Annapolis – we’re enjoying this town! It was about 52-miles up the bay from Solomos Island. At least, that is how far we traveled, because in a sailboat one does not always proceed directly to where one is going. We frequently go back and forth across the water simply because we enjoy it so much.
The city of Annapolis has placed almost 100 moorings in Spa Creek, which is both very convenient for boaters, and should provide a profit due to the $25 per day they charge. This is about double what is normally charged for a mooring in Florida. But, they likely do not make money because they have a boat going around to collect payments rather than letting renters come to the marina office as done in Florida. No one said bureaucracies were perfect.
Annapolis has several very good things going for itself. It has more pre-Revolutionary War buildings than any other colonial city – just remember that Saint Augustine was not located in one of the 13-colonies. Next, Annapolis has the Naval Academy. Third, it has very picturesque waterfront areas with many quaint little homes, businesses, parks and water access. Last, it has an abundance of very fine restaurants and shops within easy walking distance from a good dinghy dock in a very quaint and clean downtown area.
Paula’s favorite restaurant was the Federal House because they had a doggy section in their menu with treats that came from a local doggie boutique.
Overall, this may be the best place yet to hang out on the Chesapeake except that it gets rather expensive because your always wanting to try out another one of the really nice little restaurants.
I also took the historical society’s walking tour, which included the Naval Academy. Paula opted out because they do not allow dogs and we did not want to leave Annie all along on the boat without AC for most of the day.