Call the babysitter because it’s time for a little well-deserved mom and dad time. Plan your perfect day away in Baltimore with these romantic activities, restaurants and places to stay that are sure to get the sparks flying again after that long summer with the little ones. Enjoy everything from a little time with nature to full-on spa pampering to get back in the groove.
Gwynn Falls Trail
Trailhead 7 – Inner Harbor at the Baltimore Visitors Center
401 Light St.
Baltimore, Md. 21202
Enjoy the tranquility of nature while getting some fresh air, exercise and reflection in during the 15-mile scenic Gwynn Falls Trail hike. Couples may bike, hike or rollerblade while enjoying the beautiful scenery, historic sites, cityscapes, bridges and calming streams. For the adventurous duo, explore roughly 10 miles of additional natural paths that run throughout this wilderness park, which connects more than 30 neighborhoods in Baltimore. Don’t forget to pack sandwiches and drinks to stop for a romantic picnic, watch for birds and admire a variety of other wildlife – an experience guaranteed to make you feel like a kid in love again. If you’re already downtown for the day, one easy place to pick up the trail is at the Baltimore Visitors Center on the Inner Harbor.
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Relaxation and rejuvenation is at its finest at Spa Santé where romance rises to the surface after services including massages, facials, body treatments and mani/pedicures. Couples may choose between escape, sweet or retreat packages that can include a massage for two, hot towels, private time in saunas and relaxation rooms, and dessert. Also highly recommended for the intimate touch is its luxurious sugar scrub, a sweet touch of champagne grapes, raw sugar cane and oranges. Then finish your peaceful experience with a mimosa and champagne-oil message to leave the skin feeling hydrated, silky and restored to a youthful glow.
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Fogo de Chão
600 E. Pratt St.
Baltimore, Md. 21202
Fogo de Chão is a contemporary Southern Brazilian restaurant that offers a classy, yet comfortable and romantic dining experience conveniently located at the Inner Harbor. Start the meal off with a gourmet salad and side bar, which has an unbelievable selection of imported cheeses, cured meats, fresh vegetables and Brazilian specialty side dishes. But don’t fill up too much, as a most unique dining experience awaits you. Dinner is served based on a green-means-go system that involves choosing from 15 delicious cuts of fire-roasted meats including filet mignon, picanha (top sirloin), beef ancho (rib eye), lombo (pork loin) and cordeiro (lamb) when you flip your dining card green side-up. Once full, turn the card over to red until you’re ready for more. Make your reservation in advance to request the best seats in the house. Then enjoy its remarkable wine collection. Valet parking is available during dinner hours, or you may take advantage of garage parking that’s within walking distance to enjoy the harbor breeze.
The France-Merrick Performing Arts Center (at the Hippodrome)
12 North Eutaw St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
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Since first opening in 1914, The Hippodrome Theatre has been delivering dramatic entertainment and romantic date nights to Baltimore. Now the curtain rises again at The France-Merrick Performing Arts Center. This recently renovated state-of-the-art venue is still the best place in town for Broadway shows and the best of the performing arts. Orchestra or balcony seats are available for both an intimate and enhanced viewing experience. Also, ample parking is available a short walk from the theater.
Admiral Fell Inn
888 S. Broadway
Baltimore, Md. 21231
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End an unforgettable day with an extraordinary night by staying at the historic Admiral Fell Inn where no two rooms are alike. With 119 rooms available, there are additional perks to opt for like a balcony or Jacuzzi, but no matter where you stay, all rooms promise movies on demand, room service, wireless Internet access and complimentary bottled water. Call in advance to inquire about its packages, one of which includes a light breakfast, $25 dining voucher at some of the city’s top restaurants, a bottle of wine, and help from the inn’s experienced city planner who will connect you with the best of Baltimore and when possible, VIP entry. In 2011 TripAdvisor rated the Admiral Fell Inn as one of the Top 10 Haunted Hotels in America, so ask for a “room with a boo” if you’re not afraid of extra cuddle time with your partner.
Keri Ann Beazell is a Baltimore writer following the latest developments in arts and culture, natural wonders, lifestyle and pets. She enjoys promoting thought-provoking discussions, education, new ideas and smiles among readers. Follow her on Twitter at @KtBlue16 and online at Examiner.com