Annapolis has picked up many nicknames since its founding in 1649. “Athens of America” honors the city’s promotion of the arts, learning, and democracy. “Crabtown” and “America’s Sailing Capital” celebrate all the joys of the sea. No one really knows why it earned the “Naptown” moniker, but who doesn’t love a daytime snooze? All insider endearments aside, Annapolis is a great choice for a full and exciting life in retirement, thanks to its abundant cultural offerings, relatively mild weather, and nearby water-centric activities. The short distance to both Washington, D.C. and Baltimore is an added bonus.
Following our planned opening in 2024 (pending final approval by Maryland Department of Aging and the City of Annapolis), The Village at Providence Point—A National Lutheran Community, will call Annapolis home. We hope you’ll join us. Why? We have five reasons why Maryland’s state capital is the perfect choice for your active retirement.
The streets of Annapolis are lined with some of America’s finest 18th-century brick mansions creating an open-air museum. Take a self-guided walk in the Historic District before touring the Maryland State House, where George Washington resigned his commission as commander of the Continental Army. The flowerbeds, water features and charming bridges in the William Paca Garden offer a feast for the senses. Take time to admire the stained-glass windows in the Romanesque Revival-style nave of St. Anne’s Church, which was built in 1858.
Annapolis is famous as the home of the U.S. Naval Academy, where you can take a guided tour, catch a concert or attend a sporting event. If you prefer being out on the water, there are countless ways to explore the area’s 533 miles of shoreline. Canoes and sailboats offer hands-on opportunities, while sightseers can choose cruises, water taxis or charter boats, many of which are accessible for wheelchair users and those with mobility challenges.
Whether you’re buying or just looking, gallery hopping in the picturesque downtown of Annapolis is a fun way to spend the day. There are nearly two dozen exhibition spaces within easy walking distance of one another. Maryland Hall offers a year-round schedule of symphony, opera and ballet performances, and the thriving theater community presents a full range of plays and musicals ranging from “Macbeth” to “Mamma Mia.”
Simply steamed in their shells or fried in seasoned butter, Chesapeake Bay blue crabs are one of Maryland’s signature summer treats. We know a healthy diet is a varied one, and the dining scene in Annapolis offers a full range of taste treats. Savor a gourmet burger, an aromatic Thai curry or a nutrient-packed salad made from organic produce at local eateries.
Annapolis may be an historic seaside town, but it also knows how to celebrate. You can meet like-minded friends at one of the many maritime meet-and-greets, the world’s largest crab feast or the world-class yacht and powerboat shows. The Annapolis Film Festival celebrates the silver screen, while Annapolis Arts Week gives all of the arts a chance to shine through numerous performances and hands-on experiences. For a memorable day out with the grandkids, take them back in time to a 16th-century English village at the Maryland Renaissance Festival in Crownsville. Don’t miss the chance to celebrate Maryland’s birthday by checking out the free events at local museums on Maryland Day.
If you’d like to learn more about what retiring in Annapolis could mean for you, we’d love to talk to you. Contact us to arrange your personal consultation or to join an introductory webinar or event.