Heading South for a couple of weeks, What to do and see in the VA/MD area.

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  1. dcpringle

    dcpringle Member

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    Dec 13, 2012
    CT River
    2000 Sea Ray 480DB "Diamond Girl"
    Cat 3196 660HP
    Hey Guys,

    The admiral and I are going to head south next Friday on a 2 week vacation. Looking for things to see and do down near VA and MD. We are planning to leave CT on Friday morning with a quick stop at Montauk to top off the fuel. What are the suggestions? We are considering stopping near Atlantic City on the way down for the night. Open to suggestions...

    Thanks in advance,
    Don
     
  2. Sea Gull

    Sea Gull Active Member

    Oct 19, 2006
    CT
    2015 L650 Fly #509
    CAT C-18, 1,150 HP
    Montauk to AC is a good run. I recommend Kammermans, unless you need the shoreside amenities of the golden nugget. You should also consider Cape May, which is a fun, quaint town.

    On the outside route there isn't much between Ocean City and the Chesapeake. Cutting in via the Cape May canal gets you into the Delaware and to the top of the Chesapeake via the C and D canal. Baltimore or even Annapolis are good destinations from either AC or Cape May.

    We like the Eastern shore - St. Michaels, Oxford, Rock Hall, (we will be trying Cambridge this year, as well as Kent Narrows, and Crisfeld). Ego alley is a hoot, and the inner harbor in Baltimore is a fun city destination.
     
  3. dcpringle

    dcpringle Member

    424
    Dec 13, 2012
    CT River
    2000 Sea Ray 480DB "Diamond Girl"
    Cat 3196 660HP
    Thanks Sea Gull, We've not figured out where our final destination is just yet, we kind of love to play by ear. Just know we are going to hit the Chesapeake and hope to checkout Annapolis and some other places down there. Keep the information and places coming.
     
  4. Capt. Rusty Higgins

    Capt. Rusty Higgins Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    675
    Nov 6, 2006
    Florida
    The yacht delivery captain for Sea Ray Boats Inc.
    mostly 1100hp CAT/MAN
    You just received information from a seasoned pro.....Sea Gull's suggestions are spot on and will give you great targets to head to, and to make reservations way ahead of time....which I always do in lieu of just showing up.

    AC...I concur on Kammerman's instead of casino charges. Chris and Stacey Kammerman are the best.

    Capt. Rusty
     
  5. quality time

    quality time Active Member

    Oct 30, 2007
    Upper Chesapeake Bay
    2003 480DB and Kencraft 190 CC
    QSM11's
    I second Rock Hall and Oxford. Herrington Harbor, Solomons, Tides Inn and Cape Charles to name a few more.

    We'll be in Rock Hall for the 4th.
     
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  6. Alegria

    Alegria Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    Lancaster,PA Boat: -Sue Creek, MD
    2000 410 DA
    3126 CAT
    If Annapolis is your high point headed North then I would try to shoot for St. Michaels or Rock Hall. Cambridge (River Marsh) is a good resort stop, not much around it but a nice resort.

    I really like Baltimore as a great city stop. I like Henderson's or Inner Harbor East both close to Fells Point...
     
  7. rcknecht

    rcknecht Active Member

    Mar 23, 2009
    toms river,nj
    340 Sundancer 2001
    T 454 MPI
    Recommend you consider anchoring at Fairlee Creek in the Northern end of the Bay... It is next to Great Oak landing... Also, Herrington Harbor South is a beautiful marina...
     
  8. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 20, 2012
    Florida
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    Some of our favorites: St. Michaels, Cambridge, Annapolis, and Rock Hall.

    Have only stayed at the docks at the Hyatt at Cambridge - Not good with a N-NE wind - you are probably ok this time of year. Other than that - nice place.

    Went to Chestertown once - couple of hours up the Chester river, coming out of the north side of Kent Narrows. Really a neat place. In the summer time they used to have concerts on Sat night in the park (walking distance from the marina. Would go back again.

    Baltimore - like the marina at inner harbor - forget the name of it, next to a large seafood restaurant.

    We love the Chesapeake areas - plan to be back there next summer.

    Mark
     
  9. Alegria

    Alegria Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    Lancaster,PA Boat: -Sue Creek, MD
    2000 410 DA
    3126 CAT
    Inner harbor has several marinas. BMC (Baltimore Marine Center). Look up Lighthouse Point that will operates a majority of the other Marinas. The one by the Rusty Scupper is called Inner Harbor Marina. While you are right in the harbor, you might only have a view of one of the 100 ft plus mega yachts docked there when you are planning to be in the area! It is also a long walk around the harbor to get to most anything worth going to. I prefer to stay on the east side. Inner Harbor east or Hendersons are where I prefer to stay. Lighthouse Point has a pool, part of BMC, if that is important. Lighthouse Point is close to Canton which certainly has some really nice places for food coffee or pastries...

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  10. dcpringle

    dcpringle Member

    424
    Dec 13, 2012
    CT River
    2000 Sea Ray 480DB "Diamond Girl"
    Cat 3196 660HP
    Thanks guys, Planning to get the charts out later this week and begin planning stops. Keep them coming, Is there anything to go and see in VA at the mouth of the Chesapeake? We are out for 2 weeks, and would like to run as far south first, and then work our way back north..
     
  11. quality time

    quality time Active Member

    Oct 30, 2007
    Upper Chesapeake Bay
    2003 480DB and Kencraft 190 CC
    QSM11's
    Cape Charles, York River, Norfolk, VA Beach near the mouth.

    Deltaville is another area we like.
     
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  12. Gimme Time

    Gimme Time Member

    689
    Jan 7, 2007
    Charlottesville, VA./ Deltaville, VA
    2006 52SB, Ray Marine E120, Garmin 7612 through BOE site sponsor,
    QSM11s
    All good stops mentioned above, were in Norview Marina, Deltaville if you give us a shout out when you're down South we will try to catch you somewhere. We're headed to Cape Charles with (9) other boats 6/29-7/5 then headed to Lynnhaven, VA with a couple of boats before heading back to DVL on the 8th.

    7/18 we head North, Solomons, St. Michaels, Annapolis with the VYC then on the 29th start our weigh up as far as Block Island, RI with two other Sea Rays. Plan to be back down to DVL around 8/22 +-. I'm sure we will pass somewhere.

    I'd suggest you go South on the East side of the bay The when you head North come up the West side. Yorktown stop for lunch and walk around, York River Yacht for pool, drinks, dinner and overnight stop. Then Highly recommend Tides Inn up the Rappahznock about 10 miles then turn to Starboard after the bridge into Carters Creek, for two nights of TLC.

    From there up the bay north to Solomons bypassing the Potomac as that's another entire week to head up to Colonial Beach for a stop over & dinner then on up to DC. Got to have reservations and planning as lots of marina replacement, upgrades and demand for slips that way so more on that when ya want it. Great trip for the week of the Forth of July that we did about six years ago.

    After Solomon's ya got choices of Herrington Harbor South right off the Bay with great pool, beach front, weddings almost every weekend and we're not talking about only one a day! Nice pool with drinks, dinner and good family facilities.

    Next stop gotta be the Wall on Ego Alley in Annapolis, Md. for two nights (again gotta plan ahead as it's mostly first come first serve or very limited spaces. That's almost always weekday stop as limited space on walls but great to be there enjoying the sites, wonders and walking areas.

    as you've already read lots of places and options but coordination of when and where is required since you also have quite a few yacht clubs traveling in groups to locations as well during peak summertime.

    Any questions we can help with feel free to shout out and PM if ya want a cell number.

    AJ
     
  13. CJ Martin

    CJ Martin Member

    762
    Oct 4, 2006
    Great Mills, MD
    2002 320DA
    350MAG Horizons / V-drives
    I would avoid Herrington Harbor South until later in the season at least. A dock mate was there a couple of weeks ago and the on-site restaurant / bar is still not open following a major renovation with new operators.

    Near the mouth of the Bay, consider Cape Charles on the eastern shore of VA. The town marina has been redone with new floating docks. No pool, but very close to town and some great eats (and ice cream!). We were there last year and enjoyed it, only we stayed at King's Creek marina. Had we known how nice the town docks were we would have stayed there.

    Moving up the Bay, treat your better half to a spa day at the Tides Inn on the Rappahannock river. Fixed wooden docks, but in good repair with dockside pumpout. Great pool, decent food, pretty relaxing place all in all.

    About 60nm north of the Tides, Solomons MD is our home waters, it's a great stop with plenty of good eats, a West Marine and excellent marinas.
     
  14. dcpringle

    dcpringle Member

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    Dec 13, 2012
    CT River
    2000 Sea Ray 480DB "Diamond Girl"
    Cat 3196 660HP
    Thanks guys for all of the great ideas. I'll keep checking on here and i'll also try and post some pictures as we go. I'll have internet access as we go, so i'll try and let you know where are. It's just the admiral and i, so we'd be open to meeting up with people. What about moorings or anchoring out? Is there any good anchorages along the way?
     
  15. dcpringle

    dcpringle Member

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    Dec 13, 2012
    CT River
    2000 Sea Ray 480DB "Diamond Girl"
    Cat 3196 660HP
    Just wanted to give an update. Spent a couple of days at block island to give the seas a chance to calm and then yesterday did the run from there to Atlantic City. Took approximately 9hrs to do the run. Will probably stay here till tomorrow and then run on down. Anyone know where the cheapest fuel is here?


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  18. my3sons

    my3sons Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Feb 24, 2009
    Upstate NY (lake Erie)
    2004 400DB, Onan 9 kw Gen, Highfield RIB,
    Cummins 6CTA
    Don't know where the cheapest is, we didn't need fuel while there but we just left Kammermans after spending the weekend there and I can say that their fuel dock is a very busy spot. They pump a lot of fuel and the truck was just there Saturday morning. Wouldn't surprise me if they were on another load by now. Valvetech.
     
  19. dcpringle

    dcpringle Member

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    Dec 13, 2012
    CT River
    2000 Sea Ray 480DB "Diamond Girl"
    Cat 3196 660HP
    Did you catch the price?


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  20. my3sons

    my3sons Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Feb 24, 2009
    Upstate NY (lake Erie)
    2004 400DB, Onan 9 kw Gen, Highfield RIB,
    Cummins 6CTA
    I think maybe around 2.65. I paid 2.40 at Utsch's in Cape May after seeing the difference on active captain. AC shows kammermans at 2.75 but I think it is less. If you can make it there, it definitely less. Not Valvtech at Utsch's if you care about that.
     

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