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Visiting Baltimore

AJS 46th Annual Conference
December 14-16, 2014 • Baltimore, Maryland
Hilton Baltimore

 
     
 

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Transportation
Eating and Shopping near the Hilton Baltimore
Kosher and Vegetarian Restaurants in Baltimore
Synagogues near the Hilton Baltimore
2014 AJS Conference Google Map
Things to Do in Baltimore
Baseball Fans!

 
     

I. Transportation

Baltimore Washington International Airport is conveniently located a short drive from the conference site (approximately 7 miles). Washington National Airport is about 40 miles away and Washington Dulles International Airport is about 70 miles away. Driving and public transportation directions from these three airports can be found on the Hilton Baltimore website.

Amtrak:

Penn Station is located at 1500 North Charles Street in Baltimore, MD 21201 (approximately 2.3 miles from the hotel). A taxicab ride to and from Penn Station (and the hotel) costs about $7 - $10, depending on traffic conditions. There is a free bus available as part of Baltimore's Charm City Circulator. You would take the purple line to stop #319 (Pratt Street and Light Street) and the hotel is located three short blocks away. There are no reservations required to take this free bus. Mondays through Saturdays the bus comes every 5 – 10 minutes and on Sundays every 10 – 15 minutes. Go to this link for more information: http://charmcitycirculator.com/route/purple-route.

Amtrak offers a 10% discount off the best available rail fare to (Baltimore, MD) between (December 10, 2014 – December 19, 2014). To book your reservation call Amtrak at 1 (800) 872-7245 or contact your local travel agent. Discounted rates cannot be booked via Internet. Please be sure to refer to Convention Fare Code X77U-917 when making your reservation. This offer is not valid on the Auto Train and Acela Service. Fare is valid on Amtrak Regional for all departures seven days a week, except for holiday blackouts. Offer valid with Sleepers, Business Class or First Class seats with payment of the full applicable accommodation charges.

Getting to and from the Airport:

Maryland’s Light Rail is an inexpensive and convenient way to travel between BWI Marshall Airport and the Convention Center area where the Hilton Baltimore is located. The service runs weekdays from 5:00 am to midnight , Saturdays from 6:00 am to midnight, and Sundays from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Use the “Convention Center” station at Howard and Pratt Streets, then walk less than 2 blocks on Pratt to the Hilton. Baltimore’s Penn Station is also connected to the Light Rail. The ride into town from BWI is less than 45 minutes and costs only $1.60! Use this link for complete information: http://mta.maryland.gov/light-rail

Shuttle Service: The Hilton Baltimore recommends using SuperShuttle when traveling to and from local airports. You may schedule a pickup from the Hilton Baltimore or from the airport online, or you may contact SuperShuttle directly at 1-800-BLUEVAN. The cost of the shuttle is $13 to and from BWI and $115 to and from Washington National. Advance registration is required.

Taxicabs: Taxis can be found outside every terminal at each of the three local airports. From BWI it is approximately a 15 minute car ride costing about $25 in a cab. From Washington National it is approximately a 50 minute car ride costing about $140 in a cab and from Washington Dulles it is about a 75 minute car ride costing about $100 in a cab.

Car Rental: Many rental companies can be found at the three local airports. Go to the following links for more information.

BWI Car Rental Information: http://www.bwiairport.com/en/travel/ground-transportation/trans/carrental

Washington National Car Rental Information: http://www.metwashairports.com/reagan/142.htm

Washington Dulles Car Rental Information: http://www.mwaa.com/dulles/791.htm

Please note that parking rates at the hotel are as follows:
Self parking - $28
Valet parking - $40

Getting Around Baltimore:

The MTA bus service currently has 57 bus routes, which include 47 local buses, 4 limited stop routes (known as QuickBus), and 4 express bus routes (which operate from various suburbs to downtown Baltimore). Go to http://mta.maryland.gov/local-bus for schedules and maps.

The Light Rail service is available to go downtown as well. Go to http://mta.maryland.gov/light-rail for schedules, maps and more information.

The Charm City Circulator is a fleet of twenty-one free buses that run four routes throughout Baltimore. For more information, visit http://www.charmcitycirculator.com/content/about.

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II. Eating and Shopping near the Hilton Baltimore

The Hilton Baltimore is at 401 Pratt Street in Baltimore, Maryland, 21201. Located a half a mile away from the hotel, near the waterfront, are the Harborplace and the Gallery shops and Restaurants and Eateries. There are also various pubs and bars located a short walk from the hotel. Pratt Street Ale House and The All Stars Sports Bar are two options that are both close by. Please visit the 2014 AJS Conference Google Map to see exactly where these places are located in relation to the hotel.

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III. III. Kosher and Vegetarian Restaurants in Baltimore

The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore provides a list of kosher dining restaurants in the Baltimore area, which can be accessed on their website. Many kosher restaurants and markets are located in the Pikesville neighborhood, especially along Reistertown Road, which is about a 20 minute cab ride away from the hotel.  Below are a couple kosher and vegetarian dining options that are a bit closer to the hotel.

Van Gough Café
410-558-1958
300 South Ann Street
http://www.vangoughcafe.com
Kosher Dairy. Opens on Saturday one hour after sundown.

Me Latte
410-502-2936
1550 Orleans Street
http://www.melatte.com
Kosher certified restaurant.

Liquid Earth
410-276-6606
1626 Aliceanna Street
http://liquidearth.com/
Vegetarian and vegan restaurant.

The Land of Kush
410-225-5874
840 North Eutaw Street
http://www.thelandofkush.com/
Vegetarian restaurant.

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IV. Synagogues near the Hilton Baltimore

The Baltimore Jewish Council provides a list of synagogues in the Baltimore area. Go to https://www.associated.org/communityresources/synagogues to access this list.

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V. 2014 AJS Conference Google Map

To view the locations of these sites of interests and others in relation to the Hilton Baltimore, please see the 2014 AJS Conference Google Map.

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VI. Things to Do in Baltimore

Comprehensive list of Baltimore museums, shows and concerts, sports, shopping and dining information: http://visitors.baltimorecity.gov/

Baltimore Show Your Badge Discount Program:
program brochure

For a calendar of upcoming Jewish events:
http://www.associated.org/calendar/

Free things to do in Baltimore:
http://baltimore.org/30-free-things/

Things to do for families:
http://travel.mommypoppins.com/familytravel/45-things-to-do-with-kids-in-baltimore-where-to-eat-play-and-stay-in-charm-city

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VII. Baseball Fans!

Tour of Camden Yards — More information forthcoming!

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