Baltimore is about 40 miles from Washington, up Interstate 95.
Where to Stay
The Harbor East area has a number of lodging possibilities. The Courtyard by Marriott (1000 Aliceanna St., 443-923-4000, http://www.marriott.com/bwidt) has rates starting at $119 per night. The Hilton Garden Inn Baltimore Inner Harbor (625 S. President St., 410-234-0065, http://www.hiltongardeninn.com) has rooms from $129. At the Waterfront Marriott (700 Aliceanna St., 410-385-3000, http://www.baltimoremarriottwaterfront.com), rates start at $199.
Where to Eat
Charleston (1000 Lancaster St., 410-332-7373, http://www.charlestonrestaurant.com) combines French fundamentals and regional produce. It has prix-fixe tasting menus, from $74 for three courses to $109 for six courses. Charleston's sibling eatery, Cinghiale (822 Lancaster St., 410-547-8282, http://www.cinghiale-osteria.com), has an Italian accent, with entrees $14-$33; casual three-course Sunday suppers are $29 per person. The James Joyce Irish Pub & Restaurant (616 S. President St., 410-727-5107, http://www.thejamesjoycepub.com) offers a full menu, plus Irish specialties (shepherd's pie, corned beef and cabbage), a children's menu and a dozen Irish and other beers on tap.
What to Do
Spa Sante (1429 Aliceanna St., 410-534-0009, http://www.spasantebaltimore.com) offers full spa and massage services. The Landmark Theatres (645 President St., 410-624-2622, http://www.landmarktheatres.com) is part of the national chain of theaters showcasing indie films. Bin 604 (604 S. Exeter St., 410-576-0444, http://www.bin604.com) wine shop and bar serves as a kind of social epicenter for Harbor East, with wine tastings and classes.
For More Information
Check out Harbor East Information, http://www.harboreast.com, and the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association, http://www.baltimore.org.