[This email has been sent to all those who have signed up for Baltoberfest. I'm posting it here, and have posted this in the misc forum for those interested, but not yet signed up.]
Greetings from Baltimore, now with the official slogan, 'get in on it!"
Larry, Frank, and I (Ellen) have been fielding various questions regarding hotels. We have a few suggestions:
--Our intrepid travel helper, Hexepatty, has been making calls to try to secure group rates. It has not been an easy task, and we thank her. What she has learned is that the very same weekend of Baltoberfest, sees the opening home game of the Baltimore Ravens (American football team). Therefore, rates are high, and increasing. In addition, rates in central Baltimore are not inexpensive even when the Ravens aren't playing. Our suggestions: try to book a room ASAP.....and, think about possibly rooming with someone.
--Hexepatty was able to negotiate with one hotel, in a good location, for a pretty good rate. ($118 including taxes.) She needs at least 10 people to secure this rate. Should you be interested, please contact her.
--Many people want to combine a trip to Baltoberfest, with a trip to ournationscapital. Hotels in DC are more expensive than they are in Baltimore. We would suggest trying to get a chain hotel in the BWI airport area. That way, you could take the MARC commuter train (during the week) or Amtrak (on the weekend) south, to Washington; and, take the light rail north into Baltimore.
A note about the weekend:
--on Thursday, Sept. 14, the Baltimore Orioles will be playing the Boston Red Sox. If people are interested in attending this game, we will get tickets, although we will need payment first. When the Sox comes to town, Camden Yards turns into Fenwick South, and the game should have a near sell-out crowd. We would like to get tickets early, but, at this point, we would like to gauge interest. Please let us know if this sounds good to you!
We will be providing updates, along with maps, and all the additional fun things we have planned (including a little 'competition' among your hosts). Please stay tuned.
And, of course, feel free to contact us via this email or any one of us individually.
Until next time....your Baltoberfest Hosts