Tucked away on the Miles River along the Chesapeake Bay's eastern shore is the quaint town of St. Michaels, Md. This charming seaside spot dates back to the mid-1600s, when it served as a trading post for tobacco farmers and trappers. Its colonial roots are still much in evidence, as the streets are dotted with beautiful historic homes.
Centrally located in the heart of town is St. Michaels Marina, which has been family owned and operated since 1982 --- the current owner is Michael Morgan, who purchased the marina from his father in 2006.
As you approach the docks of St. Michaels Marina, you are instantly put at ease. Dockhands jump aboard in their matching Under Armour attire to tie up vessels, then immediately secure any electric and water hookups. "We offer a high level of customer service, and handle every want and need with a smile," says Morgan. In the morning, complimentary newspapers are delivered to each boat at the marina. Many guests choose to spend part of the day unwinding poolside and soaking up the summer sun (they'll even clean your sunglasses). Staff are at the ready with cool towels, and on holiday weekends the marina even offers foot massages! Get in line.
St. Michaels Marina is a state-of-the-art facility with 54 transient slips for vessels up to 225 feet. In addition to theaforementioned swimming pool, there is also a marine store, pump-out services, fuel dock, newly renovated shower and restroom facilities, courtesy car, and brand-new bicycle rentals.
And you may very well want to make use of those bike rentals, because once you've docked the marina staff will issue you a guide to all the don't-miss attractions in the captivating town. Explore the many art galleries and shops, and save time to sample the stand-out eateries. Local favorites include St. Michaels Crab & Steak House, The Town Dock Restaurant and Foxy's Harbor Grille, both of which are a short stroll from the marina. In town, stop by the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, loaded with fascinating exhibits. If you'd prefer to spend your time on the water, swing by the Shore Pedal & Paddle outpost at the marina to rent kayaks or stand-up paddleboards. Whether you're docking just for the day or staying for the weekend, St. Michaels Marina is the perfect Chesapeake Bay getaway. "Tie up and unwind. We'll do the rest," says owner Michael Morgan.