For today’s car traveler the trip up and down the eastern seaboard is done on I-95, going over bridges and under tunnels, but if you want to travel the eastern seaboard by boat, it becomes more challenging. The stops along Philadelphia, Wilmington, Baltimore, and Washington, DC by boat are geographically challenged. The eastern shore peninsula forces boats to trek 300 miles around the point and back up into the Chesapeake Bay. Fortunately, mariners found a quicker route to the Delaware River to connect Philadelphia and the Chesapeake called the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. The C&D Canal, a 14 mile time saver, was opened in 1829.
Today's canal is a modern sea-level, electronically controlled commercial waterway, carrying 40 percent of all ship traffic in and out of the Port of Baltimore and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Chesapeake City, Md sits on an Intercoastal Waterway of the C&D canal in the northern section of Chesapeake Bay Eastern Shore and has decades of shipping history. The city has seen highs and lows of any port city and today sees a revitalization making it a great fall getaway. Chesapeake City is a great spot to visit that offers travelers a change of pace and breathtaking scenery.
Here are great suggestions for you to do during your getaway to Chesapeake City.
- Visit C&D Canal Museum and learn about the history and operation of the 165-year-old canal.
- Learn about Chesapeake City’s extensive history in horses, with a 500 acre conservation effort and several area horse farms adding to the rich history of Chesapeake Bay.
- Be sure to take advantage of local hiking and kayaking, especially along the C&D Canal Trail.
- Walk the historical downtown and shop at the art galleries, stores, coffee houses, and bakeries.
- Relax on a Chesapeake City Water Tour.
- Taste locally brewed brew at the Bayheads Brewing Company.
- Sip world class wine at Chateau Bu-De Winery & Vineyard.
- Stay at the Ship Watch Inn, located on the edge of the Chesapeake and the Delaware Canal and watch ships.
- Indulge at Prime 225, an upscale boutique Steakhouse with an extensive wine selection.
- The Chesapeake City Ferry to visit the cities north side and eat at Schaefer’s Canal House.
- Grab a drink on the deck of the Chesapeake Inn Restaurant and Marina.