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Travel Recap // Baltimore

Sharing a recap from a design trip in the city of Baltimore!

Last week I traveled to Baltimore for a Design Conference β€” many of you know already, but graphic design and creative direction is what I spend my time 9–5 doing each day! I hesitated to put up a recap this week because it wasn’t really vacation-type of travel, but I really had a lovely time there and I think Baltimore could be a cool city to hit for someone that wants to take an accessible weekend trip but is on the fence about where to go.

I’ll note what I loved about our trip below!

I traveled up with 2 other designers from Charlotte. We are on the board of a national organization called AIGA (the professional association for design) that has 70+ local chapters across the country. I am president of the Charlotte chapter and all of us on the board volunteer our time to bring design value into our communities.

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Me and Shannon, from Charlotte, arriving into BWI

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Local design studio art

We stayed at the Lord Baltimore HotelΒ which is a cool old historic hotel (although the rooms are more modern).

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One of the hotel ballrooms
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Lunch from The French Kitchen, the hotel restaurant

It was right around the corner from the Washington Monument and Mt. Vernon place, which was pretty cool!

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The Washington Monument

Most of our days were spent seeing presentations…

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Like learning about the future of design in 2025!

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Me and the other presidents from around the country

Of course, National Donut Day was not to be missed!

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At night, we had fun πŸ˜€Β The first party was atΒ The American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) which was filled with visionary art by untrained artists. It was kind of bizarre, but coolβ€”if you don’t go for an official tour, at least go check out the sites around the building, which is an attraction in itself.

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AVAM is easy to spot from the highway!

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The weirdest exhibit – ALL BRAS!

There was another party at Little Havana, which was charming, down by the waterfront.

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Little Havana

We spent a lot of time in Fell’s Point which is also by the waterfront. There may or may not have been a few dance parties that went down here!

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The view from Barcocina

The next day I HAD to skip out on a session to get some crabs with our Charlotte crew. We heard LP Steamer’s was good and it did not disappoint! Y’all, these crabs were SO GOOD I would literally fly back up there just to eat crabs. That good.

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Classic Baltimore – Old Bay and Natty Boh beer
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Yummmmm

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I also took a few minutes to check out the absolutely stunning George Peabody Library aka the β€œcathedral of books!” The atrium here soars 61 feet high to a latticed skylight of frosted heavy glass, surrounded by five tiers of ornamental black cast-iron balconies and gold-scalloped columns containing stacks and stacks of books.

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The George Peabody Library

Last but not leastβ€”Federal Hill Park. One of the most historic parks in all of Baltimore, it provides the most fantastic vistas of the Inner Harbor and downtown Baltimore!

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Federal Hill Park

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On my way out of town I was able to swing byΒ R House β€” the best food hall in Baltimore. This is the result of ten chefs who decided to come together rather than go at it alone. Multiple types of delicious food including a cafe and ice-cream station, seating for 350, and a swanky bar in the middle of it all.

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R House
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Such pretty food!

Hope you guys all have a wonderful weekend!

Cheers!
xx β€” BB

 

2 comments on “Travel Recap // Baltimore

  1. Dee Macy

    Awesome pics – looks like a cool job and a cool trip!

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