Double Take: Annapolis vs. Newport
Face-off: Annapolis vs. Newport
LEFT: Annapolis, Maryland's colorful capital for all things maritime.
Right: Sailing and society mix in this Rhode Island seaside city.
LEFT: Hot new restaurant Iron Rooster All Day takes a Chesapeake Bay favorite and stacks it with a twist in its "cakes on cakes:" house-made crab cakes atop cornmeal pancakes with fried green tomatoes.
RIGHT: Tallulah on Thames pays homage to a local classic by deconstructing clam chowder—steamed littlenecks on a bed of bacon, oyster crackers, and diced potatoes, with broth poured over tableside.
Dry Land Must-Do
LEFT: The Annapolis Cup annual spring croquet match pits St. John's College versus the Naval Academy. The crowd decks out in full Gatsby attire for this battle royale.
RIGHT: The pearls meet the ponies on Saturday afternoons during the Newport International Polo Series, when teams compete and tailgate picnics are luxuriously upscale.
LEFT: Beloved by boaters of every stripe (and full of nautical memorabilia), the Boatyard Bar & Grill is always packed after the Annapolis Yacht Club's famous Wednesday Night Races.
RIGHT: The International Yacht & Athletic Club (IYAC) is serious enough to have its own flag, not to mention wildly popular parties. Sailors in town for big regattas always gather here, as do the local crews.