One of my favorite cruising spots is, of course, my hometown of Annapolis. Founded in 1694, Annapolis was a major colonial port, and today it is a thriving center for state government, tourism and maritime activities. A large mooring field is just off the city’s public docks within view of the U.S. Naval Academy, and additional moorings can be found beyond the Spa Creek Bridge. A city pump-out boat, which operates until Nov. 15, and convenient dinghy docks located throughout the downtown area make visiting boaters feel welcome. The restaurants, shops, galleries, museums, boatyards and chandleries are generally less crowded in the fall, and topping off the fall season are the United States Powerboat Show and the United States Sailboat Show, held in early October.