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.
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.
An authorized AT&T retailer, AT&T Portables sets itself apart from the crowd with customer-service-oriented staffers who guide shoppers through the process of picking phones and accessories from an extensive inventory. Each employee is well versed in the bells and whistles of the latest smartphones from Apple, Samsung, Blackberry, and Nokia, helping shoppers translate tech specs into real-world pros and cons. Customers’ chosen phones are accompanied by a range of protective and stylish accessories, as well as cellular plans that provide an appropriate amount of minutes, text messages, and bandwidth for sending and receiving urgent cat videos.
A parade of fixtures from brands such as Kohler, Moen, and Grohe tempts kitchen and bath savants at The Somerville Showroom. An Aqueous single-hole bathroom faucet shoots a steady flow of water into waiting basins ($111.07), and a Kohler Cachet elongated toilet seat snaps off easily to be cleaned or used as an emergency Frisbee ($59.30). Alternately, a polished chrome Kohler Flipside showerhead caresses soul cases with four different flavors of spray—a traditional shower, a dense and drenching spa mist, a pulsating water massage, and a circular-patterned spray ($95.30). Homeowners can also bring along detailed plans of a bathroom or kitchen remodel, and knowledgeable staff members can advise which faucet finishes will complement countertops or pink-and-red Hello Kitty color schemes.
In contrast to the limited inventories at conventional boutiques, Curve Appeal offers consignment options for full-figured women, who can choose from high-end, comfortable clothing from renowned labels. Items from Lane Bryant, Worthington, and Avenue are available in a range of sizes and styles and are suitable for any formal or informal occasion. Brand-new lingerie and dresses adorn racks and shelves next to consignment tops, blouses, shirts, and jewelry, making for eye-catching new ensembles that fit and flatter.