Quiet Waters Park
About 15 minutes from downtown Annapolis, Quiet Waters park is perfect for running, biking, taking your puppy for a walk, and just sitting and gazing and the Chesapeake. The park itself is actually quite large, and is a perfect getaway whilst being near a city. Oh, and it was also a perfect opportunity for me to test out my new camera!
My handsome husband acted as my model as I played with my camera. Fortunately, we mostly had the entire beach to ourselves due to the chilly weather. But I can only imagine how many runners, bikers, and puppies fill the park when the weather is nice! Also as a quick disclaimer, you do have to pay to enter the park. The daily entrance fee is $6.00. But, if you are a member of the military (like we are) you can enter for free!
Every time we head to Annapolis, we end up spending most of our day walking around downtown. I mean, how can you not?? It’s so cute and I honestly feel like I’ve gone back in time to a simpler era.
Annapolis is full of a history, which makes wandering the streets so much fun. The most obvious landmark in the town is the Maryland State House. It’s the white and grey steeple that you can see in a few of the pictures above. The state house served as the location of the United States Capitol from 1783 – 1784. This is also the location where the Treaty of Paris was signed, ending the Revolutionary War. I love how much history there is on the east coast! Of course, everyone knows about the history in Washington DC, which is only about an hour south of Annapolis. But, I’m afraid Maryland’s state capital is often overshadowed.
It’s also fun to walk by the Governor’s house, located right behind the State House. It’s a beautiful property!
Finally, another obvious landmark located near the State House is St. Anne’s Parish. The Episcopal church was founded in 1692. It’s definitely worth stopping by to gaze and the steeple up-close, or even take a peek inside at the beautiful stained glass.
We always stop in at our favorite wine shop, Mills Fine Wine and Spirits, to pick out a bottle or two of special wine. Connor caries the bottle of wine around with us – while simultaneously dragging me away from every clothing store we pass. It’s always fun to window shop, but there is always something, somewhere that calls my name. It’s usually a sundress 😉
Oh, and we must always stop for food! Now, Annapolis is home to a pretty well-known restaurant called Chick & Ruth’s Delly. Y’all, there is a reason this place is so popular! It is sooo goood!! You’re definitely missing out if you don’t get the crab cake and/or the chicken and waffles. And definitely splurge on a milkshake! You might want to make a reservation though, because Chick & Ruth’s is almost also packed, especially on the weekends.
If you head down to Annapolis anytime soon, please let me know! I’d love to hear about your trip!