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Professional Convention Management Association

October 03 2016

Annapolis Rolls Out the Red Carpet for PCMA Chesapeake Chapter

Jennifer Kochesfahani
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.