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We can't wait to see you all soon!
April 30, 2022
Baltimore, MD
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We're so excited to share some of our favorite things to do and places to go in the Mount Vernon Historic District with you! Here you will find a few of our recommendations for some fun things to do, sites to see, and great local restaurants! While most of our suggestions are in the Mount Vernon and Midtown-Belvedere neighborhoods, we have included a few extras across Baltimore City for those guests visiting for more than a few days.
Flower Mart at Mount Vernon Place

Flower Mart at Mount Vernon Place

699 Washington Place, Baltimore, MD 21201
, (410) 962-5070

Hosted by the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy, Flower Mart returns to Mount Vernon Place from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM on April 29th and April 30th! Baltimore's oldest free public festival will continue the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy's mission to support local flower and plant growers, hand-made crafts on flower and green themes, and feature Baltimore's great food! In addition, there will be music and educational sessions.

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum

600 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
, (410) 547-9000

The Walters Art Museum brings art and people together for enjoyment, discovery, and learning. The Museum staff strives to create a space where people of every background can immerse themselves in art. General Admission is always free. However, special exhibitions and programs may require the purchase of tickets. For example, "Majolica Mania," the museum's special exhibit on display during our wedding weekend, highlights ceramics that were once wildly popular during the Victorian Era.

The Owl Bar at The Belvedere

The Owl Bar at The Belvedere

1 East Chase Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
, (410) 347-0888

The Belvedere first opened in winter over a century ago, on December 14, 1903. As it was originally named, Hotel Belvedere played host to some of the most famous and influential people alive. Its opening was the social event of the season and continued to draw leaders of art, industry, politics, and even royalty from around the world to its doorsteps. First-time visitors to the Owl Bar may find the appearance of a nursery rhyme embedded in stained glass above the antique back bar at Baltimore's landmark Belvedere Hotel amusing. However, more than a quaint decoration, the rhyming couplet is a nod to the Prohibition-era legacy in which the bar's feathered mascot played a significant role. Even Prohibition could not dim the lights and the nights at the Owl Bar. Over one hundred years later, they're still the spot to see.

The Brewer's Art

The Brewer's Art

1106 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
, (410) 547-6925

The Brewer's Art is a brewery and restaurant located in an early 20th-century townhouse in the heart of Baltimore's historic Mt. Vernon district. Since opening their doors in 1996, they have become one of Baltimore's most beloved destinations for well-crafted beers and outstanding cuisine in a unique and relaxing atmosphere. So whether you prefer a hidden corner in the cavernous basement, a seat in the window overlooking bustling Charles Street, or a table in the beautiful dining rooms, they welcome you to relax and enjoy yourself in their historical space.

Topside

Topside

101 West Monument Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
, (410) 727-0065

Take it easy at Topside, Baltimore's favorite rooftop overlooking the historic neighborhood, Mount Vernon. Upon arrival, you'll enjoy craft cocktails changing seasonally, brought to you by some of Baltimore's most talented mixologists. Topside is rooted in Baltimore's culture, from a seafood-centric menu that features local purveyors and artisans to special events, local collaborations, pop-ups, and seasonal celebrations because that's what Baltimore is all about. In addition, Topside delivers an elevated happy hour experience in the main restaurant and the Garden Room, where you can sip specialty cocktails with a spectacular view.

B-Side Cocktail Lounge and Karaoke

B-Side Cocktail Lounge and Karaoke

101 West Monument Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
, (410) 727-7101

Can you keep a secret? This private speakeasy hides in plain sight within the beautiful boutique hotel Revival Baltimore. B-Side features a micro bar specializing in classic and spirit-forward cocktails crafted with rare vintage spirits and local ingredients. An extended list of unique spirits is also available for pours and a refined menu of small plates. Feel like singing? Step into one of the nearby karaoke rooms and belt out your favorite song there!

Sammy's Trattoria

Sammy's Trattoria

1200 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
, (410) 837-9999

Sammy's is a unique environment that is authentic trattoria: a traditional family-owned and family-operated restaurant in a beautiful, romantic, and comfortable setting where guests are cared for and even loved like family. The formula for Sammy's continued success may be its freshly prepared, hearty southern Italian cuisine, multiple price points, and diligent owner. Entrees are super-sized and come heaped with homemade sauces, freshly made pasta, and chunky veggies.

The Helmand

The Helmand

806 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
, (410) 752-0311

Enriching the city of Baltimore with a dining experience brimming with history, culture, and exotic spices. The Helmand has helped introduce and popularize Afghan Cuisine in America within the last 20 years. The Helmand was named after the owner's firstborn son and in honor of the famed Helmand River that runs through the predominantly dry country of Afghanistan, bringing vitality and nourishment to its people. Much like this river, The Helmand of Baltimore provides its guests with enjoyment in the form of exquisite food prepared with care and dedication.

The Brass Tap

The Brass Tap

1205 West Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217
, (888) 901-2337

The Brass Tap is a festive pub with a patio offering myriad beer options, wine & TVs tuned to sports plus live music. The Baltimore location offers over 200 craft beers from around the globe in a neighborhood atmosphere that feels both relaxed and upscale. What's more, their beer experts can answer just about any question you throw their way. You'll also find daily specials, live music, and unique events every month. So whether your party is large or small, you'll feel right at home watching the game or simply catching up on old times. You can even enjoy a premium cigar while relaxing on their inviting, open-air patio. Hungry? From salty to tangy to sweet, you're sure to find a flavor to complement your beer and appease your appetite on their food menu.

Turp's Sports Bar & Restaurant

Turp's Sports Bar & Restaurant

1317 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
, (410) 347-0349

Since its opening, Turp's has been wooing Baltimore with one of the City’s premier beers, cocktails, and a mouth-watering menu, excellent service, and exceptional value. Turp’s offers a menu featuring appetizers, sandwiches, subs, pizza, main courses, and desserts using fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients. In an area where no other sports bar has ever existed, this historic Mount Vernon brownstone also incorporates other passions of local sports and great, great grub. So, head down to Turp's Sports Bar & Restaurant, where you're guaranteed to have a friend while enjoying the best food & beverage Charles Street has to offer.

The Manor

The Manor

924 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
, (443) 835-1526

An eclectic venue on the cutting edge of style, the Manor features a vast selection of sophisticated cuisine, weekend entertainment, and Baltimore's best drag brunch. Check out their plushly decorated mezzanine level, dance floor, or billiards areas if you decide to have a night out and about.

Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

1212 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
, (410) 783-8000

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is internationally recognized as having achieved a preeminent place among the world's most important orchestras. Acclaimed for its enduring pursuit of artistic excellence, the BSO has attracted a devoted national and international following while maintaining deep bonds throughout Maryland through innovative education and community outreach initiatives.

The Lyric Baltimore

The Lyric Baltimore

140 West Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201
, (410) 900-1150

The Lyric is a non-profit performing arts center and live entertainment venue in Baltimore. They present a variety of music, dance, and comedy programming of the highest quality to diverse audiences in the greater Baltimore and Maryland region. The Lyric was built in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland, and has been a cornerstone of showing local concerts, events, and live entertainment since 1894. Since then, it has come a long way, with many renovations. As a result, it is the excellent Baltimore live entertainment and concert venue it is today.

Edgar Allan Poe Statue at The University of Baltimore

Edgar Allan Poe Statue at The University of Baltimore

Baltimore, MD 21201

The Edgar Allan Poe statue sitting in the Gordon Plaza at the University of Baltimore has a colorful past. Commissioned in 1911 by the Edgar Allan Poe Memorial Association of Baltimore, it was the last work of renowned American sculptor Moses Jacob Ezekiel. The Women’s Literary Club established the Edgar Allan Poe Memorial Association in 1907 and hoped the statue would be completed for the centennial of Poe’s birth in 1909, but a lack of funds, a series of mishaps, and poor timing delayed the statue’s arrival in Baltimore until 1921. Arriving in Wyman Park during the summer of 1921, more complications arose. Over the years, the Poe statue suffered from neglect, vandalism, and weather damage. Finally, in 1983, the Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore recommended the statue be moved to the Gordon Plaza at the University of Baltimore, where it still stands today.

Canton

Baltimore, MD

The trendy harborside neighborhood of Canton centers on quaint O’Donnell Square Park and its ring of lively sports bars, gastropubs, pastry shops and seafood restaurants. Crab shacks, oyster bars and New American eateries line the busy waterside promenade, which runs toward Canton Waterfront Park and the solemn Korean War Memorial. Crowds descend on the park for food and wine festivals, plus a summer concert series.

Fells Point

Baltimore, MD

Waterside Fells Point is known for its hip pubs and taverns, many with live music, as well as seafood joints serving Chesapeake Bay crab and oysters. Small galleries, record stores, fashion boutiques and eclectic restaurants line the cobblestone streets along the harbor and main square. The Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum explores African-American nautical history in a former industrial building.

Harbor East

Baltimore, MD 21202

Harbor East is an affluent area known for its vibrant dining scene, with trendy fusion restaurants and slick bars overlooking the docks. Homey Italian restaurants, delis and cafes dot the busy streets of nearby Little Italy. The Civil War Museum examines the city’s wartime role and links to the Underground Railroad. A harborside promenade leads towards the aquarium and interactive museums at Inner Harbor.

Inner Harbor

Baltimore, MD

Inner Harbor is a sightseeing hub, home to Maryland Science Center with a planetarium and observatory, and the National Aquarium, featuring giant turtles, dolphins and electric eels. The Top of the World Observation Level offers sweeping views of the city, while a collection of historic warships is docked below. Power Plant Live! is a complex of bars, eateries and music venues in a former power station.

Federal Hill

Baltimore, MD

Federal Hill is a picturesque area dating from the 18th century with a lively nightlife scene around its pubs, live music venues and pizza and burger spots. Trendy boutiques sell upscale fashion and decor, while Cross Street Market has stalls stocked with fresh produce and prepared foods. Federal Hill Park has views of the harbor, Downtown and the quirky American Visionary Art Museum, which showcases outsider art.

Mount Washington

Baltimore, MD

Mount Washington is a peaceful, leafy area known for its Victorian homes and the independent boutiques, antiques stores and cozy eateries at quaint Mt. Washington Village. To the north of the neighborhood is sprawling Lake Roland Park, while nearby there's Cylburn Arboretum with a mansion and landscaped gardens and Mt. Washington Arboretum featuring native flora.

Hampden

Baltimore, MD 21211

Trendy Hampden is centered on West 36th Street, known as The Avenue, a colorful stretch of shops, restaurants and bars in converted row houses. Small galleries and indie stores sell vintage clothes and quirky art, while retro diners and dive bars sit alongside trendy craft cocktail spots. The neighborhood hosts HONFest in spring and Hampdenfest in Fall, celebrations of classic Baltimore art and kitsch.

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