I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend and enjoyed the unofficial end of summer!
Nick and I spent our long Labor Day weekend in St. Michaels, a charming little waterfront community along Maryland’s eastern shore. We had perfectly sunny weather and temps in the high-80s all weekend.
The town of St. Michaels is small and quaint and filled with boutique shops, a winery and brewery, restaurants offering Chesapeake seafoods, and cute little cafes and inns. This was our first visit, which we’ve been looking forward to all summer, and it was definitely worth the wait.
After touring a few of the buildings we made our way to the museum’s annual charity boat auction. There were probably 100 boats being auctioned, everything from old wooden kayaks to 1950s speed boats and modern sailboats.
We were just finishing dinner that evening when Nick noticed out of the corner of his eye that a sailboat was headed our way. The family had arrived early evening and quickly anchored and rowed into town. Unfortunately, no one was on board and it appeared their boat was dragging its anchor (every boater’s nightmare!). Had it gotten close enough to us, we could have rafted it to our boat, but the wind pushed it closer to shore. We watched with sick stomachs as it floated toward the rocky shoreline and hoped that it would eventually ground itself in the shallow water; luckily, the winds shifted and it eventually wedged itself along a private dock, with no damage to either, where it sat until the owners returned later that night.
We ended the evening with a nice fireworks show that we watched from the bow of the boat.
On Sunday morning, before it got too hot, we paddle boarded around the entire creek, which is surrounded by large beautiful homes. After a late breakfast we took our dinghy back into town for more shopping and exploring. There are so many cute nautical clothing and home goods stores along the main strip.
Later that afternoon, we headed to the Crab Claw, a St. Michael’s institution, for some Chesapeake Bay crabs on their waterfront patio. It was messy, even after the waitress gave us a demo on how to properly eat crabs, but we still had a great time!
Our on way back to the boat that evening, we came across a couple on a kayak that was taking on a bit more water than they were comfortable with and so we gave one of them a ride back to their boat in our dinghy; they ended up being from our same marina!
After three days at anchor (our first!), on Monday morning we weighed anchor and headed for home (that and our low battery alarm woke us up before dawn, and we figured if we needed to start the engines to charge the batteries we might as well just head home! 🙂 )
All in all, we really enjoyed our time spent in St. Michaels, and definitely plan to visit again. If you ever have a chance to visit this cute little town, I’d highly recommend it!