Weekends on the Water

The first time I ever went sailing was on the Potomac River. My father was stationed in Washington, D.C., and had always wanted to sail, so he taught himself and us kids along with him. From that point on, boats were always a part of our family’s life. My brothers and I learned to race small sailboats, and my parents moved up to bigger boats with cabins that allowed us to overnight in places along the Bay, and in other parts of the world when we had a chance to charter. When I left Annapolis for college I realized how unique that is, and just how lucky I was to have been able to grow up around boats, and by the Chesapeake Bay.
As the longtime Cruising Editor for CBM, Jody Argo Schroath has traveled seemingly every nook and cranny of the Bay, sharing stories on everything from favorite anchorages to why we have so many Back Creeks to her true tales of misadventures (so you don’t have to make the same mistakes). Her knowledge and passion for the area is like no other, and is the foundation upon which Weekends on the Water is based.
One of the many changes in the last two years is a renewed interest in boat ownership. New boat sales rose by 40% during the pandemic, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, and a large percentage of those sales were to people new to boating. So we thought it would be the perfect time to revisit some of our favorite Weekends on the Water destinations, and share what makes our small Chesapeake heritage towns so special. We also update you on the many changes that have taken place in the past few years, from changing attractions to new marinas and restaurants. Of course, there’s navigation advice, marina info and everything else you need to set course and explore the Bay by boat.
CBM has long celebrated the joys of boating, and we think the unique treasures we have around the Bay are never quite as special as when you experience them from the water. Happy Weekending!