We couldn’t have asked for a
more beautiful August afternoon for the 40+ meeting and hospitality
professionals who turned out for a gorgeous day in Annapolis and evening on the
bay. The Chesapeake Chapter’s signature Venues
Tour began with a light lunch at the Westin Annapolis, and then we were
whisked away by trolley through the historic streets and alleyways of one of
the nation’s oldest cities. Did you know that four of the original signers of
the Declaration of Independence were residents of Annapolis?
The narrated trolley tour
included stops at two landmark Annapolis homes. The William Paca House
(pronounced PAY-ka, not PACK-a as many think!) is a Georgian mansion built in
the 1760s and includes a two-acre formal garden perfect for weddings or special
events. The second stop allowed participants to wander the restored home and
expansive grounds of the Charles Carroll house. One of the only historic venues
in the Mid-Atlantic on a waterfront, the tour participants were uniquely able
to experience a slice of life of one of Maryland’s richest founding families at
the Carroll house.
After a full afternoon,
participants were treated to some tasty libations at BAROAK and a tour of the
Loews Annapolis hotel. And, since no trip to Annapolis is complete without a
little time on the water, the tour concluded with a two-hour sail on the
Chesapeake Bay and a close-up look at the weekly Annapolis sailboat races from
the deck of the schooner Woodwind.
The PCMA Chesapeake Chapter
would like to thank our event sponsors: Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel
County, the Westin Annapolis, the Loews Annapolis, and Freeman.