Baltimore is my (Vince Wilson) hometown! It is famous for many things! The National Anthem was written here, Edgar Allan Poe was buried here (still here! Sorry Philly and Boston) and the Ouija Board was created here! Great food too! I am going to try and update this page as we get closer to the conference for things to do and a few suggestions for navigating Charm City!
GETTING TO THE CONFERENCE
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There is parking in Baltimore! The Lord Baltimore has valet parking, but there is parking all over. You might chose to do a Park and Ride. It might be easier for you to leave you car there and take a bus or Light Rail to the hotel. If you are flying into BWI (if you’re flying into Baltimore, why fly into anywhere else?) The Light Rail will take you right downtown and almost to the hotel. You would want to take Northbound to Baltimore Street. It is about a 45 minute ride and then a 5 minute walk or quick cab ride. An Uber ride would be about $25 to the hotel from BWI.
Once downtown, there are bicycle and scooter rentals if you do not want to walk.
SUGGESTED THINGS TO DO
With Bizarre Magicians in mind, there are some must see sites! Come early and leave late if you can!
- Green Mount Cemetery has the graves of John Wilkes Booth (unmarked, but they will tell you where he is and you can put a heads-up penny on his grave!), Johnny Eck, the circus performer is there, Johns Hopkins and of course the co-creator of the Ouija Board – Elijah J. Bond! His grave marker has a Ouija Board carved on!
- Fells Point – Established in 1763, Fell’s Point is a city, state and National Historic District and boasts over 161 buildings on the National Register, including the oldest standing residence in Baltimore City, the Robert Long House, which is open for tours by reservation. The neighborhood is steeped in history – the streets of Fell’s Point are paved with Belgian blocks, the original stone bricks brought over by trade ships from Europe. Walk them along Broadway and Thames Street where you’ll also see numbers carved into the curbs to mark placements for outdoor market stalls generations ago. In the same area stands Broadway Market, a year-round indoor market built in 1786. Fell’s Point is also the last known sight of Edgar Allan Poe before his mysterious death.Fells Point has ghost tours and a great PUB CRAWL! It is 1.5 Miles (2.5 km) from the hotel and is the drinking center of Baltimore City! You can take the scenic Water Taxi over to Fells Point too!
- Ripley’s Believe It or Not – Yep, we have one of those right in the Inner Harbor.
Dr. Gloom’s Crypt of Curiosities – This is what happened to the majority of my collection! True story! I donated my Fiji Mermaid, my vampire skeleton, Hand of Glory and a few other items!
- The Poe House – Just go in the day is all I say.
- Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death – In the early half of the 20th century, forensic science was non-existent. Police coroners did not have to be medically trained and crime-scene investigation was minimal. All this would be changed, however, by an elderly Chicago socialite with a penchant for dollhouses and death.
- Ouija 7-Eleven – This simple convenience store sits on the location where the Ouija board was named and has the plaque to prove it.
- The USS Constellation – I did a show here with the Discover Channel at this famously haunted ship! ‘Tis right in the Inner Harbor.
- Fort McHenry – Also accessible via Water Taxi. The battle that took place here inspired the writing of the Star Spangled Banner!
FOOD & DRINKS
There is food everywhere in Baltimore of every kind! From Tibetan to Jamaican, the Inner Harbor has every kind of restaurant and eatery you can think of! But if you are going to go to Baltimore, you’re going to want to eat crabs!
- The best seafood in Baltimore is either The Rusty Scupper or Bertha’s Mussels. I recommend Bertha’s if you are already in Fells Point. I used to do ghost tours here years ago! Amazing food and atmosphere! Also, Baltimore is known for accommodating all walks of life and most places have options for everything from paleo to vegan.
- Speaking of Fells Point… With a carefully planned stock of over 1,000 bottles, 102 taps, and 5 casks, Max’s Taphouse is rated to be one of the best beer bars in the world!! Mr. Prater?