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Susan Moynihan, Author.
Susan Moynihan


Susan spent her teenage years in Annapolis, when her parents settled here post-Navy career. After graduating from the University of Maryland, she set her sights on New York City, equally entranced by magazines and rock and roll. A chance story assignment to the Caribbean while working at Woman’s Day led her to discovery of travel writing. She spent the next 15 years as a travel editor for Conde Nast and Bonnier Corp., exploring the world from home bases in NYC and Florida before coming home to Annapolis. She writes about travel, food and lifestyle for regional and national outlets, and her book, 100 Things to Do in Annapolis/Eastern Shore Before You Die (Reedy Press), was published in 2019. When she’s not road-tripping around the Bay, Susan is playing her ukulele, volunteering with Annapolis Green, and trying to teach her dog not to be afraid of docks.
Local Faves:

-Old Fox Books & Coffeehouse

-Galway Bay

-Ram’s Head On Stage

Chocoholics Rejoice!

Here’s something sweet to celebrate: the return of the Annapolis Chocolate Binge Festival. Created by the Inner West Street Association (the same team behind the popular First Sunday Arts Festival), the Chocolate Binge Festival takes over the first block of West Street on December 5, in a…

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Leaf Peeping and Wine Sipping

The International Wine Review says Maryland wines are on the rise, and their quality and unique character are attracting new enthusiasts. That isn’t news to these three wineries, which have a loyal following for their wines. Here’s how to enjoy them this fall! A couple walks through the…

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Discover the BWI Brewery Trail

Located midway between Annapolis, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., the BWI area is a great place for exploring. If you’re looking for a reason to roam, check out the BWI Brewery trail, with four great breweries all within a 30-minute drive. Guinness Blonde is Maryland born and brewed! Image…

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Let's Go Music Fest

There’s a new music festival in town, and the buzz is big! Let’s Go! Music Festival is the passion project of John O’Leary, who has been bringing us another favorite Annapolis tradition, the St. Patrick’s Day parade, since 2012. But for this event, he and his co-planning partner Liz Rawlings have…

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Five Essential Cocktails for Summer

Cocktails on the roof of Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge is a must on these balmy summer nights! Image courtesy of Metropolitan. Nothing beats the summer heat like a shady bar and a cool drink. Annapolis has loads of adult libations to choose from, but if you’re looking for ideas, these…

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The Barbecue Scene in Anne Arundel County

Bayside Bull specializes in the 'Maryland Way' of 'cue, Pit Beef! Image courtesy of the author. Maryland is for crabs, and oysters, and rockfish, but not barbecue, right? Wrong. The barbecue scene in Anne Arundel County is small but growing, with devoted fans. We have traditional barbecue…

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Recovery Zones in Annapolis

Drive through downtown Annapolis on a weekend and you can’t miss the white dining tents around Market Square and tables out along Main Street, protected by orange and white barricades. They are all part of the city’s Recovery Zones, which debuted in June 2020 as a way to help restaurants stay…

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The Trophy Room: A Winning Addition to West Street

When the Graduate Annapolis hotel opened in October 2019, it was a welcome addition to our hospitality scene, with creative décor that reflected us well including maritime signal flags behind the reception desk, an atrium filled with vintage ship paintings, and a life-size photo of USNA…

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Get Growing!

April is National Gardening Month, which means it’s a great time to plan your summer garden. Anne Arundel County has loads of resources to help you get started, or up your plant game. Feeling intimidated? You’re not alone. “Most people feel like they have to be a qualified gardener in order to…

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Annapolis by Candlelight Goes Virtual

Annapolis by Candlelight is one of my favorite events of the year. Typically held over a weekend in November, this self-guided stroll run by Historic Annapolis invites you into privately-owned historic homes in the downtown area, over the course of two evenings. Docents are on hand to shed light…

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