The concept. The most frequent compliment/feedback I’ve received on my blog is “you gave me a really good idea for a date.” So, with that in mind, I’m giving the people what they want – more date ideas. This post is the first in a series of dates designed for specific interests; I’m talking movie lovers, sports buffs, coffee fiends, fancy pants, beer aficionado’s, cheapskates, etc. And even if you’re not an expert in one of these areas, or don’t have anyone to go on a date with (she wrote as she sheepishly raised her hand), you can still partake in the fun. Grab a few friends, take yourself on a date, expand your horizons and try developing a new area of expertise!
The Baltimore Newbie Date
Since this is the inaugural post, I thought I’d start out with a date for the Baltimore newbie. Think of this as the Cliff Notes of Baltimore… you get the point, but you don’t get the full experience. And that’s okay, Rome wasn’t built in a day – and hopefully there’s a second date to explore more of Baltimore.
Get your drink on. Start with a drink at Encantanda in the American Visionary Arts Museum. A full tour of the AVAM is a bit odd for the first date, so drinks there is a great way to get a taste without having to go into an in-depth conversation about the giant ball of bras on display (been there, done that; it's awkward). That being said, the place is a true conversation-starter. There is a really cool sculpture garden you can walk through, you’re overlooking Federal Hill and they make some interesting dishes and drinks.
Take in the View. As a Baltimore newbie, it’s inevitable that your date will want to walk up Federal Hill after drinks. I’ve been on the top of Federal Hill probably close to 100 times and I still love the view, so for a first-timer it’s sure to impress. Plus a little exercise climbing the hill gives you endorphins, and endorphins make people happy, and happy people have fun on dates – they just do! (Partially plagiarized from Legally Blonde)
Cross the pond. After a few minutes taking in the view walk down to the Inner Harbor and take in the view up close. If it’s a weekday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., you can take the Harbor Connector next to the Rusty Scupper for free across to Harbor East. If not, suck it up and pay to take the Water Taxi across the harbor (this isn’t the cheapskate date). It’s a short trip across but the views are awesome, and they save you from having to walk all the way around the inner harbor.
Fine Dining or Grab a bite to eat. Once you’re in Harbor East there are a ton of really nice dinner options. I’d suggest staying away from the chains and trying somewhere like Cinghiale. If that seems a bit pricey, keep walking toward Fells Point and consider trying Barcocina for waterfront views, Twist for BYOB, Peter’s Inn for farm-to-table or Kooper’s for a great burger.
Room for dessert? If you’re not stuffed grab a Gelato from Pitango and sit on the pier and reflect on your (my) perfect date planning.
Bonus Activity. If the date is going really well and you don’t want it to end, you’re in luck! Fells Point has great bars for whatever mood you’re in. Want to dance? Head to The Rockwell and sing your heart out to throwbacks from your teenage years. Want to test your date’s beer knowledge? Head to Max’s where there are literally hundreds (maybe thousands?) of beers to choose from. Want to play a game? Hit up Dog Watch for larger than life beer pong.
A few tips:
-Make sure you tell your date to wear comfortable shoes since you will be walking a lot.
-Consider the timing of your date; watching the sun set from the top of Federal Hill or on the pier could be pretty romantic.
-Feel free to stray from the plan. There’s so much going on in the city that if there’s bound to be something that pops up!