- We were thoroughly charmed by the two days we spent in Charm City. Here’s our itinerary…
We left C’ville for Baltimore at 9 am.
We drove straight to Fort McHenry, arriving around noon (after one impromptu stop to visit Yoder’s and the petting farm). My 13 year old history buff was especially anxious to visit the star-shaped fort, the scene of the epic battle during the War of 1812, which inspired Francis Scott Key to write The Star Spangled Banner.
Inside the Visitors Center you watch a short movie in which the battle is reenacted. At the conclusion of the movie, the screen dramatically flies up to reveal a huge window overlooking the fort over whose ramparts flies the American flag. Everyone stands up and, hands over hearts, sings The Star Spangled Banner. I have to admit, I got caught up in the moment. There just may have been a tear welling in the corner of my eye. And then I heard my 16 year old say, “This is so cheesy.” And it totally was. But stirring nevertheless.
We drove to the Homewood Suites by Hilton Baltimore, where we would spend the next couple of days. The hotel is in an excellent location, not quite overlooking the water, (at least from our suite), but a very short walk away from the Harbor. They serve a complimentary breakfast every day and a complimentary dinner with wine and beer Monday through Thursday. The food was not spectacular, but decent. There always seemed to be at least one standout item at every meal that was actually delicious: buttery croissants, hash browns, super fresh caesar salad, etc.
After checking out our room and having a brief rest, we headed out to walk around the neighborhood:
We walked over to the World Trade Center and went up to the Observation Deck to get 360 degree views of the city:
We walked back to the hotel for dinner and then headed to Little Italy for dessert at Vaccaro’s:
We may have gotten a little carried away:
Despite our valiant efforts, we had to bring almost all of it back to the hotel to stash in the freezer.
We watched a movie and then headed to bed. We had two double beds and a sleeper sofa, but my silly girl insisted that she wanted to sleep here:
(She eventually did crawl into bed with me in the middle of the night)!
Day One: DONE!