Destination Guide: Baltimore Area Points of Interest

Attractions and Sites of Interest featured on Fringe Benefits: Baltimore


Baltimore Inner Harbor is a hub of activity and beauty. Start here with your downtown tour:

Baltimore Hampden Neighborhood is hip and homey. Locals call the main strip “The Avenue,” with it’s cafes, boutiques and friendly locals:

Ma Petite Shoe owner Susannah Siger is a Baltimore native and lover of Hampden. Her boutique and cafe is quaint and welcoming:

Mud and Metal offers local artwork and interesting home decor items, from metal sculpture to jewelry:

City of Baltimore:

Ellicott City Another award-winning town for livability, Ellicott City offers shopping, cafes, and ghost tours!:

B&O Railroad Museum Ellicott City Station This is the oldest rail station in the United States, and makes a great historic and entertaining stop during your Ellicott City tour:

Sweet Cascades is the local chocolate shop, offering Maryland-style Old Bay crabs (chocolate seasoned with the seafood spice) and other treats:

Frederick, MD offers a chance to get up-close with Civil War history, an info-packed visitor’s center, historic streets and great dining:

National Museum of Civil War Medicine has a great collection of Civil War artifacts and offers surprising information on the care and treatment of disease and war-related injuries:

Francis Scott Key is buried in Frederick, and had a law practice in the town. Tributes to, and information about the life of the Star Spangled Banner author can be found around town:

Scales and Tales Program located in Cunningham Falls State Park. Injured birds of prey and reptiles that can no longer be released into the wild educate visitors on conservation issues:

Havre de Grace This seaside village, north of Baltimore, offers boating, fishing, historic tours, waterfront dining, and more:

Concord Point Lighthouse in Havre de Grace, stands as a beacon at the head of the Chesapeake Bay. It was manned by the same family for more than 100 years. Take the stairs to the top!:

Bomboys Chocolates is a family tradition in Havre de Grace:

Decoy Museum Havre de Grace has a long history of duck hunting, and the carvers who create the waterfowl decoys have become famous for their workmanship. The decoys, from functional prop to work of art, create this charming museum:

Bay Sail offers everyone the opportunity to get out on the water with sailing lessons and charters:



The Food Market in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore is the spot to dine on “The Avenue.” Award-winning Chef Chad Gauss, and pal Elan Kotz converted the former grocer and historic space into a trendy food spot offering creative comfort meals. We sampled the crispy lobster fingers and the Buffalo fried pickles:

The Diamondback Tavern in Ellicott City offers Maryland-style casual food and ambiance:


Lodging Options

Hampton Inn Edgwood/Aberdeen is convenient for a visit to Havre de Grace: 

Hyatt Regency Baltimore The views alone are enough to visit this hotel repeatedly! Located right on the Inner Harbor, the sweeping views of the water from the suites’ large windows are fantastic. The hotel is within walking distance to all of the area attractions and stadiums:

The Columbia Inn at Peralynna is close to Ellicott City, and offers warm and cozy suites in a home-like setting, with cooked breakfast daily:

Town Place Suites by Marriot In Frederick, offered well-designed rooms for extended and comfortable stays, an outdoor fireplace, saline swimming pool and hot breakfast:


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