Chef and owner Haluk Kantar's extensive menu features a bevy of lunch and dinner options. Baba Ghanoush is not just a supporting character from Family Ties, it’s also a tasty appetizer of eggplant puree, olive oil and tahini ($6). For the main course, indulge in the lamb kulbasti, grilled lamb seasoned with oregano and garlic ($22), the coban salad, a mixture of cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, parsley, olive oil, and lemon juice ($10 for a large), or the mixed grill, which takes the pressure out of decision making, offering lamb, kofte, beef, and chicken kebaps served with rice and a salad ($25). The Chef's Choice menu fills any sized stomach with the Cazbar small-sultans platter for two, which includes a three-course tasting menu of mixed meze plate, lamb platter, adana, beef, chicken, chicken kofte, salmon, shrimp, rice, salad and rice pudding ($55). Kazandbi ($4), or caramelized milk pudding, is a sweet ending to a Turkish feast.
Since 1844, Maryland Historical Society has kept residents connected to their state's heritage by publishing educational books and a quarterly magazine. These days, its museum brings that archived history to life with more than 350,000 objects, most notably the oldest-known surviving manuscript of Francis Scott Key's "The Star-Spangled Banner," which includes its original, crossed out title, "Get Ready for Baseball, America." Guests can also marvel at artifacts ranging from 900 pieces of furniture made between 1634 and 2000 to more than 2,000 paintings, including seven by Joshua Johnson, America's first professional African American portrait painter. Meanwhile, its Civil War exhibit occupies more than 5,000 square feet with 3-D video presentations. The society also sponsors extensive educational programs that enlighten young students with field trips, plus adult programs that include lectures, concerts, and symposia.
Since 1996, the staff at Seadog Cruises has welcomed explorers aboard sophisticated, open-air speedboats for city tours. Over the years, they’ve led more than two million sightseers through Baltimore and Chicago on cruises that elucidate city histories, paying special attention to landmarks such as Baltimore’s Naval Reserve Center and Chicago’s Tribune Tower. Their fleet of sea crafts uses low-sulfur diesel and a four-stroke engines that produce lower emissions than older models, allowing eco-conscious passengers to rest easy and fish to finally open their windows for some fresh water.
The 90-minute narrated tour, led by expert guides who share insider info about the city and the Inner Harbor, shows off the city's prime sights. From the Annapolitan II, a luxury water van, you can spot Federal Hill, Fells Point, and the USS Constellation, and get a glimpse of Fort McHenry. While the open upper deck is ideal for making eye contact with attractions, a climate-controlled lower level, featuring a full-service bar with drinks and snacks available for purchase, provides some respite from potential awkward encounters with socially inept seabirds.
Even as a flight attendant and marketing salesperson, Belinda Magruder never forgot her younger years as a crewmember aboard international sailing charters. The freedom of clinging to the wind as the boat raced across open waters continued to call to her, and one day she got an opportunity to go back. After a chance ad for a marketing position led Belinda to work for Getaway Sailing, she eventually took over the company. Since then, Belinda has filled Getaway Sailing's school with American Sailing Association–certified instructors, many of whom were raised on the bay and grew up manning the rigging of their families' ships. Some of the school's captains hold merchant mariner's licenses and boast year-round experience in running freighters via tugboat or beating Poseidon in weekend poker games.
A fleet of 17 boats at lengths of up to 35 feet conveys passengers through classes covering navigation and cruising, as well as certification courses and team-building trips. With the water gently patting hulls, boats cut through the sunshine and across the Inner Harbor or to the Francis Scott Key Bridge on day charters, or take longer trips to farther-flung stretches of aquamarine around Rockhall, Oxford, and St. Michaels. Evening races let larger boats jockey competitively with snails snapping a staccato rhythm against the darkening sky, and harbor sails put small groups out with a skipper, leaving them free to bar-hop or heckle passing schools of fish. Getaway Sailing's instructors immerse their students in the insular sailing world and have drawn members from as far as Hershey, including patrons who have volunteered to help staff the school's booth at boating trade shows.
It's hard to stand still at The Get Down, where top DJs spin energetic dance tunes and a full bar keeps guests coming back for more. Lauded as a top nightclub by reporters from USA Today, the swanky lounge abounds with LED lights of every color, plush furniture, and funky eco-friendly décor. A diverse crowd inhabits the dance floor, shaking their hips to underground, house, and old-school mixes, all while attractive servers dart about behind the multiple bars, doling out mixed drinks.
Throughout the month, the lively club plays host to special events, from art shows to pole-dance exhibitions. The trendy establishment asks that guests dress appropriately, reserving the right to turn away patrons dressed in scruffy shoes or frightening lion costumes.