St. Michaels, Maryland

St. Michaels, Maryland

Visiting St. Michaels

St. Michaels’ combination of popular marinas, inns and bed & breakfasts, shops, and restaurants make it a favorite destination for boaters as well as those visiting by car. Located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the town is close to other popular destinations such as Easton and Oxford.

St. Michaels has an assortment of restaurants offering everything from casual pizza to gourmet dining.  Tripadvisor’s restaurant reviews are a great resource for selecting something to suit your taste and budget.  Read St. Michaels Restaurant Reviews

One of the main visitor attractions in St. Michaels is the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, which offers an excellent collection of structures and displays on their 18 acre waterfront campus. They even have a floating fleet of historic vessels and a working shipyard where you can see traditional boatbuilding skills in practice as boats in the museum’s fleet are repaired and restored. The CBMM’s Watermen’s Appreciation Day, Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival, and OysterFest are very popular annual events that bring in big crowds.

See our St Michaels Attractions page for more things to do during your visit.

The Town the Fooled the British

St. Michaels is known as “the town that fooled the British” due to the clever action of early settlers.  During the early morning hours of August 10th, 1813, British barges off the coast of St. Michaels planned an attack on the town and a harbor fort.  The people of St. Michaels got word of the impending attack and hoisted lanterns high up onto the masts of their sailboats and into the tops of trees.  The high lights caused the attacking British to overshoot the town.

The ruse worked and only one house in St. Michaels was hit by cannon fire.  That house still stands today as a private residence and is known as the “Cannonball House.”  The cannon ball fell through the top of the roof and rolled down the stairs.

The Cannonball House is located on Mulberry Street, adjacent to St. Mary’s Square.

Boat Tours

You can see St. Michaels and the surrounding area by boat with one of the several cruise options available. The Patriot offers narrated cruises, with dinner and lunch options.  Or, if you’d like to experience the area on board a traditional sailing craft, make plans for a sail on the Skipjack H.M. Krentz or the sailing yacht Selina II.


There’s no shortage of great places to stay in St. Michaels. The Inn at Perry Cabin and St. Michaels Harbour Inn Marina & Spa are  first-rate establishments that pamper their guests with resort-type amenities. There are also lots of in-town bed & breakfast establishments and a selection of vacation home rentals to choose from.

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