4 Easy Day Trips

EN­CHANT­ING AN­NAPO­LIS

Where Baltimore - - Contents - BY KERRI PINCHUK

Scenic roads lead to a mar­itime cap­i­tal, a his­toric park, a pop­u­lar farm and a pic­turesque win­ery.

The state cap­i­tal’s lo­ca­tion on the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay makes it the Mid-Atlantic’s nau­ti­cal hub and home of the U.S. Naval Academy. Spring and sum­mer draw thou­sands with events like Wed­nes­day night sail­boat races (April 27-Au­gust 31), the Mary­land Av­enue Spring Fling Fes­ti­val (May 1) and the Fourth of July Pa­rade and Fire­works (July 5). Any time of year, the pic­turesque, walk­a­ble down­town of­fers mu­se­ums, shop­ping and (no sur­prise) seafood restau­rants with water­front views. An arts scene also bus­tles in this city, named one of the country’s “top 25 arts des­ti­na­tions” by Amer­i­can Style Mag­a­zine. The First Sun­day Arts Fes­ti­val (May 1Nov. 6) fea­tures more than 100 re­gional artists set­ting up along West and Calvert streets and, this year, An­napo­lis Sum­mer Gar­den Theatre presents “The Wed­ding Singer” (May 26-June 18) and “Rent” (June 30-July 23).— Kerri Pinchuk 30 miles south via I-97 South, 410.280.0445, vis­i­tan­napo­lis.org

Down­town An­napo­lis

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