We asked the concierge team at Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore to gather the savviest sight-seeing suggestions they could find—not just their own, but also those of the local connoisseurs they work with every day at the Hotel. Experience the best of this port city by exploring its generous offerings of museums, theatre, culture and, of course, seafood.
Only in Baltimore
Star-shaped Fort McHenry was the star of the War of 1812. During the Battle of Baltimore, the fort’s troops successfully staved off the British invasion of Baltimore Harbor and inspired the writing of the U.S. national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” During the summer months, you can see the guard performing drill, musket and artillery demonstrations, or take in one of the daily ranger talks.
Another treasure found only in Baltimore is Lexington Market. Take your time exploring the shops, and make sure you stop by Faidley Seafood, one of the oldest and best-known purveyors of fresh and prepared seafood in the Chesapeake region. The award-winning lump crab cakes are a must-try.
All About Crab
It’s no surprise that Baltimore is known for its superb seafood, considering that it is the largest seaport in the mid-Atlantic U.S. A water taxi across the Inner Harbor will carry you to Captain James Crabhouse. Sit inside or out on the deck at picnic tables. With mallet in hand, you can crack your crabs any way you want to. Crab Macaroni & Cheese is one of the signature dishes at Phillips Seafood, or try a crab and spinach omelette for brunch at Regi’s American Bistro. And don’t forget that you can have Faidley’s send their award-winning lump crab cakes from the Lexington Market shop right to your home.
For dining close to home, Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore boasts three outstanding restaurants from celebrity chef Michael Mina. Wit & Wisdom offers comfort food with a contemporary Eastern Seaboard twist. Try the Sticky Wicket, a popular bourbon cocktail that is a modern take on the Old Fashioned. Pabu is modelled directly on traditional Japanese drinking establishments. And Lamill Coffee presents an array of specialty beverages, including espresso, extraction coffee, juices and teas.
Art & Culture
The Baltimore Museum of Art has one of the most diverse collections of African art in the U.S. Its more than 2,000 objects span Africa from ancient Egypt to modern Zimbabwe. The museum’s Contemporary Art Wing is a highlight that includes video and digital art, as well as works on canvas. Baltimore celebrates America’s self-taught artists at the American Visionary Art Museum—calling it “folk art” doesn’t begin to describe the creations inside these walls.