Day Trip: Annapolis, Maryland

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Living on the East Coast is awesome. One of the many reasons is that all the states are pretty small, so it's possible that you can drive north or south and pass through several states in a matter of hours. Did you know we are only a 4-hour drive from New York City? New York! I mean, what is my life. You can imagine this is pretty life-altering for a Texas native who grew up in a place where you could drive NINE. HOURS. and still be in the same state (Texas, I love you. You still have my heart).

And living where we are in Northern Virginia, we can pretty much make a day trip to so many fun places, like D.C. (basically our next-door neighbor), Maryland, Jersey, Pennsylvania, or Delaware. So many great sites, so much history, so much to explore!

Now of course, we work every day and have our normal weekly routine, so making time for said day trip isn't the norm around here. But a couple weekends ago, we took a Saturday (and our friend, Rachel), drove an hour northeast, and spent a day in Annapolis, Maryland.

Despite the hot hot hot temps, we had so much fun. The history, the architecture, the old buildings and spaces, the streets, the waterfront, the sailboats were all full of charm and beauty. And being by the water in the summertime? Can't get much better than that.

Here's a list of the things we did and places we visited, in order:

1. The State House - A good bit of American history here (particularly, where George Washington resigned from his office as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army), and the architecture and limestone detail inside is stunning.

2. The Naval Academy - A must see if you are in Annapolis! The old buildings are ridiculously grand and impressive. Make sure to stop in the stunning Memorial Hall to see the "Don't Give Up the Ship" flag, as well as the memorial plaques listing the names of all who lost their lives in combat. Very beautiful and sobering.

3. Lunch at Armadillos - A quaint little pub just down by the pier. Try the crab cake sandwich or the seared tuna burger. Pretty tasty.

4. Storm Bros. Ice Cream Factory - The frozen yogurt was pretty good. I'm only regretting I didn't get the Coconut Chocolate Almond ice cream instead.

5. Explore Downtown, where you can pop in lots of boutiques, restaurants, and souvenir shops. There's even a CVS if you need to buy last-minute sunscreen (just sayin').

6. Harbor Queen Boat Tour up the coast - See the Naval Academy from the water, and sail into Chesapeake Bay, all narrated by your captain. There's also a bar on the ship with drinks and snacks. Try to get in line early, so you can get good seats in the front.

7. Stop at the Sperry Store - Because, when you're in the sailing capital of America, you buy boat shoes.

8. Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge for dinner - Make sure to get seats on the charming rooftop deck. Also, the flatbreads are to die for.

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Anyone else been to Annapolis?  Please share you favorite spots!

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