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State House Inn
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the State House Inn in Annapolis, Maryland.
We enjoyed our brief stay in Annapolis and would recommend the State House Inn.
The inn has a guest pantry on the first floor with an ice machine (buckets are in the rooms), microwave, refrigerator stocked with beverages, and an assortment of glasses, plates, bowls, etc. The comfortable parlor has soft classical music playing in the background. There were an assortment of menus located in that room as well (and breakfast is served there).
The inn serves a continental breakfast in the parlor (fruit, breads, cereal, juice, milk, coffee, and tea). Guests are free to enjoy breakfast in the parlor or use the provided trays to take breakfast to their room.
The inn did not have a bar/lounge, but they did supply us with a bottle of champagne to help us celebrate our wedding anniversary (requested prior to arrival).
The innkeeper, PJ, was there to meet us when we checked in. The innkeeper does not live on the premises, so he requests pre-arranged check-in times (a range of hours) to assure he is there to greet guests. He was very helpful and provided a visitor's guide to Annapolis, extra towels, and took the time to walk us through our room and show us where everything was.
Annapolis is the capital of Maryland and is a quaint, very old American city. Walking the streets can take a guest back in time, as the facades of the buildings and the brick walks are reminiscent of colonial America. We felt very safe walking around the historic district. Annapolis is also the home of the US Naval Academy, so don't be surprised to see men and women in uniform along the streets. Annapolis is known as "America's sailing capital." There are many shops and restaurants in the historic district and near the water that are very inviting.
Riordan's Saloon and Restaurant - 26 Market Space, Annapolis, 410-263-5449
Rams Head Tavern & Fordham Brewing Company - 33 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401,
Keith ordered South Haven Potatoes as an appetizer (but note that the portion was big enough to be a meal). They were not traditional potato skins, but rather fresh sliced potatoes smothered with cheese and bacon and then baked and served with sour cream and scallions. Lori had a hot crab dip, which was served in a casserole dish and contained plenty of tasty crab, cheese, and spices. It was served with a long, skinny, fresh baguette. Lori had no problem finishing all of the baguette by dipping it into the crab dip and freely admits she would have probably finished off the plentiful dip if more bread was available (and we are sure the waiter would have provided more bread if requested, but Lori opted to save soom room for dinner).
For his entree, Keith had a filet served black and blue (blackened for a Cajun flavor, combined with Gorgonzola cheese). Lori ordered shrimp and scallops with farfalle pasta and Cajun sauce. The waiter informed us they were running low on scallops, and Lori happily opted for all shrimp. After her first beer, Lori ordered very reasonably priced splits of Frexinet sparkling brut. The food and service were excellent. We also noticed that in addition to couples, there were many families in the restaurant and the wait staff seemed to know exactly how to cater to the children, which made for a pleasant dining experience for everyone. After dinner, Keith tried a tequila he never tasted before, Triada (although he claims it is not up there with Herradura or El Tesoro; see our tequila page for more on tequila).
Middleton Tavern - 2 Market Space, Annapolis, MD, 410-263-3323
Federal House Bar & Grill - 22-24 Market Space, Annapolis, MD, 410-268-2576
Please note that Rams Head has an adjoining club they call Rams Head On Stage, and they feature many national acts (when we left, we lingered in front of the marquee checking out the upcoming shows).
Annapolis is located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US, about a half hour southeast of Baltimore. As in all of the other Mid-Atlantic region, Annapolis experiences all four seasons. It is quite hot and humid in the summer, so dress appropriately and visitors will want to make sure their accommodations are air-conditioned. We visited in February, and it was a bit colder than usual, with temperatures ranging in the 20s (Fahrenheit), and a biting wind down near the water. We found the cold temperatures just right for walking around a several-square-block area of the city.
Parking is at a premium in Annapolis, and expect to pay for it. We parked in a parking garage off of Gorman Street (recommended by the State House Inn), and a couple blocks from the State House Inn. It is possible to pull up in front of the inn, drop off your bags, and go park the car, but we arrived early for brunch and had already parked, so we simply left our car parked and wheeled our luggage to the inn. While this was not a problem for us, it may be more of an inconvenience for those who have difficulty getting around.
Everything in the historic district is within walking distance (5-6 blocks maximum).