The SpaceOur home is part of a 15 home community, the beach is very private. We live here six months of the years, so it lives like a primary home. Although we sleep 8, the upstairs bedroom has a sofa bed and two trundle beds and is a walk thru room to the master, so it is not private. It is a beautiful room with a stone fireplace and skylights but we want everyone to know this before booking. The downstairs bedroom is private as it the master bedroom which both have queen beds. We have huge picture windows surrounding the porch area, magnificent views of the bay!. Living room with charming stone FP, totally equipped kitchen and lovely gardens surround the house, with two decks. You can walk for miles on the bay, finding fossils from the Miocene era along the way. We also has over 100 acres of trails through deep woods behind our home. It truly is one of the magical homes on the Chesapeake. Catch fish off our 450" pier, enjoy a private beach shared by very few which offers a large fire pit, perfect for an evening enjoyment
2 full baths and an outdoor shower
2 stone fireplaces
2 HD LCD Televisions, DVD players and HD Digital Cable
Kitchen with stove, cook-top, refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster, dishwasher & microwave
Central A/C and Heating
Wireless internet access
Disabled/handicapped access features entry at front of our home with only one step
2 Kayaks can be rented for the duration of your stay for a fee (see reservation/rates)
A queen size bed on first floor
A queen size bed in master bedroom
A pull out queen size sofa bed
A trundle bed which converts to two twin size beds
Dogs are allowed (Cats are not permitted) - our pet policy
Sweep & clean up all dog hair after your stay
Always pick up after your dog on the beach and grounds
Not permitted on the furniture/beds
Never leave your dog out on the deck while you are gone from the house
Must be on a leach at all times when outside of the home.
Check in time is 4:00 pm, Check out is 10:00 am
The house sleeps 8 people, including children. Our septic system will not allow for any more than this number. The community homeowners association get extremely upset if this rule is violated and we would appreciate your consideration regarding this issue. Violation of this rule will result in automatic termination of the vacation time and lease and will require you to leave the premises immediately, without a refund and potential board of health fines.
We have wireless internet access for you, not a computer. Please bring your own computer, tablet or smartphone etc.. that can access wireless internet. Please make sure that your computer has the capability of accessing wireless internet and bring all instruction booklets, etc. Instructions for access are at the house and in your confirmation letter.
This is a smoke free home. Please step outside the home if you plan to smoke. Absolutely no smoking is allowed in the house. Many of our guests are highly allergic to smoke and cat dander, so please abide by our policy.
Please remember to pack, all toiletry items shampoo, soap etc., sunblock, beach towels,
bug spray, lifejackets/water toys, fishing gear (please abide by Maryland State Fishing and Crabbing Laws including all appropriate licenses, this information can be found on the state of Maryland website), tablet or laptop computer, camera, sheets and towels (can be provided for additional fee), dog bed or dog pillow, flip flops or water shoes and a good book. Guest AccessThe entire house and beach and pier Interaction with GuestsYes, please call or e-mail me at anytime at (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) or (EMAIL HIDDEN) The NeighborhoodBeach activities aside, if you wish you adventure off the shore, there are so many fun activities to do in our area. One of the more special spots located just 14 miles south from our home is Solomons Island. It is a charming village full of shops, great restaurants and fun activities for the entire family at the Calvert Marine Museum. The museum is a public, non-profit, educational, regionally oriented museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, research, and interpretation of the culture and natural history of Southern Maryland. They offer concerts and historical tours. Explore the history, culture, and lighthouses of the Chesapeake Bay and Patuxent River all in one place.
If you would like more information, please review both the state of Maryland and Calvert County office of tourism sites to get the latest activities:
Official State of Maryland Office of Tourism
Calvert County Office of Tourism
Don't forget, both Annapolis, Maryland home of the Naval Academy and Washington D.C. are only 45 minutes away! Getting AroundWe are only 45 minutes from Washington D.C. You can either drive in or take the metro which is close to the D.C. boundary line. Other Things to NoteIf you are interested in fossils of the Chesapeake Bay - we strongly recommend that you visit the Calvert Marine Museum located in Solomon's Island, just 14 miles south of our home. You will discover a wealth of information about the very fossils you will find on our shores at the Museum.
Fossils are the remains of ancient life, which are preserved for millions of years. They can be found potentially everywhere. In someone’s backyard, on a beach shoreline or high up in the Rocky Mountains - all the same they are still fossils. Fossils found along the Chesapeake Bay and on our beach are mostly from the Miocene era, (19 to 24 million years ago). These fossils are much younger than the dinosaurs, which became extinct sixty million years age. They are much older than man who first walked the Earth a couple of million years ago.
There have been over 400 shells identified in the Calvert Cliff formations located directly near our property on the Bay. Of those 400, only 44 percent still live in the Chesapeake Bay. The scallop shell is one of the oldest and most decorative shells found along the shoreline of the Bay. These shells can vary in size between the smallest compared to the size of a dime; to some of the largest being 10 inches long.
The shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay is filled with all different kinds of shark’s teeth. Fossil records indicate that some of the first sharks lived some 300 million years ago. It is estimated that modern sharks had evolved between 70 million to 100 million years ago. Sharks are known for their speed and maneuverability in the water. Most species can swim at speeds of 20 to 30 (32 to 48 kilometers) miles per hour. Sharks are among the oldest living water creatures, and they have remained essentially the same since the modern sharks first appeared.
Shark teeth are among the hardest of all organic materials, highly resistant to destruction by weather or wave action. Therefore you can find many washed up by waves on the shoreline of the Bay. (Look for something black and triangular). They vary in size, from barely visible to teeth 5 inches long - teeth of the great white shark. Sharks have an unlimited supply of teeth, which are formed in layered rows. These teeth are not set firmly in the jaws, but are positioned in the gums. No cavities, permanently missing teeth, or tooth-aches for a shark! If a tooth is lost it is quickly replaced by another. Any shark has numerous amount of teeth loss by the time is reaches adulthood. Don't be alarmed by the numerous teeth you find- remember these are about twenty million years old!
Paleontologist discovered that many of the whale bones had scratches and scars by teeth of sharks. It would appear that Miocene sharks were attracted to the Chesapeake Bay by the young whales that made easy prey.
The Chesapeake Bay stretches its beauty 195 miles from the Pennsylvania's Susquehanna River to the Virginia Capes. It is the largest bay in the United States, with the greatest number of tributaries (150) and more miles of shoreline (4,000) than the entire West Coast.
The origin of this beautiful estuary dates back 20,000 years to the last ice age. A huge glacier fed the head waters of the Susquehanna, often referred to as the "mother of the Chesapeake", with a glacial melt, carving a deep valley through Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. When the ice sheet began to melt approximately 18,000 years ago, the Susquehanna converged with the Potomac, the Rappahannock and the York Rivers spilling its force into the Atlantic.
The Atlantic overflowed forcing the Susquehanna River mouth to retreat, giving birth to the Chesapeake Bay, a name giving to it by the Algonquin Indians. It meant "great shellfish bay". Early explores hoped the Bay and its rivers would lead them to the Pacific and ultimately, Asia. While they never found the Orient, they did discover a land rich in resources and ripe for the taking. The Bay served as their entrance into the new America.
For centuries the Bay has provide man with a wealth or recreation activities, transportation means for importing and exporting worldwide products and livelihood for generations of fisherman and crabbers. The Chesapeake Bay male crab often referred to as "jimmies" is renowned worldwide for its abundance of delicious tender meat.
Over 50 per cent of all crabs and soft shelled clams caught in the United States come from the Chesapeake Bay. In fact, each year the Chesapeake produces over 200 million pounds of seafood which equates to a value exceeding $100 million. Only the Pacific and Atlantic out produces the Bay. According to scientists, the freshwater tributaries, shallowness, low-lying wetlands and a wide portal to the sea account for the Bay's abundance of seafood.
The Bay is also rich in Fossils from the Miocene era. Ten to twenty million years ago a shallow ocean covered Southern Maryland. The shells, bones and teeth of animals that inhabited the area either sank or were washed into the seas and were covered with mud or sand.
When the Bay was developed by the drowning of the Susquehanna River Valley, it left what is now called the Calvert Cliffs, as a part of its eroded banks. These Cliffs are located on the Western Shore of the Chesapeake a few miles from Solomon’s Island. The Cliffs rise in height more than 100 feet and nearly all of the fossils found on the beach along Calvert Cliffs come from the Cliffs.
It was here, on the Chesapeake, captive on a British ship in Baltimore harbor, that Francis Scott Key anxiously watched the bombardment of Fort McHenry and wrote the Star Spangled Banner. Yes, the Chesapeake is rich in history and culture and it is at your finger tips.