Second day, life was a bit easier with the time difference slowly wearing off on us. We didn’t waste any time. We woke up, got ready, had breakfast and headed to Annapolis. The drive was about 30-40 min. which was the same distance as driving to Alexandria but, heading east from Maryland.
Annapolis is Maryland’s capital city located on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. It is known as America’s Sailing Capital and plenty of seafood restaurants (and just about anything) to eat your heart out.
We arrived around lunch time and found the town very compact with lots to see and quite crowded. Unlike the quiet and more subdued Alexandria, Annapolis is more touristy.
Coming here you’ll have to get ready for the crowd. There are plenty of parking garages but, we preferred parking in one of the garages nearby away from the center. However, don’t let that deter you from visiting. Annapolis remains “one of the most intact and authentic colonial towns in the entire nation.” Everything is in walking distance and you’ll find lots of boutique shops, pubs, bakeries, galleries and restaurants. If you like water, this is the place to be.
For lunch, we settled on Middleton Tavern (a historic tavern) as they accommodated our large group in the middle of rush hour. The staff were friendly, attentive and provided a fair service. I knew there were mix reviews about the food coming in to this restaurant. However, if you like seafood, this is a good choice.
We ordered a couple of appetizers from calamari to oysters and they were all gone within minutes. Maybe it was the combination of hunger and the food being tasty but, we had to re-order the appetizers. I particularly liked the calamari but, the oysters were dipped in butter mixed in something that was just very good. I’m salivating now as I am writing this description.
After lunch we roamed around a bit to lessen the load on our full stomachs then, headed home.