Just recently my good high school friend, Carolyne Davidson from Princeton University, came to visit for the weekend. A careful planner, I did my best to maximize her Baltimore and Hopkins experience.
As Carolyne arrived late Friday night, our Baltimore excursions began on Saturday morning after breakfast at the freshman dining hall.
We strolled the scenic Homewood campus then made out way over to historic Mount Vernon. Here we visited the Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins’s conservatory.
After a short walk, we enjoyed fantastic coffee at my favorite coffee shop in Baltimore, Ceremony Coffee Roasters, and lunch at the Mount Vernon Marketplace, a hip food court with a variety of options.
We then went over to Fells Point for oysters and strolled the bayside shops. A buck a shuck is a great deal and common occurrence here in Baltimore. Fells Point is a quaint neighborhood with plenty of shops and restaurants.
Following Fells Point, we stopped by the Inner Harbor. It was at this point that it began to snow heavily so we were not able to walk around long. Though seeing the Harbor in the snow was a sight to see.
Returning to the Homewood campus we were greeted with the results of the snowfall. Covered in snow, the campus was as majestic as ever. There is something so beautiful and captivating about Johns Hopkins in the snow, simply indescribable.
Following dinner, we returned to Peabody for an awe-inspiring concert. We watched the Chamber Orchestra perform and were blown away by their skill.
Sunday morning, we had crepes from the Charles Street Market, a Hopkins dining option, and coffee at Bird in Hand, a great spot less than a block from campus.
We then walked to the Baltimore Museum of Art and roamed inside, admiring the bounty of exquisite pieces.
Later, we went to brunch at R. House in Remington. Similar to the Mt. Vernon Marketplace, this food hall has an excellent weekly brunch event. On our way there we also stopped at a charming plant shop called B. Willow.
After walking through campus one last time, we headed to Penn Station for her departure. It was a weekend to remember. I am very glad that Carolyne was able to visit, and that I could share with her my school and city.