803 S. Caroline St., Baltimore, Md. (443) 681-6316, theblackolive.com
drive time: About two hours.
the scoop: This family-owned boutique hotel prides itself on its earth-friendly focus, from building materials to furnishings. It’s located within walking distance of all Inner Harbor and Fell’s Point attractions.
amenities: All rooms have Sanijet Aqua Therapy tubs, king beds, separate living rooms and views of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, along with free Netflix and a bottle of wine. Grab breakfast at the on-site Agora Gourmet Market, and lunch or dinner at the upscale Black Olive, known for its fresh fish and seafood specialties.
don’t miss: Baltimore’s Restaurant Week Feb. 16-23, with three-course dinners starting at $20 and two-course lunches for $15. Also, Feb. 14-17 and 21-23, many city attractions are offering two-for-one admission.