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Leonardtown MD up to Annapolis

We're going to be in Leonardtown in a few weeks for the day and the thought was to start heading back north (we're from philly) in the afternoon and stop at a place along route 2/4 for shopping, lodging and CRABS, before getting to Annapolis (where we didn't want to stay...we've been there before). any help? Chesapeake Beach and North Beach have been recommended as nice little places to stop for the night. I hear that there is a good place called West Lawn Inn (but maybe a bit pricey - and we might be desperate for crabs)

thanks for the help

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  1. You know it's only about 90 minutes to get from Leonardtown to Annapolis, right? I'm just saying, it's not that far, and there isn't much in between. It's still very rural in nature, not a lot of "stuff" but a beautiful place to visit, none the less.

    That said, Stoney's Seafood in Prince Frederick (aka Kingfisher's in Solomon's Island) truly have one of the best crab cakes I've ever had. If you want straight up pick your own crabs, get them in St Mary's County at a place call Sandgates Inn off of Rt 235.

    For shopping or lodging, definitely consider Solomon's Island, but it's only about 20 minutes north of Leonardtown, so you won't get far. They have some great B&B's, cool little shops and great bars/restuarants.

    North Beach and Chesapeake Beach are both nice as well for shopping and eating, never stayed at any of the inns/hotels there so I can't comment on that.

    1. Solomons is probably the best place to spend the night if you want a little atmosphere. The Holiday Inn Solomons is a pretty nice property on the water. There are also some B&Bs and a Comfort Inn. The Marine museum on Solomons is worth a visit as is the Square in Leonardtown if you like little shops. From the Leonardtown side you could also visit the St. Clements Island museum. When you say crabs you don't specify crabs in the shell or crab cakes. Stoney's is famous for crab cakes but the only location I'd recommend is Broomes Island (the original and on the water 15 minutes from Solomons) but it's not a crab house. As far as I know they don't serve hardshells.
      You might find this webpage useful for finding a crabhouse: http://www.bluecrab.info/crabhouses.htm

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      1. re: shellymck

        When you say "crabs" you don't need to specify--it means hard crabs [g].

        1. re: cmkdvs

          Should add, I was just there last week and had my memory refreshed as to the innate gustatory superiority of the blue crab--but my brother-in-law steams his own so I can't give an up to date recommendation for a crab house.

          1. re: cmkdvs

            thanks so much everyone! CMKDVS gets the gift basket - i indeed was seeking hard crabs. So looks like we shld be heading to Solomons and bail on North Beach/Chesapeake? Riddle me this - if I bail on that whole region , ought we just go all the way up annapolis?? if I do that....does my world open up to the cutest (but not expnsive) hotel/B&B and better crab shacks? (two extra points if you gimme a dive bar nearby...on the water...)

            1. re: rumdrinks

              Mike's on the South River is pretty much a dive bar with crabs. Do I get double points? It is minutes south of Annapolis. Stay away from Buddies in downtown Annapolis. Gibson's lodging in downtown is a good place to stay. Not a B&B, not a hotel, an Inn with parking right near City Dock.

          2. re: cmkdvs

            This might not be the case for someone who's not from the area.

        2. We just visited that area. We stayed here: http://www.woodlawn-farm.com/

          We ate at 2 places - http://www.cdcafe.info/ and http://www.zahnisers.com/drydock.htm

          The B&B is sort of out of the way a bit. We enjoyed it though.

          We aren't true foodies (or chowhounds) but we enjoyed the food at both of the restaurants. The crabcakes were way better at the CD cafe.

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          1. re: LS2007

            I agree with LS2007 re the better places to eat. I am afraid that Stoney's has seen better days -- I used to love it, but now avoid it.

            Another place for good crabcakes is Tony's Riverside Inn in Benedict (across the Patuxent river, yes, just at the end of the bridge).

          2. Another vote for Mike's in Riva on the South River. Absolutely stay away from Buddy's, too - awful, awful place. If you drive home through Annapolis and across the Bay Bridge (Rt 50/301 up to 13 in Delaware - nicer drive than 95 and about the same amount of time) stop at Harris' Crab House on Kent Island (exit 42, I think - follow the signs). Crabs are great and the cream of crab soup is some of the best. Homemade Nutty Buddies for dessert (sugar cones with vanilla ice cream, half-dipped in chocolate, topped with chopped peanuts.

            1. rumdrinks,
              Tell us where you ended up and how it went.