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I fell in love with Southern Maryland when I fell in love with my husband. Tony and I began dating in the fall of 2013, and we began the adventure of experiencing the beauty of Southern Maryland together. Since Tony grew up in St. Mary's County (the birthplace of Maryland) he made a wonderful tour guide. I have been afforded the opportunity to see many of the wonders that this area has to offer, including some sights that lifelong residents haven't seen.
Unbelievably, Southern Maryland is a hidden little gem that is not as well known as it ought to be, even though it is only one hour from D.C. and steeped in history. Both St. Mary's and Charles County find themselves nestled in between the Potomac and the Patuxent River and the Chesapeake Bay. May I suggest sun, sand and seafood anybody?!
Drop your canoe in the waters at Jefferson Patterson Park in Calvert County. Imagine small U.S. watercraft with limited troops battling Great Britain's Navy, which at the time, was the greatest naval power in the world. The war of 1812 is often referred to as the "second war of independence". This area's history is so abundant, it is hard to fully imagine at times. The landscape is truly breathtaking: the water glimmering in the wharf at Leonardtown, the incredible Southern Maryland sunsets being vibrantly painted across the sky, dining waterfront in beautiful Solomon's Island, the boats swaying in harbor, and the smell of seafood wafting in the air.
Don't forget to stop at one of the many fresh produce stands stocked by our local farmers and Amish folk. Feel free to unwind at one of many fantastic wineries or breweries. I've failed to mention the canoeing and kayaking at several state parks! The boating! The fishing! Whether you have lived here forever or are relocating to the area, there is so much to discover. It is a wonderful adventure to live here! We are living the life we love starting with home, here in Southern Maryland.