Welcome to Adventures In Baltimore! I hope you will join us often here as we explore the many museums, neighborhoods, trails, restaurants and sites that make Baltimore a great place to live or visit.
This site was an idea that came to my mind in late 2013. Now, who am I? I am Greg Ruby, a native Marylander from Carroll County, and since the 1980’s I have been involved in the tourism and hospitality industries and bringing various conventions and trade shows to Baltimore and various other Maryland cities. Ten years ago, I became a resident of Baltimore and now live in the Canton area
I have always had a fondness for history, especially local area history. There were trips to the Maryland Historical Society, Fort McHenry and the U.S.S Constellation when I was younger. But there is so much more that I have yet to visit and explore. I’ve yet to make the trip to B&O Railroad Museum or Evergreen House and Homewood on the campus of Johns Hopkins University.
I’ve recently visited the American Visionary Arts Museum, but really need to make time to visit both the Walters and Baltimore Museum of Art. The Pagoda in Patterson Park is another item on my to-do list. I also want to explore the various neighborhoods that make up Baltimore.
I’m disappointed that I never enjoyed a meal at the Haussner’s or Martick’s or Marconi’s, among others that are now gone. There are so many great restaurants in town that are doing really great food that I want to experience. I want to go shopping through Lexington Market.
What am I hoping to do here at Adventures In Baltimore? I hope to encourage you and your family to consider making your own adventure in our city – try a restaurant that you are not familiar with, visit a museum or make a day trip to explore what Baltimore has to offer.
While growing up, I remember William Donald Schaeffer proclaiming that “Baltimore is Best!” Later, Martin O’Malley tried to have us believe that Baltimore was “the greatest city in America.” I happen to believe both statements are true. Does Baltimore have issues? Oh, heck yes! We need to focus on the positive aspects, as there are many things that make Baltimore great. We will try to highlight those items.
In time, we may organize a few riding tours around the city or arrange to have some restaurant tastings. Those items will take some time to arrange. We will offer commentary here about local restaurants. You will not see us talking about Red Lobster or Olive Garden style restaurants here. While they offer good food, they can be found throughout the United States. We will focus on locally owned restaurants that are unique to Baltimore.
I had hoped that this blog would be further along now. Unfortunately, I broke my ankle in the last week of 2013 and two surgeries later, I am still over a month away from being able to place pressure on my foot. I had planned to have visited ten or more attractions by now. So, this is still very much a work in progress.
I consider this blog to be ours – both mine and you the reader. What are some topics that you would like to see covered here? To those folks running various attractions, museums and restaurants, I would love to hear from you and share your news. I am considering having advertising on here, so if you want to advertise your wares, drop me a line. You can comment here on the site or send me an email message at Info(at)AdventuresInBaltimore(dot)com. I look forward to your comments and suggestions.
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I am a huge believer in supporting local businesses and attractions. In addition to this blog, I have also just launched AdventuresInMaryland.com offering up advice on local attractions, museums and restaurants for the rest of Maryland. In addition, I have another sister site called Drink-Maryland.com, that is highlighting the various breweries, distilleries, wineries and vineyards in Maryland. There is so much to see and do in Maryland – it truly is America In Miniature. I hope you will check out both sites!
Until next time – remember that there is MORE to Baltimore!