Cold this morning, but the blue skies and calm winds were too good to pass up. Drove to Annapolis for another Key stop. Will be posting my write up in the next couple of days. Wanted to download some thoughts first.
The better half and I visited Annapolis oh, ten years ago, and enjoyed it, but that was with all the crowds. I had the back streets pretty much to myself today, and even the main drag was not bad.
In addition to the Key spots, I took in a handful of 18th Century homes. Here I had a purposeful stride thanks to Glenn, Publisher of Annapolis Experience Blog. He provided me with a list, perfectly ordered for a walking tour.
Can’t thank Glenn enough. As a lover of older homes, this was a real treat. I confess I did not see all 15, but the following are some of the ones I did.
Hammond-Harwood House – 19 Maryland Avenue
Old Treasury Building At the Maryland State House
Judge Brice House - 195 Prince George Street
William Paca House - 186 Prince George Street
James Brice House - 42 East Street
Sands House – 134 Prince George Street
Upton Scott House – 4 Shipwright Street
Using the old-fashioned method of discovery, a prize was found at “The Annapolis Bookstore” at 35 Maryland. This one includes a nice little café in the back with some great organic coffee from Guatemala.
As far as eats, Miss Shirley’s Café on West Street is beyond the historic district but another great lucky find. Grits in Annapolis? You’re darn tooting, savory and smooth, and a most generous portion.
Guilt gifts can be found at the Museum Store at 77 Main Street. My budget didn’t allow for it but I thumbed through what appears to be the definitive history on the city, “Annapolis, City on the Severn: A History” by Jane W. McWilliams. It gets five stars at Amazon and I can see why. The lady at the shop told me the author spent 10 years working on it.