I mentioned that we don’t have any major travel plans this summer. Andre is taking 10 credits from June 12-August 3. He gets three weeks off before starting his fall semester. So… 1) We have a time constraint and 2) Our budget is tight. Summer classes mean more time in class, which ends up being less hours for work. Also, even though we did really good with our budget for Paris, we still went to Paris and that is not so cheap. It will be a good time to save up, and plan a big, fun trip for 2018. We will do little things around Western PA and maybe Ohio, so I will share what we do. 🙂
Back to the road trip…
We didn’t stay in Baltimore too long. We left around 3pm, and made the trip to Annapolis. We checked into the Motel 6 for the night. It was an okay hotel, nothing extravagant. It was clean and quiet, so that is enough to satisfy me. After checking in, we took the quick drive to Sandy Point State Park, and got a nice workout in for the day. It felt good to burn off some more calories before our amazing dinner!
Our dinner… oh my god. I can’t even describe the deliciousness that we had at Boatyard Bar & Grill. We started off with the calamari, which was the best calamari that we ever ate. We both had the famous crab cakes. They advertise as “no filler” and it is true! There is enough filling to give you an amazing taste, but there is so much crab meat. We can never eat crab cakes again after being spoiled there. You need to go there!!
The next day, we started off at breakfast at Chick & Ruth’s Delly. It was packed, but we got seated right away. Beware: the portions are huge and dangerously delicious! I was so full because I didn’t want to waste the tasty food. I had the crab and cheese omelet with potatoes and toast (top photo below). Andre had the jumbo lump crab cake eggs benedict (bottom photo below). Yum, yum, yum! Go there!
Next, we went on a trolley tour with Discover Annapolis. It was a great way to get acquainted with the city and see the historical buildings and homes. They gave a great history of the city.
After the trolley tour, we set off on foot around the beautiful city. I loved Annapolis so much. I love the water, so any city/town on a body of water is appealing to me. Annapolis also has that quaint vibe that I love.
We stopped at the Maryland State House. This is from their website “… is the oldest state capitol still in continuous legislative use and is the only state house ever to have served as the nation’s capitol. The Continental Congress met in the Old Senate Chamber from November 26, 1783, to August 13, 1784. During that time, George Washington came before Congress to resign his commission as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army and the Treaty of Paris was ratified, marking the official end of the Revolutionary War.” It was a self-guided, free tour. Guided tours are available, but I don’t think it is necessary. The building is beautiful, and is full of history.
More walking around followed, Andre’s favorite thing to do (not). We ventured down cobblestone streets and through cute books stores.
We also found the Thurgood Marshall Monument. 🙂
I couldn’t tell you where we ate lunch, or if we even did, but I know we got ice cream at Kilwins Chocolate & Ice Cream. Yumm!!!
Last, we went on a boat ride on the Harbor Queen. Andre hated it, but I enjoyed it. You got great views of the waterfront and the bay.
Next stop… Washington DC!