Right where the mouth of the Susquehanna River yawns into Chesapeake Bay lies the protected, uncrowded waters of Havre de Grace harbor. BaySail's instructors take advantage of these opportune conditions, operating a sailing school that's accredited by the American Sailing Association. Upholding training standards that have won the ASA's School of the Year award, they lead sailing classes ranging from introductory lessons to certification courses in coastal cruising and bareboat chartering. In addition to lending its fleet for lessons, BaySail's team rents its vessels—from a Capri 22 to a Hunter 460—to members. The sailboats also glide out on chartered cruises, taking guests to nearby destinations such as Inner Harbor and the Sassafras River, where sassafras trees come to spawn every winter.
CBS Baltimore lauds Robinhood Paintball as one of the best paintball arenas near the city, but the year-round, 10-acre facility is actually eight arenas in one. Here, players clad in protective gear race around the airball field's bobbing inflatables, duck behind the wood-spool field's namesake spools or wrap their opponents in giant piles of unused thread. Elsewhere, they sneak through the tall trees and verdant brush of three wooded fields or storm the arena's towering castle. Thorough safety orientations prepare each player before they enter the facility, where referees keep watchful eyes over every game to ensure everyone's safety and compliance with the rules.
The Cecil County Food and Wine Festival, an all-day outdoor event, sates the senses of attendees with live entertainment and wine tastings from local grape whisperers. Charismatic opening act Dean Crawford and the Dunn's River Band entrances the crowd at 2 p.m. with original country compositions and complimentary SkyMall magazines. Headliner George Jones—a country legend known for co-penning a slew of hits such as "Tender Years" and "He Stopped Loving Her Today"—takes the stage at 4 p.m. to churn out songs from his extensive catalog. Amid the twang-tinged euphony, two featured Cecil County wineries, Dove Valley and Terrapin Station, offer up samples of their grape libations alongside other Maryland vineyards. Like a graduation party for one of the California raisins, this deal gifts all guests with a commemorative 9.9-ounce wine glass for indulging in aperitifs.