An Educational Journey To Annapolis

2020 has been a learning experience for everyone. We have learned not to count on necessary supplies magically appearing on the shelves of the stores, that the commute from bedroom to kitchen table is far easier than the drive to work, and that home schooling does not have to be completed in our own homes! The world truly is our oyster, and when your journey brings you to Annapolis, you will learn one more thing. Our At Home Annapolis vacation escapes are the most comfortable “schoolhouses” you will ever visit! This guide to your educational journey to Annapolis will ensure you and your children won’t miss out on a single scholarly trick!

Field Trips for Fun and Knowledge

The history of our town on the bay is long and rich, beginning before our nation declared its independence, and field trips to these historical spots will enhance your curriculum. Starting with the Maryland State House, constructed in 1772 and serving as our nation’s capital for almost a year, and ending with four different homes that once were the residences of some of the signers of the Declaration of the Independence, every step you take will be following the footsteps of the most important men and women in our nation. In between, you’ll learn about the history of our maritime legacies at the Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park, located at 732 Second Street. A short jaunt to Edgewater Maryland will offer an example of what life might have been like for the settlers of Annapolis in the early days when you visit the historic London Town and Gardens. And photo opps and learning experiences will abound when you check out the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, constructed in 1875.

Science Experiments in the Kitchen

We tend to forget that science isn’t just chemicals and boring experiments that never turn out right, and our children may not have known that every recipe is a type of science experiment! Adding the right ingredients is the only way to bake a light and fluffy cake, and when we want to enjoy something healthy, adding the proper herbs and spices can make all the difference in the end results. Find some easy but delicious recipes for you and your children to try out in the fully equipped kitchen of your At Home Annapolis vacation escape and you’ve solved the question of what’s for dinner for the evening!

Every Space is Different

The décor, the lighting, even the square footage is different in each of our vacation rentals, but the one thing that never changes is the inviting nature and warm welcoming you and your children will feel when you first step inside the door—reserve your stay today!

Natural Attractions in Annapolis

Have you ever visited a city with a natural landscape so beautiful you could barely stand to stay inside? Wanting to spend every minute under the sky, exploring the flora and fauna that make the place special, often forgetting there are historical points of interest you wanted to explore or a vibrant nightlife you wanted to experience? A visit to Annapolis will be like that, and this guide to our natural attractions will convince you even further that the great outdoors is where you want to be—until it’s time to draw the covers over you and rest your head on the soft pillows of a bed; then there is no place you’d rather be than right here in one of our At Home Annapolis tranquil and serene bedrooms!

Ellen O. Moyer Nature Park at Back Creek

The quiet beauty of this park on the creek adds a serenity to a getaway often filled with the same hustle and bustle experienced at home. Located at 7228 Edgewood Road on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, the sweet sounds of a mama duck leading her ducklings across the waters of the creek can often be heard here, intermingling with the sounds made by the birds hanging out in the trees above. This is a prime birdwatching spot and the paths that wind their way through the park offer great opportunities for a hike through the mature trees that dot the landscape.

Chesapeake Bay

Of course, the oldest and most scenic natural attraction is the Chesapeake Bay, the body of water on which our city is built. Best known for its production of sweet seafood, it’s the main reason our state is famous for its crabs; the blue crabs that make their home in its watery depths are incredibly delicious, plentiful, and easy to catch! And although at one time we had come close to depleting the waters, creating a nearly dead bay, conservation efforts that continue to this day after beginning in the 1990s have helped the bay make a remarkable comeback. We know how important the Chesapeake Bay is to our community! FYI, you don’t have to travel far for this natural attraction; Annapolis City Dock is where we all go for a few minutes of communing with nature!

Naturally Beautifully

Some of the most beautiful natural attractions may be easily accessed from your At Home Annapolis rental retreat; just step onto the back porch and be amazed by a yard filled with mature trees, green grass, and colorful flowers, or better yet, views of the bay that will make you forget you have to go home at the end of your vacation! Reserve your naturally beautiful escape today!

Historical Journey to Annapolis

For many of us, the joy of taking a vacation involves more than just having a few days off in a row. It’s the anticipation of going somewhere we have never visited before, the wonder of being able to spend concentrated time with our families, and in many cases, the fascination we feel when following the history of the place we have chosen to see! And if your journey to Annapolis is going to be all about the history, you’ve chosen the perfect place to start exploring, as Annapolis is filled with historical sites, attractions, and activities guaranteed to keep a history buff happy every minute of their stay.

The Thomas Point Shoal Light Station

There’s something fascinating about exploring old lighthouses and learning about the lives of the men who keep them, and the Thomas Point Shoal Light Station is a beautiful example that you may already recognize. Constructed in 1875, the iconic structure stands on stilts on rocky ground, and its red roof and white base is known around the world. Tours are offered, and while $85 a person could seem steep, learning the story behind the last screw pile lighthouse that still stands in its original location on the Chesapeake Bay makes it worth every penny.

Making Sure King George Got the Message

Annapolis was at the heart of the new nation 244 years ago, and if you want to walk in the footsteps of our forefathers, there are four homes in the area that were once owned by signers of the Declaration of Independence! The William Paca House (186 Prince George Street), Chase-Lloyd House (22 Maryland Avenue), Peggy Stewart House (207 Hanover Street), and the Charles Carroll House (107 Duke of Gloucester) are more than just grand estates—most of which you can tour—but are an integral part of the history of our nation!

The United States Naval Academy, 121 Blake Road

Established in 1845, this historical military establishment is famous around the globe for the quality graduates it releases into the world and for its Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, inside of which the Navy/Army football rivalry has played out many times. Offering tours for the general public, seeing the inside of this iconic academy has been known to convince youngsters that have no plans beyond high school to suddenly find their path takes them down the US Naval Academy Path.

At Home Annapolis Offers History and Style

Not all our homes are historical marvels, but all do contain a charm you won’t be able to ignore! Reserve your At Home Annapolis vacation getaway today!

Fall Getaway to Annapolis

As fall settles into historic Annapolis, the city comes to life in a blaze of brilliant red and orange foliage, the perfect autumn glow to complement the crisp fall air. Rich in history and natural beauty, Annapolis is one of the most magical destinations for a fall getaway. From family-friendly activities like corn mazes and hayrides to fascinating historic sights and apple-picking, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Check out our list of the best things to do on a fall getaway to Annapolis.

Explore the Greenstreet Gardens Corn Maze

Every year from late September to October, Greenstreet Gardens transforms into a fall festival wonderland. The festival offers kid-friendly activities like hayrides, underground slides and pumpkin bowling as well as bonfires and delicious treats to enjoy throughout the day. But one of the main attractions is the 5-acre corn maze. Join the kids or team up with your friends and find your way through the twists and turns of the maze, or race each other to see who finds the exit first! Greenstreet Gardens is located at 391 W Bay Front Rd in Lothian, only a 30-minute drive from Annapolis.

Go on a Historic Ghost Tour

Fall ushers in historic ghost tours through the haunted streets of Annapolis. Rich in a dark yet fascinating history, a nighttime walk through the historic downtown district gives you a different perspective of the town’s troubled past. Annapolis Tours & Crawls gets you into the spooky fall spirit with their popular Ghost Tour through the city, led by a knowledgeable guide who shares stories of spirits that linger at local historic haunts. If you’re in need of a little liquid courage, the Haunted Pub Crawl is a fantastic option for exploring the local pubs with a haunted past!

Pick Apples at Lohr’s Orchard

Located about an hour away from Annapolis, Lohr’s Orchard in Harford County is the perfect day trip for fall family fun. The apples are ripe for the picking at this time of year. Explore the orchards and find the most delicious looking apples to take back home. Lohr’s also offers apple cider, apple cider slushies and apple cider doughnuts for a tasty fall treat. Lohr’s Orchard is located at 3212 Snake Ln in Churchville, Maryland.

Visit Annapolis on a Fall Getaway

Planning your autumn journey to Annapolis? For the best places to stay, choose a sumptuous vacation rental complete with the familiar comforts of home from At Home Annapolis. Contact us today to book your Annapolis vacation rental!

Enjoy a Vacation to Annapolis While Working Remote

Although 2020 has definitely not turned out the way we had hoped it might, there are some benefits that the new norm is bringing. We spend more time with our families and less time dealing with the stresses of the outside world. We don’t have to wear pants to work, and that commute is far less painful as we roll out of bed and meander down the hall to our home office! And while all this is great, there is one more benefit that we think you may be missing out on, one that will change the way you look at telecommuting (and home schooling) forever: Working from home doesn’t have to mean working from your own home. If you don’t have to go into the office at all, why not work from an At Home Annapolis vacation escape and enjoy a fabulous vacation at the same time? Below, we’ve detailed how you can enjoy a working getaway when you vacation to Annapolis!

Designed for Comfort When You Vacation to Annapolis

Our workplaces have never been known to be comfortable, but your At Home Annapolis workspace is about to change all that. The dining room table is traditionally the chosen work-from-home spot, but there’s no reason why you can’t sink into one of our plush sofas (with a fire roaring in the fireplace on a chilly day) and get down to business. That same fire provides an elegant and cozy backdrop to any internet meetings you may have, or if the mood strikes, head to the patio for a phone call and a relaxing moment in the sun! King beds in the master suites eliminate the need to leave the bedroom retreats, and that extra bedroom with the desk and chair is perfect place for your children to work on their homeschool assignments! Lunches can be prepared in the fully equipped kitchens or have a sandwich delivered and enjoy a taste of Annapolis. The pandemic has enticed many restaurants to offer contact-free delivery, even at the nicer restaurants in town!

All Work and No Play

Everyone knows what happens when you work too hard and don’t play enough, something we doubt will happen during your Annapolis getaway! As tempting as it may be to stay and explore the luxurious amenities we offer in our properties, the beauty and history of our city on the bay will entice you to get out there and experience it all. Whether you are enjoying evening walks along the Chesapeake Bay, weekend mornings sailing its waters, or are spending your Sunday afternoons learning the history of the city in which four different signers of the Declaration of Independence once lived, spending every other minute in the comfort and style of our At Home Annapolis vacation homes may be the very best part of your wonderful working vacation. Reserve your home away from home today!

Labor Day 2020 Vacation to Annapolis

With all the craziness that has taken place this year, you may be surprised to realize that summer is almost over and that Labor Day, the last official holiday of the season, is just weeks away! Have you made any plans yet? If you’re like the rest of the world, you’ve been making plans to hit the ground running as soon as travel restrictions were lifted, and if your journey has your feet pointed in the direction of Annapolis, this guide to social distance fun you can have in our historic and scenic city on the bay will help make this vacation everything you always dreamed it could be!

The Urge to Be Outdoors

There hasn’t been that much good news over the last few months, as we have stayed cooped up in our houses watching the world change before our eyes, but things are getting better, and your visit to Annapolis is one such example. Social distancing is still a thing, though, but that’s ok; you’ll want to spend as much time outside as possible and hiking along one of the many trails in the area is one of our favorite ways of doing so! Spending your hours watching wildlife as you walk along the trails is a treat well deserved, and it can be accomplished with a visit to Quiet Waters Park, Broad Creek Park, or the poetically beautiful Poet’s Nature Trail which meanders alongside the waters of the bay.

More Fun on the Water

While a hike along the bay is always a special treat, being on the water itself will bring you even more joy! Rent a canoe or kayak from Annapolis Canoe and Kayak and while away the hours paddling across the waters, feeling bay breezes kiss your cheeks and reveling in the feeling that at this moment in time, the world is your oyster. Bring a pole and drop a line, catching dinner for the night, or if the mood strikes, simply lying back and watching the clouds move in the sky above your head. Labor Day is the one day of the year where laboring is NOT mandatory, so enjoy every second of this lazy and peaceful getaway by doing absolutely nothing!

Built to Enjoy

Of course, staying home in one of our At Home Annapolis vacation escapes could very well be the brightest spot in your luminous vacation experience. Sleep in late, and if you rented bayfront lodging, a nap in the very comfortable lawn chairs is always a much-needed treat! Our properties can be your very luxurious desert island, shared only with family. Contact us to reserve your stay today.

Isolated Activities in Annapolis

As travel restrictions are being lifted and we begin to start roaming around the country again, we are all still feeling a bit cautious as we maintain the perfect social distance and wear masks every time we step out our doors. But how do we social distance when we are visiting places that are known to be tourist hot spots? The Vietnam Memorial in DC, the Grand Canyon in Arizona, and the US Naval Academy, located right here in our hometown of Annapolis, are all tourist magnets and therefore should probably be removed from our bucket lists for the time being, but that doesn’t mean you should give up your exciting getaway to Annapolis altogether. During these troubled times, we all deserve a little something special, and this guide to isolated activities in Annapolis you can enjoy during your stay in our city on the bay will ensure that this vacation will be fun and safe!

Stop and Smell the Flowers

Our souls are hungry for peace and serenity, something you can easily find in the Tawes Garden & Arboretum, located at 580 Taylor Avenue. Helen Avalynne Tawes was the wife of one of our former governors and her love of horticulture is clearly apparent across 5 acres of land designed to showcase the beauty of our natural landscape. Although you may run into a few people while you are exploring, if you follow the directional signs, follow social distancing guidelines, and avoid traveling in groups of 10 or more, peace, serenity, and safety will be yours!

A Walk in the Park

It’s the quiet moments that often offer the greatest impact, and a walk in the Quiet Waters Park on Hillsmere Drive can become the highlight of your getaway. Hike along the 6 miles of trails, all paved, making them simple to navigate for people with physical issues, or rent a kayak and social distance from the middle of the South River that runs through the park.

Stay at Home with At Home Annapolis

Finally, when you choose to take a day or so and spend it at home in your At Home Annapolis vacation escape, you’ll truly understand why you chose us. Offering a quiet luxury that doesn’t need to be shared with the rest of the world, our homes offer many features you won’t want to live without, including private pools and large yards, game rooms and hot tubs, and a welcoming warmth that will remind you of your own home. Reserve yours today!

How to Plan a Fun and Refreshing Corporate Retreat to Annapolis

Although 2020 has not started out as well as we had hoped a new decade might, the one thing that keeps your hopes up as a business owner is seeing the dedication each and every one of your employees show each day. Every morning they show up and give 110%, whether they work from home or as the essential, drive into the office, facing obstacles they never dreamed could exist. When you’re looking to treat your loyal workers to a trip they will never forget, a fun and refreshing corporate retreat to the historic city of Annapolis is the answer!

Forget the Virus

Our Annapolis corporate rental homes aren’t just designed to spoil, they are sanitized for your safety and offer the perfect spaces to forget about the troubles of the world. The cheerful kitchens are large enough for multiple chefs to work together in harmony as classic rock plays on sound system and everyone gathers around the breakfast bar, laughing and toasting their time away! Dining areas with large tables allow every guest to share a meal together, the living rooms hold plush furnishings and state of the art televisions, and the bedrooms are havens of peace and serenity. The only thing keeping your employees awake will be late-night gab fests that are just too good to end!

The Company That Plays Together

Team building exercises can be predictable and boring, but every good employer understands that a company that plays together stands strong and becomes the success you always dreamed it could be! Our At Home Annapolis corporate retreats are designed to offer as much fun as they offer comfort, coming with game rooms and full bars, firepits and fireplaces, and for a summer escape, many of our properties come with private pools and hot tubs! Plan a pool party where you compete against others for the best cannonball, gather round the firepit telling ghost stories and work tales, or split a bottle (or two) of wine on the back deck, watching the sun sink into the bay. These special moments will encourage your employers to work even harder when it’s time to come back to real life, as they realize how much you really do appreciate all they do for you every day of the year!

The Price is Right at Our Annapolis Corporate Rentals

The pandemic has brought about horrible changes in the world today, but it’s also caused a dip in travel prices, making this the perfect time for your corporate retreat. Reserve your At Home Annapolis escape today!

Plan a 4th Of July Escape to Annapolis

As we get deeper into the heat of summer, one of our favorite holidays makes an appearance, and after the way the first half of this year has gone, we bet you’re looking forward to celebrating our nation’s birthday as much as we are! We all want to get out there and play, and as travel restrictions are lessening, if your journey brings you to Annapolis this 4th of July, it’s all the better! This guide to all the fun you can have in our historic city is just one of the many ways we thank you for choosing At Home Annapolis for your holiday hideaway!

Pancakes for Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and starting out with sweet and fluffy pancakes, perhaps enhanced with strawberries and blueberries for a patriotic treat, is our favorite way to celebrate a lazy day off! Miss Shirley’s Café is a local tradition where you can order the pancakes to take home, but if you are in the mood, there’s nothing like homemade! Whip up a batch in the fully equipped kitchen of your rental property using the aforementioned berries and a dab of whip cream and your children will love you forever!

Celebrate 4th Of July Where It All Began

As we acknowledge the birthday of our nation, what you may not know is that Annapolis is home to four of the original signers of the Declaration of Independence, making it only fitting that you celebrate with a visit to their homes! The William Paca House, the Chase Lloyd House, the Peggy Stewart House, and the Charles Carroll House once housed our forefathers and are exciting and beautiful places to tour, and even though the Peggy Stewart House is not open to the public, just strolling by can cause some powerful feelings.

No Organized Fireworks? No Problem!

Unfortunately, our annual 4th of July fireworks show has been cancelled due to the pandemic, but chances are you won’t even miss them! Spend part of the day enjoying the charms of Chesapeake Bay and then head back to your holiday homestead to frolic, have fun, and spend more time with family! Many of our larger properties come with private pools, keeping you cool on the hottest days of the year, and because even more of our properties come equipped with a barbecue grill, you can celebrate with an all-American meal of hot dogs and hamburgers! Whip up a batch of red, white & boozy margaritas, made with ice, silver tequila, triple sec, grenadine, and blue curacao, and your day will be complete!

Come Home to At Home Annapolis

It’s been a tough few months, but things are looking brighter, and when you choose At Home Annapolis for your holiday hideaway, they get brighter still! Reserve your stay with us today!

Water Activities to Enjoy in Annapolis

Every vacation is special, but there is something so wonderfully extra about a waterside getaway. As you fill the minutes of your all too short getaway with boating adventures and cannonball competitions, you realize that these moments are as close to perfect as they can be! When your vacation journey brings you to Annapolis and the world-famous Chesapeake Bay, you have to know that it’s going to be even better— especially when you choose At Home Annapolis for your comfy hideaway! This guide to water activities in the area will ensure that you don’t miss out on a single second of fun.

Ahoy There, Mateys!

Life aboard a pirate ship has never been this fun—probably because the real pirates didn’t have Pirate Adventures planning their trips! Board the Sea Gypsy for a few hours of fun that allows your children to experience life on the seas. Dress like a pirate, discover a message in a bottle that leads your young scalawag to the “most rotten pirate on earth,” and defeat said pirate with a real-life battle that involves water cannons and a sunken treasure. This adventure will prove to your children once and for all that you really ARE the best parents on earth!

The Wind Beneath Your Sails

Annapolis is considered the sailing capital of the United States, so it would definitely be remiss of you not to partake of a sailing adventure. Annapolis Sailing Cruises offers one of the best sunset sailing cruises in the world, and we invite you to check it out! Feeling the wind beneath the sails of the Woodwind (or Woodwind II) as the sun sets over the bay is an experience you will never forget, and if you share it with the one you love, this will be one adventure that brings you closer together. A cash bar stocked with wine and beer amps up the experience to the next level!

Great Water Activities and Beautiful Waterfront Living

The best way to enjoy all the wonders of the bay is by choosing one of our At Home Annapolis waterfront escapes! And whether you are sitting on the pier outside your abode with fishing pole in hand and earbuds playing your favorite tunes or have chosen to do your best cannonball into the waters beneath the dock, your days of Maryland fun will be some of the best ones in your life, especially when sitting in a hot tub on the deck as the lights from billions of stars glow brightly in the night sky. Reserve your At Home Annapolis waterfront escape today!