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When it was wedged between blocks of print in a high school textbook, history didn't seem all that enthralling.

But when it envelops you in swanky urban luxury in Baltimore's historic Hotel Brexton, you will be grateful that the past is present.

Step back in time amid the unique charm of the Mount Vernon Historic District when you spend two nights in a deluxe ($159) or superior ($179) room.

Brush up on the city's colourful past and promising future at the place Baltimore Heritage, Inc. bestowed with a 2010 Historic Preservation Award before you explore the neighbourhood's streets, lined with Victorian row houses that lead you to local shopping, dining, art and theatre.

Take a stroll around the world-renowned Inner Harbor, just a 20-minute walk from the hotel. Or, catch a show at Centerstage (Insider tip: The Second City — the comedic troupe that once claimed the likes of Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler as members — performs there 'til mid-October). Or, get street smart with a visit on 1 December to experience the majestic Washington Monument lighting.

Trade in 19th-century events flashcards and test your knowledge of indulgence with the hotel's complimentary European continental breakfast, Wednesday wine and cheese receptions and afternoon tea. When it comes time for your final exam on your history-making escape, we're guessing you'll pass with flying colours.

Escape kit

  • A two-night stay for two in a deluxe ($159) or superior ($179) room
  • Bottle of wine
  • Book by 4 October

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