The largest estuary in the United States, Chesapeake Bay holds a historic catalogue of events, ranging from the so-called “Oyster Wars” in the 19th and 20th centuries, where New England fishermen began encroaching upon the waters after exhausting their own, to the ever-influential “Battle of the Capes,” the decisive battle of the American Revolutionary War, which lead to the siege of the Battle of Yorktown.
Over 150 different streams and major rivers finish their journey into Chesapeake Bay’s near 12,000 miles of shoreline, which reaches to touch parts of six states. Known for its beauty and bounty, the bay is home to over 300 species of fish, shellfish, and crab, not to mention, the sheer beauty of the glassy smooth deep blue waters.
Tourism and recreation in the Chesapeake Bay area is also bountiful, including the Historic Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, which includes Navy Point, the site of multitudes of former seafood packing houses, docks and work boats, as well as the infamous screw-pile Hooper Strait Lighthouse, all located in St. Michaels, Maryland. An absolute appeal to the foreign traveler and US citizen alike, the bay attracts families, romantic stays, water sports enthusiasts, and boaters of all levels.
St Michaels, MD on the Chesapeake Bay also offers a variety of festivals and events throughout the year. Enjoy Winefest in April,Concerts in the Park and the Strawberry Festival & Arts and Craft Show in June, and don’t forget to stick around for the Independence Day Celebrations and the St. Michaels Carnival in July. No matter what time of year you and your family and friends decide to visit, the Chesapeake Bay in St. Michaels will be sure to impress even the crabbiest of crab lovers.