Bright lights, big city; that’s what you get when you cruise up the Patapsco River to Baltimore, Maryland. Known as “Charm City” you’ll hear the locals calling it “Balmer”.

Museums, music, sports, history, performing arts, diverse neighborhoods and culinary exploration, all within walking or water taxi distance of the first class marinas. On the national stage Baltimore is best known as the place where Francis Scott Key penned the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which came to him after witnessing a battle at Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.

It’s a raven territory, as in The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe, which gave the eponymous football team its name: The Ravens. Baltimore is also home to baseball’s Orioles and the Inner Harbor.

There’s a down-home side to the city on the streets of its neighborhoods like Canton, Fells Point, Little Italy, Harbor East, and Federal Hill. You’ll find terrific restaurants, markets and music venues. It’s a big city, that’s true, but if you spend enough time here you’ll find it’s easy to kick back and get into a “Hon” frame of mind.