WCBM Life StyleJan 01, 2013 -- 12:00am
1-7 – Phantom of the Opera – Hippodrome
1-7 – Our Town – Vagabond Theatre
1-14 – As You Like It – Center Stage at Towson University
1-14 – The 39 Steps – Fells Point Theatre
1-March 20 – South Pacific – Toby’s Dinner Theatre
1-21 – Under the Skin – Everyman Theatre
3-7 – Disney on Ice – Royal Farms Arena
4-7 – Auto Show – Convention Center
5-6 – Andre Watts – Meyerhoff
6 – Mardi Gras Festival – Power Plant Live
6 – Puppet Making Workshop – Visionary Arts Museum
6 – Domino Day – Science Center
6 – Chinese New Year – Port Discovery
9 – Babe’s Birthday Bash – Pickles Pub
9-10 – Shen Yun - Hippodrome
10 – National Aquarium Celebrates Black History Month
11 – Balto Magazine’s Single Party – Museum of Art
11 – 100th Anniversary Concert – Meyerhoff
11-12 – Romeo & Juliet – Hippodrome
12 – Jeff Dunham – Royal Farms Arena
12-21 – Fabulation – Arena Players
13 – Sex at the Zoo – Md Zoo
15 – Love Songs of the Presidents – Creative Alliance
17 – Beach Boys – Lyric
19 – Balto Blast – Royal Farms
19-21 – An Evening with Sutton Foster - Meyerhoff
19-21 – American Craft Show – Convention Center
20-28 – Maple Sugaring – Oregon Ridge Nature Center
26 - Chris Young – Lyric
26-28 – Monster Jam – Royal Farms
27 – Black History Month Open House – Reginald L. Lewis Museum
RECENTLY I HAD THE GREAT PLEASURE TO SPEND THE NIGHT AT THE IVY HOTEL LOCATED IN MID TOWN BALTIMORE AT 204 EAST BIDDLE STREET AT CALVERT...IT OPENED IN JUNE 2015 IN A HOUSE THAT WAS BUILT IN 1889.
OF COURSE THERE HAS BEEN AN EXPANSION OF THE PROPERTY SINCE THEN, ACTUALLY THE IVY CONSISTS OF THREE BUILDINGS...IT HAS 18 ROOMS, 9 OF WHICH ARE SUITES...THE BUILDING WAS PURCHASED BY LOCAL BUSINESSMAN EDDIE BROWN IN 2008.
I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW IMPRESSED I WAS WITH THE ENTIRE OPERATION, FROM STAFF TO THE ROOMS, THE PUBLIC AREAS AND THE ATTENTION TO DESIGN...I CAN TELL YOU THERE WAS NO PENNY PINCHING HERE...FOR EXAMPLE ON SOME AREAS OF THE FLOOR YOU'LL FIND LIMESTONE IMPORTED FROM FRANCE.
THE IVY IS THE FIRST RELAIS CHATEAU HOTEL IN MARYLAND. THERE ARE ABOUT 550 WORLDWIDE.
THIS IS A NO GRATUITY HOTEL, THAT MEANS YOU DON'T HAVE TO TIP THE BELLMAN, THE GUY WHO GETS YOUR CAR, ANYONE WHO BRINGS THINGS TO YOUR ROOM, NO ONE.
INCLUDED IN YOUR STAY IS A FULL BREAKFAST, ACCESS TO A FULLY STOCKED BAR, ALL THE GOODIES IN YOUR ROOM, A BILLIARDS ROOM, LIBRARY AND HIGH TEA. THE STAFF WILL TRY TO ACCOMMODATE ANY REQUEST.
THE RATES RUN FROM ABOUT $475 TO $1395. THEY CAN BE REACHED AT 410-514-6500.
Located at 425 7th Street N.W. Washington, you'll find Carmine's. This is what you'd definitely call a family style restaurant. Translation, the portions are huge. How huge? A table of four could do with two entrees. All entrees are meant to be shared. My favorite dish is the linguini with red clam sauce ($29.50). The biggest seller there is the penne alla vodka.
The restaurant seats 750, happy hour 3 to 7- , valet parking everyday from 5 to 11 (there is a charge) and yes smaller portions are available at the bar anytime.
By the way, ordering the tiramisu is a must ($20.50) and reservations are strongly recommended.