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Hotel Revival | Baltimore Staycation

Baltimore, City Adventures, Destinations, Lifestyle, Travel By June 13, 2018 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Travel has a way of letting you slow down and enjoy the details around you, but why reserve that only for a vacation away? This past weekend, we had the opportunity to stay at the new Hotel Revival in Mount Vernon and were excited to be hometown tourists for a couple days.

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This boutique hotel was originally a private mansion owned by an art enthusiast and at one point, the site of the Baltimore Museum of Art’s inaugural exhibition in 1923. Needless to say, the property that is now home to Hotel Revival has a history deeply rooted in art. You can tell that they took this to heart when designing the hotel, thinking through every detail and having fun with it.

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Here are a few of my top reasons why you should make Hotel Revival a destination as soon as possible:

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1. Topside has the best view of the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon by far, along with a nearly 360 view of the rest of Baltimore. We enjoyed dinner in this rooftop restaurant with amazing dishes from Chef Wilbur Cox, paired with a variety of local craft beers and cocktails.

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2. When we were done dinner, we enjoyed a little friendly competition over some foosball and then headed over to the adjoining Garden Room to relax amongst plants from B.Willow. I’ve told Hotel Revival once and I’ll say it again, I’m seriously ready to move into this room.

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3. Head down the elevator to Square Meal, a farm-inspired restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We enjoyed some coffee, a cold-pressed juice, and delicious breakfast to soak up the cocktails from the night before. I’m excited to get back to taste their dinner and cocktail menu in the evening.

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4. And while you are down there, try to find the hidden in plain sight B-Side karaoke rooms. You can choose between three private rooms, each with its own funky decor and easy access to food and drinks from Square Meal. I know what I am reserving for my birthday!

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5. What I really like about Revival overall is the eclectic decor – a mix of antiques, patterns, colors, and art. Not only that, each room is decorated differently and a lot of the hotel’s art is available for buy from the hotel’s partners. Like really… when can I move in?

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6. At the Square Meal entrance, there is a fun letterboard sign that rotates through fun quotes and the weather. And it’s name is Vernon, too cute.

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7. It’s dog-friendly! There’s something about a hotel run by dog people. We chose not to bring our four-legged friend this time, but maybe for a future stay!

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Overall it was a great weekend stay. I love how this hotel brings fresh bars and restaurants to the city, yet they fit perfectly and feel like they have always been a part of Mount Vernon. Thanks for the stay, Hotel Revival. Can’t wait to get back!

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Carolyn & Adam’s Adventure | Loch Raven & Fells Point Engagement

Baltimore, Engagements, Outdoor Adventures, Photography By October 17, 2016 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

I recently had the pleasure of capturing engagement photos of two of my good friends, Carolyn and Adam, who are getting married next June. When chatting about spots for photos, they were hoping for a balance of some outdoors and some in the city. I was super excited when they completely trusted me to go wander in the woods to find a reservoir that none of us had ever been to. Loch Raven Reservoir was very gorgeous in early October and we already want to go back for more adventures. We then wrapped up the session with a gorgeous autumn evening in Fells Point, one of my favorite neighborhoods in Baltimore.

I first met Carolyn in middle school, as she was good friends with my sister. In college, I was lucky enough to live with Carolyn, along with a few other amazing ladies, and we have been pretty inseparable ever since. Carolyn is one of the most loyal and incredibly caring friends I have, always willing to put everyone before herself. She is upbeat, friendly, and ridiculous, needless to say time with her is never boring.

Adam and Carolyn met through some mutual friends. After months of Carolyn talking about how rugged and handsome our friend’s friend was, all they needed was a not so coincidental table assignment at a wedding for their romance to truly start. From there, there were many weekend trips back and forth between Maryland and Connecticut, with Adam eventually making Baltimore his new home with Carolyn.

While I did not know Adam previous to their relationship, I can say I’ve never seen Carolyn so happy and in love. I believe they truly complement and balance each other. You can tell they care deeply for each other by all that they do for each other and with each other, all with a great sense of humor about life. Also, I love that they are just as happy to curl up on their couch on a Saturday night with their dog, Winston, as they are up for sailing around the Caribbean (where they also got engaged, not romantic at all, right?). I have so many other details I would love to share about them here, but I need to save some details for my maid-of-honor speech!

Without further ado, enjoy some moments with Carolyn and Adam below. Happy Engagement!

Much Love,

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