Visit near DC: Annapolis

Only 32 miles away from DC (an hour-trip by car) is Annapolis, the capital of Maryland. It’s a perfect day trip for a sunny relaxed Saturday visiting the waterfront, having seafood and doing some shopping.

Wandering the streets of Annapolis you will encounter historical buildings within a european-style town design that gives nice views of the water. In the quiet streets surrounding downtown there are pretty houses with the typical front porch.

There are many boutique shops and galleries for browsing and shopping. It all depends on personal preference, but the highlights for me are two shops. These are on the expensive side, so I’ve just browsed their artwork, but they are good places to check if you are looking for a super special gift. I’m also very keen on hand-made/designed objects:

  • Nautical North: They craft 2-D and 3-D wooden charts of any body of water, in different objects like clocks, frames and serving trays.
  • Kajs Jewelry: Designer silver jewelry with designs inspired by nature, such as leaves, starfish, as well as sleek lines. I found a nice video that shows the artist’s workshop:

The recommended food to try in Annapolis is crab or crab cakes, and seafood in general. There are plenty of other options as well.

Although apparently it’s a must-visit, we didn’t get to see the US Naval Academy, so I’ll make sure to visit it next time and update this post with a description.

Have you been to Annapolis? Which spots do you recommend?



Photo credits: Winter Sunrise at Annapolis City Dock (Ego Alley) by Charlie Stinchcomb is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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Great pictures of Annapolis! Haven’t been there in years, but this post made me want to go again!


I had great crab cakes in Annapolis!

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