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Blue Heron Inn Bed & Breakfast
14614 Solomons Island Road
Solomons, Md., (410) 326-2707

Cost: $179-$249. All rooms and suites offer water views, full gourmet breakfast and an evening glass of wine.

Drive time: About three-and-a-half hours.

The scoop: Solomons Island is a quiet fishing village in Southern Maryland where the Patuxent River meets the Chesapeake Bay. This intimate, harbor-side Georgia Colonial inn is steps from the scenic Riverwalk and all other recreational activities, dining and shopping. Children over 16 are welcome.

Amenities: Park your boat in one of the inn’s slips or take out a complimentary kayak (or bike). You can also crab or fish from the dock. Innkeepers Amanda and Chris Comer offer a lovely wine list, a beautiful picnic on their water-view lawn, and a private guests-only dinner upon request (Amanda was trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and the Culinary Institute of America).

Don’t miss: The extensive prehistoric fossil collection and a tour of the Drum Point Lighthouse at the Calvert Marine Museum—or find your own fossils at Calvert Cliffs State Park.

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