No? Well how about the movie “The Wedding Crashers?” If you remember the picturesque set of this blockbuster hit then you already know this little town situated on the Eastern shore. And let me tell you it is just as beautiful, if not even more lovely, in real life.
So when my old friend Jordan invited me to join him for the St. Michaels oyster festival, I jumped at the chance and hit the road the next morning. Driving into the town, you can instantly tell why this town was selected to serve as a movie set, not once but twice.
Town is so small that once you park your car you won’t need to use it again. Our first stop was a short walk down to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum for a variety of festivities in honor of the local Chesapeake oysters.
If not on foot, locals and visitors arrived by boat before wandering around to sample local fare and handmade products.
The bright white houses around town stand out against the colorful blue and green scenery.
Just before leaving we grabbed some hot apple cider and then headed off for an afternoon on the boat.
While the town is adorable up close, it is peacefully serene from the water and you almost forget the enormity of the waterside properties.
After cruising around and imagining life behind the docks of these beauties, we pulled up for a close up view of the Inn where they filmed a scene from “The Wedding Crashers” and accidentally found ourselves crashing the beginning of a real wedding.
Somehow I don’t think this venue needed a movie to make it a popular destination for weddings.
Just before the last of the sunshine, we drifted back in past the OysterFest and docked.
While the boys were hard at work tying up the boat, I caught a few moments with this guy that jumped right on in to enjoy the water.
I hear there’s a beautiful spot for watching the sunset but instead we sat down to enjoy Jordan’s fresh Whiskey sours that he meticulously slaved over. Jordan’s mother challenged me to a game of checkers, and it was over before long when she cornered my last few pieces leaving me in defeat.
With empty stomachs we decided to try Gina’s, a local favorite for Mexican-style cuisine. They serve fresh food and specials that run out before the end of the day. I wish I had pictures to share because everything was delicious, especially the cucumber margaritas in glasses rimmed with cumin salt.
We all shared the Chum bucket, a bowlful of dip filled with a strange yet delicious combination of beans, hummus, guacamole, cheese and jalapenos followed by a barbecue quesadilla, a caprese quesadilla and shrimp tacos.
We topped off the day with a tour of the town bars and danced the night away along with quite a few older couples, a wedding party and eventually a live band. Needless to say, it was a fun night and we spent almost the whole of Sunday lounging around lazily, sad the weekend came to an end so soon.
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