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GOING PLACES Destination: Chesapeake Bay WHAT WOULD YOU do with three days in Chesapeake Bay, Md.? We suggest taking a trip straight to the source of the Chesapeake’s charms—and remember to bring your appetite for fresh seafood. DAY ONE The upper Chesapeake Bay is home to immaculately preserved waterfront towns and mansions, and a rich maritime tradition all its own. Founded at the junction of the Susquehanna River and the Bay, Havre de Grace offers a glimpse of the past at the Steppingstone Museum and the Susquehanna Museum of Havre de Grace and a vast collection of carved waterfowl at the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum. Do not leave without visiting one of the East Coast’s oldest operating lighthouses at Concord Point. After you cross the Susquehanna, stop at the mammoth Conowingo Hydroelectric Plant and Dam, where the mighty Susquehanna is harnessed to create electric power for the region. The nearby town of North East, settled back in 1700, offers several restaurants and antiques shops, along with the Upper Bay Museum and its engaging collection of nautical and historical artifacts dating back to the region’s Native American inhabitants. Heading south, you will come upon Chesapeake City, a collection of 19thcentury houses, inns, restaurants, and shops divided down the middle by the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. You might just see a towering ocean freighter passing under the town’s high-arching bridge. The last stop in your busy day is colonial Chestertown. Check into a small inn or quaint bed and breakfast, then head out to dinner or a sunset walking tour. highlight the many different architectural styles employed in its historic homes. You can tour the Academy of the Arts’ extensive collections of 19th- and 20th-century works and then, after dinner, take in a concert at the Avalon Theatre, a recently restored 1921 art deco showplace. DAY TWO When the sun rises, you will awaken to a beautiful enclave of well-preserved riverside mansions and shaded streets draped with tall, aged trees. Chestertown is home to Washington College, the only college to which President George Washington lent his name. You can learn about local history at the Geddes-Piper House. Next, stop in the small town of Denton, on the Choptank River in Caroline County, and visit the Museum of Rural Life. The ride through nearby Queen Anne’s County is dotted with small, historic towns like Queenstown, Kent Island, Church Hill, and Centreville. Stop along the way for a snack or to visit a little museum. As you work your way down the Eastern Shore, you will come upon two of the peninsula’s most celebrated towns, both in Talbot County. First comes Easton, established in 1710. Walking tours DAY THREE Complete your tour at the postcardpretty town of St. Michaels, which grew around an Episcopal parish founded in 1677. Spend the day walking among the Colonial and Victorian homes and visiting the shops, inns, and restaurants that line the narrow main streets and the wooden walkways and piers that hug the water. The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on the harbor has a working boatyard that is homeport to the world’s largest collection of historic Chesapeake Bay boats. It is also where the Hooper Strait Lighthouse stands. Head out to the timeless waterman’s town of Tilghman Island for a waterside dinner and a grand sunset over the Bay. G © 2009, Maryland Office of Tourism Development. All rights reserved. For more information, go to GOVERNMENT CONNECTIONS | FALL 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Fall 2009

Government Connections - Fall 2009
President’s Letter
Editor’s Letter
Going Places
Education Edge
That’s Technology
Travel Tips & Trends
Supplier Strategy
Plan Green
Good to Know
Dieting on a Per Diem
Brush up on Jetiquette
Achieving Success as a Contract Meeting Planner
Is There a Government Meetings Blacklist?
Considering Clients with Disabilities
The New Normal
Annual Report
Working Smarter
SGMP Nation
Membership News
Go Figure
Conference Connection
Advertisers’ Index
The Meeting Minute

Government Connections - Fall 2009