When you think of Baltimore, do you envision world-class museums, a gorgeous Inner Harbor filled with tall sailing ships, seafood so fresh it’s still wiggling on your plate—and a flat, empty wallet, after paying for the privilege of vacationing in such an exceptional city? All your dreams of Baltimore’s compelling attractions can come true, but your savings account doesn’t have to suffer, as Baltimore can be downright budget-friendly. Even that fresh-caught seafood doesn’t have to be a splurge, if you’re savvy about scouting out bargains. And Baltimore is bursting with free (and almost-free) activities. They don’t call it “Charm City” for nothing. Your choice of accommodations can make or break your budget. Probably the best location in Baltimore, both for its scenic views and proximity to major attractions, is the Inner Harbor area. I’ve stayed at two hotels in this area—the Hyatt Regency (300 Light Street) and the Holiday Inn (301 W. Lombard Street). As a AAA Four Diamond hotel, the Hyatt offers plenty of amenities, and many rooms have picturesque harbor views. The Holiday Inn is about five blocks away from the main action, and many rooms have views of the fire station. However, in a city as filled with cultural entertainment as Baltimore, you probably won’t be spending much time languishing in your hotel room, admiring the view from your window. You’ll be out enjoying life in a quirky, fun city! If you’re traveling on Daddy’s expense account, then splurge on the Hyatt, and you won’t regret it, as the service is phenomenal. However, if you’re pinching pennies, then you won’t go wrong by booking a room at the economically-priced Holiday Inn. The swimming pool is huge, if you need some exercise after all that scrumptious seafood. Speaking of seafood, where can you find value-priced meals in Baltimore, without resorting to fast food chains? Visit Baltimore’s website lists many, up-to-date Dining Specials, and I found quite a few more bargains. Talara (615 President Street), a new Latin bistro in Harbor East, offers one of the hottest Happy TRAVELWORLD INTERNATIONAL / 11.3 NOV.DEC
Published on Jan 19, 2012
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