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Annapolis chosen as one of the best college towns by Travel + Leisure magazine

| December 09, 2014, 04:02 PM | 0 Comments

2014-12-04 20.39.14The Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau (AAACCVB) invites families who will be checking out colleges over winter break to include Annapolis in their itinerary. Travel & Leisure just named Maryland’s Capital City one of “America’s Best College Towns.” Favorable votes from participants in Travel & Leisure’s “America’s Favorite Places” reader survey helped earn Annapolis the 14th slot on a list of 22 recommended college towns. The “America’s Favorite Places” reader survey evaluated hundreds of towns for live music, pizza, dive bars, hamburgers and other offerings.   

From the many images the AAACCVB submitted for inclusion in the “America’s Best College Towns” slideshow, Travel & Leisure selected a shot of City Dock’s Ego Alley that local photographer Robert Peterson shot on behalf of the AAACCVB. The slideshow description cites Annapolis’ history as well as the appeal of City Dock, Ego Alley, the Chesapeake Bay, the U.S. Naval Academy and the City’s popular dining and nightlife scene. 

AAACCVB President and CEO Connie Del Signore says Annapolis is a win/win choice for discerning high school seniors who are considering the next major step in their lives. “The beauty, history and diversity of America’s Sailing Capital combined with two superior institutions of higher learning in close proximity to Washington, DC and Baltimore make Annapolis an appealing choice for young adults. This holiday season is a perfect time for families to come and get to know us.” 

Both the U.S. Naval Academy and St. John’s College are located in downtown Annapolis. Founded in 1845 by Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft, the Naval Academy trains future Naval and Marine Corps officers. Its 4,500 midshipmen follow an academic program with a core curriculum that includes courses in engineering, science, mathematics, humanities, and social science. Midshipmen graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree. 

St. John’s is the third oldest college in the nation. It’s a direct descendant of King William’s School, founded in 1696. Four of its founders were Maryland’s signers of the Declaration of Independence: William Paca, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, Thomas Stone, and Samuel Chase. The school offers an integrated liberal arts and sciences program based on reading and discussing the great works from Western culture. St. John’s is a textbook-free institution. Instead, its 450 students garner their information from original sources and discuss them in seminar-style classes. St. John’s’ students graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts. 

Regardless of which career path aspiring college students think they’ll be following in the years ahead, the AAACCVB invites them to explore Annapolis before signing on the dotted line. If they time their holiday visit right, they may want to take in college bowl action Annapolis-style when Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium hosts the 2014 Military Bowl® presented by Northrop Grumman, benefiting the USO on Saturday, December 27. Pre-game festivities start at 12:30 p.m., and the Atlantic Coast Conference will kick off against the American Athletic Conference at 1:00 p.m. 

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. 


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