Rachael's Dowry Bed and Breakfast Blog ...

There's no better way to immerse yourself in the artistic spirit of Baltimore than by attending Artscape, the largest free outdoor arts festival in the United States. Hosted by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, Artscape returns in 2023 for its 38th year after a three-year hiatus. Spanning three days from September 22-24, this immersive festival showcases more than 200 performing artists and over 100 visual artists and artisans.

Did you know that America's national anthem was inspired by a battle in Baltimore's harbor? It's true! So it only makes sense that the city expresses its patriotism in big ways. To celebrate our nation's independence, Baltimore hosts a multitude of festivities — from spectacular fireworks displays and concerts to waterfront festivals and even a pet parade. Put these six activities on your itinerary for your early July stay at Rachael's Dowry Bed and Breakfast, and let Baltimore show you an unforgettable Independence Day.

As a majority Black city for the last several decades, Baltimore's African American community has had, and continues to have, an enormous impact on the city's historical, political and cultural landscape. Each year, the talents, accomplishments and contributions of the Black community are celebrated at the AFRAM festival, a Baltimore tradition for 46 years.

Come to a place where love knows no boundaries, where vibrant colors paint the streets with unapologetic pride, and where diversity takes center stage. That place is Baltimore! Every June, the city rolls out the rainbow-colored carpet for 100,000 visitors who will descend on the city for Baltimore Pride.

Baltimore is a city of neighborhoods. There are roughly 200 tight-knit communities that, together, have shaped the city's rich history and vibrant culture. But each neighborhood on its own has a unique story to tell. Nowhere is that more evident than Baltimore's Hampden neighborhood, located about 4 miles north of Rachael's Dowry Bed & Breakfast.

Baltimore is a vibrant, bustling city — in fact, it's the 30th most populated city in the United States. There's so much for visitors to see and do here: museums, galleries, theatres, historical sites, restaurants, waterfront attractions, major league stadiums... and the list goes on. When you need to find a quiet reprieve from the flurry of activity of your Baltimore getaway, we encourage you to wander through Charm City's immaculate parks and green spaces.

When you think of America's top whiskey-producing states, Kentucky and Tennessee naturally come to mind first. While they're the clear front runners today, it wasn't always that way. Back when America was a new nation, Maryland, along with Pennsylvania, led the way in the rye whiskey business, out-producing Kentucky bourbon. While Prohibition caused mass distillery closures and a major decline of Maryland's rye tradition, a handful of small-batch craft distilleries are now emerging with their own unique whiskey recipes that revive this historical drinking heritage.

Did you know the Mid-Atlantic's largest single-day sporting event is held right here in Baltimore every May? No, it's not the Orioles' home opener (that's April 6, BTW). It's the Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing.

Have you ever been to a place where creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship combine? That's exactly what you'll find at the Union Collective in Baltimore – an inspiring space dedicated to local businesses and artisans coming together for support and collaboration.

If you want to visit one of the most unique and inspiring art museums in the world, then pack your bags and come to Baltimore to discover the American Visionary Art Museum. The AVAM is renowned for its outside-the-box exhibitions, showcasing the works of self-taught artists and innovators that explore themes such as consciousness, imagination and transformation. It is truly one of Baltimore's hidden gems—a must-visit destination that will challenge your understanding of traditional art and take you on an unforgettable journey....