Romantic Baltimore

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Romantic Baltimore
Baltimore has a myriad of places for couples to enjoy a romantic bite to eat or something to drink, along with beautiful parks, an inspiring skyline, and rich cultural options. You'll fall under the spell of Charm City in no time.
By Elizabeth Doerr, AFAR Local Expert
Photo by Jeff Greenberg/age fotostock
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    A Walk in the Park
    Contrasted against the grit of Baltimore’s urban center are several peaceful parks for a romantic stroll. Federal Hill Park’s iconic views of the city complement an afternoon picnic. Patterson Park, north of Canton, is expansive with many winding paths, a restored Victorian pagoda, a boat lake with winter ice-skating, and a plethora of picnic spots. Druid Hill Park is another picturesque green space containing the Maryland Zoo, as well as the Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, a quiet spot away from the bustle of the city where exotic plants bloom in the greenhouses.
    Photo by Jeff Greenberg/age fotostock
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    Charm City Dance Spots
    Cut a rug at Baltimore's out-of-the-ordinary dance spots, with an eclectic sampling of music genres and styles. DJs play hip-shaking '50s and '60s R&B and soul music at the Lithuanian Dance Hall's monthly “Save Your Soul” dance party. The bar is stocked with Lithuanian and Eastern European beers and liquors, and the party really gets hopping around 10:00 p.m. Mobtown Ballroom has 1920s-style swing dancing on Monday and Friday nights for all experience levels, and beginners can take a class before the party gets started. Sway to the blues at the Cat’s Eye Pub, feel the house beat at Mosaic, or find an LGBT destination at Grand Central Club.
    Photo by Jesus Tarruella/age fotostock
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    Table for Two
    Baltimore has a variety of romantic dining spots to help set the mood. Salt Tavern's modern dining room glows with neon-green lamps, serving beautifully plated dishes with an emphasis on quality seafood. Pazo focuses on sophisticated Mediterranean food in a two-floor setting with soaring ceilings. The candlelit and homey Woodberry Kitchen presents farm-to-table cuisine with innovative cocktails. Tapas Teatro bustles like a traditional Spanish tapas bar, while Petit Louis Bistro provides the feel of a classic French bistro. Stop by the well-stocked Wine Source to choose a bottle to accompany dinner at the homey Grano Pasta Bar.
    Photo courtesy of Dusan Vuksanovic/Woodberry Kitchen
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    Cozy Up over Cocktails
    When it comes to cocktails, Baltimore has plenty of atmospheric places to try. The Fork & Wrench's bartender shakes up specialty and classic Prohibition-era cocktails. WC Harlan is the perfect spot for a secret rendezvous—if you can find it. There's no sign outside, no phone, and no website, but there is still online buzz about the Remington neighborhood speakeasy. Hersh’s Pizza & Drinks is known for its wood-fired pizza, but its cocktail menu also gets rave reviews. Myth & Moonshine Tavern brings a modern twist to the renegade spirit known as moonshine, along with craft beers and cocktails. For a classic night out, sip Wit & Wisdom's house-crafted infusions and seasonal drinks, ensconced inside the Four Seasons.
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    Tasting Maryland Wine
    One of Maryland's favorite wineries is actually a cider producer. Millstone Cellars uses traditional winemaking methods to craft cider and mead with an experimental twist. Their ciders can be found in a number of stores around Baltimore, but it’s worth the trip to their refurbished mill in Monkton for weekend tastings and a tour. For more classic wines, there is Boordy Vineyard for sweet wines, and Black Ankle in Mount Airy for a beautiful, rustic setting; all are within an hour's drive of the city. Back in Baltimore's Harbor East, BIN 604 carries an incredible variety of wines, with knowledgeable staff who host regular thematic wine tastings.
    Photo by Elizabeth Doerr
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    Romance on the Harbor
    Baltimore’s harbor location provides a lot of options for romance on the water, such as dinner and moonlight cruises aboard the Spirit of Baltimore. Waterfront Kitchen offers harbor-side seating centrally located in Fells Point yet removed from the hubbub of the city. The chef at Charleston brings South Carolina haute cuisine to a stunning Harbor East setting. For waterside concerts, the Pier 6 Pavilion hosts well-known performers all summer long. Finish a romantic evening with a walk along the harbor promenade, winding from Fells Point all the way to Federal Hill.
    Photo courtesy of Spirit of Baltimore
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    Dinner and a Show
    Mount Vernon is the prime area to take in dinner and a show. Between Center Stage’s diverse and bold productions, the Strand’s focus on work by and about women, and the country's longest-running African-American community theater group at Arena Players, Inc., there is a wealth of performances to enjoy as part of a cultural night out. In nearby West Baltimore, dine at a neighborhood restaurant such as Alewife or Sascha's 527 before heading to a world-class performance at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center or Everyman Theatre, which focuses on creating a connection between the actor and the audience. Highlandtown has many dinner options for you to choose from before attending a Creative Alliance music performance or film showing.
    Photo courtesy of Visit Baltimore
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    Romantic Cityscapes
    A beautiful skyline can set the stage for a perfect photo or even a proposal, and Baltimore has a number of places from which to enjoy the view. During the day, the pagoda in Patterson Park has a 360-degree view of the city. The observation deck at Top of the World has a panoramic view of the entire city from the vantage point of downtown. At night from Federal Hill Park, the neon light from the Domino Sugar factory glows over the city and downtown skyline. For cocktails with a view, the 13th Floor inside the Belvedere has strategically placed tables that offer stunning views over the city landscape.
    Photo by age fotostock