What to Expect: At the Ivy Hotel, pampering begins the moment you arrive—with a glass of champagne. An on-call concierge can help with everything from restaurant reservations to arranging for complimentary car service to anywhere within three miles of the property.
What to Do: Baltimore is a city of neighborhoods, each with its own history and distinctive character. Embark on a culinary adventure with Bite of Baltimore (www.biteofbaltimore.net), which offers tours of the Fells Point waterfront or the culturally vibrant Mount Vernon neighborhoods. Tours visit five community dining and drinking establishments, which serve small plates (including the city’s famed crab cakes) or a craft cocktail. Be sure to take in the collections of world art spanning thousands of years at the Walters Art Museum. Admission is free, and it’s an easy walk from the hotel. For a truly unique experience, visit the American Visionary Art Museum, which highlights unusual media works (think toothpicks, mirrors, boxes and bottle caps) created by self-taught artists.
205 E. Biddle St., Baltimore, Md. (410) 514-6500
Rates: Starting at $595