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Annapolis: A Colonial Jewel Box

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A September 2006 trip to Annapolis by moatway

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Annapolis: A Colonial Jewel Box

Overview

Maryland State House Photo, Annapolis, Maryland
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Some time in the 1950’s, a number of influential citizens of Annapolis decided that their historic capital city shouldn’t fall victim to developers. As a consequence, Historic Annapolis, with its tree-lined brick streets and human dimensions, was preserved for the delight of us all. It is, perhaps, the most attractive state capital in the union. The city core is compact and very walkable.My only regret is that we had so little time in Annapolis. The city merits an exploration of a couple of days, for there is much to see. We were able to visit the William Paca House (1765) and its garden as well as the Maryland State House (1779), and both deserve your attention, but we had to pass on the ...Read More
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Everything I like about a motel; everything I hate about a motel. I think that I must be seriously conflicted! I am… and part of it was through the reservation process. I made my reservations through my favourite website a month and a half before I arrived, asking for a king bed/non-smoking room. This was the first time that I’ve encountered a problem; I was told that I could have king bed smoking or the two double beds non-smoking to which I was assigned. I settled for the latter. I was given, however, the choice of first or second floor and I chose first rather than haul the luggage up the stairs. (This motel features two floors, exterior corridors and no elevators.) As it turned out, every footstep...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 29, 2006

Best Western Annapolis
2520 Riva Road
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
(410) 224-2800

Jalopeno's

Restaurant

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Don’t let the strip-mall facade in the Forest Plaza (On Forest just off Riva Road) fool you; had AAA not given it 3 diamonds, we would have passed it by for one of the many chain representatives in the area… Chili’s, Ruby Tuesday’s and TGI Friday’s, to name a few, none of which could compare to Jalopeno’s. I advise reservations for one does not want to be offered the table in the bar area at the entrance; the restaurant is extremely busy, and as a consequence, somewhat noisy, but you’ll enjoy the décor – all a bit faux, but very pleasant – arches, columns, murals, soft colours and a fireplace separating the two eating areas. You’ll also enjoy the friendly, efficient service and the number ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 29, 2006

Jalopeno's
85 Forest Drive
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
(410) 266-7580

William Paca House and Garden

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Attraction | "The William Paca House"

William Paca House and Garden Photo, Annapolis, Maryland
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Reminiscent of a Georgian-style English country villa, the Paca house was begun in 1763. William Paca had been educated in Philadelphia and trained as a lawyer in Annapolis. His marriage to the wealthy Mary Chew, at age 23, allowed him the money to build an imposing brick house in five parts… a central block flanked by one-story passages leading to a pair of two-story wings.Paca, who would eventually become one of Maryland’s signers of the Declaration of Independence, a state delegate to the first two Continental Congresses, a senator, and a judge, would hold on to the house only until 1780. After that, it would pass through many hands. The most remarkable change to the house took place...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 29, 2006

William Paca House and Garden
186 Prince George Street
Annapolis, Maryland
(410) 263-5553

Maryland State House

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Attraction

Maryland State House Photo, Annapolis, Maryland
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Finished in 1779, the Maryland State House is the oldest statehouse in continuous legislative use in the United States. At one time, it housed the Continental Congress and served as the nation’s capital. Over the centuries, it has changed, most noticeably in the dome (1788), the largest wooden dome in the country. The Colonial Revival section of the house, with its Italian marble, was added in the early 20th century. The visitor passes through the usual security checkpoint into the main hall of the first floor. The first stop should be at the visitor’s information area on the right… an informative brochure is available for self-guided tours while guided tours are offered at 11am and 3pm. The clos...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 29, 2006

Maryland State House
100 State Circle
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
(410) 974-3400

Saint Anne's Church

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Attraction

Saint Anne's Church Photo, Annapolis, Maryland
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Saint Anne’s Church is in Church Circle, just up School Street from the State Capital. It is actually the third church built on this site, a brick building in the Romanesque Revival style (1859).Open daily at 8am, it presents a nice display of stained glass on the walls of a three nave church. In the semi-circle of the chancel, small Romanesque stained-glass windows sit under a ceiling painted to represent heaven. Below, there is an attractive wooden altar piece that was carved by Maryland artist, W.H. Rinehart.While the pews that occupy the central nave and the side aisles are attractive, dark wood, it is the kneelers that are worthy of note. Each is uniquely embroidered, many o...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 29, 2006

Saint Anne's Church
199 Duke of Gloucester Street
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
(410) 267-9333