The following originally appeared on 7/22/08 at Exit 51
What do you do when you’ve maxed out your vacation for the rest of the year but you want to get away? Why, you take a staycation. Despite all the current buzz, the concept is not new. It’s being a tourist in your own town, city, state, etc.
On Friday, we ventured down to Tilghman Island for the weekend. It’s not as far as the Ocean but it’s worlds away from the City. We stayed at the Lazyjack Inn where Cap’n. Mike and Miss Carol produce one heck of a breakfast. Local this, organic that. All homemade. And all good. The polenta cakes and heirloom tomatoes were summer on a plate.
Saturday afternoon found us on their boat, Sharps Island, for a lighthouse tour. In the course of about four and a half hours, we saw five different lighthouses – Sharps Point, Thomas Point, Sandy Point, Baltimore Light, and Bloody Point. It was an amazing experience. In addition to the tour we took, they offer sunset tours as well as a lighthouse trip that involves going inside one of the operating lighthouses.
Then, since no trip to the Eastern Shore is complete without seafood, we made our way to one of the local restaurants to sample some. My lobster ravioli with shrimp and crab in a creamy rose sauce was so good that I was too busy eating it to bother taking its picture. You’ll just have to imagine its creamy goodness.
On the drive back to the City, we stopped at a local produce stand hoping to find some of those beautiful heirloom tomatoes. Sadly, the best we could do was some local peaches. I’ve got visions of fresh peach ice cream once those beauties finish ripening.