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Harborplace Hotel. Many other venues just outside of Baltimore are also quite welcoming: Nixon’s Farm, 40 minutes outside the city in West Friendship MD, has courted a gay & lesbian clientele for over fifty years. With rolling rural acreage, beautiful gardens, a converted barn and outdoor pavilion, Nixon’s Farm is a unique venue centrally located if your guest list includes visitors from surrounding areas. Combsberry Inn, in Oxford, is a 1730’s historic manor house majestically located on 35 secluded waterfront acres. This is a beautiful venue, with several ceremony sites and other gathering places available for all aspects of your celebration. Linger with family and friends after the wedding for a long weekend at the Inn; the property offers relaxing havens, splendid views and a variety of activities. In Talbot County, you’ll want to consider Kirkland Manor, another spectacular waterfront venue. Boasting “the most scenic sunsets imaginable,” as seen overlooking the water from the expansive deep-green lawn, this lovely estate extends a friendly Southern charm.

Whether in the city or at the outskirts, your reception cuisine must spotlight fare from the sea; the nautical heritage throughout the area insists! Chefs will undoubtedly delight you and your guests with innovative selections, tailored to meet any budget. Beyond seafood, there are unlimited ethnic influences in local cuisine; your only challenge in creating the ideal reception menu will be to pare down your choices! Music and other entertainment for your reception may be of any style you’d like – artistic talent flourishes in Baltimore. And surely you’ll want to spend at least a few days of your honeymoon in this vibrant locale, experiencing all the city has to offer: historic sites, boating adventures, delectable dining, scintillating theatre performances and a Grammy-winning symphony orchestra. Art museums abound, as well as industrial museums, sports museums and cultural museums including the USS Constellation... and certainly don’t overlook a visit to the National Aquarium. Later, lounge with your new spouse on a dinner cruise, indulging in a famous Maryland crab feast while the moonlight dances over the water. With gay marriage rights on the horizon, Baltimore’s a more intriguing place than ever.

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Vol. 6 Issue 1 2011 LGBT Planning Resource Guide 45

The 2011 LGBT Wedding Planning Guide (Vol. 6, Is. 1)  

An expanded issue of the nation's first Gay and Lesbian Wedding Magazine. This issue features the latest tips and trends for 2011 along wit...

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