Welcome to the capital of Maryland, the historic city of Annapolis. I planned a surprise getaway for a friend and we headed to Annapolis for the weekend. And anytime the weather guy tells you it is going to be a warm and sunny day, I run towards the water, simply because I LOVE being around water all day, everyyyday. Anyways…
First impression driving into the city, a cute town like vibe that has preserved history through its architecture, no skyscrapers to be found. Pulled up to the valet parking at the O’Callaghan hotel (valet parking is the only parking option at this hotel) and was greeted warmly at the doors. The hotel is Irish themed with a traditional pub next to the lobby with rows of tapped beer. We rested for a bit before heading out for dinner. We were in the mood for some Italian and chose a lovely local restaurant, Carpaccio Tuscan Kitchen. I’d describe this place as sophisticated yet comfortable, gentlemen no bow ties necessary. Of course, the food was delicious and they nailed one of my favorite dessert- tiramisu.♥
Next morning breakfast was served in bed. ♥♥♥ It was a perfect warm and sunny day in mid- February. We took advantage of the weather and headed for a stroll through Main Street which was packed with locals enjoying the absolutely beautiful day. Main Street is a must see when you are visiting Annapolis, the street is filled with local shops and restaurants. We explored the Maryland State House next. It is the oldest state capital in continuous legislative use, dating to 1772. I love visiting places with tons of rich history. Check it out.
And last stop for the day was the United States Naval Academy. Walking around the campus made it seem like it covered half of Annapolis, only to find out the academy is 338 acres large! Sadly, I didn’t walk the entire 338 acres but I did check out the museum. My favorite section was the one dedicated to women in the Navy and getting to learn of their journey to the U.S. Navy, “Ability, not gender.” Salute to all the brave men and women protecting their nations all around the world.
Last but not least, food aka crab cakes. Here are some of my recommendations. I didn’t get to try them all but were highly recommended by the locals.
Osteria 177– A gastronomical delight, Annapolis’s #1 restaurant for authentic Italian cuisine. They are open for lunch and dinner.
Buddy’s Crabs & Ribs– All the seafood you could want! A local crowds favorite, great family environment.
O’Brien’s Steakhouse– A family owned and operated since 1993! They offer some great entertainment such as open mic and karaoke nights. Check out the online schedules they have posted before you go in.
Chart House– Seafood with a perfect view! A high-end eatery serving seafood and steakhouse fare in a classy setting.
My trip to Annapolis was refreshing and the perfect way to break away from the cold weather. Got to enjoy the warm weather near the water, eat some delicious food and tiramisu and meet some great locals! Be back soon Annapolis for more crab cakes. Stay crabby!
“Traveling- it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”- Ibn Battuta