You can dine on very fresh seafood—or go fishing to catch it—on Solomons Island. Photograph by citron_smurf via Flickr/Creative Commons and illustrations by Alli Arnold
The Scene: Where the Patuxent River meets the Chesapeake Bay sits the village of Solomons Island. The former shipbuilding community has a boardwalk and piers for strolling, antiques shops and art galleries, and bars and restaurants for every taste.
What to See and Do: Butterflies flit through the gardens of the Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, in nearby Dowell, where art and nature coexist. Wend your way along sun-dappled paths to see dramatic bronze and steel sculptures—courtesy of a partnership with the Smithsonian—throughout the 30 acres. A current exhibit, “Fairies in the Garden,” features artists’ fantasies of fairy and gnome houses nestled in the mossy hollows of trees. For a day on the water, Bunky’s Charter Boats rents Carolina skiffs and offers fishing excursions; Sail Solomons has 22-foot Catalina Capris. Or go to the Patuxent Adventure Center for kayak rentals.
Where to Eat: Kim’s Key Lime Pies has creative cuisine and pies in a cafe-like ambience. Across the road, Stoney’s Seafood House, famous for its fresh fish and crabcakes, sits on Solomons Pier with good views of the river.
Sail Solomons Sailing School and Yacht Charters
255 Alexander La.,410-326-4917
Patuxent Adventure Center
13860-C Solomons Island Rd., 410-394-2770
Kim’s Key Lime Pies
14618 Solomons Island Rd., 410-326-8469
Stoney’s Seafood House
14575 Solomons Island Rd. S., 410-326-2424