Whether your kind of gambling is feeding a slot machine or wearing next fall’s trendy one-piece jumpsuit, Anne Arundel County has shopping and entertainment options for all sorts.
From Maryland Live! casino in Hanover, a $500 million gaming facility, to one-of-a-kind boutiques in the Historic District of Annapolis, there’s plenty to keep the county’s millions of annual visitors busy.
“What I think Annapolis shopping is evolving into is being that place where you vacation, visit and while you’re here, you discover these interesting little shops,” said Connie Del Signore, CEO of the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors’ Bureau.
Del Signore said that may mean that unique herbal blend for steeping in hot water at Capital Teas (6 Cornhill St.) or a pair of costume earrings at Lou Lou (179 Main St.). Maybe there’s a retro knickknack from Fun for All! Toys (32 West St.) with your name on it, or how about an artisan cheese from Tastings Gourmet Market (1410 Forest Drive) at Clock Tower Place for your next dinner party?
The county is full of little shopping “pockets” — try West Annapolis, Eastport or Maryland Avenue downtown — where specialty and unique items can be found, she said.
But if your travel pastime is making a day of discount shopping, there’s some of that, too. Don’t forget the area offers an array of performing arts, theater and galleries.
Arundel Mills (7000 Arundel Mills Circle in Hanover) features shopping, dining and entertainment, with more than 200 stores. Among them are several outlet and factory stores, including Ann Taylor Factory Store, Coach Outlet, Nike Factory Store and Neiman Marcus Last Call. There is also a Medieval Times, which offers dinner and entertainment, and a Cinemark Egyptian 24 theater.
In addition, Arundel Mills is home to Maryland Live! casino, which has 4,200 slot machines, a poker room and nearly 200 live action table games, including blackjack, craps, roulette and mini baccarat. Patrons also can grab a bite to eat at Olive Garden, Phillips’ Seafood, Bobby’s Burger Palace, Cheesecake Factory and others.
The northwestern parts of the county have also bloomed with modern open-air shopping destinations, such as The Waugh Chapel Towne Centre and the Village at Waugh Chapel.
The Waugh Chapel Towne Centre (1417 S. Main Chapel Way in Gambrills) has fashion, food and film. White House Black Market, Soma, Men’s Warehouse and LOFT are situated near a Wegmans grocery store, Target and PETCO. Restaurants include Bonefish Grill, Coal Fire Pizza and Nando’s Peri Peri. The Regal Cinemas Waugh Chapel 12 also has an IMAX theater.
The Village at Waugh Chapel (1328 Main Chapel Way in Gambrills) is close with a HomeGoods, Marshalls and Pier 1 Imports. Grab a quick and casual meal at Grilled Cheese and Company, Newk’s Eatery or Applebee’s.
Around Annapolis, there are big shopping destinations, such as the Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole, Westfield Annapolis mall and Annapolis Harbour Center.
Annapolis Towne Centre (203 Harker Place in Annapolis) offers its own unique mix of shops, restaurants and even apartments and condominiums. Among the destinations are: Bed Bath & Beyond, Whole Foods, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Ethan Allen and Anthropologie.
Westfield Annapolis mall (2002 Annapolis Mall in Annapolis) has two food courts, free-standing restaurants and a range of cuisine. Sears, Nordstrom, J.C. Penney, Macy’s and Lord & Taylor anchor the center. It also offers a Bow Tie Cinemas with stadium seating.
Annapolis Harbour Center (2512 Solomons Island Road in Annapolis) features a movie theater, small eateries and many stores. The Fresh Market grocery store, Barnes & Noble, DSW, Nordstrom Rack, the Pennsylvania Dutch Farmers Market and Old Navy are just some of the attractions.
Farther south in the county is a new development in Edgewater.
Village at Lee Airpark (13 Lee Airpark Drive in Edgewater) is anchored by a Giant supermarket. It also has a Panera Bread, Cold Stone Creamery and Chipotle Mexican Grill.
“Any place you stay now within the county you are within walking distance of a shopping center,” Del Signore said.
In downtown Annapolis alone, there are more than 20 art galleries. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts (801 Chase St.), is the home of five galleries. Traditional and contemporary works are on display.
The area also has several community theaters, including Colonial Players (108 East St.), Compass Rose Studio Theater (49 Spa Road) and Children’s Theatre of Annapolis (1661 Bay Head Road). For a different ambiance, take in a show at the Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre (143 Compromise St.), which performs on an outdoor stage May through August.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun