Weekend Escapes to the Chesapeake Bay Area

  • 09/20/2015

The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in North America.  According to Wikipedia “An estuary is a partly enclosed coastal body of brackish water with one or more rivers or streams flowing into it, and with a free connection to the open sea.”  The Bay lies between Virginia and Maryland with colonial towns, major cities, fishing villages and farms on both sides.Hooper Strait Lighthouse

This year we have enjoyed two weekend getaways to the Chesapeake Bay area on Maryland’s eastern shore.  Both trips we found our favorite town was St. Michaels…located on the Miles River with restaurants on the harbor.  This small town is rich in maritime history and also played a role in the War of 1812.

On Labor Day weekend we visited the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum again…happy to discover they were finished painting the lighthouse.  We like spending time exploring…and photographing lighthouses…So…here is the Hooper Strait Lighthouse!

Inn At Perry Cabin

View of the Inn at Perry Cabin

This is a view from the museum’s upper deck.

Next door to museum is The Crab Claw Restaurant…where we enjoyed delicious crab cakes, lobster, and fish…as well as sitting on the outdoor deck watching the boats coming and going in the harbor.  While dining the super yacht Diablo Blanco docked in front of us…totally obscuring our view.  So, we enjoyed our food and the fresh air and headed to Annapolis to the Sandy Point State Park to stick our toes in the sand…and the water before heading home.


Choptank River Lighthouse

This replica of the second Choptank River Lighthouse is located on the Cambridge waterfront in Maryland.  We discovered this lighthouse on our first trip into the Chesapeake Bay area.  I think these screw-pile lighthouses are just so cute…as well as functional.

  Cambridge is another historic town in Maryland…located 10 miles north of the Blackwater National Wildlife refuge.  So it was the perfect town for us to stay while visiting the refuge and towns along the Chesapeake Bay.

Do you have a favorite lighthouse?  Which one?

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Till’ next time!