Luxury and boutique hotels in Baltimore
Cult film director – and born and raised Baltimorean – John Waters said of his hometown: ‘you'll never discover a stranger city with such extreme style’. He’s not wrong: Frank Zappa was born here, the ouija board manifested here and this is the birthplace of the six-pack (the beer kind); goth writer Edgar Allan Poe lived and died here, too. The Wire gave it a gritty rep, but there’s much to rubber-stamp its Charm City nickname: hipster ’hood Hampden has rainbow-painted houses and indie stores, parks have panoramic waterfront views or cultural happenings, its food scene is phenomenal (Atlantic-style Southern, farm-to-table and seafood are the watchwords here), and there are galleries and art fests for cultural fodder.
When to go
B’more is particularly pleasant in the summer, from June to August. In July creatives of all kinds arrive to partake in the annual Artscape estival, but – from barbecues to live jazz – there’s always something going on.
PlanesBaltimore Washington Thurgood Marshall Airport is the city’s international hub; you can get direct flights from major cities in America and from the UK too. From further afield, you’ll be required to stopover in the US. The airport is a 20-minute drive from the city centre.
BoatsBaltimore’s water taxis (https://baltimorewatertaxi.com) are a fun, cheap way to zip from A to B. Hop-on, hop-off passes start from US$9.
AutomobilesGoogle ‘driving in Baltimore’ and you’ll see some hair-raising headlines, but a car could come in handy for covering the most ground in a short time. You can hire some wheels at the airport; to reach the city, travel along the I-95 route. If you’re road-tripping down the Atlantic coast, New York is a four-hour drive, Philadelphia a two-hour drive, and DC is just an hour away.