Cozy in Baltimore
Scarborough Fair Bed & Breakfast provides a comfortable romantic respite
By Hope S. Philbrick
Federal Hill neighborhood, Courtesy of Baltimore CVB
“We loved with a love that was more than love,” wrote Edgar Allan Poe, the celebrated American author for whom the largest second-floor suite at Scarborough Fair Bed & Breakfast is dedicated. Located in Baltimore, Maryland’s Federal Hill neighborhood just two blocks from the famed Inner Harbor, Scarborough Fair boasts six guestrooms “all done in a style that is relaxed luxury,” says Barry Werner, who owns and operates the B&B with his partner Jeff Finlay.
Scarborough Fair Bed & Breakfast’s Edgar Allan Poe suite, Courtesy of Scarborough Fair Bed & Breakfast
Housed in a historic Georgian-style building built in 1801, Scarborough Fair is one of the oldest structures in its neighborhood. But inside, modern comforts abound. All rooms offer private bathrooms, two with whirlpool tubs. Every bed is topped with feather pillow for added cushion and dressed in sheets with a thread count of 600 or higher. Five rooms boast fireplaces. The two first-floor rooms offer private entrances. The décor is a tasteful blend of contemporary and traditional. Updates to the Edgar Allan Poe suite were recently completed; by spring, the five remaining guestrooms will be refreshed to showcase different authors. For all guests, standard amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi and off-street parking.
While the B&B attracts business and leisure travelers, “We host a large number of honeymooners,” says Werner. One draw for newlyweds may be the Ultimate Romantic Escape package, which includes two-night accommodations plus a floral arrangement, sparkling beverage, chocolate-covered strawberries, gift card for Ryleigh’s Oyster Bar & Restaurant, pastries from Tenzo Artisan Bakery, a full-body 90-minute massages for two at The Healing Path and more.
The Baltimore locale is of strong appeal. “There’s always so much to do,” says Werner. Baltimore has long been considered a historic city, but in 2009, it was officially designated a National Heritage Area in recognition of its distinctive natural, cultural, historic and scenic resources. Picturesque and walk-able, the city boasts more than 130 attractions, dozens of artisan restaurants and hundreds of boutique shops. Thus Scarborough Fair guests often stay for three to eight days.
Photos (left to right): Lexington Market and Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Courtesy of Baltimore CVB
Baltimore’s friendly vibe is genuine and inclusive. “Because Baltimore is such an eclectic city, folks tend to be more open-minded,” says Werner. “Walking in Inner Harbor, it’s a normal occurrence to see at least one gay or lesbian couple walking hand-in-hand. People are very open-minded and are friendly to anyone no matter what their background is. Jeff and I knew this was the place for us in 10 minutes: While we were walking around the Federal Hill neighborhood, three people said hello and one person started making conversation.”
Chatting with fellow guests over breakfast at Scarborough Fair is a special treat. “Probably the No. 1 compliment we get is our food,” says Werner. “We do as much organic, locally sourced food as possible.” Seasons influence the menu, so it changes routinely: “It depends on what looks good at the market.” Or something akin to love at first sight.
For more information about Scarborough Fair Bed and Breakfast, call 410-837-0010 or visit www.scarboroughfairbandb.com.