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    The 6 Best Ways to Get Outside in Baltimore

    The weather in Charm City is heating up. And with the sun shining, you may be wondering what you can do on the weekends to spend more time outside. Did you know that being outside can put you in a better mood, reduce stress, better your concentration, and improve your health?

    Let’s face it, in a world of technology, we all need to take time to get outside and soak up some Vitamin D. So here are a few awesome things you can do to get out there and start exploring our amazing city.

    Fresh Organic Farmers Market Vegetables#1 Hit up a Farmer’s Market

    Fresh fruit, vibrant veggies, and lots of goods to sample – what’s not to love about farmer’s markets? Most are open spring through late fall; the 32nd Street Farmers Market is open year round. A local favorite, the Baltimore Farmer’s Market & Bazaar just celebrating opening day of their 40th season at the end of April.

    #2 Take a Hike

    Walking the Maryland trails can really boost your mood. Plus, it’s a lot more fun than spending an hour inside a gym. A great option? Druid Hill Park. This hot spot offers more than just walking trails for your exercise enjoyment. Druid Hill contains some of the oldest forest growth in Maryland, farmer’s markets, events, and several monuments to check out while walking the park. Check out the Christopher Columbus monument by the main South Driveway looking up at the reservoir or the George Washington statue at the Rotunda driveway intersection.

    #3 Catch a Ballgame camden_top-1

    There are 14 home games just in the month of May coming up for the O’s. That gives you plenty of options to snag a couple of tickets to enjoy America’s favorite pastime. Can’t make it in May? Don’t worry there’s 14 more in June, 13 in July, and 16 in August. Whenever you go, make sure you take some time before the game to walk around Inner Harbor or hit up one of the many packed sports bars in the area. Pickles Pub and the surrounding bars are Baltimore’s version of a tailgate before the game.

    #4 Pack a Picnic

    Pack up some sandwiches and lemonade and head out for a picnic in one of Baltimore’s best parks. Nixon’s Farm is a favorite for some fun in the sun and it includes more than just a nice green area for a checkered blanket. Nixon’s offers wine tastings, volleyball, basketball, softball, horseshoes and more. You can easily make a day out of it. Other options include Centennial Park in Ellicott City and Rocky Point Beach and Park.

    #5 Get Pickin’

    Late May starts prime pickin’ season! The farms surrounding Baltimore are bountiful with fresh fruit just waiting to be plucked from the earth. Whether you’re jonesin’ for some cherries, raspberries, peaches, or strawberries, you’ve got a farm to pick from. In June and July, head over to Hybridoma Organic Fruit Farm for some blueberries and black raspberries. But you’ll want to wait until August for blackberries and red raspberries. Ready to get picking right away? Strawberries are available from late May till early November at Larriland Farm. You can also find sweet cherries, raspberries, red, black, and purple raspberries and blue berries at Larriland.

    #6 Take a Swim

    For those days when it becomes a little too hot to just roam around, find a place with refreshing water to dip your toes in. From county and state parks to lakes and local pools, you can find somewhere to cool down no problem. Rocky Point Park in Baltimore County offers a 300-foot beach, swimming area, and bathhouse with a first-aid station. Not looking to get sandy? Head over to the North Harford Splash pad located inside North Harford Park. And if you’d rather lounge poolside, check out any of Baltimore’s outdoor public pools across the city including Druid Hill Park, Patterson Park, and Cherry Hill.

    Have anymore ideas on ways to stay outside in our upcoming spring and summer months? Comment below and let us know!

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    Josh Mente

    Real Estate Leader Josh Mente, is a founding member and owner of The MD Home Team of Keller Williams Excellence, and is responsible for business administration and marketing for the firm. Josh’s career path began in 1998 as a loan officer for Eastern Savings Bank, where he managed national accounts. He later joined Option One Mortgage originating more than 500 transactions per year valued at $100M+ in sales. In 2006, Mente shifted his expertise to real estate sales, gained his license and focused on buy/fix/sell transactions. Josh is a member of Elite Real Estate Network (ERN), the 2009 Rookie of the Year for Long and Foster corporate, and in 2012 ranked 206 and 2013 ranked 234 in Real Trends of the Wall Street Journal, ranking in the top 250 agents nationwide for all brokerages. From any early age, Josh was introverted and worked hard to overcome a fears of sales - a business that doesn't lend itself well to introverted people. When challenged by a manager that he didn’t have what it took for a specific job, Josh pushed forward and won approval in his new position. That was a pivotal moment that set the pace for his success in real estate sales. Having earned an AA degree from Montgomery College in business administration in 1995 and a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Towson University in Mass Communications 1997, Josh married his college sweetheart Melinda and they now have three wonderful daughters that provide the opportunity to watch them grow up and experience things for the first time. A committed sports fanatic, Josh spends time on the golf course, and follows the Ravens and Orioles as a season ticket holder. He is a part owner of two restaurants in Manhattan, enjoys music and time away with the family at their beach house in Rehoboth, DE. He hopes to find time for his hobbies that include building furniture, playing guitar, learning Spanish and flying planes.

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