Tourism Board Travel: Get Your Float On In Annapolis
Every city has its defining annual event. In New Orleans, it's Mardi Gras. Toronto has its film festival. Every October in Annapolis, Maryland, thousands of boats dock for the United States Sailboat Show. The Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau touts the event, now in its 38th year, as the pre-eminent boat show in the Western Hemisphere.
It makes sense. The preppiness of Cape Cod, Nantucket and Hilton Head combined don't rival the hometown of the U.S. Naval Academy. After all, half the city's male population wears white pants year-round.
Starting today and lasting until October 8, boats parade through Annapolis City Dock. The inlet is surrounded by "downtown" Annapolis--a few cobblestone streets lined with crab cake restaurants and J. Crew shops. Diners can watch from the deck or, for $16, climb aboard to see whether or not they want to invest in 420 feet of floating luxury.