Spa Creek Walkabout to Eastport & Return by Water Taxi

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 to Eastport 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.

Our group did a prior version of this event in February to experience the stark beauty of winter scenery along the waterfront. Now we can enjoy the lush green sights of summer and warm weather activity by extending our walkabout to Eastport and Horn Point. Those who want to relax and see a bit of the harbor can return by riding the water taxi up Spa Creek to Acton's Cove Park, which is just a few blocks from Reynolds Tavern. Heartier souls can return on foot by retracing their steps and walking up Main St.  

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 after our event if you don't feel like walking. Very nice.

Walkabout Route

Several of us have explored Spa Creek by kayak enjoying the sights of beautiful homes, impressive yachts, and lovely nautical vistas. Now you'll find out what it looks like from land. Total walking distance is probably 5 miles, but who's counting?

Most people seeing Annapolis rarely venture beyond the stores and restaurants along Main St. and the City Dock area. They're missing some lovely nearby neighborhoods that offer a charming mix of historic homes, newer structures, tiny city parks, tree-lined streets, and abundant water views making 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.

Starting from the Maryland Hall, our SHR group will head towards Spa Creek and follow the shoreline neighborhood streets going all the way to the 6th Street bridge that will take us over to Eastport. The streets generally end up at small waterfront parks, so there are many nice views along the way. 

Exploring the Eastport Waterfront

On the other side of Spa Creek lies the Eastport neighborhood with its variety of maritime businesses and cool streets lined with historic homes. Eastport is on a peninsula framed by Spa Creek and Back Creek a few blocks away. At the tip facing the Chesapeake Bay is Horn Point, one of the many waterfront parks in Annapolis.

Our group will stroll around Eastport to enjoy the views and perhaps rest and refresh ourselves at the Boatyard Grill or Davis' Pub that are popular with the locals.

Return by Water Taxi or Foot

There is a convenient water taxi dock right across Chester Ave. from Davis' Pub. The taxi boat will come pick up groups of three or more people on Back Creek at 15-25 minutes past the hour when phoned at[masked]-0033. The boat goes around Horn Point to City Dock, and then up Spa Creek. It's not a long trip, but it should be fun to get off our feet, relax, and ride back enjoying the sights of Annapolis harbor, the Naval Academy, and all the impressive yachts and homes. You can even grab a drink at Davis' Pub while waiting.

On Spa Creek, the water taxi can stop at Acton Cove for people who want to visit Reynolds Tavern or the shops near Church Circle. For those going directly back to their cars, the taxi can stop at Amos Garrett Park which is just two blocks from the Maryland Hall.

The taxi fare is variable depending on the zone and distance traveled. You should bring cash to pay the captain and expect to pay around $10-15 per person for the trip. Full details are available on the Annapolis water taxi website:

http://cruisesonthebay.com/annapolis-water-taxi/

Afterward at Reynolds Tavern

After our walkabout adventure, those who are interested can head for Reynolds Tavern at Church Circle. Reynolds features the 1747 Pub and a nice outdoor patio with good food and drinks. It's a relaxing place to hang out, and very convenient for returning to the Maryland Hall where our cars are parked. You can either walk one mile back up West St. or catch the free Circulator bus.  

Details below:

http://www.reynoldstavern.org/1747-pub/

Final Details

This event requires decent walking weather. A little rain won't stop us, but I'll send out an email and post a notice here by 9:00 am on Sunday 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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  • Merry

    Great time. I loved meeting so many nice people and enjoyed the beautiful scenery. And I got wonderful exercise to boot.

    August 31

  • Gloria

    I had a great day hanging out with fun people! The water Taxi is a keeper! Thanks Jake for all the fun!

    1 · August 31

  • Jake

    This was a great day walking and sightseeing with a cool group of people. The weather was hot, but the breeze kept things nice. Spa Creek and the neighborhoods were beautiful as usual. This time we got a special treat when one of the residents on Franklin St. invited us to see his waterfront yard and fish ponds. A friendly guy made us feel even more blessed to be enjoying the day. A welcome refreshment break at the Boatyard kept us going to the Davis' Pub where we caught the water taxi back to Spa Creek. What fun!! Then a few of us enjoy a lovely warm happy hour at the outdoor pub at Reynolds Tavern. Thanks to all who attended.

    2 · August 31

    • Gloria

      Happy Hour on Sunday! Jake, add that to your list of "this is why I live in Annapolis"!

      August 31

  • Tammy

    The water taxi was very fun and the driver had good stories to share:)

    August 31

  • Jake

    Today was my first time using the Annapolis water taxi. Lots of fun! I look forward to doing it again at a future event.

    1 · August 31

  • Jake

    Please tag yourself in the photos I posted. We had several new people attend today and I can't be sure to tag you all correctly. Thanks!

    August 31

  • Cindi A.

    Thanks for organizing the walk Jake. Nice group of people to enjoy the day with. I look forward to the dragon boats next week.

    1 · August 31

  • Lee Y.

    A great tour Jake, and fabulous weather. Now I know why they call you the Reverend. Can't wait for the Dragon boats next week. Have a great Labor Day?

    1 · August 31

  • Tammy

    A great afternoon! Thanks Jake for the tour of Annapolis and Eastport and organizing the day :) Gill inviting us to see his fish was an added unexpected bonus! It was fun to meet some new folks as well as chat with familiar faces.

    1 · August 31

  • Bernadette

    Sorry.. guest and I will need to cancel at this time. Will try another time. Thanks for all the information.

    August 31

  • Bernadette

    Only want to do the one-way walk. Is that a 5 mile or a 2 and a half mile walk?

    August 31

  • Paul

    After my sail today, I think I'll pass on the walk tomorrow so I can recharge a little bit, but will try and catch up at the Quiet Waters concert.

    August 30

  • Ted M.

    I may be able to make it. Glass guy is coming between 10 and 12. If he's early, I could get there.

    August 30

  • Ted M.

    Can someone pick me up around falls church? I took a rock thru the rear windshield this evening.

    August 29

  • Jake

    There is also a free concert later on Sunday featuring Naval themed music by the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra at Quiet Waters Park from 5:30-7:00 pm. It's close to Eastport and a beautiful outdoor venue if you decide to go. Our group has attended the past two years, but I'll wait to see how much energy I have after our walk.

    August 29

  • Theresa

    Looking forward to meeting the group, but tied up this weekend. Sounds like a beautiful walk. Next time... Theresa

    August 27

  • Jake

    There are two options for the return trip by water taxi. On Spa Creek, the taxi can stop at Acton Cove for people who want to visit Reynolds Tavern or the shops and restaurants near Church Circle. For those going directly back to their cars, the taxi can stop at Amos Garrett Park which is just two blocks from the Maryland Hall.

    The weather forecast looks good for Sunday. I'll see you then!

    August 27

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