Annapolis, MD and Washington, D.C.: Part 1

As a teacher, I get two weeks off from the end of December (just before Christmas) into the beginning of January (just after New Years Day). My husband and I like to take advantage of this time off to travel – something we both love! Last year, we went to NYC and Washington, D.C. We both really enjoyed Washington, D.C. and decided to go back there again this year.

Upon landing at Dulles International Airport after a half hour flight delay, we proceeded to wait around 45 minutes in line to pick up our rental car.  We then headed straight to Annapolis. It is the capital of Maryland and is a site of political and historic significance. It is also the site of the United States Naval Academy, which we drove by at one point just to check it out.

We did more shopping on this trip than we probably should have, including a visit to the ridiculously huge Potomac Mills mall. We always bring walkie-talkies with us since the cell phone roaming charges are so exorbitant. This allows us to split up so we can maximize our time in the stores we each like. So what if people look at us funny when our walkie-talkies go off while waiting in line to pay for something. Hahaha!

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These little radios have a pretty decent range!

A yummy salted caramel pudding my hubby and I shared at a California Pizza Kitchen in Annapolis

A yummy salted caramel pudding my hubby and I shared at a California Pizza Kitchen in Annapolis

One of my favourite things about travelling is trying local restaurants and food and, as a result, the food we eat is usually among the biggest highlights of my travels. We spent a bit of time walking down the quaint and picturesque Main Street in downtown Annapolis and noticed a particularly bustling restaurant. It appeared to be deli – similar in appearance to some of those well-known delis found in NYC.

And so we found ourselves having lunch at Chick and Ruth’s Delly. Apparently they are known for their crab-cakes so, of course, that’s what we ordered! Yum! Interestingly, this is apparently quite a popular place. You can join them to recite the Pledge of Allegiance each morning, take on one of their “colossal” food challenges (6 lb. milkshakes, 3 lb. sandwiches, 3lb cheeseburgers), or stay at their bed and breakfast upstairs. It’s always so much fun to discover places like this!

The menu, colossal food challenges, and famous crab cakes at Chick and Ruth's Delly; Picturesque Main Street Annapolis

The menu, colossal food challenges, and famous crab cakes at Chick and Ruth’s Delly; Picturesque Main Street Annapolis

After our time in Annapolis, we headed off to Washington, D.C.

I’ll share more about the next part of our trip in Part 2 of this post!  To be continued…

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