Day 1, Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Last fall, I decided I needed to take some time away, so I booked a long weekend to the East Coast. Flying cross country is always tough; for this trip I had to be on my airport shuttle at 4:10 am, which means getting my taxi at 3:40 am! I never get to bed before about 10 pm on nights when I am flying out the next morning, so you can imagine the sleep deprivation. It is so worth it when I get to board that plane though!
My flight was direct – and absolutely uneventful. I got my car, and made my way to Annapolis; it was only about a 25-minute drive there from the airport. I stayed at the State House Inn, a historic hotel that was originally a house. There are only 7 rooms, so it is really more an inn than a hotel – without breakfast though. They do have an agreement for room service from the Italian restaurant below. The State House Inn is over 200 years old, and perhaps as old as 300 years; however, there aren’t existing records that show when the house was built.
The upper stories are home/inn, and the first floor is commercial space (this floor is only visible from the back side of the house). It has undergone a variety of restorations, with the the most recent addition to the building in 1900. You can see the bones of the original building from Chancery Lane, which they say is the most photographed site in Annapolis because of the view of the illuminated dome of Maryland’s State House (you know I had to see that for myself). The alley was supposedly used by George Washington returning to Mount Vernon on December 23, 1783, after resigning his commission in the State House (there are stairs, so he must not have gotten on his horse yet).
Their website indicates that it is owned and operated by Naval Academy graduate Lieutenant Commander Marc Lucas, but I talked with the manager during my stay and she had indicated that there were new owners, so it is likely that the website is outdated.
For dinner, I headed across the street to the Red Red Wine Bar for a flight of wine and a charcuterie plate. The wine flights and meats and cheeses were delicious! They have a huge selection of wines by the glass and the bottle, and also have an extensive selection of whiskys, for my whisky drinker readers. The atmosphere was very nice, and the server was excellent, explaining all the flavors on the cheeses and meats so I could choose what I wanted. After my light dinner, I spent a little time wandering the quiet streets of Annapolis, looking in the shop windows, before heading back to the Inn for bed. Overall, it was a quiet evening, considering that most of the day was spent traveling. I was excited to see the sights the next day!