Annapolis has been called one of the most romantic cities in the nation (Forbes 2010). That makes it the perfect getaway during the month of love. It’s often the simple things that speak to the heart and leave the most lasting impressions. Here are ten insider tips on memorable ways to celebrate love in Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay this month.
Love ice cream? Treat yourself to an ice cream cone at Annapolis Ice Cream Company. All of their ice cream is made on site with natural ingredients. They offer dozens of tempting flavors to choose from every day. If you call ahead, they’ll even create a special flavor just for you. While you’re there, be sure to use their Sharpies to decorate a spoon that owners Nancy and Walter Giera will display on their wall for all to see.
Love creativity? Discover your inner artist as you turn a piece of ceramic into a one-of-a-kind work of art at Clay Bakers in downtown Annapolis.
Love music? Take in a 12-minute free concert at St. Anne’s Church at 12:12 p.m. on Wednesdays. Presented by Live Arts Maryland, the concerts are a great way to build a musical lift into your day. Need more of a music fix? Head back to St. Anne’s on Thursday nights for free hour-long Live Arts Maryland performances at 6:00 p.m. You’ll miss rush hour and head home refreshed and renewed.
Love family time? Grab the kids and head to Chick & Ruth’s Delly for what many locals call “the best milkshakes in town.”If you’re feeling daring – and hungry – you might even want to order the six-pound colossal shake for all to share. Don’t be surprised if owner Ted Levitt stops by your table and does a magic show for the kids. If you time your visit right, you’ll catch the morning Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
Love to cook? Learn from the pro at Roundz Gourmet Market and Catering in Gambrills. Award-winning Chef Zachary Pope will share some of his best kept culinary secrets during two-hour classes on February 7 (Cooking Fish and Loving it) and 17 (We have an app for that – appetizer, that is) at 7:00 p.m.
Love your heart? Heart Health Month is the perfect time to treat yourself and those you love to heart-healthy dining at a host of downtown Annapolis Restaurants during our month-long Paint the Town Red celebration. On the home front, treat yourself to a heart-healthy glass of red wine. For some heart-healthy extra virgin olive oil, take advantage of walk-in tastings at Season’s Olive Oil and Vinegar in downtown Annapolis or Cleo’s Fine Oils and Vinegars at the Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole.
Love nature? This is a perfect time of year to check out the 20 varieties of holly that adorn Historic London Town and Gardens’ eight-acre woodland garden. Amidst the holly you’ll also find blooming Witch Hazels, Lenten Roses, fragrant Paperbush and an early blooming Japanese Apricot tree.
Love food? Annapolis Restaurant Week is a great way to dine at your favorite restaurants and discover new ones – all at an affordable price. The February 24 to March 2 event offers two course, price fixed breakfasts and lunches and three course, price fixed dinners at 41 participating restaurants.
Love Art? Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay is an art lover’s paradise. With nearly 25 art galleries in downtown and West Annapolis alone, it’s easy to find the perfect addition to any collection. Before heading home, be sure to check out the public art displays at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, the Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College and the Maryland Federation of Art’s Circle Gallery in Annapolis.
Love the Love of Your Life? Everyone has a story, and the Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau (AAACCVB) would like to know yours. If you’d like to share, we’d like to listen. Submit your story to http://www.visitannapolis.org/myweddingstory/. It might just end up on the new www.weddingsinannapolis.com site slated to debut next month.
The AAACCVB is a nonprofit, membership-based, destination marketing organization that generates revenues for the local economy by promoting Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay to leisure and business travelers across the country and around the world.