Yesterday was overcast with a couple light sprinkles, but we had a great sail across the Bay to St. Michaels, MD. We were even escorted a portion of the way by seven small Navy boats coming out of the Naval Academy. Likely a portion of the training provided to the Academy Plebes.
St. Michaels is located on a peninsula on what they call the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. You can approach the town from the North via the Miles River, where there a about five large, and very exclusive marinas. We found that some of these marinas charge for a minimum of 45-feet. You can also approach from the South via San Domingo Creek, where there is a fairly shallow anchorage, an ecological park, and a city pier used by the crab fisherman. The main downtown district is about two blocks from either approach. So we picked the picturesque pastoral and quite anchorage (free) as opposed to the busy, all lit up expensive marinas where all the action was at.
Saturday afternoon we walked through a small portion of town, and were pleasantly impressed. Sunday’s weather was fantastic, and we spent most of the day checking out the place from end to end – which is fortunately not too far. We walked over to the marina side to eat lunch at a local institution called Crab Claw Restaurant. Being Sunday, the place was hopping (for younger people that means it was really busy). The Crab Cake sandwiches we OK (not as great as I’d expected). We opted not to get Steamed Crabs after watching a number of people trying to get meat out of them. Appears to be quite an undertaking to get at approximately the same amount of meat you may find in a large Gulf Shrimp. It also appeared a training course is needed to understand how to extract the meat and to differentiate what is eatable. I am sure the Crab meat is very delicious because many people were working diligently to nibble little morsels.
The main street through town – Talbot Street – is lined with nice shops, a gourmet market, a full grocery store, several ice cream shops, quite a few appealing restaurants. Great place to stroll about, especially on a beautiful Sunday.
Now here we are, sitting very peacefully in our little anchorage, so close to those big marinas with hundreds of boats, and feeling like we’re in a secluded place with only one other cruiser anchored here. We really like this.