Summer has been hot here in Annapolis this year. We have had lots of 90 degree days with heat indices up to 107! I know in some parts of the country that is nothing to even mention but for us it has been a long, hot summer and the dog days are dragging on. We heard there would be relief this week in the temperature and all are patiently waiting for it. How does one make it through these days here in Historic Annapolis?
Here are some of the fun ways to do so:
1) Find the closest pub/restaurant and go inside for a cool drink, salad or cold soup.
2) When shopping stay on the shady side of the street when perusing the many air-conditioned shops and galleries on Main. Dock, West Streets as well as State Circle and Maryland Avenue. If the shady side is hot than revert to suggestion #1.
3) Visit the Naval Academy Museum. It is “cool” in there in so many ways. The first floor exhibit of US Navy history and memorabilia will take you from the earliest history up to present day. The second floor ship models are world class and well worth your time to explore there. We had the curator of the British Museum’s ship model gallery stay with us many years ago and he said the USNA gallery is second only to the British Museum’s in the world! In the basement visit the book store before leaving the museum.
4) Stop in one of our many ice cream stores for a delicious treat to cool you down.
5) Take a boat ride either on the Woodwind Schooner (truly air conditioned by the breezes on the bay) or with one of many Watermark boat rides (many with air-conditioned inside seating).
6) Repeat # 1 & # 4 as many times as necessary to keep you cool, hydrated and smiling.
A day by the bay is cooler than not having day by the bay so get yourself in gear and come on in to visit Annapolis. Right now you may be wishing for the “double dog dare you” challenge to put your tongue on a cold metal pole outside the schoolhouse! Until that time comes know that our “Vacancy” sign is out and awaiting your arrival for some cool down activities here in Historic Annapolis.