We had a whirlwind long weekend in Annapolis! We were there for a family wedding and wanted to take full advantage of our short stay since it was our first time in Maryland, let alone Annapolis.
Ryan and I got a humble glimpse at what life and parenting with two kiddos would be like as we traveled not only with Q, but with our 4 year old niece. We are going to need some practice…and maybe more time before we move to man-to-man coverage, as we like to call it.
Once we settled in, we were ready explore the city. We always stay at Marriot’s and their customer service is impeccable, so before exploring any city, we like to ask the staff some of their favorite must-sees in their own city. One of the recommendations was Pusser’s Caribbean Grille, a delicious local gem whose fresh seafood did not disappoint.
Helpful hint when traveling on a budget: do your research ahead of time. You can often sign up for e-mails at the restaurant of your choice in exchange for free or discounted food. We happened to be just in time to enjoy happy hour so we tasted some local brews and decided that we couldn’t chose just one appetizer, so we split 3 of the 1/2 price appetizers rather than ordering our own entrees…another fun, but somewhat unintentional way that we saved money!
The girls overheard the receptionist at our hotel say “ice cream” while recommending places, so our after dinner stop was determined and I wasn’t mad about it! We indulged in the local ice cream at Storm Bros. Ice Cream Factory. It is a small by charming shop lined with brick to match the character of the city, along with dozens of delicious flavors to chose from.
Saturday morning we decided to check out a local favorite Chick & Ruth’s Delly, featured on Man vs. Food. We were pleasantly surprised when we got to witness and take part in one of the traditions that helped to make them famous- the Pledge of Allegiance. It is recited every week day at 8:30 and on weekends at 9:30. The Naval Academy brings service men and women from across the country to Annapolis; thus even as we stood and honored a timeless tradition, we were surrounded by those that had or were actively serving our country. What a special experience not only for us, but for the girls as well.
After we carbo loaded we walked to the Naval Academy. I was a proud Mama/ Aunt, thinking about what an outstanding learning experience this would be! However, the humidity quickly got the best of all of us. After many complaints, once on base we did a quick walk around and headed straight for the air-conditioned museum. Again, great idea in theory until I realized we now had a toddler and a 4 year old in a building full of historical breakables. It was fun while it lasted though and I have no doubt that one day we will go back and it really will be a great learning opportunity!
The Wedding was held at a local Catholic church with the reception to follow at the gorgeous Annapolis Waterfront Hotel. We were nervous about keeping the girls entertained and behaved during the wedding but when in doubt…food!
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Though we drove almost 16 hours roundtrip (with stops), it was well worth the trek. We saw so many people that we loved and discovered an amazing city in the process. Annapolis, we will be back some day to discover more of your charm and delicious seafood!
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