New Year’s 2021 in Annapolis

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.

Quietly Moments

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!

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!

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!

Safety Guidelines & Tips for COVID-19 in Annapolis

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread, more people are affected by it every day. Some, working on the front lines, or facing the virus, are affected directly. Others are affected more indirectly, by work shifts or job loss. And many of us have respectfully cancelled, missed or rescheduled trips, weddings, graduations, and more. Any way you look at it, this crisis is affecting us all. How has it affected the Annapolis, Maryland area, and what steps are being taken to prevent further spread and care for those who are ill or at risk? Here are some tips for COVID-19 in Annapolis!

What Is COVID-19?


Let us first discuss the facts. Coronavirus, which is also known as COVID-19, is a type of virus that causes diseases in a range of severities, from a simple common cold to more serious respiratory problems, like pneumonia. The illness started in China, but it has spread and there have now been confirmed cases in dozens of countries, including the United States.

Safety Measures Being Implemented


What safety measures have been taken in Maryland? Since their first confirmed cases on March 5th, 2020, officials have mobilized a new response team, closed schools, and prohibited large gatherings. On March 16th, bars and restaurants were closed to the public, although drive thru, carryout and delivery services are still being permitted. On the 19th, malls were closed, and gatherings were limited to 10 people or less.

As of March 30th, 2020, Governor Larry Hogan issued a statewide Stay at Home Directive, stating, “We are telling you, unless you have an essential reason to leave your house, stay in your home. Today’s actions of closing non-essential businesses are absolutely necessary to protect the health of Marylanders and to save lives.” He finished with a promise “…that there are a great many dedicated people doing tremendous things, working around the clock, and doing their very best to help keep Marylanders safe.” This order required the closure of any business not included in the federal guidelines for critical infrastructure.

We Can All Do Our Part – Tips for COVID-19 in Annapolis


Our team here at At Home Annapolis understands how trying this situation is for our community. We are working in accord with all governmental directions and doing our best to help flatten the curve and protect those most vulnerable among us. There is no doubt this pandemic will leave the world a different place, but we know that together, we can be strong! In the meantime, we are here to help answer any questions you may have, and once we have weathered this storm, we sincerely look forward to hosting you once again!

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.

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, as professional property managers in Annapolis, MD, 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. You won’t find better rental property companies in Maryland than our team! Then, contact us at (888) 508-9661 or (435) 571-0024 to get started today.

Our Favorite Annapolis Activities in the Fall

Annapolis in the fall is cozy, stunning, and wildly fun all at once. With the leaves changing color around you, the weather brisk and pleasant, and a plethora of fall activities to participate in, you’re going to have one unforgettable vacation. Make some time while you’re here to check out our favorite Annapolis activities in the Fall:

Greenstreet Gardens Fall Festival

This festival runs from September all the way through October in Greenstreet Gardens, so there are six whole weekends of festivities and themed events to enjoy. Get lost with your friends in the corn maze, go bowling with pumpkins, take a haunted hayride, and take a ride on an underground slide. That’s not all, but you’ll have to come and check out this fun fall festival if you want to know more!

U.S. Sailboat Show

This October come and see this one-of-a-kind gathering, where sailors from around the world come together. You’ll never have seen so many interesting boats all in one place before. If you love the sea and sailing, you’ll adore this show, and if you don’t know much about it this is a great chance to learn.

Visit the Renaissance Fair

The Maryland Renaissance Fair runs between August 24th and October 20th, so you have ample time this fall season to come down and catch the fair while you’re here. The Renaissance Fair is always a world of fun, and Maryland truly goes all out. The Renaissance Fair is definitely one of our favorite things to do in Annapolis in the Fall!

Winterbrook Farms

We adore this pumpkin patch for many reasons, including but not limited to the moonlight maze, the private campfires, and the mountain slides. This is a great day activity for any family and evening activity for anyone who wants to do a corn maze in the dark.

Walking Ghost Story Tour

This activity is exactly as exciting and off-the-wall as it sounds. Experience Annapolis in an entirely unique way by taking this 90-minute nighttime walking tour through the city to some of the most ‘haunted’ places in Annapolis. Between haunted taverns, Joe Morgue, and “The Headless Man,” this is a great way to wake you up when the sun goes down!

Book a Stay To Experience The Best Annapolis Activities in the Fall

Planning an autumn trip to Annapolis this year? Plan your trip right by picking an awesome rental home to stay in through At Home Annapolis. Just call us today at (888) 508-9661 or (435) 571-0024 and we’ll help you get started!

Your Annapolis Labor Day Weekend Vacation

Annapolis is a hotspot of beautiful sights to see and wildly fun activities. There is so much to do here, and September is a great time of year to visit. The long weekend that Labor Day provides gives you the perfect amount of time to see the best Annapolis has to offer. Here are some ideas for what to do each day to get the most out of your Annapolis Labor Day Weekend visit:


Do something crazy on the first day that will get the entire family excited about the three-day weekend in Annapolis, like a family-friendly pirate cruise with Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake! Afterward, you can check out some of the amazing museums in town, like the Annapolis Maritime Museum. Keeping with the sailing theme, you can grab some dinner at the Boatyard Bar & Grill, a proudly nautical-themed seafood joint with an amazing vibe and even more amazing food.


Sunday is a great day to plan some peak relaxation and sight-seeing. Head to the aptly named Quiet Waters Park, where you can explore hiking trails on foot or on a bike, and even rent a kayak if you want to head out onto the water. If you pack a picnic, you can grab a shady spot under a tree and have your lunch there while you soak in the lovely weather and the scenery. Later on, head to Sandy Point State Park for one of the most gorgeous views you’ll ever lay eyes on. You can see the bridge from there, and the ocean in all its glory. Lay out some towels and chill out with some music on.


Since you’ve thoroughly enjoyed the waters, on Monday, you’ll want to enjoy the city itself! Check out local favorites like the Maryland Federation of Art for some culture, the Historic Annapolis Museum for some history, and the Old Fox Books & Coffeehouse for some afternoon coffee and a nice quiet look around a good old-fashioned bookstore. Pick up some fancy teas and spices from The Spice & Tea Exchange to take home with and maybe give out to friends as souvenirs! Top off your trip with an ice-cold craft beer from The Brass Tap on your last night in town.

Where Do I Start?

The first thing you’ll want to do is find an awesome place to stay, so you can make the most of your weekend getaway! Here at At Home Annapolis, that’s the most important thing to us. Just give us a call today at (443) 837-6870, and we’ll help you get started.