Details: Getting to Baltimore's historic Charles Street

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Getting there

Baltimore is about 35 miles from Washington. Take the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (Maryland 295) into Baltimore, where it becomes Russell Street. Turn right on Hamburg Street, right again on Hanover Street, then travel south about 10 blocks and take a left onto Wells and another left onto Charles.

Staying there

Hotel Monaco, 2 N. Charles St., 888-752-2636, A boutique hotel in a beaux-arts building. Rates start at $149.

4 East Madison Inn, 4 E. Madison St., 410-332-0880, Bed-and-breakfast in an 1845 building. Rates start at $185.

Eating there

Donna's Mount Vernon, 800 N. Charles St., 410-385-0180, Roasted vegetable salad, $8.95 at lunch; Sicilian meatloaf, $14.95 at dinner.

Helmand Restaurant, 806 N. Charles St., 410-752-0311, Offers a variety of Afghan meat and vegetarian dishes. Dinner only, and it's a popular place, so make a reservation. Entrees $12 to $20.

Brewer's Art, 1106 N. Charles St., 410-547-6925, Dinner in a historic townhouse where the restaurant brews its own beer. Roasted chicken $22; steak frites $27.

Playing there

Washington Monument, 699 N. Charles St. Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Climb to the top for $1.

Homewood House, 3400 N. Charles St., 410-516-5589, A Federal-style mansion on the Johns Hopkins campus with Baltimore furniture, representing 1775 to 1825. Open Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Adults $6.

Woman's Industrial Exchange , 333 N. Charles St., 410-685-4388, Open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


-- K.L.

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