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Annapolis Day Trip

September 08, 2015

When my parents told me a few weeks before my birthday that they decided to come up and visit me I was thrilled. A few minutes later I started to worry about what new places I could take them to on this trip to DC. Even before my move to DC my parents have been to the city many times since their first visit for Clinton's inauguration in 1992 and many of my dad's work conferences in the following years. So they have seen all the major tourist sites and I wanted to take them somewhere new for this upcoming visit.  The husband and I had not yet visited Annapolis in Maryland despite it being only a 45 minute drive from the city. So we all decided to grab a birthday seafood lunch in Annapolis and have ourselves a relaxing day trip.

I researched local seafood restaurants in the area and found great reviews for Boatyard Grill and Bar near the marina. Maryland is known for its crab cakes and this place didn't disappoint. The motto on the menu was no filler, all killer crab cakes and it held up to those words.

After our delicious lunch we walked into the quaint downtown area to window shop and explore. We stumbled upon the Kunta Kinte- Alex Haley memorial that pays tribute to the enslaved Africans who come to the United States.  It is definitely a unique memorial right in the middle of Annapolis.

We also strolled along the State Capital grounds which was founded in 1649 and is drenched in historical charm. I enjoyed being close to the water for a few hours and the energy is much more laid back than the hustle of DC.


  1. What a fun time! Glad you got to see your parents and came up with some fun things to do. I always worry too about "entertaining" but really as long as you are together it's all good.

  2. The crab cake looks so good! I miss a good MD crab cake. My grandmother (before she passed) lived in Annapolis. It's a nice city.