Early morning and late afternoon are the best times to see crew teams rowing the creeks of Annapolis.
Main Street offers the best selection of T-shirts, souvenirs, and gifts with a nautical theme, but you'll also find some real gems here. At Plat du Jour, the colorful tableware and linens are imported from Europe. Even if you're not shopping for art, take time to stroll through McBride Gallery to see exquisite paintings, photographs, and sculptures. Anticipate autumn with a visit to Avoca, an Irish store filled with handwoven blankets, sweaters, and scarves.
On State Circle, watch potters work at The Annapolis Pottery, a pretty store brimming with earthenware created by a wide range of artists. Shop for Fido and Fluffy at Paws pet boutique, where gourmet treats, hand-painted bowls, and fancy collars fill the shelves.
Even the windows at Johnson's "On the Avenue," an old-school haberdashery at the corner of Maryland Avenue and State Circle, are well dressed. Open since 1926, the shop has outfitted generations of naval officers and the city's most stylish men.