Gangs of ottomans and mattresses populate Atlantic Bedding and Furniture, whose continually changing designs from top brands help customers capture the furniture species of their choice. Treat hard-working eye awnings to a decadent break with a solid hardwood Leonardo bed ($347–$516), backed by a strong, modern headboard the color of morning espresso but the flavor of tufted upholstery. Taking home a Davenport nightstand ($125) means never having to precariously perch glasses or bequeathed dentures on thin windowsills.
Although Linthicum Heights is mostly known today as the home of BWI, it's been around much longer than the airport. The Linthicum Heights Historic District dates back to the 1910s, and it shows—colonial, Tudor, and Dutch Revival houses sprinkle its tree-shaded hills. These are sedate surroundings; if you want to get to the heart of Baltimore, though, it’s just a short trip away.Among the many museums downtown, the Baltimore Museum of Art holds the largest collection of Matisse paintings in the world, and the American Visionary Art Museum displays the works of self-taught artists. If you’re looking to get away from meticulously climate-controlled buildings, there’s plenty to do outside, too. The entire area surrounding the Inner Harbor of the Chesapeake Bay is known as the Baltimore National Heritage Area. On a walking tour you can check out the vibrant immigrant neighborhoods and or look for monuments to Supreme Court justice and Baltimore native Thurgood Marshall to pay respect to his mustache. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
Falls Road Running Store's wide selection of running and walking shoes provides mobile citizens of every speed and arch shape with something comfortable, and the store's friendly staff has expertise in helping customers find just the right fit. Pick up a pair of Brooks Adrenaline GTS 6 running shoes ($85.50) for thoroughly sweat-wicked jogging fins, or step up the shocks to your shins and connective tissue in New Balance x1007 ($90) cross-trainers.
Walking through the shiny red doors of Woolworks, knitters are welcomed by wall-to-wall shelves packed full of yarn in all colors and gauges of the rainbow. More than 50 brands of yarn flaunt their fibers within the cozy confines of the store, such as the silky Road to China, a combination of alpaca, cashmere, camel, and silk wrapped together in seven rich colors ($15.25/skein), or the Savannah, a lighter yarn with lighter chromatics that combines wool, cotton, linen, and soya with a traditional array of Georgian table manners ($15.25/skein). To start out, refine practiced techniques, or add artifacts to a basement knitting museum, wool-weavers can also purchase instructional books, creative patterns, or all-inclusive kits.
Neopol's smokery counter has taken on a functionally industrial aesthetic, a rustic, old-world look, thanks in large part to the russet red smoker that stands in plain view. Owners Barbara Lahnstein and son Dorian Brown's focus is on beautiful presentation and incorporating as many fresh, local, all-natural, and never-canned-from-leftover-space-missions ingredients in her dishes. During the week, stop by before heading to a Super Bowl replay party and choose from the plentiful lunch menu (though they're open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day but Sunday, on which they close at 5 p.m.), which has more options than a chimney has chimney sweeps trapped inside. On the lunch menu, the salmon BLT ($9.95 whole, $5.50 half) consists of freshly smoked salmon, free-range bacon, tomato, and field greens with honey dijon dressing, all draped lovingly on sunflower-flaxseed bread. If seafood isn't your cup of sportsdrink, try the pork loin sandwich ($9 whole, $5 half), an organic and local slice of cherrywood-smoked meat crowned with fresh goat cheese, house-made tomato jam, red onions, and field greens, or the vegetarian sampling ($9.00), a variety show plate of smoked hummus, tofu, olives, and seasonal vegetables.
Though Matt stepped up to lead his family's screen-printing venture in 2003, he actually gave his father the original idea for it in 1980, when he was thrilled over a printing lesson at a childhood art camp. Some of Matt's proudest works are the apple-themed T-shirts he prints for the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure—a job sweetened by his wife's own triumph over breast cancer. One recent customer, an elementary-school student, took a celebratory run outside in the 95-degree heat to show off his navy, gold, and white spirit-week sweatshirt. Matt also coaches (and, naturally, designs uniforms for) the Fallston High School Cougars boys' lacrosse team.