Baltimore is about 40 miles northeast of Washington up Interstate 95. The MARC commuter train offers weekday service from Union Station to Baltimore’s Penn Station for $7 one way.
WHERE TO STAY
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore
2 N. Charles St.
In the 1906 Baltimore & Ohio Railroad headquarters downtown. The large, luxurious rooms start at $179 on winter weekends.
868 Park Ave.
An 1881 structure in the stately Mount Vernon neighborhood, renovated in 2010. Rooms start at $110.
WHERE TO EAT
2010 Clipper Park Rd., No. 126
From Chesapeake oysters to Cape May scallops, Spike Gjerde’s warm, welcoming and exceedingly popular restaurant features local ingredients as well as house-made sausages, breads and ice creams. Reserve well in advance for dinner or brunch. Entrees $18 to $31, brunch $11 to $26.
1000 Lancaster St.
Specializes in seafood, which waiters describe on a brief walking tour of the offerings. Entrees from $18 to $39.
406 N. Paca St.
Subs, panini, soups to go. No seating. Most sandwiches are $6.99.
400 W. Lexington St.
No visit to Baltimore is complete without a stop here for a Faidley’s crabcake ($12.95), a Mary Mervis shrimp salad sandwich ($10.50), and a Berger cookie ($5.25 for a 15-ounce pack). At least.
WHAT TO DO
Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Dr.
Parts of the museum are closed for renovation, but there are still many rooms to wander through, including the relatively new contemporary wing. Wednesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free.
National Pinball Museum
608 Water St.
Only a couple of rooms of historic object displays, but two large floors full of games available for play. Friday noon to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday noon to 6 p.m. Two hours of play $15; all-day access $20. Note: The museum will close its current location on March 3. Check Web site for updates on relocation.
Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower
21 S. Eutaw St.
Artists’ studios open to visitors on the first and third Saturdays of each month, when free clock tours are also offered.
An die Musik
409 N. Charles St.
A warm and lush place to hear music, with a focus on jazz, chamber music, and new and world music. Performances most evenings. Ticket prices vary, usually between $7 and $15.