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by Doug Bardwell - http://DougBardwell.com

My other article detailed a number of attractions to enjoy while in Annapolis, and this one will keep you well fed, and housed in luxury.

If you’re hungry:

Naval Academy

While touring the Naval Academy, if the hungers hit, you’ve got a few choices. The Naval Academy Club offers fine dining at lunchtime for all visitors (Monday through Friday only.) For more casual (family) dining, think about the Drydock Restaurant in the lower level of Dahlgren Hall. Good looking pizza and a host of bar food will keep the family happy until the next meal.

Drydock, Restaurant; 103 Fullam Court; US Naval Academy; Annapolis, MD 20402; (410) 293-2873 ; http://www.usnabsd.com/naval-academy-dining/

Annapolis Ice Cream Company

I never had ice cream I could roll up on my spoon like this before. A totally unique ice cream experience, but as much fun as that was, the taste was even better. I had Salted Caramel that was out of this word. Butter Pecan with brown sugar and Raspberry Chocolate Chip also looked amazing.

Great place for kids. They let them all decorate spoons and then display gazillions on their walls, all indexed and cataloged.

Annapolis Ice Cream Company; 196 Main St.; Annapolis, MD 21401; (410) 293-2873; http://annapolisicecream.com/

The Boatyard Bar & Grill

The Boatyard has been a favorite in the Annapolis area since opening in 2001. Whether you own a sailboat or just love watching them sail, you’ll feel right at home in this nautically inspired restaurant along restaurant row. Part restaurant and part nautical museum, you won’t run out of paintings and artifacts to admire while you eat.

From their Finley’s Fantabulous Fish Tacos to their amazing Smith Island cake (the official Maryland State dessert), you’ll find a huge menu to satisfy all appetites.

Boatyard Bar & Grill; 400 4th Street; Annapolis, MD 21401; (410) 216-6206; http://www.boatyardbarandgrill.com/

Chick & Ruth’s Delly

Every morning at 8:30 a.m., owner Ted Levitt stops everything in this bustling Annapolis eatery. With Ted on the microphone, everyone stands and recites the Pledge of Allegiance. 60 seconds later, it’s back to breakfast. Oh, and their signature Seasoned Crab Omelets are huge and delicious. If that doesn’t fill you, try their 6 pound milk shake…seriously, it’s the largest milkshake in the world.

All their sandwiches are made on homemade rye. Their seafood club sandwich comes with a jumbo lump crab cake and shrimp salad. Anything I saw looked awesome.

Chick & Ruth’s Delly; 165 Main Street; Annapolis, MD 21401; (410) 269-6737; http://www.chickandruths.com/

Ready to relax?

Loews Annapolis Hotel

From the pillow top mattress to the luxurious terry bath robes, Loews Annapolis place speaks comfort. They’ve just completed a two-year renovation of the entire facility and you’d think this is a brand new building. The rooms and lobbies are all in excellent shape.

My room (351) was spacious and well appointed. The desk was a decent size (30x60) with good lighting, four desktop 110v outlets and one USB charging port. The room had an abundant Keurig coffee setup in addition to a mini fridge below the 48-inch+ flat-screen TV. (Bring your own Keurig K-cups. My only complaint was the coffee brand they supplied – Diedrich Coffee was really substandard to my taste buds.)

Deep wide dresser drawers supplemented some nice open shelving below the two night tables.

Mine was a king room and the bed was extremely comfortable (it keeps calling me and I’m doing the best I can to resist.)

The room is simply and tastefully done in a nautical palette of blues, ivories and tans. White crown mold accents the ceiling line and the walls are done in an attractive stucco finish. Wonderful black and white photos are matted and framed in the bedroom and bath.

The bathroom is very comfortable, yet extremely well appointed. A bowed curtain rod with split curtains looks nice, but keeps all your shower water in the tub where it belongs. The bow in the rod makes a large bath feel even roomier. A Speakman shower head lets you concentrate the water flow to massage strength if you’ve got a sore back. A pull out, magnifying mirror lets you find those slight imperfections after shaving. Even though this was not a “handicapped” room, most seniors will enjoy the low step-in height when stepping into the tub.

Back in April when I visited, Loews Hotel chain was having a National Grilled Cheese Month feature at each of their hotels. Annapolis called their creation “It’s Better by the Bay” and it included jumbo lump crabmeat, crab dip, cheddar cheese, asparagus, apple bacon and was served on brioche. It came with large fries and was marvelous. Kudos to the chef at WEST, Bar and Grill.

For those of you with dogs, remember that Loews loves pets. Your dog will get their own water bowl at check in and there’s a dog exercise area just outside. On the last Friday of the month, check out their “Canines and Cocktails” events, with proceeds going to help various shelters and rescues.

While everyone seems to get out and jog in Annapolis, if you’re an inside exerciser, this place is for you. They have one of the best equipped exercise rooms I’ve ever seen at a hotel with multiple machines for all the popular routines.

Loews Annapolis Hotel; 126 West Street; Annapolis, MD 21401; (410) 263-7777; http://www.loewshotels.com/Annapolis-Hotel

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