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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!
How awesome is this kids room with bunk beds?!
Plus, they have their own TV and gaming station…
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!
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?