New Year’s pledges to get healthy always start with the best intentions, but often fizzle by February as the winter doldrums creep in. We found Baltimore businesses that offer fun fitness classes, flavorful foods and invigorating wellness programs to keep you on track.
Juniper Culinary Apothecary: Sarah Acconcia’s Mt. Vernon Marketplace stall helps cooks jumpstart a healthy diet with everything they need, including superfoods, teas, spices and herbs. The “Midnight Mama” tea mixes lemon balm, red raspberry and chamomile to help you relax and unwind after a stressful day. The superfood spice blends include ground flax, fiber and antioxidant-rich chia seeds.
The Land of Kush: Also in the Mount Vernon neighborhood, the owners of this spot serve what they call “vegetarian soul food,” meatless versions of comfort fare like barbecue “ribs” and “chickun” salad, both made with soy.
Stall 11: Located in the year-old Remington food hall R. House, this eatery’s vegan menu highlights produce from a local urban farm and offers plant-based twists on classic meat-filled dishes. Here, deli fave the Reuben sandwich gets a makeover with beets (dubbed the Remington Ruben), while the iconic Philly cheesesteak goes meatless with wild mushrooms topped with cashew cheese (named the Funghi Philly). Kale and other nourishing veggies also make their way into the smoothies and bowls.
EarthShake: At this Fells Point juicer, the Acai bowls can be eaten hot or cold, but are best enjoyed during the midday “happy hour,” when they’re offered at a discount. The Kale Ripken smoothie, which includes kale, coconut water and blueberry, is also a delicious choice. Opt for a nutritious add-on, such as protein-rich bee pollen.
Plantbar: Daniela Troia’s Belvedere Square shop blends made-to-order juices, smoothies and smoothie bowls, plus superfood additions like matcha, a powdered green tea said to boost metabolism and maca, a nutrient-rich South American root powder. Expect to see a new location soon in Harbor Point.
Posts for Pampering
Spa at Four Seasons Hotel: Baltimoreans seem naturally laid back, but even locals need an hour (or two) of self-care. When they do, they head over to places like the Spa at Four Seasons Hotel. In addition to facials and massages, the luxe oasis offers unique treatments such as reconnective healing, intended to reinvigorate senses, as well as tarot card readings. After a refreshing session, curl up with tea and snacks on a heated lounge chair or soak in the jacuzzi. In the summer, spa guests get access to the infinity pool with phenomenal views of the harbor.
About Faces Day Spa & Salon: Those looking for a quick hit of indulgence head to this full-service pamperer with six locations in Maryland, including in the waterfront neighborhood of Canton in Baltimore. Beauty seekers short on time stop in for a blowout, a pedicure or makeup application before a night out on the town. Need a bit more? Massages, body contouring and other treatments incorporating high-end products from Caudalie, Darphin, Skinceuticals and more do the trick.
On the Move
Movement Lab: Lola Manekin’s Remington studio offers an alternative to the hum-drum workout routine with gravity-defying lessons. Instead of aerobics, find aerial yoga, where aspiring yogis fly through the air with the aid of a hammock. A jumping class has adventurous fitness folk bouncing on a trampoline to floor-thumping music. Kids get in on the action, too, with sessions that mimic the sensation of flight and karate lessons. After a heart-pounding workout here, the muscle-weary refill with gourmet meals at hip food hall, R. House, located (thankfully) on the first floor of the building. Short on cash? Community classes are half the price of regular ones (check the website for schedules).
REV Cycle Studio: This high-energy spinning and barre company offers the curious single classes so they can try the workout before they commit to a membership or multiple class packs. Spinning sessions are offered at both the fitness center’s Locust Point and Brewers Hill locations, while barre courses only take place at the former. Fun options include cycling set to dueling soundtracks, such as Beyoncé vs. Jay-Z.