If you're interested in American pop culture and American history, be sure to head over to Geppi's Entertainment Museum. This Baltimore museum explores nearly 250 years of pop art and culture and has become a local favorite. The museum traces the role of pop culture in American life and history by tracing characters and artifacts from comic books, radio and television shows, films and cartoons. Check out exhibits like "Baltimore Heroes" which celebrates "Charm City." The exhibition features the different pop culture icons that came out of Baltimore. Geppi's is an interesting and unique way to spend an afternoon. Whatever your interest, Geppi's near The Fitzgerald is sure to pique your curiosity on Baltimore and American culture.
Geppi's Entertainment Museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Geppi's Entertainment Museum
301 West Camden Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
You can make beautiful jewelry all by yourself at Beadazzled in Baltimore. Located in the Mount Vernon near The Fitzgerald, Beadazzled has the equipment and the knowledge to let your jewelry making creativity soar. You’ll find all you need here, and it all starts with the beads. Gems, crystals, metal, glass and ceramic beads are all here for you to begin your creation. Then you can move on to the cords, wires and chains and the tools needed to complete your necklace, bracelet or earrings. It’s easy to find out how to create jewelry when you take one of the many courses offered at Beadazzled. All skill levels are welcome!
Not in a DIY mood? You can buy a completed piece as well. Check the website for more information.
501 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
A modest row house minutes from Camden Yards is the birthplace of baseball legend Babe Ruth. The house is now a museum and a must for Ruth fans. Here you can see the bedroom in which he was born, his childhood mitt, bat and jersey, as well as some early Orioles and Yankees memorabilia. You can learn about his background and family as well as his remarkable career. The museum also has some interesting exhibits like the "500 Home Run Club," "Babe: Husband, Father, Friend" and "Playing the Babe." If you're a sports buff, be sure to purchase a combo ticket. For $20 you can check out the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum and the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards. Minutes from The Fitzgerald, Babe Ruth Museum is a great way to spend an afternoon.
Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum
216 Emory Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
Clementine offers classy charcuterie near The Fitzgerald — and so much more. The dinner menu changes daily, offering Baltimore diners new, down-home, Italian-American surprises. Clementine's weekend brunch is locally famous, with the vast menu offering something for everyone.
Want to take some treats home? Check out the onsite market, which offers gourmet deli meats, cheese, jam and much more.
Clementine is also available for catering your events, with a mission to make them memorable. Catering includes extensive vegetarian options. Visit Clementine online for hours, menus, and more information.
5402 Harford Road
Baltimore, MD 21214
Located in a classic Mt. Vernon townhouse in Baltimore, you'll find The Brewer's Art. The grand interior with it's beautiful chandelier and bar set the scene for a unique dining experience. The Brewer's Art features a seasonal menu that appeals to carnivores, pescatarians and vegetarians alike. Here you can start with a cheese spread, a venison tartare or a saffron cavatelli. For mains, try the salmon served with beet borscht, the Veal Rouladen or the White Yam Gratin. While diners adore the food here, they also come back for the in-home brews. Regulars include a session beer, a Belgian "devil" beer called Ozzy and an abbey brown ale. You also have a selection of seasonal beers that is listed on the website. Whether you're interested in food, drink or both, stop by The Brewer's Art near The Fitzgerald.
The Brewer's Art is open daily from 4 p.m. to 1:45 a.m. with dinner service starting at 5 p.m.
The Brewer's Art
1106 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
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Pickles Pub is a Baltimore tradition near The Fitzgerald. Orioles and Ravens fans flock here before and after games to enjoy a few beers and grab a bite to eat. The pub has a good beer menu featuring domestic, imported and craft drafts. Pickles offers excellent happy hour specials on non-game days. If you're hungry, Pickles has an extensive menu with plenty of options for snacks and mains. Try the Crab Pretzels, Beer Battered Pickles or the nachos to start. Here you can choose from a variety of sandwiches like the grilled chicken and turkey reuben. Fans love the Old Bay fries served with ranch dressing. The pub can be packed on game days, but on other days, you're sure to run into friendly locals.
Pickles Pub is open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
520 Washington Boulevard
Baltimore, MD 21230
Yappy Hours here at The Fitzgerald are meant to allow both pets and pet owners to indulge in socializing and relaxation; however, last night’s Yappy Hour had a much deeper purpose.
The dog-rescue organization Operation Paws for Homes (OPH) made a special appearance at the event, and brought along with it six beautiful, adoptable canine companions. Applications were first submitted for the three 10-week-old vizsla mixes, and if you refer to the photo below, you may understand why! OPH was also accompanied by a sleek and strong black labrador mix, as well as two rambunctious blue heeler mixes. In full, OPH received seven adoption applications as a result of the evening.
OPH volunteers explained to everyone that because there was an approval procedure, the dog owners to-be did have a small waiting period to endure. Tanya Hofstede told us with wavering anticipation, “We’re trying not to get attached,” as her and her husband Dustin nuzzled with one of the vizsla mixes, whom they had submitted an application for just a few short minutes prior. Andrew Bringley and Claire Guididas took an eager approach to the adoption process, revealing excitedly that they had chosen the name “Ringo” for their potential newest addition.
All in all, Yappy Hour was a success. To the delight of the dogs that were there, a kitty pool, dog treats, and our dog-walker Matt Fisher were made a part of the special occasion. Residents of all ages were present with their pups, and the OPH volunteers told us they had wonderful time. If you or anyone you know are interested in providing a rescued dog with a new home, visit the OPH Adoption Guide for information on how to get started.
We have many other ridiculously adorable photos from the night that we’d love to share with you, so check out our Facebook album if you’d like to take a look!
Regulars say that Sascha’s 527 Café, located in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood just minutes from The Fitzgerald, makes an outstanding meal. Decorated with stunning marble and brick accents, the 16-foot high ceilings in the dining area are aglow with the light of a gorgeous chandelier and intimate table candles. Sip on a delicious specialty cocktail like a Blujito or Blackberry Gimlet while you linger in the relaxing, stylish ambience. Try the tempting tasting menu, or enjoy a full meal of Pan-seared Sea Scallops or Glazed Boneless Short Ribs. Find a selection from their extensive wine list to compliment your order. The attentive staff will take good care of you.
Visit Sascha's website for a full menu and hours.
Sascha's 527 Cafe
527 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Our lounges underwent quite the transformation last Friday when the Netflix original series House of Cards came to The Fitzgerald. The full crew spent all morning preparing a set on our first floor that mimicked a California-style hotel, complete with a café full of extras, and even a fully functional espresso machine.
Filming took place from late afternoon well into the evening, covering a small portion of script and what would eventually become about three or four minutes of season two. It was an exciting day for residents, as well as the Leasing Office (which was renamed the “District Grande Hotel” for the day!), because we were able to observe firsthand everything involved with producing a hit, Emmy-nominated television show.
Look out for the second season available on Netflix in early 2014; you just may catch a scene happening at The Fitzgerald!
If you’d like to read more and get a sneak peek at some additional photos, check out Bozzuto’s blogpost on the event.
Hailed by The Wall Street Journal as "a model of what regional theater can and should be," Center Stage offers theatregoers a bold and adventurous exploration of emotions, thoughts and events through the stage. Center Stage, located near The Fitzgerald in Baltimore's historic Mount Vernon, is an intimate space where an array of contemporary and classic works are brought to the audience. Performances have included plays by Henrik Ibsen and Arthur Miller as well as world premieres written by Marisa Wegrzyn and Kwame Kwei-Armah. Referred to by many as a Baltimore gem, Center Stage offers live theatre at an affordable price.Tickets start at $10 and a season membership starts at $60 making the live theatre experience very accessible.
700 North Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD 21202