Annapolis Guide 2015

For the past few years, we’ve been drawn to the city of Annapolis for some work and some pleasure. With each passing year we’ve discovered new things to love and enjoy about the city. This year we discovered some new places that are sure to become staples in the years to come and revisited old favorites.

There is a lot to love about the city of Annapolis. As you can see from the photo above its right on the water and there are usually a multitude of boats docked for your viewing pleasure. The style of Annapolis is definitely inspired by its nautical surroundings. People dress preppy yet savvy. You’ll see a lot of seersucker, pastels and nautical print, but there are also a lot of smart, on-trend outfits. It’s a great place to gather style inspiration. I tried my best to fit in my lobster-print shorts.

For dinner the first night, we tried a newer place called Iron Rooster. They serve breakfast all day, which lucky for me included shrimp and grits with poached eggs. Pictured above is the Cakes on Cakes otherwise known as crab cakes served on top of fried green tomatoes served on top of cornmeal pancakes. Amazing!

The second night we tried a restaurant called Vida Taco Bar. We started with Margaritas and Ceviche. Of the tacos, my favorites were the Fried Oyster, Ahi Tuna and Shrimp.We will definitely be going back next year!

There are many fun bars to stop in at night. We love Ram’s Head. This year we tried a bar called Pussers. It’s not the classiest establishment in the bunch, but it’s right on the water and is a lot of fun. 

There is quite a bit of shopping in Annapolis. I always like to run into Lou Lou boutique to browse. That’s where I got my American Flag Scarf. It’s similar to CharmingCharlie because it is organized by theme and color, but I feel like the jewelry has slightly better quality and is more on trend. I always have to stop by Navette Boutique. It’s this very well curated consignment shop with brands like J.Crew and Lilly Pulitzer. It’s essentially like shopping the outfits walking down the streets in Annapolis. I’m super bummed I never got to run into a new boutique called Dear Annie. Looks like they have great stuff.

 The sign in front of Dear Annie Boutique. The place to shop if you are a hippy mermaid.

The Annapolis Bookstore is a must see on the list. It’s incredibly charming with an interesting selection of new and old books.

Annapolis is also very well equipped with antique stores. With all of the historical touches to the city and grand old houses, it’s not surprising that every antique store is filled with treasures.

Shopping and eating are only touching on a few of the things to do in Annapolis. There are a lot of historical tours by land or sea. The Naval Academy is a 2 minute walk from the downtown area. It’s such a beautiful campus right on the water. We always have to stop by to see John Paul Jones’ grave.

Where are you traveling this summer? What are you must see restaurants, shops when you travel?

Annapolis and DC: Travel Notes

This was not my first trip to Annapolis or DC, but this was definitely a trip in which I discovered some great new places. First on the list is Navette, the consignment shop where I bought this lovely J.Crew maxi dress for $16. I feel like the people of Annapolis dress pretty well and I am happy to take their second hand items from the likes of Lilly Pulitzer and Anthropologie.

The gold tassel necklace you see is from Absolutely Fabulous Antiques for $10. Further down on Maryland Avenue is Evergreen Antiques where I found this seashell jewelry holder for $10. Both shops are full of the nautical-themed vintage and antique items I love.

I can’t go to Annapolis without stopping in DC to visit with friends and family and to see the monuments and museums. My sister and I caught a very cool exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery called Dancing the Dream, which featured dancers throughout the generations — from Josephine Baker to Beyonce.

My friend took me to Farmers Fishers Bakers, a great breakfast place on the Potomac right in Georgetown. This was by far one of the best breakfasts I have ever eaten. It was like a gourmet breakfast buffet where the waiters never stop bringing you more food. I can’t say that I’ve ever had sushi and french toast all in one sitting, but I think I could get used to it!

Fall trip: Baltimore

Baltimore has an east coast vibe but the grittiness of a city that has seen hard times. It’s as if someone mixed Cleveland and Norwalk in a blender, and for that I like some of the juxtaposition. A $5 palm reading is in the same shopping center as a Cheesecake Factory. And at the same time, areas like Fells Point with locally-owned seafood restaurants, Irish bars featuring live music, and trendy clothing boutiques seem to prosper, with a younger preppier crowd filling the bars. Here are some photos:

Outfit to and from the airport: (Added the Hunter Wellingtons after the flight), Old Navy jean jacket, Ralph Lauren striped top, Target scarf, H&M skirt, Dooney & Bourke purse (thrifted)

Part of the Inner Harbor flooded while we were there. We went to dinner the first night in Fells Point. Bars and restaurants were having flood sales.

We went to Bertha’s Mussels for delicious mussels cooked in Guinness beer and broiled shrimp and scallops. Here is their ceiling light covered in green bottles.

I visited the Edgar Allen Poe House and Museum as well as his current grave site. Below is where he was originally buried.

I also toured the old U.S. Navy war ship the USS Constellation, which was constructed in 1854. You can walk through all four decks of the boat and see the seaman’s and captain’s quarters.

Weekend recap: Annapolis/DC

I had a great time this past weekend. We stayed in the beautiful and charming city of Annapolis, and by the end of the weekend, we did not want to leave. We went shopping in Georgetown, ate crabs at Cantler’s, saw some of the great monuments in DC, and visited the Naval Academy including a stop at the tomb of John Paul Jones. I also highly recommend listening to the Devil in the White City on audiobook if you are ever traveling. It made the 4-5 hour car ride go by extremely fast.

Travel perspectives: Holiday in Rome

When I think about dream vacations my mind always drifts away to Italy. I always think I would have to visit Rome because of all of the beautiful art, monuments, and buildings. But I also know that Italy has beautiful countryside and coastal towns. So I have a question to all of those traveler’s out there. Which two cities are the most important to visit in Italy and the easiest to accomplish in a small amount of time? Top image: Summer house near Sicily; Bottom photo the Pantheon