Lush Bed and Breakfast in Converted 19th-Century Row Homes
In the middle of historic Jonestown’s Heritage Walk and steps from Baltimore’s Little Italy, a group of early 19th-century interconnected row homes stand next to a shady central courtyard. Next door to the Carroll Mansion—former home of Charles Carroll, a signer of the Declaration of Independence—the 1840s Carrollton Inn, with its red brick and crisp white wood façade, looks like a scene from early American history books come to life.
Inside, each of the differently decorated rooms features the inn's rich hardwood floors, in-room marble-and-oak fireplaces, handcrafted Kingsdown mattresses, and glinting chandeliers lit by natural light from the windows overlooking the courtyard or President Street. The Carroll suite boasts a separate sitting room, and a double whirlpool tub in the equally ornate Scholars room allows guests to challenge one another to bubble-bath-sculpture contests. No matter the room, the Carrollton provides plush robes and decorates chambers with fresh flowers.
Early risers are rewarded with a full American-style breakfast served in the hotel's first-floor parlor, in the walled garden courtyard, or in the privacy of one's room. Breakfast feasts include thick-sliced french toast, fruit-infused buttermilk pancakes, and house omelets filled with seasonal veggies from the nearby Gramercy Mansion's Koinonia Farm.
Jonestown, Maryland: A Historic, Walkable Charm City Neighborhood
Located a few blocks east of Baltimore's popular Inner Harbor, Jonestown was settled in the 1660s and is now rife with antiquated brick houses, tree-lined streets, and quaint shops. One block south of the inn, one finds authentic European meals in 1 of Little Italy’s nearly 30 restaurants and delis. Several eateries within walking distance in the area serve traditional and modern interpretations of the region’s iconic steamed blue crabs.
With a stop just outside the Carrollton's entrance, the free, eco-friendly Charm City Circulator shuttle service ferries adventurers to area attractions such as the Historic Ships in Baltimore, including the famous 1854 USS Constellation, which features live daily cannonball firings. The nearby Heritage Walk stops at 20 historically significant spots near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, such as the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House and the Friends Meeting House, one of the oldest Quaker meeting houses in existence.