Check out a new museum in New York, a renovated Baltimore food market, and a Philly bed-and-breakfast inspired by the city’s rich musical heritage
To Market, To Market
Baltimore’s Fells Point is known for cobblestone streets, hip taverns, eclectic boutiques and a few longtime restaurants. Opened in May after a more than $3 million renovation, Broadway Market has made the waterfront neighborhood better still for foodies. A public market since 1786, Broadway Market’s restaurants and food stalls are in two separate buildings, the North Market and South Market sheds.
Sophia’s Place European Deli, Vikki’s Fells Point Deli and Sal’s Seafood (known for its fish tacos)—all longtime merchants—are now in the renovated north shed, where the indoor and outdoor seating is a mix of large communal and smaller bistro tables. New to the lineup: Thai Street, The Verandah (authentic Indian street food), locally made Taharka Brothers Ice Cream, and Connie’s Chicken and Waffles, which the Food Network named as home to the best waffles in Maryland. Fat Tiger serves as a central bar from morning to night, serving everything from specialty coffees and mimosas to craft beer, wine and cocktails, plus modern American cuisine. The south shed includes The Choptank, a crab house and seafood restaurant with harbor views slated for a July opening; fans of Baltimore’s Loch Bar, Choptank’s sibling in Atlas Restaurant Group, will find an excellent Maine lobster roll here, too, plus raw bar items such as oysters and shrimp.
Broadway Market, 1640-41 Aliceanna St., Baltimore; 410-685-6169; broadwaymarketbaltimore.com
A Look at Lady Liberty
Experience our iconic symbol of freedom in all her glory at the new Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. The 26,000-square-foot museum includes a multimedia exhibit that evokes the feeling of being in the studio of French sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, who designed the Statue of Liberty. You can learn about the statue’s original construction and see some of the items used in the building process, from a small plaster model to the copper sheets pounded onto massive molds to create Lady Liberty’s final form. In another area, there’s a movie narrated by television journalist Diane Sawyer that includes the story of the statue’s origins, a virtual “fly through” of its interior, and a reflection on what liberty means today in the form of education, free elections and more.
In the Inspiration Gallery, you can see Liberty’s original torch, which she held high for 100 years until it was replaced in 1986. A full-scale copper model of the statue’s face is also on display. Don’t miss the Instagram-worthy views of the Lady herself from the museum’s grassy rooftop.
Museum access is free with a ferry ticket to Liberty and Ellis islands: $18.50, $14 ages 62 and older, $9 ages 4-12, free for children younger than 4. Audio tours of both islands are included. Purchase tickets at statuecruises.com. Ferries depart from New York City’s Battery Park and Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Statue of Liberty Museum, 1 Liberty Island, Ellis Island, New York; 212-363-3180; statueoflibertymuseum.org
Get in a Philly Groove
Husband and wife innkeepers Glenn Pogue and Monique Greenwood transformed an 1880s manor home in Philadelphia’s tree-lined University City neighborhood into Akwaaba Philadelphia, a bed-and-breakfast inspired by the city’s rich musical heritage. Opened last summer—and within walking distance of universities, restaurants and the Philadelphia Museum of Art—the inn offers six guest rooms and suites. The spacious Blue Note guest room is decorated in shades of indigo, a nod to Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes band, and features a king bed and a kitchenette with a cozy dining area. The two-bedroom Roots Retreat (inspired by Jimmy Fallon’s house band The Roots) has a full kitchen and sleeps up to seven.
Eat, drink and soak in the sounds of soul and R&B singers—including Philadelphia natives Patti LaBelle and Teddy Pendergrass—in the sitting room or on the expansive porch that overlooks lush landscaping. Akwaaba breakfast favorites include French toast served with spiced pears and turkey bacon, and shrimp and grits with cornbread. A complimentary happy hour features baked goods, afternoon tea, appetizers and wine.
Rates begin at $205 per night, including breakfast and happy hour.
Akwaaba Philadelphia, 3709 Baring St., Philadelphia; 866-466-3855; akwaaba.com/akwaaba-philadelphia