Annapolis, the picturesque capital of Maryland, is located on the Chesapeake Bay, and calls itself "America’s Sailing Capital." It is also home to the Naval Academy. This city, which was founded in 1649, served as the temporary capital of the United States from 1783 to 1784. Today, guests flock to this waterfront city to stroll its brick walkways, shop its boutiques and restaurants and enjoy watching the passing sailboats on the bay.
If you enjoy the ambience of a property that has been around since the beginning days of our country, choose one of the three hotels run by Historic Inns of Annapolis. The Maryland Inn, Governor Calvert House and Robert Johnson are three boutique properties that are located within walking distance of one another and are all situated across from the historic State House. The 44-room Maryland Inn is housed in an 18th-century building; The 51-room Governor Calvert House is one of Annapolis's oldest buildings; and the 29-room Robert Johnson House dates back to the 1770s. All combine modern touches such as high-speed Internet with rooms decorated with antiques and period reproductions.
Hotels on or Near the Waterfront
The Annapolis City Dock area is an interesting blend of 18th-century buildings and sleek watercraft boasting the best of this century's technology. Staying in a hotel that is on or near this waterfront area will put you close to many fine restaurants and shops. The only hotel in downtown Annapolis that sits directly on the waterfront is the Annapolis Marriott. This six-floor hotel has 149 rooms, many of which offer views of the Annapolis Harbor or Chesapeake Bay. Rooms are furnished with down duvets and pillows, except for the Pure rooms, which offer hypo-allergenic bedding. The Annapolis Marriott has an on-site restaurant -- Pusser’s Caribbean Grille seafood restaurant -- and a coin-operated laundry.
Bed and Breakfasts
Staying in a cozy bed and breakfast can add to the charm of your Annapolis trip, especially if you choose one such as the Royal Folly, a small five-room inn that was originally constructed in 1870. This inn, which sits in the Historic District, features nine fireplaces, a parlor and a library. The gourmet breakfast always features -- among other items -- a fruit dish, anise unscotti and a hot dish. On Sundays, the Royal Folly serves a champagne brunch. The inn has one dog-friendly suite with a fenced-in courtyard that welcomes non-shedding breeds under 20 lbs.
Annapolis is home to the famed Naval Academy. Many of the hotels in the area offer discounts and specials to military and government personnel. The Sheraton Annapolis Hotel, for instance, has special per diem-compliant rates for members of the Armed Forces and government employees. In addition, guests receive a complimentary breakfast, Internet and courtesy shuttle service to points within five miles of the hotel. The 196-room Sheraton also offers special rates for events such as commissioning week at the Naval Academy, which is three miles from the hotel.
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