You have to venture away from downtown to find the “more” in Baltimore. Sure, there is plenty to do in the city center, with its inviting mix of historic and modern attractions. But the surrounding communities have plenty to offer as well, from walkable neighborhoods to revitalized downtowns filled with attractive architecture and a growing number of locally owned restaurants and boutiques.
“A lot of our residents work in the Baltimore area, and they enjoy the things the city has to offer,” says Christine McPherson, executive director of the Bel Air Downtown Alliance. “But they also appreciate the more rural communities and the small-town feel, with open parks and great schools. It’s that nice little mix of having the best of both worlds within about a 30- or 40-minute drive. We basically have a big city in our backyard.”
There are 28 Main Street Maryland communities in the state, and many of them are located in the Greater Baltimore region. Here is a glimpse of what the area has to offer: