Hotel at a Glance: Harbourtowne
Harbourtowne sits at the convergence of Chesapeake Bay and the Miles River; each guest room has views of the water from a private balcony or patio. The 18-hole golf course (designed by Pete Dye) offers expansive views of the bay and river as well. Other onsite facilities include a seasonal outdoor pool and courts for tennis, volleyball, and horseshoes.
- Great coastal town: The hotel is in St. Michaels, which USA Today nominated as one of the best coastal towns in the United States in 2015.
- In-room amenities: 32-inch flat-screen TV, Keurig coffeemaker, and free WiFi
- Rent a bicycle to explore the town of St. Michaels.
- Breakfast with a view: Reserve a spot at Bayview Restaurant’s waterfront breakfast buffet (not included) to enjoy hot entrees, fresh fruit, pastries, and cereal.
- Raise a toast at Duck Blind Lounge.
- Driving time to Baltimore: 1 hour, 45 minutes
St. Michaels, Maryland: Seaside Views and Maryland Blue Crabs
In addition to exuding seaside charm, the sleepy town of St. Michaels is notable for having played a starring role in a little-known episode in American history—its residents outsmarted the British during the War of 1812. The townspeople reportedly hung lanterns in trees outside of town to trick the Brits into thinking they were dramatically misfiring their cannons. The redcoats overshot and the town survived.
While you’re here, be sure to partake in the area’s rich maritime culture. Watch the ships gliding by on the Chesapeake Bay and try some of Maryland’s famous blue crabs. For an in-depth look at the town’s history, visit the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum or take an educational sailing tour on the H.M. Krentz skipjack, which departs right from the museum.