Published: September 21, 2011
Mount Vernon is not only the best neighborhood in Baltimore; it is one of the best in the world. We’d be thrilled to find a neighborhood anywhere on Earth with the squares, the views, the architecture, the art, the restaurants, the bars, and the access to public transportation that we find in our own Mount Vernon. Its central location makes it easy to walk to Station North, downtown, the harbor, and the West Side. It’s not only possible to live without a car in Mount Vernon, it ‘s easy. There’s the light rail, the Hopkins shuttle, the Charm City Circulator, the 64, the 11 line from Canton to Towson, and the 35 that goes all the way to UMBC. But Mount Vernon is really a mecca of meandering. From the four squares surrounding the Washington Monument, you can stroll in almost any direction without being disappointed. The hub of Baltimore’s gay neighborhood, Mount Vernon maintains a worldly charm and a European kind of decadent elegance. Hungry and thirsty from the walk? The choices are nearly inexhaustible. Where else will you find affordable Afghan, Ethiopian, French, Italian, fine-dining, and Indian restaurants within a few blocks of each other? For after-dinner drinking there’s the Midtown Yacht Club, the Drinkery, George’s, Dougherty’s, the Stable, the Brewer’s Art, and the Owl Bar, to name just a few local bars where you’ll find a diverse crowd of Mount Vernonites and others who remind you that, though the ’hood would be an attraction anywhere, it is pure Baltimore.