We can’t wait to welcome guests back to Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore! In the meantime, as we dream and plan our future travels, keep in mind that Baltimore is a great city for visiting distilleries and enjoying locally-inspired cocktails with rye whiskey, a spirit Maryland is historically known for producing.

Maryland was once a whiskey distilling powerhouse, surpassed among the states only by Kentucky and Pennsylvania. It produced 5.6 million gallons in 1911, its pre-Prohibition high point — most of it rye, supposedly made in a distinctive style that was readily recognized from the Midwest to Manhattan. But the distilleries, and the style, disappeared after World War II and the consolidation of the whiskey industry in Kentucky. (Source)

What stops should you add to your itinerary*?

Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore is in the heart of it all when it comes to getting around Baltimore on foot and by boat.

Baltimore Spirits Co. – Baltimore’s Distillery prides itself on expressing the art of Baltimore in spirits. Try a few of their favorite cocktail recipes at home if a visit isn’t in your near future.

Old Line Spirits – The founders of Old Line Spirits met in the Navy and have gone on to create award-winning spirits including American single malt whiskey and rum. Their cocktail bar, The Ready Room, is inspired by the place where naval aviators gather to swap stories; enjoy signature cocktails there.

Sagamore Spirits Distillery – Visit Sagamore Spirits to learn about the history of rye whiskey in Maryland, to see their 40-foot mirrored-finished copper column still, and taste four of their award-winning whiskies.

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While the beloved Maryland-based Preakness Stakes may be postponed this year, you can make your own Royal Sonesta Baltimore-inspired rye whiskey drink at home.  The key ingredient in this cocktail is Sagamore rye. Click the link below for the recipe.

Black Eye Rye


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*Before planning a visit, be sure to check with each distillery to make sure they are open to the public and have resumed tours and tastings.