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5 REASONS TO VISIT ANNAPOLIS

5 REASONS TO VISIT ANNAPOLIS

Perched upon the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland's capital city, Annapolis, revolves around the city's rich maritime traditions. Home to the United States Naval Academy, the city docks are crammed with vessels of all shapes and sizes. The charming historic district's cobblestone streets are lined with flickering gas lamps that offer a glimpse of Colonial architecture featuring 18th-century brick row homes and the domed 1700s Maryland State House (the oldest in continuous use in the United States). With its historic sights and water adventures, Annapolis is worthy of more than a day trip.

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Image courtesy of Visit Annapolis

1. THE HIKING

Tucked away on the United States Navy-owned peninsula that separates the Annapolis Harbor and Severn River from the Chesapeake Bay, Greenbury Point Conservation Area is a hidden treasure trove of nature trails and scenery. The Timberdoodle Trail is an easy hike of several miles; winding through a fascinating blend of flora, fauna and stunning water views on three sides of the peninsula.

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Image courtesy of Visit Annapolis

Open to the public from sunrise to sunset, the 231-acre peninsula is managed by Naval Support Activity Annapolis (NSAA) and used for training Naval Academy Midshipmen. Signs at each entrance gate caution the public about limited access when training events are underway.

2. THE ART

A city known for its Colonial architecture, national landmarks and pristine historic preservation has a new, colorful calling card: the murals.

The Annapolis Arts District, on West Street, is home to many of the city’s murals, as well as dozens of traditional galleries. Check out the First Sunday Arts Festival, which features about 130 local vendors every month.

3. THE COCKTAILS

After a day of exploring historic Annapolis on foot, head over to Soul Restaurant to relax on the garden patio and enjoy a “Louisiane,” concocted with rye whisky, sweet vermouth and absinthe wash. A hidden gem on Forest Drive in the SOFO district, this bustling hotspot serves up fresh, southern cuisine with local hospitality.

Soul Restaurant whips up decadent Southern classics with a modern flare that include specialties like Memphis Baby Back Ribs with a house dry rub and Cheerwine barbecue sauce, as well as Shrimp & Grits with andouille sausage and creole sauce. Don’t forget to start your experience off with a number of artfully designed small plates like Hot Dixie Chicken with cayenne batter, red pepper ranch and chili oil or Crawfish Boulettes with homemade cajun tartar sauce.

Got soul?

4. THE GARDENS

The William Paca Garden is an oasis of natural beauty in the center of the Historic District. Brick walls enclose a series of terraces characteristic of colonial gardens in the Chesapeake region, while the uppermost terrace serves as a platform for entertaining and viewing the garden. Although many colonial Annapolitans had gardens, this is the only one that has been returned to its original splendor and opened to the public. Plant lovers make a ritual of attending the Paca Garden Plant Sale on Mother’s Day weekend every year.

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Image courtesy of Visit Annapolis

A “lost” circa 1683 colonial town and garden sanctuary on the South River, Historic London Town & Gardens offers a diverse horticultural experience that combines both history and archaeology. Roam the expansive Woodland Garden on a one-mile trail bursting with native plants and exotic species; the seasonal Ornamental Gardens overlooking the river is a magnificent sight.

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Image courtesy of Visit Annapolis

Additional gardens include an azalea glade with both deciduous and evergreen plantings, a camellia walk with winter blooming camellias, a holly collection and a winter garden featuring evergreens like mountain laurel.

5. THE ARCHITECTURE

Trace the steps of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson while strolling the streets filled with colorful colonial architecture and make sure to visit the Hammond-Harwood House, which was built in 1773 and is known for having the “most beautiful doorway in America.”

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Image courtesy of Visit Annapolis

Annapolis is one of the first planned cities in colonial America and many elements of the original town plan, developed in 1695 by Francis Nicholson, and about 120 of the 18th century buildings still remain.

The original historic colonial-era area includes the Maryland State House on State Circle, St. Ann's Church on neighboring adjacent Church Circle and the historic residences, townhouses and larger mansions of the town's wealthiest and most influential citizens can be found in the historic district. The Historic Annapolis Foundation has marked many of the buildings with plaques that are colored coded, so that, for instance, the red color indicates the building was built in the 18th-century colonial period.

5 REASONS TO VISIT CHARLOTTE

5 REASONS TO VISIT CHARLOTTE

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