Boy howdy, are we ever big fans of the alphabet, which is why we're so excited—not to mention a little frightened—to embark on an ABC journey around the Baltimore metropolitan area with you. Get ready, fellow alphabet-adventurers, for 26 (actually 27!) of our favorite things, arranged alphabetically, that are wonderfully, uniquely Baltimore. And please excuse our occasional stretchings of the alphabet, as letters like Q and X, as you'll soon discover, are a bit more difficult to work with than others. Anyway, here goes! Let's ABC our way around Mobtown!
A is for Artscape - The biggest public art event in the country.
B is for Bromo Seltzer Tower - And you can tour the tower, you know.
C is for Crabs - A local culinary staple.
D is for Domino Sugar sign - An icon. Best viewed when lit.
E is for Eubie Blake - A musical legend, born right here in Baltimore.
F is for Fort McHenry - The site of several historically significant battles, as well as the place that inspired our national anthem.
G is for Great Halloween Lantern Parade - Held annually in Patterson Park; an always memorable, beautiful Baltimore event.
H is for Hon - Love it or hate it, it's a nickname that is here to stay.
I is for Inner Harbor - A fun spot for locals and tourists alike, and of great significance to regional industry.
J is for Jones Falls - A waterway! An expressway!
K is for Kinetic Sculpture Race - The American Visionary Art Museum's unforgettable annual springtime event.
L is for Lewis, Reginald Museum of African American History - Putting the last name first is NOT cheating. And in any case, it's a superb museum.
M is for Milkshake - They may have hit the big-time, what with their national tours and TV spots, but Lisa Matthews and Mikel Gehl haven't forgotten their Baltimore roots, particularly since they still live here.
N is for Nature - We've got lots of it. Explore our area's numerous parks, trails, and nature centers.
O is for Orioles - The orange and the black. Our old-school baseball team.
P is for Port Discovery - Our very own kids' museum.
P (runner-up) is for Phelps - Because he's everywhere, especially with the summer Olympics approaching.
Q is for Queen Anne's County - A stretch, granted, but you try dredging up a local Q. And anyway, it is pretty, being right on the Bay and all.
R is for Raven - Poetry and football.
S is for Star Spangled Banner - Our national anthem, composed right here in Baltimore.
T is for Train Museums - We've got two of them—one downtown and one in Ellicott City—to delight your junior train enthusiast.
U is for Utz Potato Chip Sign - Sure, the chips are made in Hanover, Pennsylvania, but we've got that amazing sign, right there at the bottom of 83.
V is for Vaccaro's - A Little Italy tradition, decaying sweet-tooths since forever.
W is for Walters Art Museum - Home to still more of Baltimore's incredible art collections.
X is for Xylophone - As in...ummm...those played by members of the BSO. (Ahem.)
Y is for Yuletide Cheer - Baltimore never goes half-hearted for the holidays. Visit Hampden's 34th Street for evidence of Charm City's holiday spirit.
Z is for Zoo - We just happen to have an awesome one. Check out Samson, the prairie dogs, and a host of other animal buddies.
Whoo! That was exhausting! Now, how about you come up with a Baltimore alphabet of your own!
Summer, as conflicted as we feel about its imminent departure, is most definitely fading into the sunset, which means—as your friendly neighborhood retailers are all too happy to remind you—that the first day of school is right around the corner.... read more
Remember last night when, just before bedtime, you promised the children a super-fun afternoon of playground-play and general outdoor frolic? Remember their excited expressions? Their ambitious plans to climb high and swing higher? Their visions... read more