Walking, Biking, and Hiking
The Chesapeake and Delaware Canal: One of only two commercially vital sea-level canals in the United States—and the third busiest in the world—was built in 1829 but is still significantly important today. Ocean-going cargo and passenger ships continue to pass daily through the Canal, as silent as a whisper, providing unique entertainment for Inn at the Canal guests, from the comfort of their rooms or the porches. Our side porch is perfect for boat watching and people watching.
The Canal runs four miles west of Chesapeake City to the Elk River at the head of the Chesapeake Bay and 10 miles east to the Delaware River. Both sides of the Canal are excellent for walking, biking, or hiking, for viewing the waterfowl and wetlands, and to spot the barges, cargo ships, and pleasure vessels that ply the waterway. On the south side of the Canal (the Inn side), there are several miles of unpaved paths for walking, hiking, and biking. On the north side of the Canal, there is a paved biking and hiking trail—the Ben Cardin Recreational Trail—that runs east to the Delaware River. You can bring your own bikes and securely store them at the Inn. We can arrange ferry service across the Canal to the north side trail (weather permitting).
Elk Neck State Park: A large state park featuring the Turkey Point Lighthouse. Swimming, boating, camping, and much more. On a scenic bluff 100 feet above the waves, you can stand next to the lighthouse and view five rivers flowing together to form the Chesapeake Bay.
Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway: A 38-mile area along the Cecil County shore of the Susquehanna River and the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay. Spot local wildlife such as the American bald eagles, great blue heron, osprey, and common merganser. Numerous species of uncommon birds and ducks that use the Atlantic Flyway navigate here seasonally such as mute swan, canvasback and wood ducks.
Adkins Arboretum: A 400-acre native garden and preserve.
Lums Pond State Park: Go on a treetop adventure via five zip lines over the largest freshwater pond in nearby Bear, DE. Also has horseback riding, fishing, and hiking trails.
Boating and Kayaking
Back Creek: If you bring your own kayak, a ramp a short walk from the Inn will put you right in to Back Creek, where we routinely see otters, eagles, osprey and more. It's a beautiful, easy paddle about an hour's ride until the creek gets too small to pass.
"Miss Clare Boat" Cruise: Enjoy a cruise aboard a traditional Chesapeake Bay Work Boat on the C&D Canal, docked right next to our back door. Take a history cruise, twilight ride, or see the Turkey Point lighthouse from the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay. Learn the heritage of the region, and see sites you can only see from the water. More details here.
M/V Bay Breeze: This local company runs boat cruises, trips back and forth across the Canal, tours and sightseeing cruises, steamed Blue Crab cruises, and special events ranging from a day out with the family to corporate outings, sunset and booze cruises, wedding rehearsals, and much more. More details here.
Downtown Chesapeake City: Stroll the streets of town and admire the architecture and history. The entire village is on the Historic Register as a restored, authentic 19th century waterfront town. Each building displays a sign describing the historic significance and a story about the original family who lived there.
C&D Canal Museum: A short walk from the Inn, the Canal Museum provides a glimpse of the Canal's early days. The waterwheel and pumping engines remain in the original pumphouse (now the Museum). These steam engines are the oldest of their type in America still on their original foundations. Other artifacts and exhibits in the museum detail and illustrate the Canal's history. More details here.
Chestertown, MD: An easy 50-minute drive down Rte. 213, crossing two beautiful rivers, the Bohemia River and the Sassafras River. Chestertown dates to 1706 when it served as a thriving Mid-Atlantic port and prosperous shipbuilding and trading center. When you arrive in Chestertown look for one of the town’s finest historic buildings – the "Custom House," dating from the 1740s and standing beside the public dock at the foot of High Street. Prior to the Revolution, this was “His Majesty’s Customs” house, recording the cargo of vessels coming and going from Chestertown to Europe, the West Indies, Africa, and beyond. British redcoats were quartered here during the French and Indian War. While in Chestertown enjoy the antique book shops and be sure to lunch at one of our favorite restaurants, the “Fish Whistle,” which is dockside, allowing excellent gazing at ships both old and new.
Mount Harmon Plantation: This is a restored 18th century manor house with colonial kitchen, formal boxwood garden, tobacco prize house, 200-acres of pristine open space, nature trails, and a spectacular waterfront setting overlooking creeks and inlets of the Sassafras River. More details here.
Rodgers Tavern: Restored and still used tavern from 1740 located on the banks of the Susquehanna River, frequented during the colonial day by Washington, Lafayette, Rochambeau, and Madison.
St. Francis Xavier Shrine: Founded in 1745, numbered among its students are Charles Carroll, Maryland’s signer of the Declaration of Independence, and his cousin John who became the first Catholic Bishop of the United States and founded Georgetown University. Also the burial site of Kitty Knight, a local War of 1812 heroine.
The Lantern Queen: A replica Mississippi Riverboat that offers a full course dinner along with sight seeing as it cruises the lower Susquehanna River, for both public cruises and private charter. Completely paddlewheel propelled!
Longwood Gardens: The world’s premier horticultural showplace and former duPont mansion. A beautiful array of indoor and outdoor displays, open year round with educational and cultural programs. More details here.
Winterthur Museum: Winterthur, an American country estate, is the former home of Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969), an avid antiques collector and horticulturist. More details here.
Hagley Museum: Hagley is the site of the gunpowder works founded by E. I. du Pont in 1802. This example of early American industry includes restored mills, a workers' community, and the ancestral home and gardens of the du Pont family. The Hagley Library collects, preserves, and interprets the history of American enterprise. More details here.
Downtown Chesapeake City: Arts, boutique clothing and jewelry, collectibles and unusual gifts, antiques – eclectic, charming, and unique finds - all found right outside our door.
Galena: Nearby town with lots of antique shopping.
Aunt Margaret's Antique Mall: Located in Newark, DE.
Downtown Chesapeake City: Eight restaurants—with more on the way—for fine and casual dining are just a short walk away.
Fairwinds Farm: A fun, family place for trail riding.
Sunset Stables: Trail rides take you through Delaware’s scenic Lums Pond state park wildlife facility.
Club at Patriot’s Glen: The 18-hole "Patriots Glen" course at the The Club At Patriots Glen facility features 6,730 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 72.0 and it has a slope rating of 133 on blue grass.
Back Creek: The 18-hole "Back Creek" course at the Back Creek Golf Course facility features 7,003 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 74.2 and it has a slope rating of 134.
Performing and Fine Arts
University of Delaware Resident Ensemble Players: A powerful and unique marriage of a conservatory training program and a resident professional acting company.
Millburn Theater at Cecil College Cultural Center: The Milburn Stone Memorial Covered Bridge Theatre is a near-by 500 seat European style theatre. In addition to regular theatre performances, it also houses an art gallery.
Brandywine River Museum: A museum of regional and American Art located on the Brandywine River in Chadds Ford, PA, featuring a large display of works by three generations of Wyeths in addition to other still life and landscape paintings. More details here.
Garfield Center for the Arts: Blues, jazz, theater, open mic night.
The Palette & the Page: An artist co-op offering new artwork updated weekly (paper, jewelry, ceramics, fine arts) and special First Friday Events.
Chesapeake Wine Trail
Whether you are on your way to the beach or just taking a drive to admire the beautiful Bay, the Chesapeake Wine Trail will lead you through one of the most scenic and charming parts of the state. East of the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland’s Eastern Shore is abundant with seafood, beaches, wildlife and history, and now a beautiful—and delicious—wine trail. More details here.
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK – Taming of the Shrew: 8:30 p.m. to 10:10 p.m.
The Brown Box Theatre once again brings the Bard out under the stars for a stellar performance of “The Taming of the Shrew.” Bring your lawn chairs or a blanket and enjoy a timeless classic performed by this professional acting troupe.
TRAIL OPENING EVENT – 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Join Senator Ben Cardin and other dignitaries as they cut the ribbon and ride the long-awaited C&D Canal Recreational Trail. Entertainment and refreshments will be provided.
CHESAPEAKE CITY’S FAMOUS ANNUAL GHOST WALK – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
“Masquerade Murders” is this year’s frightening escapade on the porches of historic Chesapeake City. Sign up for your Ghoul Guided Tour of an all new play written by Mike Collins and directed by Karen Long. Ghoul Groups depart from Town Hall every 15 minutes. Adults $10 advance ($12 at the door); Children under 12 $5 advance ($8 at the door).
FALL FESTIVAL & PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Bring a carved pumpkin with candle to Pell Gardens. On Saturday Pumpkins will be re-lighted and more entries will be accepted for judging. Cash prizes awarded on Sunday.
OLD FASHIONED GAMES & FALL FUN – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Enjoy an old-fashioned fall weekend in historic Chesapeake City complete with candied apples, caramel popcorn, hay rides, corn hole games, scarecrow stuffing, face painting, and a ghost scavenger hunt.
November 21 - January 17
CHESAPEAKE CITY’S WINTERFEST ICE SKATING RINK – Fridays 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Christmas Eve 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., December 26-January 2 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., January 3-January 17 weekends only
HOLIDAY PET PARADE – registration and line up starting at 10:30 am; parade begins at 12 p.m.
LION’S CLUB TREE LIGHTING – 5 p.m.
The celebration starts with a chorus of holiday music. Welcome Santa when he’s brought to town by his sturdy steeds––the Winbak Clydesdales.
CANDLELIGHT HOUSE TOUR – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tour many of Chesapeake City’s Historic District homes decorated for the holidays. Carriage rides and hot mulled cider.
January 1, 2016
NEW YEAR’S DAY 5K RACES