The Mount Vernon Hotel Coupons and Deals
Its geography Southern, its politics Northern, and its traditions somewhere in between, Baltimore has always had a mind of its own—it's a city where if you think the colonial-era history is rich, you should try the cream of crab soup. Grab a spoon and pull up a chair for this week's Escape to The Mount Vernon Hotel for a two-night stay ($152) in a town where good company and kitschy character abound. This 1907 property, once a YMCA, underwent $3 million in renovations a few years ago; its architecturally intricate and soaring ceilings now house the Bay Atlantic Cafe, refreshed guest rooms, and sophisticated granite baths. The Mount Vernon Hotel is situated in the heart of its namesake neighborhood, which serves up heaping helpings of cultural education in the form of The Walters Art Museum, the Peabody Institute, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, and the Basilica of the Assumption. Arrive in early December to savor the flavor of a holiday tradition that's 40 years ripe, the annual Washington Monument Lighting, replete with live entertainment and a finale of fireworks. Those hankering for Harborplace are in luck: You're just eight blocks from the waterfront hub of shopping, dining, and street performances—all with the backdrop of tall ships anchored for the evening. Save room for a one-of-a-kind late-night breakfast at Blue Moon Cafe—a Fell's Point favorite once featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives—with smoked salmon crêpes and quirky dishes like Cap'n Crunch French toast. Satisfy crustacean cravings when you pick your own freshly steamed crabs (just ask a local to give you an impromptu lesson) at Obrycki's, L.P. Steamers, or Nick's Fish House, all ranked in the top ten by The Baltimore Sun. If football's the thing you prefer to feast your eyes upon this time of year, catch a Ravens game at M&T Bank Stadium before heading back to Mount Vernon. "You can look far and wide, but you'll never discover a stranger city with such extreme style," iconic filmmaker and Baltimore native John Waters once wrote. "It's as if every eccentric in the South decided to move north, ran out of gas in Baltimore, and decided to stay." Cross cultures, boundaries, and the Mason-Dixon with this Escape to Charm City, where you'll stick a fork in this deal, because it's done.