Issue: July 2001
Best of the Bay 2001

It's Best of the Bay time again, folks. Out of the nearly 500 responses to this year's survey, here's what you've told us about your favorite Bay places and facilities. Yes, St. Michaels remains squarely on the list, but look at all the new places our readers have discovered and fallen in love with this year - and were willing to tell us about! Even so, there are still plenty of secret spots of spectacular beauty, havens of delight and cruiser's sanctuaries that have yet to grace these pages. Stay on the lookout - we will too. And enjoy.


Favorite Towns with Couples

1. St. Michaels, Md.

2. Annapolis

3. Solomons, Md.

4. Rock Hall, Md.

5. Oxford, Md.

6. Baltimore

7. Norfolk

8. Urbanna, Va.

9. Onancock, Va.

9. Smithfield, Va.

0. Crisfield, Md.

0. Hampton, Va.


Favorite Towns with Family

1. St. Michaels, Md.

2. Annapolis

3. Solomons, Md.

4. Baltimore

5. Rock Hall, Md.

6. Oxford, Md.

7. Norfolk

8. Chestertown, Md.

8. Hampton, Va.

8. Tangier, Va.


Favorite Cruising River

1. Rappahannock River

2. Chester River

3. Potomac River

4. Choptank River

4. James River

5. Wye River

6. Piankatank River

6. Patuxent River

7. York River

7. Sassafras River


Favorite Anchorage

1. Shaw Bay

2. Fairlee Creek

3. Rhode River

3. Corrotoman River

4. Still Pond

5. Dunn Cove

6. Piankatank River

6. St. Leonards Creek

6. Home


Favorite Large Marina (transient)

1. Herrington Harbor South, Friendship, Md.

2. Salt Ponds Marina Resort, Hampton, Va.

3. Zahniser's Yachting Center, Solomons, Md.

4. York River Yacht Haven, Gloucester Point, Va.

5. Inner Harbor Marina, Baltimore

6. Somers Cove, Crisfield, Md.

6. Spring Cove Marina, Rock Hall, Md.

7. Skipjack Cove, Georgetown, Md.

7. Windmill Point Marina, Windmill Point,Va.


Favorite Small Marina (transient)

1. St. Michaels Marina, St. Michaels, Md.

2. The Tides Marina and Resort, Irvington,Va

3. Waterside Marina, Norfolk

4. Smithfield Station, Smithfield, Va.

5. Mears Yacht Haven, Oxford, Md

5. Hampton City Dock, Hampton, Va.

6. Worton Creek Marina, Chestertown, Md.

6. Point Lookout Marina, Ridge, Md.

6. Port Kinsale, Kinsale, Va.

6. Spring Cove, Rock Hall, Md. 


Favorite Marina (season)

1. York River Yacht Haven, Gloucester Point, Va.

2. The Tides Marina and Resort, Irvington, Va

2. Regent Point, Topping, Va.

2. Home

2. Shipwright Harbor, Deale, Md.

3. Herrington Harbor South, Friendship, Md.

3. Inner Harbor Marina, Baltimore

3. Bay Bridge Marina, Stevensville, Md.

3. Salt Ponds Marina, Hampton, Va.

3. Mears Point, Kent Narrows, Md.


Favorite Boating Supply Store:

1. Fawcett Boat Supply, Annapolis

2. West Marine, Deltaville, Va.

3. West Marine, Hampton, Va.

4. BoatU.S., Alexandria, Va.

5. West Marine, Annapolis

6. BoatU.S., Annapolis

7. BoatU.S., Glen Burnie, Md.

8. Boaters World, Richmond

9. West Marine, Alexandria, Va.

9. West Marine, Easton, Md.


Favorite Fishing Grounds

1. Potomac River

2. Bay Bridge Tunnel

3. The Cell

4. Bay Bridge

5. Love Point

6. Mobjack Bay

6. Tangier Sound

6. The Gas Docks

7. Rappahannock River

7. Eastern Bay


Favorite Family-style Restaurant

1. Crab Claw, St. Michaels, Md.

2. Waterman's Crab House, Rock Hall, Md.

3. Harrison's Chesapeake House,Tilghman, Md.

3. River's Inn, Gloucester Point, Va.

4. Horn Harbor, Burgess, Va.

5. Deep Creek, Arnold, Md.

5. Captain's Galley, Crisfield, Md.

6. Lighthouse Inn, Solomons, Md.


Favorite Romantic Restaurant

1. River's Inn, Gloucester Point, Va.

2. The Tides, Irvington, Va.

3. Windows on the Bay, Pasadena, Md.

4. Smithfield Station, Smithfield, Va.

4. The Inn at Perry Cabin, St. Michaels, Md.

5. Lighthouse Inn, Solomons, Md.

5. The Narrows, Grasonville, Md.

6. Spinnakers, Ridge, Md.

7. 208 Talbot, St. Michaels, Md.

7. Alexanders on the Bay, Virginia Beach

7. The Dry Dock, Solomons, Md.


Favorite Restaurant for Crabs

1. Crab Claw, St. Michaels, Md.

2. Cantler's Riverside Inn, Annapolis, Md.

3. Waterman's Crab House, Rock Hall, Md.

4. Stoney's Seafood House, Broome Island, Md.

5. Harris Crab House, Grasonville, Md.

6. Evans Seafood Restaurant, Piney Point, Md.

7. Captain Billy's Crab House, Newburg, Md.

7. Crab Shack, Kilmarnock, Va.

7. Harrison's Crab House, Tilghman, Md.

7. Rivers Inn, Gloucester Point, Va.

7. Watermen's Inn, Crisfield, Md.


Favorite Maritime Museum

1. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, Md.

2. The Mariners' Museum, Newport News, Va.

3. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomon's, Md.

4. Reedville Fishermen's Museum, Reedville, Va.

5. Nauticus, Norfolk

6. Havre de Grace Maritime Museum, Havre de Grace, Md.


Best Canvas Work

1. Ship's Tailor, Deltaville Va.

2. Potomac Sailmakers, Alexandria, Va.

3. Potomac Canvas, Woodbridge, Va.

4. North Sails, Annapolis

5. Scott Sails, Annapolis

6. Hayes Custom Sails, Hayes, Va.

7. Canvas and Cushion, Norfolk

8. K and K, Grasonville, Md.

8. Little Bay Canvas, Norfolk

8. Marty's Bag Works, Edgewater, Md.

8. K and K, Grasonville, Md.


Best Electronics

1. Mid Shore Electronics, Cambridge, Md.

2. Hartfield Marine, Hartfield, Va.

3. Middle River Electronics, Baltimore

4. Big Electronics, Rock Hall, Md.

5. Electronic Marine, Annapolis


Best Engine Repair

1. Chesapeake Cove, Deltaville, Va.

2. Robert Kidd, Shipwright Harbor, Deale, Md.

2. Steve Price, Deltaville, Va.

3. White Point Marina, Kinsale Va.

3. York River Haven, Gloucester Point, Va.

3. Hampton Marine, Hampton, Va

3. Tolchester Marina, Chestertown, Md.

4. Action Masters, Norfolk

4. Generation III, Cambridge, Md.

4. Gunpowder Cove, Joppatown, Md.

4. Sunset Marine, Hampton, Va.


Best General Boat Repairs

1. Steve Price Marine, Deltaville, Va.

2. Deagle's Boatyard, Deltaville, Va.

2. Gunpowder Cove Marina, Joppa, Va.

2. York River Yacht Haven, Gloucester Point, Va.

2. Me, Myself and I

3. Cobb's Marina, Norfolk

3. Brickhouse Boatyard, Stevensville, Md.

3. Custom Yacht Service, Irvington, Va.


Favorite Charterboat Company

1. Sunsail, Annapolis

2. Deltaville Yacht Charters, Deltaville, Va.

3. Annapolis Bay Charters, Annapolis


Dream Boat

1. The one I own

2. Hinckley Bermuda 40

3. Grand Banks 42

4. Hatteras 53

5. Something bigger