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Re: "Other Attractions" in Maryland
« Reply #15 on: August 27, 2009, 12:45:34 PM »
Local Hotels:

Comfort Inn
www.comfortinn.com

Country Inn
www.countryinns.com

Courtyard
www.marriott.com/bwian

DoubleTree Annapolis
www.doubletreeannapolis.com

Hilton Garden Inn
www.annapolisstayhgi.com

Holiday Inn Express
www.hiexpress.com/annapolis

Residence Inn
www.marriott.com
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Re: "Other Attractions" in Maryland
« Reply #16 on: August 27, 2009, 12:51:14 PM »
Other Various Attractions:

Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museums
www.borail.org

Harbor Cruises
www.harborcruises.com

Linganore Winecellars
www.linganorewines.com

Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
www.marylandzoo.org

National Aquarium in Baltimore
www.aqua.org


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Re: "Other Attractions" in Maryland
« Reply #17 on: August 27, 2009, 12:55:05 PM »
Of course, we'd be remiss if we didn't pont out our proximity to our nation's capitol, just minutes away.

These sites will provide more info if you are interested, as well as more links...

www.smithsonian.org/museums

www.washington.org

www.culturaltourismdc.org/index.htm

www.house.gov/house/tour_dc.shtml
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Re: "Other Attractions" in Maryland
« Reply #18 on: August 27, 2009, 12:57:32 PM »
Hope at least some of this is moderately entertaining...let me know if anything I can find out for you.

See you in a week or so...cheers!
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Re: "Other Attractions" in Maryland
« Reply #19 on: August 27, 2009, 01:05:42 PM »
My favorite attraction out there is Ft McHenry.  That's the fort that was being attacked during the War of 1812, where Francis Scott Key watched overnight from the harbor, and later wrote the Star Spangled Banner from his experience.  Very nice historical site!

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Re: "Other Attractions" in Maryland
« Reply #20 on: August 27, 2009, 01:15:06 PM »
Butch is absolutely correct. This is a can't-miss place for history buffs. And you get a great shot of the USS Constellation across the harbor...well, a distant one, anyway...

www.nps.gov/fomc

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Re: "Other Attractions" in Maryland
« Reply #21 on: August 27, 2009, 01:16:53 PM »
...and, speaking of the USS Constellation...right here in Baltimore Harbor...
Sail geeks, such as myself, need to go here...

http://www.constellation.org/
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Re: "Other Attractions" in Maryland
« Reply #22 on: August 27, 2009, 01:38:20 PM »
I am shocked, shocked you didn't mention the National Cryptologic Museum right up in Fort Meade, probably only 30 minutes from MDRF or so. It's free and will be open on the weekdays leading up to the faire (and the weekdays after labor day). It will also be open that Saturday (the 5th) but I imagine that is a moot thing since everyone will be at MDRF! :)

Uh, anyway, it's a really cool place and if you go, they usually have docents (mostly retired NSA folks) who can take you around the museum and tell some of its stories. Highly, highly recommend it. (And heck, it's cheaper than going to the Spy Museum in DC!)

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Re: "Other Attractions" in Maryland
« Reply #23 on: August 27, 2009, 02:25:27 PM »
As well you should be shocked...an old exhibit at the National Cryptologic Museum entitled "Burned Out Warhorses of the Cold War" had an interesting picture of me under a pair of ancient headphones, but they took that exhibit down for reasons of national security...er, I mean, national decency...

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Re: "Other Attractions" in Maryland
« Reply #24 on: August 27, 2009, 03:04:07 PM »
As well you should be shocked...an old exhibit at the National Cryptologic Museum entitled "Burned Out Warhorses of the Cold War" had an interesting picture of me under a pair of ancient headphones, but they took that exhibit down for reasons of national security...er, I mean, national decency...

Thanks, Analise!

I totally missed that one! Awww. I always miss the good stuff.

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All that said, I also highly recommend visiting Annapolis and the Naval Academy is great. They've got a nice set of exhibits in the visitor center and definitely check out the chapel and the tomb of John Paul Jones and have a walk along the water.

And if you're looking for tasty seafood, I know a lot of people always recommend going to Cantler's. And don't be too concerned if you're going through a small road to get there through a residential area, you're probably not lost (unless you are!). I think they get a good bit of their clientele from boats that dock there on the Severn River.

And downtown Ellicott City is a nice place to visit too. Which, if you go, make sure to check out what I call "the Faerie store" (I haven't found Jareth in there yet, but it definitely feels like I'm visiting the Labyrinth there on their second floor....), the Rumor Mill Restaurant for tasty, tasty Asian fusion (try the Banana Wontons for dessert, or the crab dumplings, and definitely the sweet potato fries. Don't ask me what makes that last "Asian", just eat 'em. :) ), or The Wine Bin for. Uh. Wine. (get the Blueberry Wine.)

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Re: "Other Attractions" in Maryland
« Reply #25 on: August 28, 2009, 09:08:19 AM »
Besides, Ellicott City is just plain cool!
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