Living just 15 minutes away, I’m always looking for interesting things to do in Annapolis when I’m not traveling somewhere else.
Don’t you get excited when you stumble upon a cool local find?
Something interesting to do “around the comer”
Great Frogs sits on acres of old tobacco farm land that dates back to 1691. The property was destined to be sold and turned into condominiums. However, winemaking duo and Cali natives, Nate and Andrea O’Shea, flew in to save the day.
The property is tucked away on Harness Creek, just feet away from South River on one of many peninsulas you’ll find in Annapolis. This is characteristic of the Chesapeake Bay Area.
Aside from the changing decor of the restored barn turned tasting room and wine shop, the outdoor scenery seems to constantly shift and transform. Sunsets and thunderstorms happen in technicolor, painting the landscape behind the property contrasting shades of blue, orange, or red.
My imagination wanders when I’m at the vineyard. I often forget that I’m still in Maryland (especially after a few glasses of their Meritage Red).
During a recent wine club event, the skies opened up above the farm and delivered one of the loudest cracks I’d ever heard.
Startled by the thunder I jumped, screeching just a bit (yes, I screeched). My eyes immediately darted to the barn’s timbers over our heads, wondering if they’d protect us should something more dramatic like a tornado came our way. I thought of Toto, the Tin Man, Emerald City and a sparkly pair of red shoes.
Told you my imagination runs wild when I’m out there.
Tastings at Great Frogs are always an adventure. Greek and Mediterranean inspired small plates paired with G.F. varietals entertained tastebuds at the private wine club event I described above.
Fresh artisan pizzas hot from a refurbished Pickup food-truck paired effortlessly with a Chardonnay, Rose, red and dessert wine.
Great Frogs has about a dozen varietals ranging from crisp whites aged in steel or Oak to full-bodied reds and dessert wines.
Once you’re done exploring the sites of historic Annapolis, feasting on sushi or seafood on Main Street, head over to Harness Creek for a few more unique things to do in Annapolis. Walk past well-manicured grape vines and taste a few glasses of local Annapolis wine.
While you’re at it, pull up a chair and watch the sky decide how it’s going to behave for the day.