Monday, September 02, 2013

Travel Note: Chesapeake City, MD

Looking for a quick  getaway?  Just south of us, an hour or an hour and a half, depending on traffic and how fast you drive, there is a lovely little town, just perfect for a short trip or weekend.

Chesapeake City, Maryland seems like a town that time forgot, with some exceptions.  The town is split by the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.  The town has a number of historic houses, some are currently operated as B&Bs.  A bridge over the canal overshadows the town; the pedestrian walkway provides wonderful views of the area.  Early risers can watch the sun come up over the water. 

There are a handful of restaurants on each side of the canal; the side I was on also had an ice cream parlor.  There are also, of course, a number of small shops.   A tour boat, "Miss Clare," takes people up and down part of the canal.  The couple (Clare and her husband, whose name escapes me) have lived in the area for years and their family for generations.  They have a number of historic photos to show along the tour.  I took the tour one afternoon and we saw some beautiful houses, birds (osprey, heron, bald eagle), some interesting ships, and a lot of breathtaking scenery. 

A modern aspect of this is an app that will list ships going through the canal, not the name of them but some idea of their size.  With advance notice people can wander down the street to the canal and watch the big boats go by.  Very cool.

If visiting relatives have seen all the sites of Philadelphia and you are looking for something new, think about a trip to Chesapeake City.

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