About this listing
Great for vacation, business, conferences, visits, relaxing, internships, etc. We are 0.5 miles from Marriott Waterfront Hotel and Conference Center, 1.2 miles away from Johns Hopkins Main Hospital, 1.3 miles from the Baltimore Convention Center, and 2.6 miles from Penn Station.
SPACE: Late 19th century renovated row home with gorgeous enclosed secret garden and fish pond with waterfall to relax. Private bedroom with queen size pillow top bed and full use of bedroom closet. Bathroom is shared, has a jacuzzi tub, and double sinks. Fresh linens will be on the bed and towels will be provided. We love to cook so we have a full kitchen with a range of utensils and appliances. You are welcome to cook and store things in our refrigerator. Living room area has a couch, reading chair and bar to relax at anytime. Feel free to read our magazines and books. Dining room is used to eat meals, listen to music, and play board games (Scrabble, Monopoly, Settlers of Catan, Puerto Rico, Dominoes, etc) and puzzles that are available for use in the hallway closet. The house has central AC and heating, free wifi, washer and dryer unit. There is a second floor wood deck with a sitting bench and where we grow vegetables in the summer. There is no television in the house on purpose. :)
NEIGHBORHOOD: Our street is a quiet alley street with historical significance. It was where Frederick Douglass built 5 homes that are still standing. On occasion a dressed up "Frederick Douglass" will come down with a tourist group to educate people on the significance of the street. It constantly smells like fresh bread as we are close to H&S Bakery. We are a 5-10 minute walk to Inner Harbor, Fells Point, Harbor East, and Little Italy. Downtown is a 10 minute walk away. Over 100 restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues can easily be accessed on foot. Whole Foods grocery store, Starbucks, and Landmark theater are only 4 blocks away.
PARKING : There is easy and free street parking within a 1 block radius of our house. There is also secure garage parking 1 block ($10-13/day) away.
TRANSPORTATION: 3 min walk to Charm City Circulator stop which is a free hybrid bus system within the city (http://(email hidden)/). We are on multiple public bus lines. One block from Zip Car access. You can take the MARC train from Camden Yards or Penn Station to DC for $7 one way on the weekdays. We are 2-3 miles away from both train stations.
We are a young couple who enjoy meeting new people and hosting. Together we enjoy food and wine. Our travels have taken us to Beirut, Istanbul, Phnom Penh, Hanoi, and Santiago. We look forward to meeting you and hope you enjoy our home!
Guests have access to all common areas of the house.
-Keep common areas tidy.
-No open food in the bedroom.
-Place dishes in dishwasher or hand wash them.
-No smoking indoors. Smoking is allowed outside or in the garden just throw away cigarette butts.
-We try to be environmentally conscious in our own small ways. Please conserve energy when possible. Turn off lights you are not using. Unplug electronic appliances not in use.
-You break it, you fix it.
-If you use a lot of laundry soap please buy replacement laundry soap. Keep laundry door open after using to let it air out.
-Respect our personal items.
Communicating with Scott and Jenn before our arrival was easy. We were able to get into the apartment without them, which made things stress-free - we didn't have to worry about being on time to check in and, if we were late, possibly inconveniencing them! But Jenn ended up being at home to welcome us. Their home is beautiful, just as the pictures show, and the location is perfect for sightseeing.
We didn't stay the night because of an unexpected (happy) family event, but if we go back to Baltimore, we'd definitely reach out to Scott and Jenn again.
Jennifer and Scott's place was so convenient to all there is to do in Baltimore! It really is a short walk to everything. The house is really cute and clean, too. We took all of their restaurant suggestions and every place was very delicious! We would definitely stay with them if we visit the city again!!
We were Airbnb newbies and didn't quite know what to expect. It was a lovely experience and we will do it again. (Actually, we already booked another one in Sept.) Our hosts were friendly, welcoming and very helpful (great restaurant recommendations). Our daughter had some car trouble and Scott was able to recommend 3 businesses, one which our daughter had used before, so it was a great validation. They also allowed our daughter to spend the last night with them as we left a day early.
Scott and Jen's wonderful home is situated in a great place. It really is within walking distance of so many places. We walked all over the Fells Harbor area, and walked home from an Orioles game, and to and from the inner Harbor.
One comment (that is not a criticism because the house is 150 years old or so) is the stairs are steep. As someone who can now get the senior discount on things (bummer), I found them a bit intimidating at first. I abandoned all pride and went down them backwards like a ladder. I was fine after that.
Thanks for a wonderful visit to Baltimore (our first, as well.)
Laurel and Tom
lovely place convenient to everything. We came to Baltimore for Artscape and to see a band in particular. We wanted to spend a little time at the inner harbor too. Scott and Jennifer's place was easy to find and within walking distance to everything or close to the free bus that Scott told us about. he helped us find a great seafood place to eat and they had lots of info and maps about the city which was really helpful.
The room was spacious with a very comfortable bed and plenty of room for our clothes to hang. the bathroom was gorgeous and I especially loved the balcony. Having coffee there in the morning was a lovely way to start the day. The garden on the lower level was beautiful too. We were only there a few days but I'd recommend their place to anyone. We didn't get to meet Jennifer but Scott was friendly and available when we arranged our arrival.
I was in Baltimore to attend a conference at the Harbor East area. I was blessed to find this tranquil place that's just a short walk from Harbor East. It's truly a secret garden within the bustling city.
Jennifer kept in touch with us in the days leading up to our stay at 'The Secret Garden'. When we arrived, she met us at the door and allowed us to drop off our things to then park our car and walk back to the house. Once we were back, she gave us a tour of the place and gave us our key. We were out in the city during most our stay and it's central location made all the difference. We were able to walk to and from the majority of the places we visited and the smell of the delicious bakery in the morning was a nice way to wake up. On one of the evenings we came back early, we even took a turn at playing some of the board games in the house which ended up being pretty entertaining. The house feels safe and cozy and our room was clean and very comfortable. We also enjoyed the deck outside and spent a good amount of time out there. All in all, we enjoyed our stay and thank Jennifer (and Scott) for their hospitality.
We stayed for for four nights in this house and had a very enjoyable time. The location is great - close to everything Fells Point has to offer. The house is on a small side street so it was nice and quiet. It is decorated very nicely, as is represented in the photos on the website. The backyard patio and upper deck were both nice places to sit outside (although our weather was quite rainy so we were not able to do so often!) Parking in the area was easy to find and free. We did not meet our hosts as they were out of town, but we stayed in touch with them by text throughout our stay.
About the Host, Jennifer And Scott
Scott was educated in biomedical and chemical engineering and spent time doing basic science research before he moved his career into the arts where he has worked on a city wide street art project and now works at the Baltimore Museum of Art. He has lived in Baltimore over 10 years and knows it very well. He enjoys reading, mountain biking, and wine. He is always willing to engage in good conversation, particularly about philosophy and art.
Jenn worked in international relief and development for several years and traveled a lot during that time. She loves all aspects of food and cooking. Reality TV is a guilty pleasure, and she will gladly play Settler's of Catan with anyone who asks.
Jenn and Scott have been married over 5 years. They love their home and want to share it with others. Scott surprised Jenn in Beirut and then traveled to Istanbul to propose in front of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. They recently spent 3 weeks together in south east Asia (Taiwan, Vietnam, Cambodia) Their richest travel experiences have been with local hosts who know the food and culture well. Their lives have been deeply enriched by these experiences.