Welcome to Baltimore

While you're in town for the 2019 National Wraparound Implementation Academy conference, be sure to explore Baltimore!

Rich in history and charm, Baltimore is easy to get to and easy to get around. Whether you're strolling around the famed Inner Harbor, exploring attractions and museums, or dining our with friends, you're sure to find Baltimore a delightful waterfront city.

Neighborhoods

Harbor East — Since 1996, Harbor East has built its reputation as a premier destination for national employers, successful retailers, and sophisticated visitors and residents. Once an area known for its ghosted warehouses dating back to Baltimore’s 19th-century industrial boom, the neighborhood was rebuilt to transform its iconic waterfront neighborhood into a beautiful skyline. The vision was accomplished with integrity, persistence, and a genuine desire to thoughtfully elevate Baltimore. Harbor East is full of trendy fusion restaurants and slick bars overlooking the docks. Homey Italian restaurants, delis, and cafes dot the busy streets of nearby Little Italy.

Little Italy — Nestled between the Inner Harbor and historic Fells Point, you will find the warm and inviting neighborhood of Little Italy, where many residents are of Italian descent. The area in the heart of the waterfront renaissance in Baltimore City boasts more than 20 of Maryland's best Italian restaurants and trattorias, all within walking distance of Harbor East, Fells Point, Camden Yards, and, of course, the Inner Harbor. Stroll through the charming streets of Little Italy, and you’ll come across dozens of dining options, which range from casual to fine dining. Some favorites are Germano’s Piattini, which also has an active cabaret lineup; Da Mimmo’s, serving generous portions at affordable prices; and Café Gia, which you’ll find by its colorful mural and balcony. Fine dining hot spots include Aldo’s Ristorante and La Tavola. Family-owned favorites Ciao Bella and Sabatino's have been around for generations.

Area Attractions

Landmark Theatres — Catch a movie within steps of the hotel! This movie theater has new releases as well as independent, foreign, avant-garde flicks. Plus it has a full-service bar and drinks can be taken into the movie.

 

National Aquarium — One of Baltimore’s most popular and grandest attractions, the National Aquarium offers a three-hour showcase with more than 20,000 fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and marine mammals living in award-winning habitats.

Harbor East Marina — The newly renovated Marina at Harbor East is a 184-slip marina with up to 500 feet of alongside dockage. Located in the heart of the city, the Harbor East area of Baltimore boasts 12 square blocks of fine dining restaurants, world-class hotels, hip lounges, quaint pubs, and the best of national and local shops.

 

The Spa @ Four Seasons — Treat yourself to a plethora of luxury spa therapies from massages to facials, body treatments to nail services, and more.  The Four Seasons spa is within walking distance of the hotel and located along the Marina.

 

Little Italy restaurants — Stroll through the charming streets of Little Italy, and you’ll come across dozens of dining options. With a range of casual to fine dining options, this neighborhood is a go-to for any occasion.

 

The Shops @ Harbor East — Want to shop? Need a gift to take home? The Shops at Harbor East are lined down Aliceanna Street and the Marina.  

 

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture — Come visit Baltimore’s authentic voice of Maryland African-American history and culture.  This museum is within minutes of the conference location on Pratt Street.

 

Baltimore Civil War Museum — Come visit Baltimore’s historic railroad station with artifacts and displays detailing the city's role in the Civil War. This free museum, located in the historic President Street Station, explores the city's connections to the Civil War and Underground Railroad. 

 

Baltimore Inner Harbor — Take a water taxi to visit the National Aquarium, Hard Rock Café, World Trade Center, Maryland Science Center, and so much more. 

American Visionary Art Museum — Also accessible by water taxi is the AVAM, which showcases a one-of-a-kind collection of pieces by self-taught artists, often created in non-traditional settings, such as prisons and in-patient mental health care facilities.

Cities Nearby

Interested in arriving early or staying longer after the conference to check out the area? Baltimore is the perfect location for a day trip. Washington, D.C., our nation’s capital, is approximately 40 miles or (depending on traffic) a 45-minute drive. Philadelphia, the city of Brotherly Love and the cheesesteak capital of the world, is approximately 105 miles or (depending on traffic) a one-hour and 45-minute drive. New York City, also known as the Big Apple, is approximately 190 miles and a 3 ½-hour drive from Baltimore.