I chose this inn because it offered on-site parking, a rarity among Baltimore inns. The parking was indeed convenient, but this inn offered so much more. It's highly rated on Tripadvisor, but it actually exceeded my expectations.
For starters, Tish, who was in residence the week we stayed and who runs the inn on alternate weeks with her brother, is delightful and welcoming, and I much enjoyed talking to her during our brief stay. She surprised me with a personal call before our visit to run by a proposed menu to accommodate my partner's food allergies (homemade gluten free muffins and a special egg dish), and met us at the door with a bag of homemade gluten free cookies. Dietary restrictions are surely an inconvenience for innkeepers, and I don't expect anyone to go to great lengths, just maybe to offer something easily obtainable that someone can eat. So when they make this much of an effort, I'm impressed! And whether you have dietary restrictions or not, it does demonstrate a lot of concern for the guests. (Plus, all the food at breakfast was very good.)
The house itself is lovely, and has been restored and furnished with care. I especially liked the little library. We were staying only one night, and selected the smallest, least expensive room, the Randolph. It was delightful and, to my mind, quite spacious. The bed was extremely comfortable and there was a nice marble shower in the small, but modern bathroom. I loved the beautiful old print over the fireplace and the huge magnolia tree outside the window. I can only imagine how beautiful the view must be when the tree is in bloom. A sweet touch, the pillowcases were hand-embroidered with (magnolia?) blossoms.
I'm a big fan of courtyards and gardens tucked away in urban neighborhoods, and Rachael's Dowry has a charming bricked in courtyard with tables and chairs where you could have breakfast or hang out in warmer weather. There's also a beautifully landscaped front garden. I like to stay in bed and breakfasts to get a sense of an actual residential neighborhood, which you don't get staying in one of the big hotels. So it was a real treat to discover the Ridgely's Delight neighborhood in which this inn is located. It's a charming little neighborhood of small, nineteenth century rowhouses. (This inn itself is even older.) Great fun to walk around! We loved dinner at a small local restaurant, the Corner Bistro and Wine Bar, just a few blocks from the inn, which also had a half price wine bottle special on Saturday nights.
Baltimore has so many interesting neighborhoods and some great museums that we didn't get a chance to explore on this brief trip. Would love to come back and spend more time at Rachael's Dowry.
We stayed in the Randolph, the smallest, least expensive room, on the top floor and loved it. We pe...
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