Baltimore, Maryland, USA
I love finding amazing accommodations and my trip to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor may have been the best find yet. When I hear “The Four Seasons“, I know it’s going to be good, but this particular waterfront property is exceptional.
Pulling up to the hotel is an experience, and I love that. As your SatNav guides you to the end of International Drive, you pull into a cul-de-sac where doormen are waiting with the friendliest of smiles to greet you for your stay.
Entering the hotel is a sensory experience. White marble, high ceilings, fresh flowers and the subtle scent of lavender instantly relax you. The rooms follow the same light and airy decor – off white without being too Miami-bold or D.C.-dark. This property seemed to find its own decorative calling card in the mid-Atlantic.
On-property dining includes Michael Mina’s ‘Wit & Wisdom’, a harbor side tavern offering indoor and outdoor (seasonal) seating, beautiful views and delicious seafood.
You can not go to Maryland and not have seafood, or at least I can’t. Lunch options include Chesapeake Oysters, Crab Cake Sandwich, Blue Crab Cocktail and Spice Poached Shrimp.
The dinner menu offers more selection toward meat, which is why I visit for lunch. Seafood is an option on the dinner menu, but in more limited amounts. If steak is your calling, the Prime Beef Filet and Wagyu Ribeye are “must tries”, so I’m told.
Should you wish to try a seasonal cocktail with your lunch or dinner, you can not go wrong with the GIN & ROSES (botanist gin, amaro montenegro, rosemary, lemon, honey, whole egg), CHARMING GENTLEMAN (rittenhouse rye, tempus fugit gran classico, dried apricot shrub, dolin blanc vermouth) or LOT NO. 27 (four roses yellow label bourbon, nux alpina, lemon, orange, maple, activated charcoal, egg white).
A large selection of wines by the glass and bottle, as well as beer are also available.
Following lunch you may wish to go for a swim. This pool is everything. I’ve never seen a pool this beautiful on the East Coast. It’s an infinity style pool that goes up to four feet. Children love it, grown ups love it and the design allows views overlooking the harbour.
Watch the boats, the airplanes or just look at the water. It is a real treat to swim in this pool, and to add to the luxury, the family friendly atmosphere makes for happy parents and children.
Should you wish to have a poolside bite, Splash Pool Bar and Grill offers a take on American fare. The kids can enjoy a hot dog with fruit and French fries while the adults can have fish tacos, spring rolls or crab burgers. The menu offers something for everyone, so there is no need to leave the pool to feed your crew.
The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, typical to The Four Seasons, is immaculate; well thought out and peaceful. Located adjacent to the state-of-the-art Splash Terrace and Fitness Center, they actually “promise head-to-toe bliss beyond compare”. I believe the bold claim as they offer Body and Energy Healing Treatments, Massages, Beauty Services and poolside Yoga.
I spent quite some time in the Vitality Pool.
The Amethyst Heat Room is also a delicious treat to sweat the toxins out and grab some rest and relaxation.
In feng shui, amethyst is used for its purification qualities and can be used to calm the emotions (yes, please}.
If spa treatments are not your thing, you can still use the spa facilities (gym, vitality pool and amethyst steam) if you are a hotel guest.
I recommend you do, the experience is wonderful.
The surrounding area is really lovely.
A jogging path circles the hotel, where you can go for a run, or a family stroll.
The National Aquarium is a must, for all ages.
If you want to watch the Baltimore Orioles, the stadium is walking distance away.
Boat rides are available to transport you around the Inner Harbour or if you have time, take a walk over to the other side. You may find balloon animal makers, face painters, street dancers!
I’d be remiss if I did not mention my favorite off-site restaurant…The James Joyce Pub (616 S. President Street Baltimore) “Baltimore’s Home of Irish Hospitality,” offers a spinach and crab dip that you can not miss!
Walking distance from the hotel, take a stroll over, enjoy some appetizers in the fresh sea air.
Even if it is full, Baltimore abounds with other Irish pubs….
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