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Can you recommend a good hotel?

If you want a waterfront room, the Annapolis Marriott Waterfront is the only hotel in the heart of
historic downtown Annapolis that faces the water. It’s located at the intersection of St. Mary's
Street and Compromise Street. (Don’t you love that name for a street – “Compromise”?) It’s kind
of pricy, though; expect to spend a minimum of $300 for a water view.

There’s a clutch of historic inns around the State House: The Maryland Inn, the Robert Johnson Inn,
and the Governor Calvert House.

Away from historic center, Annapolis has the usual chains – Best Western, Courtyard, Days Inn,
Extended Stay, Hampton Inn, Homestead, Radisson, Residence Inn, Sheraton

Since the Naval Academy is in Annapolis, I’m guessing that the area is good for boating. Can I get
to Annapolis by boat and use a mooring while I visit?

Annapolis calls itself the "Sailing Capital of the World." It is situated right on the banks of the Severn
River, which feeds into the Chesapeake Bay, which is about 70 miles from the Atlantic Ocean.
Unfortunately, within Annapolis itself, most of the accesses to the river are controlled by private
yacht clubs or private homes. There is a single public ramp on Spa Creek in Truxton Park. (By the
way, “Spa” is an American corruption of the way the English say the nautical term “spar.”)

Anchorage rules are regulated by Title 33: Navigation and Navigable Waters, PART 110—
ANCHORAGE REGULATIONS, Subpart B—Anchorage Grounds. Among other rules, the regs
state “No vessel shall anchor within 100 feet of any wharf, marine railway, or other structure without
the permission of the owner thereof.”


How’s the fishing around Annapolis?

You can find Rockfish, (Striped Bass), Black Drum, Trout, Croaker, Hardhead, Flounder, Spot
and Perch from April through June, and September through November.


Please tell me what Annapolis looks like so I know if I want to spend some time there.

First, Annapolis is geographically small and architecturally short. It is the state capital of Maryland,
and like most state capitals, it is not the biggest city in the state. The town tourist like to visit is
referred to as “Historic Annapolis.” Annapolis has more existing colonial buildings than any other U.
S. city. People were short back then, so most houses are no more than 2 or 3 stories tall. Walking
around the town is like a trip back in time. Everything is small-scale. If you like 1700s architecture,
you’ll love this city.

Annapolis and the surrounding areais chock-full of American colonial history. In 1694, colonial
Maryland's governor, Francis Nicholson, decided to move the capital from St. Mary's City in the
south to a more convenient location. Nicholson named this new seat of power Annapolis—or
"Anne's city," after the then-heir to the Crown. The Maryland State House is the oldest state capitol
still in continuous legislative use.

The main traffic feature of the city’s layout are two roundabouts. One is called Church Circle that
runs around St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, and the other is called State Circle that runs around the
State House. This was a deliberate plan as a way to reinforce the Constitutional notion of the
separation of church and state.


What’s fun in Annapolis?

A fun place to sit to people-watch is what the locals call “Ego Alley” on Annapolis Harbor. Folks
with fancy, expensive boats like to show them off along the public waterway. There are several
waterfront restaurants along the Alley so you can eat and drink while you gawk.

I like taking the water taxi tour of the Annapolis harbor. It takes about 40 minutes and costs $6 per
adult. On foot, you can follow a walking tour or historic sites offered by a commercial company that
I don’t want to mention lest you think I’ve sold out. I’m sure your hotel will have a brochure in the
lobby sponsored by them. On your own, you could just grab the official Visitor’s Guide from the
Visitor’s Center on West Street behind the Church Circle for a map with all the highlights.

In October, Annapolis is host to the National Sailboat Show, followed one week later by the
National Powerboat Show. If you like boats, these are among the best boat shows in the country.

As for fun nightlife, I confess I’m not able to help you because I’m happily married and I stay home
with my significant other. I suggest you hang out at one of the many restaurants or bars and mingle
with the locals. We’re all very friendly here and we often eavesdrop on our dinner neighbor’s
conversations. Don’t be alarmed if a local jumps into your conversation to give you suggestions
about the menu. That’s you’re opening for a conversation about the nightlife.


Can you recommend any good seafood restaurants?

In Annapolis, they’re all good. I’m not being lazy by not giving you names. I can’t favor one over
another because I’ve never had a bad meal in this town. Really.

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