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5 Local Watering Holes to Cool Off During an Indian Summer

Labor Day may have come and gone, but we’re still feeling the heat of the City.

Below, a list of our 5 favorite ways to stay cool until the sweet relief of fall is upon us.

  1. Tubing the Local Rivers: For the lazy, hazy, (late season) dog days of summer, we’re all for a float down one of our great local rivers. Your best bets? The Gunpowder (Baltimore Co.), the Patapsco (Howard Co.), or Deer Creek (Harford Co.). No matter your chosen wading waters, a leisurely float on a clear day can also help clear your mind before the rush of the fall and holiday seasons (no pressure).  


    Photo Credit: Baltimore Sun

  2. The Rooftop Pool at The Four Seasons (Harbor East): Sigh. That’s really all we have to say. While this one comes with a bit of a price tag compared to a free float, may we just say—worth it. If you’re yet to visit the Four Seasons pool, this may be just the ticket to closing out your summer. Catch one last warm harbor sunset from above, while enjoying your fave cocktail and a tasty app (or two, if you’re splurgin’). But, hurry! They’ll be closing soon for the season...


    Photo Credit: Four Seasons

  3. Orange Crushes at Ryleigh’s (Federal Hill): Cheers! The best spot for a refreshing orange crush (in our opinion). Beat the city heat in Fed Hill with one of the best open air bars in town. Not to mention, it’s a month ending in “r”, so we all know that the oyster shuckin’ scene is heating up right now! 


    Photo Credit: Yelp

  4. The Jetty Dock Bar (Kent Narrows): Sunscreen optional, but highly recommended. Catch some final rays at one of our fave beach bars. Right on the water and just asking for you to enjoy their frequent live music and always cold drinks. Sand between your toes, tunes in the air, bev in your hand—what more can you truly ask for in early September?


    Photo credit: The Annapolis Patch

  5. Deep Creek Lake: If you’re looking for a smooth transition from Summer to Fall, Deep Creek is your place. Rent a boat and cruise the glassy waters one last time in the warmth of an early September afternoon; and finish the day with some campfire-roasted burgers and dogs (and s’mores, obviously) among the pines of Garrett County. We’ll see ya out there, singin’ our kumbayas!


    Photo Credit: Railey Realty