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.

Annapolis Valentine’s Day Activities in 2020

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

Take a Stroll at the Dock

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

Visit a Winery Together

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

Plan a Date at Sandy Point State Park

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

Spend Annapolis Valentine’s Day 2020 with At Home Annapolis

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

3 Easy Maryland Recipes to Cook in Your Annapolis Vacation Rental

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

Easy Spiced Rum Balls

Prep time: 20 minutes

Wait time: 3 hours

Ingredients:

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

Steps to Prepare:

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

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

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

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

Lemon Zucchini Drops

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

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

Steps to Produce:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

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

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

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

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

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

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

East Coast Lover Cocktail

Prep time: 10 minutes

Wait time: 2 hours

Ingredients:

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

Steps to Prepare:

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

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

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

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

Find Your Vacation Rental and Maryland Recipes Today!

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

How to Enjoy Your First Annapolis Vacation in 2020

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

See Gilbert Gottfried Onstage

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

Explore Chesapeake Bay

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

Celebrate Chinese New Year / Spring Festival 2020

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

Visit the Annapolis Historic District

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

Start Your Year with a Annapolis Vacation in 2020

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

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.