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Day Trip to Solomon’s Island

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In the distance, the bridge over the Patuxent to St. Mary’s County

Fall is a great time for day trips from Greenbelt, and we have another one to suggest – to Solomon’s Island near where the Patuxent River meets the Bay, just about 90 minutes from Greenbelt. See it on this map.

Flat terrain makes for easy cycling. That’s exactly how I toured the island. (Just add a helmet and that could be me in the photo.)


Lotus Kitchen was recommended to me for lunch. Below, the view from that garden seating area. Kim’s Key Lime Pie was also recommended to me but I had lunch at The Pier Restaurant.

View from the Lotus includes my bike.

For a touch of Dewey Beach, there’s the Tiki Bar with its block-size party beach area.  When I visited on a weekday morning it was empty, so we’ll just have to imagine it full of rowdy drinkers. (One assumes.)


The terrific Calvert Marine Museum is a huge draw to the area, and admission is cheap. It includes a discovery room with a “please touch” policy for children; a favorite attraction is a pair of river otters named Bubble and Squeak who live in a 9,000 gallon tank. Greenbelt parents, can you resist?

There’s plenty just for adults, too. Like concerts with performers like Stephen Wade. And coming up October 12, the Harvest Festival  and Patuxent River Appreciation Day,  with free admission, free parking, live music, vendors and even free boat rides!.


I stopped in at the Visitors Centers of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences’ Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. It began in 1925 as the Center’s founding lab studying the declining oyster and crab fisheries by understanding the Bay’s biology, chemistry and physics and has spread to 20 buildings, including three state-of-the-art research laboratories, now researching:


What an amazing place for faculty and students of the University to live and study! And for us regular members of the public, they offer Science for Citizens talks. (Wish I lived closer for those.)


The tourism website also suggests two lighthouses, “leisurely” one hour cruises around Solomons Harbor and the Patuxent River, wineries, and nearby (just across the bridge), Historic St. Mary’s City.


While there are couple of other nice places to stay on Solomon’s Island, a friend recommended the Back Creek Inn so I stopped by to see why.

Back Creek Inn front.


Back Creek Inn river side includes pool, gardens, a cottage and more.


One last view of the river from the Back Creek Inn.
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Susan started blogging about Greenbelt soon after moving here in 2012. Retired from garden writing and teaching, she continues to blog at GardenRant.com and direct Good Gardening Videos.org, a nonprofit, ad-free educational campaign.

  1. Frank Gervasi
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    You have inspired us to go to Solomon’s Island, and soon, before it gets “discovered”.
    I plan to dine on vegan cuisine at the Lotus cafe, and if we stay overnight, which is likely, it will be at the Back Creek Inn- all your recommendations with lots other fun things to do while there.
    Thanks for the great ideas.

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