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Historic Waterfront Town of St. Michael's

A July 2007 trip to St. Michaels by Sandy Goes

Royal Oak House Bed & Breakfast Photo, Royal Oak, Maryland More Photos
Quote: Picture perfect waterfront town feels like the heart and soul of the Chesapeake Bay. Small waterfront town welcomes you.

Historic Waterfront Town of St. Michael's

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Overview

Royal Oak House Bed & Breakfast Photo, Royal Oak, Maryland
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The Chesapeake Bay area keeps calling to us and we return year after year exploring new towns. Just 3 1/2 hours away from New York and about 2 hours from Washington, DC is the wonderful waterfront town of St. Michael's that welcomes you with open arms. During a mid-week visit the streets were not too busy with tourists, so shop-hopping was comfortable without the weekend crowds. Many shops typical but many more having displays that were quite artistic with much creativity. Many art galleries and jewelery shops. We enjoyed bottles of A&W Key Lime soda purchased in the Market House Gourmet Grocer where we sat and cooled off on their wrap around porch. A bottle of wine from Mendoza, Argentina that we...Read More

Royal Oak House Bed & Breakfast

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Hotel | "Royal Oak House Bed & Breakfast"

Royal Oak House Bed & Breakfast Photo, Royal Oak, Maryland
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Royal Oak House Bed & Breakfast was a great place to stay and discover St. Michael's. Our hosts, Hugo & Carol Rizzoli immediately welcomed us to their lovingly restored home (circa 1883) with ice cold glasses of lemonade. The house was immaculately cared for with nicely landscaped grounds. An old-fashioned swing in the back-yard made us chuckle like kids as we took our turn on the swing. The welcoming front porch with rattan furniture was perfect to enjoy our evening sherry (included with our nightly rate.) We selected a midweek sail-crab package for two nights, total cost $369 + tax for two people. The package included a beautifully presented breakfast two mornings, a two hour sailboat rid...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 21, 2007

Royal Oak House Bed & Breakfast
25881 Royal Oak Rd.
Royal Oak, Maryland
(410) 745-3025

George Brooks House

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Hotel | "Historic Site Now a Lovely B&B "

George Brooks House Photo, St. Michaels, Maryland
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We really enjoyed spending time poolside during a sweltering hot spell in July. Usually B&B's do not have swimming pools and we welcomed the beautiful 20'X40' pool at George Brooks House. The original house dating back 100 years was lovingly restored to include 8 guest rooms each with private pathrooms. It was quite pleasant to sit around the pool and enjoy the lovely landscaped and well kept VIctorian style garden. The owner had a very interesting photo album detailing the restoration process. The restoration was unbelievable and the house had a very interesting design with lovely details. The house was designated a historic site by the Talbot County Historic Preservation Commission in 2001 and ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 1, 2008

George Brooks House
24500 Rolles Range Road
St. Michaels 21663
(866) 218-1384

Bella Luna Italian Market

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Restaurant | "Bella Luna "

Bella Luna Italian Market Photo,
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This was an interesting find in the middle of Cheaspeake area of Maryland situated down the street from our Bed & Breakfast. This was a lunch stop. We shared two sandwiches. One huge Panini sandwich of roasted figs and Brie ($10) and the soup of the day New England Clam Chowder ($5). The other combination of 1/2 smoked turkey sandwich with small salad ($10). Both were tasty. Finished off lunch with espresso.The lunch menu was mostly soups, appetizers and salads and offered two entrées, a seafood marinara over homemade fettuccine and a sausage and sun dried tomatoes in rosemary cream (both $14) each. The menu offered but was out of quail eggs and pancetta over greens. I don't know they I wo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 21, 2007

Bella Luna Italian Market
25942 Royal Oak Rd.
Royal Oak, Maryland 21662
(410) 745-6100

St. Michaels Crab & Steak House

Restaurant | "Crab & Steak Restaurant"

St. Michaels Crab & Steak House Photo, St. Michaels, Maryland
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Casual dining on the dock. Relaxed atmosphere. Not being very hungry we had crab egg Benedict sandwiches with a mediocre salad and fries. The sandwich should have been better. I found it just a bit dry and over-cooked.
Local Tap beer was good to wash the sandwich down with.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 21, 2007

St. Michaels Crab & Steak House
305 Mulberry St.
St. Michaels 21663
(410) 745-3737

Crab Claw Restaurant

Restaurant | "The Crab Claw"

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Situated right on the dock, you can eat inside the restaurant or if you prefer you can sit outside on picnic tables and benches. We enjoyed being outside watching the boat activity in the water. The restaurant is known for steamed Maryland blue crabs which are priced according to size and availability. A dozen crabs was $30. This was the restaurant that we had received a $50 certificate from Royal Oak Bed & Breakfast to use towards our dinner.The atmosphere was pleasant and casual, and the server was attentive. I had tossed salad and soft shell crab platter of three crabs and crunchy vegetables. My husband had a fried seafood platter of shrimp, fillet, soft shelled crab, scall...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 21, 2007

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

Chesapeake Landing Seafood Restaurant & Carryout

Restaurant | "Feast on All You Can Eat Shrimp or Crabs, Yummo!"

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This area of the Chesapeake Bay is known for steamed shrimp and crabs in bay seasoning served hot and spicy. We decided on the special all you can eat shrimp for $12.95 per person. I believe we were served at least 3 if not 4 pounds of shrimp and could barely finish the last few. You have to be willing to peel your own; not such a big problem.We ordered a cup of the crab vegetable soup for $4.25. It was savory but not too much crab although the flavor was there. We each enjoyed a delicious house salad with served with a nice house dressing for $4.25 served with very good hot rolls and homemade cornbread.They offered nice shellfish sampler enough for two for $19.9...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 13, 2008

Chesapeake Landing Seafood Restaurant & Carryout
23713 St. Michaels Rd.
St. Michaels 21663
(410) 745-9600

Oxford-Bellevue Ferry Photo, Oxford, Ohio
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What fun! This ferry takes about 9 cars and walk-on passengers and was established in 1683. It is one of the oldest privately run ferries in existence. The fare for a car and driver is $14 round trip and $1 for vehicle passenger round trip. Walk-on-passengers pay $2 each way. Bicycles, motorcycles, and large trucks pay different fares. The ride takes about 10 minutes to cross the Tred Avon River to the tiny town of Oxford. The ferry runs seven days a week with continuous crossings every 15-20 minutes and the last trip at sunset. The ferry is closed in December, January and February and opens for the season in late March. Schedules are subject to change.If you are walking onto the ferry, th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 21, 2007

Oxford-Bellevue Ferry
27456 Oxford Road
Oxford 21654
(410) 745-9023

Selina II Sailing Charters

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Attraction

Selina II Sailing Charters Photo, St. Michaels, Maryland
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Captain Iris Clarke, the granddaughter of the original owners, of Selina II was our captain. She was quite a character having been around boats her whole life. The sailboat was built in 1925 as a family yacht. The captain told us everything you wanted or didn't want to know about the 42' long sailboat with a 16' beam which is the largest surviving of the New England catboats. The boat leaves daily from St. Michael's Harbour Inn about 3-4 times a day at a cost of $50 per person + tip. The two hour sail was included as part of our package with the Royal Oak Bed & Breakfast. During a Wednesday afternoon my husband and I were the only passengers sailing so we enjoyed a private sail. Th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 21, 2007

Selina II Sailing Charters

St. Michaels, Maryland
(410) 726-9400

Rebecca T. Ruark

Attraction | "Sail the Rebecca Ruark the Oldest Skipjack Dating to 1886"

Sunset on Tilghman Island Photo, St. Michaels, Maryland
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Sail the Chesapeake Bay out of Tilghman Island just about 12 miles from St. Michaels on the Rebecca Ruark, a National Historic Landmark. The ride was most educational as Captain Wade informed you about the ecology, culture and situation the watermen face and the effect overfishing has caused to the waters of the Chesapeake Bay area. His knowledge is unsurpassed in bay history as he tells of the dredging for oysters and crabs. He is quite humorous and engaging. Interesting is the history and restoration of the Rebecca, its' sinking in 30' waves in the bay and then being restored once more. His love of the sea and the waterman's way of life is very apparent and it was a real hoot hearing his sea st...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 4, 2008