While Washington has its own Restaurant Week, Baltimore takes it up a notch and combines its Restaurant Week (it started Sunday, February 15, and runs through the 28th) with Hotel Week and Museum Week. Which adds up to some good deals.
The “Absolutely Febulous” promotion offers $20 and $30 three-course dinners at more than 75 restaurants, with many also offering $15 two-course lunches or brunches. Of the participating restaurants, we’d recommend the Italian menu at Cinghiale or at Bryan Voltaggio’s Aggio (where the three-course dinner is $35; four courses are $50), the bistro fare at b, and the Southern cuisine at Bluegrass Tavern.
While you’re in Charm City, you can pop into one or more of the museums offering Buy One, Get One Free (or, BOGO) admission through the 28th, including the American Visionary Art Museum, B&O Railroad Museum, and the Sports Legends Museum. Live in Maryland? Also during the two-week promotion, you can take advantage of “Maryland Mornings” at the National Aquarium, Sunday through Friday, to get $10 off admission ($5 for seniors and children) if you arrive before noon.
Also this weekend–from Friday the 20th through Sunday the 22nd–is the 39th annual American Craft Council show at the Baltimore Convention Center. More than 650 makers of contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture, ceramics, and other crafts made in metal, wood, glass, and more will display and sell their creations. Tickets are $14 in advance, $16 at the door. Arrive after 5 p.m. on Friday and admission is $5 (the show is open until 8 p.m. that evening).
Want to stay the night? As part of the Absolutely Febulous promotion, there are hotel deals too.