Lifestyle

Located on the corner of Third Street and Severn Avenue in Eastport, Annapolis Canoe and Kayak welcomes you with a friendly crew of knowledgeable team members and a wide selection of canoes, kayaks, and stand up paddleboards. Spanning a large footprint on this block of Eastport, ACK has been a strong staple of the community since 1991 when it originally opened as Springriver Annapolis.

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History of Annapolis Canoe and Kayak

This treasured local business has its roots in the old boatbuilding section of Annapolis, boasting a rich maritime history in addition to its proximity to Spa Creek. This discreet, yet historically prominent block of Eastport was once home to the Chance Maritime Construction Company. After World War II, John Trumpy Sr. purchased the lot to deliver finely crafted motor yachts. Interestingly, the Annapolis Canoe and Kayak shop was originally the “engine room” for Trumpy yachts.

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Residents and visitors alike find themselves immersed in the charming nature that beholds Annapolis with one thing in common – a love of the water. Whether your adoration of the water spans the calming creeks, the flowing rivers, or the adventurous Chesapeake Bay, Annapolis Canoe and Kayak is a fantastic place to satiate the recreational waterman in you. ACK specializes in the sale and rentals of canoes, kayaks, and stand up paddleboards.

How to Get on the Water

If a day adventure is what you are looking for, stop in to check out their vast rental inventory. ACK is less than a block to Spa Creek where you can drop right in and enjoy the day. Afterward, explore the streets of Eastport and stop by one of the many restaurants for lunch, dinner, or a drink. If you’re looking to head Downtown, just hop on the Water Taxi and for a few dollars you can continue your adventure to Main Street.

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For those looking to purchase new gear and accessories, the team at ACK is more than equipped to walk you through their inventory. Any board or boat that is in stock can be demoed from their floating dock as well.

What to Know

Annapolis Canoe and Kayak have three major sales a year: one for Mother’s Day, a second for Father’s Day, and lastly their mid-September sale where you can take advantage of purchasing a boat or board off of their rental fleet for an amazing price. During each sale, the markdowns are at least 15% off and there is an opportunity to order a new boat at 10% off. Factory representatives are also available to answer questions and help you choose the perfect equipment for you. Inquire in the store for specific dates and details.

 

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Annapolis is full of local businesses that take pride in weaving themselves into the fabric of the community. Owner Dave Young proudly mentions that,

“We have been part of many of the Green Beer Races when they went from Marmaduke’s (now Ruth’s Chris) to the Chart House and have introduced hundreds of children to kayaking working with the Box of Rain program.”
Nothing completes a fun day on the water like unwinding at one of the many restaurants. I always like to ask my locals what their favorite restaurants are. I’m happy to say that Dave and I share the same taste. Lemongrass and Luna Blu are two of these favorites and are located Downtown just north of Church Circle. If you’re finishing up a day on the water in Eastport, drop into Davis’s Pub, Boatyard Bar & Grill, O’Leary’s, Lewnes’ Steakhouse, the Chart House or Bread and Butter Kitchen. You won’t be disappointed!
Nina Vidal

Nina Vidal is a native of Virginia that has lived in D.C. for a number of years before traveling over to the coastline and setting roots in Annapolis. Immersed in the world of luxury real estate for close to 10 years, where people choose to call home has always been a passion and interest. She is an avid believer that rosé should be enjoyed year round and that one can never have too many striped shirts or throw pillows. Nina and her husband live in Annapolis with their German Shepherd, Logan.