On the western shore of the Chesapeake, the rhythm of the tides, call of the gulls, and the hum of the engines from watermen’s boats create a symphony of sounds amid the miles of shoreline and open water. Nestled between the Potomac and Patuxent rivers and the Chesapeake Bay, the rolling hills of these Southern Maryland peninsulas are an easy peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of nearby metropolitan areas.

You’ll find plenty of lighthouses to explore on the Southern Maryland landscape. See if you can find Drum Point, Cove Point, Piney Point and Point Lookout lighthouses on your journey. If you’re lucky, you’ll also get to visit Blackistone Lighthouse on St. Clement’s Island, accessible only by ferry.

Enjoy the sweet salt air and sip a cocktail at a dockside restaurant while watching the sun slip below the horizon, revealing another evening sky. Chesapeake Beach, Cobbs Island, Broomes Island and Solomons Island are some relaxing destinations with several eateries and places to stay for your getaway.

Southern Maryland abounds with quintessential crab houses and wharves that echo traditions from yesteryear. The placid scenes betray the hard labor that underlies the watermen’s lives. Experience catching your own crabs or harvesting oysters, or just learn about the Chesapeake Bay and the life of a waterman on a Watermen’s Heritage Tour. Several tours are based out of Solomons Island, which is a favorite port for sailors. The island has its own vibe.

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