The Ivy Hotel located in the historic Mt. Vernon area of Baltimore is a gem! A glorious mansion that has been restored and transformed into a Relais and Chateau property with a spa, great dinning and beautifully appointed rooms and suites. The rooms with the canopied beds, fireplaces and soft colors are inviting and comfortable.

Built in 1889 by banker and industrialist John Gilman, this mansion is a slice of history with beautiful windows facing the quaint street, roaring fireplaces and an elegant but casual decor that makes one feel welcome and very comfortable.

I feel Baltimore has gotten a bad reputation over the years but this charming small hotel in the historic district close to the Museums and cultural attractions gives me a unique perspective on Baltimore. Whether you are traveling for business or leisure, The Ivy is so welcoming and charming.

The Magdelena bistro serves fantastic seasonal fare created by executive chef Mark Levy. One can dine in the main restaurant or in the garden room overlooking the courtyard.

The Ivy Hotel serves afternoon tea and a holiday afternoon tea after December 3rd. On my travels I love to explore and find treasures like the Ivy that have so much character. Whether you stay overnight or plan a day trip to have afternoon tea or a meal it will definitely be worth the trip!