Southern MD had so many things to offer us, especially outdoor adventures. There were more activities we could’ve done but these catered to what we were interested in: Calvert Cliffs for hiking/exploring, Ann Marie Sculpture Garden for outdoor art, Solomon’s Island Tasting Room for wine, and Piney Point Lighthouse for a spectacular sunset view.
One of our college friends lives in the area and gave us some pointers for this trip. One in particular was doing the Red Trail at Calvert Cliffs State Park in Lusby, MD. This beautiful trail is 2 miles there-and-back (4 miles total) with vastly different scenery to look at along the way. It’s mostly flat with some muddy areas in between, so bring your hiking boots. At the end is a stunning view of the cliffs, and space to go fossil hunting. We brought our lunch with us and ate it while on the beach. *Be sure to bring cash for this adventure as it was just a few dollars to enter the park.
Ann Marie Sculpture Garden surrounds the John Dennis Murray Arts Building in Solomon’s, MD, just a few minutes from Calvert Cliffs. It’s filled with pathways with sculptures tucked into the woods. Inside the building was a large space with an art studio upstairs. *Bring some cash for a donation to the garden ($5 recommended). History: In 1991, Francis and Ann Marie Koenig donated this property with the hopes it would become what it is today: a sculpture garden. Overtime, more and more art pieces have been donated to this cause to connect art and nature.
The Solomon’s Island Winery Tasting Room is located on (you guessed it) Solomon’s Island. The winery began in 2002 just north of the Island. In 2017 the tasting room had outgrown the location and moved to the quaint Solomon’s Island. Right now, the tasting room features wines not made by the Winery due to covid but we were not upset about that – the wines were delicious! While at the winery, our server was almost like a tour guide for Solomon’s Island and gave us information on things we should do while in town. One of which was to get a Key Lime Pie at Lotus Kitchens down the street. I am not a pie person but this pie (and my uncle’s apple pie) have convinced me otherwise. We did not have time for her recommendation of the Calvert Marine Museum but it gives us a reason to come back.
Piney Point Lighthouse is a lesser-famous lighthouse in Southern MD, overshadowed by the haunted Point Lookout. Piney Point Lighthouse in St. Mary’s, MD was built in 1836 and is the oldest lighthouse on the Potomac. The small road leading up to it was surrounded by houses on one side and their own private sandy beach on the other side. (There were none up for sale, don’t even think about it 😉 ). We went at sunset so we did not get to tour the museum there. You can also climb up the lighthouse during museum hours.
We recommend staying at the Island Inn & Suites on Piney Point; any room you stay in offers a water view and balcony and is very spacious. Literally right next door is Ruddy Duck Seafood and Alehouse which also offers a spectacular water view and has delicious food and drinks.
Thank you Southern MD, we will be back!