Welcome to Annapolis, Maryland
Known as America’s Sailing Capital, Annapolis, founded in 1649, is one of the United States’ most storied communities. This beautiful and historic town, tucked neatly into the northwest shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay, shows off its nautical lifestyle. Annapolis, Maryland, set right on the mouth of the Severn River, is also a significant part of the Baltimore-Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area and serves as the State of Maryland’s capital. The United States Naval Academy calls the center of Annapolis home, and the school’s over 5,000 students – called Midshipmen – show folks from outside the city that something special is happening here.
Today, Annapolis attracts all kinds of residents, from those who have a taste for the fine arts, to fine dining, and an active, healthy, lifestyle. There is nothing better than waterfronts in Annapolis and residents and visitors alike enjoy taking full advantage of the historically significant scenery.
Parks and Recreation
The Annapolis area features a multitude of beautifully maintained parks. Most emphasize the rich history of this historic maritime city. With a rich and storied tradition as one of the most influential cities in America, Annapolis is much more than just museums and sailboats. The Maryland State House is the oldest building of its kind still in use today. Daily tours allow locals and visitors to explore this iconic piece of Americana. Annapolis is also a hotbed of acting talent as evidenced by the two popular theaters in the historic district. The Colonial Players’ annual musical version of A Christmas Carol is a local favorite. The Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre puts on three shows during the warmer months.
Annapolis hosts the annual United States Sailboat Show, recognized as the biggest and best show for new, in-water sailboats. This is followed closely by the United States Powerboat Show, the oldest in-water powerboat show in the country.
The variety of shopping and eating options is astounding
Local dining options offer something for everyone. Chick and Ruth’s Delly, known for their excellent sandwiches, old fashioned milk shakes and baked goods; Harry Browne’s offers legendary crab cakes and has won numerous awards and accolades; Middleton Tavern traces its history all the way back to 1750, and has hosted luminaries like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. McGarvey’s has won the Capital and Best of Annapolis reader’s choice winner as Best Bar and Best Raw Bar; Hells Point on the downtown waterfront serves a variety of outstanding seafood; Treaty of Paris operates a boutique hotel and outstanding restaurant.
An epicenter for remarkable shopping opportunities, Annapolis continues to impress with its hip boutiques, quaint local specialty shops, and essential chain stores. Annapolis features the Westfield Mall and the Annapolis Harbour Center is not far away. For the more fashion conscious, venture in to one of the city’s amazing boutiques. For the trendy fashions, check out Madison Boutique or Diva. For fine jewelry, Zachary’s Fine Jewelers at 100 Main Street is the premier jeweler in Annapolis. For American crafts, visit Easy Street Gallery, or for pottery there’s always something interesting at Annapolis Pottery.
Schools, Health, Transportation
In addition to the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis is also home to the historic St. John’s College. A direct descendant of King William’s School, St. John’s has been educating the Annapolis community since 1784. The Anne Arundel County Public Schools system serve Annapolis public school needs, while there are also several private schools for residents to choose from as well. The Annapolis Department of Transportation (ADOT) provides eight different Annapolis routes and also offers several commuter buses to the Baltimore and D.C. areas. Medical needs for Annapolis residents are met by the Anne Arundel Medical center, which is renowned for its in-patient care and patient satisfaction.