Written by Susan Elnicki Wade
July 2019

At the eastern foot of the majestic Bay Bridge on Kent Island, MD, awaits the Bay Bridge Marina. It’s an essential hub of the local waterway and a welcoming epicenter for boaters exploring the Chesapeake region. Whether you’re cruising to Baltimore, Havre de Grace, St. Michaels or Norfolk, this marina is a premier home base with easy access to Mid-Atlantic destinations.

Its lovely 40-acre campus hosts 260 single-load floating docks, land storage for 400-plus vessels, and 25- and 75-ton travel lifts at its Piers | Bay Bridge Marina | Marina Spotlight | Marinalifefull-service facility. Slips range in length from 40 to 120 feet and include several T-head slips capable of docking larger vessels and catamarans. Less than a mile away from the marina, Bay Bridge Airport affords slip holders the convenience of flying into the area to use their boats.

Bay Bridge Marina prides itself on exceptional service and amenities such as a large swimming pool, yacht club gathering space, saunas and pristine locker rooms. For guests who seek soothing indulgences, the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club Inn delivers world-class spa services on-site. Nearby hotels provide lodging, and visiting fashionistas can score unique items at big-name outlet stores and quaint antique shops.

The main culinary attraction is Hemingway’s Restaurant and Tiki Bar, where you can choose between tables on the upper deck or Adirondack chairs along the waterfront to admire stellar Hemingway's Restaurant Close Up | Bay Bridge Marina | Marina Spotlight | Marinalifesunsets with Bay Bridge lights winking in the background. Hemingway’s menu features fresh seafood, with a nod to seasonal crabs and oysters. Knoxies Table at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club specializes in craft cocktails and creates innovative dishes from ingredients delivered by the Bay’s farmers and watermen.

Known historically as the first European settlement in Maryland, Kent Island anchors its events and activities in present-day fun. At the top of the list is the annual spring Bay Bridge Boat Show, followed by a weekly summer concert series at Hemingway’s and a Bark in the Park canine event sponsored by Tito’s Vodka. Plans are in the works for a kite festival and a driftwood art event this summer. New to the marina this season is a rental program for bikes, kayaks and standup paddle boards.