GOOD MORNING, BALTIMOREEEEEE!
Literally me the entire time we were there.
When Felix got back from his deployment, he mentioned wanting to take a mini trip to reconnect after being away for so long. Being the *super experienced travel bug that I am, I was more than down to get out of dodge for a day or two.
Because of work constraints, Felix wasn’t allowed to travel father than 6 hours from home, which meant we got to play tourist in some surrounding cities!
We woke up early on Wednesday morning, got in a workout at the gym, and packed up the car and headed out to Baltimore, which is approximately an hour from our apartment.
We, of course, loaded up on car ride snack essentials. Cheez-Its, Sour Skittles, and a protein bar or two for good measure. I’m currently loving these. The birthday cake is on point.
With a mouthful of fake cheese crackers, I insisted Felix listen to S-Town. I listened to it during my trip to LA a few weeks back (never did recap this trip – soon!) and wanted Felix to get in on the action.
We arrived in Baltimore bright and early and the sun was there to greet us! We stayed at the Admiral Fell Inn in Fell’s Point, and it did not disappoint. The staff was so friendly and accommodating, our room was spacious and comfy, and they had a cookie shop right next door that delivered until 3 a.m. If you follow me on Instagram (let’s be friends!), you saw on my stories how happy that made me.
After unloading our luggage and getting Tuki situated in our room (aka hiding everything that he could possibly get into), we made our way to the main event of the day, The National Aquarium.
I’ve always considered myself as more of a zoo person, which is weird because I sunburn easily and I wanted to be a marine biologist as a child, but this aquarium may have swayed me.
It was beautiful.
We spent three amazing hours wandering around the exhibits and becoming acquainted with some stingrays and jellyfish in the touch pool, which Felix was super pumped about.
I, on the other hand, completely, and I mean completely, lost my mind at the puffin exhibit and the dolphin exhibit.
First of all, puffins are so playful. There was one who hopped his little puffin self down from his stoop to come say hi and followed us from the other side of the glass. He would pop in and out of the water and we’d crouch down and jump back up again. I fell in love.
At the dolphin exhibit, I actually cried real tears… streaming down my face… because they are so beautiful, and I was so happy for them to be living such a wonderful life and for mastering their tricks and getting extra herring as a treat.
I had my hands on my face the entire time because I was overwhelmed. These dolphins were massive, some weighing over 600lbs, and they were so happy and playful! I’m also convinced I could have sat there for the rest of my life and just watched them jump and do backflips and splash children with their dolphin pool water.
We eventually left the aquarium and wandered around the marina before making our way back to our hotel to catch a 5:30 ghost tour.
Oh yeah, our hotel was haunted. Did you catch my mini tour on my Instagram stories?!
The tour became a little bit boring for us (I blame the hunger. It actually wasn’t boring at all, but when Felix and I are hungry, we get tunnel vision that leads straight to a pot of
gold anything edible), so we left halfway into it for food and beer at Ale Mary’s.
Dinner was just okay. Drinks were better, so after dinner, we decided to keep our pub crawl going and ended up at The Wharf Rat.
Felix and I had another drink at the bar here while he asked me about life as an actor and how it compares to his lawyerness. They’re very similar fields, come to find. We tend to have pretty awesome conversations at bars, so I was happy to have some good ol’ talk time with my fella. Also, any chance I have to express my opinions about, well, anything is a good time to me.
We walked back to our haunted suite, grabbed the pup, and took him for a walk while eating eight million cookies from the place next door. The deluxe chocolate chip was my absolute favorite, and I’ve dreamt about it nightly since.
We fell right to sleep when we got back.
I woke up around 3am and flipped when I discovered Felix wasn’t in the bed. I thought he got EATEN. BY A GHOST. Turns out, he was just peeing. Crisis averted.
Thursday morning was supposed to begin with a run, but I woke up needing coffee badly. It’s crazy what middle of the night ghost-scares can do to a person’s REM sleep.
After getting half-dressed (yes, I wore pants), we walked down the street to a little cafe called Daily Grind where I ordered a coffee the size of my head to take with me on a little stroll around the harbor.
We had breakfast, got ready, checked out of our hotel, and drove to Fort McHenry for a little history and sightseeing!
Fun fact: Fort McHenry served as the inspiration for The Star-Spangled Banner. Cool, huh?
Felix was super pumped to be here, and despite it being a rather hot day, it was still really cool to walk around and see! Fort McHenry is star-shaped, and Felix mentioned it’s built that way to aid in seeing every angle of the grounds without having to expose yourself during battle. And it must have worked, because it defended Baltimore from attacks from the British navy in the War of 1812.
GO, STAR-SHAPED STUFF!
Our visit was quick. We weren’t able to go inside because we had Tuki, but we were eager to get to our next stop…
Three hours, a bag of sour gummy worms, and 2 1/2 episodes of S-Town later, and we made it to our STUNNING room in Bethany Beach, Delaware!
Recap coming soon!
*Not really that experienced. I’ve been to like, three places. You can read about them here.
Have you ever been to Baltimore? If so, what was your favorite part about the city?
Best day trip spot close to home?? – and GO!