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Day trip to Solomons Island!

  • Jun 7, 2014 · 10:30 AM
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**UPDATE**

Meet at the Gazebo in the main public parking lot at Solomon's Island @ 10:30-10:45am. (Can't miss it - once you get into town you will see it on your right-hand side. First, you'll come to a small parking lot in front of Solomon's Boat Rental. Then you'll see a little playground, Coney Island ice cream stand & American flag flying on the flagpole, after that is the big main lot where the gazebo is located. See picture of gazebo below.)

If you want to meet later, just meet at the lunch spot at 11:45am - The Lighthouse Restaurant.

Also, check your GPS/Google Maps... its easy to get there... and note that it is BEFORE THE BIG BRIDGE (Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge). I had said you'd cross it, but that's coming from the other direction. Turn-off for Solomon's Island is just BEFORE the bridge coming from DC area.

After meeting up at the Gazebo, we can just walk around a bit... won't take more than an hour to stroll & meander around the small "downtown" area to check it out.

Then, we can get lunch. I made reservations at The Lighthouse Restaurant at 11:45am. That provides enough time  - for those who are interested - to make the 2pm boat tour (recommended & I will be doing). I'M ASSUMING EVERYONE IS GOING. IF YOU ARE NOT DOING LUNCH, LET ME KNOW - EMAIL ME OR POST A COMMENT ON THIS PAGE.      

The boat tour gets done at 3pm, so you have the rest of the afternoon to do what you'd like. Perhaps spend an hour or so touring the Calvert Marine Museum because you are already there (boat tour departs from there). Then head over to the Tiki Bar for a drink (recommend doing so at some point). Or if a cafe setting is more your thing then head over to Lotus Kitchen for snacks, treats and the famous Kim's key lime pie. Or just hang out on the boardwalk and enjoy the views...perhaps with an ice cream cone from Coney's.

If you want to stay longer - dinner at Solomon's Pier or The Striped Rock are good options. Or simply watch the sunset from the boardwalk.

IF YOU WANT TO GO ON THE BOAT TOUR & YOU WANT ME TO GET YOUR TICKET (remember tixs are first-come, first-serve - buy tickets that day), LET ME KNOW - EMAIL ME OR POST A COMMENT ON THE PAGE.

That's the update!

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Join us on Saturday, June 7th for a day trip to Solomons Island!

Solomons is a cool, waterfront town located in in Southern Maryland (Calvert County) where the Patuxent River meets the Chesapeake Bay. It’s about 60 miles from the Washington DC area or about an hour and 15 minutes to an hour and a half depending on where you are starting.

Once there, we’ll park in the free public lot and then go exploring on foot. This quaint island being only about a mile in length means it’s easy to get around. We’ll check out the sights and take in the natural scenery of this picturesque waterfront fishing village. The day will include a stroll along the Riverwalk, the wooden planked boardwalk that meanders along the Patuxent River and spans the length of the main drag of the island. The Riverwalk provides a nice, relaxing waterfront setting good for leisurely strolls and people-watching. We’ll enjoy great waterfront views and be able to check out the town’s restaurants and shops. In fact, a lunch stop at a waterfront restaurant is a must. :) Local Maryland seafood is of course this island town’s specialty, but there will be other yummy options as well.

Other potential things to do include a stop into the Chesapeake Bay Biological Lab located a little beyond the southern end of the boardwalk. Here we can learn about what is being done to protect the remaining marine life in the area that is threatened by the ever growing human population moving into the area and over-harvesting. You can also learn what you can do to help "save the bay".

We can also opt to visit the Calvert Marine Museum, which is a lot cooler than it may sound. It’s actually a very popular day trip destination located within a half-mile of the island. Learn about the life and history of the region including the unique story of the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay – its past, natural environment, and maritime heritage. Get a first-hand glimpse of the variety of life in the area while strolling along the Marsh Walk. The museum also includes the Drum Point Lighthouse - a fully restored cottage-style, “screwpile” lighthouse. It is only one of three remaining from forty-five that once served the Chesapeake Bay in the early 1900's. (The museum also provides tours of Cove Point lighthouse, which is just a few miles away.)

From the Calvert Marine Museum, if we'd like, we can enjoy a leisurely, relaxing one-hour motorized sightseeing river cruise on the Wm. B. Tennison – the oldest Coast Guard licensed passenger-carrying vessel on the Chesapeake Bay. On the river cruise, we would sail around the Solomons inner harbor, see Solomons Island and the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, pass underneath the Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge and turn back at Pt. Patience and the Naval Recreation Center. (Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis and $7.00 tickets must be purchased the day of the cruise at the museum. Maximum capacity is 40 persons. Cruises leave the museum dock at 2:00pm.)

Another popular attraction is Annmarie Garden Sculpture Park located just a few miles north of Solomons, MD. The garden is a combination of public sculpture and botanical gardens. The sculpture garden features a 1/4 mile walking path that meanders through the woods past permanent and loaned sculpture, including over thirty works on loan from the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art.

Toward the end of the day, options include the infamous Tiki Bar (an open air bar that is the place to be), dinner and sunset watching.

For anyone who wants to spend the night, there are great bed and breakfast options.

If you are looking for an easy, recharging getaway to escape the hustle and bustle of metro/city living, join us on our fun, relaxing day trip to Solomons Island!

We can decide on the exact time and place to meet on the morning of Sat, June 7th as well as carpooling options later as the date gets closer.

[Don't forget if you are looking for another cool, but longer trip - think Iceland! Booking deadline coming soon on June 30.]

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  • Lisa P.

    Thank you Gail! Such a great Saturday!!! :)

    June 12, 2014

  • Lynda

    Perfect weather, perfect location, perfect group!

    June 9, 2014

  • sprite

    Thanks Gail for a great outing.

    June 8, 2014

  • Melissa

    Thanks so much, Gail! You're a great leader.

    June 8, 2014

  • Noelle

    Awesome outing, organizer and attendees!

    June 8, 2014

  • Audra W.

    As always, great time!!!! Thank you Gail!!!!

    June 8, 2014

  • Gail

    Thanks everyone for coming to Solomons! So much fun meeting, hanging & chatting with everyone (you guys are very cool!)... and enjoying an awesome weather day while checking out a new area. Who knew it could be that much fun?! :)

    1 · June 8, 2014

  • Gary

    Had a great time today at the Solomon's Island. Thank you Gail for organizing and keeping everything flowing so smooth, thanks to everyone for great company!

    1 · June 7, 2014

  • Traveller

    Gail, thanks for organizing such a wonderful day in Solomon's Island...great company and lots of fun.

    1 · June 7, 2014

  • Holly

    What a great day--couldn't have asked for better weather or better company!

    1 · June 7, 2014

  • Melinda & S.

    Outstanding

    June 7, 2014

  • Mike B

    Thanks for organizing Gail! Great choice, nice location, good folks!!

    1 · June 7, 2014

  • Melinda & S.

    We had a wonderful time. Thanks for opening up the opportunity to go to Solomon's Island. Gail you Rock!

    1 · June 7, 2014

  • Gail

    We are at the restaurant

    June 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anybody at the gazebo or the parking lot?

    June 7, 2014

  • Gail

    Here is my boat ticket tally... my count from comments/emails received is that I'm getting the following people boat tour tixs: Angela, Holly, Katie, Lisa, Lois, Melissa, Noelle, Sprite, Stephan & Traveller. Let me know if I missed anyone or need to take anyone of this list. Otherwise, don't forget if you are up for the 2-3pm sightseeing boat tour make sure you pick up your own ticket (sold on a 1st come, 1st serve basis on the day of only, i.e., tomorrow). See everyone tomorrow! Great weather on tap for a Solomons Island excursion. :)

    June 6, 2014

    • V

      Ok

      June 7, 2014

    • Gail

      I mean I have your tix..we are walking now

      June 7, 2014

  • Stephen A.

    5 minutes awat

    June 7, 2014

    • Gail

      Ok still at gazebo

      June 7, 2014

  • Stephen A.

    Angela and I won't get there until 1050 to 1055.

    June 7, 2014

  • Gail

    See everyone at the gazebo... I will have on a green shirt an white shorts.

    June 7, 2014

  • Yvonne

    Sorry for the late cancellation but have a family emergency. Please enjoy.

    June 7, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Gail Count me in as well. Thanks

    1 · June 6, 2014

  • Audra W.

    Hey Gail I know Im last minute Im just getting home and able to respond. Can you please add me to the list? If it's a problem just let me know and Ill make attempt to pick up a ticket once I arrive. Thank you!

    1 · June 6, 2014

  • David

    Used to live and work at Lexington Pk/ pax river! Sorry i couldnt make it...

    June 6, 2014

    • Gail

      Hey David! Bummer you can't make it...looking forward to seeing you next time!

      June 6, 2014

  • Gail

    See the update in the Meetup write up on this page - bold font. Includes info on meeting time and additional details. Please read.

    June 1, 2014

    • Traveller

      Gail, could you please purchase a ticket for me also?

      June 3, 2014

    • Noelle

      Hi, did u get my msg earlier asking if u could buy my boat ticket? I'll pay u back. Thxs

      June 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    HI All,
    Anyone have room for a passenger? I live in DC and can met at a METRO stop. Thks. Jacky

    June 5, 2014

  • Jasmin M.

    I forgot I had tickets to the Art and Wine fest in Annapolis. Next time, have fun!

    June 4, 2014

  • Holly

    Hi Gail, please buy me a boat ticket, too. Thanks!

    1 · June 3, 2014

  • Mary Frances K.

    i am going to skip this. since i wasn't prepared to find a ride and it is saturday already. will join ya'll on the next trip.

    June 3, 2014

  • Holly

    Hi all, I'm willing to drive and have room for 3 in my car. I live in the Bethesda area (Glen Echo more precisely).

    May 30, 2014

    • sprite

      Holly, I emailed you with my phone number.

      June 3, 2014

    • V

      Hi Holly, I can meet you at a location of your choice. I have emailed you my phone number. We can text each other and coordinate. Thanks!!

      June 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes, I would like to participate in both lunch and the boat tour, so please count me in .That would be great if you could book a ticket for me; I presume I will just pay you back in cash when I see you.

    June 3, 2014

  • Lynda

    Gail - I'm all in for the boat ride. Just letting you know in case you think we might have problems procuring tickets. I plan on buying mine when I get there, though.

    June 3, 2014

  • Noelle

    Gail, can u pls get me a boat ride ticket? Thanks!

    June 3, 2014

  • Stephen A.

    Gail, Can you get a ticket each for Angela and me? Thanks!

    June 3, 2014

  • Melissa

    I am in the Fair Lakes, VA., area. Is anyone interested in carpooling from this area?

    May 30, 2014

    • Melissa

      Traveller, I just emailed Gail about the boat trip. I'd like to go. Don't know if you are interested, but I thought I'd mention it. Thanks! Melissa

      June 2, 2014

    • Traveller

      Yes, I love boat rides; hopefully we can get tickets when we get there since they can only be bought at the museum the day of.

      June 3, 2014

  • Aaron

    Really hate to miss this one! But I made camping plans a while back. Hope to catch y'all next time!

    June 2, 2014

  • Claire

    Is parking plentiful near where we are meeting?

    June 2, 2014

    • Gail

      Hi Claire... yes, at our meeting time (10:30am-10:45am) getting a parking spot will not be a problem. It does fill up though later in the day. Other parking in case of emergency... 1-parking spots all along the shoulder of the road, 2- parking in front of Tiki Bar, 3-parking down the road that is in between Tiki Bar and The Grill Sergeant BBQ). So bottom line.. parking won't be a problem the time we are meeting. :)

      1 · June 2, 2014

  • aimster

    Hi! I'd still love to go but don't have a car. Happy to carpool and split the cost for gas, tolls etc. My email is [masked]. Thanks very much!

    June 2, 2014

  • Tia

    This one looks like fun but I can't make it. Have fun!!

    June 1, 2014

  • Melissa

    Hi there, are we to meet on the island at 10 a.m. or are we going to leave for the island at 10 a.m.? Thanks!

    May 30, 2014

    • Gail

      Want to check on something...will confirm the time on Sunday...and will post the update on this page. Stay tuned.

      1 · May 30, 2014

    • Melissa

      Thanks, Gail!

      May 31, 2014

  • Traveller

    If anyone else is driving up just for the day, please let me know as I would love to ride with you.

    May 29, 2014

  • sprite

    This sounds like a lot of fun. I am also interested in carpooling. Of course, I would pay for gas, tolls, parking.

    May 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello! I'm new to the group and I was just wondering, is this something you pay for? Also, I don't have a car, but would be happy to contribute to gas in a carpooling situation.

    May 28, 2014

    • Gail

      Free of course just to walk around Solomons. Any costs would be for things you do while there like lunch at one of the restaurants, the Calvert Marine Museum ($9), 1-hour boat cruise ($7), Annmarie Garden Sculpture Park ($5), etc.

      1 · May 28, 2014

  • Claire

    Is 10 when we meet

    May 27, 2014

    • Gail

      Tentatively, yes. Will update/confirm the time soon (by this weekend).

      May 28, 2014

  • Claire

    Is 10 when we meet

    May 27, 2014

  • Melissa

    This sounds wonderful! I look forward to it :)

    May 27, 2014

  • Lisa P.

    I am driving from Baltimore so I have booked a room at the Holiday Inn Convention Center for Saturday night. (The B&B's all required 2 night minimum.) Looking forward to seeing Solomons Island! :-)

    May 27, 2014

  • Aminta (Caty ) B.

    Due to a previous committment, I'm unable to attend. Enjoy and hopefully I can meet with you next outing.

    May 27, 2014

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