1840s Carrollton Inn
50 Albemarle St., Baltimore, (410) 385-1840, www.1840scarrolltoninn.com.
The scoop: This historic inn is actually a series of interconnected row homes (some dating to the 19th century) surrounding a central courtyard. You won’t need your car to see the sights of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, dine in Little Italy or visit other major attractions. Most are just a few blocks away. Or you can take the free Charm City Circulator shuttle that stops a few steps from the inn. All rooms and suites feature fireplaces and whirlpool baths. Breakfast is made to order. Visit Baltimore’s premier art institutions, including the Baltimore Museum of Art (free; 10 Art Museum Drive, 443-573-1700, www.artbma.org), the Walters Art Museum (free; 600 N. Charles St., 410-547-9000, www.thewalters.org) and the American Visionary Art Museum ($15.95; 800 Key Hwy., 410-244-1900, www.avam.org.)
Cost: Rooms are $150-$250, suites $225-$350.
Drive time: 1 hour, 45 minutes, from Main Line; 1 hour, 15 minutes, from Wilmington.