The day we went on our cruise in Inner Harbor, we stopped in at Lexington Market for lunch – at
Their crabcakes are the best (and biggest)
Besides selling crabcakes and raw oysters, clams, etc., they sell seafood to take home.
Following are several pics of Lexington Market – it was different than anything I’ve ever seen before – stall after stall of all kinds of food to either eat there, or fresh meat and seafood to take home:
Baltimore has this super-charming neighborhood called Little Italy – it’s wonderful! We had supper at Sabatino’s:
Next, we walked a couple of blocks to Vaccaro’s Italian Pastry Shop. They had a zillion different things, 50% of which I had never even heard of! We were still a little full from supper, so we got two cannoli to take back to the hotel. I’ve had cannoli, but it was *nothing close* to this. Yum!!
We had a *fabulous* time in Baltimore – we did ALL kinds of fun things and loved every minute of it! In the next couple of days, I’ll post more about where we ate, what we did, and that sort of thing. For now, I’ve got a few pics from the Baltimore Zoo here on Flickr.
We stayed a few days at the Tremont Plaza Hotel (update: it’s since been upgraded to an Embassy Suites) in Baltimore – it’s right downtown, and it’s a suite hotel – so all the rooms have a sitting area and a small kitchen.
Good things: Room size was nice; bed was comfortable; we didn’t use the kitchen, but it was great to have a refrigerator to put drinks in; the hotel was about five or six blocks from Inner Harbor, so we walked over there one afternoon.
Not-so-good-things: Internet service (free) was SO slow – like being on a 2400 baud modem (gave up on it). Also, there are four elevators and the service doesn’t have their own – so there was a pretty long wait every time.
Overall, it was pretty nice, and I wouldn’t mind staying here again, although next time I think I would pick a hotel with a good view of Inner Harbor.
I got the chicken livers (very, very good), greens (eh…), and potato salad (tasted Sysco-y). Unfortunately, there was sugar in the cornbread. Av had the fried chicken, which he said was pretty good, and a slice of chocolate pecan pie, which was 90% chocolate and 10% pecan, with a super-thin crust. He liked it.
Oh! And guess who was there? Mama Dip. She gave Av a hug and we got this pic:
This is a pic of our room at the Hampton Inn in High Point, North Carolina…just like every other average Hampton Inn. There aren’t any historic hotels here that we could find, but this stay was just fine.
On our way to Baltimore, Av and I spent one night at the Hampton Inn in Commerce, Georgia. The Hampton here is pretty much like every other Hampton, which is okay. We didn’t find any historic hotels here in Commerce – I think all the hotels here are the usual chains, but it was just fine since we got in late and were leaving early in the morning anyway!