A good friend and I have been going through some changes in our respective lives (you know the regular things, relationships, work, children, housing related stresses) and decided it might be a good time for a girls weekend away. But with so much on our plates, we weren't sure we were up for much travel and so we headed out to Annapolis, MD. Just 40 miles from home and yet it would offer the escape we both needed.
We booked the sleep and sip package at the Annapolitan. A nautically themed Bed and Breakfast on West Street and were booked into the Port Pleasures Room (shown below in a photo shamelessly lifted from the B&B website as our stuff was quickly strewn around the room before I thought to take a picture). We really liked the B&B. It was comfortable, clean and well appointed. The breakfast a three course hot meal and both the hosts and the other guests could not have been more pleasant.The package include a $20 credit for wines at Crush Wine House. We were really impressed with Crush, it was bustling on a Friday night but they were very accommodating and soon had us seated for table service despite our lack of a reservation. Crush features an enomatic wine serving system which uses argon gas and pulls the wine from the bottom of the bottle which avoids air contact keeping an open bottle fresh for up to three weeks, this allows restaurants to offer wines by the glass for more expensive wines which might not sell in an evening but will definitely sell over the freshness span of the bottle. Another advantage of the system is that is offers three pour sizes allowing for a taste, half glass or full glass. So you can create your own tasting, design a flight or just enjoy a glass of your favorite. I was feeling a bit indecisive and settled on a flight of left coast reds which we paired with some lovely cheese and crackers and a few small plates to share.
My flight consisted of three California Reds. There was a 2009 Seghesio Zinfandel, a 2008 Elizabeth Spencer Cabernet Sauvignon, and a 2008 Por Que No? (52% Zinfandel, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Petit Syrah. I have definitely enjoying Zinfandels lately so was surprised that I liked the ELizabeth Spencer the most but having seen the price tag now I know why. An excellent wine if you feel the need to really splurge. The food was good too and I will definantly return next time I am in Annapolis.
Saturday we spent the day antiquing and then had a lovely lunch in Pasadena at Moulin de Paris. All in all a great little getaway.