Although we really should be showing the loves of our lives how much we appreciate them every day, generally we save the romance for two or three days out of the year—birthdays, Mothers or Father’s Day, anniversaries, and of course, Valentine’s Day! And because this year we are all still feeling off balance and out of whack, we suggest you go the extra step and whisk your Valentine away for a special holiday weekend in historic Annapolis. If you really want to spoil her, choosing At Home Annapolis will bring your romantic getaway to the next level of wonderful!
Sweets for Your Sweetie
The allure of an excellent piece of chocolate can not be underrated, and the Chocolate Moonshine Company at located at 1730 Annapolis Mall Road shows us something we have all been missing! Whether you are stopping by on your way into town for some romantic activities in Annapolis or preparing to slyly slide a selection under her pillow or are including the shop in your shopping adventures (allowing her to pick the pieces she loves most), the chocolate offered here will sweeten your time away! The 4-pack Artisan Bars pre-built collection is one of our favorites, but every candy found at the Chocolate Moonshine Company is guaranteed to please!
Binge on Romantic Movies
Couples with children often forget what it is like to be along together, so it doesn’t surprise us that many of our guests choose to spend at least one day of their Annapolis visit staying and exploring the charms our At Home Annapolis love nests have to offer. Starting with breakfast in bed (our kitchens make cooking fun again) and ending with a romantic movie binge-a-thon on state-of-the-art televisions that make you feel as if you are a part of the movie, this Valentine’s Day will be the one you both remember forever!
A Night on the Town With These Romantic Activities in Annapolis
Not all parents want to spend another night staying in, especially during their Maryland getaway! Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday this year, but there’s no rule that says you have to wait until the 14th to celebrate; Saturday nights in Annapolis can be exciting adventures that you never want to end! Share a bottle of wine in the romantic atmosphere offered by Red, Red, Wine Bar (189 B Main Street), see and be seen at Harry Browne’s at dinner (66 State Circle), and finish off the evening with music and more drinks at Rams Head Roadhouse (1773 Generals Highway). However you spend your days and evenings in Annapolis, spending your nights in one of our cozy and romantic At Home Annapolis hideaways will be the best decision you have made this year. Reserve yours today!
Annapolis is a summer destination for many every year. The town on the shores of the beautiful Chesapeake Bay is a water lover’s paradise. But when the water and the weather cools – winter water temperatures only reach the low 50s – there is still plenty to enjoy. From holiday celebrations to indoor activities when the snow is falling, you will find something to fill every day of your Annapolis winter vacation.
Lights on the Bay
This holiday light show runs from mid-November to early January. See the lights on display from five to ten p.m. nightly, weather permitting. The over sixty displays of animated and stationary lights located at Sandy Point State Park include a display of Old Time Annapolis City, the North Pole and an animated display of midshipmen throwing their hats at graduation. All proceeds of the event go to the SPCA of Anne Arundel County.
Annapolis Maritime Museum & Park
Head indoors to this waterfront attraction at the mouth of Back Creek overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. Housed in the historic McNasby building – the last oyster-packing plant to operate in Annapolis – the museum hosts an annual winter lecture series on topics like traditional wooden shipbuilding on the Chesapeake Bay, or the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, a Chesapeake Bay icon in the Annapolis area. Check their schedule and for specific event times.
Live! Spa On Your Next Annapolis Winter Vacation
Destress and calm your mind and body with a visit to Live! Spa and Salon inside Live! Casino & Hotel. Treat yourself to a restorative message, body polish, body wrap, facial, or other advanced skincare and anti-ageing treatment. Indulge in a mani-pedi or a fresh new ‘do. Add in waxing or makeup lesson/application to completely refresh.
New Year’s Eve Fireworks
If you’ll be in town when the calendar turns to a new year, head down to City Dock. Enjoy as the sky above Annapolis Harbor bursts with light in celebration of the incoming new year. Check out a cruise on the bay to get even closer to the fountains of light.
Winter Activities in Annapolis
A vacation rental by At Home Annapolis puts you in the thick of the action during your winter stay. Enjoy the privacy of one of our luxury homes or condos. Our rentals can house your entire group, with units sleeping six or less to units for you and sixteen of your closest friends and family. Stay in historic downtown Annapolis or wake up to the view of the town’s scenic waterways. Book now to start planning your unforgettable Annapolis getaway!
Annapolis is beautiful at any time of year, but in our humble opinions, it contains a special kind of magic in the winter months. With temperatures that range between the 30s and 50s, snow is not always on the agenda, but the cool air and beautiful landscape makes you want to get out and play! Of course, all that fresh air and exercise also makes us hungry, and if you are looking for a hot winter meal during your winter visit to Annapolis, these Annapolis restaurants are up to the challenge of sating your hunger.
Paul’s Homewood Café, 919 West Street
We don’t know how they do it, but Paul’s Homewood Café gets it right every day of the year and in the winter months, their meals do more than fill our stomachs; they feed our souls! Open for dining in every day of the week except Sundays from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM, their menu is filled with a combination of good old-fashioned American comfort food and Mediterranean delights that please the senses. Their filet mignon is thick, juicy, and pan-seared in a red wine sauce so tasty you may be tempted to lick the plate and their Moussaka offers a home-baked comfort that will linger in your dreams for months to come.
Boatyard Bar & Grill, 400 Fourth Street
Looking for a place that serves up great seafood and an even greater atmosphere? The Boatyard Bar & Grill is an Annapolis tradition that offers both! Open for dining in and also offering take-out, their menu is a blend of seafood, burgers, and pizza which makes it the perfect spot to take a family of picky eaters; there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy! Featuring what they call “the best crab cake dinner, period” this special meal is created with two broiled Maryland Jumbo Lump Crab, house made tartar sauce, vegetables, and creamy smashed potatoes making it the absolute perfect hot meal for a cold winter’s day!
Annapolis Restaurants: Soul, 509 S Cherry Grove Avenue
During pandemic times, we often have to adjust our way of thinking, especially when it comes to dining out, and Soul is the perfect example as to why. Offering that comfort food our souls require, at this point they are only open for take-out; but is that such a bad thing? You still get to enjoy their Memphis Baby Back Ribs created with a house dry rub and topped with Cheerwine Barbecue sauce and you don’t have to worry about getting sauce all over your clothes as clothing is optional when eating at home!
The Next Best Thing to Home
We all love our houses and many of us wish we could pack them up and take them with us when we travel, but since that simply isn’t feasible, we work hard to ensure that our At Home Annapolis homes are as close to your own slice of paradise as possible. Reserve your stay today!
Do you know what we think is the best part of New Year’s? No matter how awful the previous year might have been and how many mistakes we may have made, on January 1st at 12:01 am, everything is wiped clean. New Year’s is like a giant reboot button, leaving nothing but hope and promise for the next 12 months of our lives! And after the mess that we all just went through, maybe this New Year’s Eve should be spent doing something entirely different than normal. Instead of celebrating in the local nightspots of your hometown, maybe this year a visit to our historic hometown will be the impetus for starting off the new year on the right foot. Following this guide will help make this New Years in Annapolis special night one you will fondly remember for the next 12 months of your life!
One Last Glimpse of Christmas This New Years in Annapolis
By New Year’s we are all pretty much done with the hype and hustle of the Christmas season, but there is one thing we are reluctant to leave behind: the bucolic beauty of the town lit up in colorful lights. There is still time, however, to check out the holiday decorations, either with a visit to our historic downtown area or a trip to Sandy Point State Park and a ride through the winter wonderland that is known as Lights on the Bay. Located at 1100 E College Parkway and costing $20- $30 per car, depending on size, this colorful light display stays up through January 2nd and offers a beautiful way to say so long to 2020!
Fireworks and Family Fun
Speaking of color, Annapolis offers not just one, but TWO different fireworks shows on New Year’s Eve—an early one held at 5:30 that allows the kiddies to view them and the usual one at midnight! Mom and Dad get the advantage of welcoming in the new year twice, and kids won’t be cranky the next day. Everybody’s a winner! The earlier display is the culmination of a family friendly celebration that begins at 3:00 PM and takes place at the Bates Atlantic Complex, and the later display will be set off from Susan Campbell Park.
Although heading out on the town is fun, sometimes it is the quiet moments we cherish the most, and a night staying in your At Home Annapolis New Year’s nest can soothe your troubled soul! Heat up frozen hors d’oeuvres in our fully equipped kitchens, pop open a bottle of champagne, and get the fire roaring. We can’t tell you what the next year of your life will hold, but when you start it in Annapolis, we suspect good things will happen. Reserve your stay today!
As 2020 winds down, it feels good to get excited about something for a change! Christmas is coming whether we are ready or not, and after a year of bad news, we need a break. If the path to your Christmas happiness leads you to Annapolis and a stay in one of our At Home Annapolis holiday hideaways, this guide to merrymaking will ensure a yuletide to remember!
Feeling Festive This Christmas in Annapolis
Sometimes it can be a little difficult to feel festive, especially if your year has been a tough one, but one thing that never fails to put us in the Christmas mood is a visit to A Christmas to Remember. Offering two locations, one at 172 Main Street and the second in the Westfield Annapolis mall, every day is Christmas in these sweet shops! Just walking in the door causes our pulses to race and our hearts to skip a beat, and if you need a jump start to your joy this Christmas in Annapolis, pick up a few little things to make your At Home Annapolis rental feel festive and homey.
Aside from family and presents, whenever we think of Christmas we also think of all the sweets we gobble down during the season, and if Christmas cookies and gingerbread is something that makes you happy, our fully equipped kitchens make it fun to bake again. Pick up the ingredients to your favorite recipes, turn up the Christmas cookies, and let the party begin! If baking is not your thing, Sweet Hearts Patisserie (1410 Forest Drive) and Smallcakes (2641 Riva Road Suite F) are sure to have the sugar rush your stomach requires.
Boats on Parade
Christmas parades are something we love more than sugar plums and gingerbread houses, and Annapolis is famed for its unusual adaptation of the traditional holiday parade. The 2020 Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade comes to town on December 12 at 6:00 PM and it’s exactly what you can imagine it is. Two parades of boats dressed in their holiday finest, one passing by City Dock and the Naval Academy seawall, and the other skimming along Spa Creek, just inside the bridge!
Home Sweet At Home Annapolis
Spending your holiday nights enveloped in the warmth of one of our At Home Annapolis holiday escapes promises to offer the best memories of the year. Reserve yours today and rediscover the Magic of Christmas!
Although our city on the bay is located over 400 miles away from where the first Thanksgiving was held, celebrating your 2020 Thanksgiving in a place that played such an integral part in the early days of our nation will bring a patriotic tear to your eyes! When you choose one of our At Home Annapolis holiday homes in which to stay, this uniquely American celebration gets even better, as you enjoy the comfort that makes our homes special places that draw visitors from all over the world.
Families Love Us
This year has been a strange one, but the turmoil we have faced has succeeded in bringing our families closer together than ever before, something that is well worth celebrating. Offering fully equipped kitchens, creating a feast to be enjoyed is a simple matter made even simpler when your teenagers join in! Singing along to the Christmas carols playing in the background, searching the net for new ways to make your favorite dishes, and sharing secrets and laughter is a blessing that deserves to be at the top of your list. Living areas are where your family will gather throughout the day, play games, watch television (The Thanksgiving Parade is one of our favorite traditions!), or taking a refreshing nap after too much turkey makes you feel sleepy. When night falls, this special getaway offers multiple options. Soak in a refreshing hot tub, head out to the shops for a night of Black Friday excitement, or read the latest blockbuster in bed until your eyelids grow heavy and the Sandman demands you fall into a deep and dreamless sleep.
Change Is in the Air
The pandemic changed the way our world moves today, but if your chief cook and bottlewasher feels the need for a vacation from cooking chores, you can be her hero with a trip to the local Sam’s Club! Located at 2100 Generals Highway, their pre-cooked turkey is a delicious option for enjoying your Thanksgiving getaway to the fullest!
We Count You Among Our Blessings
In tough times and in good, you, our treasured guests, have given us so much for which to be thankful! Reserve your At Home Annapolis holiday home today and feel at home in spaces that pamper and spoil. Happy Thanksgiving!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!