If you arrive in Baltimore by train, you’ll step out into the bustling heart of Midtown, a cluster of neighborhoods renowned for graceful, elegant brownstones and fueled by the creativity of the city’s Arts & Entertainment District.
Midtown is a study of old and new. The Station North arts district, the center of the LGBTQ community, museums, galleries, underground art and music, restaurants, cafés, and historic monuments all coexist happily in this eclectic hub of Baltimore’s cultural life.
View Old Master paintings at the Walter’s Art Museum or check out cutting-edge contemporary work at Area 405 and the galleries at Maryland Institute College of Art. Music and performance in Midtown ranges from classical (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra) to new (Peabody Institute student recitals) to experimental (at Windup Space and Metro Gallery).
Don’t miss roasted pumpkin at the Helmand, a pour-over coffee at Canteen, rosemary-duck-fat fries at Brewer’s Art, or a unique slice at Joe Squared Pizza. Dance off the calories at Sidebar, Club Charles, the Depot, or the Hippo (then drop into Never On Sunday for late-night greasy spoon fare or Jong Kak for Korean BBQ till 4am).
To take it all in at once, climb 228 steps to the top of the newly restored Washington Monument on the square in Mount Vernon. The nation’s first monument to the first president looks down on a historic neighborhood and a vibrant, thriving city.