What a whirlwind weekend! On something close to a whim, we packed up and hit the road Friday morning for Annapolis, MD. We had so much fun at the 2012 Annapolis Boat Show that we decided to give it a go again… with a 2 year old.
The drive is about 7 hours. To make it a novel experience, we finally turned Hailey’s car seat forward facing. I guess at 25 months (ok, ok, 2 years old!), it was finally time. Other than that, we had no hotel booked, no restaurants scoped out and no plan in general. Adventure!
We drove through rain the entire way to Annapolis and went straight downtown. We were shocked that we found a parking spot and a restaurant with little to no wait. We were thrilled we we finally sat down at the Federal House Bar and Grille.
The only semi-plan I had for the weekend was to eat crab, so after David and I split the mussels, I ordered the cream of crab soup.
Though I’m not usually a cream-based soup fan, this was delicious with hearty lumps of crab meat throughout.
David was excited to eat, but we know what really struck his fancy…
Wahoo for beer flights!
Being that it was getting close to 8:30pm by this point and Hailey still hadn’t napped, we headed to our hotel we had called on the drive up, outside of town.
…only we drove to and proceeded to try and check into the wrong hotel.
This girl was a rock star! (Side note: I have already been scolded for letting Hailey wear a jacket in her car seat. Let me assure you she was just like this as we drove across the street to our correct hotel. She’s also clothes-less and I don’t usually let her go out like that either ).
We did make one incredibly right decision, though, and it was to stay in a suite.
With a real door between the two rooms, we were able to put Hailey down, then stay up with the lights and TV on and hangout in our room. Brilliant!
Saturday morning we grabbed breakfast and were off.
The drizzly weather kept things at a comfortable temperature and kept the crowds bearable. Strollers are a no-no with all the floating docks, and the Ergo worked fantastically. Since there are hundreds of boats at the show, and most of you probably don’t care to see hundreds of boat pictures, let me just highlight our current favorite, the Fountaine Pajot Helia 44.
The amount of living space available on catamarans today is unreal.
I believe the kitchen on this boat is bigger than the kitchen in mine and David’s first house.
This boat is set up as an owner’s version, meaning down in one hull there are two bedrooms and two baths, but the other one is completely devoted to being the master suite.
I’m in love!
After only seeing three boats (it’s amazing how much time you can spend on them and talking to people), it was time for lunch.
We snagged a table at Middleton Tavern, where I proceeded to order the steamer basket, the best decision I’ve made in years. The crab was incredible!
Sweet, delicious and ready to be dunked in lemon butter. I devoured it and even snagged a bite of David’s crab cake, which was also quite good.
I can never get enough crab!
We pushed through another nap time and ventured back to the show after lunch.
All things considered, Hailey did so well. Sure we spoiled her with snacks, pacifiers and even a sucker or two, but she hung in there and let us see all the boats we were after.
The drive home Sunday was tedious, but we made it. I’m planning on plenty of park time this week to repay her for her great behavior while she was basically strapped to a car seat or one of us all weekend.
7 hours each way is a haul, but it was worth it!
What’s your maximum drive time for a weekend away?
I’m thinking ours is around 6-7 hours. Any more and we would have lost our minds!