“Baltimore is like visiting a place where just walking from one street to the next you feel like you are in a new city. It is constantly evolving and adapting to the needs of the people in the city. We sometimes get a bad rap but that is not the whole story of Baltimore and it is one of the most interesting places to visit.” Fitting for the day, though unplanned we’re wandering with Staff sergeant in the US Air Force Isaiah Robert Winters @IsaiahRW “Baltimore has such a unique vibe to it, you will meet people from all walks of life and everyone seems to have an interesting story. Baltimore has helped me grow as an artist by helping to inspire confidence in myself.
I want people to see a different side to the city, one that the media doesn’t always portray.”
One of the first things people think of when they think of Baltimore is our famous Inner Harbor. I am @isaiahrw and I'd like to thank you all for taking the journey with me this week to explore some of my favorite places in Baltimore. I want to help familiarize you guys with my city and spread some of that "Charm City" love. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about specific locations and I'll give you all the details I can! This is not a view of the Harbor people typically get, lucky for me I have a drone that allows me to get a bird's eye view on our city 🚁
Getting back into the swing of things after a long vacation is always hard. one of the easiest places in the city to go study/work and get your head on straight is the beautiful George Peabody Library @georgepeabodylibrary. It's a 19th century research library and open to the public, just make sure you're considerate to the locals inside doing work! Check out my page @isaiahrw for another angle if you haven't seen it already!
Another awesome spot I like to hang out at is this fountain in Mount Vernon @mountvernonplace. It can be found just outside the Peabody Library and Washington Monument. In the spring/summer the flowers and tranquility in this area can't be beaten. A lot of people also don't realize this is the location of the original #washingtonmonument which can be spotted behind the fountain, trees and #lafayette statue
One of the coolest bus stops in the World sits right outside @creativealliancebaltimore. Creative Alliance basically has everything someone who is a creative/artist or fan of art could want. You'll find art exhibits, different events going on and an incredible atmosphere to express yourself. It's a community based non-profit and was the location of one of the first photo shoots I ever did for my professional portfolio (@isaiahrw) Swing by and take a picture at bus stop!
It's almost the weekend and what better way to celebrate that than with @andpizza. This amazing restaurant recently opened their first Baltimore location in Federal Hill and anyone who knows me (@isaiahrw) knows how much I love pizza. Recently my friends and I from @walkwithlocals and @thebmorecreatives were able to try out all of their amazing pizza and it's changed my weekend habits for sure. Check them out if you haven't already
@thewaltersartmuseum is absolutely stunning. A pro tip is to just take the day off if possible and head there so you can have most of the place to yourself. There is so much history present and it has to be one of the most beautiful museums in the country. Tucked away right here in our Mount Vernon neighborhood. Admission is free for all and everyone who works there is friendly and helpful
The Pagoda is a well-known symbol in Patterson Park @friendsofpattersonpark, which most consider to be "Baltimore's backyard". A lot of people don't know it was originally called the Observatory and was designed in 1890. We lost access to it in the early 50s but luckily in the late 90s everything was renovated and opened back up to the public. It is open from 12pm-6pm on Sundays from Spring until Fall so get out there and catch a beautiful view of the city from the top!
The weather outside is perfect for a walk through @fellspointdistrict out all the local businesses and the market. Had a blast exploring it with a bunch of friends from @walkwithlocals. Look for the interesting alleys and walkways, there's a lot to see
I've gotten a bunch of questions about restaurants in the city so I want to go ahead and highlight my favorite. Want to thank owner Lane Harlan for creating @bar_clavel because it is by far my favorite place to eat, they serve authentic mexican-inspired cuisine and chef @yo_soy_bbeto is a genius.
Everything from the interior design down to plants they use to decorate the restaurant are just perfect. For those of you old enough to enjoy adult beverages this is the Santa Sandia. It is Siete Misterios doba-yej, fresh watermelon juice, serrano pepper, limon, agave nectar, basil and chile salt. Now stop reading and go to Clavel! (then go across the street to @wcharlan)
I want to thank everyone who followed along with me during the week while I showed off some of my favorite places in #charmcity. Before I close out I wanted to throw in a photo from one more place that many people don't know about. Graffiti Alley is an alley in the city near MICA just over the Howard St Bridge and it's filled with some of the most amazing art. Artists from all over come and tag their work all throughout the alley. It's city sanctioned so each time I go I feel like I'm finding new amazing work. The two lovely women in the photo are the creative minds behind @thebmorecreatives and we put our heads together for the list of places I showed you all this week. So I wanted to make sure I give them a shout out as well and let you know that they are constantly updating their feed with recommendations and events going on in Baltimore! Thank you all again and please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have @isaiahrw it's been a pleasure