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1st time going to DC. Going Sailing!! What to do?

Good day all. I live in Las Cruces New Mexico. I was going to charter a small 34' boat this summer in Corpus Christy, TX. Now work has me going to DC this 4th of July for a year. We canceled our TX charter and plan to sail the Chesapeake Bay for 8-10 days. I'll have my wife (50yrs) and son (18yrs) with me.
I do not know the area at all. I'll be leaving from Harrington Harbor South, about 18 mile sail South of Annapolis.
What is there to do and see?
Some history and dinner in Annapolis, but after that, not sure what to do. I don't mind living off the hook.
Suggestions would be great!!!
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Re: 1st time going to DC. Going Sailing!! What to do?

A good source of information is SpinSheet magazine, which is available on the internet.

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Re: 1st time going to DC. Going Sailing!! What to do?

Well, you must tie up to Cantler's dock and get some of their famous Maryland blue crabs on the back deck! I only went there once by boat about 7 years ago so get some others' advice on the details. We probably tied up to the wrong dock, but it wasn't clear, and no harm or yelling occurred. You also have to be really careful about depths throughout the Chesapeake. Have a GREAT time
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St Michael's is a great place along with Oxford
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Re: 1st time going to DC. Going Sailing!! What to do?

Lots depend upon how much time you have. A nice cruise would be to sail across the Bay and up the Choptank R to the Tred Avon and stay in Mears Oxford or on the hook in town creek. Try to tour Cutts and Case to see their unique method of rebuilding boats. Fascinating place! You can visit St. Mike's from San Domingo Creek, otherwise known as through the the "back door."

Enjoy; the Chesapeake is a great place!

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Re: 1st time going to DC. Going Sailing!! What to do?

For 8-10 days, setting off from HHS, I'd head over to Oxford first, across the bay. The Robert Morris House is there. This is the home of one of the financiers of the American Revolution. The home is mostly original and intact. It's a lovely B&B and restaurant. It's a beautiful little town full of history.

After a day and a night in Oxford, de-camp and move back out into the Choptank River and head north into San Domingo Creek. This is the "back door" to St. Michael's and it's very close to Oxford. Anchor out again. Enjoy the plethora of restaurants and some good tourism. All in walking distance of each other, there is a brewery, winery and distillery where you can enjoy some taste testing.

After a day and a night in St. Michael's via San Domingo Creek, head out to the Choptank again, and into the bay and head north to Annapolis.
You can get a slip at the town marina in Ego Alley, but be advised that the place is noisy, especially in the morning when all the delivery trucks arrive to re-supply all the eateries.
A better option for a peaceful night's sleep, is to rent a mooring ball and dinghy in or use the water-taxi.
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Re: 1st time going to DC. Going Sailing!! What to do?

By the way, I think Cantler's is way overpriced but you've got to eat the Blue Crab. It's the area's specialty!

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Re: 1st time going to DC. Going Sailing!! What to do?

You might do some poking around in the Chesapeake forum.

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Food suggestions:

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Someone already suggested Spinsheet Magazine and Chesapeake Bay Magazine also has good suggestions.

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Re: 1st time going to DC. Going Sailing!! What to do?

Welcome to the area. I sailed the bay for years, and just moved to Clearwater Beach, FL...I miss it already! I recommend you take some time to visit Solomons Island MD. Old school bay community, not so commercialized and crowded as Annapolis and great sailing. Zahnisers Marina is the best! If you are looking to charter in that area and need some suggested itineraries, i would suggest looking at Sail Solomons -- great folks.

Good luck and enjoy some of the best sailing!

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Re: 1st time going to DC. Going Sailing!! What to do?

I have my boat up in Deale, but not HHN working on my boat. I've been told some places to see is Oxford, St. Michaels, St. Mary's Cambridge, Rock Hall and of course Annapolis.

From what I've heard, even a couple of these places will keep you busy for a while.
Have a good trip out on the Bay.

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