Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Annapolis Lit up at Night: Thanksgiving

Scott, Brian, Doug and Tom
In addition to the feast, and a fun indoor flying adventure, we also took my (Rob) brother Doug and his boys to downtown Annapolis at night to see the Christmas lights and get a history lesson.

Governor's Mansion
GOVERNOR'S MANSION -  The Governor's mansion was lit up for the holidays. Sadly, though, our conservative governor doesn't offer tours, cookies, holiday music, etc. like our former democratic governor did. So, you can only walk by and see the lights.
  We have fond memories of getting pictures with former Gov. O'Malley and his wife and touring the beautifully decorated house. Sadly, that tradition is no more.

The State House lit up
DOG FRIENDLY - The old town/downtown Annapolis area is very dog friendly, and restaurants put out water bowls for dogs and allow people to dine outside with their dogs at their tables (in the spring, summer and fall of course).

It's a dog-friendly downtown

Side street in Annapolis lit up
STATE HOUSE LIT UP - The Maryland State House is located in Annapolis and is the oldest state capitol in continuous legislative use, dating to 1772. It houses the Maryland General Assembly and offices of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor.

FUN FACT - The capitol has the distinction of being topped by the largest wooden dome in the United States constructed without nails. The current building, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960,  is the third statehouse on its site

An Annapolis street all lit up
THURSDAY NIGHT SALES - We just read that Thursday nights, the downtown shops stay open late in December for special holiday shopping.

Midnight Madness Holiday Shopping Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 from 6pm to Midnight

Don't miss Midnight Madness, December 1st and 8th where select stores in downtown Annapolis will remain open until midnight, and the Eleventh Hour on December 15th (stores remaining open until 11 pm) giving bargain-hunters and last-minute shoppers an excuse to get out and shop well into the night. It's also the perfect excuse to catch up with friends and take advantage of special deals in the middle of holiday fun with a Girls' Weekend. So, come enjoy the spirit of Annapolis as the town will be inundated with live music, holiday entertainment and cheer throughout the night.
The City of Annapolis will offer FREE 3-hour valet parking, free Circulator buses and discounted garage parking during the annual event. It will also feature eCruisers throughout downtown, compliments of George Palmer at Urban EvenTours.

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

I'm a simple guy who enjoys the simple things in life, especially our dogs. I volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy exercising, blogging, politics, helping friends and neighbors, participating in ghost investigations, coffee, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country music,writing books on ghosts and spirits, cooking simply and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.