May 16, 2013
When: June 8, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. | June 9, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Wine Tasting Ticket: $30.00 includes wine tastings and entry. Wine by the glass and bottle are available for purchase.
Non-tasting Ticket: $8.00
Youth Ticket Ages 12-18: $5.00
Children under 12 are FREE.
This annual event is ideal for friends, families and couples looking to kick off the summer in a unique way. Over 200 artists and artisans will be showcasing and selling their work. Smooth jazz will be performed all day long by both Three Shot Mocha and Mosaic Jazz Ensemble. Twenty-five Maryland wineries will be at the event offering tastings, so feel free to purchase a bottle of wine, peruse the artwork, relax and enjoy the music.
Featured work includes:
- Digital Art
- Mixed Media
- Fiber Art
- Metal Photography
If you are planning to bring the little ones with you, be sure to stop by the Kids’ Art area. Check out the schedule here on the website to see exactly what is going on, but here is a little taste:
- Theatrical & Musical Performances
- Face Painting
- Arts & Crafts Activities
April 3, 2013
Annapolis Wine Expo 2013
Date: Saturday, May 11, 2013
Where: The Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Session I: 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Session II: 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Expo coordinators have partnered with Southern Wine and Spirits to bring the city the annual Annapolis Wine Expo. Held over one afternoon, over 100 varietals of wine – national and international – will be served to wine connoisseurs and newbies alike. Guests will move from station to station, tasting the wines and sampling light fare. Some of the afternoon’s events also include:
Tasting Seminars – Learn to swish, swirl and taste like a pro. Get an education on how to recognize flavors and aromas in many popular types of wine. Also, learn what wines are best paired with which foods.
Dining at the Chef’s Table – This event must be reserved in addition to the wine expo. Visit select restaurants throughout Annapolis for a multi-course, wine-paired menu.
Visit the Annapolis Wine Expo Website for more information on pricing, participating restaurants and more.
March 5, 2013
Join the residents and visitors of Annapolis and beyond as we celebrate the sixth annual Maryland Day from March 22 – 24, 2013. Maryland Day is a statewide holiday honoring the formal founding of Maryland as a colony. The holiday is celebrated with a weekend of activities, events and fun for the whole family. As various museums across the city, there will be guest speakers, special kids’ activities and live music performances. Read along as we take you through some of the upcoming Maryland Day Celebration events.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation – The foundation will be leading a hands-on restoration and tour of the Oyster Restoration Center. Dress appropriately and assist in the construction of concrete reef balls that will serve as a habitat for critters such as oysters, fish, blue crabs and more.
MainStreets Annapolis Partnership/ City of Annapolis Historic Preservation Commission – The Annapolis Historic District will be hosting a scavenger hunt starting at City Hall. The hunt will put you on the lookout for historic and architectural items.
Maryland State House – Go on a behind the scenes tour of the newest exhibit in the Maryland State House. “The Enemy Nearly All Around Us” chronicles the war of 1812 and how the Maryland State Government was able to protect its citizens from attack.
For all other events and information, please visit the Maryland Day website.
February 1, 2013
Bring out the stretchy pants; Annapolis Restaurant Week is upon us. Throughout the last week of February, over 40 of the area’s finest restaurants are bringing hungry patrons three-course dinners and two-course lunches. Two of the city’s diners, Miss Shirley’s Café and Metropolitan Kitchen are offering a two-course breakfast.
When you visit the official Restaurant Week website, all the participating eateries are listed, with a link to their websites, menus, and what meal(s) they will be serving. Reservations are encouraged, and can be made for select restaurants through the main page.
The city of Annapolis has made transportation and parking hassles non-existent through the Park & Shop Program and the Circulator. The Park & Shop Program is a partnership of retailers and some parking garages for free parking vouchers. Many of the included restaurants are within comfortable walking distance of the garages. The Circulator is the trolley that circles downtown, with fifteen stops along the way, and will be free all week.
So, come hungry and leave full. Enjoy Restaurant Week!
Dates: February 25 – March 3
3-Course Dinner: $32.95
2-Course Lunch: $15.95
2-Course Breakfast: $12.95
January 23, 2013
When you visit Annapolis, take some time to go shopping in the historic downtown area. Stroll along the centuries old streets and take in the sights of the waterfront as you meander from shop to shop. The unique establishments of downtown include everything from women’s clothing boutiques, galleries, jewelry stores, home décor, antiques and more.
Main Street, Maryland Avenue, West Street and Eastport are the main sections of downtown to find the best shopping. Visit Main Street for the largest selection of shops. Pick up an original piece of art at the Annapolis Marine Art Gallery, or buy pieces for your wardrobe at any of the clothing boutiques. Stop at Annapolis Cigar Co. for a gift for your boss, or pick up a comic book for your teenager at Capital Comics.
Wander over to Maryland Avenue for even more cigar shops, art galleries, home furnishings and more. Sign your little one up for an art class at Already Artists Annapolis, peruse antiques at Evergreen Antiques or shop for your furry friend at Paws Pet Boutique. Whatever retail therapy tickles your fancy, Annapolis provides many unique choices and a beautiful setting in which to shop.
January 14, 2013
The Colonial Annapolis Historic District is a section of the city that comprises much of the originally surveyed plans of 1695. The town of Annapolis was strategically established where the wide and winding Severn River meets with Chesapeake Bay. As one of the first planned cities in America, the founders of this town appreciated the proximity to the waterway and the protection of the south shore harbor. Roughly 120 17th and 18th century homes and commercial buildings still stand on the original site.
City planners opposed the traditional street grid for the layout, and chose instead to introduce the Baroque style of town planning to the colonies. Instead of streets running perpendicular to each other, the center of town included two circular streets surrounding the legislative seat and the local church. Avenues sprawled outwards from this center to the outskirts of town. The historic district of Annapolis includes Maryland State House, a mixture of large mansions and proper row houses, in addition to various commercial buildings. To locate the area of the city that is included in the district, visit the National Park Service website.
January 7, 2013
Guests visiting Annapolis, and even residents, enjoy this 18th century Georgian mansion built by William Paca. Paca was a three-term governor of Maryland, as well as a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The architecture of the home was designed largely by Paca himself. Construction of the two-story home with a 2-acre walled garden lasted from 1763-1765. Although many changes were made to the home over the two and a half centuries of its existence, it has since been restored to its original state.
Guided tours of the home take place hourly, on the half hour, and last roughly 40 minutes each. Visitors may feel free to tour the garden at their own pace and leisure. Admission to the National Historic Landmark is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, youth between the ages of 6 and 17 get in for $5, and children 5 and under are free. If you wish to tour the garden only, admission is $7 for all ages.
Address: 186 Prince George Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Telephone: (410) 267-8146
Hours: Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Princess Tea Party Celebrating Queen Anne’s Birthday
Date: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Admission: $20 each participating person
Bring your little princess out to this birthday celebration hosted by Queen Anne herself for a tea party afternoon at the Paca House & Garden. Have your little one dress up as their favorite princess to honor the British monarch for which Annapolis is named.
January 3, 2013
Annapolis is home to the oldest capitol building that in continuous legislative use, and has a unique history for many reasons. The building, started in 1772 and completed in 1779, served as our country’s first peacetime capitol after the American Revolution. Construction lasted so long due to the battles and length of the war. The State House is the only legislative structure to have ever served as the nation’s capitol. It is topped by the largest wooden dome in the United States made without the use of nails. In 1960, the State House was designated a historical landmark, and today houses the Maryland General Assembly as well as the Governor and Lieutenant Governor’s offices.
Maryland State House is open every day to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., excluding Christmas and New Year’s Day. There is self-guided tour information available at the Office of Interpretation on the first floor. Photo identification is required for entrance. There are other exhibits within the State Office Complex. The complex is home to the State House, the Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. Senate Building, and the Casper R. Taylor House of Delegates Building. All of these are within a block of the state house, and these attractions are open Monday through Friday only.
Maryland State House
100 State Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
December 17, 2012
Join the celebration ushering in 2013 at City Dock as Annapolis lights up the night for their annual New Year’s Eve fireworks performance. The Circulator, Annapolis’ local shuttle, is running free to help visitors and residents make it to the event. City parking garages are open 24 hours to park securely and from there you can ride the Circulator to the celebration at no cost. Be sure to dress in layers to keep warm as you watch the show. This performance is ideal for families with children of all ages. No food will be sold at the event, but feel free to pack a picnic of your own! The best viewing areas are City Dock from Susan Campbell Park, along Main Street, any public spaces northeast of Severn River, any street-end parks facing Spa Creek, or aboard a boat in City Harbor. This event will be held after dark on December 31, 2012, and all performances are free to attend.
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Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Annapolis
November 21, 2012
If you’re looking for a way to celebrate the season in the great outdoors, head on over to Quiet Waters Park for ice skating at their outdoor rink. If you get hungry while you are there, stop by the Pit Boys Café from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for a full menu serving sandwiches, wraps, pizza, soups, and drinks. From December 12 – December 16, the rink will be hosting the Holiday Toy and Food Drive. Bring any unopened toy or non-perishable food item to receive discounted admission of $4.00. Vehicles will still be required to pay an entrance fee into the park until 5:30 p.m. each day they’re open. Admission to the skating rink is $6.00 for adults, $5.00 for children ages 4 to 12, and children three and under are free. The skating rink accepts cash or checks only, skate rental is an additional $3.00, and group rates are available. The rink is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., with the exception of Tuesdays when they are closed. Weekend hours are 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Have a great time!
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