Rachael's Dowry Bed and Breakfast Blog ...

Baltimore has a long history of religious tolerance stretching back to its founding in 1729, and even before. That acceptance allowed a number of different faiths to grow and flourish here, including Judaism, Presbyterian, Methodist, Unitarian, Episcopal, Lutheran and Roman Catholic. Several of Baltimore's first houses of worship are still standing today and tell the story of the significant role their congregations have played not only within their own faiths, but in the culture of the city and nation.

With a storied legacy that spans 208 years, The Peale is Baltimore's community museum that showcases the history, culture, people and traditions that define our beloved city. When it opened in 1814 as Peale's Museum and Gallery of the Fine Arts, it was the first purpose-built museum in the Western Hemisphere. Today, after a five-year, $5.5 million renovation, a new chapter begins for this Holliday Street landmark, located just 2 miles from the historic Rachael's Dowry Bed and Breakfast.

Christmas is arguably the most festive time of year in Baltimore. Trust us... the yuletide cheer is contagious when Charm City is all decked out in twinkling lights and the month of December is jam-packed with endless merriment. From the renowned Christmas Village to the stunning Miracle on 34th Street light extravaganza, seasonal attractions and events make the holidays feel even more special. Plan your holiday getaway with a stay at Rachael's Dowry Bed and Breakfast, then bundle up and hit the city for some of the most iconic holiday fun anywhere.

New York City isn't the only place to see Broadway-caliber actors and dancers hit the stage for smashing performances. Here in Baltimore, the Hippodrome is a gorgeous historic theater that actually began as a movie palace and now provides world-class live stage shows — from Hamilton to Les Misérables, and Mean Girls to Wicked.

Prohibition may have ended 90 years ago, but some of the Baltimore speakeasies of that era are alive and thriving today. In the 1920s, these illicit bars and nightclubs sold alcohol despite the 18th Amendment that banned it. Maryland was the only state that refused to enforce the unpopular ban on alcohol, making Baltimore prime for these underground establishments.

Would you be surprised to learn that beer is the third most popular drink in the world, after water and tea? Here in Baltimore, our roots in beer-making are nearly as old as the city itself. You are probably familiar with our beloved National Bohemian, or as we like to say, Natty Boh. While it's now brewed out of state by Pabst Brewing Company, 90% of its sales are to Baltimore customers. Today, that legacy is being built upon by a new generation of breweries, each with its own unique flair.

No doubt you're familiar with Edgar Allan Poe, the American writer and poet best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre. "Quoth the Raven, 'Nevermore.'" You may not know, however, that Poe lived and wrote for a number of years in Baltimore and died here under mysterious circumstances in October 1849 at the age of 40. That makes October, or rather Poe-tober, an appropriate occasion to celebrate his life, literary works and contribution to the arts.

Baltimore is deeply rooted in African American heritage, dating back to when enslaved Africans first arrived here in the 17th century.

Every two years, Baltimore's waterfront hosts Maryland Fleet Week, a celebration of the Chesapeake Bay's rich maritime history and our nation's military traditions. This year, with the addition of Flyover Baltimore, visitors can participate in an exciting lineup of activities in the air, on land and at sea including guided ship tours, military demonstrations, flyovers, festivals and more.

Baltimore's Inner Harbor is one of America's oldest seaports. Once a center for shipbuilding, it's now a destination for fun and home to some of the city's best attractions – the National Aquarium, Maryland Science Center, Port Discovery Children's Museum and Harborplace. When you stay with us at Rachael's Dowry Bed & Breakfast, you are just minutes from the waterfront and all that it has to offer.