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A Weekend Trip to St. Michaels, MD -- Under Sail!

A July 2001 trip to St. Michaels by Kim M.

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Photo, St. Michaels, Maryland More Photos
Quote: Saint Michaels, Maryland is a great destination for a weekend under sail. Getting there is half the fun, and then you get to experience the delights of land! (My date of trip is only approximate.)

A Weekend Trip to St. Michaels, MD -- Under Sail!

Overview

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Must do: Visit the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum to learn about the long history of man and the water. Eat TONS of good food, especially when the blue crabs are in season. Cracking open a dozen dockside with a pitcher of beer is a culinary delight not to be missed. Stroll around the beautiful neighborhoods and explore lovely little shops. Catch an evening concert in the park.Quick Tips: Please bring your sunscreen and insect repellent during the warmer months. If you like Saint Michaels, consider purchasing a membership to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.Best Way To Get Around: To me, sailing across from the western shore of the Bay is the only way to...Read More

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

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Hotel

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Photo, St. Michaels, Maryland
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We docked our 22-foot Catalina sailboat at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and slept on board at night. This privilege is only available to members at the "Contributor" ($75) level and above. The fee for our boat was only $15, and we had a spectacular view. The moon and stars reflecting off of the billowing water made for a wonderful backdrop to our nights. There were both larger and smaller boats docked near us, including some behemoth power yachts that were like houses afloat. The museum's highest nightly rate is for boats over 80 feet, at $1 per foot. That's a lot of boat! The facilities at the museum were well-kept and adequate for our needs. There is a shower house and restroom near...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 5, 2003

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
P.O. Box 636
St. Michaels, Maryland 21663
(410) 745-2916

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The Crab Claw has an ideal waterfront location at Navy Point. It is a large, somewhat over-patronized restaurant, but you can't beat the location and atmosphere. They have indoor dining in the air-conditioning, but I prefer the deck. There is a covered portion and an open portion. I remember a beautiful evening spent dockside at the Crab Claw, eating a dozen steamed blue crabs and washing it all down with a pitcher of beer. The sky was so perfectly clear that the stars reflected off of the glassy surface of the water. The food was absolutely delicious and the scenery fantastic. I'm not sure if they take reservations, but if they do I would recommend that you make them. This res...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 5, 2003

Crab Claw Restaurant
304 Mill Street at Navy Point
St. Michaels, Maryland 21663
(410) 745-2900

Characters Cafe'

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This was one of the liveliest places I've ever been! We had no intention of going to Characters--in fact, we'd never even heard of it. We just happened to be walking down the street at night after dinner and glanced in the window. I am not kidding when I tell you that EVERY patron in the bar waved and beckoned to us, saying "Hey, come in!" It was a bit of a shock, so we walked on a few paces and then doubled back just to see if what we thought just happened actually happened. Once again, every arm in the place went up, and we were invited in once more. Completely amused and a little befuddled, we opened the door and stepped inside. There was a massive, unanimous cheer and everyone welcomed us ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 5, 2003

Characters Cafe'
200 S. Talbot Street
St. Michaels, Maryland 21663

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Store

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Attraction | "Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum"

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The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is wonderland for those of us who love the water and messing about in boats. It explores man's relationship to the Chesapeake Bay over time, and delves into the many facets of human interaction with this delicate ecosystem. It chronicles the evolution of boats and fishing methods, and takes a look at tourism starting way back when. There is much to be learned about fish and fowl, oysters and watermen, and steamboats and bridges. There are even exhibits that go beyond history, exploring new possibilities and the challenges of today. In my opinion it is simply impossible to learn in one day all that this museum has to offer. The museum opens at 9 a.m. and clos...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 5, 2003

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Store
302 Mill Street
St. Michaels, Maryland 21663
(410) 745-2098

Timeless Charm and Pleasant Quirks

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Story/Tip

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St. Michaels dates back to the early days of colonial America when shipbuilding and tobacco farming were all the rage on the Eastern shore. The most famous story about St. Michaels, however, comes from a much later time--the 1800s. In connection with the War of 1812, a group of British ships had planned to bombard St. Michaels with a storm of cannonballs in August of 1813. The town residents somehow found out about this plan and hatched a scheme to save their homes and families. Ever inventive, the townspeople gathered up lanterns and strung them up in high places outside of town, creating the illusion of civilization. When the British finally ceased their volley, they found that only a single house h...Read More