Solomons Island Travel Guide

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Solomons Island Things to Do

  • Drum Point Lighthouse

    Drum Point Light was originally out in the Bay at Drum Point. It is a screwpile, cottage-type light. At one time there were forty-five of these screwpile lighthouses that served the Chesapeake Bay at the beginning of the twentieth century. The only one that remains in service is Thomas Point. Two (Drum Point and Seven Foot Knoll) are part of land...

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  • Annmarie Garden-a jewel off the beaten...

    Annmarie Garden Sculpture Park & Arts Center, 13480 Dowell Road in Solomons, MarylandWe just returned from a great trip to Solomons. From northern Virginia, it took about 1 1/4 hours to get there. Not bad and the traffic was light. As we entered Solomons, my daughter noticed a sign off the the left that said, "Fabulous Fairy Houses." After a quick...

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  • Patuxent River Naval Air Museum

    This is Maryland's largest collection of combat aircraft. It included naval fighters, attack planes, reconnaissance planes, trainers, and others from the Korean War period to the present day. It even has mock-ups of the new Joint Strike Fighter. Inside are unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV's), models, uniforms, weapons, ejection seats, simulators, and...

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  • The Patuxent Riverwalk

    The Indian name "Patuxent" means "at the little rapid" or "falls in a stream". Here, the Patuxent River widens out to over a half mile in across. The Riverwalk offers plenty of nice views, and is a great place to watch both the boats and the people as they come and go.

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  • Calvert Marine Museum

    This museum covers everything about southern Maryland. With exhibits on history, the economy, sea life, and local culture, there's enough for several hours. The Drum Point Lighthouse, moved here from up the road, dominates the scene. It's a classic Maryland-style lighthouse, standing on tall steel poles. The view from the top is the best in town....

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  • The Tiki Bar

    This is a Southern Maryland legend. From April through October, locals, tourists, sailors and bikers hang out at this definition of "kitsch". The Tiki Bar started as a leased outdoor space in front of a cheap motel on the harbor. Locals loved it. Over the years, the management bought out (& closed) the motel, and purchased the building next door....

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Solomons Island Restaurants

  • Calvert County Restaurant Week

    Calvert County was having a Restaurant Week for the first two weeks in Feb. I thought this would be a god time to try something new, or at least that we hadn't been to in awhile. I decided to go to the Frying Pan. But we couldn't find it, so plan B was Isaac's which was on Holiday Drive and I intuited that meant that it was in the Holiday Inn. Once...

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  • Only Eleven Tables

    For some reason I have always thought this was just a lunch place and not open for dinner. But when Bob said he wanted to come over to get some engine hose at West Marine, and did I want to go to dinner, I looked up places I might not have been, and came up with this place. It had very good reviews - the only problem was that they did not take...

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  • Zahniser's Marina

    We have eaten here in the past and for some reason, I did not write a review. So when our friends came in by boat, intending to eat at Vincenzios and that restaurant was closed because it was Monday, we brought them over here. But I thought that I already had a review and didn't take many pictures.We ate here again today (Aug 2011). The restaurant...

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  • Catamarans Sucks!

    My family and I visited Catamarans on Saturday, May 7, 2011, for starters we waited about an hour for our food. My soda was served flat and I had to return it for a lemonade. The lemonda turned out to be lemon and water with a tab bit of sugar--yuck!. Once we recieved our food, the mash potatoes were dried out and cold--- they were instant not real...

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  • Not on the water

    The building this restaurant is in faces the Patuxent River (it is across the road from it), but you can't see the water while you are dining. They have an all-you-can eat menu which is not a good deal for us because we don't eat that much. They seem to be advertising that their chef has been on one of those cook-off shows Last time we went, I had...

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  • Careless Cigarette - Historic Inn Gone

    In March 2006, someone discarded a cigarette which lit the dry leaves under the boardwalk leading to the Inn and restaurant. The fire, whipped by high winds, burned Bowen's Inn and the Lighthouse Restaurant next door completely to the ground. So the review below is for historic interest only.____________________________________I finally got Bob to...

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Solomons Island Nightlife

  • Not my Cup Of Tea

    People have complained that they don't like to keep their boats at Solomons anymore because of the noise from the Tiki Bar. We met some friends here - they were anchored out and were coming south on the ICW. We had some drinks (non-alcoholic for me) and then we took them to dinner in our car. It was October, so it wasn't as crowded. A review of...

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  • Was Harbor Sounds Music Room

    In 2010, there was a bar/nightclub upstairs. There are pool tables and a DJ came in at 9 p.m. on Thursdays. There is also a bar with the restaurant downstairs. Their signature drink was the Orange Crush. I didn't try it.When we went to dinner at Harbor Sounds in the summer of 2006, we saw that there was a Music Room upstairs. We went early on...

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  • Solomons Island's Most Distinctive Bar

    This is the place that visitors talk about. Solomons is known for this distinctive outdoor bar overlooking the marina. Open from April to October, it serves up Mai Tais, mohitos, and other tropical drinks. This is the town's best-known hangout.

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Solomons Island Transportation

  • William B. Tennison - Bugeye

    Wm. B. Tennison is a nine-log sailing bugeye hull converted to powered buy-boat, official number 081674. Tennison was built in 1899 by master carpenter Frank Laird of Monie, Maryland, at Crabb Island (now abandoned) near Oriole, Somerset County, Maryland, on a tributary of the Manokin River off Tangier Sound. Tennison was built for Benjamin P. and...

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  • The Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge

    Solomon's Island is hardly an island at all now - the connection to the mainland is spanned by a bridge that is so small as to be almost unnoticeable. The road to Solomons from the north is Maryland Route 2 which comes south from Annapolis right to the island. But from St. Mary's County, one had to go up to Hughesville and take the bridge on...

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  • Sail the Sultana

    The Solomon's museum (Calvert Marine Museum) sponsors tours on the 1768 Colonial schooner Sultana. The Sultana is 100 feet long, and is the reproduction of the British Royal Navy ship of the same name. The original Sultana sailed on the Chesapeake before the American Revolution. It was built from the original plans and is considered one of the most...

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Solomons Island Shopping

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    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The museum store is located just off the lobby of the Exhibition Building. I bought my little booklet on the lighthouses of the Chesapeake that I used to research my lighthouse screen paintings on the boat from this museum.

    What to buy: Offered for sale are locally handcrafted articles, jewelry, prints and watercolors, notepaper, boat models, decoys, nautical ornaments and a variety of other items with nautical themes. The CMM Press publications are featured in the store, as are various educational publications related to the museum's three maritime themes.

    Clothing | Books | Home Decorations | Toys, Puzzles, Games

    The website says: "The Calvert Marine Museum e-Store is now open! Looking for a book, lighthouse memento, or jewelry for yourself or as a gift for that special person? We have quite a selection to choose from online."

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    • Museum Visits
    • Sailing and Boating

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Solomons Island Local Customs

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    by grandmaR Updated Aug 18, 2005

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    This shed is on the boardwalk trail outside the museum southeast of the lighthouse. I took this picture because of the texture of the wood and also so I could read the sign.

    The sign says:
    "Waterman's Shed
    "This shed was built ca 1900 at Otter Point, Patuxent River. Orne Laveille lived in this shed during the oyster season, from which he oystered on the Patuxent River. The shed was moved by barge around 1910 to Tongue Cove. Heillen Creek by the Tongue family and used by Tongue and Ballard families until 1984 when the shed was donated to the museum who moved it to its present location."

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    • Sailing and Boating
    • Fishing
    • Architecture

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Solomons Island Warnings and Dangers

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    by grandmaR Updated Aug 18, 2005

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    The museum itself is mostly handicapped accessible, and arrangements can be made for the Wm. B. Tennison Bugeye cruise is advance notice is given.

    The lighthouse is not handicapped accessible either inside or getting to it.

    While the underpinnings have been modified somewhat to be safer for visitors, I don't think the interior has been modified at all. You can't pass on the stairs.

    Originally I think the exterior would have had a much less safe ladder probably without handrails, and one would have accessed the platform under the lighthouse from a boat instead of stairs with a railing.

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    • Disabilities
    • Sailing and Boating

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Solomons Island Off The Beaten Path

  • Our Lady Star of the Sea

    The Parish was founded in 1888 to serve Catholics who had come to work in the boat building and fishing industry. In those days, Solomon's Island was isolated from easy access to other churches, and the only other church (the oldest church) on the island was Methodist.The church is at 14400 Solomons Island Road South and is visible from the...

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  • St. Peter's Episcopal Chapel

    I took this picture as we were driving by in the car. This 1889 chapel is of simple wood construction, with cathedral ceiling, and is listed as a Solomon's Island attraction. I can find no other information as the link doesn't work for me. I am giving it in the hope that it will work for someone else.It is right next to the LIghthouse restaurant...

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  • Expedition to Calvert Cliffs

    TREASURE FROM THE CLIFFS: Exploring Marine FossilsThe Paleo hall at the Calvert Marine Museum features fossils from the Miocene age -- ten to twenty million years ago -- when sea levels were higher and the ocean covered this region. A replica of a section of the famous Calvert Cliffs (pictured) is used to explain local geology. This section shows...

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Solomons Island Sports & Outdoors

  • Town Center Marina

    I have not stayed in this marina and don't know anyone who has. But it was right outside the restaurant we ate at. Full boat yard services with a 50-ton lift, ship's store, fuel & 104 resident slips. 24 Transient berths & dry stack storage also available. Open all yearSlips are about $1.25/ft with 30 amp $4.00Also pump-out, ice, store, beer etc.,...

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  • Beacon Marina @ Comfort Inn

    We've never stayed at this marina although we have eaten at the restaurant According to the website they have:187 boat slips, 48 covered, Water and electrical hook-ups, Full service restaurant on-site, complete yacht yard, picnic area with grills, washer/dryer facilities, pump out station.

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  • Anchor in Back Creek

    In September 2001, we were expecting friends to come up from Deltaville in their boat and we were going to meet them and go up the Chesapeake Bay together. On 9-11 they came over from the eastern shore to our Marina off the Potomac. We took them to dinner where they could see the TV reports of 9-11, because of course they got no TV reception on...

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Solomons Island Favorites

  • Young Visitors

    When we visit this area, one of the things that we often do is go to the Marine Museum. There are things to do even for the youngest child. My almost four year old was really intrigued by the children's area at the museum. She loved turning on the light in the lighthouse, and the docent helped her dress up as a lighthouse keeper's child. Also they...

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  • Bourne's Island

    The original name of this little island was Bourne's Island. Then in 1740 it was called Somervell's Island and later Sandy Island. My first thought on hearing the present name was that it was somehow connected with the Solomon Islands in the Pacific. Although, ironically, the personnel who trained here in WWII did fight at the Pacific Solomon...

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  • Small Craft

    In order to get from the boardwalk into the swamp over to the lighthouse, you have to walk along by the small craft building. This 6,000-square foot building, open toward the boat basin, houses nineteen of the small craft in the museum's collections, ranging in size from a dugout canoe to the forty-five-foot draketail Penguin. In addition to photos...

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