The Sustainable Traveler’s Guide to Annapolis

As Earth Day approaches, we’re reminded of the many corners of the world we’ve been able to travel to. Whether it’s a cross-country road trip, an elevated hike in the mountains, or a stay in the crown jewel that is Annapolis, there are endless ways to care for the earth as sustainably-minded travelers. As you explore Annapolis’ endless treasures, here’s a guide to help you make the most of your getaway in an eco-friendly way.

Stay at the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel, Autograph Collection

The first step to being a sustainable traveler is choosing an eco-friendly stay that not only delivers comfort, but pursues eco-initiatives in the green space. Annapolis Waterfront Hotel prides itself on using energy-efficient light bulbs, water-saving systems in bathrooms, and discontinuing the use of styrofoam, plastic straws, stirrers, and guest phone books among other green initiatives.

Explore the City Sustainably

One of the best qualities Annapolis offers is the amount of sustainable activities that allow you to explore the city while minimizing your environmental impact. You can take a guided walking tour of the historic district, or rent a paddle board to explore the breathtaking views of the Chesapeake Bay. Another attraction we recommend guests visit is the William Paca House and Garden—a landmark location that celebrates the area’s lush landscape and thriving garden.

Shop Locally

If you’re looking for a keepsake to take back home with you from your travels in Annapolis, consider shopping locally. At the Anne Arundel County Farmers’ Market, you can find a variety of vendors that sell organic goods, eco-friendly products, and handmade crafts such as pottery and jewelry. Cupla is another sustainable favorite as it has a diverse offering of zero-waste kitchen and home items for all your shopping needs.

Dine Sustainably

Annapolis is home to some of the best seafood, and Boatyard Bar & Grill, which features locally sourced seafood and takes part in eco-friendly practices, has some of the best food on the bay to satisfy your tastebuds. You can also visit Preserve, a casual American restaurant that uses sustainable and local products to craft its food dishes.

Transportation Options

As you explore the city’s best offerings and attractions, you can minimize your carbon footprint by choosing eco-friendly transportation options. The city offers a free trolley service that operates in the historic district and can fit multiple people to reduce the use of many cars. You can also rent a bike, a Bird scooter, an e-bike, or use a ride-sharing service and select an electric vehicle to get you to your destination.