Harbor-Front Resort with Seafood Dining and Live Bingo
The Chesapeake Bay has yielded countless tons of seafood and fed families along the Mid-Atlantic for generations. Nowadays, yachts and speedboats have replaced the old trawlers, but the Chesapeake's blue crabs and oysters are still some of the best. Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa boasts its own dock with 120 slips—where you can moor your own boat or charter a cruise—plus a waterfront restaurant that serves fresh seafood from the bay.
Located an hour southeast of Washington, DC, the property overlooks two marinas as well as the distant bluffs of Calvert Cliffs State Park. You’ll find some of the best views at the resort’s two waterfront restaurants. The Rod ‘N’ Reel offers local crab cakes and crab-stuffed rockfish, and Smokey Joe’s Grill churns out slow-roasted baby back ribs and other barbecue staples.
Limited-water-view rooms also overlook the property and trees. The decor fits right in with the resort's nautical theme with seashell-print quilts and posters of steamboats. Despite the maritime motif, there's plenty to do on dry land. The onsite spa pairs signature scrubs with vichy showers. And the Rod 'N' Reel bingo lounge draws lively crowds for bingo challenges and keeps players well caffeinated with unlimited rounds of free coffee and soda. You can redeem your gaming credit at the video machines, with self-selected wagers starting at a penny.
Chesapeake Beach, Maryland: Fishing Haven with Family-Friendly Beaches
Chesapeake Beach is well-known for its fishing charters, since the estuary serves as a major spawning ground for rockfish, otherwise known as striped bass. The many piers and wharfs along the coast are perfect for fishing and crabbing for Maryland blue crabs (license required), and nearly all the waterfront restaurants serve their own catch of the day. Indoor activities come colder weather include a stop at The Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum, which is free to enter and showcases a collection of objects and information relating to the Chesapeake Beach Railway and surrounding towns and resorts.