Stylish, Urban Hotel Minutes from International Airport
In the mid-19th century, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor became a major port of entry for European immigrants, second only to Ellis Island. Nowadays, the harbor has transformed into a trendy hub of arenas and art museums. Today, though, most arrive in the city by plane rather than transatlantic steamer. The Aloft Baltimore-Washington International Airport is one of the closest hotels to the tarmac, and helps take the edge off traveling with a complimentary 24-hour airport shuttle and free WiFi service.
Though its convenient location is a major selling point, the hotel has an appeal of its own if you want to hang out. It’s got a hip interior reminiscent of a nightclub: neon lighting, rainbow throw pillows, and geometric furniture liven up the lobby.
Beyond, the re:mix lounge features a window-panel fireplace and a bright-blue pool table. Here you'll also find the w xyz bar, featuring a backlit wall lined with liquors used to craft cocktails as whimsical as the bar's name. Or step into the Re:fuel café next door to grab a sandwich or soda at any hour. There's a courtyard garden just outside, and past that lies the pool, heated to a comfortable temperature year-round.
Guest rooms echo the hotel’s modernist theme; they feature platform beds and wood-slat headboards.
Linthicum Heights, Greater Baltimore: Historical Suburb Minutes from Downtown’s Museums
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.