|Coming up from the Foggy Bottom Metro stop where the love affair began.|
We discovered a few weeks ago that flights between Detroit's Metro airport and Baltimore-Washington International are really reasonable, and we decided on a whim to book a trip. We arrived at BWI early on Friday morning and headed to our hotel on Arlington's Courthouse Road. This is my favorite area to stay - close to the metro, affordable hotels, and most importantly right next to my favorite West Virginia Mountaineer bar outside of Morgantown, WV - Ragtime. We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn on Courthouse, one of my favorite spots.
On Friday morning we discovered what could possibly be my all-time favorite spot in the Metro area - The Bayou Bakery. Opened in 2010 on Courthouse, it opened about a year after the last time we stayed there (we've stayed with friends our last few visits). It is just about a block from the hotel, and we stopped in for some caffeine and a late breakfast. I loved the atmosphere - it was very charming and comfortable. As we were enjoying our fantastic breakfast (the biscuits are AMAZING), I saw a guy walk by and remarked that he looked familiar. Then I realized it was David Guas, the owner of Bayou Bakery, who I recognized for being on the Food Network's Chopped, one of our favorite shows. I have to admit - I was a little starstruck and talked about it for about two hours.
|Inside the Bayou Bakery. The atmosphere is so charming!|
|Visiting the FDR Memorial|
|The powerful MLK Memorial|
|One of my favs - the WWII Memorial|
Speaking of cocktails, we slept in on Saturday morning after imbibing in a few at dinner the night before. The weather was a little cloudy and overcast, but we decided to chance it and meet a friend at a French Market in Georgetown. I love the vibrancy of Georgetown, but I find it is difficult to visit because the Metro doesn't extend into the neighborhood. We decided to walk over from the Foggy Bottom stop. The French Market was adorable - music, street performers, French food and sidewalk sales in the shops up and down the street. We snagged some delicious strawberry shortcake after they marked the price in half. Winning!
|The 9th Annual Georgetown French Market|
|Lots of people and a band walking up the street|
Before dinner with friends we with popped into the Whole Foods Market next door to pick up some wine and beer to take along. It may have been all the afternoon drinking, but I was mesmerized by the market. I absolutely loved it. I am not sure if I've been to a Whole Foods before that, but I am a sucker for an urban market. Dinner was at another couple's house, and it was a fantastic affair with wonderful company, delicious food, a bottle of champagne, too much red wine to count, and fancy gin that smelled like flowers.
I was moving slowly Sunday morning, but we went to the Bayou Bakery again because it is awesome. We then headed out to Baltimore to have brunch (who doesn't need two breakfasts?!?) at Spoons in the charming Federal Hill neighborhood. The service was terrible, and I'm quite sure the hostess forgot about us as we waited outside, but the food was amazing. I had risotto benedict, a delicious dish with risotto cakes, prosciutto, and then the traditional poached eggs and hollandaise. Really incredible.
|LOVE these signs.|
|Federal Hill, Baltimore|
After brunch we went to Camden Yards to watch the Baltimore Orioles play the Oakland A's. It was a gorgeous afternoon for a game, and the O's kept our trip in Baltimore fun by winning in dramatic fashion with a home run at the bottom of the 9th.
|A beautiful day for baseball|
We decided to head to the Fells Point neighborhood in Baltimore just on the other side of the popular Inner Harbor area downtown. This was probably my favorite place of the trip. There were narrow streets, lots of shops and restaurants, live music, and tons of people on a late Sunday afternoon. We had dinner at Bertha's, an eatery famous for their mussels. The service was great, the food was wonderful, and the atmosphere fantastic. It was the perfect ending to a lovely weekend.
|Fells Point. Love, love, love.|
|I'm always down for a good hootenanny.|