Rachael's Dowry Bed and Breakfast Blog ...

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.

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.