Baltimore, Maryland in January - A Great Time to Visit!

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Okay, it's not Palm Beach or LA so you can't expect balmy weather. Baltimore is in the mid-Atlantic and that means we get chilly in January. But it's still a good time to visit, and I'm glad to have a chance to point out some of my favorite things about this city. Thanks to Margaret Harrington for asking!

Ft. McHenryThere's no season for history, and Baltimore has plenty. O say can you see? Of course you can at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. In September 1814, the star-shaped fort was the site of the Baltimore of Baltimore. On a ship some eight miles away, Francis Scott Key watched the bombardment and, when the smoke cleared, saw that the flag still waved. We still sing about it today.

USS ConstellationFell's Point combines history and the pleasures of eating and shopping. This historic area dates to the 1700's and you'll find the oldest house in Baltimore here.  The cobblestone streets add to the charm, just be sure to wear good walking shoes! KalisCourtThere are many restaurants in the area, and the Broadway market is a sight, sound, and scent experience. It's open every day but Sunday, and right there in Fell's Point. Closer to the Inner Harbor you'll find floating history on the U.S.S. Constellation and the other ships of the Baltimore Maritime Museum.

When you've had your fill of history – and are perhaps ready for some indoors time - we have plenty of arts and entertainment. The world-class Walters Art Museum has works from Egyptian to American art, and is known especially for its collection of Asian art and rare books. A bit further north, near the Johns Hopkins University campus, is the Baltimore Museum of Art. In January the museum has special exhibitions works by Matisse and Rodin. For something a bit less classic, try the American Visionary Art Museum just down Key Highway from the Inner Harbor. This unique collection showcases works by self-taught artists. If you like something out of the ordinary, this is your museum. Not far away is another quirky collection in the Baltimore Museum of Industry. This one celebrates Baltimore's history as a working-man's town with thousands of tools, machines, and pieces of Baltimore's historic firsts. 

Lexington MarketSuburban HouseAfter all that cultural enrichment, how about some food for the body? There are as many cuisines as there are nationalities, so you're sure to find something to suit your taste. Just be sure to try a local crab cake or crab imperial before you leave town. If you're feeling adventurous, try the steamed hard crabs experience – you'll quickly learn how to swing that mallet and extract the sweet lump of crabmeat so prized by aficionados. My favorite restaurants are Tio Pepe for just wonderful food and service, Sabatino's in Little Italy, Kali's Court in Fell's Point, Suburban House in Pikesville for the ultimate Jewish style deli experience, G&M for great crab cakes (Margaret, this one is in Linthicum Heights!) And, of course, Lexington Market for grazing.

MeyerhoffNow that you're full of history and culture and good food, how about a bit of entertainment? Depending on when you visit, you can hear the excellent Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. (It happens that during Margaret's visit, the concert is "SciFi Spectacular" with the BSO Pops playing selections for Star Wars, ET, and Superman, with George Takei as narrator, and a laser light show!) Unfortunately, those January dates don't correspond to performances by the Baltimore Opera or Center Stage, but there are other entertainment options depending on your tastes.

Which brings us to what might actually be the start of your visit to Baltimore – the Visitors Center. Located at the Inner Harbor on Light Street (1-877-BALTIMORE), it's open every day to provide visitors with information about current happenings and services like ticket purchases.

Welcome to my town!

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Linda Scanlan
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Margaret, you're right. I do need to come visit! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Nov 21, 2007 02:45 AM #1
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Joeann Fossland
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Margaret What a wonderful post! Almost makes me homesick! But I do think I'll have to wait for Spring! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. We missed you at NAR
Nov 21, 2007 04:22 AM #2
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This is a message that I received through Active Rain. It is from another Margaret and what better way to answer than through a blog for everyone to read

Dear Margaret.
We are visiting Baltimore in January. I am writing to find out what to do in your community. A friend and I have a meeting in lithcum hights and would love to know what to do in January. Our dates of arrival are Jan.15-20 we would love any information you could share about events in your city. We are interested in Arts,food, entertainment and history. We live in Butte Montana. A very historical mining town. If You have the time, I would love any information you could share with me for our travel plans. Thank you Margaret Harrington.
PS I like the fact that you go by your full name it is very dignified.

 

Nov 21, 2007 04:38 AM #3
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Linda, You are welcome here anytime. Happy Thanksgiving to you.

Joeann, Look forward to seeing you in the spring. Enjoy the holiday. Did Lily write a turkey post?

Nov 21, 2007 04:39 AM #4
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Joeann Fossland
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Lily will be doing a Thanksgiving post before the weekend is out...we've got to figure out the L word for Thanksgiving! :>)
Nov 21, 2007 09:52 AM #5
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Ann Cummings
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Hi Margaret - what a wonderful tour of your city!  We've been through there for just a quick day trip, and I can see we missed SO MUCH by not spending more time there.  One of these days, we'll be back, and I hope to see the places you've mentioned.  That yummy looking sandwich is making me so hungry right about now!!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Ann

Nov 21, 2007 11:26 AM #6
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Joeanne, I will be watching for the Thanksgiving post with "L"

Ann, Please come back soon. I would love to show you around.

Nov 21, 2007 11:40 AM #7
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Chris Lengquist
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I love Baltimore and think everyone should visit.  But January?  If you're coming from the north, okay.  But the south?  Bring a coat!

But visit you should.  Margaret, you are in a great region and I envy your list of things to do!  I would add to the list just driving around the northwest part of town in the horse country and seeing the beautiful estates. 

Nov 21, 2007 01:10 PM #8
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Chris, Thanks for stopping by.

 Check out my listing 3534 GreeenSpring Road, Havre De Grace , Maryland, 21078  This is a very reasonably priced property and has room for a horse or two.  You can check out more links there. 

Nov 21, 2007 01:19 PM #9
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Mary Warren
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What a GREAT post!  Sounds like a lot of fun and interesting things to do in January.  You did a great job of 'presenting' it all
Nov 21, 2007 02:33 PM #10
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Mary, let me know when you want to visit Baltimore. Would love to have you.

Nov 22, 2007 03:29 AM #11
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Mitchell J Hall
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Baltimore looks fabulous Margaret. Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov 22, 2007 03:34 AM #12
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Mitchell, Thanks and I enjoyed your photos of New York, especially the one from the evening, before the Macy's parade.
Nov 22, 2007 04:08 AM #13
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Monika McGillicuddy
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Margaret..This is chock full of great things to do and see in your area. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.
Nov 22, 2007 12:20 PM #14
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Monika, Thanks for the kind works. Thanksgiving has been wonderful..family, friends and really good food!
Nov 22, 2007 12:50 PM #15
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Thank you, Active Rain  for making this a featured post on Localism.
Nov 23, 2007 01:14 AM #16
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