Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore: Within Walking Distance

Guests of the new Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore can explore the city like a local. Here are nine must-see locations and experiences.

Nov 14, 2011
  • Harbor East, Baltimore
  • Bocce Cafe, Little Italy, Baltimore
  • National Aquarium, Baltimore
  • Harborplace Ampitheatre, Baltimore
  • Thames Street, Fells Point, Baltimore
  • Charm City Circulator
  • Baltimore water taxi
  • American Visionary Art Museum
  • Inside the Baltimore Museum of Art
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Hop aboard the complimentary Charm City Circulator bus in Harbor East and head to the B&O Railroad Museum—the birthplace of American railroading. The historical national landmark captures the nostalgia of the era with artefacts from locomotives to dining-car china. On the way, stop at Corned Beef Row on Lombard Street for one of the famous inches-thick sandwiches at Attman’s Delicatessen.
Photography courtesy Harbor East
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Since 1849, Little Italy has been home to many residents of Italian descent. Today, a sense of community still exists with the beautiful St. Leo the Great Roman Catholic Church serving as a hub. The neighbourhood is also home to more than 20 restaurants and trattorias serving hearty Old World fare. Vaccaro’s Italian Pastry Shop is the place to go for a delicious cannoli and espresso.
Photography Jeff Greenberg/Alamy
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The National Aquarium, certainly Baltimore’s most popular attraction, houses more than 16,000 specimens in a whopping 1 million gallons of water. The gliding sharks, dolphin show (don’t sit in the “Splash Zone” if you want to stay dry!), tropical rain forest and Australian exhibit are among the hundreds of displays to check out.
Photography courtesy Baltimore Area CVA
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Baltimore’s iconic Harborplace Gallery in the Inner Harbor area transformed the city’s waterway from a deteriorating lineup of old-time wharfs and tugboats to a showy shopping-and-eating destination. Check out the two pavilions for trinkets and nibbles, and, during warmer months, the free outdoor entertainment at the amphitheater—from local bands to street performers.
Photography courtesy Baltimore Area CVA
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Fells Point offers a host of rollicking bars and restaurants. Stroll along the brick promenade from Harbor East and discover watering holes with quirky names: Dead End Saloon, The Horse You Came In On and the Cat’s Eye Pub, which captures the neighbourhood’s free spirit with nightly live music. Locals get the weekend started at the “Cat” with a free cheese happy hour on Fridays before tapping their toes to some of the best blues in town.
Photography Philip Scalia/Alamy
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Hop aboard the complimentary bus in Harbor East and head to the B&O Railroad Museum—the birthplace of American railroading. The historical national landmark captures the nostalgia of the era with artefacts from locomotives to dining-car china. On the way, stop at Corned Beef Row on Lombard Street for one of the famous inches-thick sandwiches at Attman’s Delicatessen.
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Grab a water taxi near the hotel and zip around the harbour for $10 a day. One stop you don’t want to miss is Fort McHenry, where Francis Scott Key penned the national anthem from a nearby ship during a crucial War of 1812 battle. Learn about the fort’s history at the new Visitor Center; then, take a one-hour, self-guided tour of the fort, proudly singing, “Oh, say can you see.”
Photography courtesy Baltimore Area CVA
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The American Visionary Art Museum (familiarly called AVAM) is a must-see on the water-taxi circuit. The quirky space offers some of the most ingenious original works by self-taught artists that you’ll ever see. Don’t miss the Universal Tree of Life with its twinkly mirrors or the 8-foot Cosmic Galaxy Egg in the permanent collection. The always-engaging main exhibit changes annually.
Photography BACVA Citywide Photos
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The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) is worth checking out. Just a short drive or ride from the Hotel, the museum’s holdings encompass American and international works of art, including the world’s largest collection of works by Henri Matisse and masterpieces by Picasso, Cézanne, Gauguin and van Gogh. Another museum showcase is the outdoor sculpture garden of contemporary and modern works.
Photography courtesy Baltimore Area CVA

Guests at the luxury Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore can easily explore the city’s bustling harbour area and beyond by foot, boat—even a free hybrid bus. Start by visiting the Hotel’s upscale Harbor East neighbourhood, then branch out to discover nearby museums, historical areas and quaint locales in the town that locals endearingly call “Charm City.”

Here are nine nearby spots you don’t want to miss.


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One Comment about Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore: Within Walking Distance

  1. Susan Warren says:

    You missed the city’s most beautiful and exciting neighborhood, Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon is home to the Walters Art Museum, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Center Stage, the Peabody Music Conservatory and Library, the Maryland Historical Society, the Modell Center for the Performing Arts, Theater Project, Spotlighters Theater and American’s First Catholic Cathedral, the Basilica of the Assumption. No where else in Baltimore has this range of culture and entertainment happening every single day, plus over 30 restaurants — from fine dining to ethnic favorites to European style cafes — all surrounded by spectacular turn-of-the-century architecture. “It is not only the best neighborhood in Baltimore, it is one of the best in the world,” according to Baltimore’s City Paper. Mount Vernon is just ten blocks north of the Inner Harbor and a quick ride up Charles Street on the free Purple Line circulator bus. Mount Vernon is safe, friendly and beautiful. Four Seasons guests will very much enjoy their visit to Mount Vernon.

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