Scarborough Fair Bed & Breakfast
1 E. Montgomery St.
Baltimore, Md. 21230
Built in 1801, Scarborough Fair is one of the oldest structures in the historic Federal Hill area, and manages to be both a quiet retreat and a gateway to the most exciting areas in Baltimore City. Amongst the highest-rated B&Bs in Baltimore, Scarborough Fair is a treat to all who can afford it. Situated within walking distance of the Inner Harbor and the well-loved restaurants of Federal Hill, Scarborough Fair’s suites are luxurious and outfitted with amenities such as personal fireplaces, whirlpool tubs and 400-thread-count jacquard sheets for the beds. Try their F. Scott Fitzgerald Suite, an homage to the one-time Baltimore resident and author of “The Great Gatsby.” Or stay in the Edgar Allan Poe Suite, a room designed to pay tribute to the celebrated gothic author who forever belongs to Baltimore. Poe’s suite includes a miniature office and writing desk, portraits of Poe and his wife, Virginia, and several pieces of art inspired by his works. If your tastes are tasteful, Scarborough Fair has a suite to suit.
Inn at the Colonnade
4 W. University Parkway
Baltimore, Md. 21218
A reported favorite of celebrity Maryland resident and director John Waters, the Inn at The Colonnade features a luxury in-house restaurant, in-house bar, 24-hour fitness center, optional valet services and Biedermeier-style furnishings which grace all of the rooms and suites. With its pampering amenities, the Inn is a vacation all by itself. However it is also situated near a number of enjoyable attractions such as the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Evergreen Museum and Library, the Baltimore Streetcar Museum and the Inner Harbor. Check in at any hour, and the friendly staff will gladly greet you with a complimentary chilled bottle of water and a warm chocolate chip cookie.
2 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
Inside the historic B&O Railroad Headquarters, you will find Hotel Monaco. Situated within the Inner Harbor area, Monaco gives the eager urban adventurer direct access to such popular downtown locations as the Baltimore Convention Center, the National Aquarium and Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Every evening at 5 p.m., the hotel hosts a complimentary wine hour in its hotel living room lobby – which is complete with marble floors, a crackling fireplace and plush couches for relaxing and enjoying a free glass of vino. The Monaco has managed to be a top-rated luxury hotel while still keeping the sentimental aspects of the train station from which it was renovated, giving it a classic Charm City touch not to be missed.
Royal Sonesta Harbor Court
550 Light St.
Baltimore, Md. 21202
Situated directly on the Chesapeake Bay, the Royal Sonesta gives its guests a stunning view of the placid Inner Harbor and the Baltimore skyline that lies beyond. An AAA Four Diamond Hotel, Sonesta offers guests the opportunity to dine directly on the Bay in its Brightons restaurant, which provides complimentary breakfasts daily and a free afternoon tea on Friday and Saturday. You can try its other restaurant, Explorers, featuring local cuisine for that taste of Baltimore; or simply grab a quick coffee and snack at Formula Espresso. If you are not in the mood to take a trip on the conveniently situated bus route or stroll out on the Inner Harbor and sample the most exciting attractions of Baltimore, stay in and enjoy the in-house fitness center. The Royal Sonesta is very reasonably priced for the business traveler or casual visitor.
The Inn at Perry Cabin
308 Watkins Lane
St. Michaels, Md. 21663
For the traveler looking for accommodations in the Baltimore area while avoiding the actual city, book a few nights at the Inn at Perry Cabin. Located in the picturesque waterfront town of St. Michaels – whose Victorian charms are not to be understated – Perry Cabin offers access to a wide variety of diversions such as kayaking (free for hotel guests), crabbing, fishing, sailing and garden tours. Travel through the quaint town on one of the complimentary bicycles, or enjoy the day out with dining at the four-star Sherwood’s Landing, drinks at the cozy Purser’s Pub and then a spa treatment at Linden Spa. Perry Cabin is directly on the water and is more of an estate than it is a hotel or cabin. It was first built in 1815 as a loving tribute to the cabin aboard the U.S.S. Niagra, and has now been expanded to accommodate up to 76 guests. With a relaxing, seaside atmosphere and friendly, personal service, this is the perfect getaway where one can actually get away.
Joel Furches is a freelance writer and researcher for The Examiner and Logos Software, and also manages his own catalog of writing on Hub Pages. Joel is on the board of directors for Ratio Christi. He has a bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Education.