Girl's Weekend Getaway in Annapolis
1Find your perfect treat at one of the boutiques and quirky general stores of the downtown shopping district, where culinary inspiration abounds at the Spice & Tea Exchange and the Pink Crab offers flirty sundresses perfect for dashing around town.
2You've probably worked up a thirst, and luckily Level Lounge is there for a can't-miss happy hour. Try the baked apple pisco sour or the pomegranate caipirinha, but don't get too full on small plates like the caramelized onion gnocchi . . .
3 . . because you won't want to miss the feast of fresh Chesapeake crabs on offer at Cantler's Riverside, just a few minutes' drive towards the water. Forget the tourist traps downtown, with their highway-robbery prices — the relaxed vibe and outdoor seating here make it an unbeatable place to watch the sunset.
1Start the day with waffles and local art at coffeehouse-and-gallery 49 West, where the baked goods are all homemade and the photography is dominated by talented locals.
2It wouldn't be a girls' weekend without a little men-in-uniform-watching, right? Put on your whites to go soak up the history during a tour of the storied Naval Academy. Senator John McCain and former President Jimmy Carter are among the famous alumni whose adventures are frequently invoked by talented tour guides.
3A lusher taste of the city's past is on view at the William Paca House and Garden, where you can stop and smell the flowers in a sumptuous two-acre spread of trees and flowers that dates back to the 18th century.
4Pick up lunch at Giolitti's, an Italian deli renowned by locals for sandwiches that range from meatball subs to piquant Cuban paninis.
5Get out on the water with a 2-hour sailing cruise on the Schooner Woodwind. Check the calendar online for your ideal experience, whether it's a sunset sail or a French-wine-tasting afternoon.
6Kick back and compare notes (or souvenirs) before heading out for noodles and spicy lettuce wraps at "modern Thai" hotspot Lemongrass. Make sure to cool that fire with one of their fun cocktails.
7Keep the night rolling with some live music at the downtown Rams Head Tavern, one of the nation's best small clubs, where the acts range from country to acoustic to funk.
1Brunch in seaside style at the Severn Inn on the waterfront, famous for its views of the Naval Academy campus and its decadent buffet.
2Swap your favorite stories from the weekend over a pedicure or eco-friendly massage at Varuna Salon and Spa, where the organic Aveda products will transport you to a permanent vacation.
3For a bit of outdoor relaxation on your way home, stop by Quiet Waters Park with a glass of wine or edible treat for a brief picnic or a stroll along the hiking trails.