Back in the fall, Justin and I went to visit our close friends in Maryland. It was a great way to spend fall break, even though the leaves hadn't quite changed yet, and it was a good primer to get us back into the swing of travel after our slightly jarring (but amazing) trip to China over the summer.
We actually arrived a day late. Our plane was delayed and we missed our connecting flight, so we had to spend a night in Newark, NJ. But when we finally made it to Baltimore, we spent our first evening enjoying the truest form of Maryland fare: dinner on the docks in Annapolis, eating our first Maryland Blue Crabs at Cantler's Riverside Inn, where they draw in blue crabs straight from Chesapeake Bay (like, literally they go get some and cook them for you).
Brunch in the City
The next day, we headed to Baltimore! We ate at Miss Shirley’s Inner Harbor (delicious) and spent the mid-morning at the National Aquarium. Our goddaughter really enjoyed the jellyfish petting (so did I) and the walls inside were covered in deeply inspirational quotes about the importance of ocean life and preservation.
Touring the National Aquarium
Rooftop Coffee and Wanderings
On a whim and to my great joy we visited a multi-level Barnes & Noble, which had a Starbucks and patio on the top level with a view of the city! After our coffee break we headed over to another part of town to find our real site for the day: Edgar Alan Poe's burial site.
Visiting the Grave and Memorial of Edgar Alan Poe at the Westminster Burying Grounds & Catacombs
This is where Poe was buried in 1849 and later moved to his permanent memorial in 1875 (If you're interested in going yourself, the burying grounds are free to wander daily during daylight hours).
For dinner, it was Victoria Gastro Pub, where we had some pretty weird duck fries and quite a few varieties of brewed beverages.
The next day was filled up with our trip over to Washington D.C., but for dinner we had takeout: gourmet pizzas from Homeslyce Pizza Bar. These pizzas were insane!
On our last day, we visited Great Sage, a vegan restaurant with honestly the best food I've ever eaten. They had milkshakes, but no milk, but still milky. How??
Also, a bee found its way inside and it was really adorable to watch all the staff drop everything so they could rally together and rescue it (they succeeded). These might be my people.
And with that, we were done! We flew back to Nashville late that afternoon. As a parting gesture, please enjoy this incredible color show the sky blessed us with on the way back (we definitely enjoyed it!):
P.S. - If you'd like to read about our day in Washington, D.C., you can see it right here.