With postcard-perfect views of the Chesapeake Bay and a constant parade of United States Naval Academy midshipmen marching around in dress whites, Annapolis, Maryland, is an idyllic capital city full of prime dining options. The historic town is located about 30 miles away from the District, making it a roughly 45-minute drive up U.S. 50 East (on a good day). For those wanting to leave the car at home, Maryland Transit runs a convenient bus line for a few bucks near Union Station. Be prepared for big crowds the first weekend of October for the annual powerboat show.
This map highlights a few standbys in the quaint downtown district, but some of the best cafes, bakeries, and restaurants are actually located in Eastport — a quick walk across the bridge. New additions to the list include the Graduate Hotel, Bitty & Beau’s Coffee, Dangerously Delicious Pies, and Forward Brewing. While many D.C. restaurants have 86ed crabs this summer due to their price increases, many Annapolis restaurants that benefit from proximity to the water are continuing to stock them.
Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.Read More