Dining, Family, Featured

Where to Find True Blue Crab Cakes

Steve Vilnit, the seafood marketing genius at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, is an innovative cheerleader for the Maryland blue crab. Credit Vilnit for initiating the True Blue program, providing restaurants that use the native crustacean with logos to post on their windows. So, if you insist on crab cakes with the distinctive sweet taste and pleasing texture that distinguish the “beautiful swimmers” from their distant relations, “Go for the Blue”.

July 29, 2015 | Mary Lou Baker


Dining, Family, Featured, On the Water

Dinner + Boat = Dinner by Boat

You have a hunger in your belly. You’re out with friends. You’re on a boat somewhere on the Chesapeake Bay. Everything is pointing to your next big adventure: Dinner by boat. Wondering where to dock and dine along the shores of the Chesapeake near Annapolis? There are plenty of great options if you’re lucky enough to be cruising here in the land of pleasant living.

July 28, 2015 | Ann Powell


Arts, Featured

Waves of Creativity on the Chesapeake

We’ve all stared into the blank abyss. Whether it be a sheet of paper, a computer screen, or a canvas staring back at you, we’ve all had our share of creative blocks from time to time. My new favorite solution? Break for fresh air and head to the water with my SUP (stand-up paddle) board! Whenever I need a little sunshine and want to see the local scenery at its best, there is no better place to clear my head and find peace than on a calm, quiet creek. Wildlife, lush flora and fauna, and breathtaking land and seascapes are all you need to gain a fresh outlook

July 17, 2015 | Lindsay Bolin


Dining, Events, Featured, History

Les Folies Brasserie Celebrates the Annapolis-French Connection

Annapolis has a special place in its civic heart for the French. Last month, city dignitaries and throngs of local residents turned out at City Dock to welcome the Hermione—an exact replica of the frigate that brought the Marquis de Lafayette from Rochefort, France to Boston in 1780. Several Annapolis families hosted the French visitors, treating them to dinner at Les Folies, the city’s premier French restaurant. The celebration of the Annapolis-France alliance continues this month with the wildly popular Bastille Day extravaganza at Les Folies Brassserie, to which the public is invited

July 9, 2015 | Mary Lou Baker


Family, Featured, On the Water

Cruising Annapolis—All Aboard!

Whenever I have friends visiting in the summer, the number one “must do” on my list is getting out on the water. It’s all fine and dandy to go downtown, get some ice cream and look at the boats. But isn’t it just a bit of a tease on a hot summer day to watch boats, rather than being on one? Luckily you don’t have to be a sailor or a millionaire to go cruising in Annapolis. All you need is a ticket – for the Woodwind Schooner, or for Watermark Cruises. Both are located close to city dock, and offer a variety of cruises that’ll give visitors the full Annapolis experience.

July 9, 2015 | Shannon Hibberd

Meet The Locals


Meet the Local: Jim Campbell, Chair of the 70th Annapolis Rotary Crab Feast

July 29, 2015 | Elizabeth Heubeck

How does a self-described ‘cheesesteak kind of guy’ from Philadelphia end up in charge of the world’s largest crab feast, ultimately responsible for distributing to upwards of 2,000 people some 340 bushels of crabs, 3,400 ears of corn, 100 gallons of crab soup, 1,800 hot dogs, 150 pounds of beef barbeque, and hundreds of gallons of soft drinks, beer and wine


The Annapolis Collection Gallery Weaves Together Art and History

May 21, 2015 | Patrice Drago

Arts, History

It’s impossible to be anywhere in downtown Annapolis and not feel the history of the town – from colonial times to the more recent history of the 20th century. And there’s nothing more exciting than bringing history to life through art. There are some masterful examples around town. One downtown gallery in particular invites you to step back in time and converse with people of the past – from the very famous to local residents who might otherwise be forgotten

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Coming to Annapolis for Commissioning Week? Where to Meet and Eat

May 14, 2015 | Mary Lou Baker

Dining, Family

Each May, Annapolis gears up to celebrate Commissioning Week at the United States Naval Academy—including yours truly, whose SEAL son graduated a few years ago. Seems like yesterday that family members flew in from San Francisco and Savannah to celebrate his graduation. While many folks rent houses for the week and others stay in hotels or B&Bs, where to meet and eat is an ongoing question for out-of-towners, so here are some suggestions

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Sustainability at the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show

May 12, 2015 | Adam Dahlgard


As the Sailing Capital of the U.S., Annapolis is home to the two largest in-water sailboat shows in the United States: the U.S. Sailboat in October, and the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show in April. Along with the industry’s latest vessels inundating Ego Alley and the Annapolis Harbor at these much-anticipated boat shows come dozens of vendors showcasing every type of cutting-edge, sailboat-related accoutrement you can imagine. Among these, at the 2015 Spring Sailboat Show, included sustainable alternatives to gas-powered outboard motors

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May Day Blooms in Annapolis

April 22, 2015 | Ann Powell

Events, Family

There’s a change in the air in downtown Annapolis. At long last, March winds and April showers are giving way to sunshine, straw hats, and May flowers. Like a long-held secret bursting out, May Day is a beautiful phenomenon in our town, thanks to the traditions of the City’s garden clubs

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An Insider’s Guide to the Annapolis Book Festival

April 17, 2015 | Donna Cole

Events, Family

It’s one day long and it’s jammed packed with books, authors, incredibly interesting panels and activities for the whole family. The selection of used, bargain books is HUGE, but easily browsed based on genre – fiction, non-fiction, children’s, teen’s, travel, cooking, maritime, foreign language and the list goes on. The used books have been collected for the past several months and reflect the diverse interests of our community. The same diversity applies to the new books –for adults and kids.

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Chef Teddy Folkman


April 16, 2015 | Mary Lou Baker


Many a celeb has stayed at the Loews Annapolis Hotel, but nobody has taken up permanent residence – until Theodore Folkman came to town last month. Folkman, a passionate chef and craft beer promoter with impressive culinary creds, is the new co-owner of Baroak Cookhouse and Tap Room at this popular hotel. Spacious and airy, with 153 seats indoors and additional tables (some picnic style) seating 90 on outdoor terraces, its modern décor suggests an upscale tavern.

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May Mart – An Annapolis Tradition for 70 Years

April 9, 2015 | Donna Cole

Best of month, Events

April showers do in fact bring May flowers, and nowhere is that more evident than Annapolis. For seven decades, the Four Rivers Garden Club (FRGC) has held its May Mart, offering Annapolitans a glorious selection of flowers, herbs, plants and, of course, May Day baskets. For those who’ve never been to the May Mart, just outside the doors of the Market House in Downtown Annapolis, here you will find …

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