Situated a few blocks north of the Inner Harbor, the vibrant neighborhood of Mount Vernon draws thousands of visitors annually to its renowned 19th-century architecture and venerated institutions. Visible from many parts of the City, the majestic 178-foot tall Washington Monument acts as a beacon to lovers of art, music, theater, and fine dining. Within the shadows of this homage to George Washington can be found the City’s most extravagant antebellum mansions, stately historic parks, and highly-acclaimed museums, institutions, and restaurants.
Mount Vernon boasts world-class collections at The Walters Art Museum, George Peabody Library, The Contemporary Art Museum, and the Maryland Historical Society, comprising a “Museum Row” experience that will satisfy everyone from the novice to the expert. In the course of an afternoon, one can see the original copy of the “The Star-spangled Banner”, Egyptian mummies, Old Master paintings, Samurai armor, cutting-edge art installations, and amazing interiors, all just a block from the country’s oldest cathedral and first free lending library.
For music aficionados, The Meyerhoff Symphony Hall plays host to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performing everything from classical to pop. One can hear tomorrow’s stars at The Peabody Conservatory which presents a full calendar of chamber music, opera, choral music, jazz, and symphonic music. The Garrett Jacobs Mansion, Baltimore’s largest and most opulent mansion opens its doors to numerous performing arts organizations including Concert Artists of Baltimore and the Monument Trio. For theater buffs, there are regular productions at Centre Stage, The Theater Project, The Lyric Opera House, and Spotlighters Theater. Architecturally, Mount Vernon is distinguished by its vast Victorian rowhouse mansions, many of which have been converted into apartments and luxury condos. Throughout the neighborhood though, buyers can still find grand single-family rowhouses, converted carriage house, as well as pre- and post-War highrise accommodations.
Several of the neighborhood mansions and hotels have been converted into restaurants which offer everything from traditional local dishes to exotic international cuisines. Within a few blocks one can sample Irish pubs, elegant steak houses, sushi bars, French bistros, brick-oven pizza parlors, and restaurants which tantalize the adventurous palate with dishes from Ethiopia, India, Nepalese, and Afghanistan.