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Admiral Fell Inn
www.weloveourlife.com. This is our page dedicated to our experiences while staying at The Admiral Fell Inn, Fells Point, Baltimore, Maryland.
The Admiral Fell Inn is located in the Fell's Point section of Baltimore, on the harbor (a short water taxi ride away from the famed Inner Harbor). The inn itself is a restored 200+-year-old structure, and the rooms and lobby are decorated in Federal period style. We had a room on the ground floor with a spacious, comfortable king-size bed. The colors were deep and masculine, and heavy drapes covered the windows and the headboard. There was a large compartmented bath with a whirlpool (although it was not really big enough for the two of us to share). All the usual amenities were included in the room, but a refrigerator was missing and would have been welcomed. There were quite a selection of cabel channels to choose from. One drawback was that the windows of our room opened onto the courtyard (where there was a cafe), so we had to keep our drapes closed at all times. We would recommend requesting a room higher than the first floor for privacy purposes.
The inn is missing amenities such as a pool and fitness center, but the area attractions more than make up for this. Even though the inn is located in the city, free parking is provided, although the lot is located a block away. Because you will not need your car while you visit Fell's Point, please be sure you have anti-theft devices (we had a club).
The inn has 3 restaurants and has room service. We only sampled the light breakfast buffet that was included with our room (bread, pastries, fruit, cereal, beverages). It was adequate but unremarkable.
The Point Restaurant & Pub is located on the first floor, adjacent to the lobby (and only a few steps away from our room, although we did not hear any noise from the pub in our room). We stopped in there twice during our stay for drinks. It has a nice light wood bar, and is more modern than the rest of the inn. There is a wall of windows overlooking Market Square - ideal for peoplewatching. The Point had a good selection of microbrews and beer on tap. The patrons were decidedly upscale and age 30 and up (no college students on a road trip).
The limited contact we had with the employees was pleasant.
Fell's Point is an eclectic, old, charming part of Baltimore located on the water, and takes pride in the fact that it is the oldest continuously operating waterfront community in the US. It compares itself to Greenwich Village in New York, or Georgetown in Washington, DC. It is full of small antiques and art stores, and quaint bars and restaurants. Even though it has a city locale, the feel is that of a small town. It is interesting just to stroll its cobblestone streets. Those who watch the TV show "Homicide" will recognize many sights in Fell's Point.
The water taxi is only a short walk from the Admiral Fell Inn. A one-day-pass is well worth the money, as it grants the tourist unlimited rides on the water taxi. We took the water taxi to the Inner Harbor to the Aquarium. A helpful hint: there is a good reason those seats in the front of the taxi are not taken (as we discovered through trial and error). If you sit near the front of the boat, you get wet! The Baltimore Aquarium was one of the first aquariums to pop up in a downtown area and brought much-needed revitalization to Baltimore. Many businesses grew up around the Aquarium and owe their livelihoods to its existence. Predictably, Lori's favorite thing about the Aquarium was the seals - whose pool is located outside the Aquarium, where admission is free!
We arrived in Fell's Point around 2 on a Friday afternoon. After checking in, we went to Lista's Mexican Restaurant (1637 Thames Street, 410-327-0040). It was a nice afternoon with the temperature in the low 70s, so we sat out on the deck overlooking the harbor. We had appetizers (quesadillas, chips and salsa) and a pitcher of margaritas. The food and service were good. We ate dinner that night at Bertha's, known for their mussels. Lori was hoping for crab legs, but unfortunately none were available, so she settled for shrimp. Keith had a satisfying filet mignon. On Saturday, we ate a mid-afternoon lunch at a Mexican restaurant overlooking the water in the Inner Harbor (there are quite a selection of restaurants in that area). On Saturday evening, we returned to the Inner Harbor via water taxi, and Lori finally had her crab legs at Phillips (who owns several seafood restaurants in Maryland). This wasn't Lori's first visit to a Phillips restaurant, and she knew what to expect. The crab legs were good but not the best, which she attributed ot the fact that is was only mid-spring.
The nightlife is plentiful in Fell's Point, although it runs more to live bands and acoustic entertainment, as opposed to dance clubs. The old, narrow buildings do not lend themselves to dance club mania. We hit many of the local bars, simply going in for a drink and moving on to the next one. A famous party bar is the Greene Turtle. We also found a bar/restaurant that touted itself as a wine bar (we had found it on the internet, but cannot currently recall its name or find an appropriate link). It was an upscale, charming little place with a courtyard. The selection of wines by the glass was amazing, and the food sounded tantalizing. Honestly, we probably could have spent several days wandering the streets, sampling the wares of the bars and restaurants. After a day of walking, at midnight we opted out of the night life and purchased fresh lemonade and wonderful soft pretzels in Market Square, which we thoroughly enjoyed - it was a good way to end the day.
Fell's Point is about 75 minutes south of Philadelphia, and shares similar weather, although receives less snowfall in the winter. We chose to visit Fell's Point in the last weekend of April, which can be risky, as April often brings rain. We were blessed with two beautiful days on Friday and Saturday (highs around 75, lows around 65), and took advantage of the gorgeous weather. Sunday brought the rain, and we left Baltimore in the morning.
Fell's Point is a short drive from the Philadelphia region (60-90 minutes). We avoided Friday traffic by taking a half-day Friday afternoon. We left home shortly after noon and arrived in Fell's Point by 2 p.m. and had the afternoon to stroll the area at our leisure. We took the opportunity to "preview" local bars and make note of the ones we wanted to return to later.
The aquarium can get crowded. You may want to call ahead to get tickets and avoid waiting in the long lines.
And one other thing...stay away from the front seats in the water taxi!