Blogs on Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay

Want to know more about Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay? Walk down our streets and you'll bump into area residents and small business owners who are happy to give you the inside scoop on their favorite places, pastimes, insider secrets, and bargains. To make it easier for you, we've recruited some of these same individuals to share their thoughts and insights with you through blogs. Be sure to check in regularly for their take on upcoming events, family-friendly activities, sustainable practices, fashion trends, Annapolis and Chesapeake Bay history, outdoor recreation, and so much more. They welcome your feedback. If there's a new topic you'd like our bloggers to pursue, let us know. Better yet, if you like to write and would like to be considered as a blogger for our site, contact Elizabeth Heubeck.

Learn to Prepare a Holiday Feast at A Cook’s Café

Posted on December 4, 2014 at 11:01AM | Posted by Mary Lou Baker, food and travel writer Related Categories: Dining Events Family Friendly

Chesapeake School of CookingChef Craig Sewall owns A Cook’s Café, one of our town’s “best kept secrets.”  Tucked into a strip mall across from the Westfield Mall (911 Commerce St., Annapolis), this little food-centric oasis is a favorite of locals who come for the café’s homemade soups, salads and sandwiches.  The homey space is scattered with cookbooks and magazines – there for the browsing while you eat-in or wait for take-out.  For some serious culinary inspiration during the holiday season, Chef Sewall is offering two cooking classes featuring festive dinner menus.

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Get a move on it... Holiday Shopping that is!

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 10:32AM | Posted by Michele Deckman, Stylist, consultant and fashionista Related Categories: Events Shopping

The holiday shopping season is now in full swing. To give the best gifts, avoid stress and not blow your budget to smithereens, I have comprised a list of must visit shops in and around Annapolis with item suggestions for everyone on your list, but you need to grab them while you can! Many of them have websites for those of you not ‘indigenous’ to this area.

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Visions of Sugar Plum Fairies Dancing in Our Heads

Posted on November 16, 2014 at 9:49PM | Posted by Donna Cole, Owner of Annapolis Creative Related Categories: Arts & Culture Events Family Friendly Music Scene

There’s something very special about to happen in the area that you should know about.

For those not aware, Nutcracker season is quickly approaching. And like many professional ballet companies worldwide, the Ballet Theatre of Maryland (BTM), which happens to be the state’s only fully professional ballet company, is in the midst of preparations to once again bring Clara’s dream alive.

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Local Treats for the Foodie on your Holiday Shopping List

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 10:25AM | Posted by Mary Lou Baker, food and travel writer Related Categories: Dining Family Friendly Shopping

Don’t look now, but the holidays are fast approaching. Time to think of sweet and savory treats for friends and family – with some “selfies” along the way. So put your nose in the air and come along as we sniff out some special bakeries and gourmet markets in Maryland’s capital city and environs.

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Wheat, a Gem of a Children’s Store in Annapolis

Posted on October 31, 2014 at 3:34PM | Posted by Tara Bandes, Tara Bandes Photography Related Categories: Family Friendly Shopping

Calling all fashion-forward parents, grandparents and anyone else in search of adorable, quality clothing for kids this holiday season! Have you been to Wheat? If not, stop what you're doing and go there now. Like, right now.

I am absolutely crazy about this clothing line! It's comfort meets chic with a European flair. This Danish-made clothing line was brought to the United States about four years ago when Wahib Wahba, the owner of the Wheat Store USA, was traveling for business and stumbled upon the children's clothing line at an airport in Denmark. 

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Fall Family Fun in and around Annapolis

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 9:40AM | Posted by Stacy Meadows, Annapolitan Mom & Photographer Related Categories: Family Friendly Outdoors Pet Friendly History & Heritage

In our house, we love the festivities associated with fall. While my boys delight in the spooky and surprising elements of Halloween, I prefer the jewel tones of mums, silly carved Jack-o-lanterns, and make-your-own scarecrows. We're fortunate to live in Anne Arundel County, where an array of autumn festivals suits the whole family's idea of fall fun.

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Take a Haunted Tour of Historic Annapolis

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 9:05AM | Posted by Adam Dalghard, Freelance writer Related Categories: Events Family Friendly History & Heritage

Instead of doing the usual American Halloween rituals this year – walking a haunted trail or watching horror movies – I opted to join Watermark’s Historic Ghost Walk in downtown Annapolis. I’m not one to actively search for a way to scare myself in celebration of All Hallow’s Eve, but I do love history, so I figured I’d hop on the tour and learn a little about Annapolis. Seeing that the city’s history spans over 350 years, it comes as no surprise that many believe the brick-laden streets, tight alleyways, and centuries-old buildings are occupied by more than merely the souls of the living.

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Celebrate an Authentic Oktoberfest at Annapolis area’s The Old Stein Inn

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 11:32PM | Posted by Mary Lou Baker, food and travel writer Related Categories: Arts & Culture Events Family Friendly

October is a magical month for the million Maryland residents of German descent, and anyone else looking for a reason to celebrate. Launched in 1810 by fun-loving Bavarians, Ocktoberfest is a 16-day festival in Munich that has evolved into the world's largest fair-and the inspiration for similar celebrations elsewhere. The Annapolis area is home to an authentic German restaurant that rolls out the barrel every fall.

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Mark your Calendar for Annapolis Fringe Festival 2014, an Event to Remember

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 1:22PM | Posted by Patrice Drago, Artist, writer, customer service enthusiast Related Categories: Arts & Culture Events Family Friendly Music Scene Outdoors

If you like festivities and excitement, then Saturday, October 4 is the day for you to come to historic West Street Annapolis. From 4 p.m. to midnight on October 4, historic West Street will come to life, celebrating the city’s fourth Annapolis Fringe Festival. Inspired by the famous Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the Annapolis Fringe Festival 2014 is a low-cost, wildly fun one-day event of uncensored live performances by artists who push the boundaries, in the streets and hottest venues of Annapolis, Maryland. It’s an eclectic mix of music, dance, art and theatre.

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Renaissance Festival: Fantastical Fun for the Whole Family

Posted on September 20, 2014 at 8:49AM | Posted by Stacy Meadows, Annapolitan Mom & Photographer Related Categories: Arts & Culture Events Family Friendly History & Heritage Outdoors

Just outside of Annapolis in Crownsville, MD. there is a magical place, a transformed fairground, where adults and children alike can lose themselves in year 1521. As I walked with my children through the ticket gates into the Revel Grove of Oxfordshire, England, one of my boys commented: It’s like we’re traveling through a time machine.

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