Visit St. Mary's County Maryland

Where the Potomac & the Chesapeake meet

Maritime Menu

Two Days / One Night 

Lighthouses, Landings And Local Fare

Visit lighthouses, maritime museums, and historic landings, plus enjoy local seafood “Where the Potomac Meets the Chesapeake!” 

Day One

First StopSt. Mary’s County Welcome Center. Freshen up welcome center housed in a historic building that was once part of the Charlotte Hall Military Academy. Here you can get an overview of the sites and attractions along your trip. 

Second Stop:  Head south towards the Potomac River and visit St. Clement’s Island Museum. From Memorial Day through September, take a ride on the Water Taxi to the island and tour recently rebuilt Blackistone Lighthouse on St. Clement's Island.

Third Stop — Lunch:  Enjoy lunch at a restaurant in historic Leonardtown.

Fourth Stop:  Head down the west side of the St. Mary’s peninsula to Piney Point Lighthouse Museum and Historic Park on the Potomac. The museum offers a collection of historic Chesapeake Bay vessels, a museum, and of course, a lighthouse—the first one built on the Potomac River. 

Fifth Stop — Dinner. Enjoy a seafood dinner at a waterside restaurant in the Piney Point-St. George Island area.

Overnight:  Stay at one of our finest group-friendly hotels and enjoy the special touches that make you know you are welcome!  Enjoy a complimentary breakfast before beginning a second inspiring day!

Day Two

First Stop:  Spend the day at Historic St. Mary’s City.  Begin with an orientation at the visitor’s center, and then enjoy a tour of Maryland’s first capital and 17th-century city.  Step aboard the Maryland Dove anchored along the beautiful St. Mary’s River with the knowledgeable and entertaining 17th-century sailors.

Second Stop:  Lunch. Enjoy lunch on  you own in the great hall at adjacent St. Mary’s College, or have a lunch created to suit your group and dine at the historic site.  Then continue your exploration of Historic St. Mary’s city into the early afternoon. 

Third Stop:  Stop and shop at Cecil’s Old Mill Historic District.  Located in one of Maryland’s first Industrial Districts, the Mill was originally built as a textile factory in 1812. Today the Mill features a working water wheel and the works of local artisans. Across the street, you can visit Cecil’s Country Store and Post Office. Board your bus for departure

Add A Third Day

St. Mary’s County is known for its fabulous events held throughout the year.  Plan a tour around the seasons and the interests of your group! You might want to try summer and enjoy the Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival in July. Or visit us in the fall for the U.S. Oyster Festival, which is home to the National Oyster Shucking Championship and the National Oyster Cook-Off. Whenever you choose to visit there is always something fun to do, see and eat! 

Please contact us for more information regarding the dates of our annual events.

Listed are a few events you won’t want to miss!

  • June: St. Mary’s County Crab Festival
  • July: Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival
  • October: Riverside WineFest at Sotterley
  • October: Blessing of the Fleet
  • October: U.S. Oyster Festival

Change stops to suit the season or the interests of the group. The tour may be shortened to suit day trips or an extra day may be added.

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