Rachael's Dowry Bed and Breakfast Blog ...

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....

We love sharing the history of Baltimore with our guests at Rachael's Dowry Bed and Breakfast. For starters, our impeccably restored inn was built in the 18th century and once hosted George and Martha Washington among its guests back in the 1790s. But beyond our historic walls, there are history lessons to be learned in every corner of Baltimore, many of them having to do with the city's position as a port city.

Looking for a romantic spot to celebrate this Valentine’s Day? Want to treat your sweetheart to a birthday or anniversary getaway to rekindle a little romance in your life? Look no further than Baltimore! Baltimore is a great destination for couples to spend a special weekend together. Book a getaway for just the two of you at our historic Rachael's Dowry Bed and Breakfast. Spend a day or two sightseeing around Charm City, then cap off the evenings with an impressive dining experience at one of Baltimore's most romantic restaurants.