For a while now we have been telling new guests how fantastic our neighborhood is and sharing with previous guests how our surroundings just keep getting better.  Well, we know we are a bit biased, but we are not the only people who believe this.

Federal Hill is described as a "walker's paradise" by the website, with a of score 95 of 100 and was chosen as the most walkable neighborhood in all of Baltimore.  Out of all the neighborhoods surveyed in the United States, we were ranked in the top 60.  Not too shabby.

Federal Hill has also recently received some other accolades.  Baltimore Magazine released its choice picks in their "Best Of Baltimore" edition in August.  We received Best New Shopping District, with a special nod given to Holly G for Best Trendy Clothes.  Neighborhood pubs, restaurants, and other food places were awarded as well: Best Bar for Grown-Ups was garnered by Regi's American Bistro, Best Pub Fare won by Mother's Federal Hill Grille, Best Hangout for a First Daughter (now that we have one of the first daughters living Further down Charles Street) was Ropewalk Tavern and the Best Bakery honor was awarded to Piedigrotta Italian Bakery located in our Cross Street Market.

To keep up to date with all that is going on here at the inn and in our neighborhood, click on the link for my blog and podcasts at the bottom of the page of our website.  
If you were lucky enough to stay with us last Autumn, you may have discovered a great promotion put together by the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association called Free Fall Baltimore.  In conjunction with the arts and museum communities in the city, they are offering either free or greatly discounted admission to several of their most popular attractions.

There are several other reasons to come back to Baltimore this fall.  The weather turns cooler making our very walkable city and neighborhood even more fun to explore.  The city is much less crowded this time of year so there are fewer lines and things tend to just be a bit quieter, making your visit that much more relaxing and enjoyable.  It's a great time of year to take one of the very popular walking ghost tours through Fells point or the Mount Vernon areas or take in the Street Beat Music Festival right down the street (September 28th).  There is also the Under Armour Baltimore Marathon and Running Festival is October 12th.  The weekend of October 18th and 19th is filled with things to do.  There is the Baltimore Open Studio Tour, The First Federal Hill Hospitality Association's Wine Festival (with over 15 wineries reported to be on hand tor tasting and workshops given through the day) and the local boutiques are looking at potentially having a sidewalk sale as well.  The new exhibition at the American Visionary Arts Museum celebrating the art in science and the science of art also opens in October.

We will once again be open during Thanksgiving to host any of you that would like to visit friends and family here in Baltimore during the holiday or even better, if you want to escape the family mayhem and stay for a night or two on your way to or from celebrating Turkey Day.

Many more events are listed on our website under the "Things To Do" tab.       

We love to have our menu of breakfasts, cookies and other sweet treats reflect the change in seasons.  This helps to ensure the freshest produce available and to celebrate the turning of the wheel of the year.  It is human nature to want berries in the summer and the flavors of sweet potato, cranberry, pumpkin and apples in the fall.  One of our favorite breakfasts are pumpkin pancakes.  This morning meal will spread its autumnal warmth to your mind, belly, and soul.  Try sprinkling dried cranberries, diced candied ginger and toasted pecans on top before adding your maple syrup.

For even more recipes, look under the "From the Kitchen" tab on our website.

Scarborough Fair Bed & Breakfast's Pumpkin Pancakes

1 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/16 tsp cloves
1/16 tsp allspice
1/16 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup half and half
1 oz melted butter
4 egg whites, whipped to soft peak
2 tbsp vegetable oil for skillet

Sift together dry ingredients.  In a large bowl, combine the puree, whole eggs, and half and half.  Add the flour mixture and stir, being careful not to over mix the batter.  Add melted butter.  Gently fold in egg whites until they are nearly incorporated.

Heat the griddle to medium.  Drizzle enough vegetable oil to prevent sticking and spoon about 1/2 cup batter per pancake, spreading them with the back of a spoon.  Then brown and flip over to finish cooking.

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