Get Away: Baltimore on a Budget

Make a quick escape to Charm City without breaking the bank.

Bradley Cooper’s famous line from Wedding Crashers, memorialized above the entrance to Loch Bar. Photo by Eliza Berkon.

“Crab cakes and football—that’s what Maryland does.” It’s a pretty memorable line from the 2005 comedy Wedding Crashers that proudly hangs (in the form of a neon sign) above the entrance to Loch Bar in Baltimore’s Harbor East.

Indeed, a weekend jaunt to Baltimore promises a good deal of seafood and, if not football, per se, plenty of opportunities for diversion. We recently visited the city and can share a few tips for crafting a quick excursion that’s full of character and easy on the wallet.

The lobby at Stay Alfred. Photo by Eliza Berkon.

Where to Stay

While the Sagamore Pendry and Four Seasons (whose first floor boasts Loch Bar) are both excellent choices for upscale lodging, you can save some serious coin by opting for a vacation rental in the Inner Harbor, such as the Stay Alfred. Units at its Charles Street location start at about $100 per night and include choice amenities such as a 24-hour concierge, outdoor pool, lobby games, fitness center and golf simulator.

A unit at the Stay Alfred (courtesy of Stay Alfred)

What’s more, with a full-size fridge and kitchen, you can stock up on necessary groceries (including supplies for orange crushes, a Baltimore cocktail staple) and redirect the money you’re saving on room service toward other activities. (Try Jazz in the Sculpture Garden at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Tickets are $50; $35 if you’re a BMA member.)

Jazz in the Sculpture Garden at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Photo by Howard Korn.

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