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!

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.

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!

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!

Top Restaurants for Carryout in Annapolis

When you want a delicious meal but would prefer the comforts of your vacation rental and the company of your traveling companions, takeout is a great option. Check out some of our favorite restaurants for carryout in Annapolis.

Breakfast, Brunch and Coffee

 

Start your day off right with some fresh roasted beans and delicious breakfast. Bean Rush Cafe is a local roasting, baking and sandwich making shop with a keep it simple, keep it fresh, keep it local philosophy. Their drink menu features all your usual espresso drinks, plus signature blends like the Honey Bee Latte with honey and toffee, and the Funky Monkey with chocolate and banana. For breakfast, they have smoothies, oatmeal, fruit, bagels, and breakfast sandwiches. Another notable establishment that serves breakfast all day is the Iron Rooster. Enjoy a plate of the made-to-share Breakfast Nachos, lighten up with Strawberry Avocado Toast, or go all out with the Angry Pig Omelet or Shrimp and Grits bowl! If your sweet tooth is calling the shots, go for the fruit-topped brioche Cinnamon French Toast.

Lunch

 

Take advantage of your proximity to the water and enjoy some fresh seafood while you’re in Annapolis. At Boatyard Bar and Grill, you can get their popular Soft Shell Crab Sandwich, Fish and Chips, or Finley’s Fantabulous Fish Tacos. Cantler’s Riverside Inn is another local favorite, and some of their most loved dishes include Cream of Crab Soup, Crab Cakes, Jumbo Shrimp and Hard Shell Crab by the dozen. If you’re looking for a little south of the border flavor, get your order in at Sin Fronteras Cafe. Their guacamole is fresh and homemade, the Fried Calamari is always a hit, and they have a great mix of south American foods, including a Honduran specialty, Peruvian beef, a Cuban sandwich, and of course, plenty of seafood options.

Dinner Restaurants for Carryout in Annapolis

 

Not much beats sharing a pizza with the people you love at the end of a long day. At Vin 909 you can order up a classic brick oven pizza like Margherita, or a more unique profile, like the Gochujang, with chicken, roasted carrots, smoked gouda, mozzarella, arugula and kimchi mayo! Vin 909 also features beautiful antipasto plates and drool worthy desserts. If you’re still full from a big lunch, order some tapas from Level A Small Plates Lounge and enjoy some smaller shareables! Their Farm to Table philosophy means your plates are made up of many local and sustainable sources and are designed to encourage sharing and socializing. Some local favorites are Fried Brussel Sprouts, Spicy Tuna Tartare, and the Buffalo Cauliflower.

No matter what flavors you are craving, you can find just the meal to fit the bill here in Annapolis. Pick up your takeout, head back to your vacation rental home, and relax!

Spring Activities to Enjoy in Annapolis

Are you looking for an exciting and culturally immersive springtime getaway on the East Coast? The Chesapeake harbor town of Annapolis has much to offer when it comes to entertainment and activities to enjoy in Annapolis, and spring is an especially great time to visit! Whether you’re looking for interesting historical attractions, spring festivals, or to enjoy the great outdoors, you’re sure to love a trip to Annapolis, Maryland.

Outdoor Adventures

With temperatures ranging from the mid-40s to the mid-70s, spring is a great time to be outdoors in Annapolis. Bring or rent a bike and take to the trails in the area, or just take a relaxing walk. The Baltimore and Annapolis Trail runs the historic 13.3-mile route of the Annapolis and Baltimore Short Line and takes you on a winding route through charming parks and neighborhoods. If you want to see some spring blooms, check out the shorter 3.1-mile Greenbury Point Trail and the nearby nature center. In springtime it will be filled with bright and colorful wildflowers!

Get on the Water

Let’s not forget, with our proximity to the water, a boat is the perfect way to explore the areas around Annapolis! If you’re looking to self-paddle, you can easily rent kayaks or canoes at many of our local outfitters. Or if you want a little more power, you can take out a set of jet skis or Wave Runners for an afternoon! But if you’re looking for a more inclusive experience, look into hiring a sailboat – with a captain – for a day! What could be better than a sailboat picnic in the middle of the Chesapeake? Make it extra special and take along a bottle of wine from a local vineyard, like Great Frogs Winery or The Vineyards at Dodon.

Special Events

Speaking of local vineyards, check out some of the events listed on the spring calendars around here. Great Frogs has a Hoppy Spring Happy Hour event with brick oven pizzas and live folk music, as well as pasta making classes on weekends following the happy hour. Other notable events in the area include the 10th Annual Oyster Roast and Sock Burning at the Annapolis Maritime Museum. The festival celebrates the arrival of the boating season, as well as the spring equinox, with literal sock burning, an oyster shucking contest, live music, and of course, all the oysters you can eat. The end of March also brings the 6th year of the Annapolis Film Festival, featuring over 70 films, Q&A sessions, and amazing parties. April brings with it even more fun, with the Maryland Chicken Wing Festival, Maryland Avenue Earth Day Fest, and the Spring Sailboat Show!

If you’re ready to plan your perfect Annapolis spring getaway, call or go online now and book your vacation rental home. We know you won’t be disappointed!

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.