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CBMM day trip / restaurant / other things?

Planning a birthday trip to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Saturday. Any suggestions for a great place to eat (not sure if it'd be lunch or an early dinner) either nearby, or between there and the Conowingo? I don't know how much time it will take to enjoy the CBMM but if there's more day available are there other points of interest you'd recommend for a Saturday in January? Will be driving down from York, PA. and can't be away for more than 12 hours or the dogs will explode. I don't want to go much further south than St. Michael's or I'd be spending my whole birthday driving.

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A lot depends on what you like to eat, of course. St. Michaels has some great restaurants. We've eaten at this new age restaurant called 208 Talbot which is also its address. The food, while pricey, was excellent as was the ambiance. It's not too far from the CBMM either. If you are looking for crabs, the Crab Claw is a great option. They only accept cash so come prepared or use their ATM. The Carpenter Street Saloon has good food as well. I would say that any restaurant in St. Mike's would be good. You probably won't find too many good restaurants outside of that town except for in Easton, Chestertown, or Northeast, MD. Have a great birthday.

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You could spend all day at the CBMM. You might also consider taking the ferry to Oxford for a short tour.
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I agree with James. I would plan to just head to St. Michael's and spend your time there. Pack a snack for the car to tide you over and plan on eating at one of the restaurants in town. We ate at the saloon and at the St. Michael's Crab and Steak House attached to St. Michael's marina on our last trip and both were good.

Have a fun day and happy birthday.
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Oxford Ferry doesn't run January & February; restaurants

The Oxford Ferry doesn't run in the winter.

As for restaurants, the Crab Claw is OK and the view is great. We've never had a bad meal at Carpenter Street but it's nothing fancy. It's been years since we ate at the restaurant at the marina but it was very good. This time of year, it's probably best to check beforehand in a waterfront town. Nearby - If you like BBQ, The BBQ Joint in Easton is really good. My favorite restaurant just off your route is Brooks Tavern in Chestertown.

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Check out the Spreadsheet that Dave (S/V Auspicious has been keeping on our restaurant experiences in the area. Its in this thread.


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Sherwoods Landing at the Inn at Perry Cabin in St Michaels is a real 4 star Michelin Restaurant and is superb. Rob a bank before you go.

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Thank you for all the suggestions. It's now looking like it's going to be lunch in St. Michaels. (fish and chips? - I never got into softshells) Sounds like I can't go wrong. A waterfront view would be extra great. Will check out the spreadsheet.
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Just noticed I never followed up. Walked to Town Dock and had the best crab cake I can ever remember eating. What an awesome day! Was only about 48 degrees but sunny and beautiful. Best birthday yet! Thanks for the suggestions
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