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** Please sign up for tours and lunches by September 12**

Monday Morning, Oct 7th

9:30am – 11:30am “Explore the Heart of Annapolis” guided tour via electric cart  ($30/per person)

One of America’s oldest cities is a little town packed with hidden gems.  This guided tour will provide an overview of Annapolis’ history & its role in the building of America, showcase its colonial architecture including the original homes of four signers of the Declaration of Independence and provide panoramic views of Annapolis Harbor & Chesapeake Bay.  This is a special discounted conference rate.

Meet in the hotel lobby at 9:15am.  The tour will end at Café Normandie.

11:30am  Lunch at the Café Normandie (self-pay)
(a 10 minute walk from the hotel)

French country cuisine with Maryland seafood specialties.  Vegetarian & gluten free options are available.

Monday Afternoon, Oct 7th

2:00pm–3:00  Maryland State House – guided tour (Free)
(a 4 minute walk from the restaurant or 10 minute walk from the hotel)

Docent guided tour of the oldest state capitol in continuous legislative use & the only state house to have also served as the nation’s capitol (from November 1783 – August 1784). See where George Washington resigned his commission & where the Treaty of Paris was ratified, marking the official end of the Revolutionary War.

Tuesday, Oct 8th

11:15am – 12:45  Lunch Boatyard Bar & Grill (self-pay)

Meet in the hotel lobby at 11:00 & travel together to the restaurant.  Located on Restaurant Row in the historic maritime district of Eastport, the Boatyard is where local sailors, fishermen and lovers of the Chesapeake enjoy great crab cakes and the freshest local seafood.  Vegetarian & gluten free options are available. 

1:30 – 3:30  Wilma Lee Skipjack private charter guided tour ($50/per person)
(a 10 minute walk from the restaurant)

Sail the Chesapeake Bay aboard one of the last remaining skipjacks, the state boat of Maryland.  The skipjack is the traditional workboat used for oyster harvesting.  The Wilma Lee was built in 1940 and meticulously restored in 2019.  As we sail the bay our docent will introduce us to the history of the Chesapeake Bay, oystering industry and point out sights of interest along the way.  Unless storms are forecast, we sail rain or shine so bring a sun hat, rain jacket & wear soft soled, flat shoes.  The captain determines sailing cancellation.  Maximum of 35, so sign up early.

3:30pm – 4:30pm   Annapolis Maritime Museum ($5/per person)

Following our sail receive a docent guided tour of the Maritime Museum’s permanent exhibit, “Our Changing Waterfront”.  Learn about Chesapeake Bay ecology with our large scale, vibrant aquariums and learn about harvesting seafood from the waters of the Chesapeake Bay.

Wednesday, Oct 9th

10:30 – 11:30am  Hammond Harwood House guided tour ($10/per person)
(a 15 minute walk from the hotel)

Built in 1774 by William Buckland, Hammond-Harwood House is a museum of 18th and early 19th century architecture and art.  The 60-minute guided tour highlights its refined design, unique history and incomparable collection of paintings by Charles Willson Peale and furniture by John Shaw.  The tour includes the main house, garden and old kitchen.

Meet in the hotel lobby at 10:00.

12:00 – 1:00            Lunch: To Be Decided (self pay)

Afternoon            On your Own

Options to consider include continued strolling down Maryland Avenue, Annapolis’s oldest shopping street.  Or visit the United States Naval Academy, taking a 1 ½ hour guided walking or driving tour.  (International visitors are required to show original passport, US citizens are required to show original photo ID.)