April 25, 2016
Couples, singles, friends and parents, we’ve got an exciting new event for you! If you’ve grown tired of the same old dinner-and-a-movie date night, shopping trip with your girlfriends or taking the kids to the park, keep reading! We’d like to introduce to you Wine & Design, an expressive and fun activity for all!
Wine & Design is located in Historic Annapolis and provides everything you need to enjoy the evening! Purchase your drink of choice from their selection of beer and wine then choose which painting you’d like to conquer. The studio offers classes every week, so all you have to do is find the one you’re interested in and get ready to sip, stroke and smile – oh, and to completely immerse yourself in creativity.
And why end the night just because you’ve finished your masterpiece? The fun doesn’t have to stop there, people. Book a room at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Annapolis, and let us pamper you! We offer special military hotel rates, relaxing Whirlpool tubs, and we’re within walking distance to the best restaurants in Annapolis!
Like Wine & Design, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Annapolis has something special to offer everyone. Reserve your class, reserve your room, and get ready to experience Annapolis!
April 18, 2016
The sun is shining, the water is sparkling, and Spring is here. Sailors, you know what this means, right? Of course you do! It means that it’s time you polish and shine that beauty of yours so it stands out amidst the 100+ boats to be featured in this year’s Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show! This is the show’s fifth year in the city, and it’s open for veterans, beginners and everyone in between. You’ll see catamarans, monohulls, racing boats, family cruisers, day sailors and even inflatables out on the water. Participants will also have the opportunity to shop the latest and greatest in marine equipment, accessories and clothing.
But if you’d rather simply enjoy the sights instead, there will also be live music, food and drink tastings. The Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show will be at the City Dock April 22nd – April 24th. Tickets range from $12-$19, and all children under 12 are admitted free.
For those traveling to the city and looking for things to do in Annapolis after the show, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Annapolis can help you make it a trip you won’t forget. Our hotel is located near Chesapeake Bay and the best coastal seafood you can find. Or if you’ve had enough water for the day, we’re also just a few miles from the city’s best steak, Chinese and Latin cuisine.
And remember, we always offer special military hotel rates for those serving for our country. Book today!
April 11, 2016
If you happen to be one of those people who’d rather snuggle up with a book than the TV remote, we’ve got something good for you! Held at the Key School, a progressive institution that teaches students from Pre-K to Grade 12, the 14th Annual Annapolis Book Festival is coming back to the city. On Saturday, April 16th from 10am to 4pm, people from all over the community are invited to engross themselves in knowledge.
Here’s a bit of what they have planned:
A Few Featured Authors:
Diane Rehm, host of the “Diane Rehm Show” and author of On My Own where she chronicles the death of her late husband John to Parkinson’s disease.
Amy Ellis Nutt, science writer and winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for her feature article “The Wreck of the Lady Mary.”
Seton Rossini, award-wining designer and former director at Food & Wine magazine. Her cookbook Sweet Envy: Deceptively Easy Desserts, Designed to Steal the Show was published in 2015.
Star Trek vs Star Wars Trivia (Manse Stage, 3pm) May the best intergalactic team win. Prizes are donated by Third Eye Comics.
Shakespeare Karoake (Manse Stage 11am) This is your moment! Forget the bathroom mirror. You can perform that perfected monologue for the world to see! Props and plays available.
The A to Z Guide to Jobs for Girls (1pm) Live reading and book signing by author Charles C Dowd. This book teaches young girls to aspire to any career they choose – especially the ones not traditionally created for women.
Books, Books and More Books!
There will be a wide selection of both new and used books available for purchase for all ages!
And if you’re in the mood to make it a weekend event, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Annapolis is here to make sure it’s everything your heart desires. We’re a short drive away from the Key School and close to the best Annapolis has to offer.
The Chesapeake Bay, U.S. Naval Academy and a plethora of dining establishments are nearby, making us the perfect Annapolis hotel near downtown. With our free Wi-Fi and breakfast and affordable hotel rates, you seriously don’t have to look any further.
Book your room and get ready to dig in to a whole new world at the Annapolis Book Fair!
March 28, 2016
The University of Maryland is holding a one-day open house extravaganza for all of the state to enjoy! On Saturday, April 30th from 10am-4pm, Maryland Day will take over the campus with interactive events, food and performances. There will be six different “learning neighborhoods” across campus for people to visit based on their personal interests. There will be Terp Town, Ag Day Avenue, Arts & Design Place, Biz & Society Hill, Sports & Rec Row and Science & Tech Way. Each “learning neighborhood” will showcase respective talents and demonstrations based on the subject. Fun fact: Ag Day has been an annual university event since 1924!
Everyone from current students and alumni to prospective students and families are invited to attend to the historic event. With this being its 18th year and having accumulated 75,000 visitors over time, it’s safe to say the Maryland community and beyond has rightfully taken advantage of an opportunity to get to know its state university. If you aren’t part of that number, what’s stopping you?
You can make it a weekend getaway! Learn about one of Maryland’s top institutions and later enjoy the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay. Our Maryland hotel is located near the coast, giving you access to all the exploring and/or relaxing you need. The Holiday Inn Express Annapolis is also close to the best Maryland seafood like top restaurants Carrol’s Creek and the Chart House. Can’t you hear those crab cakes calling your name?!
Book your room today and get ready to enjoy exactly what Maryland has to offer!
March 21, 2016
To the lovers of all things cinematic, get ready for the Annapolis Film Festival coming to downtown Annapolis March 31st to April 3rd! The festival will feature more than 70 films, industry panels and Q&As, showcases, and of course, parties – all in the 4-day span.
Opening Night will be held in Mitscher Hall on the grounds of the US Naval Academy. Access is limited and all attendees must present valid ID to enter. Remember, no weapons or oversized bags are permitted.
Here’s some of the exciting line-up:
“The Bad Kids” by Keith Fulton and Lou Pepe
“City of Trees” by Brandon Kramer
“Missing People” by David Shapiro
“Driving While Black” by Paul Sapiano
“I Dream Too Much” by Katie Cokinos
“Take Me To The River” by Matt Sobel
“Freak The Language” by Sam Hampton
“The Journey To Come” by Maurice Taylor
“Ocean Stories: Greg Stone” by Patrick Creadon
“Actor Seeks Role” by Michael Tyburksi
“ALX” by Collins Harris
“Dwell Time” by Anak Rabanal
Student Shorts Showcase
“Fools For Gold” by Brian Brooks II
“Tiny Town” by Howard Cook
“In The Path of My Father” by RaSeph Wright and Paulina Suira
Festival facilitators urge attendees to give themselves plenty of time to navigate the screenings. Although the venues are close enough in distance to walk, there will also be a complimentary Annapolis Circulator trolley available. Also, seating is on a first-come first-served basis, and it’s suggested to arrive at least 20 minutes ahead of starting time.
For those traveling to the city for the festival and looking for the perfect hotel near downtown Annapolis, look no further! The Holiday Inn Express Annapolis is close to the area and offers a very comfortable stay with free breakfast, Wi-Fi and relaxing Whirlpool tubs. If you’re part of a group of passionate film lovers, we also offer accommodating Annapolis suites that’ll satisfy every need!
For more information and to purchase tickets, which are on sale now by the way, visit the festival site here.
March 2, 2016
For those of you who love to celebrate Irish culture and holidays like St. Patrick’s Day, Annapolis has quite a plan for you! From March 5th to the 17th, the city is hosting Irish Week with different festivities spread all across the downtown area.
The city has several events lined up including a Kick-Off party at the Loews Annapolis Hotel with an opening ceremony gala dinner, the Shamrock Bar Crawl, History Dinner at Galway Bay and both an Irish Coffee and Perfect Pint competition, just to name a few! There will also be a St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 6th at 1pm. The parade will begin at West Street then around Church Circle and down Main Street and then end at City Dock. All proceeds for the parade will benefit Warrior Events and The Burn Funds of DC and Baltimore.
For those of Irish descent or those who simply love donning green and having a good time every March, be sure to come out and take full advantage of all that the city has organized in celebration!
For those traveling from out of town for the week, rest assured that we’re the perfect Annapolis hotel. Holiday Inn Express Annapolis is located only a few miles from downtown, putting us close enough to the action that if you need to retreat for a good power nap to re-group, we’re only a short distance away. We offer accommodating amenities like free Wi-Fi, complimentary hot breakfast and relaxing Whirlpool tubs. And remember, we always offer great hotel deals and rates to members of the military and their families.
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!
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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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