Hotel at a Glance: O’Callaghan Annapolis Hotel
O’Callaghan Annapolis Hotel provides guests with a touch of Irish hospitality in the middle of historic downtown Annapolis. It’s within walking distance of the 170-year-old campus of the United States Naval Academy, as well as the Maryland State House and City Dock.
- Circulator trolley: If you’d prefer not to hoof it, hop on the city’s circulator trolley; there’s a stop right outside the hotel.
- Where you’ll stay: European-style guest rooms include a refrigerator, an LCD-TV, coffeemaker, and free WiFi.
- Furnishings come straight from Ireland.
- Squeeze in a workout at the 24-hour fitness center.
- John Barry Restaurant: Named after a founding father of the United States Navy, the hotel’s restaurant serves seafood with an Irish twist. Guinness and Smithwick’s are on tap.
- Added perks: Some of this Getaway’s options include daily breakfast for two and daily valet parking.
Annapolis, Maryland: Waterfront Capital City with Storied Naval History
About 35 miles east of Washington, DC, and 30 miles southeast of Baltimore, Annapolis lies beside the Chesapeake Bay and the Severn River. Known as the world’s sailing capital, the city heavily displays its nautical influence, especially in the Eastport neighborhood, where boatyards, sailing retailers, and other marine businesses thrive. And as Maryland’s capital, Annapolis also draws visitors to the Maryland State House, the oldest capitol building in continuous use. Built in 1779, the Georgian-style building briefly served as the US Capitol Building between 1783 and 1784.
For an in-depth look at the academy, visit the US Naval Academy Museum or join one of the campus tours through its historic halls and chapels. The academy is also home to the crypt of John Paul Jones, considered the father of the US Navy. His tomb is anchored by a 21-ton sarcophagus and surrounded by columns of black and white marble and bronze dolphins.