Camp Merryelande on St. George Island

Places to Stay in Southern Maryland

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Camp Merryelande on St. George Island

Camp out under the open sky, make yourself at home in a classic bed and breakfast, or melt your troubles away at a luxury spa in Southern Maryland, the heart of Chesapeake Country. 

Southern Maryland offers the charm of the Chesapeake and good old-fashioned Southern hospitality, just around the corner from Baltimore and D.C. Get away for a weekend to one of these charming places to stay in Southern Maryland, and you’ll want to lose yourself here for a lifetime.

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Camp Merryelande
St. George Island
Camp Merryelande on St. George Island

Snuggled into the pine trees on the sandy shore of the Potomac River, Camp Merryelande (yes, with three “e”s) is an island escape just a short drive from Baltimore and D.C. Located on St. George Island in St. Mary’s County, you can choose a campsite on the beach or one of the rustic waterfront cottages, the largest of which can accommodate up to 24 guests.

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Chapel Point State Park
Port Tobacco
park view of river
Maryland DNR

Chapel Point State Park is located on the beautiful Port Tobacco River, a tributary of the Potomac River. Chapel Point is an undeveloped multi-use park that boasts a waterfront that offers excellent fishing. 

Serenity is at your fingertips at this undeveloped wildland just minutes from D.C. Chapel Point is famous for its excellent fishing and hunting, but reserves one of the park’s paddle-up campsites for a one-of-a-kind stay—truly one of the best places to camp in Maryland. Campsites are primitive and only accessible by boat, so pack your “yak” wisely and spend your nights counting the stars.

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Chesapeake Charm
Point Lookout
Point Lookout State Park

Sleeping up to nine people, this house sits on a 15-acre crop farm on St. Jerome’s Creek, and provides crab pots, fishing rods and two kayaks for renters. You can stroll out onto your private dock to sip morning coffee, go crabbing, or jump in a boat (if you brought one). Plus, Point Lookout State Park is just a short drive away.

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Cove Point Lighthouse
Lusby
Cove Point Lighthouse

Cove Point Lighthouse is one of the most unique hotels in Maryland. Here, stay in a refurbished lighthouse keeper’s house that sleeps up to 16 guests. Located at one of the narrowest points of the Chesapeake Bay, the views here are absolutely breathtaking. Though the functioning lighthouse still welcomes guests, there’s a private beach for renters. Best of all, revenue from the rental supports the Calvert Marine Museum.

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Goose Bay Marina and Campground
Welcome
Goose Bay marina

You know you’ll feel right at home in a community called Welcome. For the avid camper, it doesn’t get better than camping right on the edge of the water. This campsite has 90 RV-ready spots available with plenty of shade, plus three bath houses and other amenities including an inground pool. To accommodate boaters, there are three ramps and 250 wet slips available.

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Rod ‘N’ Reel Resort
Chesapeake Beach
resort

You’ll go for the picturesque views out over the bay of Calvert Cliffs, but you’ll stay for the three restaurants and spa. Bring a group or the whole family out to go fishing on a large charter fleet, then the resort chef will prepare your catch however you like. There’s also plenty of gaming—via video tab pull machines and bingo—as well as an array of outdoor activities at Rod ‘N’ Reel.

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Brictoria Cottage Bed & Breakfast
Charlotte Hall
Brictoria Cottage at Charlotte Hall
Brictoria Cottage

Enjoy privacy in a serene setting in a separate brick Cottage. Explore part of the eight wooded acres in bucolic Charles County. Take advantage of the rural setting that is still close to sights and unique shopping.  

The home and attached Cottage were inspired by Victorian home design, although the materials was not.  The owner of Brictoria is a highly skilled brick mason.

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Solomons Victorian Inn Bed & Breakfast
Solomons Island
Solomons Victorian Inn Bed & Breakfast on Solomons Island

Located on the southern tip of Solomons Island, this charming inn offers commanding views of the surrounding Potomac River and close proximity to local wineries and cultural attractions. Rooms strike an ideal balance between luxury and comfort, and the airy porch is the perfect place to enjoy one of the Victorian Inn’s legendary breakfasts as sailboats breeze by.

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Spring Cove Marina
Solomons Island
Spring Cove Marina

Dock here and slip into island living. Welcoming Spring Cove is in the heart of Solomons, but it’s tempting to simply while away the day at Spring Cove’s riverside pool and Wheelhouse Restaurant. Get an annual slip and make Solomons your harbor-home away from home.

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Swanendele Inn at St. Mary’s
Ridge
Inn with large front porch
Swanendele Inn

This family-owned, Southern Maryland-style country inn is tucked on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay and St. Jerome’s Creek, offering waterfront views from every window. Enjoy your complimentary breakfast from the wraparound porch and try to spot bald eagles while they fish for their own breakfast. Or, reserve gourmet private dining in advance for a truly elegant evening.

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The Inn at Brome Howard
St. Mary's City
The Inn at Brome Howard in St. Mary's City

Stroll the formal gardens of this elegantly restored 1840s plantation house on the high banks of the St. Mary’s River, then explore the forest, fields and colonial village of Historic St. Mary’s City. The inn is nestled right in St. Mary’s City, the state’s original capital and now a National Historic Landmark District.

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Westlawn Inn
North Beach
Couple on porch of Inn

The Guest Quarters at the Westlawn Inn is a five-unit 1930s boutique-style hotel. This family-owned and operated hotel features two self-contained, condo-style apartments available for short or long-term stays as well as a whole list of amenities, from upscale American dining to jazz nights with live entertainment.

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Woodlawn Farm Bed and Breakfast
Ridge
Woodlawn Farm
Woodlawn Farm B&B

Woodlawn is Maryland's first estate, deeded in 1634 and home of Trinity Manor. Enjoy the beauty, magic and flavor of regional wineries along the Patuxent Wine Trail, then retire to your suite or cottage overlooking the perennial gardens.

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Smallwood's Retreat
Smallwood State Park in Marbury
Smallwood's Retreat at Smallwood State Park
Bob Cantin, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Smallwood State Park is named for General William Smallwood, a native born Charles Countian who was the highest ranked Marylander who served in the American Revolutionary War. His house, Smallwood's Retreat, has been restored. It is open to overnight visitors seasonally. The 628 acre park offers a marina, boat launch ramps,  picnic and camping areas, pavilions, recycled tire playground and nature trails. 

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