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...
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:
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!