the best aquariums in the country.
USA Today named the National Aquarium as one of the 10 Best Attractions in Baltimore. Packed with over 17,000 animals and award-winning exhibits, the design of the aquarium allows you to get up-close encounters at some of its "live" exhibits. The aquarium's structure revolves around an open pool filled with stingrays and fish. Explore a tropical rainforest replica at the top of the aquarium. You will feel like you are swimming with sharks as you walk through a doughnut shaped shark tank.
Don't forget to say hello to the sea lions outside of the aquarium on your way to the National Aquarium's dolphin show at the Marine Mammal Pavilion. Be sure to arrive early or you might get a little wet during the show.
USA Today is not the only group to notice the quality of the experience at the National Aquarium. "Blacktip Reef," the heart of the National Aquarium, is a beautiful replica of Indo-Pacific reefs, complete with coral that won the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Award for Significant Achievement in Exhibit Design. You will feel like you are scuba diving under the sea when you walk through this exhibit and get nose-to-nose with a shark and many other aquatic animals.
As of one Baltimore's most popular things to do, get ready for crowds. It is best to visit on a weekday, but if you need to visit on the weekend or on a holiday, plan to arrive before 11:00 a.m. or after 3:00 p.m. The aquarium does limit the number of visitors each hour, but it can still get crowded.
If you are visiting with small children, please be aware strollers are not permitted in the aquarium. Carriers will be provided. Large crowds, escalators, and people movers make navigating the National Aquarium with a stroller nearly impossible.
Ticket prices range from $22 to $35. However, the experience you will get in return for your investment cannot be beat. Also, if you come later in the day, admission prices drop significantly.
After touring the National Aquarium, the Inner Harbor area of Baltimore is ready to welcome you with even more activities, dining options, and attractions. Whether you grab dinner at one of the area's many restaurants, take a cruise on the Bay, head to the 27th floor of the Baltimore World Trade Center or visit the Maritime Museum, you can easily spend your entire day exploring Inner Harbor.
Baltimore takes St. Patrick's Day very seriously. From its iconic St. Patrick's Day Parade drawing record-setting crowds to the many Irish pubs offering discounted drinks during strolls and bar crawls, you will find plenty to do in and around Baltimore. Here are some of the most popular things to do in Baltimore for St. Patrick's Day, and that's no Blarney.
The city's St. Patrick's Day Parade is considered the "jewel in Maryland's emerald crown." This 50-year-long tradition draws thousands of people to the city to watch as Irish dancers, musicians, and entertainers march through the streets of downtown Baltimore.
The Baltimore St. Patrick's Day Parade is a volunteer effort put on by the community and offered at no charge to the community. It is held the Sunday before St. Patrick's Day beginning at 2:00 p.m. from the Washington Monument. Parking can be hard to come by, so plan to arrive early.
Right before the St. Patrick's Day Parade, runners can participate in The Shamrock 5K, which begins at 1:15 p.m. the race takes place along Charles and Mulberry Streets with cash awards to the top three men and women as well as age group awards. The entire family can participate with categories for kids through adults. Race proceeds benefit the St. Patrick's Day Parade, and the awards ceremony is held immediately following the race.
The Carroll County Farm Museum in nearby Westminster is open March 14 through 17 for a special family-friendly Irish tea party. Tickets to the tea, which is held at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day, cost $20 and include museum admission and a tour of the farmhouse.
On St. Patrick's Day, Baltimore welcomes little leprechauns (ages two to four) to the Everyman Theatre for an Irish-inspired celebration featuring drama, music and movement workshops. All participants will be able to enjoy a craft time as well. Cost for this event is $15 per child, and it runs from 10:30 to 11:30.
Federal Hill is filled with some of the favorite bars of Baltimore, and on March 14 from 12 to 9 p.m., you can enjoy the Federal Hill Irish Stroll. Seventeen bars on Federal Hill will offer discounted drinks, and the first 3,000 guests will receive a free St. Paddy's Stroll Koozie. Along the way you will see strolling bagpipers and the occasional leprechaun, and be prepared to enjoy prizes and giveaways long the way. You do have to have an event ticket to enter participating bars during this event.
Baltimore has a rich Irish heritage, and this comes alive around St. Patrick's Day. As you make plans to attend your favorite St. Paddy's events, why not sneak in some time to house hunt and make this city your new home? Homesale Realty has local offices in the area and is ready to help you find a home in Baltimore.
Baltimore is a city that values its young people as shown by its Hire One Youth program, a campaign supported by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Through the campaign, Mayor Rawlings-Blake is encouraging Baltimore's many businesses to hire one young person during the summer months.
Hire One Youth is a campaign encouraging area businesses to provide a six-week summer job to one young person between the ages of 16 and 21. The youth, which are considered job-ready, will perform the job during the set time period, learning important job skills that they will carry into their future careers while freeing the company to give its employees some summer vacation time. The program also hopes to inspire some youth to find fulfilling careers in a field they love, by giving them the chance to try different types of work.
The Hire One Youth program encourages businesses to commit to hiring at least one job-ready young person, and then recruit one other business to do the same. In this way, the campaign's organizers hope to get the majority of businesses in Baltimore and the surrounding communities to participate. This year is the fourth year of the Hire One Youth Program. Interested businesses can sign up on Baltimore's city website.
In order to make Hire One Youth successful, the program needs a pool of "job ready" young people. Baltimore City's YouthWorks program helps young people develop the right work-ready skills to play an important role in today's marketplace.
YouthWorks holds to the slogan that "Summer Jobs Launch Careers." Through the program, students interested in positioning themselves for the Hire One Youth jobs can register for the program, participate in job training and financial literacy training, and then enjoy being matched to job opportunities that are a good fit for their skills. Completing the training and the six-week job gives these young people job experience to place on a resume as they seek future employment.
In 2014, the Hire One Youth initiative saw 500 young people hired by local businesses. This year, the program's organizers expect to see even more hiring and participation. Students who have completed several years of the program are reporting excellent training and experience.
Hire One Youth is just one example of ways in which the city of Baltimore is striving to make its community family-friendly and its people productive. If you find that initiatives like this make Baltimore appealing to you, talk to the team at Homesale Realty to get professional help finding your new Baltimore home.
Valentine's Day is just a few days away. Don't Panic. If bouquets of flowers and heart-shaped boxes of candy are too "traditional" for you, we have compiled our list of creative and unique things to do in Baltimore with your sweetheart on Valentine's Day.
Baltimore's fine dining scene is exceptional. Your main challenge will not be finding a restaurant, but rather narrowing down your choices. Consider Barcocina. This contemporary Mexican restaurant will have a four-course prefix menu on Valentine's Day with drink pairings available. It is located in Fells Point.
For something downtown, head to McCormick and Schmick's Seafood and Steaks. Not only can you dine on scrumptious sea food here, but you can end the date on a romantic note with the restaurant's signature Chocolate Bag dessert.
If "amore" is more to your liking, head to Baltimore's Little Italy neighborhood. La Tavola will be offering a Prix Fixe menu on Valentine's Day, which is a great way to start an evening.
Share a box of popcorn with the one you love while catching a classic romance playing at many local Baltimore theaters. For the 1946 classic "The Best Years of Our Lives," head to the Charles Theater at 10:30. The Enoch Pratt Central Library will be showing "The Clock" at 10:30, and tickets to that performance are free. If you are spending the night in Baltimore Valentine's Day, then head to the Cinemark Towson at 11 on Sunday for "Giant."
What is more romantic than a cruise at sunset? Not much, and Baltimore offers the chance to enjoy a cruise along the Baltimore River in the Spirit of Baltimore or the Inner Harbor Spirit. Both ships have a Valentine's Day Dinner special and will allow you to cruise well past sunset. A rose and champagne are included to round out the romantic evening.
If you prefer something a little more thrilling, Monumental Helicopters gives you the chance to see the lights of the city from the air with a City Lights helicopter tour. The tour includes a complementary GoPro video of the flight.
If you want to enjoy the nightlife after dinner and some entertainment, you won't be disappointed in Baltimore. The Grand Central Club will be hosting its Rehab 2nd Saturday event. If your nightclub tastes are more refined, head to the Havana Club for cigars and desserts in the club's upstairs lounge. Red Maple features tapas and DJs to dance the night away.
If you are shopping for a college for your child, location may be more important than you think. In a report by the American Institute of Economic Research (AIER), top U.S. college towns were ranked based upon delivering the best overall college experiences to its students. Baltimore ranked as a "Top 10 College Town." AIER selected Baltimore because of its overall economic and academic environment, quality of life, and employment opportunities.
When it comes to options for higher education, Baltimore locals have a wide selection of schools from which to choose. From larger public universities to smaller private colleges, Baltimore offers diverse school types and fields of study. Here is a list of some of the top colleges and universities in Baltimore, Maryland.
Located in the Mt. Vernon neighbhorhood of Baltimore, the University of Baltimore is one of the city's public universities providing education in business, law, public affairs, and the applied arts and sciences.
Goucher College is a private liberal arts college that was the first college in the country to make time spent studying abroad part of its undergraduate degree requirements. The residential campus works to create true global citizens.
The Johns Hopkins University is perhaps one of the most well-known colleges in Maryland. Founded in 1876, The Johns Hopkins University is the largest employer in the state and is known for its excellent health care training programs for health care professionals. It has nine academic divisions and campuses throughout the greater Baltimore area.
Loyola University Maryland is a Jesuit, Catholic university that has over 40 academic fields grounded in the liberal arts. It attracts a diverse student body who is interested in pursuing academics alongside spiritual training. It also has a rigorous graduate degree program.
McDaniel College is a private liberal arts school offering a personalized approach to college education. It has a small campus located near Baltimore and provides students with the chance to study at a sister school in Budapest. The average class size is just 16 at this small college.
The award-winning Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is a leading school training artists and designers. Those who are looking to study more in-depth into these fields will find an innovative curriculum complemented by a well-equipped status and a faculty that use the latest technology to assist students in creating their best works.
Towson University was founded in 1866. Today it is known as one of the best regional public universities in the nation. It boasts over 100 degree programs, including everything from applied professional degrees to doctoral programs.
University of Maryland Baltimore County is an honors university offering an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to education. It is a public research university that thinks outside the box of traditional education.
The academic offerings at Morgan State University attract students from around the globe. It is one of the top schools for African-American high school students, and has academic offerings in almost every area of study.
The Notre Dame of Maryland University is another of the most well-known colleges in Maryland. It has over 120 years of history and a strong liberal arts heritage. It is a Catholic university known for its inclusiveness and academic excellence.
Coppin State University offers a comprehensive list of educational opportunities, but it is known particularly for its IT department. If you are looking for a school where you can learn about technology, this is the school for you.
2015 is almost here! Celebrate New Year's Eve with family and friends in Baltimore at the "best bashes" Charm City has to offer.
Baltimore is a diverse community filled with residents from all walks of life, ages, and tastes. Whether you are 9 or 90, Baltimore has a wide variety of New Year's Eve events especially for you.
Midnight Noon will be hosted at the Maryland Science Center, 601 Light Street, Baltimore, MD. Join Baltimore families for the 7th annual New Year's Eve celebration, Midnight Noon, beginning at 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. where kids can see the ball drop before bedtime. Crafts, party hat decorating and noise maker making will take place while the popular kids band, Milkshake, takes the stage at 11:30 a.m.
Noontime New Year Holiday Hoedown will be held at the Port Discovery Children's Museum, 35 Market Place, Baltimore, MD. Dress the kids in their favorite costumes and get ready for an afternoon of crafts, programs, performances, noisemakers, and a countdown to 12 noon on New Year's Eve Day.
New Year's Eve Cruise on The Black-Eyed Susan, Baltimore's Only Authentic Paddleboat. Enjoy a dockside cocktail reception with buffet dinner before taking sail to view the midnight fireworks from the harbor in The Black-Eyed Susan's heated and glass-enclosed observation deck.
Big Night Baltimore Gala, Get ready for the Big Night and a Big Baltimore Gala located at the Baltimore Harbor Hotel from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Big Night Baltimore is an all-inclusive night because your ticket includes everything including a buffet and entertainment throughout eight different party zones.
Baltimore's New Year's Eve Spectacular takes place from 9:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Be entertained by the Baltimore-based band, Under The Covers, beginning at 9:00 p.m. at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater, located at Pratt and Light Streets.
At the stroke of midnight, welcome 2015 with colorful fireworks and lights filling the sky above downtown Baltimore.
For the full "Baltimore on New Year's" experience, residents and visitors can view the fireworks from along the Inner Harbor promenade. The fireworks display can also be seen from the Federal Hill, Locust Point, Canton, Harbor East and Fell's Point neighborhoods.
Ring in 2015 with your family and friends in Baltimore, Maryland. Homesale Realty wishes you and your families a happy and safe new year. Contact us when you are in the market to buy a home or sell a home in the Baltimore area.
After the turkey is carved and dishes are done, join Baltimore residents and their guests at Christmas Village in Baltimore 2014. Opening Thanksgiving Day 2014, Christmas Village in Baltimore quickly topped the locals' lists of favorite holiday things to do after its premier season in 2013.
Over 150,000 people welcomed the 2013 holiday season at the inaugural Christmas Village in Baltimore event delighting in exhibits from gifted artisans, seasonal entertainment, and sparkling holiday decorations certain to please Santa's fussiest elf.
Fashioned after traditional German Christmas markets originating during the Late Middle Ages, Christmas Village in Baltimore showcases both outdoor and indoor markets filled with great shopping, great food, and great family fun.
West Shore Park at the Walter Sondheim Fountain in Baltimore's Inner Harbor is "made over" into an authentic German Christmas Market. A majestic Christmas tree, twinkling lights, and timber huts filled with gift items and goodies bring a Deutschland holiday ambiance to the festivities. A huge heated festival tent houses vendors presenting fine arts and crafts and handmade gifts from all over the world for sale.
A highlight of Christmas Village in Baltimore is an official visit from Christkind of Nuremburg, Germany (the traditional Christmas Angel and bringer of gifts). True to German tradition, Christkind delivers Christmas gifts to children. Santa will greet Christkind at his house in Harborplace where he then escorts her to the official opening of Christmas Village.
Dine on authentic European fare at our Bavarian Food Court. Enjoy German Bratwurst and beer, nibble on Lebkuchen (gingerbread) and Stollen. Our wide array of cookies, brittles, and sugared nuts are sure to satisfy anyone's sweet tooth.
Center stage is where you will see performances of all kinds: local school choirs, bands, singers and songwriters, musical acts and even local German dance groups.
Christmas Village is a great way to spend Thanksgiving with the entire family as well the perfect place to shop on Black Friday. New attractions for Christmas Village in Baltimore 2014 include a kids train, Advent wreath and life-size Advent calendar. Start a new holiday tradition by having your family's photo taken at our huge photo wall.
Baltimore has a wealth of things to do and see. History, sports, dining, or arts and culture, Baltimore offers something for everyone. One event over all the rest might just be the favorite of residents and visitors alike: Baltimore Beer Week.
Joe Gold and Dominic Cantalupo, Baltimore Beer Week founders, joined forces in 2008 to promote and highlight "all things beer" in Baltimore. Their goal was to bring an awareness and appreciation for the city's local craft beer industry. Many people who visit Baltimore are surprised to learn that the city has such a rich history of brewing craft beers.
If you are looking for things to do in Baltimore October 10 - October 19, consider making plans to attend one of the events occurring during Beer Week.
Baltimore Beer Week is a week-long event acknowledging the city's unique beer culture. For the past six years, Baltimore has celebrated the local craft beer industry that has made it famous. With a goal of bringing together beer enthusiasts and local beer-related businesses, Baltimore has gone beer berserk. Whether it is the Annual Kickoff Luncheon, Kick Our Kegs or Pints & Pancakes, you will soon understand what it takes to craft legendary Baltimore beers.
Beer Week 2014 takes place Friday, October 10 through Sunday, October 19. The first event of the week is a kickoff luncheon hosted by B'More Beers at the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore. This will take place on Friday, October 10 starting at noon. The Opening Tap Celebration with Das Best Oktoberfest will take place on Saturday, October 11 At Rash Field – Inner Harbor, 610 Light Street, Baltimore, Maryland.
Throughout the week, local alehouses and breweries will host special events. Included are Mahaffey's Pub Kick Our Kegs, Tri-State Tap Takeover, and even a beer dinner pairing beers from Jailbreak Brewing in Laurel, Maryland and dinner from Maggianos in Columbia, Maryland. For a complete list of Baltimore businesses and events, visit the Baltimore Beer Week website.
Baltimore is a community that brings together people from all walks of life. From the party-loving people who attend the festivities of Beer Week to families looking for "quieter" things to do, the city rarely disappoints. If you are looking to make Baltimore your home, contact Homesale Realty to find homes for sale in Baltimore.
Baltimore is a family-oriented city catering to the needs of families with things to do for people of all ages. One way Baltimore celebrates family is with its Family Reunion Expo. The 2nd Annual Family Reunion Expo is scheduled for this weekend, Saturday, September 27, at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. The family-friendly event will encourage you to research your own family history, plan an amazing family reunion, and learn more about the family-friendly things to do in and around Baltimore.
The Baltimore 2nd Annual Family Event Expo is an expo that features workshops for your family, tasting from local caterers, and event planning tips perfect for anyone planning a family reunion. In addition, you will be able to enjoy live entertainment throughout the day.
One of the focuses of the family event expo is family tradition and family history. You will learn how to create your own family traditions, and then also have the chance to talk with professional genealogists to trace your own family history and lineage. Local Baltimore hotel representatives will be at the expo to talk about accommodation packages you can use for your family reunion.
You'll also have the chance to learn about fun things to do in and around the area when your family arrives, like tours and attractions, or have the opportunity to plan for entertainment for your event. Stick around to see magic shows, participate in a line dance party, watch a live performance from the Kinderman, or enjoy a family karaoke event. A book signing with Will Downing will also take place.
The expo is free if you register to receive updates online, or you will pay $5 at the door to enjoy the event. Festivities begin at noon and the event runs through 8:00 p.m. Most of the events will be held outdoors.
The event is being held on the grounds of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture. This museum houses exhibits that celebrate the artwork, culture and history of the African American people of Maryland. Three permanent galleries and a range of rotating or traveling exhibits make it one of Baltimore's many interesting things to do.
If the appeal of family-friendly Baltimore and all of the things to do you can find is making you think of relocating to the city, or choosing a larger home so you can host out-of-town family for your family reunion, contact Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty. Let us help you find a home in Balitmore.
One thing the people of Baltimore know is "Seafood." Join local residents this Saturday, September 20 to celebrate the Baltimore Seafood Festival. Only logical that a waterfront city like Baltimore would be chosen to host this family-friendly event, you'll savor the flavors of "deep-sea" delights like crab cakes, shrimp salad, fresh oysters, and, of course, Maryland blue crabs from some of Baltimore's favorite restaurants.
The Baltimore Seafood Festival will be held from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Canton Waterfront Park, giving you ample time to sample.
No matter what the size of your seafood appetite, a variety of reasonably-priced ticket packages (starting at $29) will be available. The $29 Seafood Festival ticket package includes admission to the event, a souvenir glass, two drink tickets for beer, wine, cocktails or non-alcoholic beverages, and ten tickets to use toward food tastings.
Sample signature seafood dishes from some of Baltimore's best eateries like:
Food tastings are just the start of the food-fun fest. Watch cooking demonstrations from local Baltimore chefs and dive into crab cake or oyster eating contests. Sip on wines, beers, and cocktails while you listen to live music.
Reggae band Strykers' Posse and cover band Super Bueno will both be performing during the Festival.
The Seafood Festival is a family-friendly event. Admittance for children ages 10 and under is free. Kids will find toys to play with, games to enjoy, and face painting in the family area plus a kid-friendly seafood menu will be on hand.
Life in Baltimore means there's always fun things to do. Whether you are heading to the Seafood Festival this weekend or are planning to enjoy one of the fun, fall activities scheduled later this month and October, you will never be disappointed. Contact Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty to find homes for sale in Baltimore.
Baltimore will "pull out all the stops" as they host its Star-Spangled Spectacular on September 10–16, 2014 to celebrate our country's national anthem turning 200 years old.
On September 14, 1814 during the War of 1812, Attorney Francis Scott Key authored the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner" on the back of a letter as he watched the American flag flying above Fort McHenry along Baltimore's Harbor marking an American win over British troops.
Key's words captured what so many of Baltimore's residents felt during the war that it was printed on a leaflet and widely distributed. The words themselves did not become our national anthem until 1931.
Baltimore City officials expect crowds to turn out in masses making it perhaps the largest tourist event in Baltimore's history. Tom Noonan, president and CEO of Visit Baltimore, is quoted, "We expect a Super Bowl-esque kind of crowd."
Baltimore will showcase entertainment and historical attractions. More than 30 tall ships and naval vessels will sail into Baltimore's Inner Harbor, Navy Blue Angels will fly high overhead, patriotic concerts will be performed, food and festivals will draw more than an estimated one million guests to Baltimore for this Star-Spangled Celebration.
Events will be hosted throughout the city. Baltimore museums, historical sites, and eateries will feature special exhibits and offers. Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, the location where Francis Scott Key wrote the words to the Star-Spangled Banner, has special events and attractions scheduled September 9-14.
Baltimore has something for all ages, interests, and tastes. If living in Baltimore is part of your future, contact the local real estate experts at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty to find homes for sale in Baltimore.
Whether you're new to the foodie scene or just like experiencing new restaurants and new dishes, take advantage of the 2014 Baltimore Restaurant Week to get out to see what's cooking in our local area. This year's excitement runs from August 1 through August 10, and the lineup includes 64 restaurants all featuring bargain prices so you can try more dishes at more places.
The summer months, especially August, are traditionally a slow time for restaurants and eateries throughout Baltimore. Everyone is either off on vacation or rushing around preparing for back-to-school and aren't spending as much time dining out. Restaurant Week was started to give local restaurants a boost during this slow time, and the results have been outstanding. Some restaurants report that their business doubles during the ten-day celebration, and many new restaurants are able to showcase their specialties to establish a long-term customer base.
The timing of Restaurant Week is not set in stone each year as organizers try to ensure that restaurants and patrons are able to get the most out of the event. A spokesman for the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, one of the event's organizers, told the Baltimore Business Journal that they try to schedule Restaurant Week around other events so there's no conflict. That way, local restaurants are able to make better profits when events like Artscape are already filling tables, and locals are able to enjoy their favorite restaurants without the added traffic.
While Restaurant Week is great for business, it's also great for the residents and visitors of Baltimore. Each of the participating restaurants will offer a fixed-price menu. The most common offering is a two-course lunch for $15 and a three-course dinner for $30 although some restaurants have additional offers as well.
Anastasia, located at 1636 Thames Street, will be offering a $20 three-course dinner menu with delicious offerings such as margherita pizza, fried calamari, spaghetti with meatballs, and Italian ice. Alexander's Tavern, located at 710 South Broadway, will offer a Brunch option on Saturday and Sunday that includes sweet bread, watermelon pancakes, and an heirloom omelet made from heirloom tomatoes, apple wood bacon, feta and arugula.
As more bars and restaurants move away from premixed and bottled ingredients and are making their own syrups and using fresh ingredients, it seems only right to let them in on the fun. In addition, Ketel One Vodka will be one of this year's sponsors and everyone is encouraged to offer a special Ketel One Cocktail on their Restaurant Week menu. As you're trying these cocktails, post your photos to Baltimore Restaurant Week's Facebook page for a chance to win a $100 gift card.
Alchemy, located at 1011 W. 36th Street, will be featuring the Ruby Relaxer made from three ruby red grapefruit segments, Ketel Citron and fresh grapefruit juice. Langerman's, located at 2400 Boston Street, will feature Russian Spring Punch made from Ketel One Vodka, fresh raspberries and lemon, and a dash of sparkling wine. Barcocina, located at 1629 Thames Street, will be offering a three-course cocktail sampling for $20 in addition to their Almost Margarita made with Ketel One, homemade sour, lime juice and Cointreau.
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Once you've tried some of the delicious offerings from Baltimore's restaurants, you're sure to want to call Baltimore home. For help finding a home in the area, contact Homesale Realty today for a list of current, available real estate in Baltimore.
Whether you're catching a baseball game, heading out for your lunch hour, or hanging out with friends, nothing pairs better with summer days like a hot dog. July 23 is National Hot Dog Day, and what better way to celebrate than to take a tour of the best hot dogs in Baltimore and beyond.
Stuggy's is famous for their stadium hot dog which has been voted as best by publications like Men's Journal, Baltimore Magazine, and ESPN. Choose from 100% beef, bison sausage, Italian sausage, veggie dog, wild game, and turkey hot dogs. Toppings include the famous Crab Mac, the Manhattan with Sauerkraut, the Bean Town with grilled onions and brown mustard, and the Late Night with fried egg, bacon, and mushrooms.
Stuggy's has two locations in Baltimore. The Federal Hill location is at 17 East Cross Street and the Fells Point location is at 809 South Broadway. Both locations are open Wednesday through Sunday, some nights until 3:00 a.m. so you can grab a bite after a night on the town.
Attman's Authentic New York Delicatessen has been serving the area since 1915. They serve a wide variety of deli items including corned beef and real Jewish hot pastrami along with dozens of soups, salads, appetizers, sides and dessert. But since it's National Hot Dog Day we're talking about, don't forget to try the famous jumbo Jewish dog with mustard, relish and onion and topped with bologna.
Attman's Baltimore location is at 1019 East Lombard Street. They are open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call (410) 563-2666.
Another authentic Jewish deli tops the list of the best hot dogs. Edmart Deli tops the list of the best hot dogs. Edmart has been serving up deli meats, catered trays, and chocolates for more than 50 years. Their signature kosher hot dogs are served on challah rolls and are as delicious as they are simple.
You'll find Edmart Deli at 1427 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville. They are open Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information, call (410) 486-5558.
If you're looking for the best Coney Island hot dog in Baltimore, G&A Restaurant is where you want to be. In fact, G&A has served more than 4.5 million hot dogs since they opened their doors in 1927. Along with the hot dogs, you can also enjoy breakfast all day long, fries, fresh salads, and sliders.
G&A Restaurant is located at 3802 Eastern Avenue - the same location they have been at since 1927. They are open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call (410) 276-9422.
If you've ever driven by Haute Dog, you've probably noticed the line of happy people waiting for their specialty hot dogs. The HD Signature is a 1/4 pound Black Angus dog served with tomato and onion jam. You can also try the Maharlika with ginger Miso, the Veggie Pup, or stop in and see what the Chef's Special is.
You'll find the Haute Dog cart in front of the Bonjour Bakery Cafe, 6070 Falls Road. They are open every day from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
These are only a few of the great places to celebrate National Hot Dog Day in Baltimore. To learn more about living in Baltimore, or for help finding a home here, contact Homesale Realty today. See our current real estate listing for homes for sale in Baltimore, MD.
Fell's Point in Baltimore, one of the first communities in our nation, continues to be a source for inspiration and celebration of our history.
Many of the area's original stores and homes are still standing today and make a great way to explore Fell's Point history in person through tours, re-enactments, and exhibits.
Whether you're a lifelong Fell's Point resident, or just visiting for the day, an exciting day can always be spent walking through the various exhibits and museums. Here's just a few favorites:
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner and the city of Baltimore is celebrating all summer long. Here are some must-see exhibits and events:
The Fell's Point neighborhood of Baltimore might be known around the country for its place in history, but locally it is known as a great place to live for it's quaint historic charm, vibrant arts scene, and dozens of destinations. Here's just a few of the things that make Fell's Point a great place for everyone.
If you'd like to become a part of this historical and welcoming neighborhood, take a look at some of the Baltimore homes for sale currently on the market. To schedule a tour or to learn more about living here, contact Homesale Realty today.
The Federal Hill neighborhood of Baltimore is known for its exceptional restaurants. At nearly every street corner, you will see a restaurant, café or coffee shop waiting to be explored. Yet until this spring the Federal Hill region lacked one prominent flavor – Italian. That all changed with the opening of Brendali Italian Ristorante. The restaurant has been receiving rave reviews from local diners for its exceptionally tasty authentic Italian dishes. Even those with Italian roots have been raving about their menu.
Brendali Italian Ristorante (located at 1022 Light Street, Federal Hill, Baltimore, MD) is a family owned and operated restaurant serving up Italian classics the way families have for generations. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant features everything from pasta and fish to signature salads and specialty Italian desserts.
Nothing at Brendali's is made from a mix or frozen dish. It is prepared from scratch each day, and the freshness can be tasted in each bite. Brendali's atmosphere is especially friendly. The serving staff welcomes each customer personally, and the décor is comforting and pleasing without being stuffy.
If you have ever dined in an Italian home, you know that dinner is an event for the entire family. Brendali's tries to recreate that with its family-style service option. Choose some of their signature dishes, and then enjoy them served family style at your table, so everyone can sample a bit of the dish. If you prefer, you can enjoy the dishes as individual entrees as well, but you may find yourself wishing to steal a bite off of your neighbor's plate if you do.
One thing that you will notice as you order is the price. While the food here is excellent, the prices are not inflated. The price of a typical Brendali's lunch is about $10. Save room for dessert, Brendali's tiramisu is quickly becoming a Baltimore favorite.
Federal Hill is known for its excellent restaurants, and Baltimore residents travel from all parts of the city when a new restaurant like Brendali's opens. One way to enjoy these restaurants on a regular basis is to purchase a home in Federal Hill. To make your home search easier, contact Homesale Realty. Browse available Federal Hills homes for sale.
Baltimore celebrates July 4 with a BANG! Residents will commemorate Independence Day with a citywide celebration in Downtown Baltimore topped off with a true Fourth of July fireworks display guaranteed to be second to none.
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to organizing major events at the Inner Harbor including holiday celebrations, art festivals, cultural exhibits, and more. The 4th of July Celebration, sponsored by Ports America Chesapeake, is one of the biggest events coordinated by the office.
The celebration officially kicks off at 4:00 PM on Friday, July 4 with a performance by Thunderball at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater. The U.S. Naval Academy Band Electric Brigade is scheduled to perform at 7:00 PM, and the fireworks show starts at 9:30 PM.
Baltimore's Harbor is alight with activity during the entire day so eat a good breakfast and get started early. Here's a few activities to enjoy around town before the fireworks show begins.
There are no shortages of places to watch the fireworks displays, here are a few hot spots:
For an extra special way to celebrate the Fourth, enjoy a cruise around the Bay for a spectacular view of the festivities. Here are a couple options that are friendly for the whole family:
The Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore features colorful row houses line cobblestone streets facing historic buildings that are the ultimate picture of 19th-century Baltimore. This is what you see when you start shopping for a home in Mount Vernon. Quickly growing in importance as a residential neighborhood, Mount Vernon is one of the top neighborhoods in Baltimore for those who want to enjoy urban living in a historic community.
One of Mount Vernon's draws is the diversity of its population. Here, families are raising their children alongside artists of all types, while college students enjoy close proximity to campus and professionals love living near downtown and nearby Washington D.C.
This diversity is seen not only in the population, but also in the activities and dining options you can find within Mount Vernon. Dining out in Mount Vernon is an experience in cultural diversity, with the option to enjoy everything from Afghan faire at Helmand and cuisine from Eastern Europe at Brewer's Art.
Cultural diversity is also present in Mount Vernon. Spend a weekend touring the Walters Art Museum, which serves as a center point of a large museum and gallery district that rivals the Smithsonian, or enjoy taking in the sounds of the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. If your tastes are a bit more modern, the Sidebar and Talking Head offer rock performances almost nightly. Once the sun sets, these and other clubs come to life, offering music in just about any genre for you to enjoy.
Whether you are in the market for an affordable condo or loft or want a larger row house with space to raise a family, you will find it in Mount Vernon. Here you can live in a Victorian row house, high-rise condo, carriage house or apartment that fits your needs, tastes and budget. Prices are also on the affordable side for historic neighborhoods, which is what makes this Baltimore community so appealing to young families. Yet luxury buyers will find their share of spacious homes with four and more bedrooms and million-dollar amenities. All of these homes benefit from being in historic buildings in a historic community.
As you are searching for Baltimore, MD real estate, the right real estate agent is essential. Homesale Realty has team of real estate professionals who will help you in your search for a home in Baltimore. If the diversity and historic significance of Mount Vernon appeals to you, contact Homesale Realty to get started on the home search today.
Baltimore's Hampden neighborhood was originally settled by the workers of the flour and cotton mills along Jones Falls long before it officially became part of Baltimore in the late 1800s. Today, Hampden has been transformed into a trendy, attractive place where artists gather, shoppers stroll The Avenue, and friends and family gather.
The Hampden neighborhood is just minutes from the exciting nightlife and after hours entertainment of the Inner Harbor. There's also plenty to keep you busy right at home.
The distinct style and culture that is Hampden is celebrated every June during HonFest, an annual tradition that celebrates the warmth and unique style of the historic working women of Baltimore. The people in the area spend one weekend truly relishing in wild (and lovingly tacky) wardrobes and hairstyles that were popular in the area during the 1960s. There is food and music to enjoy although people-watching is usually the primary activity.
Another notorious festival, Hampdenfest, is held every year in September and is another opportunity for the community to get together and enjoy the unique vibe of Hampden. Along with live music, local art, and microbrew beer, people can enjoy such competitions like the Regional Beard and Mustache Competition and the Toilet Bowl Race.
Hampden is located just ten minutes from downtown Baltimore making it a perfect place for commuters to live. Many of the homes are classic two-story brick and stone rowhomes that were built to house the families of the mill workers that were the original settlers of the area. There are a handful of larger homes that were originally built for the more wealthy residents including managers and senior workers of the mills.
The Inner Harbor of Baltimore has been a hub of activity from its early days as part of Baltimore's shipping industry to the center of tourist and local attractions it has become today.
Camden Yards Sports Complex is just a few blocks from the waterfront along with the Pier 6 Concert Pavilion, the Baltimore Convention Center, and dozens of museums, historical sites, art galleries and so much more.
The Inner Harbor is full of historical sites and museums to see. From the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum to the Ripley's Believe It or Not Odditorium, there's always somewhere to go learn something new. Other local favorites include:
The Inner Harbor has long been known for its exciting nightlife and diverse offering of restaurants to satisfy every taste. A few selections include:
From stunning waterfront townhouses to sprawling estates, the housing opportunities of the Inner Harbor have something for everyone. The area also features many condominiums that range in price and amenities from affordable to very luxurious.
Take a look at some of the homes we have for sale in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. If you see something you like, or for help finding more homes anywhere in the Baltimore area, contact Homesale Realty today.
Baltimore's Federal Hill neighborhood is steeped in history dating back to the 18th Century as a maritime and commercial hub. During the first half of the 20th Century, many working class families moved to the area and called Federal Hill home. Many of today's residents have family ties to the neighborhood dating back two and three generations.
As Baltimore's Inner Harbor area went through a revival and its popularity grew, Federal Hill began to struggle. In 2000, Federal Hill Main Street was formed to revitalize the area's historic business district and to breathe life back into the area. Historic buildings received a facelift, neighbors worked side by side to beautify their community, long-time community members helped newcomers feel at home.
Federal Hill residents are proud of their neighborhood's past and look forward to a thriving and vibrant future.
Many Federal Hill homes are located just steps away from downtown businesses. Finding a home is a matter of personal perference. Over the last 20 years, many of the historic homes of Federal Hill have been completely renovated to include modern conveniences and luxury finishes. Choose from old estates divided into apartment homes, beautiful brick rowhomes that are staples of the area, and modern condominiums with a full range of amenities.
The area between Charles Street and Light Street is where the area's most popular places will be found. Some of the restaurants here are the best that Baltimore has to offer, and all the galleries, clubs, bars, and boutique shops will keep you busy. Here is a roundup of some favorites.
Baltimore's Federal Hill is a neighborhood in the truest sense of the word. Many of the people that live here have families that go back three or more generations and are very active in the community. The residents of the area are committed to making it a great place to live by keeping the area's history alive while planning for the future. Nowhere is this sense of community living more evident than the annual Federal Hill Block Party.
Federal Hill Main Street organizes three festivals every year and the first is the Spring Block Party. Held in the streets on the north end of the Cross Street Market, the Block Party is a chance for all the residents of Federal Hill to come together and meet new friends while enjoying great food, drinks, and vendors displaying their arts and crafts for sale. Local bands will play on two stages to really get the party going and local food vendors will be serving up everything from crabcake sandwiches to shrimp on a stick.
This year's block party will be held on Sunday, April 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $10 or in advance for $5. Don't miss out on the opportunity to kick off Festival Season and celebrate in the streets with your friends and neighbors.
The homes in Federal Hill are mostly brick townhouses, single family homes, and homes that have been divided into apartments. The majority of the homes were built between 1870 and 1920, some of them are even on the National Registry of Historic Places. Most these homes have been restored and remodeled to include modern conveniences and updated finishes while many are still waiting for just the right person to love them back to life.
The Federal Hill neighborhood is located just a few blocks south of downtown Baltimore's business district giving local residents easy access to the top employers in the area such as the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Under Armour, and an American Sugar refinery.
More Things to Do in Federal Hill
There is a wonderful array of restaurants, taverns, and shops in Baltimore's Federal Hill that gets people out and walking the streets. The Cross Street Market is the heart of the neighborhood and businesses in the market include groceries, fresh produce, live crabs, and more. There are also art galleries, beauty spas, upscale furnishings, and professional services in the area.
Some of Baltimore's best-known dining destinations are in Federal Hill. Some of the highlights include:
If you are thinking of moving to Baltimore's Federal Hill, the right home will help you enjoy all this neighborhood has to office. Homesale Realty is ready to help you find the right property for sale in Federal Hill. Contact us today to learn more about this thriving, family-friendly community.
As Earth Day nears, Baltimore will celebrate Green Week. Baltimore Green Works, a local volunteer organization, hosts Green Week for the sole purpose of increasing awareness about how area residents can make Baltimore a cleaner and environmentally friendly place to live and work.
One of the best things about living in Baltimore is being part of a community where people come together to make the city a better place to live. The community embraces Earth Day by finding ways to make the city and the surrounding areas more beautiful while learning how to live a more sustainable lifestyle.
During Green Week community-wide activities, discussions, and seminars are held throughout the week. Some highlights include:
Getting the Kids Involved
The One Photo Scavenger Hunt is sponsored by the Parks and People Foundation and it's the perfect opportunity for kids to get involved in Green Week and take part in EcoFest on April 26th. Elementary and middle school students are asked to take six photos from around the city for a chance to win pool passes for four or a family membership to Port Discovery.
Arbor Day Tree Planting
Arbor day is usually celebrated around the same time as Earth Day in Maryland and trees are a great way to make the parks and neighborhoods more beautiful while giving back to the Earth.
The entire community has been working hard for many years to make the entire city and all of the surrounding areas a more beautiful, clean, and green place to live. The Earth Day and Arbor Day efforts have drawn national attention, and even landed Baltimore on SaveOn Energy's Top Ten Cities to Visit for Earth Day 2014. When the whole community comes together, small efforts are able to achieve great results.
If moving to Baltimore, a city that cares about its future, sounds like a place for you to call home, contact Homesale Realty for help and advice finding homes for sale.
The Homeland neighborhood of Baltimore is a charming community full of friendly neighbors and happy families. Homeowners and visitors love the unique mixture of the architecture in the area, as well as the easy access to great shopping and entertainment. No neighborhood is complete, however, without a great place to get pizza. Whether you're stopping in with the family for a meal or ordering a few pies delivered to your home, a good pizzeria is a community staple.
The north Baltimore area is fortunate to have just the right place to call their own. Toss is just the right blend of delicious food and casual dining that brings neighbors together. The owners, Cem Ari and Mura Mercan, are not new to the business. Their first restaurant, Zella, is a southwest Baltimore favorite. Now they have brought their expertise north to Homeland.
Situated on a quiet block just south of Belvedere Square in Baltimore, Toss is understated on the outside and unassuming on the inside. The decor is minimal and the walls are adorned with the works of local artists. You may notice that the art rotates frequently as each of the pieces are for sale, and as they sell they are replaced with new pieces. The rest of the dining room feels industrial but clean, and there's plenty of room to sit and enjoy a meal.
Toss opened in the fall of 2011 and the locals are loving it. Reviewers have declared the wings "to die for", and the signature garlic bread is both crisp and chewy. Warm sandwiches are served with a side of seasoned baked potato wedges that tend to get stolen from other guests at the table, and the balsamic vinaigrette dressing has been described as "downright addictive."
Toss is located at 5716 York Road in Baltimore. They are open Monday through Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Thursday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. For more information or to place an order, call (410) 433-8677 or visit the online ordering center.
To learn more about the Baltimore neighborhood of Homeland, or for help finding a home in Baltimore, contact Homesale Realty.
If you're looking for something to do this spring or summer in Guilford (one of Baltimore's most prestigous areas) , head over to Sherwood Gardens. This six-acre park is a beautiful garden where you can soak in the sight and smells of the season. Pack a picnic or grab your camera and head to Guilford to see the beauty of this small but colorful garden space.
The land that is now Sherwood Gardens was once part of the A.S. Abell estate. A. S. Abell was the founder of The Baltimore Sun, and the land the gardens now sit on was once a pond. In 1912 developers filled in the pond to make more space for residential properties. In the 1920s, John W. Sherwood, who owned a home in the area, began planting a beautiful garden on the open land, importing trees and plants from around the country. He opened the garden for tours each May and began planting tulips imported directly from the Netherlands.
When Sherwood died in 1965, the Guilford Association took over the gardens and opened them to the public. They also began expanding them to the current six-acre size. Today, people can tour the gardens year round, but tulip season, the gardens' most colorful season, remains a highlight.
One of the highlights of Sherwood Gardens is the tulips that bloom in April. Towards the end of the month the tulips will be at their peak, with nearly 80,000 colorful blooms opening to welcome spring officially. When they are done blooming, residents of Guilford Baltimore can visit the garden and dig up a bulb or two to purchase to plant in their own yards and gardens.
While the tulips may be a highlight, they are not the only flowering plant in this Guilford Baltimore garden. Throughout the spring and summer you can see English boxwoods, brilliant azaleas, flowering cherry trees, magnolias and dogwoods. Once the spring flowers are done, the Guilford Association and its many volunteers swoop in to plant annuals to give the garden more color throughout the summer. Rare trees are also abundant throughout the garden. Some of these specimens date back to the 18th century, having been transplanted from colonial estates during Mr. Sherwood's lifetime.
To reach the gardens, visitors need to turn onto East Highfield Road, heading east, traveling one block past St. Paul Street. The gardens are tucked between East Highfield, Stratford and Underwood Roads. The garden has no fences, gates or admission fee, so you are free to come and go as you please to see the beautiful plants.
Guilford houses some of the most beatiful homes in Baltimore. It's no wonder more and more people are considering making the move to this Baltimore neighborhood. As you prepare to move to Guilford, trust the team at Prudential Homesale YWGC to help you find the perfect home.
Celebrate the 2013 holiday season at Fells Point, Maryland's Old Tyme Christmas Festival. The 10th Annual Old Tyme Christmas Festival will be held December 6 – December 8 on "The Square" located between Thames and Lancaster Streets.
Perhaps the best way to describe the neighborhood's Old Tyme Christmas Festival is a seasonal combination of old-fashioned traditions and 21st century celebrations. Welcome Santa as he arrives by tugboat. See the parade of lighted boats on Broadway Pier. Vote for the Best Wreath in the neighborhood. Hear carolers and musicians perform. Cross names off your Christmas list as you shop from local merchants. Watch the lighting of the Christmas tree. Taste test eggnog at the Annual Eggnog Contest and get ready for Reindeer Pub Run.
Each year the Old Tyme Christmas Festival is held to benefit Fells Point Main Street, an organization that supports the Fells Point community, local businesses, and people.
This year's schedule of events includes:
Friday, December 6
Saturday, December 7
Sunday, December 8th
Bring your family and friends to Fell's Point for a one-of-a-kind Christmas celebration certain to charm and delight you.
Baltimore, Maryland is a wonderful place to experience any time of the year, but during the holidays … the city comes alive with holiday lights, Christmas festivities, and good cheer. Baltimoreans gather at the waterfront now through the end of December to celebrate the season with friends and family while supporting local shops, restaurants, and attractions.
Baltimore's Waterfront Partnership began "It's a Waterfront Life" holiday campaign in 2011 to draw Baltimoreans to the waterfront area to celebrate the season. Visit It's a Waterfront Life for more information.
Begin December by attending Harbor East's Window Wonderland: The Unveiling Event. Scheduled for Thursday, December 5 from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Promised to be an evening of holiday fun and merriment as you view the unveiling of Window Winterland, a month-long holiday exhibit featuring storefront windows decorated for the season by some of Baltimore's finest artists turning Baltimore's Harbor East into a holiday masterpiece. Join Christmas carolers, stilt walkers and Baltimore neighbors. Visit HarborEast.com for more information.
December 6 kicks off of the Power Plant Holiday Light Show Spectacular at 6PM, 7PM, 8PM, and 9PM. The show will light up the Inner Harbor with an unforgettable display of holiday lights and lasers choreographed to sounds of the season. Shows continue Thursday – Saturday, December 6 – 21 and nightly December 26 – 31.
Experience the National Aquarium's Cultural Series, World Holiday Traditions presented by Macy's on December 6 from 5 PM – 9 PM. Discover traditions and customs about Hanukkah, Kwanza, and Christmas celebrations, witness beautiful nativity scenes from around the world, and listen to the sounds of the season.
Hear over 200 festively festooned tuba and euphonium players welcome the holidays at the 30th Annual Merry Tuba Christmas in the Harborplace Amphitheater on December 7 from 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.
The 3rd Annual Rock the Dock Family Bash happens December 14 from 3 PM – 6 PM at the Power Plant's with live music, promenade train rides, holiday-themed arts and crafts, food, drinks and plenty of holiday surprises for young and old.
Visit the Inner Harbor on December 15 to have your precious pup's picture taken with Santa from 1 PM – 4 PM on the circle at President Street. Donations to BARCs, The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, will be accepted to help support animals in need.
Celebrate New Year's Ring in the New Year on December at Maryland Science Center with the 6th Annual Midnight Noon where children can enjoy the ball drop before bedtime.
December 31 celebrate New Year's Eve at Power Plant Live! with gourmet foods, an open bar, and all access to every nightclub and bar with a huge stroke of midnight celebration.
Welcome 2014 at Baltimore Inner Harbor New Year's Eve Spectacular on Tuesday, December 31 from 9 PM to 12:30 AM. A Baltimore City tradition for over 30 years, the New Year's Eve spectacular is a huge city-wide celebration filled with music starting at 9 PM at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater with a colorful midnight fireworks display seen from Baltimore's downtown areas including Fell's Point, Harbor East and Federal Hill.
Baltimore's Federal Hill offers sushi bars and restaurants serving Japanese cuisine, but the one that is standing out among the locals is Brothers Sushi. With its grand opening in early 2013, the paint is still fresh and the furnishings new. The servers are eager to please and the sushi chef provides impeccable service.
The Dinner Menu
Brothers Sushi offers Baltimore diners a casual environment and a dinner menu with lots of variety. To start, there are four hot soups and many hot and cold appetizers. Choices include salads, Tuna Tar Tar, an interesting Tuna Pizza, Fried Tofu, Vegetable Tempura, and much more. Most of the vegetable appetizers are about $6, the tuna appetizers are about $10.
Sushi Bar entrees average about $16 and offer a variety of combinations of sushi and sashimi with rice and rolls. You can also customize a Bento box for $15 that is served with a house salad, miso soup and rice. Sushi a-la-carte can be selected with most types of fish available in 2-piece sushi or 3-piece sashimi orders for about $5.
If you prefer to depart from sushi, a Teriyaki menu offers chicken, ribeye beef, salmon and shrimp teriyaki along with a few fried chicken options. Fried Rice with meats and assorted vegetables or noodle dishes are also available.
Brothers also offers 16 different special rolls averaging $10 per plate. From rainbow to volcano to Mexico to Federal Hill, there's sure to be a roll to please every palate.
Lunch and Happy Hour
Lunch at Brothers offers a shortened selection of the dinner menu along with a Roll Combo, stir fried noodles, and fried rice. The restaurant's Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 5 to 7 and offers a shortened menu with most choices at about $5, along with beer and sake specials. They also offer take out service for those on the go.
One customer states "Literally could not wait to write my review, I'm still at the restaurant! This place is a gem!" With a 4.5 out of 5 overall rating on Yelp, Brothers Sushi seems to be making everyone happy. Here are what some other comments included:
Hours and Location
Open from 11:30 am to 10:00 pm Monday through Friday, and 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday, you can find Brothers Sushi at 1035 S. Charles Street in Baltimore.
Stop in at Brothers Sushi and grab a take out for lunch, grab a snack and a drink after work, or bring a date for an evening meal that is sure to impress.