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Situated in a region that has four distinctive seasons, Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore is fabulous year round. The hotel’s biggest draw is that it’s the city’s only waterfront resort. From Memorial Day through mid-September, the fourth-floor roof-deck pool — the only waterfront infinity pool in the city with views of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor — attracts a crowd. Pampering is the name of the game here; pool staff circulates among the loungers and hot tub hourly offering complimentary sunscreen, Evian-water spritzes and fresh-cut cucumber slices — essential eye cover for serious sunbathers. The 120-foot pool at Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore is filled with 83 degree F, lightly salted fresh water — ostensibly most ideal for skin and hair. Hike up a short set of stairs to the “wet deck” for the hot tub, a reflection pool and private cabanas stocked with fruit, soft drinks, 42-inch TVs and loungers, available for half- and full-day rental. On weekends, music streams from Pier 6 Pavilion concerts below. It’s easy to spend an entire day here, lunching and enjoying cocktails at the outdoor pool bar and grill. Fourth of July hotel guests have the added advantage of watching Baltimore’s grand fireworks celebration, high above the crowds.
After a day at the pool, wander out the front door to the attractions around Baltimore’s famous Harborplace. Summer at Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore is a perfect time to tour the National Aquarium, the Science Center, the USS Constellation and the Baltimore Maritime Museum, or take a cruise tour of the harbor. In the evening, stroll the promenade to Fells Point. This quirky neighborhood was once a significant Mid-Atlantic port and shipbuilding center, launching Baltimore’s famous clipper ships. Today, the area is home to hip shops and outdoor cafés. Locals head there for its down-home bars, such as Bertha’s Mussels and Alexander’s Tavern, serving native Natty Boh beer and regional fare.
In spring and autumn, Baltimore’s arts scene explodes. The Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore has a Mercedes ready to drop you off within a three-mile radius. Or take the free Charm City Circulator to see the Egyptian mummy at The Walters Art Museum, midtown in Mount Vernon, or check out the new Contemporary Wing at The Baltimore Museum of Art. Travel via water taxi over to The American Visionary Arts Museum in historic Federal Hill or explore Fort McHenry, the defining battleground of the War of 1812. For off-the-beaten-track evening entertainment, check out one of Baltimore’s pioneering regional theaters: Everyman Theater, Center Stage, the Fells Point Corner Theater or The Creative Alliance.
Over the winter holidays, the neighborhoods surrounding the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore are nothing short of magical. Shop windows in Harbor East are whimsically decorated by local artists and many boutiques host seasonal events. There are musical performances at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater. If you’re traveling with kids, take them to the 4-D immersion experience show, just steps from the hotel at the National Aquarium. And guests whose rooms face the harbor can watch the New Year’s Eve fireworks.