Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank once said he wants Baltimore to be the coolest city in the world. We think there’s something special here too. A quaint feel and respect for the town’s history is present in its neighborhoods, yet there’s an undercurrent of growth. And if you’re here this summer you’ll feel it too. Here, we take a trip to this cool kid on the block.
The Sagamore Pendry’s lounge features a 10-by-12 mural by Baltimore street artist Gaia created in 2017.
A warm glow permeates the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore (suites from $895, pendryhotels.com/baltimore) by Montage International. It’s in a restored 1914 property on Rec Pier, and its streamlined aesthetic pays homage to the area’s industrial past. Black steel and unlacquered brass pair with commissioned art such as “The Most Difficult Needle to Thread,” a mural by Gaia. The 128 rooms include well-appointed harbor- and poolfront suites—the 1,400-square-foot Presidential is where you should call home.
Magdalena’s spring menu dishes out grilled white asparagus with chorizo, black olive mayo and a sunny-side up quail egg.
An obvious choice: Rec Pier Chop House (recpierchophouse.com). It offers a window onto Fell’s Point and an Italian menu by chef Andrew Carmellini. The shrimp cocktail makes a splash with its playful plating. At The Ivy Hotel’s Magdalena (theivybaltimore.com), the staff diligently address dietary needs and put on a beautifully choreographed dining display. And Atlas Restaurant Group’s Bygone (thebygonerestaurant.com), on the 29th floor of the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, affords lofty views and harks back to the ’20s.
One of three 18th-century cannons is buried in sand below The Cannon Room’s floor and covered in glass.
Tippling is sine qua non. The Cannon Room at Sagamore mixes up an intimate whiskey-centric experience. Ask local barman Maxwell Armstrong where to go, and he’ll rattle off places like The Bluebird Cocktail Room (thebluebirdbaltimore.com), near Spike Gjerde’s famed Woodberry Kitchen (woodberrykitchen.com). Folks sip and snack in the latter’s convivial atmosphere until closing time. For luxe lounging, The Elk Room (theelkroom.com) speakeasy by Atlas has a private cigar lounge—but no ’gramming.
The George Peabody Library was designed by Edmund G. Lind and is a popular event space.
4. GET CULTURED
The 141-year-old George Peabody Library (peabodyevents.library.jhu.edu) is aptly dubbed the “Cathedral of Books,” with six tiers of cast-iron balconies and 300,000 works. Nearby, The Walters Art Museum (thewalters.org) exhibits Animal Tales through August 11th.
Knits, Soy & Metal founder Letta Moore makes 100 percent soy candles.
Baltimore is an artisan mecca. Knits, Soy & Metal (knitssoyandmetal.com) peddles vegan goods. Across the street is Bottle of Bread (shopbottleofbread.com), which curates items from independent makers and vintage finds—like a 1940s luncheon suit picked up by this writer. At Greedy Reads (greedyreads.com), staff recs may entice you to buy a title.
The Movement Lab stretches us out with antigravity fitness classes, among others.
The Sagamore Pendry teamed with The Healing Path (healingpathbaltimore.com) to offer in-room massage and wellness treatments. This summer, the destination stretches your soul with BeachFitBaltimore’s yoga on the pool deck. There’s also Movement Lab (themvmtlab.com) for aerial yoga and the Inner Harbor’s 7-mile waterfront path.
Photography by: Sagamore Pendry baltimore and the cannon room photos by christian horan and courtesy of the hotel; magdalena photo courtesy of the ivy hotel;
george peabody library and knits, soy & metal photos by jason varney and courtesy of Visit baltimore; movement lab photo courtesy of the studio