Easter 2020 in Annapolis

Located on the shores of Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis is the capital city of Maryland and was once the national capital from 1783-1784 under George Washington. Annapolis is also the home of the United States Naval Academy and St. John’s College, one of the oldest liberal arts universities in the country. When visiting during the Easter holiday, visitors can usually rely on perfect temperatures. As with many cities and towns across America, the Easter holiday in Annapolis includes many events held at religious places of worship. After the services, the congregants usually venture out in search of gatherings, activities and of course, Sunday Brunch! Check out how you can enjoy Easter in Annapolis below.

Brunch Bash

With your luxurious vacation rental reserved through At Home Annapolis, we provide everything imaginable to prepare your very own homemade brunch. However, most travelers choose to dine out when on vacation. In this case, the city of Annapolis has a tremendous amount of restaurants perfect for the entire family. One of the ideal spots for brunch, Iron Rooster, offers a wide range of dishes that feature that farm-to-table ethos with eclectic items such as Strawberry Avocado Toast, Crab Hash Bowls, and Chicken with Pancakes. At Miss Shirley’s Café, the breakfast/brunch highlights traditional dishes such as bacon and eggs, sausage, pancakes, hash browns and excellent coffee. Another excellent brunch option in Annapolis is the Light House Bistro, especially when the crab cake sandwich is on the menu. In fact, the entire menu will leave diners with an innumerable amount of choices such as soups, salads, sandwiches and sweet stuff that includes blueberry pancakes, French toast, and homemade cranberry pecan granola.

Easter Fun

Annapolis offers a nice selection of community parks to enjoy a picnic outdoors. Quiet Waters Park is one of the most popular with its massive space sprawled across 340 acres. In addition to the space, the park also provides water access, a concert stage, six miles of trails, boat dock, a special dog-friendly park and even a few galleries inside the visitor center. Besides Quiet Waters, other city parks include Bayhead, Browns Wood Park and Peninsula Park, just to name a few. Furthermore, most of these public spaces host different egg hunts, festivities, activities and kid-friendly events; all visitors need to do is check specific websites for each park to find out where the action will be!

Besides hunting for eggs, there’s plenty more for a family to enjoy in Annapolis. We can help you plan the perfect trip to our city on the bay. Contact us to learn more about Annapolis and book your vacation rental in Maryland today!

3 Tips for Traveling Light in Annapolis

When you’re traveling to any city, packing lightly can be a great benefit to your vacation. You’ll have less stuff to keep track of, less weight to carry, and less to pack up at the end of your trip. Take our top three Annapolis travel tips on traveling light to Annapolis:

 

Tip #1: Buy Local Whenever Possible

 

The less you bring, the easier your time will be when you’re doing the dull part of the vacation (packing, unpacking, and lugging your stuff around). So save on space by buying local whenever the opportunity is there. When you get into town, you can stock up on snacks for the trip at our favorite local grocery spots, like Anne Arundel County Farmers Market, or Maryland Table (great for healthy options), and save yourself the trouble of bringing any along.

 

Tip #2: Check the Weather Ahead of Time

 

This is a big one! Being prepared for the weather can dramatically impact the success of your suitcase packing job. Make sure to check the Annapolis weather forecast a few days before you come, and then again right before you leave, in order to get the most accurate prediction. This can save you from such nuisances as bringing a heavy jacket when you only need a light sweater or bringing an umbrella when it never rains a drop. You can tailor your wardrobe specifically to the weather and cut out all the extras and maybes, lightening the load. Shoes are one of the easiest ways to cut down on packing too. You really only need one or two pairs.

 

Tip #3: Choose a Rental Home (Not a Hotel!)

 

Cheap hotel rooms come at the cost of freedom, space, and utility. Rent a vacation home while you’re in town instead and relish in the lush comforts that feel just like home! You’ll have plenty of fridge space for anything you might pick up in town, and a washer/dryer so you can wash some clothes while you’re here. That way you don’t have to pack as much or halt your whole vacation for a trip to the laundromat. With other amenities cutting down your packing list (like soft pillows, toiletries, towels, and more) a rental home is your best bet for a lightweight vacation.

 

Spend Your Stay with At Home Annapolis

 

At Home Annapolis is the answer to your simplest and easiest vacation. We have all those amenities and utilities taken care of for you, so that you’re freer to enjoy your time in Annapolis. Simply head over to our catalog today and get started on the hunt for your perfect vacation rental home.

Activities in Annapolis for a Solo Traveler

The big city is the place to be for any solo traveler. Annapolis will keep you on the edge of your seat, so buckle up and get ready for these awesome adventures! If you’re traveling alone, make sure to hit our favorite activities in Annapolis for a solo adventure:

See the William Paca House & Garden

At William Paca House & Garden you can take a tour through a historic Georgian mansion. These tours are offered every half hour and only cost $10. You’ll get a unique perspective on 18th-century life in Maryland for the upper classes—beautiful home, blooming garden, and all.

Visit the U.S. Naval Academy

This is one of the most exclusive academies in all of America, and at the visitor’s center you can book a tour of the academy. See the morning military march in the courtyard and take a dive into the world of the U.S Navy. If you’re a history buff, then this is the activity for you!

Go to Rams Head On Stage

While the first two activities were quiet and educational, this one is anything but. This activity is a way to cut loose! Pay a visit to Rams Head On Stage, where different musical acts come and go year-round. Take a look at their calendar to see who’s playing when you’ll be in town. Ticket prices range from around $20 – $80, depending on what show you’re seeing. There are no rules here, so you’ll get everything from small one man wonders to full on rock bands when you go to a show at Rams Head.

Have a Quiet Day at Old Fox Books & Coffeehouse

Rejuvenate your soul with a relaxing day of coffee and reading. These old school bookshops are few and far between nowadays, and this one is really one of our favorite places to rest and recharge. Old Fox Books & Coffeehouse is an Annapolis treasure, and you’ll agree when you see the quaint exterior and the downright cozy interior.

Visit the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse

The Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse is a great sightseeing spot. This landmark (built almost 150 years ago) is a lasting relic of an era gone by, and it’s the last of its kind. This lighthouse is both famous and surreal in its beauty, and that has made it one of the most photographed lighthouses in the country. Take a tour of the interior, and of course, enjoy a boat ride to and from the lighthouse.

Spend Your Stay with At Home Annapolis

Fill your day with fun activities in Annapolis and fill your evenings with luxury and comfort. Head over to our rental catalog now to peruse the different vacation rental homes we offer, many of which are absolutely ideal in size and style for the solo traveler.

Annapolis Valentine’s Day Activities in 2020

Love is in the air! When you’re coming to Annapolis for Annapolis Valentine’s Day Activities, you’re coming to the right city. Let us share with you some of our favorite romantic activities to do here on the most romantic holiday of the year.

Take a Stroll at the Dock

This is a little activity that you can do which costs nothing and allows you to spend quality time together. Walk hand in hand along the Annapolis City Dock and drink in the views of the water, along with the interesting and beautiful boats moored here, and those passing by. It’s a quaint area, and worth a visit if you’re nearby.

Visit a Winery Together

Walk around the vineyard at Great Frogs and enjoy the romantic solitude that you only find in places such as these, where human mastery meets the wonders of mother nature. You can order wine from the walk-up window for quick service (glasses of wine can range from $8 to $10, whereas bottles range from $30 to $50). There’s even an outdoor patio here where guests can enjoy a bottle of wine without prior reservation. If you’d like to get the most out of your visit to Great Frogs, make a reservation ahead of time for a tasting experience. Let the masters walk you through the wonders of wine! What’s more romantic than a classy wine date?

Plan a Date at Sandy Point State Park

This state park is 786 acres of pure earthly beauty. Find it on the Northwestern shore of the Chesapeake Bay, and plan to stay for at least a few hours. A romantic way to experience the joys of Sandy Point might be to pack along a picnic and surprise your loved one! Or, you can simply eat when you get there. There are places to buy food in the area; picnics are certainly, romantic, though. You’ll find a marina store here, along with boat rentals, so you can really wow your date by taking them out onto the water for some fun activities, like fishing, or the simple joy of sailing. The sight of the sun sparkling on the surface of the water will make this Valentine’s Day one that you’ll never forget.

Spend Annapolis Valentine’s Day 2020 with At Home Annapolis

Give your valentine the best gift of all; a luxurious vacation rental home where you can stay together during the lovely month of February. Get in touch with us today at (888) 508-9661 or (435) 571-0024 to get started.

3 Easy Maryland Recipes to Cook in Your Annapolis Vacation Rental

There are so many places to enjoy the fine food of Annapolis, and one of them is by buying local ingredients and cooking at home. Luckily, your vacation home’s kitchen will be perfect for that! Here are some easy Maryland recipes to try while you’re here:

Easy Spiced Rum Balls

Prep time: 20 minutes

Wait time: 3 hours

Ingredients:

• 12 gingersnap cookies
• ½ cup macadamia nuts
• 6 tbsp powdered sugar
• 1 tbsp lime zest
• 1 tbsp lime juice
• 5 tbsp spiced rum of your choice
• 2 tbsp corn syrup
• 1 cup coconut flakes (toasted, unsweetened, & crushed)

Steps to Prepare:

1. Process the cookies into crumbs with a food processor, then pour them into a mixing bowl. Next, process the nuts, then throw them into the bowl with the crumbs, along with the lime zest and powdered sugar. Stir well.

2. In a separate bowl, mix together the spiced rum, lime juice, and corn syrup. Combine this new mixture with the crumb mixture, mixing them until consistency is reached. Refrigerate for 10 minutes, covered.

3. Divide the mixture up into small 1-inch balls on a baking sheet, which you’ll then refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

4. Roll the balls in the coconut flakes before serving.

Lemon Zucchini Drops

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

• ½ cup butter, softened
• 1 cup sugar
• 1 egg
• 1 cup zucchini (shredded)
• 1 tsp lemon zest
• 2 cups flour
• 1 tsp baking soda
• 1 tsp baking powder
• 1 tsp ground cinnamon
• ½ teaspoon salt
• 2 cups sugar
• 2 tbsp lemon juice

Steps to Produce:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

2. This is a great East Coast dessert and is quick to make. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar until the mixture is fluffy. Then slowly add in the shredded zucchini, the egg, and the lemon zest.

3. In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt) well. Then combine the two mixtures.

4. In a separate bowl, prepare the lemon glaze by mixing the 2 cups sugar and 2 tbsp lemon juice. Save for the end.

5. Divvy the mix up in little spoonfuls on a baking sheet.

6. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden.

7. Drizzle the glaze after they’ve cooled down!

East Coast Lover Cocktail

Prep time: 10 minutes

Wait time: 2 hours

Ingredients:

• 1 1⁄2 oz Bols genever
• 1⁄2 oz Amaro Abano
• 1⁄4 oz Palo cortado sherry
• 3⁄4 oz cinnamon syrup (1 cup sugar + 1 cup water + 5 cinnamon sticks)
• 3⁄4 oz fresh lime juice
• 2 dashes Angostura bitters
• club soda
• nutmeg
• lime

Steps to Prepare:

1. Make the cinnamon syrup first by boiling 1 cup water, then mixing it together with 1 cup sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Add 5 cinnamon sticks and set aside for 2 hours. You can save this syrup in the fridge for your entire vacation.

2. Throw the drink ingredients into a mixing glass with some ice and shake it up.

3. Strain into a Collins glass (filled with ice).

4. Add a slice of lime and a dash of nutmeg for garnish and kick back on your porch to enjoy the beautiful Annapolis sunset.

Find Your Vacation Rental and Maryland Recipes Today!

When it comes to groceries and ingredients, it’s always rewarding to shop local. Check out the Maryland Table farmers’ market; it’s near the water and makes for a fun afternoon outing! Get in touch with us today at (888) 508-9661 or (435) 571-0024 and we’ll help you figure out which Annapolis vacation home you’ll be cooking in this year.

How to Enjoy Your First Annapolis Vacation in 2020

As the decade turns and we head from 2019 into 2020, you’ll want to refresh yourself for the new decade. Take some time off, relax a little, and do something fun to reset your inner Zen. Annapolis is the perfect place to head for your first vacation of 2020! Here are some handy ideas for how to spend your Annapolis Vacation in 2020:

See Gilbert Gottfried Onstage

What better way to kick off 2020 than with comedy legend Gilbert Gottfried? Comedy shows are the best way to release all the steam of the previous year. Kick back and let your worries slip away at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis on January 16th, 2020. This event is 21+ and tickets are on sale now for $39.50.

Explore Chesapeake Bay

For anyone coming to Annapolis, Chesapeake Bay is undoubtedly one of the biggest draws. Take a boat tour out onto the water and get up close and personal with the waves! You’ll get an unparalleled view of the city, and you’ll also get to experience sea life from the best possible vantage point. You simply haven’t seen the Chesapeake until you’ve boarded a boat and left the shore behind for a few solid hours of ocean adventure.

Celebrate Chinese New Year / Spring Festival 2020

The world will be celebrating Spring Festival the last week of January, so you should too! Explore traditional Chinese customs, cuisine, and arts at this cultural celebration held at Wellsview Cottage: Center for Holistic and Integrative Health. Put it on your calendar for Saturday, January 25th, 2020, 6:30 – 9:30pm. Tickets are on sale now for $25.

Visit the Annapolis Historic District

The architecture of Annapolis is unique, preserving older buildings that you simply don’t see in many other cities in the United States. As one of the oldest cities in the country, it’s simply brimming with historic buildings, colonial architecture, and colorful houses that will fill the start of your year with an aesthetic breath of fresh air, good vibes, and fun times. Seeing all the sights in the Annapolis Historic District is a great way to fill a winter afternoon and evening before you head back to your rental home for the night.

Start Your Year with a Annapolis Vacation in 2020

The first month of the year can really define your mood for the entire year going forward. That’s why you should choose a top rental home to maximize your comfort and surround yourself with a good atmosphere. Head over to our catalog right now to get started!

New Year’s 2019 in Annapolis

Annapolis is festive, full of life, and full of lights! Come and join us in celebrating the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020. We love getting into the spirit, and there’s a party here for everyone. Here are some New Year’s events in Annapolis to add to your vacation itinerary:

New Year’s Eve Annapolis Fireworks Cruise

Dec 31, 2019, 10:00 PM – Jan 1, 2020, 1:00 AM

1 Dock St, Annapolis, MD

Tickets: $90

Take a ride on the Catherine Marie this New Year’s Eve and send the year off in style! Enjoy a stunning view of the nighttime Annapolis skyline glittering on the water. Dance and enjoy desserts, a full bar aboard the boat, and a glass of complimentary champagne to toast with at midnight.

New Year’s Eve Gala

Dec 31, 2019, 8:00 PM – Jan 1, 2020, 1:00 AM

Crowne Plaza Annapolis

173 Jennifer Rd, Annapolis, MD

Tickets: $100

Attend a fancy gala in a ballroom, thrown by a local fraternity and sorority. If you’re looking to party on New Year’s Eve, this is the place for you. Black tie dress is optional, and there’s a cash bar, so you’re free to drink up! Just remember to grab your glass of champagne to toast at midnight, of course.

New Year’s Eve at Flamant

Flamant

17 Annapolis St, Annapolis, MD

Tickets: $140

Celebrate the end of the year by treating the family to one of the best meals you’ve ever had. Flamant will be hosting a five-course meal (with optional wine pairing, which costs $55), curated by Chef de Pue. With courses ranging from Butter King Crab to Chocolate Miso Cigars, this will be a meal you’ll never forget.

Deanna Bogart New Year’s Eve Concert

Tue, Dec 31, 7:30 – 11:59 PM

Rams Head On Stage

33 West St, Annapolis, MD

Tickets: $39.50

End the year with a concert put on by award-winning entertainer Deanna Bogart, whose musical stylings range from jazz to country to contemporary blues and back again. The band’s goal is to fuse these styles and create something new, which sounds like a great way to begin a new year.

Start Your New Year with At Home Annapolis and Events in Annapolis

Celebrate the end of 2019 and the dawn of 2020 in a comfortable rental home. Reset your clock for the new year in a gorgeous city and return home at night to a gorgeous rental home after the big countdown. Call us today at (888) 508-9661 or (435) 571-0024 to get started on your New Year’s 2019 Annapolis getaway and enjoy these upcoming holiday events in Annapolis.

The Best Area for Annapolis Jewelers

If you’re looking for a gift to give someone special while you’re in town this year, or if you’re looking to treat yourself after your hard work at the United States Naval Academy, you won’t find any better options than our local Annapolis jewelers. We have some tried and true shops here in town that we swear by. These are our most trusted jewelers, the ones who’ve mastered the craft and provide only the highest-quality and most breathtaking works of art.

Zachary’s Annapolis jewelers

You won’t find higher quality design anywhere in Annapolis than here at Zachary’s. The owner has over three decades of experience in the jewelry business and is renowned for his expertise. Design a custom jewelry piece, explore the stunning works of the designers, and see the Forevermark Diamonds, which are particularly rare and lovely in addition to being responsibly sourced, which is a big deal if you’re world minded!

If you’ve come to Annapolis for the United States Naval Academy, you can take your USNA class ring to the next level with Zachary’s too. The academy gives you the uniform, but you get to do whatever you like with the ring! Personalize yours with the finest gemstones today.

Zachary’s Jewelers
100 Main St, Annapolis, MD 21401
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 6pm
Sunday: 12pm – 5pm
(410) 266-5555

Ron George Jewelers

Ron George has been modifying and enhancing class rings in Annapolis for a very long time. With 47 years of service under their belt dating all the way back to 1973, you couldn’t hope for a more trusted and worthy candidate to hand your USNA class ring over to. This family business is a hands-on and personalized experience, starting with Ron George, the Owner, Master Goldsmith, and Designer, and including Custom Goldsmiths John George and Yaw Sarkodie. You’ll get to work directly with the designers themselves, no messing around with middlemen or salespeople. It’s just you and the craftsmen and the piece of art they’re going to create for you.

Every year they stock up on unique and high-quality gemstones for class rings; all you have to do is stop in, check it out, meet with the designers, and even sample some of the stones with an available demo ring.

Ron George Jewelers
205 Main Street, Annapolis, MD
Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5:30pm
Sunday: Closed
(410) 268-3651

Find Your Rental Home First!

Before you do anything, you’ll want to make sure you have your rental home picked out and awaiting your arrival, or your celebration after a year of hard work at the academy! Here at At Home Annapolis, we’re dedicated to providing as high-quality a housing experience as the best jewelers do with their finery. Give us a call today at (888) 508-9661 or (435) 571-0024 to get started.

Amenities You’ll Love in Our Vacation Rentals Near Annapolis MD

While you’re busy planning all the lovely sights and fun attractions you’ll want to see in Annapolis during your visit this year, it might be easy to forget about the little things, like the daily amenities you’ll need. But rest assured, we have you covered. Our vacation rentals near Annapolis MD come fully equipped with everything you’ll want during your Annapolis vacation!

Consider the Basics Covered

Outside, you’ll find easy parking, which you can never take granted on vacation. In your living areas, you’ll find gorgeous and well-thought-out decor along with comfortable seating and spacious interiors. In the pristine kitchen, you’ll find gourmet amenities, including things like extra-large fridges/freezers and Keurig coffee makers for all the coffee lovers. In the bedrooms, you’ll find soft linens, and outside again you’ll find decks, outdoor seating, beautiful landscaping, and more. Each location is unique and special with its quirks, but they all have the basic amenities here for you, from the parking situation to the free Wi-Fi.

Bask in Luxury

You’ll find rentals with all the luxuries you could want to make this vacation the most exciting and relaxing yet. Hang out in your hot tub at the end of a long day of Annapolis fun. We even have houses with their own dock! Bring along your boat or kayak or jet skis to enjoy life on the water, right in your own front yard. These things can all easily be rented in Annapolis as well. Enjoy such luxuries too as multi-level porches and large gas grills where you can cook up dinner for the whole family. From sunrooms to libraries, we have everything you didn’t know you needed.

Premium Location Benefits

The neighborhoods we choose for our rentals are high-quality, friendly communities. You’ll find yourself in close proximity to all the best things that Annapolis has to offer, from the biking trails we know and love to the shining surface of our beloved Chesapeake waters. You’ll also love being close to everything you want to do in town. It’s a lively city, and you’ll want it at your fingertips while you’re here.

Stroll Over to Our Catalog

But don’t just take our word for it! Head over to our catalog of rental homes and check out all the amenities that you’ll have at the tips of your fingers while you’re staying with At Home Annapolis. Then, contact us at (888) 508-9661 or (435) 571-0024 to get started today.

A Winter Getaway to Annapolis

The winter season really allows Annapolis to shine. Come and experience the magic of the winter season with us this year. Let warmth fill your heart as you walk through the city streets as they’re all aglow with warm lights in the winter evening. Experience the thrill of live shows and musical acts, holiday events, delicious food and drink, and easy snowfall by the lovely Chesapeake Bay this winter in Annapolis! 

Art, Culture, & Adventure

When winter in Annapolis comes knocking, one of the best ways to fill your days is by finding indoor activities where you can escape the cold weather. Annapolis is filled to the brim with art and culture, providing the perfect indoor daydreams to color your vacation. Get the family tickets to see the Ballet Theatre of Maryland or go and see a show put on by the talented Annapolis Shakespeare Company.

Live music is easy to find here in Annapolis; simply pay a visit to Maryland Hall for Creative Arts. Or you can visit one of the lively bars downtown for a night of music and great food and drink too, like Dock Street Bar & Grill, or 49 West Cafe.

Don’t let yourself stay indoors all day, though! Take a relaxing walk down Main Street and enjoy the falling snow, drinking in the crisp morning air and the aesthetic architecture that makes Annapolis so unique. Visit the waterside at the Severn River, and take a boat ride in the afternoon with the sun on your face.

Winter-Exclusive Annapolis Fun

Get ready for the joys of winter! This is one of our favorite times of year here, and we love to celebrate it. Every year at the gorgeous Sandy Point State Park we have our Lights on the Bay show, a drive-thru holiday experience right by the waterside. This show is only open for your enjoyment from November to December. Attend Midnight Madness on Thursday nights in December, where stores stay open late to satisfy your Christmas shopping needs, and you’ll also find live musical acts and a visit to Santa Claus for the kids. Stay in town long enough to see the New Year’s Eve fireworks show in Annapolis Harbor. That’s one memory you’ll carry with you all through the new year.

Get Started on Your Winter in Annapolis Getaway

Get in touch with the magic of winter in Annapolis this year by escaping the toils of daily life to visit us here in wonderful Annapolis. At Home Annapolis has a warm and comfortable rental home awaiting your arrival. Get in touch with us today at (888) 508-9661 or (435) 571-0024 and we’ll help you get started!