Off the beaten path, there are a few places just outside Annapolis that are worth visiting if you have a little extra time and transportation.
Village of West Annapolis
The Village of West Annapolis is a bohemian district along Annapolis Street; two blocks of brightly painted antique stores, consignment shops and other retail, including art supply stores.
The consignment and antique stores in the village specialize in fine antiques and vintage clothing. Most, but not all, are closed on Sundays. The ones that are open have shortened Sunday hours.
It’s not within easy walking distance of downtown Annapolis, but you’ll find plenty of free parking on the street or in the small parking lots behind the buildings.
And if you’re really adventurous, or bored, here a Village of West Annapolis Scavenger Hunt map.
Great Frogs Winery
A couple from California started Great Frogs Winery (3218 Harness Creek Road, Annapolis, MD 21403) in 1999 with French Bordeaux varietals planted in Annapolis’ naturally sandy loam soil. They say Chesapeake breezes protect the vines from the frost and humidity dealt with inland.
This is not the typical Maryland sweet wine. It’s award winning, dry, white and red wines.
A private tasting and tour is $25 per person and you have to make an appointment to stop by.
It’s about three miles south of Annapolis, off of Forest Drive (Rt. 665). You’ll find a pastoral setting with an historic tobacco barn that now houses wine barrels.
London Town and Gardens
Historic London Town (839 Londontown Road, Edgewater, Maryland) is where to go if you want to go full-on Colonial experience. It’s a county park on the South River in Edgewater, about ten miles from downtown Annapolis.
The historic park is centered around the William Brown House, also called the “Londontowne Publik House,” a tavern and farm built between 1758 and 1764. The county is restoring the former Colonial farm to its original state.
The farm buildings are being reconstructed based on the findings from archeological digs. It’s a small Colonial village now. Volunteers in colonial costumes are often there on weekends, doing colonial chores and explaining life during that period.
Downs Park (8311 John Downs Loop, Pasadena, MD 21122) has a beautiful view of the Chesapeake Bay a few miles outside Annapolis.
You’ll find a long public waterfront for viewing and walking. There’s a separate dog beach and water access for kayaks and canoes.
Swimming is not allowed at Downs Park, unless you’re a dog. Once you come to terms with that, you can enjoy the stunning Chesapeake Bay view of the 236 acre park.
World War II Memorial
The Annapolis WWII Memorial (1919 Governor Ritchie Hwy, Annapolis, MD 21409) is on the other side of the Severn River and overlooks the Naval Academy across the lovely Severn.
Even if you’re not into war memorials, it’s worth a visit for the view of the Severn River and the Naval Academy on the other side of the river.
Just below the memorial is a little waterfront park — Jonas Green Park — with a picnic area, fishing pier and boat access to the river.
Markets & Antiques
Annapolis has a popular Amish market on Solomons Island Road near the South River. The Pennsylvania Dutch Farmer’s Market (2472 Solomons Island Road) is in a strip mall next to a movie theater.
The Pennsylvania Dutch Farmer’s Market, known locally as the “Amish Market.” The Amish merchants are from Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
The indoor market has fresh produce, a traditional butcher’s meat counter, an amazing bakery, foods in bulk, a variety of home-made style sides for take-out and a small restaurant featuring hearty “homemade” breakfast, lunch and early dinner.
There’s almost always a line for the restaurant, so give yourself time if you want to eat in.
There’s also a small Amish furniture store in the back behind the bulk spices section.
If you like antique stores, check out Annapolis Antiques (27 Riverview Avenue). You can see it off Highway 50, but it’s tricky to get to. Using a GPS is recommended. It’s an antique mall in an old building surrounded by boat storage and junk. The mall goes on and on around corners & through rooms.
You can stop by the nearby Heroes Pub, 1 Riverview Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401, known for its sandwiches and jumbo steamed shrimp with onions. The pub is named for its primary clientele, first responders.
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