August 19, 2015

Away we go : St. Michaels, Maryland!

For our 6th anniversary get-away, we packed up our little hatchback and drove 2 hours to a quaint little town in Maryland called St. Michaels. I had originally wanted to go back to Virginia Beach and make it a little tradition, but a couple of friends of ours had gone to St. Michaels and it piqued our interest to head somewhere we've never been before. And so off we went for a couple of nights with Piri to relax and eat lots of crabs and oysters {my fave!}. 

We left mid-morning on Sunday, our anniversary day, and upon arriving at St. Michaels we grabbed some burgers at a joint called Marcoritaville, which was one of several dog friendly restaurants in town {the entire town actually is very dog friendly and we saw a lot of folks traveling and vacationing with their pups}. I also packed a lot of treats for Piri - white bread, steamed sweet potatoes, strawberries, carrots and honey dew melon, just so that he could also eat a little something while we ate. 

We still had a lot of time to kill before check-in and so after lunch at Marcoritaville, we hopped back in the car and drove for another 15 minutes to Tilghman Island. There wasn't a whole lot that we could do there, so we drove around and found a lot of pretty vacation homes and little shops and restaurants. We also happened upon an area where people lined up their cars to go fishing and since we didn't have any fishing poles and bait, we instead took pictures! Ha. 

In St. Michaels, we stayed at the St. Michaels Harbour Inn, Marina & Spa, in the Captain Suite on the third floor overlooking the marina. We had a huge patio where we ate breakfast in the morning and a large spacious area divided into a little kitchen, living room and also sleeping quarters. It was good to have the kitchen area especially as we were also able to prepare Piri's meals right in our room {no microwave though, but there is one available on the 2nd floor}. 

  // I love a happy Piri and he was certainly all smiles and sniffs at St. Michaels. // 

  // A pair of corgis were staying inside a boat that was docked right outside our patio and a westie was staying a few doors down. She reminded us of our friend's dog. // 

We had our first crab and oyster fest at The Crab Claw {dog friendly! woot woot!} and ordered a dozen oysters on the half shell and a half a dozen large steamed and seasoned Maryland Blue Crabs {so good!}. We sat right along the water on the dock away from the majority of the folks who were seated in the main area, which we preferred. It took us a while to finish everything - by the time we were done it was already dark. We also bought a bowl of cantaloupes for Piri from a nearby market but he actually ended up falling asleep while we ate. He usually gets fussy because he loves to beg for people food, but I guess he doesn't care too much for seafood. 

Yangkyu and I opted not to do a lot of the activities available at St. Michaels where we couldn't take Piri with us {although I did look up DogVacay hosts in the area who also offer daycare options and there seems to be some really great ones there!}, but thankfully there are a handful of things you can do with your pup. So the following day, on Monday, we headed over the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum where dogs are allowed on all museum grounds, even in the gift shop(!), except during festival season. 

  // We made sure Piri had lots of water and walking breaks. He gets tired easily but we didn't want him to be cooped inside his stroller red convertible for long periods of time. What is so great about this museum is that most of the exhibits are outdoors, but they do have several air conditioned buildings as well. We definitely took advantage of those to cool down, especially for Piri. // 

  // Peek-a-boo! I see you! // 

  // Ah, I do love these two. // 

  // The Patriot Boat Cruise is also dog-friendly. It is abour an hour tour with narration, air conditioned cabin with a snack shop as well. We saw a house where The Wedding Crashers was filmed {never saw the movie but kinda neat}, but I think Piri kind of stole the show with his ride and all. Piri also slept through most of the tour. Piri loves car rides but we have never been on a boat before and I was afraid he would get motion sickness but he did fine! // 

  // More oysters at the St. Michael's Crab & Steak House. And this time we ended having crab cake sandwiches - I got mine broiled and Yangkyu got his fried. This was the best crab cake sandwich I had in my life. Not exaggerating. //

  // There was a cute little pet shop and we did some shopping with Piri. The owner is originally from New York (West Point area) and moved to the area after falling in love with St. Michaels. // 

  // Ice cream at Justine's! Mhhhmmmm! // 

We had our last dinner at a place called the Bistro where dogs are allowed to eat with you in their two seating area on the front porch. This was the only place we called ahead to reserve in case the seats weren't available. 

We ordered some cocktail drinks, steamed mussels and Yangkyu had steamed clams over fettuccine and I had scallops. It was all very amazing and delicious. The only downside was that we got bitten by mosquitos while sitting on the porch - Yangkyu more so than me. Mosquitos just seem to really love him. Ouch!

 // Breakfast on the patio. Piri likes to start off with some honeydew melon! // 

We were in St. Michaels for two nights and three days and it was the perfect duration for us, especially since we were traveling with Piri and preferred to have him stay with us the entire time. In the past, when we traveled, we wanted to have our days be jam packed with lots of things and activities and walking and such but this was a good change of pace. And it was so great to spend our sixth anniversary, a day we like to now say is when the three of us became a family, together at St. Michaels. 

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