Best of the Bay 2018: Living

Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival

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)
Rock Hall
St. Michaels
Havre de Grace

Best Bay Town For Dogs (VA)
Cape Charles

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
Chesapeake City

Most Charming Chesapeake Town (VA)
Cape Charles

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
Havre de Grace

Best Chesapeake Getaway (VA)
Cape Charles

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

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

Mike Ogar