Looking for places to explore for about a week in August. Most of my experience in the bay has been in the mid and upper areas. Any places like Onancock or Crisfield, etc.? A mixture of places to anchor and places to tie up for the night.
Where ya' startin' from?
If you're starting from Mid-Bay with 9 days to explore here are a few suggestions to consider down south
Solomon's - I like Spring Cove Marina but there are many other choices or you can anchor out.
Smith Creek off the Potomac - Point Lookout Marina or several places to anchor.
St Mary's. A bit of ways off the bay but a nice place to visit. Great Anchorage.
Great Wicomico - anchorage behind Sandy Point is fantastic.
Dividing Creek - Prentice Creek or Lawrence Cove
Little Bay / Antipoison Creek
Broad Creek - Deltaville. I was based out of Stingray Harbor for years but as a transient I'd probably choose Doziers for quick Bay access and nice accomodations.
Up the Rappahannock - Carter's Creek - Yopp's Cove - The first place I ever spent a night on the hook. There is a marina and several other coves where you could anchor.
Corrotoman River - East and West Branches. We liked the west branch below Merry Point Ferry.
Urbanna - Anchor or pick a marina and try one of the trendy restaraunts in town.
Piankatank River - Jackson Creek, Anchor or Deltaville Boat Yard or go on past Stove Point and anchor in Fishing Bay which is one of those must see anchorages.
Mobjack Bay - I've only tried East River and its a nice anchorage, but there are 3 others to choose from.
York River Yacht Haven is a great marina with a nice restaraunt on premises if you want to go that far south.
Cape Charles is a place still on my list to be visited, but the new marina down there got raves from folks I know tha have been there.
Onancock -- Its a long way up the creek to the town but its a stop I'd encourage you make sure to hit.
Tangier Island - Parks Marina. Tangier is something of a conumdrum for me. It's definitely a place to see, but its a hardscrabble settlement at its core and it takes only about an hour to see all there is to see. Hilda Crocketts is a dining experience. A lot of folks love it but I think the food is mediocre at best.
Crisfield - Smilar to Onancock in a lot of ways, but less interesting in my humble opinon.
Obviously many more places than you can see in a week long cruise but a good list of places you can consider ducking into as your voyage allows.