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What We Love

  • Daily breakfast, a picnic for two and a three-course dinner from a set menu at one of two local restaurants (either Ryleigh's Oyster or Corks are included in the Jetsetter rate
  • The location near the Inner Harbor; many attractions are within walking distance
  • The intimate feel of the property — only six rooms
  • Gourmet homemade breakfasts
  • Quiet rooms and public spaces
  • Reading material about Baltimore’s history in common rooms

What To Know

  • Better for couples; you must notify the property beforehand if you’ll be bringing children under 12
  • The decor is quaint and traditional; not for everyone
  • The picnic for two requires 48-hour advance notice
  • Parking is around the corner in a public lot
  • Free WiFi
  • No pets allowed

Amenities

  •  Free WiFi
  •  Parking On Site
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Overview

The Review

Those of us lucky enough to ever have come home from school to the smell of fresh-baked cookies will appreciate arriving at Scarborough Fair, a place full of warm nostalgia.

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Because of the inn’s size, a feeling of intimacy permeates the property, from the breakfast table to the ornate public areas. Each guestroom is different, but all are done in colonial decor befitting the circa 1801 building. The Hickory Vale Room has a lace-canopied four-poster bed and patterned linens, plus writing desk, working fireplace and Jacuzzi tub. The Round Hill Room is even more old-fashioned, with floral-patterned window treatments and antique dark wood furniture.

Federal Hill has been restored from dingy row houses into a neighborhood of condos for young professionals, so expect to see lots of antique shops, attractive little pubs and casual restaurants. And despite the inn’s location — a two-and-a-half-block walk from downtown Baltimore’s chaotic, bustling Inner Harbor — I felt as if we were in a quiet suburb miles from the city.

How to Get There

Scarborough Fair B&B
801 South Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21230 United States