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OSU vs Navy game Trip advice request...

BamBamBuck's picture
March 5, 2014 at 1:01pm
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Wanted to gain from the experiences of others and inquire as to the best area/hotel to stay at for the OSU vs Navy game (tickets are in the mail, Go Bucks!). Driving in from NC Friday afternoon and plan on taking in as much of the Baltimore and DC areas during the long weekend and am trying to decide if we should stay near the stadium (downtown Baltimore) or possibly somewhere between Baltimore and DC for easier commute/drive in either direction. What say you Baltimore bound Buckeyes? Thanks in advance!

Oyster's picture

If I recall, Hove lives in that area.  He can provide good advice.  Maybe he will let you stay at his house?  It's kinda junky from what I hear, but he's a good host.

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BamBamBuck's picture

lol, I've heard about that Hove guy. Maybe I should pass this time tho

BamBamBuck

Hovenaut's picture

I'll have to check with staff, but I believe I am booked that weekend...

Kidding aside, CPlunk has you pointed in the right direction. Both the Inner Harbor and Fell's Point nightlife is fantastic, good eats and drinks. 

Additional eats I also recommend is Chap's BBQ (awesome pit beef) and the Blue Moon Café - their breakfast menu is phenomenal.

BamBamBuck's picture

Agree, gonna try to get some Chap's while in town. As I recall that's the place on the Triple D show and it looked damn good. Beer and BBQ, can't go wrong!

BamBamBuck

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cplunk's picture

I'm a DC-area Buckeye, but I've been up to Baltimore a bunch. You really want to be as close to the inner harbor as possible. The inner harbor area is very nice, with lots to do, and fairly safe. Fell's Point is just east of Inner Harbor and is also nice.

The rest of Baltimore is a bit sketchy in that you can be fine, then walk around one street corner and be looking at a drug deal. Don't overplay that too much- Baltimore is like any other city and certainly isn't Mogadishu- but it does have its unsafe areas. I would not go much outside the Inner Harbor area on foot at night though if you're not familiar with the city.

Of course you could also stay outside the city and go in on gameday. It isn't very far from DC to Baltimore. Staying at any motel along 95 or the BW Parkway between the two would give you access to both cities. There are plenty of motels and hotels along those highways. 

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cplunk's picture

Also, I should add, it is very easy to get to M&T Bank Stadium on gameday. I've been to many football (and nearby baseball) games there and never had a problem heading in on gameday.

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BamBamBuck's picture

Great input CPLUNK, much appreciated.

BamBamBuck

hetuck's picture

Keep in mind the game starts at noon. Saturday morning traffic is pretty light. You could stay in old town Alexandria or Crystal City & get a pretty good hotel rate. Both areas are served by the Metro for sightseeing other than the game.  

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SomethingOriginal's picture

I live in Crystal City and feel like the rates would be terrible. Also, forget that drive. I would say just stay in annapolis

DCBucki's picture

As soon as you enter 495 (highway around DC) the rates go up drastically!! I would just stay near Baltimore. Annapolis is pricey too, but a beautiful place to stay. Might be packed due to the game. Maybe 45 minutes from the stadium though. If I go to a game in Baltimore, I typically stay at the Hamton Inn, which is really close to the baseball and football stadiums.

"The deadliest weapon in the world is a MARINE and his rifle!"
GEN. PERSHING, US.ARMY
 

Bucki78's picture

Booked our stay at the Hampton.  $150 a night for 2 nights.  Walking distance to almost everything as well.

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southbymidwest's picture

I live in Northern Virginia/DC suburbs, have been to Baltimore a number of times. I agree, staying as close to Inner Harbor as possible is a good idea. It is a fun place to spend some time when you're not at the game. The Baltimore Aquarium at Inner Harbor is really good, if you are into aquariums (but get your ticket in advance-they sell out. Really.).  The USS Constellation is docked there, and you can go through the ship for a fee, pretty cool. Maryland Science Center is there, meh. Harborplace is a collection of shops and restaurants on the waterfront there, and is good to stroll through. Fells Point is not too far away. The Orioles will be in town that weekend at Camden Yards, which is very close by to M&T Stadium-great ballpark. And yeah, Baltimore definitely has some rather scary areas, as I found out one day after having become lost trying navigate construction detours to get back home from a Johns Hopkins girls' lacrosse camp...yikes!, so be careful where you book.

BamBamBuck's picture

Thank you, will definitely get the aquarium tickets in advance. Agree with all the comments that the Inner Harbor looks like the best option for the casual visitor. Seems like plenty to keep busy with for a few hours after game and lots of food options. Glad you mentioned the Orioles games as we may want to consider dinner reservations. Thanks again.

BamBamBuck

DCBucki's picture

I'm also a NOVA/DC guy, but I've been to Baltimore a lot. There is plenty to do in Baltimore and DC. If I was you, I would focus on Baltimore more this trip as we play Maryland later this year and on a regular basis. You can take in DC another time, but trying to squeeze in both cities might be a lot considering most of Saturday will be reserved for the OSU game. As people have mentioned, BALTIMORE CAN BE SKETCHY. There are plenty of great areas, but you can take a wrong turn and be in a bad area. If you stay in Fells Point or the Inner Harbor you will be fine. Also, we aren't playing the Ravens or Orioles, so we shouldn't have any rabid fans attacking us (I had batteries thrown at me while at a Ravens game wearing a Colts jersey).

I would suggest staying near the stadium unless don't mind taking/paying for cabs. Parking WILL BE expensive! They normally charge $20-$30 in the general area of the stadium, so I imagine it will increase. If you drink and love bars, you will LOVE Baltimore. They have a LOT of bars in different areas of the city, all just a short cab ride. I will do a more through write up on the different areas and bars sometime this summer. There's a couple great places bars near the stadium, including Pickles Pub. I think that Power Plant Live is a short cab ride as well. Its a big area that has a ton of bars and clubs. You can pay one cover and get into all the places (great deal if your into clubs/lounges). Two places we love here is "Howl at the Moon" and BAR Baltimore. If you get a big group together, I can get you in contact with the sale rep for Power Plant. You can do a "All You Can Drink" night for like $35 each or something like that. Outside the stadium is a  "Ravens Walk", which I'm sure will be up for our game as well. Its an official tailgate area and with similar stuff like that.

The basball stadium is close to the football stadium, so you could also see a MLB game if you wanted (great stadium!). They actually have a designated scalping area to get cheap tickets (not sure if they do that for the football games or not). In addition to the places that everyone else mentioned, there's also the Babe Ruth (birthplace) museum, which only a few blocks away from the stadium.

If you are a gambler, they opened the Maryland Live Casino which is located near a big mall about 20 minutes away. You can drive to the University of Maryland Metro Station (30 minutes) and jump on the metro to see things in DC. National Harbor (40 minutes) always has great things going on and they typically have a beer and BBQ fest on Labor Day weekend. Virginia has AMAZING wine and some very beautiful vineyards (haven't been to any in Maryland, but I'm sure they are good too). There's a lot to do, depending on what you're interested in. Whatever you do, you HAVE to have some Maryland Crab Cakes!! AMAZING!! Like I said, I will do a more complete write up this summer.

"The deadliest weapon in the world is a MARINE and his rifle!"
GEN. PERSHING, US.ARMY
 

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BamBamBuck's picture

Wow, thanks for that (bit) of info DC and look forward to your future write up. Definitely looking at the Inner Harbor area for all the reasons mentioned (walking distance to food and drinks, safe environment, etc) and will look into the Hampton Inn. BTW it seems as if these hotels are filling up for that weekend, so anyone else thinking about this trip may want to make reservations soon. Was thinking of doing DC on another trip just to give all the sites sufficient time, but that BBQ and BEER fest you mentioned is intriguing!

Any opinions from anyone on which hotels to absolutely stay away from (say the Pier 5 for instance)? Going to nail down the hotel today, if possible.

BamBamBuck

Go1Bucks's picture

Darn it guys.  I moved back to Ohio from there not too long ago, now your making me wanna go back.

Party with the Middies on Game Day.  They are all a good bunch to hang with, friendly in my experience, regardless where you are from.  Made a bunch of friends when they came here.  Inner Harbor if you can get it, would be first choice, but all serviceable via Metro - even out to Reston, Va.  Have fun!

Also, a plug for my friends at OSU Alumni bars at Rí Ra and the Rhino Bar.

 

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buckeye70's picture

STAY DOWNTOWN - walk to fells point (try Max's - 90 plus beers on tap)  - little italy and Hard Rock Cafe - visit the Babe Ruth House and Fort McHenry - If you get all of that in you will be very satisfied

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southbymidwest's picture

As to checking out DC, I would do it the weekend of the Maryland game. College Park is a suburb of DC, and has some decent residential areas, but around UMd it is the.pits. Nothing going on there outside of the university and college bars. Go to DC that weekend. Baltimore has enough stuff going on that is a short cab ride or walk to that you can easily keep busy there, hon' (what you might be called by your Ballmer waitress, as in "can I get your order, hon", short for honey).

Here is the website for the Baltimore Aquarium, just so you can see what it is all about:

http://www.aqua.org/

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Sockmonkey's picture

I'm looking at staying at one of the Downtown hotels which is about a mile walk to M&T. Can any of the folks that know the area tell me if there are any concerns with walking that area? What about after dark if we decide to hit the baseball game? Between Downtown and Inner Harbor?

DCBucki's picture

It all depends where you are walking. You "should" be okay walking back to downtown during that time as it will be from a game and I'm sure there will be police around. If you chill at a local bar until closing, I might take a cab home. That weekend should be pretty busy due to the big games and the extended weekend. If you do feel like you are getting into a sketchy neighborhood, just go back to the bar and have them call a cab. Cabs are all over, and relatively cheap so I wouldn't be walking too much anyways. Use common sense, walk in groups and don't do anything stupid and you should be good to go.

 

"The deadliest weapon in the world is a MARINE and his rifle!"
GEN. PERSHING, US.ARMY
 

DCBucki's picture

Got our tickets yesterday!! Talk about a tease!! Can't wait!!

"The deadliest weapon in the world is a MARINE and his rifle!"
GEN. PERSHING, US.ARMY
 

Sockmonkey's picture

For anyone that's interested, I bid for a 4* hotel in Downtown on PriceLine and ended up with Hotel Monaco for $106/night.

http://www.monaco-baltimore.com/

Cool place and easy to get to the stadiums and harbor. My wife and I are making a long weekend of it, staying until Monday.

 

 

BamBamBuck's picture

Good info Sock. I might try that and then cancel my reservations @$250 per night at the Hampton Inn.

BamBamBuck

Tampabuckeye85's picture

Does anyone know which side of the field we will be on? I'm ready to buy my ticket but not sure if we are home or visitor.

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BamBamBuck's picture

I am "almost" positive OSU are the visitors. While I cannot duplicate on my old IPad if you can get to the interactive stadium map to purchase tickets and click on the OSU vs Navy pull down below the stadium image it should reflect which side OSU is sitting. That, along with the fact that OSU schedule reflects this to ba an away game says Navy is the home team.

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