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Little Italy Madonnari Arts Festival

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Madonnari Arts Fesival Little Italy Baltimore

Summer has sadly come to an end, and the chilly Maryland weather is setting in (sometimes). The good news is, Baltimore still has events going on in the community. Today I wanted to give a shout out to our neighbors over in Little Italy. For our Bed & Breakfast guests reading this post, I highly suggest walking a few blocks over to Little Italy and supporting our neighbors and local community!

One event I read about the other day is the 125th Columbus Celebration Madonnari Arts Festival happening October 1-4. I am a huge fan of art, especially street art, so this was right up my alley. Street painting, music, theater, dance, food, and wine…what’s not to love?

Artists will be making chalk paintings all over Little Italy on South High Street right in front of you from October 2-4. The theme this year is “The World is Round: Renaissance in Little Italy.” The entire concept of the festival is intriguing:

“Our model for this event originated in Italy in a tradition that dates back to the 16th century — the art of street painting. Historically, i madonnari were wandering artists in Italy who traveled village to village to earn their livelihood at various festivals and on various holy days. The artists often depicted religious images in their paintings, thus earning their name. Such a festival was first introduced in America in Santa Barbara, California in the 1980s. Today, street painters create breathtaking traditional and expressionistic compositions using the street as their canvas and chalk pastels as their medium.”

I think it’s time to embrace our Italian culture in historical Baltimore and attend this festival! For more details, ticket information, and the schedule of events, visit See you at the festival!

Sizzling Summer Fun This July

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Are you ready for sizzling summer fun? This July, 1840s Carrollton Inn is promoting events in the local area and providing discounted rates to rebuild Baltimore. There have been tragic events over the past few months that have taken a major toll on local businesses. We believe that the Baltimore community should join together and rise above the recent misfortunes.

For the entire month of July, enjoy a two-night stay at the 1840s Carrollton Inn and receive $50 off your stay. For every additional night, take an extra $25 off your stay.

Our hope for this special is that our guests will use their saved money to support Baltimore’s local businesses and help restore our beautiful city.

Get involved in local events during the month of July! Charm City Fireworks on the 4th of July is a fantastic experience that should not be missed. Maybe take a cruise through the Inner Harbor? Spirit Cruises are offering specials that entire weekend that are guaranteed to make this Independence Day a blast.


America’s largest free arts festival, Artscape, is July 17-19 and is something the entire family will enjoy. The lineup for each day is released on their website. All exhibitions and shows this year are inspired by the 2015 Artscape theme: water. Make sure to donate to Artscape so this festival will remain the largest free arts festival in Baltimore.


And as always, show your support for the Baltimore Orioles! Get your tickets for home games the weekend of July 10-12 against the Washington Nationals. There will also be a fireworks show July 31 after our Bird’s play the Tigers.


There isn’t going to be a dull moment in Baltimore this July with all of the events and activities going on in the local area! Check availability and book your stay at the 1840s Carrollton Inn now to ensure you are a part of the fun! Use promo code SIZZLE15 when booking your reservation.

Pet Friendly!

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

For those of you that get our monthly newsletter, you may already know this. For those of you that have not yet subscribed, we have some good news! The 1840s Carrollton Inn is now pet friendly!

You don’t have to worry about making accommodations for your beloved pet while you have a getaway stay with us. Pets like a little vacation every now and then too, right?

The Declaration Suite is our only pet friendly room and can be reserved based upon availability. This room offers courtyard and city views, a four-poster king bed with canopy, double whirlpool tub with separate shower and sitting room with marble fireplace and daybed. There are some exclusions that apply, so visit our website for more information.

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While enjoying your stay, there are plenty of things to do that will keep not only you, but your pet entertained as well. Yes, Pet Appreciation week was last week, but why not make this June Pet Appreciation Month? Take your pet to do something fun. Here are some ideas:

Patterson Park

Dog Parks in Baltimore:
Patterson Park
27 South Patterson Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD

Federal Hill Park
300 Warren Ave, Baltimore, MD

Pet Friendly Restaurants:
822 Lancaster St, Baltimore, MD
(410) 547-8282

Riptide By the Bay
1718 Thames St, Baltimore, MD
(410) 732-3474


Riptide By The Bay

Frank & Nic’s West End Grille
511 W Pratt St, Baltimore, MD
(410) 685-6800

Sascha’s 257
527 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD
(410) 539-8880

James Joyce Irish Pub & Restaurant (11 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
616 S President St, Baltimore, MD
(410) 727-5107

Mama’s on the Half Shell
2901 O’Donnell St, Baltimore, MD
(410) 276-3160

818 N Calvert St, Baltimore, MD
(410) 528-0818


MDSPCA Wine & Wag

Germano’s Trattoria
300 S High St, Baltimore, MD
(410) 752-4515

Upcoming Events:

MDSPCA Wine & Wag Happy Hour June 26

Make your reservation today so you and your pet can participate in these fun activities!



1840s Plaza Winter Open House

Sunday, January 4th, 2015


As the new year is ushered in, it’s hard to miss the plethora of engagements popping up on newsfeeds. There is just something about this time of year that sparks romance. If you are one of those lucky couples that is planning a wedding this year, we want to invite you to join us for our annual winter open house here at the 1840s Plaza.

Where: 1840s Plaza

29 South Front Street,
Baltimore, MD 21202

When: Saturday, February 21, 2015

5:00 pm- 8:00 pm

Featuring a taste of fine cuisine by our caterers, Absolutely Perfect Catering, Sascha’s, and The Pantry.
Come see the Plaza come alive with elegant decor and design for your wedding inspiration. There will be live entertainment and a variety of event professionals to help you plan your big day!

Admission is Free
RSVP by February 17, 2015 to or 410-385-1840
Register at

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June Room of the Month-The Independence Suite

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Stay in the Independence Suite during the month of June, and receive $100 off the original price! The Independence Suite is one of our most luxurious rooms, dating back from the 1790s. Its ornate French king bed, sitting room with daybed, original fireplace,  and bath with double whirlpool tub and separate shower will surely leave you satisfied with your stay here at the Carrollton Inn.

Regular Rate: $295
June Rate: $195

*Please note that the room of the month price cannot be combined with any other special or offer, including, but not limited to, the last-minute special*
**Please note, as the reservation may be made at any time, the actual stay must occur during the month indicated on the special**
***This offer applies only from Sunday through Thursday***

And don’t forget about these fun things to do in Baltimore during the month of June!

Fort McHenry Boat Tours
Now through Sept. 30

Experience the Fort from the water on this lively 35-minute audio tour. The boat tour provides a unique perspective through the eyes of Francis Scott Key’s experience in the hours leading up to writing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The tour will depart daily from the Fort on the hour from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Click here for more information

The Baltimore African American Festival
June 21-June 22, 2014

This festival celebrates African-American life, music, and culture. This family-oriented event is filled with celebrity artists and entertainers, children’s activities, arts, history, education, financial literacy, health & wellness information and more. Features more than 150 vending booths and attractions as well as two stages of entertainment. And for the first time in history, the African American Festival will feature Radio One’s Stone Soul Picnic – making it the signature event for the summer. The free two-day festival will take place June 21-22 at the Camden Yards Sports & Entertainment Complex. The first day’s performers include “R&B Divas” reality star and singer Monifah, Chico DeBarge, Jacob Latimore and the R&B/funk band Mint Condition. On Sunday, Brandy and Gill will be joined by the Choir Boys and “Preachers of LA” cast member Deitrick Haddon. More artists will be announced as the event draws closer. Last year, Patti LaBelle and Fantasia headlined the event.

Click here for more information.

Battle of St. Leonard Creek Reenactment
June 21-22, 2014

Plans are underway for a major commemoration of the Battle(s) of St. Leonard Creek. In June 1814, the U.S. Chesapeake Flotilla took on British forces in the Patuxent River, becoming Maryland’s largest naval engagement. This living history event will feature historic craft demonstrations and hands-on educational activities.

Click here for more information.

Happy Spring!

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Spring is finally here! With the weather warming up and Baltimore coming alive, there is no better time to visit the city.  April has much to offer those visiting Baltimore or for locals looking for new things to do!   Also, don’t forget that Mother’s Day is coming up in May so now is the time to purchase a gift certificate for mom! To purchase a gift certificate or book a room for Mother’s Day, please call (410) 385-1840.

If you are planning to visit Baltimore this spring, book a room with the 1840s Carrollton Inn! Let us provide you with a luxurious welcoming to Baltimore.  The 1840s Carrollton Inn is within a short walk of the Inner Harbor, Little Italy and the nightlife at Power Plant Live.  Below is a list of great events that Baltimore has to offer. Choose the 1840s Carrollton Inn as your Baltimore Bed & Breakfast for your next stay in this vibrant city!

April 5 – Baltimore Orioles Home Game at Camden Yards
April 5 – Seadog Speedboat tours begin at the Inner Harbor
April 7 – Baltimore Farmers’ Market at Holliday & Saratoga Streets (Sundays thru 12/18)
April 9 – Les Miserables by Cameron Mackintosh at the Hippodrome Theater (thru 4/14)
April 13 – Shogun Fights at 1st Mariner Arena
April 14 – Opera Night! At Sotto Sopra Restaurant
April 20 – Rally in the Alley at Power Plant Live
April 22 – Earth Day at the Maryland Science Center
April 28 – Walk to Free the World of Multiple Sclerosis at Power Plant Live
Check out the Baltimore Orioles schedule for more games in April by clicking here!

For a list of rooms and availability, click here!

1840s Plaza Winter Open House

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Mark your calendars for the 1840s Winter Open House!!

When: Saturday, February 16, 2013
Where: 29 South Front Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to not only tour all three floors of the 1840s Plaza, but also sample food from Linwoods Catering and Rouge Fine Catering. On top of this, there will be over 30 vendors from all parts of the wedding industry there to help you plan every aspect of your upcoming wedding. This only happens once a year and it’s free, so bring your friends and family with you!
RSVP by February 12, 2013 by calling 410-385-1840 or emailing

Annual Holiday B&B House Tour – Thursday, Decmber 13, 2012!

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Happy Holidays from Carroll Museums!

You’re Invited!

Authentic Baltimore Holiday Tour 2012

Authentic Baltimore B&B’s at their Holiday Finest on

Thursday, December 13, 2012 from 9:00am-4:00pm!

Steep yourself in charm, history, and the holiday spirit with a tour of seven Authentic Baltimore B&B’s decorated in their holiday finest.

This year’s event showcases

4 East Madison Inn

Rachel’s Dowery

1840s Carrollton Inn

Blue Door on Baltimore

Scarborough Fair

Celie’s Waterfront Inn

Guests will enjoy a catered lunched courtesy of Hunt Valley Catering and also tour the Carroll Mansion and the 1840s Plaza!

Tour includes bus transportation. Tour proceeds will support the nonprofit work of both event hosts: Carroll Museums and the Baltimore National Heritage Area.

to the Motor Coach Parking lot will open at 8:30am for check in.
(Parking is Free)
9:00am Board Bus
9:15am Tour B&B’s
11:45am Lunch and tour at the Carroll Mansion & 1840s Plaza
1:00pm Continue Tour of B&B’s
4:00pm Arrive at the Motor Coach Parking lot

Cost: $55.00 per person (includes lunch and bus transportation.)

Space is limited. First come, first serve.

Click Here to Register Now!

Contact: Paula Hankins
Carroll Museums, Inc.

When: Thursday, December 13, 2012
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST,
Check-in begins 8:30 AM

Where: Tour begins: Visit Baltimore Motor Coach Parking Lot
1100 James Street
Baltimore, MD 21223

Please Note: Pre-payment is required. We regret we are unable to give refunds.

Special thanks go to our event sponsors:

1840s Corporation

American Worldwide Transportation

Authentic Baltimore

Carroll Museums Inc.

Hunt Valley Catering

Touch the Sky Entertainment

Gramercy Festive Holiday Tea and Tour!

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Mark your calendars for Gramercy’s Festive Holiday Tea and Tour! Don’t miss this three-course high tea on December 9 and 16 from 1:00pm-3:00pm. Along with the delicious food, there will be guided tours of the historic mansion and a holiday gift shop.

The high tea menu below is prepared by Rouge Fine Catering and served by the Innkeepers at Gramercy Mansion

Deviled Eggs with smoked bacon and grainy mustard

Caprese Skewer, tri0colored tortellini and sundried tomato skewer

Fresh Fruit Skewer with Creme Francaise

Grilled Vegetable Mini Sandwich with herbed goat’s cheese

Smoked Salmon & Dill Quark with red onion & capers on pumpernickel bread

Curried Cucumber Sandwich with mint

Roasted Chicken Salad with white beans and basil

Assorted Mini Pastries: Chocolatine, Croissants, Cinnamon & Raisin Brioche, Cinnabuns, Mini Danish, and Strawberry & Apple Turnovers

Variety of brewed hot tea and cider to be served

Reservations are $29.00 plus tax and service. For reservations call Maria at 410-486-2405 or email her at

*Reservations and payment required one week prior to event

Annual St. Gabriele Italian Festival

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Join St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Little Italy for the Annual St. Gabriele Italian Festival! This is taking place Saturday and Sunday, August 18-19 from 12:00pm-8:00pm along Exeter and Stiles Street, just one block the 1840s Carrollton Inn. This festival will have things for the whole family including:
-Live entertainment
-Game Wheels
-Italian food
-Italian ice
-Fried dough
-Bocce tournament
-Kid’s Carnival Games

These things are just some of the fun. The festival will also have many different kinds of vendors. All of this is available to you for a $1 donation admission fee. Why not make a weekend of this and stay at the 1840s Carrollton Inn, located right inside Little Italy, walking distance from the festival. Below are some highlights for the weekend.


Monaldi Brothers 12:00pm-4:00pm
Mixed Company 4:00pm-8:00pm


Small Miracle with Michele Petti 12:00pm-4:00 pm
Park Avenue with Chicky Peluso 4:00pm-8:00pm

Celebrate Mass at St. Leo’s in honor of St. Gabriele with Bishop Denis Madden who will lead the annual statue procession through the streets of Little Italy.

Don’t miss the bocce action on the Stiles Street courts in the annual St. Gabriele Festival bocce tournament!