Little Italy Madonnari Arts Festival

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!

Top 10 Hotels in Baltimore!

August 17th, 2015

For those of you who have already stayed with us, you may not be surprised by seeing our name on the Top 10 Hotels in Baltimore list. For those of you who are considering staying at the 1840s Carrollton Inn, I’m going to make you absolutely positive that this is the place for you. Being a smaller B&B, it is a great accomplishment to be mentioned in not only one article, but in two different articles in the same week! So we would like to extend a special thanks to USA Today and The Culture Trip for mentioning us in their articles!

Some have said that the 1840s is a hidden gem, and USA today confirmed it in this article. It is so easy to overlook because of the location in such a busy city, but this is a charming property with 13 unique bedrooms that are part of the reason why we made the top 10 list. The interconnected row homes add historic value to our property. USA Today makes sure to point out our gourmet breakfast, made-to-order, and our prime location in Baltimore.

Breakfast guests


Baltimore is such a large city, the 20th largest in the USA to be exact. With this being said, there are going to be many different accommodations to meet prices and amenity needs for everyone. The 1840s Carrollton Inn “offers spacious guest rooms and suites with fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, tasteful artwork, and professionally decorated furnishings” according to The Culture Trip. So basically by checking in, you are signing up for a luxurious and satisfying experience.

Carroll Suite

We made it on these top 10 hotels in Baltimore lists with many other credible and amazing hotels, and are so excited to be a part of this listing. We will continue to provide accommodations that make our guests happy and wanting to visit many more times. We look forward to your next visit!

Breakfast recipe for you to try!

August 6th, 2015

Eggs Benedict is delicious on its own, but I found a recipe that all my Maryland friends will love: Eggs Benedict with crab meat. I was scrolling through Pinterest and stumbled upon this breakfast recipe by Megan from Country Cleaver. I am making this a top priority to fix for breakfast this weekend because it sounds (and looks) delicious!

Crab Benedict

Crab Benedict

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


4 English Muffins, halved and toasted
12 ounces of Lump Crab Meat, heated through
8 Eggs, poached
1 tbsp White Vinegar
4 cups Spinach
For Hollandaise Sauce:
1/4 cup Butter, melted
5 Egg Yolks
2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
Pepper – dash
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese


Lay toasted english muffins onto plates. Top evenly with spinach. Top spinach with heated crab meat.

To make hollandaise: Whisk egg yolks until they are a lightened butter yellow color – about 1 minute. Gently pour in melted butter and continue whisking rapidly to create an emulsion. Whisk in lemon juice and dash of pepper.

In a large sauté pan, filled about 2″ deep with water, bring to a rolling simmer. Add in white vinegar. Crack eggs into separate small ramekins. Gently slip 1 egg at a time into water by dipping ramekin into water and tilting until the egg slides out and into the water. Using a spoon gently coax egg whites around the yolk.
Let simmer for 2 minutes for each egg, or until egg whites are set. Scoop out of water with slotted spoon and let excess water drain away.

Place one egg onto each half of english muffin topped with spinach and crab. Drizzle hollandaise sauce over the top. Sprinkle on extra pepper if desired, or parmesan cheese. Devour.


Stress-free getaway

July 15th, 2015

Many of you have probably spent a lot of time running around this summer, and it is time to slow it down for a little while. Time to plan a few days of rest and relaxation? Making plans to go to Camden Yards to support our Baltimore Orioles? Why make the trip home when we have beautiful rooms ready for stay and personable staff to make your trip stress-free. We will also provide you with a complimentary breakfast made-to-order with all of your favorite food!

Stress-free getaway

Ready to buy your tickets? Here are some upcoming home games for the next few weeks:
July 27-29 Orioles vs Braves
July 30-August 2 Orioles vs Tigers

It’s not too late to book a room at the 1840s Carrollton Inn which is just a few minutes away from the stadium. We have midweek discounted rates for the Braves game, and the regular rates apply for the Tigers game.

If you aren’t convinced to spend a night (or a few nights) with us, we have recent reviews coming in from happy guests who have enjoyed their stay with us at 1840s Carrollton Inn! Let’s take a look at some of our TripAdvisor reviews:

“Came for our honeymoon”
Since we were limited on time, we decided to go to Baltimore for our honeymoon. I figured it would be better to stay at a B&B instead of a hotel. So after looking at options, the Carrollton was my #1 choice. I’m so glad I picked this place for our stay. The staff was always friendly and helpful, the food was amazing (not to mention having so many options), the surrounding area was fantastic, and it was a short walk to some of the places we went (the aquarium, an O’s game, etc). While packing to leave, we decided that we want to keep coming back, and stay in every room at least once. We highly recommend starting here if you want to visit Baltimore! 


“Great stay!! In love”
The place was so clean, romantic, and full of cozy amenities. Our stay was quiet and everything we imagined and more. Great stay-cation place! It was the best gift for Father’s Day and will do it again

“Favorite Place to Stay in Baltimore”
We’ve stayed at several hotels during our son’s time at the Johns Hopkins medical campus, and the Carrollton is definite our favorite. Love the location–within walking distance of Little Italy and the Inner Harbor, and only one subway stop to the JH campus. Especially enjoy the delicious breakfasts on the outdoor patio.
If you have any questions, call us at 410-358-1840 or visit our website. We hope to see you soon at 1840s Carrollton Inn!

Sizzling Summer Fun This July

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.

For dads all over Baltimore

June 16th, 2015

fathers dayFather’s Day can be tricky…whenever I ask my Dad what he wants, I always get the same response, “I don’t need anything.” For those of you like me that are struggling with what to get Dad this Father’s Day, I have a suggestion. Spend the day with Dad. Maybe spend the weekend together. I’ll give you a few things to do in Baltimore and some reasons why you should do them for Dad this Father’s Day.


oriolesBoh’s & O’s

Father’s Day weekend for the Baltimore Orioles is not being spent at Camden Yards, but you can always take Dad out to watch the game, eat some lunch, and maybe drink a few Natty Bohs (if you’re over 21 of course). With the way the weather has been the past week, it might be more enjoyable to watch the game while sitting in the air conditioning anyway!




Golf, golf, and more golf

Book your tee time at Mount Pleasant Golf Course and spend some time bonding with Dad over his favorite sport. By taking Dad golfing, not only are you bonding, but you are taking interest in one of his favorite hobbies. Maybe you’ll learn a thing or two from good ‘ole Dad. Arnold Palmer golfed here, so why wouldn’t you want to?



QGPampered by QG

Quintessential Gentleman is the all-inclusive day of fun for you and Dad. Get pampered at the spa…maybe sign Dad up to get a full-service spa treatment that includes HydraFacial or hot stone massage and then shoot some pool afterwards. If you have a suit that needs to be tailored, get that done too! The possibilities are endless. If Dad needs a relaxing day to restore his youth, this is the perfect gift!

Regardless of what you end up taking Dad to do, make sure to thank him for being your Dad!

Pet Friendly!

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!



Kickball Romance – Real Wedding Feature

June 4th, 2015

What some may call a love story, Erin and Jason call a “kickball romance.” They shared their big day with us at 1840s Plaza, and when asked what their story was, this is how Erin replied:

“When people ask, ‘How did you guys meet?,’ we tell them that we were a ‘kickball romance.’ In actuality, the first time we met was about a year before we started playing together, but it was on the Kickball League of Baltimore (KLOB) team, Ken’s Kids, where we got to know each other, both during and after games. Baltimore has played a huge role in our relationship. Our first kiss was shared after the Orioles’ opening day. Our first official date was to see a play at the Hippodrome. We moved into our first home together in Patterson Park, right next to the kickball fields where we met. Jason even proposed on top of the Brewers Hill apartment building on New Years Day with the Natty Boh Tower in the distance. We definitely wanted to represent Baltimore at our wedding and the 1840s City Lites room was just what we were looking for!”

Photography By Brea

Show Your Baltimore Pride This June

June 1st, 2015

Visiting Baltimore this June? Looking for something to do during your stay? Show your Baltimore pride this June by participating in some of our local events!

WipeOut Run at Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Register now to participate on June 6 in this once-in-a-lifetime event! If you’re familiar with the show WipeOut, you know how crazy and fun this looks. Take a chance and participate in a 5k obstacle course containing 12 larger-than-life obstacles. This is a guaranteed good time and good laugh.
Early Bird: Wave 1 is from 8:30a.m.-10:30a.m. and the Need Sleep: Wave 2 is from 11:30a.m.-3:30p.m. There are limited spaces available, so sign up as soon as possible! Tickets are $67.

333 W. Camden St, Baltimore, MD 21201

Let’s not forget about our Bird’s! The Baltimore Orioles have some great home games coming up June 9-16 against the Red Sox (June 9-11), Yankees (June 12-14), and Phillies (June 15-16). Promotions include: June 11 &16 – Alumni Autograph Series where former Orioles players will sign autographs on Eutaw Street 1 1/2 hours before the game starts. June 12-14 – OriolesREACH Food and Funds Drive where fans are asked to donate cash to Oriole Park or non-perishable food items to benefit the Maryland Food Bank.



Don’t forget to take pride in Maryland! The Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival is being hosted at the Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland on June 13. This is a new tradition being brought to Baltimore, so make sure you are a part of it! The festival will have lots of crabs, beer, arts & crafts, live music, family fun, and more. It will be held at the Inner Harbor at Pratt and Light Streets, Baltimore, Md 21201. Ticket options and additional information can be found on MD Crab Fest’s website or call 800-830-3976.

crab feast

Speaking of taking pride in Maryland traditions, don’t forget about the HonFest June 13-14. This is a local tradition to celebrate historic working-women of Baltimore. June 13: 11a.m.-10p.m. and June 14: 12noon-6p.m. This event will be held at W. 36th Street, Baltimore, MD 21211.

hon fest

Are you attending these events and looking for a place to stay while visiting Baltimore? Check availability and make reservations at the 1840s Carrollton Inn now!

Springing forward into April events

April 6th, 2015

Spring Flowers at the 1840s Plaza

April showers bring May flowers, right? Now that the weather is getting warmer, there are more April events and things to do in the Baltimore area.

Speaking of flowers, there is a Spring Flower Display & Art Exhibit now through April 12 held at The Rawlings Conservatory. Take a look at all the beautiful flowers Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, so make sure you don’t miss out! For more details, read the event flyer.

Camden Yards

For all the baseball fans (myself included), 2015 baseball season has officially begun for our Baltimore Orioles! Take pride in your city and get tickets to the upcoming games. Friday, April 10 @ 3:05 p.m. is the first home game vs the Blue Jays. Operation Orange Rallies are also starting from April 6-11. April 7, the rally is being held from 5-7 p.m. at Dempsey’s Pub & Restaurant on West Camden Street. Keep your eyes open for the various bars and restaurants participating in Operation Orange April 8 in Canton and Fells Point also!


Another outdoor activity that is family friendly is Maryland My Maryland – Lexington of 1861 Parade & Ceremony held on April 18 starting at 10 a.m. in front of Fell’s Point Recreation Pier. Take a day to explore the city’s history and connections to the Civil War and Underground Railroad!


Brigance Brigade Foundation

The Brigance Brigade Foundation 2nd Annual 5.7K Championship Run for ALS is this April 25. Run for a good cause – this foundation was created by former NFL player O.J. Brigance and his wife Chanda to support those diagnosed with ALS as well as for their families. The run begins at 9 a.m. and it is $40 per ticket.


Visiting Baltimore for a spring event or ballgame and need a place to stay?  Make sure to check out our website for specials and packages this April at so you can start out spring the right way!