From its humble beginnings as Maryland’s birthplace in 1634, St. Mary’s County is a destination brimming with history and culture, celebrated by its modernity as an emerging center for science, technology and aviation. With boundless potential, St. Mary’s is the ideal place to get away from it all.
Kick your first morning off at St. Inie’s Coffee, a family-run roastery with an ever-changing seasonal menu, or grab your coffee and a nibble at Social, a neighborhood coffeehouse and cocktail bar in the heart of Leonardtown.
Take a tour of one of the oldest, largest and continuously maintained plantations in the United States at Historic Sotterley. Learn about the complex history and legacy of slavery, walk the grounds and discover life as it was back in the 18th century. Walk in the footsteps of important historical figures, including Native Americans, colonists, revolutionaries, merchants, farmers and everyone in between at Historic St. Mary’s City, Maryland’s first capital. Journey to the first-ever landing site in Maryland at St. Clement’s Island Museum to see where it all began.
Step into the great outdoors and explore what makes St. Mary’s a destination worth exploring. Enjoy hiking, kayaking, beaches, fishing and exploration at our many parks, such as Piney Point State Park and Newtowne Neck State Park. Walk the grounds of Greenwell State Park and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. With so much to explore, let your journey whisk you away to our beautiful open spaces.
Shop at our many vintage shops, including Vintage Values, a shop from the Center for Life Enrichment, with its mission to provide employment that will increase the vocational and personal potential of individuals with disabilities. Explore Leonardtown to check out its many different shops. From locally roasted coffee, art galleries and chocolatiers, to a unique small-business incubator and farmers market at Shepherd’s Old Field, there really is something for everyone.
Now that you’ve worked up quite the appetite, its time to enjoy some of our more succulent offerings. Take a light bite at The Slice House, featuring some of the best pizza found south of New Jersey. Indulge in The Front Porch featuring Southern coastal cuisine at its finest. Fancy yourself a beer at the PAX River Ale House, a modern take on the classic neighborhood bar and gill with an impressive rotating menu of unique and complex beers from across the region and the nation. Set sail at sunset on one of our many charter boats provided by our local watermen and cheers the perfect weekend with a glass of your favorite wine from Port of Leonardtown Winery.
With so much to do and see, we invite you to extend your stay and explore the boundless adventure that awaits you. For more information, visit us at visitstmarysmd.com or on Instagram @VisitStMarysMD.
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