HELLO CHARM CITY – BALTIMORE , MARYLAND – HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS – DOWNTOWN BALTIMORE

FB_IMG_1502721265895FB_IMG_1502721258067FB_IMG_1502721371156FB_IMG_1502721272176FB_IMG_1502721356176FB_IMG_1502721287858In an earlier  post ,  I  mentioned  the Hampton  Inn  Downtown  Convention  Center  as a hotel  option  if you’re  visiting  the  city  of  Baltimore .

(See sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com/2017/08-09-Hello-Charm-City-Baltimore-Hampton-Inn-Downtown-Convention-Center  )

There’s  another  hotel  that I  would  recommend  if you  happen  to  be  staying  in  town .

It’s  located  on North  Gay Street  and it’s  not really  that far from the  Hampton  Inn .

It’s  the  Holiday  Inn  Express  Downtown .

When  you  walk  into  the  lobby ,  you look  around  and  you  get  the  feeling  that  you’re  in your  local  bank.

You aren’t  that  far  from  the  truth .

This used to  be  the  Old Town  Bank of  Baltimore  and the  hotel  has  kept  many  of  the bank’s  features ,  like the interior .

As with  many  hotels ,  check in time  is 3pm and check out  time is Noon.

The hotel  isn’t  only  close  to  the  major  Baltimore  attractions  like  the  Inner  Harbor  and  the  Convention  Center ,  but it’s  also  close  to  one  of  the  major  hospitals  in  the  country ,  John Hopkins  Medical  Center .

You could  walk  to  the  Inner  Harbor  from  the  hotel ,  but they  make  it  so easy for  you  not to  do  that .

There’s  a  complimentary  hotel  shuttle  that  not only  brings you  to  the  Inner  Harbor ,  but John  Hopkins  as well  as  the  Convention  Center .

Are you  going  to  Orioles  Park  at  Camden  Yards  to  see a game?

(Of course  you are .  This  is  a  30 Plus  Teams  Tour, after all . )

They’ll drop you off  as close to  the  stadium  as possible  as well as  the  Baltimore  Basilica and the restaurants  in Little  Italy  as well .

The  shuttle  runs until  midnight .

They won’t  pick  you  up  at the  Baltimore  Thurgood  Marshall  Airport  or Greyhound  Terminal ,  but if you’re  coming on an Amtrak, the shuttle  will pick you up at Baltimore’s  Penn Station .

Just give them a call .

The  hotel  does offer  a breakfast  buffet  as well as  a  fitness  center .

Don’t  look for  a  pool  though .

There isn’t  one.

Like  the  Hampton  Inn ,  the rooms  are  spacious ,  with  a  microwave ,  refrigerator ,  coffee  makers ,  and big mirrors .

You don’t  have  any fantastic  views of the two  stadiums ,  but with the  shuttle ,  you’ll  be  watching  baseball  and football  in no time .

There aren’t  any  restaurants  next door or across  the  street  from  the  hotel ,  but there’s  a  24 hour 7-Eleven ,  which is okay in my book.

Perfect  for  those  late night  munchies .

The  hotel  isn’t  close to  public  transportation ,  but  the  shuttle is your best friend , just make sure to  check  the  times that  the shuttle  runs.

Holiday  Inn Express  Downtown  is another option for you if you happen  to  be  staying  in town .

 

Holiday  Inn Express

221 North Gay  Street

Baltimore ,  Maryland

410-400-8045

 

HELLO CHARM CITY – BALTIMORE , MARYLAND – HAMPTON INN DOWNTOWN CONVENTION CENTER

If your 30  Plus  Teams  Tour  brings  you  to  Baltimore ,  aka  “Charm  City  “, you  have  so  many  hotel  options  to stay  at.

You  all are  going  to  see  either  a Baltimore  Ravens  football  game  at M  and  T Stadium  or you’re  going  to  an  Orioles  baseball  game  at Camden  Yards .

You want  a hotel  Downtown ,  correct?

You don’t  want  one that’s  in the next town over.

My suggestion  is to  stay  at the  Hampton  Inn  Downtown  Convention  Center .

How close  is this  hotel  to both  stadiums ?

You couldn’t  get  any closer  if you  tried .

As you  get out of your cab or rental  car  that brought  you here, look behind  you.

That’s  Camden  Yards  in front  of  you  and right  behind  that  is the home  of  the  Ravens .

You really  can’t  get  any closer  than  that .

As you enter  the  lobby  and look  to your  left, the first  piece  of  sculpture  that  you  see  just  happens  to  be  a  baseball  glove.

A HUGE  baseball  glove at that .

This  isn’t  a  piece  of  art work ,  though .

It happens  to  be  a  chair  and the  little  ones  could  fit  into  it comfort

I wouldn’t  advise  two  grownups  to try sitting  in  the chair  though .

Like the  other  Hampton  Inns,  this one  also  offers  free breakfast, including  waffles and pancakes .

If it’s  one of  those  nice, but  hot  and  humid  Baltimore  days ,  you can sit on the patio  and have breakfast  at one of  the  tables .

The hotel  happens  to  have a pool  in case  you  want  to  channel  your  inner  Michael  Phelps ,  who just  happens  to  be  a native  of  the  city .

The rooms  themselves  are spacious  with microwaves ,  refrigerators ,  and coffeemakers  for those  guests  like me who need  that  cup of  Joe  in the  morning .

Some rooms  even  have a bird’s  eye view, ( pardon  the  pun, this is Birdland)  of both  stadiums .

That  coffee  and the free breakfast   gets you going  in the morning ,  ready  to  explore  the Inner  Harbor ,  Little  Italy ,  and Lexington  Market ,  all of  which  are  close  by.

You can take public  transportation  to  get  there  as well .

If you  happen  to  be  arriving  by Greyhound ,  the terminal is roughly  30 minutes  away, if that .

If you’re  looking  for  a  place to  eat  before  and  after  the  game, just a few steps  away  from  the  hotel  is Pickles  Pub, which  has some of  the  largest pizza  pies  that I’ve  ever  seen .

You  do  have  a  lot  of  choices  on where  to  stay  when  you  come  to  Baltimore ,  but one of  the  hotels  that  I  would  strongly  recommend  is  the  Hampton  Inn  Downtown  Convention  Center  .

If you’re  coming  to  Charm  City  for a  game ,  or as the  name  suggests ,  in town  for something  going  on  at the  Baltimore  Convention  Center .

The Baltimore  Convention  Center  is also  across  the  street  from  Camden  Yards .

Hampton  Inn  Downtown  Convention  Center

550  Washington  Boulevard

Baltimore ,  MD

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HELLO CHARM CITY – BALTIMORE , MARYLAND . GOOD EATING AT FAIDLEYS IN THE LEXINGTON MARKET .

FB_IMG_1501164782674FB_IMG_1501164778814FB_IMG_1501164773271When  your  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  takes  you  to  Baltimore  for  a  Ravens  football  game  or even  a  Orioles  baseball  game ,  make  it  a  point  to  stop  by  Lexington  Market .

This  market  might  just  remind  some  people  of  the  Reading  Terminal  Market  in Philadelphia  with  all  the  food  stalls  and many  other  things  being  sold  there .

It’s  one of  the  oldest  markets  in the  country .

My  favorite  eatery  in  this  market  is  a  little  hard  to  find ,  but  a lot  of  people  do  just  that .

It’s  Faidleys  Seafood  Restaurant ,  and  not  only  do  the good  citizens  of  Charm City  eat  here ,  but  tourists  have  discovered  it  as  well .

I  did  mention  that  it’s  one  of my  favorite  places  to eat when

 

I  come  to  Baltimore ,  didn’t  I ?

It’s  not  one  of  those  foo  foo  fancy  restaurants .

There’s  no  chairs  to  sit  down  on ,  standing  room  only .

But the food  makes up for it, plus you get to  talk to  other people  who seem  to  love  those  crispy  French  Fries ,  mouth  watering  Onion  Rings , and   the best and creamiest  Cole  Slaw  ever ,  in my humble  opinion .

The  star  of  the  show ,  though ,  are the lump  Crab  Cakes .

They’re  the best  in all of  Charm  City  , if you  ask   me .

Once  again ,  it’s  my own  humble  opinion ,  and I’m  not  even  a  fan  of  any kind  of  Crab  Cakes .

But when  I  go down  to  B ‘ more  for a 30 Plus  Teams  Tour ,  I  will  eat them  at  Faidleys  with  no  problem .

Faidleys  is  opened  from 8:30am  until  5:30pm  Monday  through  Saturday .

If you  just  happen  to  be  in  the  Lexington  Market  area ,  you  really  aren’t  that  far  from  Baltimore’s  Inner  Harbor  or  even  Orioles  Park  at  Camden  Yards .

If  you  aren’t  a  fan  of  Crab  Cakes , (  what are you  doing  in Baltimore ? !    Just  kidding . ) or any  other  type  of  seafood ,  Lexington  Market  has  other  dining  options  for  you .

However ,  if  you  want  to  taste  some  of  the  best  Crab  Cakes  in  town ,  make  your  first  stop  in Lexington  Market ,  Faidleys .

Believe  me ,  it’s  worth  the  trip   and the  prices  aren’t  bad ,  either .

MY OWN 30 PLUS TEAMS TOUR FAVORITE PLACES

I  usually  don’t  do  a Top 10  List, but  I’m  going  to  change  it up a little  bit  for  this  post .

Some  friends  wanted to   know  if I  have  a  favorite  list  of  my favorite  places ?

I  do, but  keep  in  mind  since  this  blog  is  called  30  Plus  Teams ,  30  Plus  Dreams ,  don’t  expect  to  see  Tokyo ,  Paris ,  or Cape  Town  on this  list .

The  theme  of  this  blog  is  what  to do   in  a  city  after  you’ve  gone  to  that professional   hockey ,  football ,  baseball ,  or  basketball  game .

The last  time  I  checked ,  Tel Aviv   doesn’t  have  any of those ,  neither  does  Dubai ,  Nassau ,  or Mumbai .

So  ,don’t  be surprised  to  see  American    and  Canadian  cities .

Even  though  I  live  in  New  York  City ,  and  everyone  and  their  mama  seems  to  either  want  to  visit  here  or move  here ,  sorry  “Big  Apple  “,  you  are  NOT  even  on my   list  of  my  favorite  30 Plus   Teams  Tour  cities .

These  are  the  10 cities  that  made  the  cut  and  not  just  to see  a sporting  event  but  today  visit  again  and  again .

They’re  in reverse  order, 10 all the  way  down to my  number  one favorite  30 Plus  Teams  Tour  city .

 

TAMPA ,  FLORIDA

Love  the  Spanish  vibe  of  the  city ,  the  beautiful  waterfront  and the  fact  that  in  the  middle  of  April ,  I  can go swimming  and  go to  a  Tampa  Bay  Lightning  hockey  game  wearing  nothing  but  my  hockey  jersey  and  a skirt .

PHILADELPHIA ,  PENNSYLVANIA

Very  underrated  city  in the  shadow  of  New  York  City .  Cheesesteaks   Rocky ,  The  Liberty  Bell ,  and  one  of  the  best  mascots  in  sports ,  the  Phillie  Phanatic  doing  his  thing  at Citizens  Bank  Park .

PITTSBURGH ,  PENNSYLVANIA

Black  and  yellow  everywhere  from the  color  of  the uniforms  of their  sports  teams  and even  the  bridges .  Primanti  Brothers  for  one  of  their  RIGHTEOUS  SANDWICHES ! !  The  skyline  of  the  city  rivals  the  skyline  of  New York  City ,  and  Chicago  for  some  of  the  most  breathtaking  views ,  especially  at  night .  This  is another  very  underrated  city .

DETROIT ,  MICHIGAN

Don’t  laugh ,  yes ,  I  LOVED   the  ”  Motor  City  ” .  This  city  gets  really  bad  press  and to be  honest ,  I   don’t  know  what  I  was  expecting .  Yes I  was  expecting  the  worst .  I  was  wrong ,  very  wrong .  The  “D”   is  making  a  comeback .  I want  to  see  this  city  again  and  again .  . Thank  you ,  Motown .

TORONTO ,  CANADA

No  matter  if  you  refer  to  it  as  ”  The  Six  ” ,  ”  The  416  ”  or  just  ”  T.  O.  ” ,  Toronto  ROCKS ! !  !  It  might  be  known  as  the  land  of  hockey ,  but don’t  tell  that  to  Toronto  Raptors  basketball  fans  or  Toronto  Blue  Jays  baseball  fans ,  they represent  their  teams  too.  Don’t  forget  to  visit  that  big  tower  that  seems  to  dominate  the  skyline  of  the  city   the  CN  Tower .

NASHVILLE ,  TENNESSEE

When  you  say  Nashville ,  people  automatically  say  Country  and  Western ,  Cowboy  Boots  and  Line  Dancing .  Music  City  is  more  than  that .  This  city  has  some  of  the  friendliest  people  I  have  ever  met  and they  are  more  than  happy  to  tell  you  about  their  city  and ask how  are  you  doing ,  and really  mean  it .  I can’t  wait  to  come  back  to  ”  The  Athens  of  The  South  ” . FB_IMG_1500995065051

LOS ANGELES ,  CALIFORNIA

For  10  years  I  called  this  city  my  home  and  I  didn’t  have  a  car .  I  definitely  don’t  know  how  to  drive ,  but  I  got  from  Point  A  to  Point  B  by  public  transportation .  Lots  of  people  hate  the  freeways ,  the  traffic ,  the  smog ,  how  expensive  it  is  and  above  all ,  the  phony  people .  I say  WHATEVER .  I  miss  those  beaches  that  I  went  to  on  my  days  off  from  work .  And  yes ,  I  did  take  the  bus  to  get  to  all  four  of  them  that  were  close  by  my  house .

WASHINGTON  ,  DC

What  more  can  you  say  about  our  Nation’s  Capital  that  hasn’t  been  said  before ?  It  doesn’t  matter  if  you’re  a Democrat ,  Republican ,  Independent ,  or  you  didn’t  vote  at  all ,  this  city  has  something  for  everyone .  All these  monuments  and  museums ,  not  to  mention  the  memorials  that  you  only  read  about  in  school  are  right  here  in front  of  you .  Most  of  them  are  free .

BALTIMORE ,  MARYLAND

This  city  is  right  down  the  road  from  Washington  DC  and  many  people  for  some  reason  avoid  this  city  like  the  plague .

By not   going  to  Baltimore ,  you’re  missing  out  on  seeing  the  Inner  Harbor ,  Fort  McHenry ,  Lexington  Market  for  restaurants  and  shops ,  exploring  the  city  on one  of  the Charm   City  Circular  buses ,  that  are  free ,  by the   way ,  Little  Italy ,  and  my favorite  baseball  park ,  Orioles  Park  at  Camden  Yards .

 

My number  one  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  city  is a city  that  has  a very  special  place  in  my heart ,  and  for  those  of  you  who  know  me  ,  you all ready  know  what  the  city  is.

To those  of  you  who  don’t  know  me,  it’s  the place  that  I lived  in  and  worked  in  for  13  years ,  and  it will  ALWAYS  be  the  place  that  I  call home .

It’s  the  city  that  I escape  to when  I  want  to  get  away  from  the  madness  that  is  New  York  City .

It’s  “The  Bean  “,  Boston ,  Massachusetts  and  just  where do  I  start  with  the  oh so   many  reasons  that  I  love  my city  so much  .

I’ll  just  name  a  few .

The view  of  the  city  from  the  Cambridge  side  of  the  Charles  River .

Walking  across  Harvard  Yard  and  taking  a  picture  with  the  statue  that’s  supposed  to  represent  John  Harvard ,  the  founder  of  the  school .

The  accent .

Not  for  nothing ,  but  when  I  get  either  wicked  excited  or wicked  upset ,  my Boston  accent  comes out .

The  Celtics ,  Red Sox ,  Bruins ,  and  Patriots  and  just  how  very  passionate  their  fans  are.

I  should  know  I’m  a fan  of  three  of  these  teams ,  and  this  is  a 30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  my  favorite  places ,  after  all .

Walking  through  the  Public  Gardens  and seeing  the  statue  of  George  Washington  on his  horse .

Don’t  do this  at night ,  though .

The Golden  Dome  on top  of  the  Massachusetts  State  House .

Riding  on one  of  the  Swan  Boats  in the   summer .

The  cobblestone  streets  and  the  old  fashioned  street  lamps .

Lobster  Roll Sandwiches  and  New England  Clam  Chowder .

Sorry ,  you  can  call  me  a  Clam Chowder   Snob,  but  Manhattan  Clam  Chowder  just  ISN’T  Clam  Chowder  to me .

Walking  along  the  Rose  Fitzgerald  Kennedy  Greenway  and  looking  out  at the   Boston  Waterfront .

The  Boston  Pops July  4th  concert on  the  Hatch Shell  and  seeing  the  fireworks  going  off all over  the  city .

All that  history  that’s  a  part  of  the  United  States  History .

I could  go on   and  on about  my  city ,  but  I  think  you  get  the  idea .

 

HELLO CHARM CITY – BALTIMORE , MARYLAND . FORT MCHENRY .

FB_IMG_1501929716794FB_IMG_1501929878357FB_IMG_1501929872937FB_IMG_1501929744181FB_IMG_1501929759729FB_IMG_1501929891439FB_IMG_1501929863179FB_IMG_1501929895940FB_IMG_1501929885472FB_IMG_1501929753326FB_IMG_1501929911304FB_IMG_1501929851139Your  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  Baltimore  is  almost  over  and  what  a  great  time  you  and  your  grandchildren  have  had .

You  all  made  a  side  trip  down  to  Annapolis ,  the  capital  of  Maryland ,  and  saw  the  Naval  Academy .

The  three  of  you  have  become  such  experts  on  the  public  transportation  in  Baltimore  that  you  even  knew  that  you  could  take  a  bus  to  get  to  Annapolis  and  back  to  Baltimore .

You’re  going  to  see  Fort  McHenry  because  after  all  those  Orioles  games  at  Orioles  Park  at  Camden  Yards ,  the  grandkids  need  to  learn  how  the  United  States  got  to  be  the  country  that  it  is  now .

The  Inner  Harbor  is  close  by  your  hotel ,  so  you’re  going  to  take  the  Banner  Line  Charm  City  Circular  to  the  last  stop    Fort  McHenry  in  the  Locust  Point  section  of  the  city .

When  you  all  first  arrive  and  pay  your  admission  fee ,  you’re  told  to  see  a  movie  going  on  that  tells  the  history  of  the  fort  and  the  role  it  played  in  defending  the  city  from  the  British  in  the  War  of  1812 .

The  movie  is boring  to all  of  you ,  but  you  watch  it  anyway .

There’s  a  statue  of  Francis  Scott  Key  right  in  the  lobby  In front  of an American  flag .

When  the three  of  you  finally  reach  the  grounds  of  the  fort,  you  notice  the  cannons  pointed  towards  the  the  harbor .

You  can’t  even  imagine  what  was  going  through  the  minds of  the  soldiers  as they  not  only  defended  the  fort ,  but  the  city  of  Baltimore  as  well .

As  the  British  had already  burned  down  Washington  DC ,  which  isn’t  that  far  away  from  Baltimore ,  you  can  imagine  the  fear  of  the  Baltimoreans .

As you  continue walking,  you  all  realize  that  civilians  lived there   also .

You  also  learn  that  the  most  dangerous  place  in the   whole  fort was

the  place  where  the  ammunition  was  stored.

Just  imagine  how  the  sentry  who was  in  charge  of  guarding  the  ammunition  felt .

One  volley  from  a British  warship ,  well  you  just  didn’t  want  to  think  about  it .

There’s  even  an actual  volley  from  a  British  warship  right  on the   grounds  as your  grandchildren  are  more  than  happy  to  show  you .

As you   look  at  it ,  you  can’t  believe  how  much  damage  one  volley  could  do ,  let  alone  a  lot  of  them .

As  you  walk  back  to  the  bus ,  you  see it .

The  stars  and  stripes .

It’s  not  the  flag that  Francis  Scott  Key  saw and  wrote  about ,  “as the  bombs  bursted in  air”,  but  a replica .

It  looks  as  beautiful  to you  as it  did  to him .

Your  grandchildren  even  are inspired  and  want  to  come  back  here  every  time  you  come  to  Baltimore  for  a  30  Plus  Teams  Tour .

 

 

 

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GETTING TO KNOW CHARM CITY – BALTIMORE , MARYLAND . SAY HELLO TO BALTIMORE .

It’s  known  as  ”  Charm  City  ”  or  ”  B’more  ” .

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It’s  the  city  on  the  Chesapeake  Bay .

Baltimore ,  Maryland .

In  this  city ,  its  all  about  the  Birds ,  as  in  the  baseball  Orioles  or  the  football  Ravens .

The  poet ,  Edgar  Allan  Poe  was  a  native  of  the  city .

The  Ravens  play  football  at  the  M  and  T  Bank  Stadium  and  the  Orioles  play  their  games  at  Orioles  Park  at  Camden  Yards ,  one  of  my  favorite  places  to  watch  a  baseball  game .

Don’t  be  surprised  if  you  see  a  lot  of  Baltimoreans  wearing  a  lot  of  purple .

That’s  the  color  of  the  Ravens  football  jerseys .

Baltimore’ s  nickname   is  ”  Charm  City  ” ,  although  if  you  listen  to  or  watch  the  show ,  ”  The  Wire  ” ,  you  wouldn’t  believe  it .

The  police  shows ,  The  Wire  and  Homicide  –  Life  on  the  Street  ”  were  both  filmed  in  the  city  and  you’re  beginning  to  think  ”  Maybe  we’d  better  forget  about  going  to  Baltimore  for  a  30  Plus  Teams  Tour .  .  ”

Don’t  do  it .

You  won’t  be  seeing  that  part  of  the  city  anyway .

I  would  advise  you  to  visit  Lexington  Market ,  one  of  the  oldest  markets  in  the  city .

It  may  look  like  a  bad  area ,  but it’s  not .

The  market  closes  at  5:  30 PM ,  so  there’s  no  need  to  go  there  when  it’s  pitch  dark .

It’s  not  that  far  from  Camden  Yards ,  either .

By  not  going  to  Lexington  Market ,  you’d  be  missing  out  on  eating  at  one  of  my  favorite  restaurants ,  Faidley’s  Restaurant .

It’s  the  place  to  go  for  the  crab cakes  that  the  state  of  Maryland  is  known  for .

I’m  not  a  big  fan  of  crab cakes ,  but  I  make  sure  to  have  one  of  their  lump  crab cakes  and  the  best  Cole  Slaw  that  I’ve  ever  eaten  whenever  my  own  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  brings  me  to  the  city  on  the  Chesapeake  Bay .

Faidley’s  Restaurant  is  opened  from  8:30  am  until  5:  30  PM ,  Monday  through  Saturday .

Stop  by  when  you  come  to  town ,  you  won’t  be  disappointed .

When  you  first  arrive  in  Baltimore ,  you  will  either  arrive  at  Penn  Station ,  the  Greyhound  Terminal  or  by  plane  at  BWI  –  BALTIMORE  WASHINGTON    Thurgood   Marshall  Airport .

If  you  want  to  take  Megabus  to  Baltimore ,  forget  it .

It’s  not  going  to  happen .

Megabus  doesn’t  stop  ANYWHERE  close  to  the  city .

The  Greyhound  Terminal  isn’t  far  from  the  city  and  you  can  see  the  skyline  of  the  city  when  the  bus  pulls  into  the  terminal .

From  there ,  you  can  either  take  a  cab  or  if  you  don’t  have  that  much  luggage ,  take  Metro  Bus  Number  27 ,  which  not  only  goes  by  the  Lexington  Market  Light  Rail  Station ,  but  both  stadiums  as  well .

Let’s  say  that  you’re  at  the  terminal ,  waiting  for  your  friends  whose  bus  is really  delayed .

What  do  you  do  to  kill  time ?

You  don’t  want  to  hang  around  the  bus  station ,  even  if  you  are  on  your  tablet  or  laptop ,  writing  your  newest  blog  post  .

How  do  you  kill  time  besides  eating  or  calling  relatives  to  tell  them  that  you  made  it  safely ?

The  answer  is  right  in  front  of  you ,  across  the  street .

It’s  the  Horseshoe  Casino .

Spend  a  little  time  until  your  friends  come .

You  don’t  even  have  to  gamble ,  but if  you  brought  the  children  with  you ,  you’re  out  of  luck .

You’ll  have  to  get  yourselves  to  the  hotel .

If  your  hotel  is  close  to  Baltimore’s  Penn   Station ,  you  have  an  option  other  than  a  cab  when  you  get  off  the  Amtrak  train .

It’s  the  Purple  Line  of  the  Charm  City  Circular  and  it’s  free .

That’s   right ,  I  said  free .

You  pay  zilch ,  nada ,  nothing ,  but  they  don’t  run  24  hours  though .

There  are  four  bus  routes ,  the  Purple ,  Green ,  Orange ,  and  the  Banner  routes .

The  Banner  Route  goes  to  Fort  McHenry .

You  should  definitely  visit  Fort  McHenry  while  you’re  in  town .

See  the  the  big  statue  of  Francis  Scott  Key  and  learn  everything  about  the  War  of  1812 .

You  definitely  will  be  using  the  Orange  Route  a  lot  as  it  not  only  goes  by  the  the  two  stadiums ,  but  the  Inner  Harbor  and  Little  Italy  as  well .

The  final  way  to  get  to  town  is  by  airplane .

BWI  is  the  cheapest  airport  to  get  into  the  Baltimore  –  Washington  DC  area .

You  can  either  take  the  express  bus  that  takes  you  to  the  Greenbelt  Metro  station  where  you  can  catch  the  train  into  Washington  DC .

If  you’re  going  into  Baltimore ,  though ,  you  can  get a  cab  from  the  airport ,  but your  best  bet  is  a  few  feet  away .

Take  the  light  rail  from  BWI  to  Downtown  Baltimore .

Get  yourselves  a  day  pass  and  say  hello  to  ”  Charm  City  ” .