Historic Annapolis Food Tour

Capital City Colonials

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Activity #918
Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.7  44 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
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Last 3 months 7 17 0 = 17 100% 4.7
Last 6 months 9 23 0 = 23 100% 4.8
Last 12 months 18 45 1 = 44 94% 4.7
All 196 499 6 = 493 97% 4.7
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Historic Annapolis Food Tour

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An award winning food tasting and history adventure awaits you! Tastings include gelato, crab, cabbage rolls, pop-overs and more!

Rating Date Attended Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Group Type? Sort Descending
Rating: 2
Not as good as I expected...
Sat, May 19, 12   1:00 PM blthiele Unspecified 30-39 Local Unspecified
The tour in general was okay, but two things stood out to me that needed improvement.

#1- the tour guide, while knowledgeable in history, was not very energetic. For one thing, she complained about her other job (teaching) for the majority of the trip. It so happened that many of the people on the tour were also teachers, but I still don't think they all wanted to hear her talk about how terrible her students were for much of the tour. It seemed to come up at every stop. In addition, she was not enthusiastic about the food, and not only that, she turned her nose up at a lot of it saying she wouldn't eat it! That just didn't seem right to me...it was like she wasn't in support of the foods herself...

#2- Some of the foods served were odd foods....considering we had no choices of what to try at the places. For example, at one place they served raw beef, at another a duck pasta, and at another raw oyster shooters. Out of the 8 people in our group, I noticed that MOST people were not eating the food served. Some tried it, but seemed leery. I was surprised, because I didn't think the food served would be so adventurous, especially since there weren't other options of things to eat.

In summary, I am glad I took the tour and think it is a great idea...I only wish I could replace the tour guide and some of the dishes!
Rating: 4
Entertaining and yummy!
Sat, Oct 8, 11   1:00 PM PidgeTroha Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Our guide Carolyn was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and fun! The food was surprisingly high quality, much better than we were expecting. A great way to see Annapolis!
Rating: 2
Sat, Jul 2, 11   11:00 AM Hateyou2010 Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
I'm a sucker for walking tours and have been on several food tours in the US and Europe. This was my least favorite to date. The guide was very nice and did a great job putting everyone at ease, but the historical discussion was disjointed and not nearly as interesting or colorful as other historical walking tours I've been on, including an architectural tour of Annapolis. The organizers neglected to call ahead to one of the restaurants, so when we arrived the food had not been prepared and the chef refused to serve us--very bad form for a food tour. Also, the portions were the smallest that I have encountered to date on a food/walking tour.
Rating: 2
Wouldn't recommend
Sat, Jun 4, 11   11:00 AM foodie20 Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Too much info about colonial times, which was not specific to Annapolis or the local restaurants. It was obvious the tour guide had another job giving colonial tours. As a result, the local aspects and the actual tasting was rushed.
Rating: 5
This is a unique tour with an excellent tour guide
Sat, Oct 23, 10   11:00 AM allysonugart Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
We can only give our praises.
Rating: 5
Wonderful and Entertaining!
Sat, Apr 24, 10   11:00 AM peggykang Female 30-39 Local Unspecified
This was probably the highlight of our Annapolis trip (besides the food!). Our tour guide Susan was funny, knowledgeable, warm, and knew everyone's name in the group within 5 minutes of meeting each other. She routinely got us involved in the history behind Annapolis and we visited great places that we wouldn't have gotten on the trolley tour or on our own. The food we sampled was delicious and more than enough for even my husband -- we did not go hungry. Because we stopped often and were able to sit, it didn't feel like a mile walk, either. The other wonderful feature of this tour is that they all give us headsets so we could listen to Susan as if she was standing right next to us. I wish they had this for the US Naval Academy tour because otherwise I wouldn't have heard anything she said. I would highly recommend this tour to anybody who is interested in learning about Annapolis!
Rating: 2
Mildly fun but not worth the money
Sat, Apr 11, 09   11:00 AM chappy711 Male 20-29 Unspecified Unspecified
The information on the tour was fun. The guide was very informative about the historical significance of almost every house we saw on the tour. The disappointing part was the food. You get maybe half a bite of food at each stop. It's not enough to even experience the place you stopped at. And I had to buy lunch afterward because I was still hungry. This tour would be better if it was more like $20 a person. It definitely is not worth the money.
Rating: 5
A great way to experience Annapolis
Sat, Aug 23, 08   11:00 AM ajrrn12 Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
I highly recommend the Annapolis Food and History Walking Tour. The tour gives visitors an excellent overview of the city's history and architecture with plenty of stops along the way for refreshment and samples of the local quisine. Our guide, Mistress Susan, was very personable and accomodating.
Rating: 5
Wear Comfortable Walking Shoes
Sat, Aug 9, 08   11:00 AM msveebee Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
enjoyed tour; would have enjoyed it more if everyone had been wearing comfortable walking shoes; we were late arriving at many of the stops which caused mild confusion for the stop owners.
Rating: 3
Take the no refunds warning very seriously!
Sun, Aug 26, 07   1:00 PM lorandsean Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
We were in Annapolis last weekend and on Saturday evening there was a monstrous storm which blew out the electricity in our hotel (thus no AC following a day with temps in the 90s). After a virtually sleepless night, no warm water for showers the next day, and an estimate of anywhere from 6-24 hours before power would be restored, we decided to check out and cut our visit short, leaving before we were scheduled for the tour.

I called Capital City Colonials and explained our situation, I also noted we had our dog with us, who obviously could not be left alone in the car for three hours while we did this walking tour. We were refused a refund. The woman I spoke to offered to watch the dog while we were on the tour (not acceptable to us), suggested I come alone and let my husband sit with the dog somewhere inside, or that we come back to Annapolis (3+ hours from where we live) another weekend and reuse the tickets.

Regardless of the fact that all of the options were really not possible, they wouldn't even consider a refund. It's not clear why because the woman I spoke to mentioned she had not given final tour numbers to any of the sites we were to visit, so they clearly weren't counting on us at that point. I understand fully that the Zerve form says no refunds will be given, but this is a fair warning to anyone out there - regardless of WHATEVER happens, you won't be getting your money back if you can't go on the tour, so make sure you don't mind parting with the $80 if for any reason you wind up not being able to attend.