Annapolis, Maryland , the location of the signing of the Treaty of Paris ending the Revolutionary War, was a perfect weekend getaway. An easy drive being only three hours from Philadelphia. Once there, it was so comfortable exploring the historic downtown streets. We did the introductory trolley tours to get the lay of the land and some very interesting facts… one being that St. John’s College founded in 1696 is the third oldest college in the United States and its liberal arts curriculum is based entirely upon the study of the Great Books and engaging with the world’s greatest thinkers, Augustine, Aristotle, Einstein, Descartes etc. (The Entire Reading List), We then went off to easily explore by foot. St. Anne’s Episcopal Church was the first stop, located one block from the Information Center. The first church was constructed in 1692 but razed and rebuilt in 1775 to “look like a proper place of worship”. Francis Scott Key, author of our National Anthem, worshipped here along with three signers of the Declaration of Independence. The kneelers represent a needlepoint project where many in the parish created colorful and beautiful designs, making prayer a bit easier on the knees. A self guided tour is provided. Besides the tremendous historical aspects to explore, Main Street is host to quaint shops and restaurants. I would highly recommend the caprese salad with delicious homemade mozzarella at Osteria 177 Restaurant. The Naval Academy is certainly a central draw and hub here. Visitors are permitted to walk the grounds after going through a security checkpoint. The chapel dome serves as a beacon and would welcome sailors back home from their time at sea. In 1913, the remains of John Paul Jones were interred in the crypt beneath the chapel. One word of warning, get there before 4…we missed it by a few minutes. It is the dream for many to marry at this sacred spot. At the end of the day, rest up and relax by many of the wonderful restaurants on the water front. The Chart House can be expensive but consistently serves excellent food. Att the end of the day The Marriott Courtyard Annapolis, Shenae Moulde, the GM, Miss Candice, Miss Aleah and Greg will take excellent care of you! Orange scones, free internet …what’s not to like. I actually want to purchase the sheets and bedding from shopmarriott.com! I am a lover of deep and peaceful sleep!