48 Perfect Hours in Baltimore
Give yourselves the gift of a luxury weekend for two in Charm City. Here's your itinerary.
9 – 10 a.m. | Return to Magdalena for breakfast. The kitchen serves the best eggs Benedict you may ever have. Its hollandaise sauce is enhanced with a whisper of truffle oil.
10:30 a.m. | Check out and hit the town. If you’re in the mood for more pampering, pay a visit to The QG (which stands for “quintessential gentleman”), a six-floor oasis on South Calvert Street that includes a barbershop, spa, tailor, clothier, cigar lounge and restaurant/bar. Guys can book a straight-razor shave and fall asleep under the hot towels, while women may go for a Brazilian blowout or therapeutic massage at The White Room salon on the fourth floor. www.theqg.com; www.thewhiteroomsalons.com
2 – 3 p.m. | Arrive at the Sagamore Pendry hotel in Fell’s Point (rates begin at $369). Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank teamed up with Sagamore Development to create this grand, 128-room luxury hotel in a historic building on Baltimore’s Rec Pier, across the Inner Harbor from Under Armour’s headquarters. The Rec Pier was built in 1914 as a cavernous Beaux-Arts recreational hall and monument commemorating the 1814 Battle for Baltimore (which inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner”). Rec Pier also served as the set for the police station in the television show Homicide: Life on the Street. If you’re hungry, grab a light lunch at the hotel’s sleek, 160-seat Rec Pier Chophouse. The kitchen is overseen by James Beard Award-winning chef Andrew Carmellini. www.pendryhotels.com
3 p.m. | Check into your one-bedroom harbor suite, which includes a dazzling marble bathroom, living room, powder room and entry hall. Large windows provide a spectacular view of the Inner Harbor and the hotel’s magnificent outdoor infinity pool, cabanas and bar (the place to be in summer).
3:30 – 5 p.m. | Take a stroll along the historic waterfront of Fell’s Point, a district named after the Englishman who, in 1726, founded the shipbuilding company that would go on to produce the famous “Baltimore Schooners.” Many of the neighborhood’s original 18th- and 19th-century homes and storefronts remain. According to Baltimore Tourism, most of them started out as one of the “three B’s”—boardinghouses, brothels or bars.
5:15 – 6:30 p.m. | Nap time
7 – 8 p.m. | Begin an evening of culinary delights by chef Cindy Wolf with cocktails and empanadas at Bar Vasquez, an Argentinian hot spot with live music on the weekends from Flamenco guitarist Ricardo Marlow appears Fridays. On Saturdays, it’s tango music from the Trifilio Tango Quartet. www.barvasquez.com
8:15 – 11 p.m. | Hop over to chef Wolf’s flagship restaurant, Charleston, for dinner just a couple blocks away. A six-time James Beard Award finalist for “Best Chef Mid-Atlantic,” Wolf owns six Baltimore-area restaurants and two wine boutiques with business partner Tony Foreman. In November, Charleston celebrates its 20th anniversary. Dishes not to be missed include the rich lobster soup with curry; tiny escargot puff pastry; shrimp and grits; and grilled sweetbreads with maitake mushrooms, macaroni and foie gras. The wine list is just as sublime. www.charlestonrestaurant.com
11:15 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. | Go for nightcaps and live jazz at The Elk Room, a 50-seat, 1920s-style speakeasy in Harbor East that opened in July behind the Italian chophouse Tagliata. Ask mixologist Shaun Stewart to light some absinthe on fire for you. www.theelkroom.com
12:45 p.m. | Nighty night.