Think Baltimore is all crab cakes and aquariums? Time to look beyond its famously resplendent waterfront. Emerging from the city’s scrappy blue-collar neighborhoods is a new class of artisans who are producing everything from craft cocktails to jewelry within the Charm City limits. Plus, flourishing Baltimore has bragging rights to some seriously luxe openings such as the Four Seasons Hotel in the Harbor East District. So whether you’re hunting for a $12 Negroni or $3 Natty Boh (the city’s unofficial brew), this manageable metropolis makes for a memorable spot for spenders of all sorts.
SPLURGE | Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore
Cutting a sleek silhouette in Harbor East, this elegant urban resort hosts the city’s only rooftop infinity pool, as well as a tranquil spa (from $439).
SAVE | Gramercy Mansion
Tucked like a treasure in the woods encroaching on Baltimore proper, this Tudor-style mansion houses 11 romantic rooms with names like Camelot and Aphrodite’s Retreat (from $125).
SPLURGE | Woodberry Kitchen
There’s no better place to break the bank on oysters ($28/dozen). Chef Spike Gjerde, a 2013 James Beard Foundation award nominee, sources eight varieties from nearby waters.
SAVE | Of Love & Regret
Snacks like house-baked soft pretzels ($6) and the vegetarian banh mi ($12) flavor the menu at this cheery Brewers Hill gastropub. Don’t miss the second story provisions shop.
SPLURGE | Rye
Cocktail geeks repair to the copper-top bar at this dimly lit saloon in fell’s point for refined pours flavored with herbal syrups, exotic bitters, and house-infused spirits.Try Head Bartender Doug Atwell’s Viking Daisy ($12).
SAVE | Elliott’s Pour House
A vintage Pac-Man game and low-cost craft beer (starting at $4) set the unpretentious vibe at this chill corner bar in Brewers Hill. Go during Orioles games for $2 domestic bottles.
SPLURGE | Trohv
Beyond the spirited window displays at this high end Hampden housewares showroom, owners Carmen Brock and Ben Homola offer Thomas Paul pillows ($82-$92), Matt & Nat duffels ($162), and other luxe treasures on reclaimed-wood farmhouse tables ($285-$2,450).
Daniel Wylie and Lesley Jennings, Hampden’s reigning retail king and queen, recently relocated their separate men’s and women’s emporiums to a single storefront. On the first Friday of every month, indie finds are 10% off; cupcakes and cocktails are free.
SPLURGE | “Hot Corner” Suite at Camden Yards
Swing for the $2,500 suite #48, a 32-seat leather haven above third base with hi-def TVs and a two-tier deck. Big games (like this month’s Red Sox matchup) command more.
SAVE | Stroll the Harbor
Start at Rash Field in Federal Hill, home to the American Visionary Art Museum (tickets $15.95). Wind around the Harbor to cobblestoned fell’s point, then end at the Canton Waterfront Park.