Visit the stadiums and the...
Visit the stadiums and the stadium restaraunts! Eat some crabs! Ride the Ferry! Walk the Harbor! I loved working in Baltimore, being able to be downtown, walking to my favorite spots after work, at lunch, and on the weekends!
In the 1940s, Charles Street was one way going south. Then in 1953, a "swaggering, self-taught traffic engineer named Henry A. Barnes" came to Baltimore and changed the traffic flow. In his 1965 autobiography, "The Man With the Red and Green Eyes" he reported that on traffic hearings on the plan to reverse Charles Street, "one female citizen . . . came dripping in mink and exuding all the old airs of historic Baltimore. . . . 'You just don't understand, Mr. Barnes,' she said. 'You're a newcomer here. We have traditions in Baltimore. . . . If you reverse the direction of the street, you're making it easy for the people of South Baltimore to use Charles . . . and they will.'"
I remember Barnes (I was in HS then). Most of what he did made a lot of sense to me.
I had a Pittsburgh college friend who came to live in Baltimore. She could not get over how easy Baltimore was to drive in compared to Pittsburgh (and I have to say also compared to D.C. or Boston). One of the things Barnes did was move a lot of monuments out of the middle of streests.
From a Baltimore City Paper article by Tom Chalkley in 2001:
"He considered Baltimore's fondness for monuments a monument to municipal insanity: "Next to crab cakes, [monuments] were the citizens' second greatest passion. It didn't matter if the monument was an eyesore, if it was erected to someone who had long since been forgotten, or if it was a menace to their own lives and property." The "worst of these dillies," he wrote, was the pedestal honoring Johns Hopkins, which sat in the middle of Charles near Johns Hopkins University. Nicknamed "The Birthday Cake," the Hopkins shaft had caused a number of fatalities prior to Barnes' arrival. Defying his critics, he moved it to its present-day niche at Charles and 33rd Street, where, Barnes wrote, "the sports fan could view it in awe and admiration . . . after the Orioles had lost to the visiting team.""
Baltimore is a Port City
It is important to understanding Baltimore to realize that it is the closest deep water port to the industrial American Midwest. Furthermore, the formerly bountiful Chesepeake Bay still provides a good living for lots of Marylanders. The fact that Baltimore is a seaport is never far from the surface.
Sailing to the Chesapeake
In one day you can sail the Patapsco River from the Inner Harbor to the Francis Scott Key Bridge and the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay. If your schedule allows more time you can set sail for one of the many wonderful cruising destinations on the Chesapeake Bay such as Rock Hall, Swan Creek, Annapolis, Bodkin Creek and St. Michael's.
In 1999 we took a cruise from the Patuxent up to Baltimore and back. The pictures are in an album.
The boat in the picture didn't go all the way out to the Chesapeake with us. They chickened out and turned back. You can go on your own boat as we did, or you can charter a boat or go on a cruise with a paid crew.
Getaway Sailing (which I have not used) has a
$250 per person for 2 night cruises. $300 per person for 3 night cruises.
A 50% non-refundable deposit is due at time of reservation.
A 4 participant minimum and 6 participant maximum applies.
Hold on to your Floor Boards!!!
If you are not faint of heart you might want to check out the Baltimore Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum located at 203 Amity Street . The house contains several artifacts from Poe's life - including a piece of his casket. For Poe fans, it is an eerie glimpse into Poe's life. If you are feeling exceptionally adventurous, I also recommend visiting his gravesite at the Westminster Burying grounds located at the corners of Fayette and Greene Streets. The website below has detailed information on the house and the gravesite including contact information.
Buyer Beware: The Poe House is not near the harbor. I haven't had any problems in visiting the Poe house, however, i would excercise my 'street smarts' and also verify the house is open before you go. Parking is located on the left hand side of the street only (parallel, no lot).