A couple weeks ago on a sunny, breezy morning we set out for a day trip to Chesapeake City, Maryland. It's an easy drive, a little over an hour, but a world away from busy Baltimore. The area dates back to the 17th century, but really began to grow in the early 1800's when construction began in earnest on a canal connecting the upper reaches of the Chesapeake Bay with the Delaware River.
These days there's a modern bridge spanning the C&D Canal, but it's still a working waterway. Chesapeake City, with its Victorian charm, is now a favorite place for weekend getaways.
We were heading for lunch at Schaefer's Canal House until we found out it was closed and under reconstruction. But across the canal we found the Bayard House Restaurant where we had a lovely lunch with family and then walked around the small town.
The Bayard House is the oldest building here, dating back to the 1780's. Originally an inn and tavern, it is now strictly a restaurant.
But there are plenty of places to stay in town, including the tiny B&B, the Old Wharf Cottage, right on the banks of the canal.
The buildings are all well kept and charming, but my favorite might be these high-rise condos with water views in all suites. Move in condition with optional upgrades that include premium twigs and nesting materials. Bountiful buffet provided by visitors year-round. Perfect for the young couple starting a family. Even the birds have quaint housing in historic Chesapeake City!
Besides good food, water views, and gingerbread buildings, Chesapeake City offers boat rides, antiques and crafts, gardens, and music in the park on summer Sundays. Take your camera and enjoy stepping back to a slower time.