A Weekend in Baltimore’s Mt. Vernon Neighborhood

If you’re looking for the perfect place to spend a weekend, look no further than Baltimore’s own Mt. Vernon neighborhood. Home to gems like The Walters Art Museum, An Die Musik and Marie Louise Bistro, you can easily create a weekend to remember. Use the options below to create your own customized itinerary. 

FRIDAY EVENING

Check in to your hotel. Mt. Vernon offers an array of boutique hotels, each with its own culture, history, and architecture. Several popular hotel chains are also located within easy walking distance. For a seamless weekend, choose a hotel near Mt. Vernon Place and walk or Uber to nearby attractions.

Hotel Revival Baltimore bills itself as Baltimore’s only boutique art hotel. The historic establishment is in a superb location at the heart of Mt. Vernon. It offers a beautiful rooftop bar and dining experience at Topside, private karaoke rooms (yes, you read that right), and custom artwork throughout the hotel. 

Hotel Indigo Baltimore Downtown is a local jewel positioned within easy walking distance of the city’s finest music and theater venues, including Baltimore Center Stage and An Die Musik. Poets Modern Cocktails & Eats offers a fine happy hour and delicious crab cakes. They recently introduced Xander, their resident canine, and the hotel is proudly pet-friendly. 

If hosteling is more your style, HI Baltimore Hostel offers a great opportunity to interact with other out-of-town guests. A lobby with multiple fireplaces, game room, and free continental breakfast all offer the chance to make new friends. You’ll be within easy walking distance of the Baltimore Basilica, America’s first cathedral, and the delightful Cazbar, offering Turkish fare and belly dance performances. 

Choose a dinner location. Here are a few of our personal favorites, all located a short walk away:

Sammy’s Trattoria offers southern Italian cuisine and wine pairings. You can rent out sections of the restaurant or the whole venue. The menu is offered two ways: individual or family style. 

The Brewer’s Art is one of the fancier restaurants in the neighborhood. Grab a drink at the upstairs or downstairs bar, then settle in for an evening of inspired cuisine that’s sure to be Instagram friendly. 

Cazbar is Baltimore’s first Turkish restaurant. They offer an extensive menu that’s sure to impress. Make your reservations online, and check on the current list of showtimes for their weekend belly dance performances.

Not ready for the night to end? Enjoy a glass of wine or a late night cocktail at one of the neighborhood’s cocktail bars or wine tasting rooms. Spirits of Mt. Vernon, Sugarvale, and The Owl Bar are popular.

SATURDAY MORNING

If you’re an early bird or just feeling adventurous, join Free Yoga at Mt Vernon Place @ 8:30am every Saturday (weather permitting). Bring your own yoga mat. 

Grab breakfast at your hotel or a local cafe. We recommend Marie Louise Bistro for French pastries and coffee, or you can grab a seat and order from their full breakfast menu. Baby’s on Fire is another great spot for coffee and a light breakfast.

See one or both of these beautiful Mt. Vernon establishments with the remainder of your morning:

The Walters Art Museum is FREE and one of the finest art collections on the East Coast. Each floor offers a new experience, from 19th century images of French gardens to rare religious artifacts. Don’t miss the stunning collection of paintings on the 4th floor. 

George Peabody Library is referred to as Baltimore’s “Cathedral of Books” and is among the most beautiful libraries in the world. Make sure to plan your visit ahead of time as the library has limited weekend hours and is sometimes reserved for private events. 

SATURDAY AFTERNOON

Grab a quick lunch at Mt. Vernon Marketplace. With over a dozen local vendors offering freshly prepared artisanal food, you’ll have options of cuisine from all over the world offered at prices that won’t break the bank.

After lunch, walk next door to Ceremony Coffee Roasters for an afternoon caffeine fix. Their nitro brew is to die for, or try any of their roasts from around the world.

If you like walking or just want to see the infamous Inner Harbor, now is the perfect time for the short, one-mile walk down Charles Street. You can also hail Lyft or Uber for a small fee. At the Inner Harbor, you’ll find plenty of options for ways to spend the afternoon. Maryland Science Center, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, and the world renowned National Aquarium can keep you busy for hours. If you want to extend your time outside, follow the waterfront path all the way from the Inner Harbor to Canton. Bikes and scooters can be rented if you don’t want to walk the whole way. Boat cruise companies also offer tourism packages, from short 45-minute excursions to dinner aboard during sunset. You can reserve your tickets ahead of time or book at the harbor.

If you’d like to stay in Mt. Vernon for the afternoon, a stop by these local landmarks is a must:

The first Washington Monument. You’ve probably already walked past it, but have you been to the gallery inside, or climbed the 227 steps to the top? This was the original Washington Monument, built before the similar (but larger) one located on the National Mall in nearby Washington, DC. 

Maryland Historical Society Museum & Library. Maryland’s oldest continually operating cultural institution, the library’s 7 million+ items include Francis Scott Key’s original manuscript of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” 

The Baltimore Basilica, with the recent addition of the Pope John Paul II Prayer Garden, was the first Catholic Cathedral built in America. Visit on your own or take a guided tour. A donation of $5 or more is requested but not required. 

Join Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Literary Walking Tour ($10). View the tour map to see the current list of stops. Plan ahead; tours are offered approximately one weekend per month. 

SATURDAY EVENING

Schedule your evening to include dinner and a show. Mt. Vernon is home to amazing theater and concert venues.

For dinner, consider Kumari Restaurant & Bar, Iggies, or The Owl Bar.

Kumari Restaurant & Bar offers some of the best Indian & Nepalese cuisine you can find in Baltimore. Make a reservation ahead of time on their website and, while you’re there, peruse their extensive menu and photo gallery. 

Iggies Pizza is pizza “made with love,” and it shows in every bite. BYOB for a cheap, delicious evening out. 

The Owl Bar, located in the Belvedere Hotel, is a popular hangout spot and, according to local folk lore, it’s haunted. For a true Maryland culinary experience, try the crab dip or crap cake sandwich. On a Saturday night, reservations are recommended. 

Your Saturday evening won’t be complete without enjoying a live show. Baltimore has a thriving arts scene, and Mt. Vernon offers some of the best venues in the city.

Baltimore Center Stage curates an incredible list of performances each season and it shows – they welcome nearly 100,000 visitors annually. A full bar and snacks are available.

Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute & Cultural Center. Concerts are offered several nights each week, and drinks and dinner are available on-site. 

An Die Musik is a classical, jazz, and world music concert venue. The venue is old, the tickets are cheap, and the drinks are cheaper, but don’t let that fool you. The venue has incredible acoustics and great performers.

Round out your evening with a late night cocktail at one of the area’s rooftop bars: Topside at Hotel Revival, or the LB Skybar at Lord Baltimore Hotel. Reservations are suggested.

SUNDAY BRUNCH

Wrap up your weekend with a lazy Sunday morning that includes a stroll around Mount Vernon. Enjoy the mix of architectural influences in the neighborhood, including the gothic Mount Vernon United Methodist Church

Enjoy Sunday brunch at one of these locally owned and operated cafes: 

Cafe Fili is “a gathering place for friends” and offers a fresh take on Mediterranean cuisine. After your meal, don’t forget the baklava

Ida B’s Table is a short walk away and offers modern soul food in a space that feels like classic Baltimore. Where else will you find Octopus Po’Boy Sliders

Dooby’s, a Baltimore staple, is a Korean-inspired cafe. The pork buns are a favorite, and the rest of the menu features everything from Eggs Benedict to Korean BBQ cheesesteaks.  

COME BACK AGAIN! 

We hope you enjoyed your weekend in Baltimore’s charming Mt. Vernon neighborhood. Come back and visit us again soon!

 

 

 

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