Here are a few destinations you might visit in the Chesapeake


Washington, DC

Wander up the deep Potomac River to National Harbor, which boasts more than 150 shops, restaurants and hotels (including the 2000-room Gaylord Hotel and MGM casino currently under construction), all within sight of the nation’s capital. A destination like no other on the Chesapeake, yacht owners can also tie up vessels up to 200 feet (9-foot dock depth) at several Washington Channel marinas in the shadow of the National Mall.


The historic town of Annapolis is home to the U.S. Naval Academy and the National Sailing Hall of Fame beside myriad historic sites, fine dining, casual pubs and plently of entertainment. Annapolis marinas can accomodate yachts up to 230 feet (12 foot dock depth).



Still guarded by Fort McHenry, birthplace of our National Anthem, Baltimore is an eclectic yachting destination known as “Charm City.” Its Inner Harbor includes an aquarium, science center and national sports stadiums, while the convivial neighborhoods of Fells Point,  Harbor East and Canton complement the Inner Harbor's high-profile sophistication. Dockage in available in Baltimore for vessels over 250 feet
(20-foot dock depth).


Formerly an island, attached to the mainland in 1870 via a bridge built atop oyster shells, Solomons was once a seafood packing and boatbuilding town; now tourism is its mainstay. It remains a fishing village (recreational and commercial), and is a great place to escape and learn about the Bay’s past and future. At the northern end sits the Calvert Marine Museum, dedicated to local Bay life and featuring the Drum Point Lighthouse to explore inside and out. Three blocks away, boardwalk promenade leads southward along the Patuxent River passing shops, restaurants, inns all with a terrific view of the harbor, river and the Bay. The marinas in this area can handle yachts up to 150 ft. (10-foot dock depth).


St. Michaels

The Eastern Shore sparkles with small towns like St. Michaels, Oxford and Cambridge. Explore main streest and discover maritime heritage at such places as the Chesapeake Bay Martitime Museum. Dock vessels up to 220 feet (9 foot dock depth) right in the heart of town. The nearby Inn at Perry Cabin offers a breathtaking waterfront setting and loads of luxury amenities. The Hyatt Regency in Cambridge has floating docks for visitors, while quaint Oxford provides an idyllic anchorage with plenty of onshore amenities.

Cape Charles

 Cape Charles are reminiscent of a tropical island: waves lapping a pristine beach, gorgeous sunsets and stress-free atmosphere. Once a thriving rail center through which passengers and freight moved, the eastern Chesapeake’s southernmost city is now a popular destination for cruisers and other visitors. Restaurants, two nearby golf courses, town celebrations, and a facility made for superyachts - offering 1,000 feet of face dockage (18-foot channel depth), all make this a most attractive destination.



 Home to a naval shipyard founded in 1767, this town on the Elizabeth River features a mix of old and new. The bustle of ocean-going ships and the nearby Coast Guard base adjacent to a broad Olde Towne historic district with walking tours and shops attracts boaters of all types. Area can accommodate vessels up to 300 feet ( 35 foot depth).



 Smack in the middle of “America’s Historic Triangle,” (also including Jamestown, and Williamsburg), history definitely runs deep in this port city founded in 1961. It was here in Yorktown that watermen, merchants and maritime tradesmen prospered and witnessed the culmination of the Revolutionary War. While much of Yorktown’s appeal is in its history, visitors will also find this a pleasant destination for shopping, dining and enjoying a redeveloped Waterfront. Vessels up to 200 feet are welcome to tie up in Yorktown.


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