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Red Sox Game Day in Baltimore   Leave a comment

The first mission of the day was to find breakfast. Not wanting to pay hotel prices, we figured we were likely to find something as we made our way to the Inner Harbor. Stepping outside, we were greeted by a gloriously sunny day. Honestly, we couldn’t have gotten better weather if we’d planned it ourselves. About a ten minute walk from the Marriott gets you to the waterfront.

The first thing that greeted us was the USS Constellation. She is a sister ship to Boston’s USS Constitution. Of course unlike “Old Ironsides”, which is still a flagged Naval ship, the Constellation is permanently moored as a museum. Across from the Constellation, we found Lenny’s Delicatessen, and our breakfast.

Lenny’s serves breakfast all day and claims to have the best corned beef in Baltimore (we’ll save checking that claim for another trip). The breakfast sandwiches were big and tasty and reasonably priced. $15 got us two sandwiches, a side of hash-browns, a coffee, a soda, and a bottle of water. The best part was sitting at our booth with the windows flung open to give us a great view of the water and a flutter of a breeze.

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Our next stop would be the National Aquarium. I had read that it was pricey (yup, at $35.95 per person!), and tended to be very crowded (also true despite being there fairly early…although the ticket line would be much longer around lunchtime). It was a pretty good aquarium, although we agreed that we liked the one in Seattle better as it’s exhibits seemed to keep the animals entertained rather than just enclosed. The highlight would be watching divers feed the fish in the big tank.

After spending a couple of hours at the aquarium, we were out walking around again. We came to Phillips Seafood restaurant and found that they offered platters of crab out on the patio. I had planned on the Rusty Scupper for lunch as I’d enjoyed a meal there before, but DH saw the fresh crab being unloaded and was sold. We walked around the entire harbor before heading back to the restaurant for lunch.

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When we arrived at Phillips Seafood we were told there was a 25 minute wait. The nifty thing here was that they took my phone number and would send me a text when our table was ready. Sweet! So we stepped into the air-conditioned comfort of the Hard Rock Cafe to kill some time. After 15 minutes or so, my phone signaled that our table was ready. Thank goodness we were given a table with an umbrella. I spotted a couple of tables without shade and those diners look as though they were melting. DH got his 6 large crabs and I a cup of the cream of crab soup and some peel-n-eat shrimp. The best thing for me though may have been the garnish on my Bloody Mary. Instead of a stalk of celery and an olive, there was an olive, a cube of cheese, a slice of salami, a banana pepper, and a shrimp! Delicious! I thoroughly enjoyed my meal (the soup was great), but DH really enjoyed tackling that mound of crabs.

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After lunch we walked back to the hotel to freshen up before the Red Sox game. It was nice to just relax for an hour before we went back out.

Two minutes after leaving the hotel we were at Oriole Park. It is a new and very nice park…but I have to give the nod to Fenway and its history.

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Naturally our seats were in the sun, but we were in a good spot on the first base line, with quite a few other Red Sox fans keeping us company. My only frustration was that they only show replays that are favorable to the O’s, so there were several calls/plays that we couldn’t quite figure out what happened (until we saw them on Sports Center later).

We left after the 7th inning to grab ourselves a table at Sliders. We watched the end of the game (Red Sox won, so no free shots!) and had a snack; tater tots smothered in crab dip and melted cheese…delicious, and only in Baltimore! It had been our plan to watch the Stanley Cup game between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks from here, but they started cranking the music, so we knew that was out. DH got the idea to head back to the hotel and all of the Boston fans staying there. It took awhile for a table to clear up, but when one finally did, we had a great time watching with fellow fans. When the Bruins scored, you would’ve thought that we were in a Boston bar! Unfortunately, we wouldn’t see the Bruins win in OT because we had to get up early to catch our flight. But what a day for Boston fans! 🙂

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An Evening in Baltimore   Leave a comment

After a short flight on Southwest that took off late, but landed early, we arrived at our hotel. We opted for the more expensive option of a cab ($35) over the Light Rail ($1.60 pp) because we would have had to wait 30 minutes for the next train. Our priority was getting checked in, and out and about, so we splurged.

Much research led me to choose the Marriott Inner Harbor for our short stay. Marriott properties are consistent, this one is a block from the ball field, and the price was right. I watched the prices like a hawk and was able to settle on $169 per night. Not bad as the rate stayed around $249 for the most part. The hotel is perfect for our stay. The staff is very friendly. My only disappointment so far has been no room safe.

We walked over to the ballpark. Did I mention it is only a block from the hotel? We thought about buying tickets for the game that was going on, but passed since we had tickets for Saturday’s game.

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Instead we walked over to Sliders, a popular bar that DH had found. Cheap beer and decent appetizers were a good fit! The Sox would lose this game (boo!) but apparently at Sliders, an Oriole win equals shots all around! So shots that resembled an Orange Julius were consumed with gusto!

It was time to call it a night. We found our way back to the Marriott and its very comfy beds. We look forward to the next day!

Gorgeous day on the Inner Harbor   Leave a comment

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Posted June 15, 2013 by cubechick in Land Based Vacation Planning

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Baltimore Bound   Leave a comment

Let’s begin a short report on our current trip to Baltimore for the weekend.

We’d contemplated flying to Baltimore to catch a Red Sox/Orioles game before, but the cost (for a weekend) was prohibitive. Then our 5 hour flight delay last November netted us a couple of Southwest vouchers. $30 flights suddenly made the trip doable. Yay!

So here we are, at the Manchester, NH airport (a wonderful alternative to Boston), awaiting our flight to Baltimore and the Inner Harbor. Looks like we’re going to have wonderful weather for our short visit on the water.

Posted June 14, 2013 by cubechick in Land Based Vacation Planning

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