See ya Fed Hill!

Since I’ve lived in Baltimore I’ve only ever known Federal Hill. Granted I spend a lot of time in the other neighborhoods, I’ve never lived anywhere but Fed Hill. I know the streets like the back of my hand, I know where I can park and for what length of time and have exhausted the Happy Hour specials at each restaurant. I’ve danced til the wee hours of the morning at Stalking Horse, drawn on the chalkboard bar in Ryleighs and know the power of a Sam’s bagel on a Saturday morning.


But as they say, all good things must come to an end. I feel like I’ve outgrown Federal Hill. I’m looking forward to a new neighborhood which I’m sure will feel like a whole new city.


I also feel like this transition is symbolic of where I am in my life. I’m deeply and madly in love with this city and I’ve grown up from the initial excitement and now am working towards making a difference as a young adult in the city. Federal Hill houses mainly the younger crowd and is known as the party neighborhood of Baltimore. Fells Point is still a ton of fun but seems a little less wild on most days of the year.

The memories in Federal Hill are good ones that I’ll hold onto. So much has changed over the past three years that it feels like a lifetime ago. Like my first day in this new city when I sat in my bedroom afraid to get in the car because I didn’t know where anything was. It’s hard to believe that was me!

I’ve witnessed history in this neighborhood like when the Ravens won the Superbowl and I was part of the giant crowd celebrating on Cross Street. Also, when we celebrated the 200th birthday of our Nations Anthem which was written in Baltimore. All of the store fronts were sporting their best red, white and blue decorations.

So as I leave this little slice of Baltimore I think it’s only courteous to share some of the lessons I learned during my three years in Federal Hill:

  1. Nothing good happens at Stalking Horse after 11pm
  1. After big bar crawls or heavy drinking holidays avoid Cross Street- especially in the summer.
  1. Mother’s PJ Brunch should be considered a holiday
  1. Most restaurants offer a “locals” discount at least one night a week
  1. Sobo Café is a gem. If you want to step away from the craziness of Cross Street, enjoy a quiet dinner at Sobo.
  1. Federal Hill turns into a sheet of ice during snowstorms
  1. Riverside Park is a great place to go for a walk or run and there’s always something going on to catch your attention.
  1. The corner store on the 1800 block of Jackson Street sells snowcones for super cheap all year long. You’re welcome.
  1. Ropewalk is the BEST place to throw a private party
  1. The Light street parking meters don’t run from 8pm-8am making it the perfect place to park when residential parking is hard to find




See ya Federal Hill! It’s been real! Next stop: Fells Point!





















While I’ve enjoyed my time in Fed Hill I’m really looking forward to experiencing a new neighborhood. I’m looking forward to a new group of restaurants just waiting to be experienced and can’t wait to visit with some of my friends who live on that side of the water. I’m pumped that my walk to work just cut in half and can’t wait to see sunrise and sunset along the water. My Fells Point bucket list is coming soon, are you at all surprised?

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  • Lauren

    Fells Point is awesome! Can’t wait to hear about the items on your bucket list!

    Lauren :)

  • Annie

    Ah! I’m so excited for you! I love your list. I am so thankful for our friendship because I’ve finally found someone who adores this city as much as I do! You’re the best and I’m grateful to know you! <3