- If you like wine, visit the Cape May Winery. It's a couple miles from the marina. It was a nice walk and certainly bicycle friendly. I didn't expect much of the wine because NJ is hardly known for wine, but I was pleasantly surprised. They have the right soil and temperature for a lot of good wine.
- Everyone told us to eat at The Lobster House. We had a great meal there - I had a 2 lb lobster and Doug had a seafood medley. Expect a wait - we arrived at 6pm on a Monday and still had to wait 15-20 minutes for a table. The wait gave us a chance to explore the outdoor raw bar. The guy at the main host station needed a personality adjustment but we were pleased with the rest of the service. An added plus, the restaurant is right next to the marina.
- Planning to do a little cooking on your boat? Try the Fish Market at The Lobster House. Doug ventured over to find dinner for us Tuesday night. He came back with smoked salmon, shrimp chowder, and fantastically fresh swordfish. We grilled out on the boat and had a nice relaxing evening at "home."
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
- it's cheaper than the Trump Marina. We paid $2/foot rather than $4/foot at Trump.
- it's walking distance from the Boardwalk. You could walk to the Boardwalk from the Trump Marina but it's quite a walk. Kammerman's is on the left in this photo, Trump is on the right. The Boardwalk (obviously not in the photo) is to the far left.
- the staff was very nice.
- it's in a shady part of town. This image shows the transient dockage - yes, that is a boarded up building to the right.
- it seems to have only two slips. No one docked in the other slip the entire time we were there so we didn't get to meet any boaters. I really enjoy talking with other boaters when we dock, so I certainly missed not having that opportunity.
- there are signs that say No Wake, however, many boaters did not follow this request. We rocked around a bit.
We took our zodiac out to a restaurant in Gardner's Basin one night (essentially around the corner from our marina). As we were motoring over I noticed that very few boats had dinghys. I'm so accustomed to the Chesapeake Bay where people frequently anchor out and take the zodiac into shore. I guess when you boat directly off of the ocean, there aren't many opportunities to anchor that way. We asked the dockhand if there were other restaurants we could access that way and he first asked if we had a "bigger boat" to go with the one we came over on. Based on us having a bigger boat he was able to tell us about a couple places.I have to make a couple recommendations for restaurants:
- White House Sub Shop (I couldn't find an official website for the Sub Shop, if someone else knows one, please pass it along.) This place reminded me of Chick & Ruth's in Annapolis. It's packed with both locals and tourists and the food is great. We waited in a line that stretched out the door so plan to get there early.
- Angelo's Fairmount Tavern - we asked a friend for a recommendation for a restaurant with a great atmosphere and he definitely sent us to the right place. Again, the place was packed. I searched for a hostess station and finally had to ask a bartender how to get a table. The list is kept at the bar and a bartender with a voice that carries yells when your table is ready. If we had been going straight back to the boat I would have taken the leftovers with me. Great Italian food!
Boating to Atlantic City was definitely an adventure. I don't think we'll venture back there anytime soon but I'm so glad we did it.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
We made it to Cape May by 9 am (63.45 miles from Chesapeake City), filled up with gas, and set off for the great Atlantic Ocean. This was the first time either of us had brought one of our boats out into the ocean. It was a little scary but we could always see land and GPS systems sure make life easy. I don't know how sailors followed the stars and actually got where they intended to go. The water was a beautiful blue and it felt like we could see forever off the starboard side. Doug aimed North and we followed the contours of the land on our port side.
Friday, June 18, 2010
Our Route - We went north in the Chesapeake Bay, through the C&D Canal, down the Delaware Bay, through the Cape May Canal, and north on the Atlantic Ocean.
The Chesapeake & Delaware Canal holds some interesting sights. I could certainly be happy living in a trailer as long as it was along the water:
After about 2 1/2 hours we arrived in Chesapeake City (along the C&D Canal). We've been there before and knew we could easily anchor out for the night. There is a small protected cove right near the Chesapeake Inn Restaurant and Marina.
After a couple of attempts with our anchor, we decided to throw out a second bow anchor. While the area is nice is protected, it's also quite muddy. With a second anchor we were confident that we wouldn't drift in the night. By nightfall, we had been joined by a few other boats.
We used our zodiac for a quick trip into town. If you are ever there, try the ice cream shop right along the water. The ice cream isn't soft serve but it isn't rock hard either. I tried "Fear the Turtle" -- chocolate ice cream with caramel and cashews. If I was still a kid, I would have been wearing chocolate for the rest of the day. Thankfully, I'm a bit of a cleaner eater now.
We didn't stay in town long as this was our scheduled quiet day. We relaxed, laid in the sun, read books, and let the soothing sounds of the water ease our troubles away. And with a little planning we were able to eat well too (chicken fajitas with sauteed red peppers, onions, and homemade guacamole).
As the sun set on the first day of vacation, we settled in and rested before the true adventures began.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
There are some great houses in Rock Hall. I'm especially enamored with this one.
Waterman's Crab House has a fantastic deck area for dining. We scored tables under umbrellas and started the feast. I have to say that these were the best crabs I've had all season. They were very tasty and very full. Waterman's has never disappointed us. I am curious about the Harbor Shack (also in Rock Hall) and would love to get some reviews from people who have been there. When we've stayed overnight in Rock Hall we've been able to hear the music from the Harbor Shack so it seems like a hopping place.
After leaving Rock Hall, we headed back to Stoney Creek to anchor and swim. It still seems crazy to me that I'm swimming in the Bay this early. It has been that hot of a season already in Maryland and the water feels great.
I have only one piece of advice from this trip:
- Make absolutely sure the props are centered before trying to dock using the twin props. I'm definitely an inexperienced docker and almost got us in a lot of trouble. Thankfully my husband was able to fix my mistake. I really want to learn to dock the boat on my own and will have to get more practice. Thanks to all the friends on the trip who supported me and placed the "blame" on the wind.