Amazing Summer Day Trips to the Eastern Shore and Annapolis
Date: Washingtonian, May 17, 2019, Andrea Poe
Annapolis: Explore Naval History and Sleep on a Boat
This waterfront town is all about historic streetscapes and bustling marinas. You can tap into the spirit of the town at the United States Naval Academy (52 King George St.; 410-293-8687), the training ground for America’s midshipmen, which offers tours of “The Yard” that include a visit to the crypt of Revolutionary War hero John Paul Jones.
Soak in American History
The William Paca House (186 Prince George St.; 410-990-4543), a Georgian mansion that was home to one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, holds a trove of 18th-century furnishings and has a superb walled garden.
Best Spot to Ogle Yachts
Grab a charcuterie platter from Annapolis Market House (City Dock; 443-949-0024) and stake out a spot on a bench across the street along Ego Alley, the narrow channel where yachters come to see and be seen.
A Side of Politics With Your Eggs
Chick & Ruth’s Delly (165 Main St.; 410-269-6737), a bi-level downtown diner steps from the State House, is an Annapolis institution. Breakfast includes the Pledge of Allegiance—recited weekday mornings at 8:30 and weekends at 9:30—crab omelets served three ways, and plenty of political gossip.
Great Waterfront Dinner
Enjoy phyllo-topped scallops served with a twirl of shrimp cream sauce on the shad-ed deck overlooking the marina at Carrol’s Creek (410 Severn Ave.; 410-263-8102). Hit the restaurant on a Wednesday evening for the best view of the summer sailing races.
Where to Catch a Buzz
Like any proper sailing town, Annapolis has its fair share of great bars, among them Galway Bay (63 Maryland Ave.; 410-263-8333), where you can pair a pint with tasty fish and chips, and Boatyard Bar & Grill (400 4th St.; 410-216-6206), which has been serving thirsty sailors since 2001.
Novel Ways of Getting Around
Explore Annapolis by tapping into its new bike-share program. Racks are stationed throughout the city. Or hail a water taxi for as little as $3 a person and get ferried along the harbor. On weekends, the taxi runs until midnight (410-263-0033).
Sleep Tight on the Water
When you book a cabin on Woodwind (410-263-1981), a 74-foot schooner, you not only get breakfast onboard but also a sunset cruise on the Chesapeake Bay.
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