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Bolting to Baltimore


Bolt to Baltimore for an art-inspired vacation, including free breakfast, signature crab cake treats, and tickets to an art show co-curated by The Simpsons creator, Matt Groening.

Where: Harbor Magic Hotels: Pier 5 Hotel. 711 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD. 410-539-2000
Admiral Fell Inn. 888 South Broadway, Baltimore, MD. 410-522-7380 or 866-583-4162

What’s special: Admiral Fell Inn is located in the historic waterfront neighborhood of Fell’s Point. This quaint, European-style hotel is near eclectic shops, restaurants, and taverns, and consists of seven different buildings dating to the 1770s.

Pier 5 Hotel is situated directly on the water next to the National Aquarium and steps from the Inner Harbor. The hotel offers 66 whimsical guestrooms boasting harbor and city skyline views. Mondays through Fridays (5:30 to 6:30 p.m.) enjoy complimentary Crabby Hour (a culinary crab treat) and Saturdays (3 to 4 p.m.) a chocolate delight. The American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) exhibits art produced by self-taught individuals. (Check out the latest exhibit, “What Makes Us Smile?” — co-curated by The Simpsons creator Matt Groening; artist Gary Painter, known for Pee Wee Herman’s Playhouse; and Museum founder Rebecca Hoffberger.)

The deal: “Your American Visionary Art Museum Getaway” includes two tickets and an insider’s guide to AVAM, a 10-percent discount in the gift shop, a special offer at Mr. Rain’s Funhouse Restaurant in the museum, overnight accommodations at a Harbor Magic Hotel of your choice, and breakfast. Hudson Valley Magazine readers receive a complimentary bottle of Robert Mondavi Private Selection wine. Call 866-583-4162 and mention code “WAVAM” when booking this getaway. The savings at the Pier 5 and the Admiral Fell Inn are over $40. Rates start at $119.

When: Must book in February to stay anytime in 2011

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