The 3rd Annual Information Architecture Summit Sponsored by ASIS&T
Hotel, Travel and the Joys of Baltimore

Hotel: Marriott Baltimore Waterfront
700 Aliceanna Street
Baltimore, Maryland
United States
21202

Description: The new Baltimore Waterfront Marriott is conveniently located across the harbor from downtown Baltimore. Water taxi service to the Inner Harbor attractions is available just fifty feet from the hotel. The full-service Baltimore Waterfront Marriott offers deluxe accommodations including concierge level rooms, a business center, health club, indoor pool and seventy-seven thousand square feet of meeting space with most meeting rooms featuring a harborview.

Rates: $169 Single, $189 Double

Room Reservations: Make reservations by calling (410) 385-3000 or 1-800-228-9290. Be sure to identify yourself as part of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

Baltimore

Welcome to Baltimore. If you're a first time visitor, you might be surprised by all of the coolness that goes on here. There are plenty of hip and nifty bars to grab a drink and socialize. And, there are several cute and savory restaurants around to keep you well fed. Downtown Baltimore is kind of casual. But if you feel like getting dressed, you certainly can. Prices for food and drink here are lower than in other big east coast cities, so you can get out for a night without breaking the bank. Most places in Baltimore are as they seem. If you see something that looks interesting, poke your head in the door, if you like, head on in. If not, there's sure to be another swell place right around the corner.

Getting around the harbor
Water Taxi www.thewatertaxi.com; (410) 563-3901
Taxi landings include the Inner Harbor, Science Museum/Federal Hill, Visionary Arts Museum, Little Italy, Ft. McHenry, Fells Point and Canton. Taxis run every 15 minutes. $5 for a day pass.

Taxis
Arrow Cab (410) 358-9696
Yellow Cab (410) 685-1212


Activities
If you have energy left and want to soak up some culture, it's around.

American Visionary Arts Museum
Inner Harbor www.avam.org
Open 9-5 Tuesday to Sunday.
$6 admission.
800 key highway - 410-244-1900
This is one of the coolest alternative museums anywhere. A truly unique Baltimore experience."Visionary art as defined for the purposes of the American Visionary Art Museum refers to art produced by self-taught individuals, usually without formal training, whose works arise from an innate personal vision that revels foremost in the creative act itself." In short, visionary art begins by listening to the inner voices of the soul, and often may not even be thought of as 'art' by its creator.


Aquarium
Inner Harbor
Open 9 to 5.
$16 admission
If you like looking at fish and other marine life, the aquarium is a great time. Exhibits include Stingray, Maryland Mountains to the Sea, Surviving through Adaptation, Puffins, Tropical Rain Forest, Atlantic Coral Reef, Sharks and Seals.

Walters Art Gallery
Mt. Vernon
www.thewalters.org
Tuesday to Sunday 10 to 5.
$8 admission.
"The Walters Art Museum is internationally renowned for its collection, which collection presents an overview of world art from pre-dynastic Egypt to 20th-century Europe, and counts among its many treasures Greek sculpture and Roman sarcophagi; medieval ivories and Old Master paintings; Art Deco jewelry and 19th-century masterpieces."

Baltimore Museum of Art
Charles Village/Johns Hopkins University
www.bma.org;
Wednesday to Sunday 11-5
"In the early 20th century, two Baltimore sisters-Claribel and Etta Cone-assembled one of the most important art collections in the world which included paintings by Cézanne, Gauguin, van Gogh, and Renoir, and a variety of textiles, jewelry, furniture, and African, Asian, and Near Eastern art. Galleries provide an intimate setting in which to view these masterpieces as well as new insights into the sisters' diversity as collectors."

Nightlife
Besides the numerous activities that Baltimore's inner harbor has to offer, be sure to check out the night time activities in and Fell's Point (a bit rowdy on weekend nights) and Mt. Vernon (a mellower part of town). It's not big city nightlife, but it is still be a good time. And, most people in Baltimore are reasonably friendly. The bars here are usually a good mix of people of all ages and all backgrounds

--Seth Gordon