The New York Times’ culture pages are paying more attention to Baltimore these days, spotlighting the American Visionary Art Museum and Future Islands. In the travel section, they thought it was worth a weekend trip.

Baltimore is the latest city to be featured in the “36 Hours” column, where readers get a look at how to spend a weekend in a town. The city’s rising “charm quotient” over the last few years made it a choice for the space, the Times reports. They endeavored to leave the area around the harbor for the rest of the city, where the true “allure of Baltimore” can be found. That is to say, it goes beyond Poe and beehives.

The guide puts a spotlight on the city’s art (BMA, Creative Alliance, AVAM), and outdoors options (Rawlings Conservatory, Gwynns Falls Trail) and the music scene gets a mention by way of the The Crown in Station North. Crab pizza at Matthew’s and sheet cake at Berger’s in Lexington Market get a couple of the food shoutouts.

There’s also tips on where to grab drinks (WC Harlan, Alewife Pratt Street Ale House), but not as much an emphasis on drinking as past Times features.

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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