Historic Sites in Annapolis to Visit Presidents Day Weekend

Whether you’re a hard core history buff or simply love exploration and tales from the past, Annapolis is packed with historical spots that tell tales of the past and offer visitors a glimpse into the lives of our Maryland ancestors. Here are just a few of the must-see attractions in Annapolis’ Historic District…

Maryland State House


America’s First Peacetime Capitol and the oldest state house still in legislative use. The State House is open to the public every day from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.,  and to provide you with an understanding of its rich and historic past, self-guided tour information is available.

William Paca House

This Georgian mansion was built in the 1760s by William Paca, one of Maryland’s four Signers of the Declaration of Independence and the state’s third Governor.

Banneker-Douglass Museum

The Banneker-Douglass Museum serves to documents and promotes African American history and culture through unique exhibitions and programs. Take a self guided tour and  be sure to visit the Deep Roots, Rising Waters exhibit provides an overview of African American history in Maryland from 1633 through present day.

Hammond-Harwood House

Built in 1774, this National Historic Landmark gives visitors a glimpse into the lives of the people who built the house and lived in it.  Guided tours are available that discuss the home’s design, history, and impressive collection of paintings and furniture.

Old Treasury Building

Built in 1735, The Old Treasury Building on State Circle is the oldest public building in Annapolis and served as a treasury for the Commissioners for Emitting Bills of Credit. Currently the building is undergoing extensive historic preservation and archeological investigations and is not open to the public but its a stone throw from Paca House and worth stopping by for a glimpse of what’s to come.



How to Survive the 2018 Polar Bear Plunge

If you are a true Marylander than you are well acquainted with the Polar Bear Plunge. This is the annual January event at Sandy Point State Park where thousands of bathing suit sporting “plungers” brave the frigid bay waters to raise money for Special Olympics Maryland.

If you’re going to take the big dip on Saturday January 27, be sure to register here and keep the following Polar Bear Plunge tips in mind:

  • If you have a heart or medical condition participation is not recommended.

  • Show up early to check-in, mingle with fellow plungers and get pumped up!

  • Remember that the water is shallow – don’t dive in!

  • A little liquid courage may seem like a good idea before the plunge, but it’s not because alcohol accelerates hypothermia. Wait until after the event to enjoy the hot toddy.

  • Wear your bathing suit to the plunge so you don’t have to change clothes when you arrive. Sorry, no wetsuits are allowed.

  • Be encourage you to be creative with your “plunge wear” but, don’t wear anything that will weigh you down or can get heavy when soaked.

  • Come prepared with a fluffy robe, warm blankets and extra towels to dry off quickly after the plunge.

  • Bring clothes and extra pair of shoes that are warm and easy to put on quickly after you plunge

  • Wear water shoes or Crocs are recommended to protect your feet.

  • Remember to bring a plastic bag for your sopping wet clothes.

  • Ask a friend to join you that IS NOT plunging to come along for morale support and to hold on to your stuff (and take pictures) while you’re in the water.


Valentine’s Day Spots in Southern Maryland

Valentine’s Day will be here soon. It may seem early to start making plans, but we suggest securing a romantic table at one of these Southern Maryland restaurants before it’s too late!

Charles Street Brasserie
Solomons, MD

Charles Street Brasserie menu offers a fusion of Mediterranean and Southern Maryland tapas and shared plates with gorgeous waterfront views. Sit back, relax and enjoy live music, while sipping cocktails in a splendid 1930s atmosphere.

Zahniser’s Dry Dock Restaurant
Solomons, MD

 

Enjoy spectacular harbor views and creative seasonal cuisine that was voted “Best of the Bay” by Chesapeake Bay Magazine readers.

The Front Porch
Leonardstown, MD

The historic andintimate atmosphere of The Front Porch at the Sterling House in downtown Leonardtown will not disappoint.  Relax over a casual meal and  menu that features seasonal ingredients, local produce, and mouthwatering dessert menu.

Elements. Eatery and Mixology
Lexington Park, Md

Check out this farm to table menu that sources ingredients from local farms. They also offer a exceptional wine list and  signature cocktails.



Santa Claus is Coming to Anne Arundel County

Santa is a pretty busy fella this time year and time is running out before he’ll hop in his sleigh and head back to the North Pole.

If visiting St. Nick is still on your holiday “Must Do List”, here’s a quick run down of spots you can find him in Anne Arundel and St Mary’s counties.

Santa Sightings in Anne Arundel County

Santa’s Soaring Adventure
December 16th, 2017
Sessions at 9:30am, 11am, 12:30pm & 2pm.
Terrapin Adventures – Savage, MD

Children ages 5-10 are welcome to join Santa and his elves for photos, stocking decorations, holiday music, refreshments and more. 

Captain Santa’s Workshop
December 21, 2017
10am-Noon
Annapolis Maritime Museum

Make sure to register in advance so little ones can create eco-crafts and gifts, string bird feed garland, create upcycled jingle bells and make their own candles. $15 reservations guarantees a spot, warm cocoa and a holiday popcorn bar.

Santa’s Wonderland
Through December 24, 2017
Bass Pro Shop

Crafts, games, interactive displays, photos with Santa and more. Free. Check website for times.

Santa at the Mall
Through December 24, 2017
Mall in Columbia

Photos with Santa at Nordstrom Court in Columbia Mall.

Santa at Arundel Mills
Through December 24, 2017
Arundel Mills Mall, Hanover.

Get Photos with Santa and grab a bite to eat at Arundel Mills food court.

Santa Sightings in St Marys County

Santa’s Village at Wildewood Shopping Center
December 16, 2017
California, MD

Free pictures with Santa Claus, activities for the family to enjoy while you wait for your picture sitting, and plenty of chances to win awesome prizes in our raffle! There will also be food and drinks to keep you warm while you and your family enjoy all that Santa’s Village has to offer.

Santa & Mrs Claus on the Square
December 16, 2017
Leonardtown, MD

Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be making a special visit to Leonardtown from 11AM-1PM. Don’t forget your holiday wish list and your camera to take pictures with everyone’s favorite couple from the North Pole.

Flat Iron Farm Christmas Village
Through December 31, 2017
Great Mills, MD

Visitors are invited to admire the holiday lights display, tour the Christmas Village, take a Pony Ride and have their picture taken with Santa.



Holiday Decorating DIY Style

Another Thanksgiving is in the record books and now the holiday season is in full swing! If mother nature doesn’t oblige with a wintry landscape this month, there of plenty of uniquely creative and festive ways to DIY decorate our homes for the holidays.

Here’s a few outdoor DIY decoration ideas that may inspire you to get crafty and leave the giant inflatable Santa in the basement this year…

Rustic Country Porching 

Create a truly rustic and welcoming winter outdoor space from natural elements found in your backyard. Spend a morning in the yard or park gathering pine cones, branches and greenery.  Arrange in stainless pails and illuminate with simple white candles or LED votives.

 

Seasonal Shabby Chic 

We love this idea for a salvaged fireplace mantle. A distressed neglected piece that once graced the living area of an old home is brought back to life with a shabby chic spin with fresh ferns and ruby red blooms. Great idea for outdoor holiday gatherings in warmer climates.

 

Frosty the Snow-Tire Man 

A unique, whimsical and festive way to upcycle tires! Now you’ll have a frosty friend to greet and delight all of your holiday guests.

 

Don’t Forget the Window Boxes 

Yes the colorful summer blooms adorning your windows have withered away with cooler temps, but that doesn’t mean the window boxes can’t be jazzed up with evergreen tree cuttings, bright red bows and ornaments for an additional holiday sparkle.

 

Deck Out the Garage Doors 

Here’s a fun way to spruce up your outdoor space this holiday season. Cut out your own decorations and back with peel and stick magnets to turn your garage door into everyone’s favorite snowman or check out the selection of holiday themed decals available online!