Destination of the day: Annapolis, Maryland

Maryland State House

The last time we were in Annapolis, our son Aren lead the morning Pledge of Allegiance at Chick and Ruth’s Delly. It is one of the many traditions you’ll discover when you visit this vibrant, historic city which also happens to be Maryland’s State Capital.

At the center of town is the State House and streets stretch out like spokes of a wheel. Though Main Street is lined with interesting shops, it’s the side streets that hold all the character. When exploring be sure to stop by the Hammond-Harwood House as well as the William Paca House & Garden. Historic characters really bring this town’s history to life.

There’s no shortage of restaurants but you’ll want to stay clear of the city docks during the rush. We liked the nachos and pub fare at the Ram’s Head Tavern. A great place to hang out, listen to music and eat light nibbles or dessert is the 49 West Coffeehouse. You never know who you’ll see there. Maryland is famous for crabs, but you’ll have to drive to Cantler’s if you want the very best. It’s not far and totally worth the trip.

Aren says The Pledge

And we already mentioned, our favorite greasy spoon is Chick and Ruth’s with their morning pledge tradition. Some other regular events you might want to try include viewing the Wednesday Night Sailing Races, early morning runs with the Annapolis Striders, and Colors at Tecumseh Court or a proper tour at the United States Naval Academy.

During the summer months there are concerts at the city dock where you can bring a chair, enjoy live music and watch the boats cruise Ego Alley. This was one of our favorite things to do when we lived in neighboring Eastport.

We’ll be back soon.