As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, we spent the weekend of October 9th in Annapolis, MD. We stayed three nights at the Best Western Annapolis. When I made our hotel reservation I was not aware that the United States Sailboat Show was being held October 8-12, followed by the United States Powerboat Show on October 15-18. According to information on the Internet, the United States Sailboat Show is in its 40th year and the United States Powerboat Show is in its 38th year. Both shows are the oldest and largest, new in-water boat shows in the world. The Powerboat Show and the Sailboat Show attract more than 50,000 boating enthusiasts from around the world to the Annapolis waterfront. I guess we were lucky to get a room for the weekend. After we checked in, I overheard a man and woman inquiring as to the availability of a room. There were no rooms available at Best Western. In fact there were very few rooms available anywhere in or near Annapolis, unless you wanted to pay $400+ per night. Wow, we didn’t even spend $400 for three nights!
We checked into the Best Western Annapolis around 2:30PM. At 3:50 PM we caught a shuttle bus to downtown Annapolis. As a convenience for its guests, many of whom were in town for the sailboat show, our hotel provided complimentary shuttle bus service to downtown Annapolis all weekend long. It was nice not to have to fight traffic to get downtown. Also, riding the shuttle bus eliminated having to find parking in downtown Annapolis, which was running at a premium ($20 and up for all-day parking).
We soon learned that the entire waterfront was not visible, as it was blocked off for the sailboat show.
Admission to the sailboat show was $17.00 each, a fee that we did not wish to pay. After all we were neither looking to buy or sell a sailboat nor was there a sailboat in our dreams!
Instead of walking along the waterfront, we visited the Maryland State House until it closed at 5:00PM. The Maryland State House is the oldest state capitol still in continuous legislative use and is the only state house to have ever served as the nation’s capitol.
The Continental Congress met in the Old Senate Chamber from November 26, 1783, to August 13, 1784. George Washington came before Congress during that time to resign his commission as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. In addition the Treaty of Paris was ratified, which marked the official end of the Revolutionary War.
We caught the 5:30PM shuttle back to our hotel.
There were several restaurants located across the street or within a mile of our hotel. We chose to eat dinner at Boston Market. I ordered a chicken pot pie with fresh fruit and corn bread. Bob ordered 1/2 chicken with two sides and corn bread. Both of our meals were good.
We returned to our hotel after dinner. We spent rest of the evening in our room relaxing.