Maryland Avenue is a small business district that caters to the state capitol crowd during legislative sessions. It’s also our antique row off Main Street.
Several cobblestone streets shoot off State Circle in Annapolis like wheel spokes. Maryland Avenue is one of them that’s worth a visit. It’s only three blocks long and dead ends at the Naval Academy.
On the block closest to the Capitol, antique stores, high-end vintage clothing, consignment, and artisan shops share the street with a flower shop, tailor, and laundromat. It’s a mix of ‘touristy’ and local necessities.
Maryland Avenue is a little off the beaten path in Annapolis and hosts a number of festivals throughout the year. The best known is the Irish Festival.
The small business district tapers off on the second and third blocks down from the State House. On one side of the avenue, there’s a used bookstore that hosts author signings and other events, as well as an art gallery. The other side is a row of historic private homes.
Galway Bay on Maryland Avenue in Annapolis has been recognized as Best Irish Pub every year since 2000, Best Bartender 2016, Best Trivia Night, featured in Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, and most recently as a runner-up for “Best Irish Pub Global”.
The bottom of Maryland Avenue (down the hill from the Capitol) is a couple of blocks from the Annapolis waterfront. You’ll walk past Old Fox Books & Coffeehouse, the kind of book store with new and used books, old cushy chairs to read them in, and author book signings on a regular basis.
And if you continue walking, you’ll go past historic homes and manicured gardens.
It’s a pleasant walk.
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