Last Wednesday I celebrated my birthday with a staycation at a nearby bed and breakfast in Baltimore. The 1840s Carrollton Inn is located in the Little Italy neighborhood of Baltimore, a few blocks from the fun Inner Harbor and Harbor East areas. The Inn is very walkable to a lot of fun touristy sites like the Aquarium, Port Discovery, Fells Point, and Power Plant Live as well as loads of Italian and seafood restaurants.
BC and I reserved the Declaration Suite on the first floor. The canopied king-size bed was heavenly!
The gigantic bathroom with a soaker tub:
The sitting room with fireplace was cozy. I read about the history of the Declaration Suite and the Carrollton Inn in the history binders provided. It was really interesting that Charles Carroll (the Inn’s namesake) was lived the longest out of all the Declaration of Independence signers, living to 96 years old!
We watched a few episodes on HGTV after my big birthday night out in front of the gas fireplace.
On my birthday, the weather decided to act like spring! It was 70 degrees and sunny so right after we checked in at the 1840s Carrollton Inn, we took a short walk to Fells Point to bask in the sun with wine.
Fells Point is a historic section of Baltimore with a lot of cute shops and restaurants. V-No is a wine bar/shop on the water on Thames St. where I love meeting friends. V-No allows customers purchase a bottle from them and pay a small corkage fee to drink it at their outdoor (or indoor depending on the weather) tables. The bottles are very reasonably priced as is the corkage fee.
From our wine happy hour we moved across the street to Thames Street Oyster House for dinner. Appetizers included the escargot above (I love, love, love escargot!) and charbroiled oysters. These were good but it tasted a little like there were Bac-Os on them (which I know there were not). Do you remember Bac-Os- the fake, jarred pieces of bacon from the 1990s?
Both BC and I ordered lobster rolls for our main course. The lobster rolls here are amazing! Loads of sweet lobster, butter, and so fresh!
We almost got to go bowling after dinner at Mustang Alley that was on the walk back to the 1840s Carrollton Inn, except it was full It was still a really fun birthday night in Fells Point.
Back at the Inn we watched TV and hung out in the courtyard on this beautiful night. The next morning, we were not particularly hungry until we went to the dining room and smelled some amazing breakfast smells.
I ordered the house omelet with mushrooms, peppers, and onion with a side of breakfast potatoes. BC ordered the ham and cheese omelet with a side of breakfast potatoes and bacon. Coffee and orange juice of course.
It was scrumptious without being excessive.
Whether you live in Baltimore or just looking for something different than a regular chain hotel, consider the 1840s New Carrollton Inn. They are a Select Registry property, a select group of B&Bs known for their service and quality. It was a fun choice for a birthday staycation but the location, near the most fun parts of Baltimore, makes it a fantastic choice for tourists too.
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Disclaimer: My stay at 1840s Carrollton Inn was complimentary but all opinions are truthful and my own.