When Will and I moved out of the city, we did so with the notion that we’d be back frequently. We were excited to explore our new suburb, as well as Annapolis, but we have a special place in our hearts for Baltimore – its where we met, where we got engaged and where we found out we were expecting.
Will still works in Baltimore and I drive there almost daily for Pure Barre – but when Stay Alfred reached out to us about spending a night out up there, we jumped on the chance – side note, discount code for your next stay included below. We hadn’t spent a night out in Baltimore since we moved out. Stay Alfred is airbnb meets condo meets hotel in walking distance to restaurants, bars, entertainment etc in the city of your choice. The Baltimore location is called Stay Alfred at Banner Hill – located right in Federal Hill. While there are occupants here utilizing Banner Hill as an apartment, there are rooms available to rent for how ever many nights you need. A lot of airbnbs require a minimum stay of at least two nights, while Stay Alfred allows one night stays – this makes spending a night out in Baltimore that much easier.
We arrived to a spacious two bedroom apartment with a balcony. If you know me, you know I LIVE for outdoor seating. While we visited on a pretty rainy day, I can only imagine how nice it will be to overlook the courtyard in the warmer months!
We started our night out at Thames Street Oyster House – a quick 10 minute uber/car ride from the Stay Alfred. This easily became Will and I’s favorite restaurant in Baltimore City in our seven years of dating. While I’m really missing raw oysters and their cocktails, I had no problem indulging on their jumbo shrimp and lobster rolls. Fun Fact: We had the 5lb Baked Lobster on our mind for years and finally took the leap and signed up to have it the weekend after our wedding – you have to call it in a few days in advance – talk about a celebration.
We also treated ourselves to the lobster mac and cheese and the clam roll since it was a special occasion. This mac and cheese was full of lobster and cheese, but somehow not too rich.
Normally we’d go hang out by the water, but it was sleeting, so we hopped in our car and went over to check out The Bygone. It’s at the top of the Four Seasons Hotel – 29 stories up – with breathtaking views of the city. Obviously we didn’t eat, but they had an extensive cocktail menu and they made a pretty darn good mocktail.
photo c/o The Bygone
The views atop The Bygone were no joke. They even have a balcony that I imagine will be jam packed in the warmer months. Their lounge had a Mad Men vibe and I honestly can’t wait to go back and try a real cocktail.
After a few drinks, we went back to Stay Alfred to park our car. We took a a quick 10 minute walk to downtown Federal Hill. Another fun fact: Will and I met right on Cross Street back in 2011, after having one too many and look where we are today, so don’t let anyone ever tell you “you won’t meet your husband in a bar.” I used to spend many a nights at Mad River – most of which I don’t remember, but have yet to be back since they reopened as The Charles. Let me tell you, this is a huge change. I love the new space. The new menu looks incredible, I only wish I was hungrier. However, we did have room to split a dessert. I’ve seen the chef’s take on “spilt cookies and milk” all over instagram and had to try it out myself. It did not disappoint.
By now we waddled home stuffed full of good food and drinks. We stashed our leftovers in the fridge and got into bed. TVs equipped with on-demand capability, so we turned on The Mick and dozed off. We woke in the morning and took advantage of their fitness center – it even has a rock wall, like what??
Stay Alfred at Banner Hill is the perfect spot for a quick night stay appropriate for families in the larger rooms or just you. They were nice enough to offer my followers 10% off their next stay using code YOURPLACE when booking at stayalfred.com. Big thank you to Stay Alfred for giving these parents to be a special night out in one of our favorite cities!
photo c/o Stay Alfred