What is it about lighthouses that capture our imaginations? Standing stalwart against the test of sea, time, wind, and weather, these beacons have guided mariners since the dawn of seafaring.
Lighthouses are a reflection of days gone by. Many of their functions have been replaced by modern technologies that fail to possess the romantic charms of lighthouses. There’s a wide variety of architecture, as well as geographical locations, associated with lighthouses. Many are said to be haunted, which only serves to increase our fascination with them and stimulate our imagination. The Chesapeake Bay abounds with lighthouses. And the best way to see those lighthouses is by boat.
There is no better way to gain a deeper appreciation of the bay and its lighthouses than via a tour with Captain Mike Richards and his company, Chesapeake Lights, aboard his ship Sharps Island. Based in beautiful and quaint Tilghman Island on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Captain Mike provides extraordinary trips.
In addition to breathtaking views only available from the water, he narrates the trip with fascinating bay history, local insights, and explanations of the bay’s sensitive and beautiful eco-system.
A wide variety of cruising options are available:
An hour-and-a-half boat trip around Tilghman Island, this tour provides a close-up look at Sharps Island Lighthouse, returning as the sun sets over the bay. It’s only $40 per adult and half price for children under 12, plus tax and gratuity.
Insider tip: Bring a nice bottle of wine to enjoy.
Passage to “5”
Visit five historic lighthouses: Sharps Island, Bloody Point, Thomas Point, Sandy Point, and Baltimore Lighthouse — all of which can be seen in detail by boat. Enjoy fantastic photo ops and a narrative history of every light. Cost is $80 per adult, plus tax and gratuity, and just half price for children under 12.
Northern Chesapeake Lighthouse Expedition
Our favorite, this is an all-day trip visiting 10 light structures. Experience the pristine Eastern Shore and the changing heavy industrial area of Sparrows Point. A stop for lunch at Tolchester Beach is included. Cost is $175 per adult, plus tax and gratuity, and just half price for children under 12.
Southern Chesapeake Lighthouse Expedition
This is a two-day trip covering 13 lighthouses and structures. Lunch on historic Tangier Island offers choices of four restaurants and a museum tour. Then, spend the night in the quaint town of Onancock, Va., which has a number of fine restaurants and bed-and-breakfasts.
This trip is a mid- to high-level adventure experience. It has been described as the “best lighthouse experience on Chesapeake Bay” by seasoned lighthouse visitors. Cost is $280 per adult, plus tax and gratuity, and just half price for children under 12.
Plan ahead and book your slot now. You’ll be creating an experience that you just can wait to tell your friends about. Call 410-886-2215 for more information and to book your adventure.
We strongly recommend that while in the area you find out about all the other options from Talbot County Tourism. (tourtalbot.org) It is an incredibly beautiful location that begs to be explored: Towns large and small are full of shopping, dining, art galleries, museums, and fascinating architecture, while there also are many recreational adventures, including kayaking, boating, biking, and nature preserves.