A Weekend Getaway: Annapolis, DC, and Baltimore

Sean is living in Fort Meade, Maryland, doing training for work until mid March. So, for the long weekend, I went up to visit him.

Fort Meade is located pretty exactly between Baltimore, Md., and Washington, DC.

I arrived in Maryland on Friday and that night we decided to check out Annapolis. It is a gorgeous town that really reminds me of Charleston. It is right on the waterfront with lots of pretty houses and churches all along the hills. We walked along Main street & looked into shops & checked out some restaurants.

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Since I was craving Asian, we settled on Lemongrass– a Thai restaurant that one of Sean’s professors recommended. Needless to say, it was delicious. We started with a pitcher of ginger mojitos- I love mojitos and these were very good & in a huge pitcher! Sean ordered pineapple fried rice & I had Chesapeake pad thai- pad thai with crab! It was all yummy yummy. We finished off the night with bananas foster & ice cream- it was amazing!

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Saturday morning, we got up & headed to Washington, DC. It was the weekend of the inauguration so everything was crazy! We saw lots of memorials- World War II, Vietnam, Korean, & the Lincoln. We also went to the Smithsonian American History & Art museums!

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We had a late lunch/early dinner at Rosa Mexicana. It was across the street from the art museum and was delicious. We started with guacamole, which was made tableside! It was delicious!

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DC was lots of fun & really bubbling with excitement for the Inauguration – it was a lively time to visit. Even though it was really cold for us southerners, we still had a blast exploring!

On Sunday, we slept in and made the quick drive over to Baltimore. We parked at Federal Hill. It is basically a huge elevated park with an amazing view of the harbor & the city. It was gorgeous!

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Then we walked around the harbor. There are tons of restaurants and shops. We grabbed a quick lunch & then went to my favorite spot- the aquarium!

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The aquarium was 5 stories tall & featured 3 exhibits- the main exhibit with fish, birds, and frogs, one exhibit for the dolphin show, and one for the jellyfish exhibit.

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After the aquarium, we walked around the harbor some more & went into a few shops. We walked around some more until we were hungry enough for dinner. We ended up stumbling into an upscale sports bar- Gordon Biersch. We had really yummy beers, brewed in-house, & a great meal. We started with the Southwestern flatbread, which was divine, and then I had the crab cake sandwich & sweet potato fries while Sean had lobster mac and cheese. It was great!

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Baltimore was beautiful, but also cold. We had a great time exploring the gorgeous city!

It was fun, but I can’t wait until Sean comes home!

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