~ By Barbara Kenniston
The Reston Limousine marketing team went the Baltimore, also known as Charm City, for our third Fun Friday experience. We started out the day by parking in the Fell’s Point neighborhood near the Inner Harbor. Fell’s Point goes all the way back to 1726 with the historic canal and 18th century homes featuring storefronts that are still there.
Miss Shirley’s Café is on Pratt Street, right off the Fell’s Point canal and just blocks away from the Inner Harbor. Miss Shirley’s was featured on the Foodnetwork’s TV show “Diner, Drive-Ins and Dives” and we just had to try it out! We had the Coconut Cream Stuffed French Toast that was featured on the show, along with some other menu specialties, like the Mac Crabby Bites, the Spicy Shirley – a twist on the traditional Bloody Mary , and Miss Shirley’s Affair with Oscar, succulent beef filets over fried green tomatoes topped with crabmeat.
After brunch, we walked to the Inner Harbor and enjoyed the sites at Piers 4 and 5, checking out the USCGC Taney Coast Guard ship and the National Aquarium. We passed a lot of great restaurants, including Phillips Seafood Crab Deck, Hard Rock Café, and McCormick and Schmick’s. As we were walking around, we stumbled upon the Baltimore World Trade Center. We needed to cool down from the hot day and decided to check out the Top of the World Observation Deck. Cool air-conditioning and spectacular 360 degree views from the 27th floor observation deck were a surprising and welcome respite. The views of the Inner Harbor on a sunny and beautiful day were absolutely breathtaking!
Next stop was the Chessie Paddle Boats! The team took some great videos while paddling the dragon-headed boat around the harbor and got the perspective of looking into the horizon of the Baltimore harbor. There are plenty of activities for the kids that include the paddle boats, Urban pirate ship cruises and Port Discovery Children’s Museum.
We ended our day at a road stop on the way home at the Frisco Tap House in Columbia, Maryland. We had some more good food there, including the local beer Push HoCo Pale Ale, mussels and beeramisu for dessert.
The day flew by too fast, and before you know it we were back in Northern Virginia. We enjoyed a beautiful summer day in Baltimore and had a Fun Friday in Charm City!