5 romantic restaurants with character

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When it comes to restaurants with romantic settings, the Baltimore and Annapolis area has its fair share.

Baltimore couple Oliver and Mandy Higgs fell in love with the Elkridge Furnace Inn's particular blend of history and romance more than a decade ago and chose it as the site for their wedding. Today, it remains a destination they love — and one of the region's more unique and romantic restaurants.

"It has a charm and warmth that, in combination with the well-preserved building and consistently outstanding food, make it a great place to celebrate special occasions,” Oliver says.

The Elkridge Furnace Inn is unique, but it is not the only restaurant in Maryland that is both romantic and distinctive. Here's a look at some of our favorite spots around the area to enjoy special meals in settings that are a little out of the ordinary.

Restaurant romantic Baldwin StationWBaldwin Station

In addition to a skilled kitchen, Baldwin Station in Sykesville boasts one of the most charming locations in the state. The restaurant is in an old railway station on The Old Main Line, the oldest railway in the country, and overlooks the Patapsco River.

"People have strong connections to the train station's history and ambiance," says owner Stuart Dearie. "The station, built in 1883, is full of romance and memories. Then, you throw in the river flowing past!"

Dearie's favorite tables for romance include those on the verandah, where the view of the tracks and river are best, and one particular table in the right corner of the largest dining room, where couples have privacy, even during a busy dinner service.

Baldwin Station, 7618 Main St., Sykesville; 410-795-1041, baldwinstation.com

Chart House

During a recent visit to Chart House in Annapolis, Hyattsville resident Shy Johnson spotted several perfectly romantic spots.

"They have areas with blue glass fire pits to sit by as a couple," she says. "And at night it is dim, so it's even more relaxing and romantic."

The lighting and fire pits create little blocks of intimacy in a space with high ceilings and windows framing a breathtaking view of downtown Annapolis. Originally a boathouse in what was a shipyard for John Trumpy & Sons, Chart House combines the best of several worlds — maritime history, a great view and excellent seafood.

Chart House, 300 Second St., Annapolis; 410-268-7166, chart-house.com

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