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You're Going to Love Annapolis

Annapolis stretches from the blue waters of Chesapeake Bay to the green countryside that surrounds it. What was once a political center has become a tourist mecca, all while keeping its authentic character.

Colonial history lives in Annapolis. Settled by Europeans when Puritans came from nearby Virginia in the mid-1600s, Annapolis rose to become a critical political capital and port in the 18th century during the American Revolutionary War. As a harbor, it also played a pivotal role in the War of 1812. Today it is still home to the United States Naval Academy, a wonderfully ornate example of the Beaux Arts style of architecture and one of the many historic buildings in town.

In keeping with its maritime history, Annapolis is a center for the sailing arts, and you'll find every kind of seagoing vessel on the city's many docks. Whether your goal is to learn about history, to explore the natural beauty of the area, or simply relax and enjoy the scenery, Annapolis has a lot to offer.

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When to Visit Annapolis

Annapolis sees the most visitors during the summer months. Summers are hot and humid, with temperatures averaging over 85 degrees Fahrenheit in July. Winter temperatures dip to the low 40s during the day and below zero at night. While the weather is distinctly wintry, Annapolis lights up with Christmas decorations and activities at the end of the year, making it a popular destination for winter vacations too.

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How to Get to Annapolis

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Where to Stay in Annapolis

There are many hotels where you can enjoy the history of Annapolis along with the service and amenities. The O'Callaghan Hotel is a 3-star property offering historic ambiance with an Irish touch. Historic Inns of Annapolis offers your choice of three boutique hotels in Old Annapolis, with authentic period furnishings and antiques. Look to Loews Annapolis Hotel for clean modern rooms in a convenient location.

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Shopping Streets

Ego Alley, the heart of old Annapolis, is a narrow waterway that connects the old port with the sea. This is the place to people watch, stroll along, and check out the private yachts as you make your way through upscale boutiques and stores. There are more than 20 shops and restaurants along historic Maryland Avenue, an out-of-the-way street off the main areas along Main and West streets.

Groceries and Other

When it comes to supermarkets in Annapolis, Graul's Market and Shoppers offer a good selection and reasonable prices. Safeway is a discount chain for necessities at low prices. A quart of milk will cost about $1.00 and a dozen eggs about $2.85.

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Where to Eat in Annapolis

The dining scene in Annapolis features everything from classic continental to Indian, Thai, Mexican, and Japanese. Chesapeake Brewing Company offers craft beers and classic pub food in authentic historic ambiance. Dishes like crab soup and burgers start at about $11. At Reynolds Tavern, you can dine in candlelight in an elegant 18th-century dining room, with mains starting at $15. Harry Browne's is housed in an elegant Art Deco building, offering a fine dining menu that emphasizes local ingredients. Mains start at about $25.

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