their boat Phoenix for long distance cruising and while there, we enjoyed some great meals and talked a lot about boats and places to take them. Since this is pretty centrally located for us, we also had time to visit with my son and my mother one more time. Susan's sister also drove in for one more visit. My daughter and the grandkids had driven to Havre de Grace and Baltimore and visited with us there. The couple of days quickly turned into five, including one weather delay, but it was a fun and enjoyable five days. Too soon we were pulling away from the dock and waving so long until possibly next year.
Cantler's that was famous for their steamed crabs. The new plan was to meet a friend, who lives in the area, at Cantler's, have lunch and then make a trip to the Post Office nearby. It all worked out perfectly since Cantler's has a dock where you can tie up for a meal or even fuel up. After lunch and the Post Office run, we asked how much they would charge if we wanted to stay at the dock overnight. We were told that since we had eaten a meal there, we could stay at the dock overnight at no charge. We just had to be off the dock by 9:30 am the next morning. It was great. There is no power on the dock, but we were able to fill up the water tanks, and we decided to have dinner at the restaurant also after some of Susan's friends dropped by for a visit.
Holiday Inn is located between docks B and C and is a small floating dock near the shoreline. There is a $2.00 per day charge to use the dock, but there are dumpsters at the hotel for trash, water is available and it's a short walk to the highway and some shopping areas. There are a couple of convenience stores on the highway and a few restaurants in the shopping center just outside the hotel to the south. The West Marine is about a block away, also to the south, and there is a Food Lion supermarket about a mile north up the highway. It's a long walk into the main part of town, but the Maritime Museum is on the way and a good place to stop and visit. Solomons isn't a traditional waterfront town like we are used to visiting. There is no downtown area per se with shops and stores. It's just kind of a main street with private homes and restaurants, bars and marinas mixed in. This is indeed a boating location and most of the marinas are pretty full until the winter season closes in. There are many places that can haul your boat, and you can get almost any kind of service done that you might need, from minor to major repairs and for sail or powerboats.
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