Originally Posted by Melrna
Ok big question. I am charting a boat next month to sail one of the top ten places in the world the Chesapeake Bay out of Annapolis for 4 days. Now the question is where do I go to anchor, swim, sight-see(maybe), islands to visit and anything else someone might suggest.
The bay is pretty much broken up into three sections, upper, middle, and lower Chesapeake, Annapolis being in the middle to upper bay region. You don't mention what your chartering so you may be able to go further. It will really depend on how much actual sailing you want to do and the wind can be variable?
Because you mention sightseeing and with only four days I would suggest this:
Day One: Annapolis to St. Michaels
(via Eastern Bay)
Drop the hook in front of the Inn at Perry Cabins and dingy (dingy dock near the crab claw restaurant) into town for crabs at the Crab Claw or Micheal Rorks Town Dock Restaurant for something a bit more elegant. Definitely visit the maritime museum, especially if you have kids, allow about two-three hours. Theres a ferry from St. Michaels to Oxford if want to check it out as well, a quaint town with a couple good restaurants and lot o shops.
Day Two: St. Michaels to Rockhall/Swan Creek
(via Kent Narrows/Chester River) Drop hook in Swan Creek and just enjoy the beauty of it and go for a swim.
Day Three: Rockhall to Baltimore
Rent a slip form the harbor master (channel 68) I think its a $1 per foot plus $4 for electric. I would try to get a slip near the Clipper City. The Maryland Science Center is there with a cool planetarium. The National Aquarium (cant miss it) is fun but pricey (around $28 per) The dolphin show is short but entertaining. An Orioles game at Camden Yards would give you a good taste of Baltimore. Skip the restaurants with big neon lights and find the hole in the wall pub (Fells Point) for dinner/drinks. On you way into the harbor via the Patapsco, just past the Key Bridge, look for the red, white, and blue marker to the north of the bridge, this marks the site where Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner.
Day Four: Baltimore to Annapolis
If your a Ice cream/gelato lover, next to Phillips Restaurant downtown Annapolis is a Italian Gelateria...you gota try the Hazelnut! If you love sushi, go to Joss Sushi Bar. If you happen to be there on a Wednesday, catch the Wednesday night races. You might try to get a tour of the Navel Academy.
Good luck...watch out for crab pots and frieghters...and thunder storms.