Downtown Baltimore is draped in sparkly lights for the holidays; a trip to the Inner Harbor is a fun way to jump-start feelings of holiday spirit. However, with COVID cases on the rise, Baltimore City guidelines for businesses are rapidly changing, including a new ban on indoor and outdoor dining and entertainment – which means that supporting your favorite downtown businesses might look different than it has in past years (or even past weeks).
To comply with the new rules, many downtown businesses are shifting gears quickly, trying to stay afloat during this rapidly changing environment. Restaurants are moving to carryout only and venues are developing interesting gift options just in time for the holiday season.
So don’t skip that trip downtown – head to the harbor to check out the sights and to support local businesses. Here are a few ways to do that:
Though indoor and outdoor dining areas not currently an option, many downtown Baltimore restaurants are open for carryout. Here are a few great options:
The Downtown Partnership is hosting a holiday pop-up shop at Center Plaza from noon to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays. While there, you can pick up items from a variety of local small businesses, like Mount Royal Soap Company, Chase Street Engraving, and Cuples Tea.
Baltimore Soundstage merch is a terrific gift for music fans feeling withdrawn from the lack of live shows – and a good way to support the venue. Soundstage sells tons of t-shirts, gaiters, bandanas, and even koozies. All proceeds from one of the shirts – the “Soundstage STAFF BENEFIT crew tee” – go directly to the Soundstage staff.
Where to Park when Heading Downtown for this Holiday Season
Harbor Park is conveniently located at 55 Market Place. Easily accessible from I-83 and other major routes in and out of the city, the garage is right next door to Power Plant Live! and Baltimore Soundstage and an easy walk to the harbor itself and a variety of downtown restaurants, bars and attractions.
Harbor Park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is clean, well-lit, and highly conscious of sanitation and guidelines related to keeping the space safe during COVID. Harbor Park is staffed by a friendly, knowledgeable crew who are happy to answer questions about where to go, what to do and how to get there, or about the garage’s policies and approach to management during COVID.
For more information about Harbor Park Garage, visit https://harborparkgarage.com/