Though the Inner Harbor is the...
Though the Inner Harbor is the city’s calling card, try and escape this limited area and enjoy the many neighborhoods that surround it like Little Italy, Fells Point and lesser known ones like Mount Vernon. I had recently become single and in need of some diversion. My brother and his fiancé told me to come visit them in Baltimore for the weekend; it was the Freakness Festival, a music/beer filled street party to mirror the city’s more famous horse race, the Preakness. It was a glorious weekend, the sun shone brightly on Broadway in Fells Point, and the masses descended in even greater waves than would normally on the already popular weekend spot. Though there were trucks dispensing good micro brews, we opted to stop in Max’s for one of their many beers on tap. We got a spot at the empty bar and just as we did, a huge thunderstorm drove what seemed like half the festival into the bar, raising our real estate value considerably. We had a fun few hours inside drinking Rodenbach on tap and meeting lots of locals and tourists alike who needed to go through us to get a beer. When the rain subsided, we made our way back outside for the live music on hand. There were lots of local bands and I soon found myself gravitating away from my cohorts and towards the front of the stage, arriving front and center by the time the headliners, the Spin Doctors, were set to go on. The show was great and I found myself dancing with a girl from Annapolis. My brother, Bob, later loved to detail how he watched the show, often seeing my head pop up from the masses like the top of a pogo stick. As the show wound down, it was time for the crowd to disperse, and soon there was a mass of people running down the street as if chased by a tidal wave. Bob and his Janet were far up the street, having left before the end of the show, and he said, all he saw was a mass of people coming up Broadway, with me out front, enacting the running of the bulls. There would be no girl from Annapolis for me that night, but there would be no horns either. I made it safely to them and the waiting car.
Baltimore is blessed with many and diverse NEIGHBOURHOODS.
Baltimore's most popular maritime neighbourhood. Take in the National Aquarium, take a stroll along the waterfront. check out the shops and restaurants in Harbourplace, take a water taxi, tour the Baltimore Maritime Museum & board the Chesapeake and the U.S.S. Consteallation.
Founded more than 200 years ago by Captain John O'Donnell who sailed into Baltimore from China and named his plantation after the Chinese port that had brought him much wealth. Canton is home to Polish churches and numerous shops, lively bars and acclaimed restaurants.
A trip to Federal Hill isn't complete without a visit to Cross Street Market, he block-long enclosed marketplace. Check out the view from the park at the top of Federal Hill.
This maritime community was settled in 1730 by William Fell, a Quaker shipbuilder from Lancaster, England. Today the 14 block area is one of the few remaining downtown waterfront communities on the East Coast. There is an abundance of ethnic restaurants and cozy pubs.
Just 12 blocks total, yet Little Italy has an abundance of charm and a sizeable number of trattorias. So if you're in the mood for "Italian" it's worth the pilgrammage to the harbourfront's southeast corner to get your teeth into a bowl of fettucine, a plate of lasagna or a delectable slice of tiramisu. YUM!
Walking, is the best way to explore this majestic neighbourhood, the cultural center of Baltimore. The highlights of a visit here are the Walters Art Museum, the Enoch Pratt Free Library and the Washington Monument.
The first time someone said...
The first time someone said 'hon' to me, I wondered what was up with this place. Then I was informed that it was just a local thing, women call men and women 'hon.' You'll notice it alot in restaurants. I find it very cute. Lot better than what they call each other in New Jersey and New York :-)
When I was a kid, the football team in Baltimore was the Colts and the quarterback was Johnny Unitas. (I saw him in person once buying a suit in Schwartz Bros.) Then the Colts snuck out of town. The first new stadium in Baltimore (much admired) was Oriole Park (at Camden Yards). But we didn't have a football team and not much of a football stadium anymore either..
So the Cleveland Browns left Cleveland and came to Baltimore. This made Clevelanders annoyed. There was a contest to name the team, and the Ravens was picked because of Poe's 1845 poem "The Raven".
1st verse: Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
"'Tis some visitor," I muttered, "tapping at my chamber door-
Only this, and nothing more."
10th verse: But the raven, sitting lonely on the placid bust, spoke only
That one word, as if his soul in that one word he did outpour.
Nothing further then he uttered- not a feather then he fluttered-
Till I scarcely more than muttered, "other friends have flown
On the morrow he will leave me, as my hopes have flown before."
Then the bird said, "Nevermore."
15th verse: "Prophet!" said I, "thing of evil- prophet still, if bird or devil!
By that Heaven that bends above us- by that God we both adore-
Tell this soul with sorrow laden if, within the distant Aidenn,
It shall clasp a sainted maiden whom the angels name Lenore-
Clasp a rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore."
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore."
16th verse "Be that word our sign in parting, bird or fiend," I shrieked,
"Get thee back into the tempest and the Night's Plutonian shore!
Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!
Leave my loneliness unbroken!- quit the bust above my door!
Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my
Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore." ) Poe is buried near the stadium (He died first).
As part of the deal, a stadium was built. Originally this was PSI Net Stadium. And it had purple all over it, because the PSI colors and the Raven's colors were purple. Then PSI went bankrupt or something, and it's now the M&T Bank Stadium. Their colors seem to be green and white. But the Raven's colors are still purple and gold.
One of the ways they have raised money for this stadium is by Permanent Seat Licenses.
The prices of PSLs and season tickets are associated with specific zones.
Zone Location PSL Cost Season Ticket Cost
A Lower Level Midfield $5,000 $770
B Lower Level Sideline $3,000 $670
C Lower Level Endzone $1,250 $480
D Upper Level Midfield $3,000 $650
E Upper Level Sideline $2,000 $550
F Upper Level Sideline $1,250 $450
G Upper Level Endzone $750 $400
H Upper Level Corners $500 $300
I Midfield $1,250 $3,000
II Sideline $1,250 $2,400
III Corners $1,250 $1,750
IV Endzone $1,250 $1,150
PSLs can be transferred. Single game tickets can be purchased through ticketmaster.
I tried to get in to the Ravens website, but it seems to be down right at this moment.
If you are in Fell's Point...
If you are in Fell's Point during the day, do check out the many antique shops. They can be a pretty bizarre experience. One in particular, The Antique Man at 1806 Fleet St., has a lot of old P.T. Barnum artifacts, including a mummified 12ft giant.