February 8, 2016
Like many of you, here at the Holiday Inn Express Annapolis, we’re still easing into the new year. We’re taking our time to make things right for 2016. For those of you who may be struggling with your resolutions though – like that one about being more adventurous for example – we just want you to know that there’s still hope! If you vowed to unplug from your electronics and relish in the outdoors more, we are here to help!
Holiday Inn Express Annapolis is located just a few miles from the water, making it the perfect Chesapeake Bay hotel, and there’s an activity for every water enthusiast! You can take a water tour and learn about the area’s Naval and Colonial history or you can live out your childhood dream of sailing a boat. Even if you’d rather sit back and relax, there are cruises and taxis available for your leisure!
For those of you who like tapping into your primal instincts and catching your meals, there’s also plenty of fishing and crabbing opportunities available on The Bay. Pull out those lemons and Old Bay seasoning and create a feast your family will be thankful for!
Listen, because we care, we want to extend this invitation to you. We’d like for you to re-dedicate yourself to your resolutions and have a blast while doing it. And when you’ve had enough, come on over to our fantastic Annapolis hotel to celebrate your boldness, your commitment and your fierce appetite for life with a relaxing bubble bath in one of our Whirlpool tubs.
January 18, 2016
How far would you go for a good deed? Would you willingly put yourself in an uncomfortable situation for a noble cause? How about a cause dedicated to the Special Olympics Maryland? If you answered positively to any of those questions, the 20th Annual Polar Bear Plunge is all for you.
This year’s plunge will be January 30th from 8am-2pm at Sandy Point State Park, only a few miles and a quick drive away from Holiday Inn Express Annapolis. Participants will jump into the frigid waters of the Chesapeake Bay to raise funds for the worthy organization and the chance to win special prizes along the way. A minimum donation of $75 is required to splash in the Bay, but even if you aren’t feeling particularly courageous, you can still participate in other ways. There will be heated tents available for supporters and spectators along with a food court, live entertainment and carnival amusements. This is a family-friendly event so bring the whole gang!
In appreciation, all plungers will receive a well-earned Polar Plunge sweatshirt for their donations, effort and time.
Then, once you’ve gloated enough about your fearlessness to jump into icy waters, let one of the top hotels in Annapolis warm those bones. Blast the heater, relax in a soothing Whirlpool bubble bath and later take advantage of the exciting things to do in Annapolis!
Remember, members of the military and their families always receive special rates and promotions – simply because we appreciate all that you do.
Book your room today!
December 30, 2015
With only a few days remaining in 2015, it’s time to party! Ring in 2016 the Annapolis way with the city’s annual New Year’s Celebration. The fun starts at 3:00 PM on December 31, 2015 and lasts all the way into the new year! Take a look at some of the best events happening throughout the celebration:
3:00 PM - Annapolis Drum and Bugle Corps “Pied Piper”
3:00 PM - Join Squire Frederick at the Market House Big Tent
3:00 – 7:00 PM - Face Painting
4:30 – 5:00 PM - The Magical Worlds of Jack Julius
5:30 – 6:30 PM – Kid friendly music/dancing and limbo contest
7:30 PM – Fireworks!
7:00 – 9:00 PM – Deejay Scott Hymes hosts dance party
9:00 PM – Radio City Band performs
12:00 AM – FIREWORKS! HAPPY NEW YEAR!
New Year’s Annapolis is a family-friendly event that provides guests with a fun and safe environment for all ages to celebrate New Year’s Eve. As you can see, the event includes live musical entertainment and will feature TWO fireworks displays—an early show for families with young children and a traditional midnight spectacular to ring in 2016.
If you can’t make the daytime festivities, but want a good look at the fireworks show, here are a few places that give you the best seat in the house:
-Susan Campbell Park
-Northeast of the Severn River
-Spa Creek-facing parks
-On a boat in Annapolis Harbor
This year’s New Year’s Annapolis events are completely free, so bring the whole family out for a night of fun and excitement! Happy New Year!
December 22, 2015
The Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman, previously known as the EagleBank Bowl and the Congressional Bowl, kicks off for the eighth time on December 28, 2015 at 2:30pm at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. This year’s game, which features a matchup between the Atlantic Coast Conference and the American Athletic Conference, will pair the Navy Midshipmen (10-2) against the Pittsburgh Panthers (8-4).
The game benefits the United Service Organizations (USO), which provides critical support to deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors, and families of fallen soldiers. The Military Bowl serves as a premier regional with first-rate participants and seeks to generate widespread support for the USO. This year’s Military Bowl will be televised nationally on ESPN.
There are also several Military Bowl events happening this year, including the first ever Military Bowl 5K and a parade! At 8:15am, runners will line up at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium and follow a 3-mile course into downtown Annapolis and back. At 9:00am, the parade will begin at the Annapolis City Dock and make its way up Main Street, around Church Circle, and down Rowe Boulevard en route to the stadium.
Make sure to buy your Military Bowl tickets today and secure your spot at one of the most anticipated games of the post-season!
December 2, 2015
The Navy Band Sea Chanters is the United States Navy’s official chorus. The ensemble performs a variety of music ranging from traditional choral music, including sea chanteys and patriotic fare, to opera, Broadway, and contemporary music. The Sea Chanters chorus is frequently found at the center of our nation’s most important events. At home in Washington, they perform for the president, vice president, and numerous congressional, military, and foreign dignitaries.
On Friday, December 4th, the Sea Chanters will be putting on their annual Holiday Concert presented by the Chesapeake Arts Center. Doors open at 7:30pm and admission is FREE. The concert will feature re-imagined classics like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” as well as French Christmas carols “Bring A Torch” and “Patapan”.
The Sea Chanters are frequently found at the center of our most important national events, including inauguration day in 2009. They have played a vital role in comforting the nation in times of mourning, including appearances at memorials for the astronauts of the space shuttle Columbia and the presidential wreath laying ceremony at the United Airlines flight 93 crash site in Shanksville, PA.
Their Holiday Concert series is just one small part of their vibrant ensemble. Visit Maryland and let the Navy Band Sea Chanters put you in the holiday spirit!
December 1, 2015
One of the most anticipated rivalries in sports history is here! On Saturday, December 12, 2015,
the Army Black Knights and Navy Midshipmen will “declare war” on Lincoln Financial Field when
the 116th Annual Army-Navy Game commences at 11:00pm EST.
The Army-Navy Game is an American college football rivalry like no other. This century-old
game matches the United States Military Academy (USMA) of West Point, New York against the
United States Naval Academy (USNA) of Annapolis, Maryland. The USMA team, the “Army
Black Knights,” and the USNA team, the “Navy Midshipmen,” each represent their services’
oldest officer commissioning sources.
The game, which has come to embody the spirit of the inter-service rivalry of the United States
Armed Forces, marks the end of the college football regular season and the third and final game
of the season’s Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Annapolis is proud to be one of the favorite hotels near the
U.S. Naval Academy. Inspired by the honorable traditions of USNA, we introduce our Tradition
in Service promise — a friendly welcome, clean and quiet Annapolis accommodations, and
exclusive rates for midshipmen and their families.
If you can’t make it to Philadelphia for this year’s Army-Navy game, come stay with us in
Annapolis while visiting your favorite West Point students. There will be dozens of watch parties
all across the city, or you can watch the game from the comfort of your hotel suite when it airs
live on CBS. Plus, when the Navy Midshipmen win, the city will come alive with excitement and
celebration like nothing you’ve ever seen before. You can also pay a visit to the U.S. Naval
Academy campus while you’re here!
We’re proud to offer discounted room rates to USNA midshipmen starting at $99 per night,
which is just another reason why more people choose our Annapolis hotel near the U.S. Naval
December 4, 2014
Annapolis has been selected as Google’s 2014 eCity, claiming the title of digital capital of Maryland as well as state capital. Thanks to its strong online business community, Annapolis was named over last year’s winner, Ocean City.
Google debuted the eCities program in 2013, when they partnered with research firm IPSOS “to analyze the online strength of local businesses in cities and towns across America. Businesses in these communities are embracing the power of the web to find new customers, connect with existing ones and fuel their local economies.1”
Criteria for the award included use of social media, leveraging the digital domain for commerce and online business presence.
“Annapolis serves as a prime example of how innovation and growth in e-commerce can successfully contribute to bolstering economic progress and competitiveness,” said Emma Ogiemwanye, a representative from Google. “Google is proud to recognize Annapolis’s accomplishment and the role it plays in creating Maryland jobs.”
A local Annapolis business, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Annapolis hotel is contributing to this award-winning online business community by demonstrating sound ecommerce practices, actively participating in social media, and utilizing digital strategies for commerce with their Annapolis hotel website. Of hotels in Annapolis, the Holiday Inn Express is proud to contribute to the thriving online digital economy and to the local Annapolis community. Thank you to all of the local businesses whose hard work led to Annapolis receiving this honor from Google.
1 Google – Official Blog “Congratulations to America’s eCities” August 21, 2013
November 14, 2014
The lights, the cheer, friends and family all make the holidays special. Annapolis, Maryland offers magical events each year to kick off your holiday season.
Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade in Annapolis Harbor
Experience the magic of the 32nd annual Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade along the Annapolis Spa Creek waterfront. Boats are illuminated with thousands of sparkling lights and guided through the parade route by jolly crews. The best place to view the parade is from the decks of the Harbor Queen. The yacht is decorated for the holidays, and is open to the public. The admission to watch on the yacht is $5, as well as a canned good to donate to the local food bank. A portion of the admission will also be donated to the food bank.
The yacht is docked in its regular slip at the end of City Dock. Doors open at 5:30pm on December 13. 2014. The parade will end around 8:30pm.
Celebration of Christmas Downtown
The Celebration of Christmas is a spectacular way to celebrate the holidays in Annapolis. The event is held in the Main Theatre of the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, Maryland. This year, you can enjoy holiday readings and carols sung by The Annapolis Chorale & Annapolis Chamber Orchestra, conducted by J. Ernest Green. Special guests at this year’s event are Soprano Marnie Breckenridge and Broadway performer Melissa McGowan.
This year’s event is being held on December 12, 2014. The doors open at 8pm, and the admission is $45.
Annapolis City Tree Lighting
This is one of the most popular celebration during the holidays in Annapolis. This year, your children can enjoy a special appearance by Santa Claus, who will arrive in a horse drawn carriage.
This year’s event is going to be held on November 30, 2014, from 5pm to 8pm., in Market House Hopkins Plaza. This event is free to attend, and is sure to be a great time for all.
The Nutcracker Ballet
The most famous holiday ballet of all time will be performed by the Ballet Theater of Maryland. Sunday performances include a free Sugar Plum Party one hour prior to the performance. This year’s performance is located at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, on December 13, 14, 20, and 21. Tickets can be purchased at here.
Escape to Annapolis for a weekend getaway from D.C. and enjoy a fun-filled weekend of Holiday excitement. After a day of holiday celebrations and Christmas classics, relax at our family-friendly Annapolis hotel. Your stay at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Annapolis includes free on-site parking, free Express Start breakfast bar and internet access. Book our Annapolis shopping package and enjoy even more savings with a $25 gift certificate and VIP Coupon Book to Queenstown Premium Outlets or Arundel Mills mall. Our Annapolis hotel shopping package also includes a late check-out at 1:00 p.m. so you can enjoy the numerous sites and things to do in Annapolis. USNA midshipmen on leave – don’t forget to book our exclusive rates for US Naval Academy midshipmen and their families.
November 5, 2014
Annapolis hotels have a longstanding reputation for providing exceptional customer service. With this world-class tradition at its heart, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Annapolis Hotel is proud to announce the successful completion of its major renovation project ~ and just in time to accommodate winter guests in style during the upcoming holiday season! When it comes to top-of-the-line, guest-centric accommodations, the key decision-makers at Annapolis hotels collaborated with a team of innovative designers to create stunning spaces that ensure your stay in Annapolis is comfortable.
All rooms, along with the hotel’s common-area bathrooms and hallways, have been completely upgraded with new vinyl walls ~ creating a fresh, modern, welcoming look to the popular spaces. While there’s always lots to explore in Annapolis, the renovation has created a truly inviting and comfortable feel to the hotel’s interior so that many overnight travelers and multi-night stay guests will find themselves taking their time relaxing, eating, and catching up on work and movie-watching inside their cozy and comfortable rooms or suites before venturing out to explore the Annapolis area!
New furniture pieces were introduced for all standard rooms while new furnishings for the hotel’s suites are soon to follow. High-speed wireless connectivity allows you to catch up on your social media updates or business emails at no charge. Triple-sheet beds, along with ultra-soft and ultra-firm pillows, guarantee a night of soothing sleep. Hotel renovations also include the addition of state-of-the-art 42″ High-Definition flat screen televisions for all standard rooms and suites. Wind down at the end of the day with a run in the on-site fitness center or by watching your choice of evening entertainment, whether it’s the news or your favorite HBO series on the extensive cable selection.
A Tradition of Customer Service and Comfort in Annapolis
With these upgrades, the Holiday Inn Express Annapolis Hotel team will continue to provide you with the highest level of comfort throughout your stay.
The hotel features 79 guest rooms, with 59 standard rooms and 20 suites. The hotel’s suites also offer plenty of space for groups. Ideal for families, teams and corporate VIPs, the suites feature a mini-bar and generous living area. Whether you’re escaping to Annapolis for a weekend getaway from D.C. or a romantic getaway, you may also select suites offering the luxury of a whirlpool tub. Guests in both standard rooms and suites can make free local phone calls, receive a free morning newspaper, and enjoy the convenience of a mini refrigerator. Other amenities also include a work desk, a coffee and tea maker, as well as an ironing board with an iron and an in-room secure safe.
While many Annapolis hotels offer great rooms, the Holiday Inn Express Annapolis offers the best in terms of rooms, service, and convenience. With the renovations now successfully completed, the Annapolis hotel is even more ready to serve its guests than ever before. Explore special offers and holiday shopping packages at the Holiday Inn Express Annapolis Hotel and book your room today!
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October 31, 2014
Annapolis, MD will host one of America’s most accomplished and beloved classical violinists live in concert in November. Experience the magic of Grammy nominated Jenny Oaks Baker’s artistry as never before at this local concert at Maryland Hall on Friday, November 7 where she will be performing with the Annapolis Chamber Orchestra.
The evening’s performance commences at 7:30pm and will feature live music from the world of film and rock and roll. The program includes movie favorites from The Wizard of Oz, The Mission and classic rock. This Casual Friday performance will also include a Q&A with Jenny after the concert.
Playing the violin since the age of four, Jenny began her solo orchestral debut in 1983 at the age of eight. Going on to receive her Master of Music degree from the renowned Juilliard School in New York City, Jenny has release 12 albums which have sold over a quarter of a million copies since 1998. She earned a Best Pop Instrumental Album Grammy nomination for her album “Wish Upon a Star: A Tribute to the Music of Walt Disney” at the 54th Grammy Awards. Her most recent CD, “Classic: The Rock Album” is topping Billboard charts.
Jenny Oaks Baker boasts live performances at renowned venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Library of Congress. Jenny’s music has been featured on the soundtracks of many films, including Mitch Davis’ new film where her music appears alongside The Killers. Jenny will make her acting debut in “Stuck”, to be released Fall of this year.
Jenny Oaks Baker’s November 7th concert is a benefit for “Our Daily Bread”, an employment center dedicated to improving the lives of people in need by providing resources to help them achieve self-sufficiency through employment.
Don’t forget to book one of the hotels in Annapolis MD and make your Jenny Oaks Baker experience a weekend getaway from D.C. and surrounding areas. After your evening of stimulating music, relax and unwind in one of our spacious guest rooms or suites. Your stay at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Annapolis also includes free on-site parking, free breakfast and internet access. Book our Annapolis shopping package and get a jump on your Holiday shopping with a $25 gift certificate and VIP Coupon Book to Queenstown Premium Outlets or Arundel Mills mall. Our Annapolis hotel shopping package also includes a late check-out at 1:00 p.m. so you can enjoy the numerous sites and things to do in Annapolis. USNA midshipmen – don’t forget to book our exclusive rates for US Naval Academy midshipmen and their families.
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