WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO KNOW
WHERE TO STAY
Every lodging in historic Annapolis is convenient to everything else. My top picks:
* The Annapolis Inn (144 Prince George St., 410-295-5200, http:/
* Prices vary significantly at Historic Inns of Annapolis (58 State Cir., 410-263- 2641, http:/
* Chez Amis (85 East St., 410-263-6631, http:/
* Perhaps the most authentic lodging, because it hasn't been beautified and was built in 1747 as a tavern, is Reynolds Tavern (7 Church St., 410-295-9555, http:/
* The owner of the Queen Anne-style Inn at 30 Maryland (30 Maryland Ave., 410-263-9797, http:/
WHERE TO EAT
* Osteria 177 (177 Main St., 410-267-7700) is an upscale Italian/Mediterranean restaurant with gourmet fare. Entrees range from $18 to $40; my homemade pasta stuffed with gorgonzola, pear and porcini mushrooms was well worth $19.
* Chick and Ruth's Delly (165 Main St., 410-269-6737) has sandwiches and entrees starting at less than $10.
* For Irish fare: Galway Bay (61 Maryland Ave., 410-263-8333).
* Boatyard Bar & Grill (400 Fourth St., 410-216-6206) has a huge menu including breakfast, pizza, sandwiches, crab cakes and seafood. Dinner entrees begin at about $10.
* Locals also praise Luna Blu (36 West St., 410-267-9950) for down-home Italian; Yin Yankee Cafe (105 Main St., 410-268-8703) for sushi; Harry Browne's (66 State Cir., 410-263-4332) for a solid American meal.
* Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau, http:/