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Annapolis by the waterfront is really nice to walk around and enjoy even if you have no agenda. Regarding DC, I can recommend the International Spy Museum, and the National Museum of the American Indian. Since NMAI is part of the Smithsonian, admission is free, and while the museum is great, the food is top notch and unusual, as the items are native dishes from all across the country. There is also a neat crepes place near the academy that cooks up and serves crepe sandwiches and desserts. You can see where my focus is.
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Any chance there's a boatramp within an hour or so and a marina where I could tie up my 19-footer? I mean, some place that won't require payment in limbs.

My bride is uncomfortable with the accomodations aboard our Potter-19, so I'll need to find a B&B somewhere, but I'd like to put the boat in and get some sailing in.
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Another fantastic local spot for crab is Cantler's, which is on the water, but not downtown.
Cantler's is a tourist trap and a pit. There are much better places for crabs around Annapolis. Check Yelp.com.

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Any chance there's a boatramp within an hour or so and a marina where I could tie up my 19-footer? I mean, some place that won't require payment in limbs.
There is a public ramp at Truxton Park on Back Creek just minutes from the show. Try Watergate Village Marina for a nicely-priced marina -- not much for amenities but quiet and clean.
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Best thing to do is come and stay for a number of days and rent a car. 1.5 days at the show is usually long enough. We usually sail down and anchor and go Sunday and Monday the last day as there are great deals to be found on equipment the purveyors do not want to bring back.

I would not stay at the Lowes as it is over 2 miles from the town dock. It is late to find a place though so if you have a car you can stay for a more resonable rate a few miles outside of town.

I would also visit DC...and it museums. The Spy is good as is the Neuseum but both charge. The Smithsonians are great, with as mentioned the American Indian being the best food and unique ( My company runs the food service there as well as all the Smithsonians. ) Fords Theater basement is a very unique little visited museum. The Corchran is the best Art Museum in town. If you come to DC look me up. I run the 22 restaurants at the US Capitol for the House of Representatives, Senate and the Visitors Center and I would be able to arrange a few special tours of the US capitol Building for you.

Baltimore has one of the best Aquariums in the country and far better restaurants than Annapolis who actually has very poor restuarants. Baltimore has a great Little Italy section near the Inner harbor as well as other great places to eat. And oh yes try the pit beef it is sloppy...but so good.

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Naval Academy Tours & More

[QUOTE=midlifesailor;700772] I think you can get a tour of the Naval Academy, which besides the city itself is about the only thing I know of you might want to visit. I'm a VA guy though so I'm sure some of the Marylanders will have more good suggestions.

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The Naval Academy tour is great and you can also get a taste of Annapolis History with a tour (I think they're 2 hours). The Visitor Center will have details when you arrive.

There are boats everywhere and a tour around the harbor is a good plan. There are water taxis to take you up, down, around for just a few bucks and several tour boats (sail and power) that take you out into the Severn River and into the Bay. If nothing else, climb aboard a Water Taxi and head around to Back Creek (there are LOTS of sailboats in marinas...breathtaking).

As to food, accommodations, libations...plenty of places to go (to get away from the masses, head up town a bit or over to Eastport). But you should really do the pit beef at the Fleet Club one day...pretty darn good stuff! More than one day recommended to soak up all the stuff...a day at the boat show (I like Friday's) and a day around town with side trip to DC or B'more makes for a great weekend and, for the sailboat show, you'll have Monday holiday to recover : )

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this site is great! i was thinking of all the places to stay at and all the places i need to eat at during the boat show and i got all the answers. thanks to all. and yes get your wife a b&b, 19 foot is to small archer. lol
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I recommend a cruise on the schooner Woodwind. Watch them sail right through the crowded anchorage.
We did that last year.

That guy is nuts!!
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Thanks for all the replies so far, it's really helping me to plan. Keep 'em coming. I'll surely be referring back to this right before the trip to note all the great suggestions.

Thanks, Mike
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