Insider Guide: Baltimore, Maryland

Palm Beach makeup artist Deborah Koepper shares an insider scoop on visiting Baltimore, Maryland.

Palm Beach makeup artist Deborah Koepper has styled everyone from celebrities to first ladies, worked on countless editorials and fashion shows, and even launched her own cosmetics line. Koepper owes her work ethic to her upbringing in Baltimore, Maryland. Her family’s roots in the city date back to the nineteenth century, when her ancestors farmed the countryside, served as harbormaster, and ran an oyster-packing facility. Today, the founder of Deborah Koepper Beauty frequently returns to savor the outdoors and catch up with family.

VIBE:
Historical, outdoorsy, edgy

BEST TIME TO GO:
In the summer, when everyone’s boating, sailing, hiking, biking, and gardening.

WHERE TO STAY:
The Sagamore Pendry Baltimore, Under Armour founder Kevin Plank’s new hotel housed in a 1914 building on Recreation Pier

FAVORITE RESTAURANT:
Woodberry Kitchen for a taste of the city’s farm-to-table renaissance

LOCAL DISH TO DREAM ABOUT:
Baltimore is known for its steamed crabs, and Costas Inn is the best.

BEST SEAT IN TOWN:
The best views of downtown are at The Bygone, the new restaurant at the top of the Four Seasons.

GUILTY PLEASURE:
The peach cake from Fenwick Bakery, which is available in the summer months. The line is always out the door.

BEST WAY TO SPEND A FREE MORNING:
Visit Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton.

MUST-DO EXPERIENCE NOT IN THE GUIDEBOOKS:
Watch the Inner Harbor’s Fourth of July fireworks from a boat near Fort McHenry, where Francis Scott Key wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

FUN CULTURAL OUTING:
Check out the Walters Art Museum or the Baltimore Museum of Art at Johns Hopkins University.

SIGNATURE DRINK:
The Black-eyed Susan. It’s what we drink at the Preakness Stakes.

FOR A SOLO EXPERIENCE:
Walk around one of Baltimore’s historic markets, like Lexington Market  or Cross Street Market.

BEST WAY TO GET AROUND:
By water taxi. It’s the fastest way to travel to different neighborhoods along the harbor.

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