Tag: quirky

Baltimore Is “America’s Most Eccentric City,” Apparently

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Ah, Baltimore. The land of weirdos.

Wait, Baltimore Isn’t the Quirkiest City in America?!

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Travel articles are always going on and on about quirky Baltimore. So imagine my shock when I saw that Baltimore was not #1 on Travel & Leisure’s list of the 20 quirkiest cities in America. It didn’t even make the top five!

Did You See Baltimore’s $100,000 Ad in the New York Times?

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It ran in “T” Magazine, the paper’s glossy, seasonal travel publication, and was paid for by Visit Baltimore. Perhaps remembering that New York Times readers are really into how “quirky” Baltimore is, the four-page ad emphasized our city’s “classic gems and quirky delights,” from A(rtscape) to Z(appa, Frank) — with nods to the “Kooky! Kitsch! Kinetic!” sculpture race, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Grand Prix, gay marriage, and Cafe Hon’s giant pink flamingo. It’s a little heavy on the kitsch, but there’s some substance there, too. As for the price tag? “For getting that kind of broad audience and that level of circulation, those projects tend to run about the same across the board,” Visit Baltimore’s chief marketing officer told the Baltimore Business Journal. You can see the PDF of the entire ad here — check it out and let us know what you think!

Cool Rents: Chesapeake Commons

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Perhaps you’ve heard? Renting is the new buying. Welcome to Cool Rents where we walk you through standout rentals in the Baltimore real estate market.

Name: Chesapeake Commons

Cross Streets: North Eutaw and George Streets

Neighborhood: Sometimes Market Center, sometimes Seton Hill, sometimes Mount Vernon (mostly Seton Hill but v. close to Mt. Vernon)

Year Built: 1899 and repurposed as apartments in the early ’80s

Price: With dozens of individual floor plans, there is quite a range, but to give some idea; a one bedroom (888 sq. ft.) is $1350 and a two bedroom (1,486 sq. ft.) is $1,895

Just the facts: Pet-friendly, but a charge of $15 to $45 a month depending on the pet’s size, washer and dryer in all units, free hi-speed internet, a gated and reserved parking space runs $90 a month.

Baltimore’s New Pinball Museum on the Huff Po

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If you haven’t had the chance to check out the relocated National Pinball Museum — and we haven’t — this slideshow on the Huffington Post gives great glimpse into the Inner Harbor attraction.

Here’s what the HuffPo has to say:

The one-of-a-kind museum is a perfect fit for Baltimore, which already boasts quirky attractions like the American Visionary Art Museum, the Baltimore Tattoo Museumand a John Waters-endorsed thrift shop called Killer Trash. (Indeed.)

The two-floor pinball museum offers a history lesson on the ground level, with vintage machines and an exhaustively researched look at the game, which began as yet another way for saloon-goers to gamble. Upstairs, an arcade of playable machines give visitors the opportunity to tilt to their heart’s content, with restored vintage games alongside elaborate ’80s and ’90s contraptions, including one game with horizontaland vertical playing fields.

Open Friday through Sunday, you wouldn’t spend your whole day here, but it’s a pleasant diversion when the harbor-side heat gets to be a bit too much this summer.

Check out the slide show of the National Pinball Museum at the Huffington Post

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