At the end of each year, Watermark teammembers come together for a cause. Over pizza and teamwork, we decorate Harbor Queen – in many ways, the prized jewel of our fleet – with lights, inflatable snowmen and any oversized holiday ribbon or piece of décor we can find. Our Queen is transformed into a Lady with a mission: raise funds and collect food for the Anne Arundel County Food Bank.
October is a stand-out month in downtown Annapolis. The Boat Shows come to town and, also, the ghosts come out to play! Our ghost tour expands and we bring people inside historic – and often haunted – homes for Special Historic Hauntings. This year, discover your own ghost story in the Sands House!
Each month our Captains get together for educational opportunities with each gathering having a different theme and topic for discussion. These evening gatherings usually feature an expert in their field and some delicious food to boot. Read about these special meetings and what we've been learning.
The Summer solstice has arrived! We have specialty cruises in store for the July 4th holiday and beyond. Music cruises, food cruises and your pup's favorite...Dog Days of Summer Cruise are all coming soon.
Who's Up for a Booby Prize from Watermark? Spot a rare Brown Booby bird and win a booby prize from Cruises on the Bay by Watermark! Typically found in tropical waters, a Brown Booby has made surprise appearances in the local Severn River and South River in recent weeks.
Harbor Queen is throwing a party for a cause during the Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade! To benefit the Anne Arundel County Food Bank. See behind the scenes photos of the holiday set up completed by Watermark's elves.
Take a Special Historic Hauntings tour with our ghost tour guides and you’re guaranteed to meet a spooky spirit! And not one that lingers in the mist either; your guide herself may have a ghostly presence, a keen intuition or a witchy past. Read on to learn about some of the souls ready to take you on a ghost tour.
For this month’s Partner Spotlight we’re focusing on a unique organization that brings together and lifts up heritage areas in our region. Four Rivers is one of Maryland’s state heritage areas encompassing the area of Annapolis, London Town and South Anne Arundel County.
We're fortunate to have picturesque jobs in a picturesque place! For this post, we pulled together some of our favorite photos captured so far this season. Some land, some sea, some Annapolis, some Baltimore, some Chesapeake Bay...enjoy!
While parents look to Summer Camps to entertain and engage their children for the summer, Summer Camps look to Watermark for activities for their campers. We offer youth pricing and customized itineraries for campers in Annapolis and Baltimore. Check out our top picks for summer campers.
May is a traditionally busy month at Watermark with USNA Commissioning Week activities (hello, Blue Angels!), field trips and Memorial Day weekend events. We look forward to the lovely month of June which will include our regularly scheduled cruises and tours plus a couple special somethings too...
In today’s wedding planning world, rehearsal dinners can be as traditional or non-traditional as you’d like it. One thing never changes: it’s a time for couples and their closest loved ones to enjoy each other’s company, share a meal together and relax before for the wedding day.
For this month’s Partner Spotlight we’re cruising to Baltimore and writing about the Waterfront Partnership. Dedicated to a healthy and active waterfront, the Waterfront Partnership is responsible for big initiatives in Baltimore.
Welcome home Harbor Queen! Queen is back at her slip at Annapolis City Dock ready to begin her 45th season of cruises. Colonials are giving Four Centuries Walking Tours every day and Spring is truly in the air. We're so happy to kick off another season of fun in Annapolis.
Company picnics should reward your team and bring them together. The best way to accomplish this? Make it fun! Throw in a team building aspect, add in some light competition, set a theme…or throw all of that out the window and just set the goal for a relaxed atmosphere for colleagues to bond.
Rock the boat on a Special Event Cruise. Outside of our regularly scheduled tours and cruises, we plan Special Events throughout the year. During the month of May we have a new one: a Mother's Day Cruise!
We welcome students on field trips any time during the school year but traditionally the months of April and May are the busiest months for field trips. In our office we call it "Field Trip Season!" Join us for a glimpse into the many things that go into a successful field trip season.
For the 9th year in a row, Four Rivers Heritage Area is partnering with regional heritage organizations and businesses to showcase the area’s historical, cultural and natural heritage. Events and activities will take place throughout the Maryland Day Celebration weekend of March 18, 19, and 20 for one dollar or less; many of the activities are free!
The official start of Spring is just 8 days away but if you’ve stepped outside this week you know Spring has Sprung! Spring is undoubtedly our favorite season because it means it’s also the start of the Watermark Season. Our walking tours will soon head out daily, cruises will run on their regular daily schedules and students are starting to join us for field trips every day. Private yacht charters are underway too! Let’s dial the 2016 season down by the numbers.
Since 1952 Historic Annapolis has led the way in preserving the city's architectural legacy and unique historic character for future generations and for residents and visitors today. The foundation has been instrumental in saving nearly 400 historic buildings in Annapolis.
It’s not just a party…planning a corporate event for clients is a valuable tool for businesses. Whether you want to thank your clients, gain their feedback on a new product or service or foster a place for networking, a corporate event is a unique way to generate and maintain business.
Destination Education by Watermark loves working closely with teachers to plan successful field trips for their students. With thousands of students joining us annually for field trips, we've developed a list of tips to make the planning process easier and field trip a big hit with students and parents!
Introducing a new part of the Watermark blog, our Partner Spotlight. Each month we'll write about one of our heritage, educational and/or tourism partners in the Chesapeake Bay region. This month we're talking about the Annapolis Maritime Museum, their mission and how we work together.
What happens during Winter at Watermark? Tour guide training and certification is a major part of how we spend the winter in preparation for tour season. Each year Watermark tour guides -- new and returning -- take part in an extensive training program.
In addition to our regular schedule of walking tours and Annapolis and Baltimore cruises, we also offer a wide selection of special event tours and cruises throughout the year. Our special events can coincide with the season, holidays, city festivals or our area partnerships.
In spite of the cancellation of the 2015 Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade and the tragic fire downtown the afternoon of the event, The Queen of All Food Drives still took place resulting in a record donation amount to the Food Bank of Anne Arundel County.
Watch the Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade on Harbor Queen and give back to the community! Annapolis’ favorite sightseeing boat will again host “The Queen of All Food Drives” during Parade and collect food for the Food Bank of Anne Arundel County.
Working with photographer Sabrina Raymond, we recently created ghostly images to promote our annual Special Historic Hauntings Tour. With a new location - James Brice House - new photography was in order. See how we did it!