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I measure it as roughly 60NM from Kinsale to Oxford. That's a long day on a larger boat. I'm not sure I'd recommend it for a smaller boat, if a relaxing time is what you're looking for.
Kinsale to Solomon's is an easy do. From Solomon's if you find you can't make Rhode River, you could anchor in Herring Bay if the weather is settled, or if not you could hit one of the Herrington Harbor Marina's or Shipwright. Anchoring in West River without going up the Rhode is also an option.
The eastern shore destinations of Oxford and St Mike's are both a good ways east of the north-south highway of the bay proper, but are certainly worthy destinations. That said, I think you'll have to choose one or the other to work into your trip if you also want to hit Annapolis. I haven't measured that one, but I'd think either would be doable from Solomon's, though it may require an intermediate anchorage on the way to Annapolis then a short day to Naptown. We got a late start after the Maritime Museum in St Mikes and stopped in South River on the way to Annapolis. There is an advantage in this as the check out time for the moorings is noon and if you arrive right before then you have your best chance to find open moorings.
In Annapolis, I prefer the lower mooring field. Yes, there are a lot of wakes until well after dark and the shoreside entertainment can be somewhat loud, but isn't that why you go to anchor in a city environment? The mooring above the bridge are no doubt quieter but why look for quiet when you've chosen a city destination? I like watching the commings and goings in Ego Alley and the mooring field. We will usually take the water taxi to Pussers for a couple of Pain Killers as a sleep aid.
It was $30 night last time I was there about 2 months ago. The water taxi was not free but is a bargain if you don't want to worry with your dink.
s/v Palmetto Moon
1991 Catalina 36