Baltimore is buzzing and attendees want a taste of Charm City when they travel there for business. From Inner Harbor and Fort McHenry to Lexington Market, the destination is filled with historical settings and innovative developments. Smart Meetings asked the hospitality experts at Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel for tips on how to bring that Monumental City culture into the conference room.
When you source a hotel partner that is located in the middle of the action, getting to all the local attractions is much easier. When in Baltimore, an Inner Harbor location puts guests in walking distance of The Gallery, where visitors can discover Anthropology, Lululemon and boutique treasures; National Aquarium’s more than 20,000 aquatic animals, including Blacktip Reef; and Oriole Park at Camden Yards, home of the MLB Baltimore Orioles.
Stage a Revolution—in the Lobby
The recently renovated Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace hosts regular Evenings at Renaissance programs that feature local craft brew tastings and sampling of the city’s signature lemon peppermint stick treats and regional artist’s demonstrations. The city—and Inner Harbor in particular—is known for its eclectic musical scene. Bring artists into the welcome reception or take the group to a concert at nearby Power Plant Live! Or MECU outdoor arena.
Food Forward Perspective
Local-centric staff can plan menus that incorporate The Avenue’s famous Poppay’s Rolls, enormous buttery soft bread, crab cakes made from local blue crabs and Bergers fudgy cookies. Or let guests dine in the signature restaurant Watertable and take in the harbor views along with chef David Cutos’ take on Baltimore crab cake (hint, it includes a mustard wine sauce). And the next morning, attendees will find a taste of home since Starbucks beverages are served at The Ground Floor Cafe & Bar.
Advance the Cause
Modernized rooms at Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace include new entertainment packages with phone-to-TV Bluetooth connectivity, 55-inch HDTVs and all the power and USB outlets they could want. Nearby, the 24-hour fitness center offers flexibility any time. And 30,000-square-feet of versatile event space is an inspiring setting for meetings of all sizes.