If you don't already, you should know that Maryland is known for its Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs and crab cakes. One place I’ve gotten some good crabmeat and loved the view is at Captain Billy’s Crab House in Newburg along the Potomac River.
My friend, Ketina, took me there and I’ll admit it’s out in the middle of NOWHERE, but it was so peaceful, and the food was good. Maryland is also known for its Old Bay Seasoning and they use it with EVERYTHING from steamed shrimp to crabmeat to even cookies. I prefer to keep it on my shrimp, crabmeat, and on my french fries, but not sure about cookies.
The Annapolis Dock is the perfect place to see old-fashioned Maryland.
It’s awesome because of its quaint boutiques, narrow cobblestone roads, the Naval Academy, and beautiful old taverns, such as Middleton Tavern. Middleton Tavern, established in 1750, is right at the dock and has outdoor seating to give you a great place to people watch, boat watch, and eat a yummy Chesapeake Bay crab cake. While in Annapolis, visit our state capitol building. On their free tour, you can see parts of the old capitol building they’ve left untouched.
Pictures taken by my friend Anna
Baltimore (or “Bawlmer” as the locals say) is another quintessential Maryland spot. You can walk along the inner harbor area, see all the fancy boats, and check out the restaurants, shops and fudge place in the Harbor Place Mall. My favorite restaurant in Harbor Place is a yummy and truly Irish pub called Tir Na Nog, but if seafood is what you want, we also have Phillips Seafood Restaurant. If you want a great view and picture of the harbor, I suggest a walk up Federal Hill, but you had better have some sneakers on because there are quite a lot of steps up to the top. However, it’s worth it.
My friend, Ketina, has recently introduced me to another cute Baltimore neighborhood along the waterfront, Fells Point. She became a fan of Fells Point neighborhood because of her favorite tv show, Homicide, which was filmed in Fells Point.
|Fells Point Pier|
Photo from friend Ketina
Hampden is an interesting Baltimore neighborhood that I discovered with some friends at Christmas time a few years ago. During the month of December, Hamden’s 34th Street hosts an awesome and outrageous Christmas lights display. You probably can see it from the sky!
Hampden is also famous for the Honfest. It’s a pretty interesting and fun festival to visit. Hon, is Bawlmerese’s (name of the local dialect) term of endearment bestowed upon by historic working women of Baltimore. Honfest is an annual celebration in honor of these women. The women who want to become the Best Hon are women of ALL ages with beehive hairdos, bright blue eye shadow, spandex pants and anything with leopard print!
If you go and are feeling left
out, you can even pay someone to give you the hon hairdo. If you can’t visit during Honfest, check out
the Hon Bar
and Café Hon
open year round.
|Picture from Honfest's Website|
Before leaving Baltimore, everyone should visit Fort McHenry. The defense of this fort in the Battle of Baltimore (September 1814) inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.” It has a very well done movie in the visitor center that all should see.
Today’s post is just half of my favorite places to visit and some good things to know before you visit Maryland. Come back soon for part 2.
*Pictures taken by me unless noted