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!
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.
October 25, 2014
November 15th and 16th is an exciting time in the Annapolis, Maryland area as hundreds of excited young athletes and their families travel to Centreville to take part in the 2014 Fall Brawl Lacrosse tournament. This year’s tournament is promoted by Matt Hogan and Hall of Fame coach of the Chesapeake Bayhawks, Dave Cottle. This year the competition will be heated as more than 100 teams of young men, age nine to 15 take the field.
Each team will compete in three games conducted in a round-robin format. Teams can choose to compete in age or grade-based divisions. Sponsors and Annapolis hotels expect record numbers of young athletes, their families and spectators to attend this year’s event. Come out and support your favorite team and remember to book hotel reservations early. The Annapolis Holiday Inn Express makes it easy to arrange hotel rooms for sports groups and families.
Fall Brawl Lacrosse tournament
The competition takes place at White Marsh Park and Route 18 Park in Centreville, Maryland Saturday November 15 and Sunday November 16, 2014. Matches are expected to begin by 8 a.m. and end by 6 p.m. The playing fields are convenient to quality restaurants, shopping and comfortable Annapolis hotels so you can find everything you need close to the action.
The Holiday Inn Express in Annapolis, just a short drive from the Fall Brawl Lacrosse tournament, offers easy access to the event and affordable group rates for teams and their families. Our hotel is located just off Route 50 and can easily accommodate your entire team. You are sure to enjoy our comfortable spacious suites and amenities. The hotel provides our guests with free high-speed Internet access, free parking and a select number of Whirlpool suites. Make sure to stop by and enjoy our free Holiday Inn Express Start breakfast bar on the way to the tournament.
October 24, 2014
Are you interested in getting your high school lacrosse player in front of college recruiters and college lacrosse coaches? If the answer is yes, then the Ultimate Performance Lacrosse Shootout in Centreville, MD is the must attend lacrosse event of the season for your player. Over 100 collegiate coaches were present at last year’s Ultimate Performance Lacrosse Shootout, making this a major Annapolis area lacrosse tournament and recruiting opportunity for your player dreaming of NCAA lacrosse play.
The Annapolis, Maryland area lacrosse tournament will take place at Central Sod Farms at 920 John Brown Road, Centreville, MD on November 8th and 9th and November 15th and 16th. Teams from near and far will be participating including Annapolis Black Hawks from Annapolis, MD, the official lacrosse team of the state of Texas, Texas United, and Edge Canada.
Players will have plenty of field time as each team will play (3) 60 minute running time games. This lacrosse tournament is for high-school aged players and is a great opportunity for kids to sharpen their techniques in competition against other elite teams and players while showcasing their skills for some of the top college lacrosse coaches in the country.
According to scholarshipstats.com, almost 500 colleges and universities offered scholarships to lacrosse players last year. Make sure your team is fresh and ready for their game with a great night’s sleep, hearty breakfast and short ride to the competition location.
The Holiday Inn Express and Suites Annapolis is just a few minutes from Central Sod Farms, the venue for the 2014 Ultimate Performance Lacrosse Shootout and offers spacious team and family-friendly guestrooms, complimentary breakfast, a well-equipped fitness center, free parking and free WiFi. Our award-winning service team is skilled at handling the unique needs of elite athletes and sports groups.
Of hotels in Annapolis, MD, our group blocks and fan rates make the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Annapolis hotel the best option for your lacrosse team or family. Coaches and exhausted parents will appreciate spacious Jacuzzi suites to relax and unwind after the tournament. Click here to book your Ultimate Performance Lacrosse Shootout hotel reservations or click here to request lacrosse team group block information now.
November 19, 2013
Rams Head On Stage Christmas
This winter is full of jolly and what better way to find your spirit than at a concert conveniently a six minute drive from your hotel. Join The Celts, a band that has been playing around the world for 17 years and are well known for their voluntary, fast and imaginative interaction with their audience. And why pay more for a great time, take advantage of the Manager’ Special and save up to 20% when you book now, the earlier you book the more you save. Don’t miss out this winter, come enjoy dancing, singing, humor, a fusion of Celtic pop rock with Scottish/Irish traditional instruments played with a natural Celtic practice, and overall an incredible experience.
Come to Rams Head on Stage and enjoy the show!
When: December 03, 2013; Time: Tuesday at 8pm
Where: Rams Head on Stage; 33 West St., Annapolis, MD 21401
Online at http://www.ramsheadonstage.com/event/343507-christmas-celts-as-seen-on-annapolis
June 14, 2013
Fireworks and the Fourth of July go together like a glass of lemonade and a hot summer day. The city of Annapolis each year hosts an excellent Independence Day celebration fun for the whole family. Between the parade and the fireworks shows, you’re sure to stay entertained.
City of Annapolis Independence Day Parade
July 4th, 2013
Route: Begins at Amos Garrett Boulevard, right on West Street, around Church Circle, down Main Street, left on Randall Street and ends in front of the Market House.
Immediately following the parade, and just prior to the fireworks display, the Naval Academy’s Concert Band swill perform on City Dock.
City of Annapolis Fireworks
July 4th, 2013
The annual fireworks display is positioned to culminate overlooking the bay. Set up blankets and chairs down by city dock, or go for the alternative and reserve your spot on a bay cruise. Be sure to book the cruise early to ensure a seat. Cruises include light snacks and a cash bar. For more information, please visit this website.
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
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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.
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