My Bal­ti­more

Where Baltimore - - Contents -

Sandy Hill­man

A PR whiz plots her per­fect day in the city.

What brought you to Bal­ti­more? Forty-plus years ago, my hus­band wanted to prac­tice law here, and so we left D.C. I soon re­al­ized this is a spe­cial place, and I be­came in­volved. In what way? I went to work for a vi­sion­ary mayor, Wil­liam Don­ald Schae­fer, from 1971 un­til 1984. Those were heady times, re­claim­ing a de­crepit water­front for peo­ple and at­tract­ing de­vel­op­ers. To­day we have two pro­fes­sional sports sta­di­ums, re­tail, lux­ury ho­tels, hous­ing and dozens of great restau­rants, all built around the har­bor’s edge, thanks to Mayor Schae­fer. What are as­sets to pro­mote now? Cer­tainly our his­tory. The suc­cess of the re­cent Star-Span­gled Spec­tac­u­lar proves that. But sports teams mat­ter, the theater scene and the new Horse­shoe Casino—all ic­ing on the cake. What’s a great van­tage point? Top of the World, the 27th floor of the World Trade Cen­ter [the world’s tallest pen­tag­o­nal build­ing, de­signed by I.M. Pei]. 401 E. Pratt St., 410.837.8439 Up­com­ing travel? Ev­ery week I’m on Am­trak, headed for New York, Philly or D.C. A re­cent client trip was to New Or­leans, for the open­ing of a build­ing at the ex­tra­or­di­nary Na­tional WWII Mu­seum. Your in­dis­pens­able travel item? A Tory Burch brief­case that holds my huge purse. That means, with a rol­lon, I have to claim only two carry-ons. I’d head to Fells Point for break­fast at Jimmy’s, a great place to en­joy ba­con and one egg over easy with great home fries—my fa­vorite. It’s fun to eaves­drop on some of Bal­ti­more’s most col­or­ful char­ac­ters and politi­cos who stop by for cof­fee and con­ver­sa­tion. After break­fast it’s time for brows­ing the area’s bou­tiques. My kids love ec­cen­tric

jew­elry and un­usual ac­ces­sories. I’d meet my hus­band to walk around to Har­bor East, and we’d stop at Un­der Ar­mour, where I buy shirts for my grand­chil­dren and ath­letic gear for my­self. It’s quick-dry which is great for trav­el­ing. Then to Ten Ten Amer­i­can Bistro at 1010 Fleet Street for lunch and

my fa­vorite dish, ri­cotta gnoc­chi. We’d take the wa­ter taxi from Har­bor East to Fort McHenry. It’s beau­ti­ful and serene there, and its vis­i­tor cen­ter has a new film about the War of 1812. I’d look for knowl­edge­able guide Vince Vaise (in his Na­tional Park Ser­vice uni­form) so I

could tag along on his tour. At dusk, we’d take the wa­ter taxi to Fells Point and have din­ner at the Spil­iadis fam­ily’s Black Olive. We usu­ally or­der bronzino and dip the breads in olive oils. Then we’d head from there to Horse­shoe Casino, for a great Duff Gold­man dessert at Jack Bin­ion’s Steak

and a night­cap at Johnny Sanchez.

What brought you to Bal­ti­more? Forty-plus years ago, my hus­band wanted to prac­tice law here, and so we left D.C. I soon re­al­ized this is a spe­cial place, and I be­came in­volved. In what way? I went to work for a vi­sion­ary mayor, Wil­liam Don­ald Schae­fer, from 1971 un­til 1984. Those were heady times, re­claim­ing a de­crepit water­front for peo­ple and at­tract­ing de­vel­op­ers. To­day we have two pro­fes­sional sports sta­di­ums, re­tail, lux­ury ho­tels, hous­ing and dozens of great restau­rants, all built around the har­bor’s edge, thanks to Mayor Schae­fer. What are as­sets to pro­mote now? Cer­tainly our his­tory. The suc­cess of the re­cent Star-Span­gled Spec­tac­u­lar proves that. But sports teams mat­ter, the theater scene and the new Horse­shoe Casino—all ic­ing on the cake. What’s a great van­tage point? Top of the World, the 27th floor of the World Trade Cen­ter [the world’s tallest pen­tag­o­nal build­ing, de­signed by I.M. Pei]. 401 E. Pratt St., 410.837.8439 Up­com­ing travel? Ev­ery week I’m on Am­trak, headed for New York, Philly or D.C. A re­cent client trip was to New Or­leans, for the open­ing of a build­ing at the ex­tra­or­di­nary Na­tional WWII Mu­seum. Your in­dis­pens­able travel item? A Tory Burch brief­case that holds my huge purse. That means, with a rol­lon, I have to claim only two carry-ons. I’d head to Fells Point for break­fast at Jimmy’s, a great place to en­joy ba­con and one egg over easy with great home fries—my fa­vorite. It’s fun to eaves­drop on some of Bal­ti­more’s most col­or­ful char­ac­ters and politi­cos who stop by for cof­fee and con­ver­sa­tion. After break­fast it’s time for brows­ing the area’s bou­tiques. My kids love ec­cen­tric

jew­elry and un­usual ac­ces­sories. I’d meet my hus­band to walk around to Har­bor East, and we’d stop at Un­der Ar­mour, where I buy shirts for my grand­chil­dren and ath­letic gear for my­self. It’s quick-dry which is great for trav­el­ing. Then to Ten Ten Amer­i­can Bistro at 1010 Fleet Street for lunch and

my fa­vorite dish, ri­cotta gnoc­chi. We’d take the wa­ter taxi from Har­bor East to Fort McHenry. It’s beau­ti­ful and serene there, and its vis­i­tor cen­ter has a new film about the War of 1812. I’d look for knowl­edge­able guide Vince Vaise (in his Na­tional Park Ser­vice uni­form) so I

could tag along on his tour. At dusk, we’d take the wa­ter taxi to Fells Point and have din­ner at the Spil­iadis fam­ily’s Black Olive. We usu­ally or­der bronzino and dip the breads in olive oils. Then we’d head from there to Horse­shoe Casino, for a great Duff Gold­man dessert at Jack Bin­ion’s Steak

and a night­cap at Johnny Sanchez.

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