Please indulge me, as I am sure similar questions have been asked before.
Every year I do a couple of road trips from Michigan, to see the Tigers, and to visit some different ballparks.
On Thurs. May 30th I will be in Pittsburg, then on Fri. May 31st I will be in Baltimore. I have noticed other posts on this forum, that recommend the downtown (or inner harbor) hotels.
For some (the Hilton Baltimore) there are no rooms available, for others the room rates are quite high (both Hampton Inns, $319 & $249) and many have no ARRP rates for that date (The $319 Hampton does not have a ARRP rate for that date and the other Hampton drops from $249 to $236 with the discount).
I am considering just staying in the Columbia or Ellicott City area where the rates are more reasonable ($90 - $120) and just coming in early (4:00-5:00) for the game.
On my way back to Michigan the next day (Sat.) I plan to visit the Antietam Battlefield, so staying this area will also give me a little jump in the morning.
Is this doable?
Are these safe areas?
Would the BWI area be a better choice? Why? (It is a little out of the way)
Also, in most other cities where I have attended ballgames there are Bars/Restaurants nearby that you can visit (drink or dine), park your car (free parking), and catch a shuttle (minimal charge) to and from the game. It is usually a good time for an out of towner, with lots of fun and people to mingle with before and after the game. It sure beats parking in some expensive lot and heading back to the hotel.
Does anyone have any suggestions for something like this in Baltimore?
Thanks in advance,