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Havre de Grace, MD – Whenever Smithsonian magazine deems a place worthy to become an entry on one of its lists, you know that place is one you should visit. That especially goes for Havre de Grace, which was one of America’s 20 best small towns to visit in 2014, according to the said magazine. And take it from us – the decision to check out this interesting small town was one of the best ones we ever made.
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Situated in Harford County, Maryland, Havre de Grace is often abbreviated HdG. Named after the French port city of Le Havre, which was once known as Le Havre de Grâce, the town’s name actually means Haven of Grace. This small town has a population of just under 14,000, making it the perfect weekend getaway location if you’re looking to escape the city. Then again, longer vacation opportunities are also ample here.
We usually hate to stereotype things, least of all places, but this town offers the perfect example of how a pleasant way of life on the water’s edge is meant to look like. Havre de Grace boasts bird watching, boating, fishing and many other segments of the authentic Chesapeake Bay experience. And a stroll through the town’s boardwalk promenade while gazing upon the Susquehanna River isn’t too bad, either.
Havre de Grace, MD – Take Your Pick
And right off the bat, here’s a couple tips on what not to miss while you’re in town. The aforementioned Havre de Grace Promenade is a definite must-see. It spans from The City Marina to the Concord Point Lighthouse. It also offers views of local wildlife, including Bald Eagles, and stunning vistas of the Chesapeake Bay. Rochambeau Plaza is another famous attraction. This is where shopping and dining are done best, as it’s located in the heart of the historic part of town.
If you’re the type of person that enjoys watching the sunrise, the Havre de Grace Fishing Pier is the place for you. And if, on the other hand, you like the sun but aren’t an early riser, then you’ll definitely have a lot of fun relaxing on the water after you’ve launched your boat from the City Marina. That said, you should definitely check out Concord Point Lighthouse. It can be found at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay and is the oldest continuously-operate lighthouse in Maryland.
You Can’t Enjoy Your Stay If You’re Hungry Or Tired, Right?
As always, you can’t enjoy any of the aforementioned adventures while you’re hungry, right? Chesapeake Grill is a favorite of ours when it comes to a good bite, as well as Bill Bateman’s Bistro. Concord Point Coffee and Coakley’s Pub are awesome as well. However, one mustn’t forget Bruster’s Real Ice Cream and Bayou Restaurant & Carryout. MacGregor’s Restaurant & Tavern, Laurrapin Grille and Java by the Bay are also cool options.
Places to stay in Havre de Grace vary according to your preferences and virtually nothing else. We’re quite fond of the Spencer Silver Mansion, as well as the Mount Felix Vineyard, Winery & Villa and the La Cle D’or Guesthouse. You also have options like the Super 8 Motel, Bar Harbor RV Park & Marina, The White House of Havre de Grace and Vandiver Inn. There’s very little room to make a mistake here, so it’s really down to your own needs and length of stay.