Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Travel Series: Baltimore, Maryland

Good morning, Baltimore! Another Travel Series post coming at you today. There are about nine TS posts, and I'm spreading them out so you don't get overwhelmed with weeks of the same type of content. A reminder that all of them are linked on the side bar if you click on 'Summer Travel Series' and the original post here also has them linked!

It was such a busy week in Maryland. I was afraid I wouldn't have any down time to explore Baltimore. Thankfully, I had an afternoon off and headed downtown for dinner. Being on the road, it was refreshing to be feel like a normal human. 

Specifically, I was at Fell's Point, a little east of Baltimore. First of all, I think it goes without saying that the Baltimore waterfront is so gorgeous. While it is quite a big city, it has the historic, small-town feel to it. Apparently, Fell's Point used to be known for being a little sketchy, but, due to some renovations and the arrival of the harbor side hotel, Sagamore Pendry, the whole area is so upscale and elegant. Think belgian-block streets and colonial era homes. Plus, with the views of the boats coming in the harbor, it was indescribable. I spent my free night strolling the waterfront and eating delicious food.

Eat | Thames Street Oyster House  Speaking of delicious food. Of course I had to have Chesapeake Bay oysters while in Maryland. I didn't have a specific restaurant in mind when arriving, but stumbled upon a really cute and historic oyster house. The seafood dishes showcased both New England and Mid-Atlantic dishes. I ordered a half-dozen oysters on the half shell and sparkling wine. Bubbles and oysters go together like PB & J. I ordered them fried because the waiter told me they were delish. He wasn't wrong. And paired together with the sparkling wine, the smooth texture of the oysters contrasted perfectly with the bubbles. I am all about ambiance, so any restaurant on the water already has my heart. Other restaurants that looked amazing were Pierpoint, Riptide by the Bay, and Fells Point Tavern. After dinner, I stopped by Pintango for some coffee and gelato to end the evening. They have locations all over from Washington, D.C. to Virginia. I had the Fior Di Latte and omg... highly recommend. 

Stay | Sagamore Pendry Hotel I didn't stay in the hotel, but when I go back this is definitely where I am going to stay. Arguably the most beautiful hotel in Baltimore, you could not get a better location. It is right on the edge of the harbor, with a rooftop infinity pool. Their Italian restaurant Rec Pier Chop House looks to-die-for. 

Golf Course | Green Spring Valley Hunt Club Originally a foxhunting club, GSVHC is now a beautiful 18-hole golf and tennis club in Owings Mills, Maryland. The heritage of hunting is still present throughout the clubhouse, but the actually hunting grounds are north of the club. It is definitely an old-school course, staying true to its heritage of the late 19th century - coat and tie for the dining room and a strict all-white tennis dress code (which I love). Of the original 80 members of the club, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren are still members today. The course was well-maintained and absolutely stunning with white adirondack chairs overlooking the 18th green. The houses lining the course were just as beautiful. Maryland is known for its harbors and nautical history, but this area gave me a look into the other side of Maryland - the secluded countryside with rolling green horse farms and hunting heritage.