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Solomons
Keepers of the Light: Great Lighthouses of the Chesapeake Bay
Explore the lighthouses of Chesapeake Bay, learning the story of the people who kept them, hearing lectures by experts and discovering renowned cuisine and maritime culture.
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Program No. 1504RJ
Length
6 days
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
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DAY
1
Orientation. Drum Pt. Lighthouse. Behind the Scenes Tour.
Solomons, MD
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Holiday Inn Select Solomons

Activity note: Walking tour of the museum, about one and a half hours, and option to walk up Drum Point Lighthouse.

Afternoon: 1:00 p.m. Meet Lori in Calvert Marine Museum lobby. 1:45 See the Calvert Marine Museum. 3:00 pm. Check in at Holiday Inn Solomons. 5:30 p.m. Wine and Cheese under Drum Point Lighthouse.

Dinner: 6:00 p.m. Dinner will be held near the Drum Point Lighthouse which is on the premises of the Calvert Marine Museum.

Evening: 7:00 p.m. Behind the Scenes Tour at Calvert Marine Museum with the Curator of Biology.

DAY
2
Piney Point and Point Lookout Lighthouses.
Solomons, MD
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Holiday Inn Select Solomons

Activity note: Touring two lighthouses will include walking to various sites and climbing stairs.

Breakfast: Complimentary breakfast at the Holiday Inn.

Morning: Depart Holiday Inn by Motor Coach for a tour of Piney Point Lighthouse

Lunch: Noon lunch at a local restaurant in St. Mary's County.

Afternoon: 2:00 p.m. Tour of Point Lookout Lighthouse. 3:00 p.m. Depart for Holiday Inn.

Dinner: 6:00 p.m. Dinner in CMM Lounge.

Evening: 7:00 p.m. Lecture of history of Lighthouses.

DAY
3
Southern Lighthouses, Smith Island, and Lighthouse History
Solomons, MD
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Holiday Inn Select Solomons

Activity note: 44' fishing charter boat that requires climbing in and out of it for lighthouse tours. Optional walking 1 to 1.5 mile.

Breakfast: Complimentary breakfast at the Holiday Inn.

Morning: 8:00 a.m. Board charter boat under Drum Pt. Lighthouse for tour of Point No Point, Point Lookout, and Smith Point Lighthouses.

Lunch: Lunch at Bayside Inn Restaurant.

Afternoon: Before leaving the island visit Smith Island History Museum. Depart Smith Island at 1:30 See Solomons Lump and Hooper Island Lighthouses, return to museum at 4:30pm.

Dinner: 6:00 p.m. Dinner in CMM Lounge.

Evening: 7:00 p.m. Musical entertainment about nautical theme.

DAY
4
Maryland Archeological Conservation Laboratory
Solomons, MD
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Holiday Inn Select Solomons

Activity note: Two hour walking tour at MAC which includes periodic seating along the tour.

Breakfast: Complimentary breakfast at the Holiday Inn.

Morning: Travel by motor coach to Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at JPPM overlooking the Patuxent River.

Afternoon: Time to explore local area on your own

Dinner: Dinner on your own. Select from a wide array of local eateries and fine dining restaurants.

Evening: Free Evening to explore beautiful Solomons Island. Walk along the boardwalk and see the Patuxent River sunset.

DAY
5
Cove Point Lighthouse, Fossil hunting, cruise on a Skipjack
Solomons, MD
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Holiday Inn Select Solomons

Activity note: Walking on uneven surface at the beach. Finish the evening by climbing aboard the Dee of St. Mary's for an 1.5 hour cruise.

Breakfast: Complimentary breakfast at the Holiday Inn.

Morning: 10:00am Curator lectures on Paleontology and Estuarine Biology.

Lunch: 12 noon Lunch at Kingfisher's, a local favorite restaurant.

Afternoon: 2:00 Depart for Cove Point Lighthouse for a curator lead talk and then fossil hunting on Cove Point beach. Depart Cove Point at 4:00pm.Meet under Drum Pt. Lighthouse at 4:30 for a late afternoon sail on the skipjack, Dee of St. Mary's.

Dinner: Learn how to pick blue crabs then enjoy an end of program celebration dinner Al Fresco under the Corbin Pavilion.

DAY
6
Lighthouse Art Workshop.
Solomons, MD
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Activity note: You are free to depart after lunch.

Breakfast: Complementary breakfast at Holiday Inn

Morning: Lighthouse art workshop

Lunch: Enjoy final meal from our chef of Lotus Kitchen.