With the wedding date inching closer and closer, it was time to jet home to America and spend a few restful days before the whirlwind of matrimonial hoopla!
There could be no better place to kick off my sandals and catch some rays on the dock than a little waterfront cottage on the Chesapeake Bay.
The perfect place to lounge away the hours… and the best feature is the view!
Barefoot on the dock, watching the ospreys glide over the water, with fishermen pulling up crab pots in the distance – the perfect spot for a cool drink in the sunshine.
And you never know what kind of crazy creatures you’ll catch at the end of the pier!
Maryland’s Eastern Shore is my all-time favorite spot on earth for lazing away a summer afternoon, preferably in a sun-dappled spot in the shade steps from the water’s edge.
Except someone’s already beat me to this perfect hangout!
For dinner, my Uncle Ed whipped up a mean bayside feast – a coastal favorite called Low Country Boil. You boil up a pot and throw in the shrimp, potatoes and corn-on-the-cob with a melange of specialty spices.
Then dig in!
The next morning, I rose early and scampered down to the pebbled patio with my mug of coffee. Daybreak is the most peaceful time on the bay, when there’s still a slight damp chill in the air and the water is smooth as a mirror.
But there were already two little birds out there chirping away!
As the morning hours dwindled, we decided to get dressed and go stretch our legs in town.
And there might have been some wheels screeching on the way there…
St. Michaels is just one of the many darling historic port towns of my cherished home state. It embodies clean, classic Americana – colonial clapboard architecture, proud maritime heritage, some of the best seafood you’ve ever tasted…
And a regional take on the bloody mary that will leave your mouth twanging with happiness for a month of Sundays.
We had amazing fish tacos at Foxy’s Harbor Grille on the marina, and then astoundingly still had room for dessert, a cone at Justine’s.
We made it back home in time for sunset on the bay (thanks to a heavy foot on the petal). Smiles and family and a glass of pale pink rose, ice cubes clinking in our wine glasses…
It feels so good to be home!