Local weekend getaway to Tilghman Island!

  • July 11, 2014 · 12:00 PM
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UPDATE FOR 6 JULY:

Hello Everyone,

Our trip is fast approaching!  :-)

*** If you have not done so please post a message on the board and let us know your expected day/time of arrival.

It is not a bad idea to bring some food and drink essentials for your room, water, assorted beverages, snacks to share, etc.  Please also bring some cash as it will come in handy when we are dining together, paying for kayaking, etc, etc.

Friday arrivals:

- We can plan to meet at the Harrison's House Inn's Tiki Bar by the water around 4pm.  We can put a message on the board when we (organizers:  Gail, Dan and Lisa) get there.  We can then provide an orientation and finalize any loose ends for kayaking, etc.

Saturday arrivals:

- We can plan to meet at Harrison's House Inn's restaurant outdoor patio between 8-8:30am for breakfast.  We will plan on leaving Harrisons NLT 9:45 to head to the Marina to go Kayaking.

- We can then meet back at Harrison's House Inn around the pool after our morning kayak trip for anyone who arrives Saturday afternoon.  (Around 12/12:30).

Group Kayaking; 10am Saturday morning:

- We are planning for a two hour nature trail tour on the east side of Tilghman.  This trip is for all levels of experience.

***I still need a good head count for this outing so I can let the outfitter know.  So please put a message on the board if you want to join us for the morning kayak trip. 

Stuff to bring for kayaking:  sunscreen, sun hat, water shoes, water or other beverages in a small cooler and maybe a waterproof bag, waterproof camera, etc.

- If you would like a more advanced or longer trip our member Bryan has offered to lead a tour around the island which would take about 5 hours at a casual pace.  That trip would also start at 10am at the Tilghman Marina.  This tour is 'wind permitting' meaning he won't do the long tour if it is a high wind day. 

***Put a message on the board if you are interested in Bryan's kayak tour.  And be sure to specify the longer tour.

- Other options for those who prefer not to go kayaking:

*Relax by the water at the Inn, hang by the pool

*Biking

*Tour around St Michaels, shopping, restaurants, ice cream, etc, etc...

*Waterman Museums

*Fishing/boating

*Absolutely nothing and loving it :)

**** I will post more information later regarding pricing etc. Should be no more than $50 for the two hour kayak trip and less if you share a kayak!

Thank you!! :-)


UPDATE FOR 30 JUNE:

Hello Everyone,

We are looking forward to our weekend escape to Tilghman Island on July 11th-13th!  :)

Accommodations: 

If you have not done so please book your room (under Gail Carter's group) at the Harrison House Country Inn/Chesapeake House.  The number is[masked]-2121.  As of this morning they are only showing 4 reservations. 

Lynda, Melissa, Anne and Amy have confirmed reservations under Gail's group.

If you booked and your name is not above then please call Harrison's to ensure your reservation is included under Gail's group.

They are going to release our block of rooms tomorrow (1 July) so book today to ensure your 10% group discount!

RSVP:  

If your plans have changed and you are no longer attending please update your RSVP. 

Kayak outing:  

If you are attending and are interested in a group kayak outing please post a message on the message board.  I will be contacting the local kayak outfitter to reserve our kayaks.

Arrival: 

Please post your estimated time of arrival (day/time)

Thank you!!

ORIGINAL POST:


Join us July 11-13th for a weekend trip to Tighlman Island on the Maryland Eastern Shore! Stay for the weekend - Friday & Saturday night - or just do an overnight trip spending the night only on Sat.

A fairly short, scenic two-hour drive across the Bay Bridge, 11 miles past St Michaels, brings you to the small, authentic Maryland watermen's villiage of TIghlman Island. Located at the southernmost tip of Talbot County, Tilghman Island is a three-mile long waterfront town nestled between the Chesapeake Bay and the Choptank River at the end of a long peninsula and separated from the mainland by Knapps Narrows. A drawbridge provides vehicle access to the island.

The pace of life is refreshingly slow on this off the beaten track island. Tilghman Island is heavy on beautiful scenery and light on crowds. You just might not want to leave! Take a break from your busy DC/Baltimore metro life and enjoy some peace, serenity and tranquility!

So what would you do if you went on this weekend meetup outing? Your options include everything from doing nothing (just kick-back and lounge while enjoying waterfront views) to fun, active pursuits such as leisurely bicycling, scenic kayaking and canoeing outings, boat/sailing tours, sunset cruises, pontoon/wave runner excursions, fishing/crabbing, and golfing. Eating out at the island's restaurants is a treat - they feature fresh, local seafood and produce. And local, waterfront bars offer yummy drinks and beautiful views. Also, an easy breezy 10-minute drive will take you to the picture-perfect historic waterfront town of St. Michaels. The tree-lined streets are filled with an eclectic selection of shops and award-winning restaurants. Check out Phillips Wharf Environmental Center and the Tilghman Waterman’s Museum, which offer the opportunity to learn about the island and Chesapeake Bay lifestyles. 

Where would you stay if you went on this weekend getaway? We have reserved a block of rooms WITH A 10% DISCOUNT at the newly renovated, waterfront Harrison House Country Inn. While Harrison House is a casual guesthouse/inn, it underwent a complete renovation in 2011, has great reviews from past guests, and is very reasonably priced - particularly given its waterfront location on the Chesapeake Bay. Onsite, shared amenities include Harrison’s in-ground swimming pool, dock, restaurant (serving the finest in fresh, boat-to-table seafood and locally-sourced farm products), sports bar, and crab deck - the only over-the-water crab deck on the Eastern Shore. Rooms have 32" flat screen TVs, free DirecTV, free Wi-Fi, mini refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer.

If you are interested in a relaxing, fun weekend to a cool, slow-paced waterfront destination that isn't too far away... then this meetup is for you!

If you want to join us on our local weekend getaway to Tighlman Island, here's what you need to do:

1- RSVP on this page to the meetup

2- Find a roommate to share a room if needed - post a comment or message someone. 

3- When you are ready to book your room, call Harrison House Country Inn at (410) 886-2121. Tell them you want to book a room under Gail Carter's block of rooms (checking in on 7/11/14). Tell them what kind of room you want, i.e., non-waterfront or waterfront. There are a few non-waterfront rooms for $64.34 per person per night or $128.69 per person for the full weekend (Fri & Sat nights). Most rooms are waterfront and are $89.10 per person per night or $178.20 per person for the full weekend (Fri & Sat nights). Prices are based on double occupancy (multiply by 2 for the cost of your own room), include all taxes, and reflect our group's 10% discount! Limited number of rooms available - first come, first serve.

4- Post a comment on this page to let me know you reserved your room... and who is your roommate if you have one.

Remember, we have a block of rooms for Friday & Saturday night, but you can join us for just Saturday night if you prefer... of course the best option is to enjoy the entire weekend (maybe get off early or take off work on Friday!) to fully relax and recharge on our Tilghman Island getaway!

This is a combined July monthly meetup for the Washington DC Gen X Travel Club and the Baltimore Gen X Travel Club.

More details & carpool coordination as the date approaches... hope you can make it! It's going to be fun! :)

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  • cari

    I can't imagine any meetup event that could be better then this past weekend. The organizers, Gail, Lisa and Dan are so thoughtful and generous. They genuinely worked hard and made sure everyone felt welcome, was included in the activities, and also planned lots of fun things to do... P.S. Thanks for the snacks and drinks and noodles for the pool! The sunset cruise was fantastic. I met so many wonderful people and we just meshed so well. Good times!

    1 · July 14

    • Lisa P.

      Thank you Cari! So glad you made the last minute decision to join us! Hope to see you soon! :-)

      July 15

  • Lisa P.

    Hi Everyone, I also want to thank you all for joining us on our trip to Tilghman! I had a blast and hope everyone also enjoyed themselves and maybe even made some new friends! Hope to see you next time!

    1 · July 15

  • cari

    Thoughtful generous organizers, great people, good conversation, lots of laughter and fun!

    July 14

  • Gail

    A BIG thank you to everyone who came out to the Tilghman weekend adventure! Very grateful for the opportunity to hang with such a super cool group of folks. Enjoyed all the shenanigans. :) You guys are the best... hope to see you again soon on one of the upcoming meetups or otherwise. Have a great week!

    1 · July 14

  • Gail

    FYI. I am at the tiki bar. Orange shirt.

    July 11

  • Gail

    Looking forward to seeing/meeting everyone! See you tomorrow or Sat (whenever you get there). I'll monitor the comments on this page in case of any difficulties meeting up. Weather is looking nice for our Tilghman Island weekend. :)

    July 10

  • cari

    Hi, I was wondering if I could still join everyone and if anyone needs a roommate?

    July 10

    • Gail

      Hi Cari. I hope you can make it! ...with or without a roomie.

      July 10

  • Christina H.

    Lisa, I'm experienced but don't want to kayak 9.4 miles, that's a full day event. So count me in for the two hour Kayaking and I'll share with someone. It's more leisurely & fun!

    1 · July 7

    • Lisa P.

      U got it, will count u in for the 2 hour trip and pair u up with someone else looking to share :)

      July 7

  • Lisa P.

    Saturday morning Two Hour Kayak Tour: The two hour rental is $66.60 per kayak. Each kayak can be either a single or a double, so if you share a kayak with someone the cost will only be $33.30 each. :) PLEASE BRING CASH to make it easier! ***If you have not already done so please let me know if you prefer your own kayak or if you prefer to share. If you are interested in the 5 hour tour around the entire Island the rental cost would be about $150 per kayak.

    July 7

    • Beth

      I can do a tandem kayak, too. I've only gone kayaking once before, and that was tandem too, so I'm a beginner. Just putting that out there.

      1 · July 7

    • Lisa P.

      OK cool, we will get everyone paired up :)

      July 7

  • Melissa S.

    Lisa- please count me in for the shorter kayak trip. Do we need hiking boots/shoes for nature trail tour?

    1 · July 6

    • Lisa P.

      Melissa, The nature trail is on the water so part of the kayak trip. Only water shoes required. Sorry, that is how the outfitter described it. I imagine it is kind of like what we did at Gunpowder the other weekend. Coves and a beach, etc, etc :-)

      1 · July 7

  • Beth

    Lisa, I'll do the 2-hour kayak trip, too. Thanks.

    July 6

  • Lisa P.

    Hi Everyone, I have updated the message board! :-)

    July 6

  • Holly

    Sorry I'll have to miss this one! An unexpectedly high vet bill (kitty's okay) zapped my discretionary funds for this month :(

    July 5

  • Kristin J.

    First meetup with this group. Looking for a roomie

    June 9

    • Lisa P.

      Kristen, have u had any luck?

      July 1

    • Christina H.

      Kristin, I need a roommate and will room with you!

      July 1

  • Stacey

    Hi this will be my first meetup with the group and I'm looking for a roommate.

    June 16

    • Kristin J.

      Stacey, it's my first meet up as well and I'm looking for a roomie. Let me know if you're interested.

      June 16

    • Lisa P.

      Stacey, are u rooming with Kristen?

      July 1

  • Pam

    I will need a ride. I live in DC and can take metro or bus to meet if necessary. Let me know if anyone available before I make hotel reservations.

    June 22

    • Gail

      Do you need a roommate or just looking for a ride only?

      June 27

    • Pam

      Gail, I regret that I won't be able to attend but I am really disappointed. I would love to go to this place or similar but the dates don't work this time. Hoping you do something similar soon as long as it is not 15-17 Aug or 11 July weekend. Pam

      June 28

  • sprite

    I'm interested in going late Friday night or early Saturday morning and looking for a ride. Of course I'll contribute gas money.

    June 18

    • Gail

      This girl, Kelly, is also looking for a roommate. She signed up on the Baltimore Gen X meetup page. I can let her know you are looking for a roomie.

      June 27

    • sprite

      It turns out I won't be able to go. Have fun!

      June 27

  • Gail

    If you haven't done it yet, please call Harrison's & book your room by Monday June 30th. We'll need to release the room block soon.

    June 27

  • David

    Just a FYI, the annual Tilghman Island Seafood Festival is two weeks earlier, on June 28th. (The Volvo Club has a day trip Meetup scheduled for that day.) Were the B&Bs sold out for that particular weekend?

    June 9

    • Gail

      Hi David. Thanks for the info. I didn't check B&Bs because they usually only have a few rooms... and with only one king/queen bed...I was looking for a place where I could book a larger block of rooms with 2 double beds.

      June 10

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