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Solomons Island, Maryland – Escape to Paradise Island!

Solomons Island, a quintessential Bay town along the Great Chesapeake Bay Loop, is a picturesque storybook waterfront village located just 55 minutes south of the Washington beltway where the Patuxent River and the Chesapeake Bay meet in Calvert County, Maryland; an easy and beautiful 5 hour 35 minute drive via I-76 E and I-70 E only 304.8 miles from Pittsburgh.

Our first stop was at No Thyme to Cook for a private chef prep class hosted by Chef Gwyn Novak. Chef Novak gave us a hands on demonstration of how to professionally prepare food, I have to say, I’m an excellent cook but I learned so many professional tricks of the trade to really make my meal prep easier and much more professional. Thanks Chef Novak, we had a wonderful time..(thyme).

No Thyme to Cook will stir up your inner chef with fun, educational classes overlooking Solomons Harbor, their classes are designed for everyone – from the novice to the experienced cook. The building that houses No Thyme to Cook has been in their family for hundreds of years. The new renovations have turned this century old building into a breathtaking showplace with two large fully equipped levels of cooking space all overlooking the harbor with outdoor covered seating and breathtaking views. Simply amazing and so relaxing; you can sit back and relax with your favorite glass of wine or beverage. Aww can you feel the harbor breeze?

While at No Thyme to Cook you have to check out their gift shop filled with professional chef tools and hard to find items to enhance your cooking experience. So many must have items it was hard to not want everything!

No Thyme to Cook is located at 14624 Solomons Island Road S, Solomons, MD 20688 for more information or to book a class when visiting the island go to https://www.nothymetocook.com/ or call them at 443.624.5048

Next stop Half Shell Adventures, (located off the dock of No Thyme to Cook) their goal is to help you create lasting memories with the people in your life, while enjoying everything that Southern Maryland’s beautiful waterways have to offer. They offer excellent service, a wonderful experience and adventure from booking to disembarking, and a new appreciation for the beautiful bodies of water that they call home. Visit them on the web at https://www.nothymetocook.com or call 443-624-5048 (OR https://www.halfshelladventures.com/ (410) 610-9393)

While on Solomons Island we stayed at the most gorgeous bed and breakfast Solomons Victorian Inn Bed & Breakfast. The main house of this premier Chesapeake Bay Inn was built in 1906 in Queen Anne Victorian style and was the family home of Clarence Davis. M.M.Davis & Son were renowned builders of early twentieth-century sailing yachts and many of these were trophy winning racing vessels, the most notable being Manitou, owned and restored for a time by President John F Kennedy. On the ground floor of the Inn you are welcome to relax in the living room or comfortable sitting room, read the newspaper, or choose a game from the large variety they have for the occasional rainy day. Escape to the front porch or the garden with a book from the library. Relax and enjoy a full, delicious breakfast while overlooking the harbor in the bright and airy enclosed porch. All areas are independently heated with radiators and cooled with central air conditioning. The Carriage house, built in 1997, comprises two spacious bedroom suites, each with an independent entry. Each room is well appointed and absolutely beautiful.

Their breakfasts are a fusion of European and North American styles, always cooked from fresh ingredients and served as a three-course meal. Simply delicious home cooked breakfast made and served with love. They also took the time to inquire about any culinary preferences or allergies we might have had. We were offered a choice of fruit juices with coffee or tea to compliment a delicious American style freshly cooked cinnamon-sugar doughnut, signature banana crumb muffin, lemon drizzled Bundt cake or a traditional English fruit scone. A second-course of fresh fruit followed our entrée comprising of eggs, vegetables, nuts, cheeses or meats in creative combinations. Our favorite was the stuffed French toast, followed by Quiche Lorraine (French-style) and Soufflé Frittata. You can also choose poached eggs on two sides of an English muffin (with a side of Canadian bacon). Breakfast was a culinary delight… Yum!

For dinner we dined at The Pier which offers a “Taste of Southern Maryland” dinner that we highly recommend, this great offering gives you a taste of everything that Southern Maryland is famous for. The food was delicious, well-presented and prepared, seasoned to perfection plus their drink selections were amazing. The Pier has classic seafood dishes with brunch and live music in a cozy setting with patio seating set on their pier. The Pier is a wonderful place to enjoy your favorite beverages with friends or family plus an awesome place to watch the amazing sunsets.

The Pier is located at 14575 Solomons Island Rd S, Solomons, MD – 410-449-8406 or visit them at https://thepiersolomons.com/

There is so much to do and see on Solomons Island we wandered around and found Grandmother’s Store and amazing little shop filled with unique gifts, handmade items and souvenirs – located on the Main Street it’s a must stop at shop. Open daily 10-5p ph: 410.326.6848

For you antique lovers we found Vintage Treasures & Nused Furniture a collection of superior antiques and collectibles; we had so much fun browsing thru all their antiques and treasures. Located at 13864 Solomons Island Rd – or visit them at Facebook.com/Vintage-Treasures-Nused-Furniture
Ph: 410.231.2200 Open Mon, Tues, Thu, Fri – 11-6 and Sat/Sun 10-5 Closed Wed

The Calvert Marine Museum is a treasure and must see while you’re on the island, the Holiday Inn offers superior accommodations for those preferring a hotel, Spring Cove Marina where they have one of the largest collections of sailboats and just a gorgeous place to visit as well as the , Drum Point Lighthouse and Annmarie Sculpture Garden. For more information and things to do and see visit http://solomonsmaryland.com/ or visitmaryland.org.

Next month we will continue our Great Chesapeake Bay Loop journey around Maryland by featuring Annapolis. MD.

Maryland where there is something to do and see for everyone! A must-visit destination, with an easy and smooth drive from Pittsburgh.