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Hi,
We will be in Crisfield next Monday. Are there any restaurants people recommend? Looks like a lot are closed on Monday, so we might be out of luck.

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just sail to tangier,only 10-15 miles. take a slip and enjoy the island at your leisure, there. are 7 restaurant, 2 ice cream shops,many small shops,golf cart and byccycle rentals.and you can use the ayaks from tje museum for free.
As a bonus it'soft shell season.

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Crisfield is very run down now. Used to be the center for crabs
 

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Crisfield is kind of a dump. Big town, lots of traffic. There was an excellent restaurant a walk from the Marina, first place we heard of Smith Island Cake but I can't recall the name. I think the highlight of Crisfield was the dragonflies, thousands of them.
 

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Last time we were there it was a freaking ghost town in July. Had a bad home cooked meal at some crappy restaurant in town. Its not on our list to visit again anytime soon. There a fairly large marina there and appeared maybe 1/3 of the slips were filled. We anchored in the harbor near the coast guard station.

If by chance you in the area and decide to head up the Honga. ..give the G3 I think it is...A wide berth...trust me. I noted the shallow depth on active captain
 

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no votes for sailing to Tangier?
I don't understand, y'all say you like to sail.
Someone asks about a place their heading to.
Almost every response is - the town doesn't offer much -
I suggested sailing to an island where they catch the seafood as well as serve it.not to mention you have to get there by boat, and it appears that nobody wants to sail their boat to that place!
The OP's response was basically - I'll plan on cooking aboard -
Just wondering, Why bother stopping in Crisfield at all?
If you're just out for a sail or even if you're traveling up or down the bay.Crisfield is rather off the path compared to Tangier is.
I'm just wondering, it's your boat and you're the master of such.
Am I missing something?
 

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True the soft shells can't get much fresher !
I'm just suprised that there isn't more sailboat action on Tangier. It's not expensive,and its situated so you can enter/exit bayside or sound side to suit the wind and desired direction of travel.
There is a bit of traffic ,but I'm suprised it's not over-run.
The only thing I can come up wth is the lack of land based "atractions" ,dry island ,no nightlife,no chandlery.
Which for me is the draw. I like quiet,sleepy little communities.Love the people and culture their also.
 

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One of the biggest problems with sailing in Tangier Sound is the black flies. They are really thick during the warmer months, and without netting around the cockpit they'll eat you alive. On the west side of Smith Island there's Alan Tyler's Bayside Restaurant. Most boats drawing 5 feet or less can access the inlet and make it to the restaurant, but the draft may be less now due to storms and siltation. I have not been there in more than a decade, but the food was OK at best when I was there.

There's a few tourist traps on Smith Island as well as a few other eateries, but generally speaking, it's a quick day's visit to see most of the island. Between the flies and the skeeters, the atmosphere there is not very hospitable.

When charter fishing was great from the Crisfield port, the town was hopping all summer long, but the fishing went to Hell, and so did the tourist industry. That was 20 years ago. Same holds true with Point Lookout, which also had some great restaurants and a large charter fishing fleet back then.

The one thing that seems to keep Solomons going is the sailing community, which is somewhat extensive at this point, but not what it was a decade ago. Without tourism, Solomons would have went the way of Crisfield and Point Lookout.

Many, many years ago, when Charles County, MD permitted slot machines, Waldorf looked like the Vegas Strip. The place was loaded with restaurants and bars, nite clubs, and gambling casinos. You were hard pressed to find a parking spot along the strip (route 301) on any night of the week. It was a jumping town. The state legislature outlawed gambling, tourism dropped like a stone, and most of those places no longer are in business. There are still a few restaurants there, but not anything to write home about.

Cheers,

Gary :cool:
 

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The one thing that seems to keep Solomons going is the sailing community, which is somewhat extensive at this point, but not what it was a decade ago. Without tourism, Solomons would have went the way of Crisfield and Point Lookout.
The sailing and racing community in Solomons is pretty big. The Screwpile races every summer keep it high on radar screens of sailors. The museum, Tiki bar, and some decent restaurants make it a good destination for weekend cruisers. Lots of choices of marinas for slips, deep water, and good anchorages.

Patuxent River Naval Air Station and a decent if somewhat long commute up Rt 4 to DC help also.

A moment of silence for the passing of Woodburn's grocery. Food Lion simply doesn't measure up, even ignoring the long walk.

Back on topic I've found Crisfield to be a disappointment. For me Smith and Tangier have been interesting but not worth repeated visits. A few times I've anchored out in Tangier Sound to catch the breeze as a stop from one place to another.
 

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Solomon's Island is great because it is not too far off the North-South track on the Bay, along with Still Pond, Great Wicomico, Cape Charles/Kiptopeake, and some others.

There are some other great anchorages on the Bay that are just too far off the main transit route for those of us trying to get somewhere in the least amount of time. Good for gunkholers and casual cruisers, not so great for transits.
 

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Smith Is.MD carries 7-10 foot from bayside,just pay attention to channel marks.
Tyler's Bayside restaurant, rukes seafood deck,Smith Island cake factory, and several B&B's, also a small marina. these are all in Ewell on the north end. In Tylerton they have Drum point market and the Chesapeake bay foundation.
Smith island is a dry island. And it is quite sleepy.
Tangier,VA is a metropolis in comparison and boasts several restaurants ,ice cream shops(2),golf cart and bike rental, many B&B's,Park's Marina with power /water /showers. plenty of slips.
Tangier is easily accessible from bay or sound side. and they have a small airfield.
 

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I feel like I should visit Smith and Tangier islands, in order to see them before they're gone, and for historical purposes. I understand that they don't have much going on now.
 

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One day, in the not too distant future, both islands will become tourist stops - commercial fishing supported both islands in years past, but that industry in Chesapeake Bay has just about completely died.

Good Luck,

Gary :cool:
 

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sweeeet,just visited Smith Is.and Tangier Is. for s few days each on my way to upstate NY. I'm looking forward to gettin back there, it's my kinda place. admire the people, and culture. love the isolation from the rest of the world.
And,who could not like the seafood!
 
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