A Weekend in Annapolis, Maryland


A friend's wedding this past weekend gave us the perfect excuse to explore Annapolis, Maryland. With neither of us having visited Maryland's capital city before, we were surprised by how many activities, as well as history and beauty this waterside setting has to offer.

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We ambitiously did the 7-8 hr drive from Boston on Friday morning, arriving just in time to settle into our hotel, do a little shopping in Downtown Annapolis, and then get ready for dinner.  The cobblestone streets off of City Dock and Main Street are lined up with shops, selling anything and everything from super-brands like Vineyard Vines to locally-made apparel and crafts.

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Annapolis-Maryland-Travel The East

Annapolis-Maryland-Travel The East

Friday evening we booked dinner reservations at the Blackwall Hitch and couldn't have been more satisfied with our choice.  Lea Hurt with the Public Relations team and General Manager, Kurt Hamilton, gave us a tour of the restaurant's many dining rooms, rooftop bar, and beautiful ambiance. The food was no disappointment either!  And we even had the opportunity to speak with the renowned Chef Zachary Pope.

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Chef Zachary Pope, Matt & Kristy

Blackwall Hitch-Annapolis-Maryland-Travel The East

On Saturday morning, the friendly folks at SJ Koch Duffy Electric Boat Rental and Sales, hooked us up with a two hour electric boat rental, which was definitely the highlight of our trip!  Duffy boats are the perfect way to cruise around the small Annapolis harbor.  They are very spacious, whisper-quiet, and as easy as driving a golf cart!  We highly recommend this luxury boating experience to any and all in the Annapolis and Baltimore areas!

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Annapolis-Maryland-Travel The East

Annapolis-Maryland-Travel The East

Our last excursion before the wedding at the Governor Calvert House, was exploring the William Paca House and Garden.  We did our own self-guided tour of the garden and were in awe by the many species of plants, as well as the beautiful garden setting.  Luckily we were with a friend who has an educational background in horticulture and currently works in the arboriculture field.  So he was able to point out every cool plant, tree and flower there was to see. The Paca House and Garden is definitely a historical Annapolis landmark that's worth checking out.

Annapolis was a great time; and yet another awesome east coast city loaded with history and plenty of fun things to do and see!

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Kristy Albano & Matt Pickering                                                      


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