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janmayen 04-25-2011 07:49 AM

Things to see aound the Cheasapeake Bay
Hey everybody!
I just sailed up from warm breezy Nassau to not so warm stormy Annapolis a week ago to do some research for a (northern) Chesapeak Bay article I have contracted to write for a german sailmagazine. Any one having some "don't miss this and that" suggestions while I am around? Basicly Interested in funny things to see while a shore, extreme beautiful places you can walk to from a marina&/anchorage but not so much in restaurants and marinas.

Thanks for all help! :)

CaptainForce 04-25-2011 08:31 AM

Starting from the south and moving clockwise around the Bay; here's mine:
1. From the Portsmouth free town dock at the end of High Street, the Portsmouth Lightship Museum, Comodore Theatre, ferry to Norfolk waterfront.
2. A long trip up the Potomac, but all the sites in DC are available.
3. Cruise up the St. Mary's River to St. Mary's College, Historical St. Mary's City and the replica of the Dove. Summer symphony concerts on the green.
4. Solomons Island,- The Calvert Maritime Museum and their cruising tour to Cove Point Lighthouse.
5. Annapolis,- The old city around Market Square and the Naval Academy
6. Baltimore,- The Inner Harbor, The Pride of Baltimore, The Constellation, Fells Point & Maritime Museum.
7. Havre de Grace, The Decoy Museum, the lighthouse, the historical lock and canal museum at the Susquehanna.
8. Chestertown's historical waterfront and the Sultana
9. St. Michaels and the maritime museum
10. The quaint and culturally isolated villages of Tangier and Smith Islands

There's much more, but these are my top ten. Take care and joy, Aythya crew

wingNwing 04-25-2011 08:58 AM

I like Cpt Force's list; consider adding a few lighthouses - the iconic screwpile at Thomas Point (near Annapolis) even offers tours, or the leaning one at Sharp's Point? We're in Annapolis now; PM me if you want some other local info (or if you need a ride ...)

janmayen 04-26-2011 07:54 AM

Awsome list - thank you for helping out. "A long trip up" like in "go go go, nothing to stop"?


Originally Posted by CaptainForce (Post 723768)
Starting from the south and moving clockwise around the Bay; here's mine:
2. A long trip up the Potomac, but all the sites in DC are available.

CaptainForce 04-26-2011 09:23 AM

Though I've stopped at a few locations up the Potomac like St. Clements and Cobb Islands, I don't have a good local knowledge of the Potomac up from Breton Bay. Others might have information about good stops on the way to DC. Take care and joy, Aythya crew

PBzeer 04-26-2011 10:07 AM

Colonial Beach is about halfway up to DC. A long day from Fishing Bay.

And there's the Choptank River, the setting for Michner's Chesapeake.

pdqaltair 04-26-2011 11:33 AM

I'd move #10 further up the list in terms of places that are geographically unique. A small island focused on crabbing, it has a very different flavor. The link below is to a trip report. Personally, I find Smith Island less interesting.

Sail Delmarva: Trip Report - 2010 Delmarva Circumnavigation

It is the sort of place where you need to have time to speak with the workmen; otherwise, you can easily miss understanding why they stay on the island... those that do.

CaptainForce 04-26-2011 02:32 PM


Originally Posted by pdqaltair (Post 724255)
I'd move #10 further up the list in terms of places that are geographically unique................

I agree that these islands are unique and special, but if you're talking about a ranking on the list that I submitted, please note that they are just listed clockwise around the Bay and not in a ranking. Take care and joy, Aythya crew

pdqaltair 04-26-2011 04:59 PM

Of course.

It's tough making a short list, you know.

chef2sail 04-26-2011 11:18 PM

Great List

I would add to it on the way to going to Chestertown on the Chester River stopping at Cackaway Island on Langford creek for the bald eagles...across from langford on the Chester is Corsica River where about 3 miles up is a cove you cabn dinghy ashore and walk the old Russian retreat embassy ( where they intercepted all the messages from NSA in the 60's)

Also Havre de Grace is a very neat quaint town off to the side of the bay where the Susqehanna River enter the Bay at its northernmost part.


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