Upcoming Annapolis Events You Must Attend

The best vacation destinations are the ones that offer the most to potential travelers; they have history, adventure, and exciting events that keep you occupied throughout your stay. When you visit Annapolis, you know it’s going to be the best vacation you’ve ever experienced! Offering all the aforementioned and so much more, the only down side to your Annapolis getaway is having to leave at the end of your stay. Here’s a list of upcoming Annapolis events that will bring an extra sparkle to an already glittering and shining vacation.

Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake, Running Through January 1st

One of the best upcoming Annapolis events is located at the Historic Annapolis Museum and Store, this riveting and powerful exhibit tells the stories of slaves and servants who attempted to escape their owners and masters in the 1700s and 1800s. Explore a different time through a series of videos, artifacts, and even some hands-on activities guaranteed to make it feel even more real. Sometimes it’s important to study the past in order to not repeat it, and this exhibit helps do just that.

Annual Maryland Renaissance Festival, Weekends from August 25 – October 21

As the summer heat begins to die down, the turkey legs, rotten tomato throws, and Dead Bob Shows begin to reign supreme when the 42nd Maryland Renaissance Festival comes to town! Crossing through the gates into the past has never been so fun. Listen to authentic music, drink mead and wine, and laugh your way through the Renaissance period! Held at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, this event promise fun for the whole family. Tickets can be purchased in advance at http://www.rennfest.com/tickets.

US Sailboat Show, October 4-8, City Dock

If you’re a first-time visitor to Annapolis, you may not know that we are considered America’s Sailing Capital, and the US Sailboat Show, held every year, is the oldest of its kind. Offering the opportunity to purchase your very own sailboat or just to spend a few hours admiring the artistry of these stunning vessels, ticket prices range from free to the under 7 crowd up to $35 per person on preview day.

Oyster Festival, Captain Avery Museum and Other Upcoming Annapolis Events

Living by the sea, our meals tend to celebrate the offerings that can be found in the waters that surround us: crabs, fish, and in the case of this upcoming festival held on October 21, the all-mighty and oh so wonderful oyster! Serving up these special treats in about every way imaginable, there will also be dessert and other land lubber meals. This is one festival seafood lovers should not skip!

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How to Spend 48 Hours in Annapolis

Annapolis, while mainly recognized for being home to the US Naval Academy, offers something for everyone, not just new Navy recruits and their families. Sitting on the banks of Chesapeake Bay, its history is a long and rich one, apparent everywhere you turn. And although there are enough activities, restaurants, and Annapolis attractions to keep you entertained for weeks at a time, weekend visitors can experience a large part of what makes this ocean town so special. That’s where we come into the picture. We want our guests to enjoy every minute of their stay with us, so here’s some suggestions on how you can spend your 48 hours in Annapolis!

Who is Ready for Breakfast?

When you live in a military town, you have to expect that the local restaurants really know how to feed people. Start the day off the right way with a hearty breakfast at Evelyn’s consisting of a Weems Creek Omelet stuffed with the best crab the Chesapeake Bay can provide, then prepare for a morning of trekking through homes that represent our long American history. The Colonial Annapolis Historic District is just about the oldest section in town and is where a large portion of our historic homes are located. The Shiplap House is one of our favorites, offering a glimpse into what life was like before our country was officially an independent nation. It was built in 1715 and is one of the oldest in Annapolis. As you walk along tree lined sidewalks, if you listen closely, you can almost hear our nation’s forefathers discussing the war and the king and all things revolutionary. When your feet cry uncle, stop in the Galway Irish Restaurant and Pub for a beer and a burger to tide you over until that special dinner at Carroll’s Creek Café—you know you’ve been looking forward to the seafood and the view ever since you first decided to spend 48 hours in Annapolis!

Annapolis Attractions All About the Bay

Day two is going to be a day spent on or near the water. Begin with a 40-minute cruise on the Harbor Queen; this narrated tour offers a fascinating insight into the town of Annapolis, Chesapeake Bay, and the Harbor Queen herself. From there, you can head in the direction of the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, built in 1875. Hopefully you have brought the good camera, because this is the perfect spot for a family picture! And because the 40-minute tour was just an appetizer, the Schooner Woodwind offers two-hour long tours of the waters that surround Annapolis; if you missed something in the earlier tour, this is your chance to see it again! Finish up the day with an afternoon fishing trip, and dinner can be held on the back of your At Home Annapolis vacation escape—especially if your fishing expedition was a successful one.

Time’s Almost Up

But you still have one more night to spend enjoying the wonders of Maryland without leaving your cozy getaway. Watch some television on the large screen television, chat under the stars with the one you love most, or simply climb into one of our cloud soft beds for a night of sleep like none other. Our homes are designed with you and your family in mind like our 4 bedrooms rentals or our 6 bedroom rentalsreserve yours today!

Best Annapolis Farmers’ Markets

Built as a trading post on the Severn River and Chesapeake Bay, you would expect Annapolis to honor its heritage with a host of specialty markets. You would not be disappointed. Home to multiple unique and eclectic farmers’ markets, many of which are open year-round, the mercantile tradition is alive and well by the Bay. Whether you are looking to explore, to sample the fresh produce and seasonal fruits, or to admire the skillful local artisans, so lets take a look at some of the best Annapolis farmers’ markets.

Anne Arundel Country Farmers’ Market

Offering an incredible selection of fresh produce from arugula to dandelion greens, this market features 30+ vendors offering locally raised meats, hot food, specialty crafts and food items, and much, much more. On Saturdays (March 31-December 22) and Sundays (year round) the market features hot breakfast foods as well as specialty items like ciders, artisanal cheeses, coffee, honey, jams, and even gourmet pet treats. Local craftsmen also have their wares on full display, from pottery to windchimes to woodworking. The market is located west of Annapolis on Harry Truman Parkway, and is also open Tuesday evenings May through September.

The Pennsylvania Dutch Farmers Market

Located in the Pariole area of Annapolis at the Harbour Center, the Pennsylvania Dutch Market features handmade and homegrown offerings from the Amish communities of Lancaster, PA. Fresh produce mingles with delicious prepared salads, homespun candy, cheeses, organic meats, and prepared foods like fried chicken and ice cream. Bulk food is available, as well as tasty snacks and fresh desserts. A restaurant serves fresh, homemade meals (take-out is available), but it is second in popularity to the beautiful displays of skillfully crafted hardwood furniture, the centerpiece of the market. Open Thursday through Saturday from 9am-6pm (3pm on Saturday), be sure to visit this spacious market during your explorations of historic downtown.

Some other Best Annapolis Farmers’ Markets

If you are looking for fresh produce and seasonal fruits to take home to your luxury vacation rental, there are several smaller produce markets around Annapolis sure to meet your needs. The Department of Natural Resources sponsors a summertime market with fresh produce and local fruits on Thursdays (3-6pm) from June through September, while farm-fresh eggs, premium cuts of beef, and free-range poultry is a specialty of the Westfield Annapolis Market (Sundays, 11am-3pm, May-October). Annapolis Town Centre’s market is great for fresh herbs, cheeses, coffee, and poultry (Wed. 4-7pm, June-October) and FRESHFARM Market by City Dock is an ideal spot for a Sunday stroll with fresh coffee while you peruse freshly baked breads and artisanal produce (8:30am-noon, May through November).

Whatever catches your eye, you can easily prepare a gourmet feast in the modern kitchen of your luxury vacation home. All of our premium properties are in close proximity to one or more of these incredible markets, so prepare your shopping list and make your reservation with us today, then stock up on Maryland’s finest produce and relax in Annapolis’ finest vacation rentals.

Must See Attractions in Annapolis

One of America’s great historic cities, Annapolis is famous for its Georgian and beaux arts buildings, romantic cobblestone streets, and charming harbor district with shops, fine dining, and family-friendly attractions. This city by the bay is not shy about its love of the sea, from yachts to evening sails to decadent seafood, and that’s just how we like it. With so many historic sites, fascinating museums, and scenic waterways we know it can be daunting to plan your itinerary, but you won’t want to miss any of these must see attractions in Annapolis!

Sail On!

As the sailing capital of America, no trip to Annapolis is complete without a voyage out onto the charming waters of Chesapeake Bay. Take a romantic sunset cruise aboard a classic wooden schooner, learn to sail at Annapolis Sailing School, or simply hop aboard one of the water taxis linking all the points of interest along Annapolis’ shoreline. For a special treat check out Schooner Woodwind and indulge in one of their decadent dinner cruises, or stay overnight for their popular “Boat and Breakfast”, one of our favorite ways to catch a sunrise over the Bay (while enjoying a delicious breakfast, no less).

Historic Downtown and Other Must See Attractions in Annapolis

Founded around the confluence of the Severn River and the Chesapeake Bay, the historic downtown district is impossibly idyllic. Cobblestone streets intertwine around colonial-era architecture and historic builds. We love spending at least a morning here, though you can easily enjoy an entire day. Take in the manicured grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy and marvel at its classic Beaux Arts facades, visit the country’s oldest capital building, the Maryland State House (built in 1772), or grab a meal with a view at one of the many delicious restaurants lining the waterfront.

Ego Alley

The City Docks are also known as Ego Alley thanks to the penchant for captains of all classes to showcase their boats on this narrow waterway. Here the streets are lined with cafes, boutiques, gift shops, art galleries, and more. Nearly everywhere you go has splendid views of the river, harbor, and the bay, making it a perfect place to grab a meal any time of year but especially during the weekend sailboat races in May and the annual boat show in October. Which reminds us…

Eat Crab Cakes!

This one speaks for itself. Available in nearly every restaurant, this Maryland specialty is not to be missed! If your stay is over a first or third Sunday (July-Sept.), don’t miss the Annapolis Crab, Crash & Cruise at Chesapeake Brewing Co. of Annapolis. Eat your fill of steamed crabs, fried chicken, crab cakes, grilled corn, Maryland’s state cake (yeah, we have one), and of course, beer!

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