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Spa Creek Walkabout - Explore the Scenic Waterfront Steets of Annapolis

This event will take you off the beaten track to experience a side of Annapolis that most people never see. It's an easy walking tour around Spa Creek near downtown that will open your eyes to the wonderful lifestyle which has made Annapolis the center of good living on the Chesapeake Bay for 300 years.

People seeing Annapolis on foot or in their cars rarely venture beyond the many stores and restaurants along Main St. and the City Dock area. As a new resident of Annapolis, I wanted to find out what the old neighborhoods look like between Main St. and Spa Creek. I happily discovered a charming mix of historic homes, newer structures, tiny city parks, tree-lined streets, and abundant water views that make this a perfect place for an afternoon stroll. The pace of life is peaceful, and it's hard to believe downtown Annapolis is just a few blocks away.

Meet Up and Parking

We'll meet in front of the Maryland Hall, which is conveniently situated two blocks from West St. near the Westin Hotel and several good restaurants. It's a converted high school that offers plenty of FREE parking in the adjoining lots. It's the perfect spot to start our adventure. 

Annapolis also has a FREE circulator bus that runs from the Westin Hotel down Main St. to the City Dock area and back. You can flag it down anywhere. The circulator bus will take you back to your car at the Maryland Hall if you don't feel like walking. Very nice...

Walkabout Route

Our Spa Creek walking adventure will explore some pretty waterfront neighborhoods of the Real Annapolis. Total walking distance is probably 4-5 miles, but who's counting?

Many of us have explored Spa Creek by kayak while enjoying sights of the beautiful homes, impressive yachts, and lovely nautical vistas. But what does it all look like on land? Now you'll find out...

Starting from the Maryland Hall, our SHR group will head towards Spa Creek a few blocks away. Once there, we'll follow the shoreline neighborhood streets going all the way up to the 6th Street bridge that crosses over to Eastport. The streets generally end up at small waterfront parks, so there will be many nice views along the way. Winter is a good time to see the stark beauty of the water and shoreline on its own terms. Very invigorating!  

End Prohibition at Dry 85

After our walkabout adventure, we'll be near the City Dock and Main St. restaurants where refreshments and food are readily available. Dry 85 is a good new place that's named for the 85 days it took the District of Columbia to pass its own law that abolished prohibition.

Dry 85 has a welcoming speakeasy theme, a comfy bar area, side booths, and tasty food. It specializes in offering tastings of a wide variety of whiskeys, but also has a nice selection of quality draft beers that's the best I've seen in downtown Annapolis. I've been there a few times and really enjoyed it. Check out Dry 85 below:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/going-out-guide/wp/2013/12/31/dry-85-bringing-bourbon-and-beer-to-downtown-annapolis/

Final Details

This event requires decent walking weather. A little rain and messy weather won't stop us, but I'll send out an email and post a notice here by 10:00 am on Saturday morning if we need to change plans or cancel. You can call Jake at[masked] to find us. I can't always answer my phone at events, but you can try.

I hope to see you there!

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  • Andy M.

    Short walk, friendly people, good way to spend a winter day.

    February 10, 2014

  • Bobbe

    Such a beautiful stroll thru the quaint Spa Creek neighborhoods filled with great conversation and laughs. Another cool discovery was an awesome fun place....Dry 85! You ROCK JAKE! Love discovering Annapolis the Jake Way!

    2 · February 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I missed it. Look forward to future events.

    February 9, 2014

  • Cindy

    Thanks Jake for a fun day walking around Spa Creek looking at beautiful homes. Saw lots of red hearts on the doors and windows, maybe for Valentine's Day or they just loved having us in their neighborhood. The bus ride back was a nice touch, GREAT event!

    February 9, 2014

  • Gloria

    This was such a great idea Jake, and it was a HIT! I absolutely loved wandering around looking at all the beautiful homes while remembering paddling Spa Creek in wonderful warm weather. Next time we paddle it, I will now have the great memory of walking those neighborhoods in the crisp cold. Excellent! I enjoyed Dry 85 and learning about (and tasting) bourbon ;-) Thanks Jake for gathering an excellent group of "cool" people!

    February 9, 2014

  • Peggy

    A fabulous day. Walking around the neighborhoods on Spa Creek was interesting... A definite redo...
    The laughter and friendliness of this group just adds to the FUN . " Refreshments " at Dry 85 , a HOT SPOT in town ended a perfect day. Thank you Jake ! You did it again!

    February 9, 2014

  • Sonja

    The group's enthusiasm made up for the 'chill' in the air! Great group of people for this fun afternoon of viewing 'potential' new homes!

    1 · February 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great time. Cool new place you introduced us to also - thanks, Jake. Patrick

    1 · February 9, 2014

  • Alexandra S M.

    I am so jealous. See you next time

    February 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice, friendly group of people. Jake picked a place that was easy to find, where the group was easy to find. Beautiful city and waterfront parks to tour--hilly with quaint older homes near the bay. I liked the idea of dinner afterwards, but Dry 85 wasn't the best place for such a large group. Food was just ok. Fine for exotic beers or whiskeys for a smaller group.

    1 · February 9, 2014

  • John C

    Hi Jake, Gang. Was glad Susan and I were able to catch up with you guys. Enjoyed walking along streets of Spa Creek. Would have stayed for refreshments but wanted to see the Naval Academy. I love the model ships. Annapolis is a charming town! (or do you call it a city?)

    February 9, 2014

  • Jake

    We were fortunate to have the right weather for a nice winter walk. As always we had FUN because we had a great group of old and new members who know how to enjoy themselves. The Spa Creek walk is a winner that we'll repeat when the weather warms up and all those beautiful big trees turn green. Dry 85 was the perfect place to end up. Thanks to everyone for making it a great day!

    1 · February 9, 2014

  • Jean

    What a gorgeous day and fun walk! SHR kayaked in the area last summer so it was neat to see it from land. Thanks for another fine day!

    February 9, 2014

  • Renee

    Jake - once again great time and great people.

    February 9, 2014

  • Kristy

    Sorry I missed it. Sailed around there as a child. Glad you had fun and stayed warm. Is anyone from this group close to Frederick?

    February 9, 2014

  • Ron

    That was a FUN meetup! I know Spa creek well, have kayaked it often,. Today we had a beautiful day to explore and walk her shore lines and the homes that overlook the water. FUN people, great company and plenty of smiles! Thanks Jake.

    February 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    A great introduction to Annapolis. Thanks for organizing.

    February 8, 2014

  • Bill

    Thanks for letting me crash the event - and for the warm welcomes and acceptance. Great neighborhoods, some I've never seen even after being here 20 years! And a great group of people!

    February 8, 2014

  • kerry

    Beautiful, fun neighborhoods and great water views!

    February 8, 2014

  • Jake

    All you folks fretting about the cold weather need to discover Wild Turkey honey bourbon. It does wonders to warm the body and soul... ;-)

    3 · February 8, 2014

    • Ron

      Wonderful Counselor.

      1 · February 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      That's what I am using for the flu bug

      February 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    My first meet up with the group and I am very impressed. The folks in this group are friendly, outgoing, and full of smiles and laughter. Thank you for making me feel so welcome and one of the group!

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • Alexandra S M.

    I was looking forward to the outing and meeting everyone, but my car is taking a break, waiting for a dealership to take it to the shop. See you next time

    February 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I went to bed looking like Princess Leia & woke up looking like Jabba the hut with an allergy. I'm not sure if I can attend. Thanks for the invited = (

    1 · February 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I came back from a week long business trip with a terrible cold and sore throat. Going to have to sit this one out. My apologies. Have fun!

    February 8, 2014

  • Alexandra S M.

    I was thinking the same, my first meet up and it's going to be freezing tomorrow. I am so tired of winter.

    1 · February 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first outing with this group. Do NOT judge me by how bundled up I will be! I will not be pretty (but I hope to be warm). :)

    1 · February 7, 2014

  • Jean

    Let's bundle up and go for it. Thanks for the weather report!

    February 7, 2014

  • Jake

    The weather forecast on Saturday calls for cloudy skies, little wind, high of 34, and a 70% chance of snow flurries with less than one tenth of an inch accumulation. That's a perfect mid-winter day to experience the beauty of Spa Creek, so our walkabout is definitely a GO. Some light snow flakes will add to the charm.

    2 · February 7, 2014

    • Neal

      Muskrat says snow, no problem, except for leaves tracks...so serpentine criss-cross to confuse enemy !

      2 · February 7, 2014

  • Kristy

    I just spent less than an hour outside in the sun, in Frederick, MD, and it got uncomfortably. It is supposed to be colder on Saturday. I will try not to wimp on this!

    February 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry i will miss this. Forgot about a prior committment.

    February 7, 2014

  • Dottie S.

    I really want to make this. Again, I have family in town. My great nephew who attends Virginia Military is playing Navy in Lacrosse and also celebrating one of the Midshipman's birthday on Sat. Hope to make it!

    February 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I live in Alexandria, near the Wilson bridge. Does any one want to share a ride? I can drive if needed.

    February 7, 2014

  • Tonie D.

    Any member is going from Arlington or Falls church. I can drive /carpooling .
    Gloria, if no answer from anyone .........
    Can we meet at the same place at anytime .

    February 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am going to bring the hubby and daughter.

    January 21, 2014

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