Bang out the best of Baltimore in a day: A travel itinerary for busy people
As a digital nomad, there are days when our adventures begin and end at a coffee shop. Just because we’re posting photos on Instagram cliff jumping in Croatia and skating is Rio, doesn’t mean we do this on the daily. This is where efficiency is key. Here’s an action packed itinerary, exclusively for busy people who want to bang out the best of Baltimore in just one day.
6:15 am Free Parking
Park at a meter on E Mount Royal between Saint Paul St and N Calvert. The meters don’t start until 9 am.
6:30 am Express Vinyasa Yoga Class
I love finding yoga studios with deals for new students while I’m traveling. There was an awesome Yelp deal for $19 for a month membership. I believe it’s $16 for a drop-in so this deal is basically a yogi no-brainer.
Most of the classes are 90 minutes of hot yoga, but the hour long 6:30 am Vinyasa Express was a highlight of my morning routine. The vibe here is awesome and there are two levels allowing for an even more diverse schedule of classes.
8:00 AM Treat yourself to Coffee and Breakfast
Coffee is like the dessert to my yoga. Yoga is both physical and meditative, leaving you energized and relaxed at once. The extra kick of caffeine is all you need to boost into Power Mode and ready to take the day by the balls.
The Bun Shop (10 minute walk)
The downtown crowds won’t start filling in for a few hours so you can leave your car parked where it is, as long as you’re back by 9 to feed the meter or head out to your next adventure.
If you skipped the yoga sesh, you can find 2-hours of free parking down a few streets. The Bun Shop is a little over a half a mile from Charm City Yoga in the Mount Vernon area. The fresh morning air is revitalizing after the sweat you just worked up in yoga.
This surprisingly spacious cafe boasts 4.5 stars, and is best known for their buns and quality Vietnamese coffee. Most of The Bun Shop’s breakfast items go for under $10.00, but the buns are where it’s at.
Their most popular pastry is the Rotiboy, a warm buttery doughnut-like puff that is sweet and salty with a white espresso shell… and yes, it’s as good as it sounds. You can taste the quality of their Vietnamese coffee immediately. Try their iced brews which come with tiny pieces of crushed ice and are perfect for the humid Maryland summers.
The coolest coffee shop ever. #ProudlyBaltimore #WeLoveBaltimore #MtVernon #Baltimore A photo posted by Stacie Votaw (@stacekir) on
Here’s where the magic happens: It’s BYOB! Chill out with your own bottle of wine on their comfy couches with friends.
Play one of the dozens of board games around the cafe or bring your laptop and set up your mobile office. Don’t worry, there are plenty of outlets and tables.
Artifact Coffee (10 minute drive)
I stopped here after yoga one day and was blown away by their maple latte, which I got with soy milk. After sampling about 10 coffee shops in Baltimore… it’s kind of my thing… this trendy and surprisingly spacious little establishment was by far my fave.
Towards the end of my stay in Baltimore, I was crossing another cafe off my list of shops to sample. As the sub-par brew hit my lips, I immediately regretted my choice, dumped it and headed back to Artifact for their soy maple latte. Given my satisfaction following a difficult start to a Monday, I gratefully sipped my latte while writing them a glorious Yelp review.
My husband and I also had breakfast sandwiches here this weekend. While they aren’t the picture of health, they are made with quality ingredients and are surprisingly budget friendly. While it’s a smaller portion, for $4.50 – $6 per sandwich, depending on the topping, it was just what I needed.
The added bonus were the adorable trendy touches, especially the tiny jars the cream and sugar come in.
10:30 AM Light Street Tours
Rent an electric bike from Light Street Cycles for a great way to see the city and allows you to see way more than on a standard bicycle. Many of their rentals are brand new so you’ll look super hot riding the adundant bike paths around the city.
You can also book a bike tour of over 16 miles of Baltimore’s historic sites. Their B&O and Historic Sites tour take you through landmarks such as the Babe Ruth Museum, the B&O Museum, and the Mount Clare Mansion. Most of this tour takes place on streets, as opposed to trails for a better sightseeing experience.
This is how we roll… big deals on wheels. What.
2:00 PM Shop at Cloud 9
I travel light, especially when I’m traveling long. I’m sure you’ve heard the packing light tip: Lay out your stuff then cut it in half. If you end up really wishing you packed that maxi dress that takes up half your backpack, it’s the perfect excuse for a little travel shopping.
Cloud 9 Clothing’s “timelessly hip” fashion (their words, not mine) is the perfect spot to spruce up your your evening outift. Their eclectic styles fit right in with the trendy/boho vibe of the Hampden area. You’ll feel like you’re shopping on cloud nine rather than at Cloud 9 with the huge variety of pretty things. Whether you’re shopping for girl’s night out or a hot date, there’s something for everyone at prices that make smiles.
4:00 PM Take a Speed Boat Tour with Sea Dog Cruises
Before dinner, take a cruise on a Seadog Speedboat to see the most popular attractions and historical sites around the Baltimore’s harbor in under an hour. The tour starts out slow but once you’re past the buoys, prepare to hit speeds up to 35 mph. The winds and light sea mist are refreshing in the humid summer heat. Cruise prices range from $14 to $75. Make sure to grab a coupon from the water taxi for 50% off your second ticket.
6:30 PM See the View from On Top of the World
Enjoy a 360 degree panoramic view of Baltimore at Top of The World. You can purchase tickets for $6 per adult. Binoculars and photo maps are strategically placed around the viewing area. Very large windows of the observation deck allow views of Inner Harbor, Chesapeake Bay, and the surrounding city.
Top of the World Observation Level is a also featured attraction on Baltimore’s Summer Harbor Pass, which provides you discounted entry into four of Baltimore’s most popular attractions and saves you up to 30% over single ticket prices.
8:00 pm Dine at Baltimore’s Best Restaurant: La Scala
Ok so I may be biased because a friend of mine works there, but based on the hundreds of reviews on TripAdvisor and Yelp, I’m going ahead and calling myself accurate.
From their 5-star service to their extensive menu selection, Chef Nino knows how to take care of his customers. If you’re over taking chances on inadequate dining experiences, go with La-Scala. It’s a no-brainer.