If you are interested in a low-key but fun experience with the locals of the Chesapeake Bay we would recommend Swan Creek & Rock Hall, Maryland. If you are a boater and need a safe haven from storms or hurricanes, both offer a great spot to hole up. Rock Hall is on the Bay with a rock wall jetty to keep the swells to a tolerable level. If you're hiding out from a hurricane then around the back side is Swan Creek where you can tuck in deep into the creek for either a marina slip or good holding ground with adequate swing room; however, for a hurricane the slip may be the way to go. There are six marinas and these folks are quite accustomed to handling heavy weather, no matter what.
For normal visits, Swan Creek's marinas are an easy walk to Rock Hall where the action is; if you're on the creek it will be peaceful but with plenty of amenities to take care of you, including several restaurants and bars and ships' stores, plus swimming pools if you like more of a club environment. The town of Rock Hall runs a shuttle back and forth every day and evening during the high season for only $1.00 per trip, and it is quite reliable. The folks at the marinas and in the marinas are very friendly, and dogs are allowed everywhere. The locals are welcoming also- they understand the value of visiting yachstmen and regular tourists and appreciate it as well. Rock Hall has a small main street with shops and restaurants, with most of them themed to the Bay and nautical interests. No pretense here, just a beautiful and friendly stopover.
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