24 Hours In Baltimore With Kids

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I got one of my crazy ideas towards the end of our trip to Lancaster and Williamsburg, “why not add in a day in Baltimore too”? I thought in my head, or at least I thought it was in my head. Turns out I said it out loud, and Pete heard me. He thought it was a great idea since he has so many great memories of visiting as a child. 

I knew we had about 24 hours that we could do it in, right before we flew out of BWI, so I got planning. I remembered that there was a beautiful Kimpton, Hotel Monaco by the inner harbor and I remembered that they had family suites.  So, we partnered with them for the stay, which worked out perfectly!


The drive in from Williamsburg was beautiful. The scenery was great, and we even had the chance to stop at my aunt and uncles’ house for a super quick visit!


Once you are inside the hotel the elegance of it really shines through. The vaulted ceilings and dramatic artwork make this a stay you won’t forget. 


Our suite had two queen beds, a huge bathroom, and then a separate kids room. 


The bathroom was over sized, especially considering that we were in a city with a premium for space.


I love how Kimpton thinks of everything, even if you don’t! Surprisingly, I didn’t forget anything on this trip, but I often forget basics for myself. Never for the kids… which is a total mom thing right?


The girls were so happy to see some surprise snacks in our room. We practically live in hotels and it is always fun to see the local flair come through with the food they serve… this was such a treat!



This robe! I love that Kipton provides such a fun robe…. and a yoga mat to use too if you like! There are yoga classes on the TV around the clock too!20160425_153735

How awesome is this kids room with bunk beds?!


Plus, they have their own TV and gaming station…20160425_154426

After were were all settled in, we headed to the harbor. It was a short 5 minute walk.



The area has changed a lot since Pete visited each summer growing up. It is going through a revitalization and we can see that people are really working hard to bring it back to it’s glory days. There is a lot of hope and resilience happening here. And a lot of very friendly people very happy to see tourists! 20160425_170211

There are tons of little shops all throughout the harbor. Emmy was dreaming of buying all the candy!

Multiple dining choices too….from American cuisine to Thai and everything in between!


Water taxis to take to the other side and ships to explore too!


Tons of ducks and paddle boats shaped like sea creatures too!


The Fudgery was one of Pete’ favorite memories from childhood visits, and he was thrilled that it is still here. They just moved locations and the manager that was working has such a big heart and is putting everything into keeping this place going! They do live cooking demos of their fudge and other treats… and they sing cute songs while they are doing it! So much fun!


There is also a shaved ice stand… which I am sure is uber popular during the summer!


Here is our video of the day and of Hotel Monaco Baltimore:

We had such a good 24 hours in Baltimore!

Have you been to Baltimore?

Heather Reese
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Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


  • I’ve never been to Baltimore but it looks like a great place to explore. I’d for sure be hitting up that fudgery!

  • Oh my goodness what an amazing looking place to stay – that wall mural of the dog is amazing! It sounds like there is so much to do in the area as well. x

  • Looks like you found a perfect family getaway gem in Baltimore I would love to be able to afford to take a family vacation and take the kids some place if I ever get to this wonderful charming hotel has made it to one of the top of my things I want to do on my bucket list.

  • Beautiful! Children would absolutely love that room! That one wall with a picture of a dog is just awesome! I’ll have to be in Hotel Monaco when I do get to visit Baltimore!

  • Omg beautiful hotel!!!!! We are staying at the Monaco inDC this July and cannot wait!!!

  • Oh my gosh is that a beautiful place to stay! Haven’t been to Baltimore in years but this is an incentive to make me want to visit and stay in Hotel Monaco. I love all the special touches.

  • That is an amazing staircase! This would be a fantastic place to stay. I have always wanted to explore Baltimore.

  • Baltimore is a nice area to visit. I love that you took at rip w/just 24 hours to do it. I would do something like that too. Noting the hotel for the next time we’re in the area.

  • This looks like so much fun. I really want to make a trip to Baltimore one day.

  • I have never been to Baltimore before. Hotel Monaco looks like a wonderful place to stay & the artwork looks amazing too. The bedrooms & that big bathroom are quiet good enough when you have kids around. It is great that we have some wonderful dining choices as well.

  • I have only done day trips to Baltimore from when I have stayed in DC. I loved the Inner Harbor there.

  • Am I the only one who likes to raid the hotel provided skin and bath care items, especially when they chose great brands. I love the bunk beds and the giant dog wall. So fun and cute.

  • Baltimore is such a nice place! They have a rich history and a lot to offer too. The hotel you stayed in is awesome, I love that they have family suites, that’s really great. The rooms are very lovely and the kids’ room are definitely something that kids will love. It’s such a nice escape.

  • The hotel looks nice, I want to take my son to places like this. I think it is really awesome to find kid-friendly hotel

  • I like that dog wall poster, I am sure to visit this lovely hotel. Sounds like an amazing place to stay.

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