Historical Sailors' Boardinghouse with Modern Updates
With its traditional pubs, cobblestone streets, and old buildings clustered along the waterfront, the Fell's Point neighborhood in Baltimore looks almost unchanged since the 19th century. This is where you’ll find the red-brick Admiral Fell Inn, which dates back to the 1770s. Parts of the inn's multibuilding complex have served at various points as a ship's chandlery, a theater, and a seamen's YMCA. Inside the lobby, broad wooden slats stretch out before a crackling fire surrounded by high-backed chairs and sprawling couches.
Individually decorated guest rooms feature classic decor and cherry-wood accents. Each room has a different view, whether of Fell’s Point Square, an inner courtyard, or tugboats chugging through the harbor. Just off the lobby, Tapas Adela serves Spanish and South American small plates, complemented by an extensive wine list. Drop by the Tavern at the Admiral to enjoy a cocktail or local brew in a bar that's been slinging suds since the 18th century.
Baltimore, Maryland: Historic Waterfront with Urbane Pub Scene
Shipbuilding and fishing largely shaped the village of Fell’s Point, where William Fell established a wharf in 1726. You can encounter many fabled spots on various neighborhood walking tours or by embarking on a private stroll around the harbor. The village also has plenty to offer laid-back revelers in the form of eclectic shops and cozy taverns.
The harbor began to transform in the 1970s from a burgeoning seaport into Baltimore's cultural center. It has a bevy of galleries, shops, museums, street performers, and harbor cruises where you can get views of the city's plentiful churches and monuments.
Blocks away from Baltimore's Inner Harbor, bright lights emanate from the Power Plant Live compound, which features popular lounges and piano bars. Fresh seafood from Chesapeake Bay is always on hand at a variety of upscale and quick-eats restaurants, or by simply snatching a striped bass right out of a passing baby's hands.