Solomons Island, MD, Guide and Information
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Home to the fourth-oldest settlement in what was once British North American and to Historic St. Mary’s City, Maryland’s first capital, St. Mary’s County also provides opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. With five state parks, opportunities to fish and hunt or just enjoy the outdoors abound; farms and wineries keep St. Mary’s true to its rural past, while golf courses, motorsports racing and a vibrant cultural scene offer great amenities and attractions.
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Like Solomons, Leonardtown, California and Lexington Park have also grown in popularity for visitors and second home owners over the years. To drive here from the DC area only takes about an hour and twenty minutes, depending on the traffic. California and Lexington Park are big on all the modern conveniences of well-developed communities–especially ones linked to high tech industries and the military, whereas Leonardtown stands out for its history and charm. All of these towns–just like much of what you find in St. Mary’s County–offer lovely curb appeal and plenty to do.
The sweetness of yesteryear shines bright at Leonardtown where the town’s character has been preserved and most of the buildings have been lovingly restored. (St. Andrew’s Church and Tudor Hall even have the distinction of being listed on the National Register of Historic Places.) Amble down to the Leonardtown Wharf Park opened in 2008 and imagine how it was back in the day when visitors arrived to this Southern Maryland destination by steamship. Whether sailing in from the Potomac River or the Chesapeake Bay, Leonardtown bustled over the centuries with the transport of goods and people.
First of all, know that when people refer to Solomons, they may be talking about Solomons and/or Solomons Island, Maryland. Solomons Island is just south of Solomons but in truth, you can hardly tell it’s an island–although this stretch of land is surrounded by lots of water. If you blink you might not even notice that you’ve gone over the bridge from Solomons to Solomons Island. Part of their beloved boardwalk fringes both as well. It doesn’t matter much, since both Solomons and Solomons Island boast an array of fun things to see and do, great places to eat and dine, cute places to shop and nice places of lodging. (You’ll find more hotel options in Solomons proper though.)
Although inhabited since colonial times, Solomons has become an increasingly happening place in recent years due to its proximity to Washington, DC. At only about an hour and twenty minutes away by car, Solomons has grown as quite an attractive place to visit–and even live–for Washingtonians. What does this mean for you? Well, this makes for a vibrant dining, cultural and recreational center that really puts this place on the map. That would be a Discovery Map, of course!