Come along as I guide you through some of the best things to do in Anne Arundel County a truly extraordinary destination that deserves to be on your travel bucket list.
Soak Up the Sun at Sandy Point State Park
Oh, the joyous memories I have at Sandy Point State Park.
It's not just a park; it's my sanctuary, where I go to unwind, soak up the sun, and simply enjoy the great outdoors.
Trust me, the breathtaking views of the Sandy Point Shoal Light and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge are just the cherry on the top.
My children and I have spent countless hours here.
The best part?
It's only $5 per adult.
The park is equipped with food vendors, bathrooms, and ample parking.
There are even outdoor showers to rinse off the sand before heading home.
And let me tell you, the bathrooms are surprisingly clean.
Trust me, I was expecting a wet floor and a rather unpleasant smell, but it was the exact opposite.
On a typical day, Sandy Point State Park can get a little crowded, but it's all part of the charm.
The sand is a beautiful shade of yellow-brown, and the sea teems with jellyfish during the season.
I've seen a few people get startled by them, but there's always a warning upon arrival.
I appreciate that.
And if you're planning a picnic, they have plenty of tables.
Just remember to bring a tent or umbrella for shade.
And for those of you who love being active, you can launch your own craft, go fishing, or even take a hike around the park.
Oh, and here's a pro tip from me to you: try to reach early in the morning.
The beach is less crowded, and you get to enjoy the serene sunrise over the Chesapeake Bay.
Have a Team-Building at DodgeBow Annapolis Games & Events
Last week, I decided to take my team from work as a sort of team-building exercise.
What transpired was an evening filled with laughter, fun, and a bit of friendly competition.
The staff, especially a gentleman named Louben, was absolutely brilliant at coordinating the whole event.
He ensured that things moved along smoothly without a hitch.
But it wasn't just my team that fell in love with the place.
Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of hosting my little one's 8th birthday party at DodgeBow Annapolis Games & Events.
It was a hit with both the kids and the adults.
Louben once again showed his amazing knack for keeping the children entertained and expertly timed every activity, from the games to the pizza party.
Scheduling the event was a breeze, with Louben being exceptionally flexible and responsive.
His communication was clear and consistent, ensuring that we were prepared for everything on the day of the party.
The arrangements for food were perfect, and they even provided a cart for transporting things to and from the car park.
The Annapolis Hawks 2030 team also spent a Monday night here for a team bonding event, and they had a phenomenal time!
The boys absolutely loved it!
I know I'll definitely be back.
As a resident of Annapolis, I urge everyone in the area to check out DodgeBow.
It's a fun, exciting way to spend an evening, whether you're a team of adults or a group of kids.
Unleash Your Inner Warrior at Chill Axes
Sometimes, you have to let your hair down and give in to your primal instincts.
For me, that usually ends up being a night out at Chill Axes.
There's something incredibly satisfying about hurling a piece of steel towards a wooden target.
It's not just the adrenaline rush, it's the camaraderie, the music, the vibe – they've got all the right ingredients to shake off a tiring week.
I still remember my first visit there; it was quite nerve-wracking.
The thought of throwing axes was intimidating.
But, the moment I stepped inside, all my fears vanished.
The staff at Chill Axes put me at ease instantly.
They are not just friendly but also well-trained, ensuring you understand all the safety protocols before you can start launching axes.
They gave a quick lesson on how to hold and throw the axes; it was very informative.
Once you get the hang of it, it feels amazing!
I've been there three times already, and each visit has been memorable.
The music always sets the mood, and the flexibility they offer is commendable.
I once had to reschedule at the last minute, and they were extremely accommodating.
Chill Axes also made for a fantastic party venue when I hosted my husband's birthday there.
From the staff to the ambiance, everything was top-notch, making the celebration an affair to remember.
My guests had such a fun time; they still can't stop talking about it.
Hop on a Swashbuckling Adventure at Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake
I enjoyed visiting Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake, a delightful and thrilling experience for all ye landlubbers and sea dogs alike.
Unlike some other pirate experiences I've seen, this one is perfectly tailored to the little buccaneers, and seeing their joy and excitement is a treasure in itself!
The crew, bless their pirate hearts, are simply outstanding.
They took excellent care of all the children onboard, ensuring that everyone was involved and comfortable.
I admired the sheer amount of thought and creativity that went into crafting the cruise activities.
My little ones, for example, were completely immersed in the battle against Pete the Pirate, and I must confess, watching their wide-eyed enthusiasm was the real highlight for me.
The voyage out into Pirate Adventures on the Chesapeake was as refreshing as it was fun, especially on a hot day.
My kids absolutely loved standing at the helm, keeping a keen eye out for clues on the horizon.
I must caution you, though, that the gift shop is a veritable trove of pirate memorabilia, and it's easy to get carried away!
Go Hiking at Severn Run Natural Environment Area
Ever tried parking in an office lot to venture into the wilderness?
That's exactly what you have to do for the Severn Run Natural Environment Area!
Don't let the absence of an official entrance or parking deter you; it's part of the charm.
Stepping into the river valley is like walking into another world.
You can almost feel the city noise fading away, replaced by the tranquil sounds of nature.
The trails here are inconspicuous, fashioned over time by the resident deer, adding to the untouched allure of the environment.
One of the most fascinating aspects of visiting the Severn Run Natural Environment Area is the large beaver dam.
It's a marvel of natural engineering and a perfect conversation starter.
If you're up for a fishing adventure, the area offers some great spots.
And the best part?
It's restocked annually!
But you have to hurry because the fish usually don't last more than a few weeks.
Once you've hiked the trails and fished to your heart's content, you can sit back and relish the serenity of this secluded haven.
Remember to dress suitably for the outdoor adventure and plan your visit accordingly.
This isn't your typical park; it's a preserve that offers a unique wilderness experience within the bounds of the city.
The Severn Run Natural Environment Area truly reflects the beauty, serenity, and quiet of the natural environment.
Feed Animals at Kinder Farm Park
Just another weekend, I found myself driving down to one of my favorite places for a touch of nature - Kinder Farm Park.
It's so much more than just a transformed farm.
It offers an intimate look at both past and present farming practices, including animal care, which always keeps me coming back for more.
The place has a special charm that pulls you in.
The animals, you can tell, are cared for with love and utmost dedication.
My neighbor’s kid often accompanies me, and it’s our little tradition now.
We both take immense joy in observing the animals and yes, we have our favorites!
It's not just the animals that make Kinder Farm Park a fabulous spot.
The playground is another area that's always bustling with activity.
It's maintained very well and is a safe haven for kids to play and enjoy.
What amazed me during my recent visit was the variety of activities people engage in while visiting the park.
You'd spot people walking leisurely, jogging, and even treasure hunting!
Geocaching seems to be the latest trend at Kinder Farm.
Five geocaches are hidden within the premises, which adds an element of surprise and fun to the visit.
On that chilly February afternoon, we also got lucky and found a painted rock.
Sail the Annapolis Waters With Schooner Woodwind
Living in Annapolis, I've had the privilege of experiencing the true essence of waterfront living.
An integral part of that is the Schooner Woodwind Sailing Cruises.
There's nothing quite like catching the breeze on board Woodwind II, a classic beauty of a ship, with the skilled and friendly captain and crew guiding us through the captivating Annapolis waters.
My initial connection with the Schooner Woodwind was a bit of a serendipitous event.
A casual day of exploring the city led me to the information station, where I stumbled upon the gem that is this cruise.
I was instantly drawn in by the unique allure of the experience, not to mention the wonderful coincidence that the schooner featured the mansion I had done design work on for the movie "Wedding Crashers."
I knew then, and there I had to get on board!
Perfect weather and an adventurous spirit saw me booking a trip on a Tuesday afternoon.
And boy, was I in for a treat!
Not only did I get to sail on the captivating Chesapeake Bay, but the cruise also had an added bonus of beer tastings.
It was a Tuesday, after all!
The trip with Schooner Woodwind Sailing Cruises was truly amazing, with our knowledgeable captain, sharing interesting tidbits about the harbor and the Bay.
Watching several boat races unfold as he explained the intricacies of each race was a truly enlightening experience.
The cherry on top?
The delectable cocktails they served on board.
Bond with Your Kids at Wild Kid Acres
I can't help but share my joy about the day my family and I spent at Wild Kid Acres.
We had an amazing time!
It was such a delight to watch my daughter run around and play.
The interaction with animals made her day, and she hasn't stopped talking about it since!
She loved feeding the goats, and the laughter when a llama tried to nibble her hat will be a memory we’ll cherish forever.
But Wild Kid Acres offers more than just a chance to meet farm animals.
They also host a farmer's market where we picked up some of the freshest vegetables and fruits I’ve ever had.
The variety was impressive.
We even joined one of the workshops they offered, and the kids had a blast making their own little birdhouses.
The whole experience was not just fun but also very educational.
The staff was extremely knowledgeable and ready to answer any questions.
It’s a real gem in our community, providing a wholesome experience that’s a rarity these days.
Cruise Chesapeake Bay with Herrington Harbour North
If there's one marina that steals my heart, it's the glorious Herrington Harbour North.
Nestled on the picturesque Chesapeake Bay, this place is my local sanctuary.
Away from the land traffic of Annapolis and offering easy access to the shimmering Bay, it's a boater's paradise.
A typical day for me at Herrington Harbour North might include a chat with their friendly staff, who always have a smile on their faces and are ever eager to help out.
Then, it's time for a quick pit stop at the West Marine on-site store for boating supplies before heading out for a sail.
What really sets this marina apart is its eco-friendly approach.
You won't find any marina trash or oil slicks here.
Instead, you'll be greeted by the sight of neat docks and lush greenery.
And when I return from my sailing voyage, there's nothing better than unwinding by the marina pool with a cool drink in hand and plenty of seating to choose from.
Over the years, I've had the pleasure of using their exemplary shipyard services and slipholder services, all of which have been top-notch.
The park-like grounds, the immaculate bathrooms, and the inviting customer centers are all incredibly well-maintained.
They also boast a plethora of on-site service providers that never fail to deliver.
The only minor hiccup used to be the tight parking situation, but even that has improved recently, thanks to their proactive efforts.
In fact, they are currently working on adding more landscaping to the beautiful marina.
As the fall season approaches, I find myself eagerly anticipating the wonderful events hosted at Herrington Harbour North and enjoying the camaraderie of fellow boaters.
I can't wait for October when the marina truly comes alive.
It's not just a marina; it's a community, it's a lifestyle, it's home.
Let Your Kids Run Wild at Downs Park
Every morning, I start my day by taking a stroll through the breathtaking Downs Park.
Nestled away in Anne Arundel County and spanning over a vast area, this park has something for everyone.
From the spectacular waterfront views to the myriad of nature trails snaking through the park, it's no wonder I fell in love with it.
One of the absolute highlights of this park is the uniquely designed playground, a recent addition.
It's not just your regular swings and slides but a sprawling area that inspires creativity, fun, and endless hours of play for the little ones.
Conveniently located next to the water and a pavilion, it's a perfect spot to let the kids run wild while you kick back and enjoy the view.
For nature enthusiasts, the park offers a multitude of nature trails and footpaths leading towards the water.
I often find myself losing track of time wandering these trails, soaking in the serene beauty and recharging my senses.
There are also plenty of benches along the way to rest or watch the sunset.
The park is also a haven for water sports lovers.
The beach access allows for kayaking and canoeing, and if you're into angling, the park provides the perfect setting.
You can virtually fish from anywhere!
And for our furry friends, there's a dedicated dog beach, a feature I absolutely love and appreciate.
Through the park, you'll find a string of restrooms and restaurants, all well-maintained and clean.
There's nothing like grabbing a quick bite after a long walk or spending an afternoon picnicking with family or friends.
The friendly environment and the sense of community make Downs Park a real jewel in the county.
Practice Wildlife Photography the Tranquility at Quiet Waters Park
Sometimes, amidst the busyness of life, all you need is a day at Quiet Waters Park to rejuvenate.
Located in the heart of Anne Arundel County, it's my go-to spot whenever I feel the need to connect with nature.
Walking along the six miles of paved trails is always a calming experience.
The rustling leaves, the chirping of birds, the cool breeze - it's a symphony of nature all around.
The park covers an impressive 340 acres, and the trails wind through verdant woods and along serene waterfronts.
Along the way, you're sure to spot some of the park's wild residents.
From deer and foxes to blue herons and jellyfish, there's always a chance for an impromptu wildlife photography session.
One thing that sets Quiet Waters Park apart is the variety of activities it offers.
There's a fishing area for those who love to cast a line.
For dog owners like me, the dog park and dog beach are a haven.
Picnic areas and concert spaces dot the landscape, offering opportunities for family outings and community events.
While the trails are fantastic for a leisurely walk or a bike ride, the park's waterfronts offer a different kind of adventure.
I often rent a kayak or a stand-up paddle board from Capital Sup and explore the bay.
The only caution is the stinging nettles - harmless but intriguing creatures that inhabit the bay waters during the summer.
The park's beauty doesn't stop at natural landscapes, though.
The formal gardens near the visitor's center are a visual treat.
I occasionally find myself losing track of time, simply admiring the flowers and the tranquility they exude.
Celebrate Special Occasions Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park
Picture this: a last-minute wedding, just ten weeks of preparation, and an under-construction venue.
Sounds like a recipe for disaster, right?
Not if the venue is the wonderful Merrill Family Pavilion at the Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park.
I'll always remember the day my life partner and I decided to take a chance on our hometown's new pavilion.
We had always known of the Maritime Museum being a popular spot for weddings in Annapolis, and on a whim, we called to see if they had short-notice availability for June.
They didn't, but they told us about the pavilion that was under construction and would be ready in time for our date.
We took a leap of faith and visited the construction site, and even amidst the ongoing work, it was breathtaking.
The Pavilion offers stunning waterfront views, dotted with sailboats that add a distinct Annapolis charm.
We made up our minds that day to hold our wedding at the Annapolis Maritime Museum and Park, praying that construction would finish in time.
It did, and our wedding day was more than we could have ever hoped for.
Looking back, it’s surreal to think we were the very first couple to get married at the Merrill Family Pavilion.
It's a memory my spouse and I cherish dearly.
Discover the Annapolis' Charms with Annapolis Tours by Watermark
You know, living in Annapolis, you'd think I'd seen it all.
However, I realized there was still so much more to learn about my beloved hometown when I decided to take a tour with Annapolis Tours by Watermark.
I remember it was a sunny Saturday, August 26th to be precise, when I embarked on the Naval Academy/Annapolis tour led by our knowledgeable guide, Mistress Laura.
I was taken aback by the astonishing amount of information Laura had about the city and the Naval Academy.
It wasn't your typical tour – it was an enlightening journey through time.
Laura's visual aids added an immersive dimension to the stories, making the experience all the more enjoyable for my group and me.
Then, there was that time I joined the walking tour around Annapolis.
It was like seeing Annapolis through an entirely new lens, and I savored every moment of it.
But not all my Watermark adventures were confined to daylight.
Looking back, even though I've lived here all my life, Annapolis still had plenty of surprises to offer.
I'm glad I took the Annapolis Tours by Watermark, and I highly recommend them to anyone who wants to discover more about the rich history and culture of Annapolis.
Whether you're a fellow local or a visiting tourist, Annapolis Tours by Watermark will surely leave you with a deeper appreciation of our city.
Take Snaps at Historic London Town & Gardens
I've walked the trail between the mature trees, over the gravel paths, and down to the river more times than I can count.
You can find this beauty at Historic London Town & Gardens, a place that has become my sanctuary and a source of endless fascination.
A visit to this educational complex feels like stepping back in time.
The colonial buildings, exhibits, and events provide a glimpse into a world that once was.
The docents breathe life into history, making the colonial experience tangible and truly immersive.
Did I mention the gardens?
Ah, Historic London Town & Gardens are a sight to behold!
Absolutely lush, meticulously maintained, and perfect for those who appreciate the tranquility and beauty of nature.
There are several secluded spots, each with a bench tucked away under the shade of a tree.
A perfect spot to enjoy a good book or simply bask in the serenity of nature.
Oh, and if you're a dog lover like me, you're in for a treat.
The place is incredibly dog-friendly, the most I've ever come across.
Honestly, though, the only place you can't bring your four-legged friend is the historic home.
The space is also ideal for hosting events, especially weddings.
The historic estate properties and access to the pier on the water make it an exceedingly photogenic location.
I've seen some of the most breathtaking wedding photos taken here.
Journey through Time at Banneker-Douglass Museum
I'd been living just around the corner for years, but yesterday, I finally stepped through the doors of the Banneker-Douglass Museum.
It's funny how we sometimes overlook the treasures in our own backyard.
But let me tell you, this place is truly a gem.
I was immediately greeted by a friendly attendant at the front desk.
They were warm, welcoming, and extremely knowledgeable about the exhibits.
I could tell that they really loved working in a place with such a rich history.
From the moment I entered, I was swept away on a journey through time.
Banneker-Douglass Museum's exhibits vividly detail the African-American history in the Chesapeake region from as early as 1633 right up to the civil rights era.
Each display was clear and easily accessible, with detailed explanations that brought the stories to life.
I could practically see the past unfolding before my eyes.
The museum isn't just about history, though.
I was pleasantly surprised to find two current art shows on separate floors, showcasing the works of emerging young African-American artists.
Their art, full of heart-touching emotion and bold creativity, added a fresh, modern perspective to the historical narrative.
I won't give away too much, because really, you should see it for yourself.
Whether you live in the area like I do, or you're just passing through, make sure you visit the Banneker-Douglass Museum.
It's a powerful, moving, and educational experience that you will remember long after you've left its doors.
Feel Hospitality at Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Visitors Center
Just another day in the neighborhood, so I thought I'd unwind with a visit to Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Visitors Center.
This place never gets old, no matter how many times you've been.
Stepping into the visitor center, you'll always be met with a warm smile and a friendly "hello."
You can feel the genuine enthusiasm of the staff, always ready to assist and guide visitors.
My latest visit was as refreshing as the first.
The visitor center is a simple, unpretentious space, but it's the staff that makes all the difference.
They are informative, and some of them can really draw you into a conversation.
While the information given is mostly precise, it's always a good idea to double-check, especially about the parking rules.
Of course, having been here before, I already knew that it's more convenient to park in the garage rather than on the street, where you can only park for two hours without renewal.
The beauty of this place lies in its historical charm and the stunning marina filled with boats.
I took my daughters there for a day out, and they were mesmerized by the array of boats docked at the harbor.
The tranquility of the place, combined with the picturesque setting makes it a great place for family outings.
Each visit to Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Visitors Center adds a new layer to my fondness for my neighborhood.
Catch a Performance at Chesapeake Arts Center
You just have to love the buzz of excitement that comes with a night at the Chesapeake Arts Center.
I've been there a couple of times, and each time seems to present a unique experience.
It has this captivating charm, a quaint little art center nestled in our city, which you just can't resist.
The first time I went there, I was completely taken aback by the friendly and courteous staff making sure everyone was comfortable.
The seating is quite good; there isn't a bad seat in the house.
But, here's a little tip for anyone planning to go, the parking can get a tad bit tricky.
You would do well to get there early so you can find a good spot.
One thing that stands out about the Chesapeake Arts Center is the diversity of performances they host.
On one occasion, I watched a group of performers, all different ages, shapes, and sizes, dancing their hearts out on that stage.
It was heartwarming to see such a display of talent and passion.
But it hasn't all been a smooth ride.
There was this one time when it felt a bit chaotic.
The lines were all over the place, with little to no signs indicating what they were for.
It was quite a task figuring out where exactly I needed to go or which line I needed to be in.
And just when I thought we were about to start, the fire alarm went off, pushing the show back by at least 20 minutes.
Step back in Time in The William Paca House & Garden
Every so often, I find myself drawn to the tranquil haven tucked away amidst the hustle and bustle of downtown Annapolis.
The William Paca House & Garden is a place of serene beauty that has a way of washing away the stress of everyday life.
I wander down the same paths that our forefathers once did, exploring the meticulously restored 1760s estate.
The house, once home to a former governor, stands as a testament to the rich historical tapestry of Annapolis.
Every room tells a story; every artifact is a reminder of a bygone era.
However, it's the 2-acre garden that truly steals my heart.
The verdant landscapes, the blooming flowers, the tranquil pond... it's like stepping into a painting.
I've seen many a wedding take place here.
Each time, I can't help but marvel at how this place transforms into the most magical backdrop for couples to start their new journey.
The guided tours, too provide a fascinating insight into the history of this place.
And the staff? They're nothing short of amazing.
Always ready with a smile, their passion and expertise echo in every corner of the estate.
I've also had the privilege of experiencing an engagement session here.
As a photography enthusiast, I can tell you The William Paca House & Garden offers the most picturesque spots to capture unforgettable moments.
I am always eager to return and capture another couple's love story in this stunning historic venue.
Indulge in Delectable Dishes at Harvest Thyme Tavern
Whenever I crave some homemade goodness, Harvest Thyme Tavern is my go-to place.
Tucked away in the neighborhood, this quaint little restaurant has a lot to offer.
What sets it apart is their open kitchen, which is the heart of the establishment.
You can witness the magic happening from any spot in the restaurant.
As it's a small place, they do recommend calling in for reservations, which I personally find makes the dining experience more intimate.
If you're a spontaneous diner like me, I suggest giving them a call to see if they can squeeze you in.
Trust me, the food is definitely worth the extra effort.
One of my personal favorites here is their pizza - it's simply perfection.
Their wine and beer selection is quite impressive as well.
The last time I was there, I saw the staff engaged in a passionate discussion about food and drink pairings.
It's pretty clear they take serious pride in what they serve.
On my most recent visit for lunch, I relished their oysters, followed by a juicy steak sandwich with onions, mushrooms, and cheese.
They also served shoestring fries with malt vinegar and ketchup.
And here’s a little plus - they remembered that I wanted blue cheese on the side.
I was so engrossed in my meal that I couldn't resist but eat half of it before even thinking about capturing it for my Instagram followers!
Harvest Thyme Tavern has a welcoming layout, but it can get pretty busy.
The staff, however, are always on their feet, ensuring a smooth dining experience.
I tried their bison burger, catch-of-the-day sandwich, and cheese pizza on another visit - all delicious!
Enjoy Seafood at The Point Crab House & Grill
Sometimes, all you need is a slice of waterfront heaven and a hearty meal to unwind from the week's hustle.
That's exactly what I found at The Point Crab House & Grill, a charming waterfront eatery nestled away from the city's chaos.
With its glass enclosure, it allows you to soak up the beauty of Maryland's coast while relishing scrumptious American fare with a flavorful Chesapeake twist.
Amidst a beautiful day, I decided to treat myself to some delectable seafood.
From the moment I arrived, the staff greeted me with warm smiles and quick service.
I was seated promptly, and the waitress was attentive, providing excellent suggestions that had me drooling from the get-go.
After much deliberation, I decided to kick off my meal with their crab dip and crab-deviled eggs.
And boy was that a decision I won’t regret!
The crab was fresh, and the flavors were explosively delicious.
For the main course, I decided to dig into their meatloaf and shrimp tacos, served with blue cheese coleslaw.
The meatloaf was juicy and cooked to perfection, while the shrimp tacos had a unique twist with the blue cheese coleslaw.
Pairing this with their refreshing drinks was the cherry on top.
One thing that deserves a special mention is the ambiance at The Point Crab House & Grill.
With the shimmering water around and the serene atmosphere, it felt like I was dining in my personal island paradise.
It is a perfect escape for any local looking to enjoy a leisurely meal while taking in the beautiful Maryland waterfront.
Go Wine Tasting at Great Frogs Winery
There's something really special about our afternoons at the Great Frogs Winery.
The welcoming atmosphere always sets the mood just right, no matter the occasion.
I remember one particular Saturday, the sun was shining down beautifully, and the winery’s stunning grounds were looking more beautiful than ever.
We settled in comfortably and decided to dive into the wine flight.
It was a remarkable concept!
They brought us mini-tasting bottles, each with a different wine.
It was a wonderful opportunity to get a taste of everything they have to offer.
I'm not a wine connoisseur, but I'll tell you this - their heavier reds are something to rave about!
As we sat there, savoring our wine, we were surprised by the live music.
The quality was superb and truly added to the overall experience.
It wasn't long before we found ourselves engaged in a legendary Cornhole game, laughing, and creating memories.
While we were there, we noticed something that made the day even better.
Pets were allowed!
It's such a lovely touch to see couples and families bring along their furry friends.
This truly added to the charm of the winery, making it feel like a home away from home.
And before we left, we stopped by their little food corner.
They had a light charcuterie, which was quite good.
Although I wouldn't have minded something a bit more substantial, it wasn't a deal-breaker.
We were there for the wine, after all, which was absolutely delightful.
No visit to Great Frogs Winery is complete without taking a little something home.
We picked up a few bottles of our favorites to enjoy later.
Each time we uncork a bottle, it takes us right back to that sunny afternoon filled with laughter, good wine, and great company.
Test Your Luck at Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland
Sometimes you just need a break from the daily grind, but don't feel like traveling far.
That's what brought me to Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland.
Just a stone's throw away from home, this 24/7 gaming and entertainment destination offered a perfect answer to my prayers for a 'staycation.'
The moment I walked into the hotel, I was swept away by the lively ambiance.
Thousands of slot machines and electronic table games filled the pristine rooms, all set in environs reminiscent of classic casinos.
I must admit, I'm not much of a gambler, but the electrifying energy was contagious.
I booked a King bedroom with a stunning view, and the room exceeded my expectations.
It was not only spacious and clean, but the bed was so comfortable that it made leaving it in the morning a real challenge.
Food is a passion of mine, and I was thrilled to find an array of dining options right within the hotel.
I had an incredible meal at the Prime Rib and ended my evening with some live music and cocktails at David's.
It is a perfect end to a day filled with fun and relaxation.
I've decided Live! Casino & Hotel Maryland is going to be my go-to spot for local getaways.
It's a hidden gem for us Baltimore residents, offering Vegas-like fun without having to leave the state.
I can't wait for the spa to reopen; that'll be the cherry on top of this already delightful retreat.
Celebrate History at the Captain Avery Museum
What an incredible day it was just stepping foot onto the premises of the Captain Avery Museum.
It was the day of their annual Oyster Festival, that I love to participate in.
Every year, the festival is a celebration of the working waterman of Maryland, and the oysters, let me tell you, are splendidly fresh, straight out of the bay.
The tantalizing taste of fantastic bloody mary provided by George's mix, accompanied by beer or wine, depending on your preference, just sets the mood.
The live music from two different bands playing in the background makes the atmosphere lively and the event even more enjoyable.
Although Captain Avery Museum was unfortunately closed that day, I decided to take a stroll around the beautiful waterfront grounds.
It's a sight I never tire of, with its interpretive exhibits outside that provide a good deal of information and the opportunity to learn something new about the area.
I have a personal connection with this place, too.
A dear friend of mine had their wedding here not too long ago, and the staff went above and beyond to make the day memorable.
The coordination between the venue, the caterers, the photographers, and the DJ was seamless.
Captain Avery's personnel made sure that everything was perfect for the couple's big day.
The waterfront setting, with the sun setting in the background, cast a magical spell on the celebration.
Go Fishing at Thomas Point Park
The first thing that hits you when you step onto the grounds of Thomas Point Park is the undeniably fresh bay breeze that dances on your skin.
This quaint waterfront park quickly became my retreat from the hustle and bustle of life.
With the park opening at 8 am, I find it to be the perfect place for a morning jog along the paved trails weaving through the verdant expanses.
If you're an avid bird watcher like me, make sure to bring your binoculars or even a long-range camera lens.
You might get lucky and spot a rare species or two.
And, of course, there's the lighthouse.
It's more of a distant vision than a close-up view, but it adds a certain charm to the scenery.
For the fishing enthusiasts, Thomas Point Park is often talked about.
Though I must admit, the fishing can be a bit of a gamble due to the bay's shallow waters.
It's not unusual for the fish to dive further out into the bay when the temperature rises.
Yet, I've had my fair share of successful catches, making it an exciting adventure each time.
Remember to pack a hearty picnic lunch.
There's nothing more peaceful than enjoying a meal with the gentle rustling of trees and the lapping of the waves as your background music.
I usually find a comfortable spot along the bay to settle down and soak in the serenity.
Oh, and a word of advice: bring bug repellent.
For some reason, the point seems to be a favorite among flies.
But don't let this deter you, it's a small price to pay for the breathtaking views and tranquility that Thomas Point Park offers.
Go Swimming at Mayo Beach Park
Ever in the mood for a quiet beach day, away from the usual hustle and bustle?
Well, that's exactly what Mayo Beach Park offers and why it's my go-to spot.
A peaceful, sandy stretch nestled right here in Anne Arundel County, it's the ideal setting for a relaxed day basking in the sun or wading into the sheltered swimming areas.
It's a fantastic spot to spend time with family, especially for the little ones, thanks to the shallow bay waters.
Unlike most public beaches, Mayo Beach Park isn't the kind of place where you'd feel overwhelmed by the crowd or struggle to find a spot to lay out your beach towel.
And the best part?
You don't need to worry about swimming against strong ocean currents.
The bay water here is noticeably warmer and calmer, making it perfect for a leisurely dip.
Weekends and holidays, especially, are a joy.
Prior booking of a free pass online ensures a controlled influx of visitors, making the beach experience even more enjoyable.
No pushing through throngs of people or having stray beach balls interrupt your sunbathing.
Mayo Beach Park also offers a wide range of amenities.
There's a playground for the kids, showers, and bathrooms, which are well-maintained and clean.
And for those who'd like to bring along a picnic, the park has got you covered with plenty of tables under the shade of trees.
Just pack your favorite food, drinks, and plenty of sunscreen.
And if you're a nature enthusiast like me, the park doesn't disappoint.
Last time, I was lucky enough to watch ospreys hunting for fish - a spectacle you don't want to miss.
I can confidently affirm that there's no shortage of exciting activities and captivating attractions to explore here in Anne Arundel County.
Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast, a history buff, a food lover, or an adventure seeker, this place has something that will leave you charmed and enriched.
invite you to pack your bags and come experience the magic that we, the residents, cherish daily.