In May 2015 I discovered a Southwest credit I didn’t use in the fall would expire if I didn’t use it before June 5th. I looked around at options and my credit was enough to get me a round trip flight from Fort Lauderdale to Baltimore over Memorial Day Weekend. I have a lot of friends who live or have lived in Baltimore and I had been promising to visit for quite some time. I did a night in D.C. when I first got into the DMV area (D.C.-Maryland-Virginia) to see my aunt and uncle and some D.C. friends, but the long weekend still gave me a good two days and two nights in Baltimore.
Before my trip to the Charm City I made a pretty ambitious list of gluten-free restaurants and sights to check out. The restaurants I more or less all got to, but the sights less so. That was alright, because I spent a lot of time hanging out with my friends and I visited Boordy Vineyards, which was one of my favorite memories of the trip and wasn’t on my original list. I also got a lot of time to do one of my favorite activities when traveling, which is just walking around and exploring a city’s neighborhoods. Baltimore has a lot of cool neighborhoods to explore (and a lot packed with history). I enjoyed my trip for many reasons and absolutely see myself ending up back in Baltimore eventually for another trip!
Restaurants (all with gluten-free options):
- Sweet 27 Restaurant and Bar (Remington)- 100% gluten-free restaurant that is a fusion of Latin, Indian, and Asian. Delicious gluten-free battered fries and gluten-free fried fish.
- Sweet 27 Gluten-Free Bakery and Cafe (Remington)- 100% gluten-free bakery with cupcakes, cookies, and breakfast.
- Verde (Canton/Fells)- Neopolitan pizza restaurant with a flaky, thin, and light gluten-free pizza crust
- Woodberry Kitchen (Woodbery)- a top Baltimore brunch spot in a neighborhood surrounding a revamped mill. Has gluten-free biscuits and English muffins, which are pretty awesome!
- Baltimore Neighborhood Photo Blog- really enjoyed my time walking around just a few of Baltimore’s neighborhoods
- Boordy Vineyards- spent an awesome Sunday afternoon at a bluegrass festival with wine tasting. One of my favorite memories and highly encourage wine fans to make a visit.
- Fort McHenry National Monument and Historical Shrine- kind of doesn’t need an explanation, if you know American history. Probably the top must-do on a trip to Baltimore.
- Patterson Park Photo Blog- a well-known and large park near Fells with a very impressive pagoda (with supposedly stunning views when it’s open on Sundays)