Annapolis Ghost Tours' thrill-seeking guides lead walking ghost tours and pub crawls around the city's historical district, examining and explaining the lives of its long-dead citizens while occasionally enjoying each pubs' choicest sips. Tours eventually wind their way to the graveyard, where a guide recounts spine-tingling tales of the buried dead and their favorite back scratchers. They also lead craft-brewed beer tours and twisted history tavern tours that fill tour goers' heads with titillating tales of the Founding Fathers and the drinking game that wrote the Constitution. For the holiday season, they offer seasonal tours, such as Santa's Naughty Pub Crawl, a festive celebration of cocktails and naughty carols. Guides also lead the Ghosts of Xmas Past Tour, which immerses guests in ghostly holiday hauntings.
Committing their enterprise to eco-friendly tourism, the women at SegZone Tours guide visitors through the historic streets of Annapolis, along the city waterways of Dover, and around the track at Dover International Speedway—all aboard segways. For groups or private parties, tour leaders can also focus excursions on local gardens, architecture, and wildlife in areas often unreachable by car or paraglider. They also guide themed seasonal tours, such as rides along haunted-house routes or past holiday-light displays. With an eye toward safety, staff members always provide thorough instruction on riding before tours or rentals, though they often give customers license to race or argue over whose segway would look better with flames painted on the side. When not leading guided excursions for customers or school groups, the team organizes corporate team-building events as well as indoor obstacle courses for recreation.
Discover Annapolis Tours hauls history seekers to some of the town’s most beautiful and significant centuries-old sites. Clamber into the climate-controlled tour trolley for a non-car-chased cruise through Annapolis as your guide points out notable real estate such as the Maryland State House, St. John’s College, and the City Dock, where 19th-century pirates would park their jet skis for their fortnightly euchre tournaments. Tours skirt the sides of the Naval Academy and wheel past breathtaking Victorian and Georgian homes still covered in the fine white dust left by their powdered-wigged inhabitants. Although today’s deal is for adult tickets only, children are welcome on the tours (tickets are $9 for kids 11–15, $3 for ages 10 and below, and free for preschoolers), as are dogs—sparing pet owners the chore of reenacting the experience for four-legged history buffs using only Milk-Bones and rawhide.
Joan Elias began her career as a shampoo girl at the age of 15 and quickly accomplished her goal of becoming a stylist. Today, she owns Annapolis Boutique Spa and oversees a staff of stylists, massage therapists, and aestheticians. Drawing upon her more than 30 years of experience, Joan helps her team cater to their clients’ aesthetic concerns while attempting to promote their physical well-being. Skincare treatments revitalize dermal layers with potent blends of essential oils instead of buzzword-heavy pep talks, and bodywork sessions promote the body's natural healing process with therapeutic massage modalities and holistic energy-balancing treatments. The treatment menu also includes a variety of hair and nail services and spa packages.
Your Day on the Bay will begin around 9:30 a.m. at the Annapolis City Docks, where you'll check in before boarding a U.S. Coast Guard–certified vessel for a two-hour bay cruise (complete with a complimentary non-alcoholic beverage and donut) to historic St. Michaels. Once you arrive on the shores of the small village, you'll disembark and spend three hours roaming the streets freely, binging on freshly caught seafare, stocking up on quaint giftables, and taking in the town's historic sights. You can also take advantage of complimentary admission to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. At around 3:30 p.m., you'll head back to the boat and spend the next two hours cruising back to Annapolis.