Stephanie Citron

Correspondent

  • Baltimore, MD, USA

Stephanie Citron is a correspondent who covers Baltimore for Forbes Travel Guide.com. The freelance journalist writes about travel, specializing in indigenous cultural and culinary environments. Citron likes entertaining readers about the idiosyncrasies, savory flavors and magical hideaways of her native Mid-Atlantic region. She also authors “Celebrity Traveler,” a monthly column in The Baltimore Sun, and has written a guidebook on Tahiti. Citron worked on the launch team of one of the Internet’s earliest family websites, www.mom.com, as the editor and a contributing writer for its Travel and Education channels. An impassioned cook and emerging cyclist, she is perpetually in pursuit of fresh, uncharted adventures.

  • On July 2, 2014
  • On September 30, 2013
    Stephanie Citron answered the question: Stephanie Citron

    What is the best way to get an appointment at The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore?

    To make an appointment at the at The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, call Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore at 410-576-5800. The reception staff is well versed in each of the treatments and is eager to guide you in securing the remedy for your needs. It is best to reserve an appointment as far in advance as possible, especially if you want a spot during the weekend or holiday periods. When booking, you will be advised to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your treatment to complete a questionnaire about your skin and general health. The great thing about being a guest at the Baltimore spa is that you essentially have a free day pass to the entire facility — including the hot tubs, sauna, steam room and the outrageously decadent heated loungers. And speaking of free, spa guests also receive complimentary valet parking.  
  • On September 23, 2013
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    Where is Wit & Wisdom located?

    Wit & Wisdom is located at 200 International Drive, inside Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore. The surrounding neighborhood, fashionable Harbor East, is filled with epicurean restaurants and trendy boutiques. So it’s no surprise that the hotel employed celebrity chef Michael Mina to mastermind its premier eatery. Anchored on the lobby level facing the harbor, Wit & Wisdom brandishes some of the city’s most dazzling views. In warmer weather, it’s nice to nibble on the creamy housemade Amish cheddar-pimento cheese dip with bacon marmalade at sunset from an outdoor table. Inside, you’ll find edgy menus for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, along with a bustling bar scene. The Baltimore restaurant upholds the neighborhood’s expectation for a first-rate dining experience.
  • On September 23, 2013
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    When is Wit & Wisdom open?

    Wit & Wisdom, located inside Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, is open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m., seven days a week, offering a variety of dining options. Breakfast is served 7 to 10:30 a.m. on weekdays. On weekends, choose from the full-range à la carte menu 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. or opt for the traditional brunch buffet from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Lunch is available 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and continues until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and service is extended from 5:30 until 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. If you’re at the Baltimore restaurant for dinner, try the North Carolina trout with rye dumplings in a cucumber broth. Don’t leave without sampling one of pastry chef Chris Ford’s dessert creations, like the Coffee & Cake — devil’s food, espresso curd and brown butter coffee sherbet.
     
    Along with offering some of Baltimore’s best views, Wit & Wisdom’s gorgeous waterfront Lounge is arguably the most vibrant bar spots in the city. It serves inventive cocktails, wine and beer 11:30 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesday, and until 1 a.m. on Thursday and 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Sip slowly when you order the Jalisco Sour, with tequila, aperol, lime, agave and grapefruit marmalade; it’s so delicious, you’ll want to down it quickly. The popular Lounge Fare menu, featuring such sumptuous nibbles as chicken wings covered in a bourbon-soy glaze, is available 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and until 11:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
  • On September 23, 2013
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    What is the dress code at PABU?

    The dress code at PABU, Baltimore’s cool new Japanese pub, is casual but varied. The restaurant tries to replicate an izakaya, an after-work pub serving small-plate fare. So PABU draws suited business folks from local financial and law firms, particularly at happy hour, where they can be spotted throwing back a frosty Asahi. Conversely, the Baltimore restaurant’s waterfront location in the au courant Harbor East neighborhood also attracts an array of fashion-forward locals in designer jeans and the occasional sneaker-footed tourist from the Inner Harbor. Keep in mind, too, that the waitstaff also races around in black sneakers. PABU resides at Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, so you’ll see a number of hotel guests there in smart-casual attire. Outfits shift considerably dressier on Saturday evenings for the date crowd, who gaze at each other over their candy-garnished Katsura ginger cocktails.  
  • On September 23, 2013
    Stephanie Citron answered the question: Stephanie Citron

    Where is PABU located?

    You might not notice PABU, the city’s most innovative Japanese restaurant, because it is not accessible from inside Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore. Located at 725 Aliceanna St., PABU sits adjacent to the hotel with a separate entrance. But PABU savors its exclusive identity, enjoying front-row views of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. In warm weather, sit outside with a fabulously chilled bottle of sake and watch the boats sail around the harbor. It’s a pleasure to arrive at this restaurant; the valets couldn’t be happier to greet you, whether or not you have a car to park, and when you leave, they inquire about your meal and urge you to return again soon.
  • On September 9, 2013
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    What's the best time to visit Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore?

    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.
  • On September 9, 2013
    Stephanie Citron answered the question: Stephanie Citron

    What's the best time to visit Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore?

    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.
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