Day 1 - The Twin Beaches

Nestled on the Chesapeake Bay's western shore, the neighboring towns of North Beach and Chesapeake Beach epitomize the "land of pleasant living."

The seven-block waterfront in North Beach contains a public fishing pier, boardwalk and bike path. At Bayside History Museum learn about the Chesapeake Bay environment and the cultures of the bayside communities. Take a leisurely stroll down the boardwalk, browse boutiques, art galleries, sweet shops and antique stores. Ask about the special "Brown Bag Tour" where all participants receive a small gift at participating shops.

Take a glimpse back in time at the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum. Board one of the head boats at the Rod 'N' Reel Dock and cruise the Chesapeake Bay. For dinner, crack a few crabs at a local crab house, enjoy lite fare, steaks or seafood at a café as you watch the sunset.


Day 2 - Solomons Island

Where the Patuxent River meets the Chesapeake Bay you will find Solomons Island, a place of uncommon charm and unspoiled beauty. Visit the Calvert Marine Museum to trace the rich maritime history and diversity of the Chesapeake Bay. Climb through the hatch of the Drum Point Lighthouse or take a shuttle to the Cove Point Lighthouse, the oldest continuously working light in Maryland. A short cruise on the museum's historic "bug-eye" boat, the Wm. B. Tennison, gives a view of Solomons that is unique and unforgettable.

At the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory learn more about the ecology and natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay.

One of the mid-Atlantic area's treasures, Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center features outdoor displays of sculpture, many on loan from the Smithsonian Institution. At the Arts Center view changing exhibits or take a class.

This quaint town has many restaurants with something to suit every taste and price point. From seafood to steaks and more, your group will receive a delicious meal and great service. End the day with a sunset cruise and listen to the sounds of the river as you enjoy the calm Patuxent River and watch the sun set over the bridge.


Day 3 - Fossils & Farmscapes

The towering cliffs on the Chesapeake Bay are etched with imprints of creatures that lived in the region’s seas eons ago. As the cliffs lead inland, you will find where people have left their mark on the landscape in the form of rolling farms and open fields.

Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum is situated on 560 acres along the Patuxent River and St. Leonard Creek. Explore the visitor and exhibit center, children's discovery room and recreated eastern woodland Indian village. Learn about archaeology through a "behind-the-scenes" tour of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory.

Walk the trails or take a slow stroll along the boardwalk at Flag Ponds Nature Park. Once a thriving pound net fishery, the "Buoy Hotel" now houses a fascinating exhibit on the Bay's old-time fishing industry.

At Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary, a boardwalk trail winds through one of the northernmost stands of bald cypress trees in North America. Learn more in the nature center through exhibits and demonstrations.

Boasting five wineries, the Patuxent Wine Trail lets you sample and sip your way through Calvert County. Tour the vineyards, talk with the vintners and taste your favorite varietals. By the time you are finished, you'll have new ideas for pairings, answers to your wine questions and enough bottles of your dream chardonnay or shiraz to last until your next trip!

Additional Resources

The Calvert County Tourism Office is ready to assist you in creating that one-of-a-kind experience for your group. Call or email for specialized itinerary assistance.

Phone: 410-535-4583, 1-800-331-9771
Email the Calvert County Tourism Office