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The mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. stages four dramatically distinctive seasons, enticing year-round visitors to Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.
Just outside the hotel in the summertime, paddle boats and sailing vessels cruise sightseers around the harbor, while Harborplace’s beautiful brick waterfront promenade pulses the melody of buskers and outdoor performers — all providing a vibrant backdrop for folks dashing by en route to an Orioles baseball game at Camden Yards. When strolling by, you just might take in the aroma of spicy Old Bay seasoning; within easy walking distance are half-a-dozen authentic crab houses to sample a dozen Maryland blue’s with a pitcher of Natty Boh. On weekends in May through October, alfresco movies are screened for families on the fifth floor pool deck.
Baltimore’s eclectic arts scene is in full-throttle beginning in the early days of autumn through the springtime. Information about citywide events are posted for guests in the main lobby, but Marriott Waterfront’s crackerjack concierge has the inside track on the hottest, hippest, do-not-miss venues around town such as a Ravens football game and The Aquarium. Seeking advice on local productions at Everyman Theater, Center Stage and Single Carrot Theater? They’re up to date on the reviews and also clued in to the dates that world-renowned beatboxer artist Shodekeh is performing with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. And they’ll also have information on the latest exhibits at the new contemporary wing of the Baltimore Museum of Art and happenings at The Walters Art Museum. During October, Free Fall Baltimore provides an incredible array of Baltimore’s best venues offering complimentary admission to the Baltimore Zoo, performance stages and open studio tours. Getting anywhere worth going is never a problem since the free Charm City Circulator traverses the city, including historic Ft. McHenry, the roundhouse at the B&O Railway Museum and across town to the cobblestone streets of Fells Point.
Baltimore spangles dazzle around the winter festivities. Meander around the shops in Harbor East to check out the holiday windows decorated by local artists. After dark, head over the footbridge to watch the Power Plant’s holiday light, laser and music show. In early December, try to catch the annual lighting of the country’s first Washington Monument in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood; it seems like half of the city turns out for the show, which also features music and fireworks. Fells Point hosts Olde Tyme Christmas Celebration in December, with a spectacular Lighted Boat Parade and Christmas Market chock-full of local treasures. Santa and Frosty The Snowman accompany families on train rides at the B&O Rail Museum. On New Year’s Eve, don’t despair if your room doesn’t face the fireworks over the harbor. You can still avoid the crowds by taking a blanket and some hot chocolate to the Marriott’s second floor roof garden deck.