What $500 Buys in Baltimore

Bruce Hutchison

A new Four Seasons and an emerging neighborhood are turning Baltimore around.

Four Lord Baltimore shellfish towers heaped with oysters, clams, crab claws, shrimp, half-lobster tails and three bottles of local Black Ankle Vineyards’ newest release, the award-winning Slate, at Thames Street Oyster House, opened last summer in Fell’s Point. thamesstreetoysterhouse.com.

One night in a harbor-view room, styled in earthy browns and creams, at the four-month-old Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, which features artwork from the Washington Color School, plus dinner for two at Wit & Wisdom, Michelin-starred chef Michael Mina’s open-kitchen tavern. fourseasons.com.

Two weekend passes to the 18th installment of the Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair (April 28–29), presented by the Baltimore Museum of Art, with 20 printers, presses and dealers, as well as two limited-edition prints by Trenton Doyle Hancock, one of the youngest artists ever featured in the Whitney Biennial. artbma.org.

Four rounds of cocktails and a charcuterie spread of house-smoked lamb, prosciutto, Genoa salami and cornichons for eight at Rye, the dark and buzzy new cocktail den where serious-minded bartenders craft drinks like the Knock Knock (High West white whiskey, herbal liqueur and cardamom syrup). ryebaltimore.com.

An old-growth, one-of-a-kind yellow-pine coffee table made of wood salvaged from a demolished Baltimore home at the two-month-old Sandtown Millworks. sandtownmillworks.com.

Compiled by Erin Schumaker and Jamie Wiebe