Best of the Bay 2018: Living

Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival


As readers of Chesapeake Bay Magazine know, the Bay offers the best things to see and do, from charming historic towns to hidden (and not-so-hidden) beaches. Here then, are your top choices. Best Bay Town For Dogs (MD) Annapolis Rock Hall St. Michaels Havre de Grace Chestertown Best Bay Town For Dogs (VA) Deltaville Cape Charles Urbanna Hampton Smithfield Best Waterfront Music Venue (MD)  Pier 6, Baltimore Chesapeake Inn, Chesapeake City Harbor Shack, Rock Hall Calvert Marine Museum Schaefer’s Canal House, Chesapeake City Best Waterfront Music Venue (VA) Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown Deltaville Maritime Museum, Deltaville Norfolk Waterside, Norfolk Virginia Beach Amphitheater, Virginia Beach Portsmouth Pavilion, Portsmouth Best Music Festival (MD)  Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival, Annapolis National Music Festival, Chestertown CBF’s Bands in the Sand, Annapolis FallFest, Rock Hall Potomac Jazz & Seafood Festival  Best Music Festival (VA)  American Music Festival, Virginia Beach Deltaville Seafood Festival Yorktown Sounds of Summer Concert Series Urbanna Oyster Festival Hampton Jazz festival Best Lighted Boat Parade (MD) Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade Deale Parade of Lights Baltimore Parade of Lighted Boats Solomons Lighted Boat Parade Georgetown Lighted Boat Parade Best Lighted Boat Parade (VA) Downtown Hampton Lighted Boat Parade Yorktown Lighted Boat Parade Urbanna Christmas Parade Deltaville Christmas Holiday Boat Parade of Lights Best Polar Plunge (MD)  MSP Polar Bear Plunge, Sandy Point Cecil County Ice Splash The Santa Swim, Cambridge Best Polar Plunge (VA)  VA Beach Polar Plunge Festival Polar Plunge and Chili Cook-Off, Urbanna Most Charming Chesapeake Town (MD) St. Michaels Rock Hall Havre de Grace Oxford Chesapeake City Most Charming Chesapeake Town (VA) Cape Charles Deltaville Onancock Urbanna Hampton Best Maritime Museum (MD) Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Havre de Grace Maritime Museum Calvert Marine Museum Annapolis Maritime Museum Waterman’s Museum, Rock Hall Best Maritime Museum (VA) The Mariners Museum, Newport News Deltaville Martime Museum Reedville Fishermen’s Museum Nauticus, Norfolk Hampton Roads Naval Museum Best Small Museum (MD) Havre de Grace Decoy Museum The Oxford Museum C&D Canal Museum The Harriet Tubman Museum & Education Center Susquehana Lockhouse Museum Best Small Museum (VA) Waterman’s Museum, Yorktown Steamboat Era Museum, Irvington Middlesex County Museum Gwynn’s Island Museum, Mathews County Barrier Island Center Best Beach (MD) Ocean City Assateague Island Betterton Beach, Kent County Sandy Point State Park Tolchester Beach Best Beach (VA) Virginia Beach Yorktown Beach Cape Charles Town Beach Chic’s Beach, Virginia Beach Chincoteague NWR Best Chesapeake Getaway (MD) St. Michaels Rock Hall Annapolis Havre de Grace Cambridge Best Chesapeake Getaway (VA) Cape Charles Irvington Deltaville Onancock Smithfield

 St. Michaels, Md. / Mark Sandlin for Talbot County Tourism
St. Michaels, Md. / Mark Sandlin for Talbot County Tourism