In the shadow of national monuments and blooming trees, a chorus of camera shutters click while photographers usher once-fleeting moments into eternity. Premier Photo Tours' staff helps foster such experiences, giving shooters skills with which to go after their photographic pursuits. Each a combination of instructor and guide, the company's camera pros lead themed walks around town that teach kids and adults how to frame scenic shots or get a stubborn art sculpture to smile. Deeper instruction comes in the form of Photo Mentor classes for photographers who want to take a more artistic and technically savvy approach in any stage of their photography development. During any of Premier's sessions, snappers have the opportunity to build community with one another around their budding talents, which can be enhanced on group travel excursions to some of the world's most photogenic locales.
Holding up port in the Annapolis City Marina for more than 25 years, Carrol's Creek serves up finely grilled steaks and fresh local seafood with a lively dockside view of the Spa Creek harbor. The lunch menu presents a star line-up of aquatic delicacies such as a glamorous herb-encrusted rockfish fillet roasted with sautéed baby spinach, lovely lady jumbo crab lumps, and a tomato pesto risotto ($18), or a fried oyster po' boy sandwich made of pearl-less mollusks fried fresh and served on a roll with horseradish aioli ($11.50). Dinner allows a repeat performance of lunchtime favorites mixed with new appetizers such as Acapulco-style ceviche, which combines tilapia with onions, tomatoes, avocado, and fresh cilantro ($9), and caesar salad for two, made tableside so diners can witness the ritualistic slaughter of romaine hearts before devouring them with special dressing and freshly grated imported cheese ($15). Maryland jumbo crab-cakes are bursting with garlic-and-herb potatoes ($30), and a grilled filet mignon comes slathered with caramelized sweet onions, wild mushrooms, and a merlot glace to satisfy the largest land-loving appetites ($29).
In one of the nation's most storied rivalries spanning more than a century, the Navy Midshipmen and the Army Black Knights have met on courts, fields, mats, and tracks and in pools more than 1,700 times. Though the fierce rivalry will always take priority among students, fan bases, media, and aliens debating whether to invade America by land or by sea, the Midshipmen have excelled against other competition, as well. The Naval Academy boasts NCAA Division II championships in women’s indoor track and women’s swimming, as well as 40 NCAA Division I individual championships, including 10 fencing champions, nine men’s gymnastics champions, and eight men’s swimming champions.
Dogs dream of luxuries like chew toys and head pats, but at Grand Paws Pet Salon and Spa, they can experiment with a different indulgence—facials infused with blueberry or vanilla. The salon specializes in aesthetic treatments for dogs and cats, which range from facials and nontoxic dye jobs to flea shampoos and ear cleanings. Founded by Heather Hinkle, an alumna of The Paragon School of Pet Grooming, the salon initially hit the road as a mobile grooming service. Nowadays, however, Hinkle and her team have migrated to a spacious storefront where pets can play and socialize after their service is over, rather than passing time by staring at the clock, wondering what it is.
Lee Rose’s love of photography dates back to his youth, but he took a detour through corporate America as a senior executive before committing himself to a photography career. Now, having traded in suits for jeans, Lee works with his partner Cindy Penn to capture life’s moments of beauty with his camera. Skilled at composing and capturing unique shots, Lee snaps portraits and immortalizes important moments such as weddings, graduations, or the first time you saw a double-decker bus. He also captures smoldering glances with boudoir photo shoots, which are customized to match the model’s personality and comfort level.
FastFrame's artistic staff beautifies the boundaries of photographs, paintings, and 3-D keepsakes with custom frames forged of thousands of molding, glass, and mat options. FastFrame’s collection of small, medium, and large shadowboxes enclose valuable mementos in 3 inches of depth, enough space to enshrine prize ribbons, sports memorabilia, or Peter Pan’s ever-elusive shadow. Two-dimensional masterworks can reside in 4”x6” and 5”x7” frames ($50–$60) or stretch their legs in 8”x10” frames ($100). Framers can also construct sturdy custom homes for paintings and cut mats to outline artwork with complementary flair. Under FastFrame’s Preservation Plus program, frame artisans quarantine artwork in an acid-free environment, preserving the work for safe future removal in a method that meets the Library of Congress’s requirements.
The team at PPG Pittsburgh Paints has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with its revered brand of vivid paints, stains, and primers. Multiple sheens of Manor Hall ($61.38+/gal.) and Manor Hall Timeless ($67.65+/gal.) paint stand ready to replace previous exterior embellishments, such as presidential portraits painted in mustard. Sun-Proof, whose penetrating formula provides long-lasting UV protection ($58.41+/gal.), helps to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during super-soaker season.