During The Historic Annapolis Food Tour, you will enjoy a series of dishes from restaurants in downtown Annapolis while weaving through historic sites. Your guests will hear fascinating stories about this quaint city, including when and why Annapolis was founded, and how it was named. Your host will walk your group at a leisurely pace throughout Annapolis, detailing stories and showing the group historical landmarks such as the Paca Gardens, the Hammond Harwood House, the State House, and the Governor’s Mansion, just to name a few.
The Historic Annapolis Food Tour combines a cultural, historic, and architectural tour with a multi-course progressive meal. The result is a multiple hour dining experience that will expand and challenge the palette with an array of flavors, tastes, and textures.
Your Food Tour may include the following specialties:
• Specialties from a tavern frequented by George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin
• Locally sourced dishes from one of the region’s top restaurants
• Authentic 18th century popovers
• Award winning she crab soup
• Premium specialty coffee from a family run coffeehouse
• Housemade sangria
• Oyster shooters
• Craft beers
• High tea including homemade caramel pound cake from a preserved 18th century tavern
The amount of food provided throughout the duration of the tour is enough to be considered lunch for the average person. All food costs and historic venues admissions are covered in the price of your ticket. We recommend taking our food tour at the beginning of your Annapolis visit so you can return to these wonderful eating establishments and historical sites.
- Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
- Tickets should be purchased in advance as our tours may sell out. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance.
- What if it rains or the weather is inclement?
- The tour is held rain or shine. But don’t worry! Some of our best tours have taken place in less-that-perfect weather!
- Can we take photos during the tour?
- Photos can be taken everywhere on the tour with the exception of the colonial kitchen in the Hammond-Harwood House. This restriction is requested by the curator of the historic home involved.
- How much walking is involved? Is it a fast-paced tour?
- We will be on our feet for the majority of the 3.5 hour tour. Total distance covered is about 1.5 miles, which we walk at an average pace.
- What if I have dietary restrictions?
- We will have a list of ingredients for each tasting, so if you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions, you can decide if you should skip that particular tasting.
- Are there restrooms available on the tour?
- Restrooms are available at the tour starting location and again at the State House about an hour into the tour. Our exact meeting location will be provided after your ticket purchase.
- What type of ticket should I purchase for a young child?
- Children under the age of 3 can participate in the tour for free! For children between the ages of 3 and 7, you can purchase a reduced price Child ticket, and for youths ages 8-14, there is a Youth ticket price available.
- I'm an Annapolis local - will I enjoy this tour?
- Yes! Our tour guides share stories about Historic Annapolis that few natives have heard. You also have a chance to go inside some of the oldest and most famous buildings in Annapolis.
- Can I buy food or drinks along the way? What about souvenirs?
- Our tour is structured so that we can visit many Annapolis landmarks in the allotted time. This leaves very little time for any other stops.
- Is the tour wheelchair- and/or stroller-accessible?
- Wheel chairs are possible but not recommended. Strollers and small children do not work on this tour. About 5 stops on the tour involve stairs, making it extremely difficult for wheelchairs participants on this tour. The colonial kitchen involves 3 stairs which are historic and cannot accommodate wheelchairs . Wheelchair participants usually find that they can see and hear amply from the doorway of the colonial kitchen.
- How long is the tour?
- The tour generally lasts 3 hours, but occasionally it will last up to 3.5 hours depending on how many questions are asked.
- May I bring my dog on the tour?
- No. While we adore pets, we will visit the interiors of some government and historic buildings that do not allow them.
- Are the tours conducted in English only?
- Yes, the tours are only conducted in English. However, our non-English speaking guests will still enjoy the historic sights and interiors of legendary American houses. You can also arrange a private tour conducted in Spanish or German.
- Can I book a private tour?
- Yes, private tours are available. Most groups, however, decide to attend the public tour for two reasons. First, it is usually significantly less expensive. Second, part of the fun of the tours is interacting with all the other participants who take the public tour. We always maintain a ratio of 12 - 15 guests per tour guide. If you are interested in more information on private tours, click “Contact CapCityCol” to the left of the page.
- Are gift certificates available?
- Yes, we do offer gift certificates. For purchase and more information, please click “Contact CapCityCol” to the left of the page.
Capital City Colonials
We want your experience to be great, so we limit all of our tours to no more than 12 to 15 guests per guide.
Our photogenic senior guide, David Smith, is a past recipient of the Hospitality Person of the Year award, presented by the Maryland Tourism Council.