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The Lighthouse Tour II

The Lighthouse Tour II

PCA - Potomac, The Founders' Region - Drive & Dine

Friday, Jun 7 — Sunday, Jun 9, 2019
Holiday Inn - Solomons Island, MD, Solomons, MD

Registration closed May 31, 2019 6:30 AM on May 31, 2019 6:30 AM EDT Registration ends May 31, 2019 6:30 AM on May 31, 2019 6:30 AM EDT Registration opens March 20, 2019 12:00 AM on March 20, 2019 12:00 AM EDT Registration runs from March 20, 2019 12:00 AM to May 31, 2019 6:30 AM

Join us again this year as we expand to a three-day scenic weekend tour of Southern Maryland's back roads, lighthouses, museums and of course, a winery!  Situated along the Chesapeake Bay and the tidal Potomac,  these lighthouses date back to the early 1800s,  This year, we will visit two more lighthouses (hence "Lighthouse Tour II"). These will be Piney Point and Drum Point (at Solomons).  Also this year, we will also visit the Patuxent Naval Air Museum. And we'll wrap things up on Sunday with a visit to the Running Hare Winery and vineyard ("A little bit of Tuscany and Napa in Southern Maryland") and the adjoining Calvert Brewery.

Friday June 7, we will meet for brunch at our rendezvous point (to be provided to registered attendees) near Bowie, Maryland around 10 am.  We will then head on an epic drive toward the bay, stop for ice cream, and then cross the Patuxent and head down to the historic Piney Point Lighthouse (1836) Museum and Historic Park (county park).  We'll stop here for a while and enjoy the oldest lighthouse on the Potomac -- and you can climb it!  The museum details the area's history and also includes an exhibit of the WWII U-1105 Black Panther German submarine, which lies just offshore.


Afterward,  we'll head up to Solomons where we will check in at the hotel and then enjoy happy hour and then dinner that night (venue TBD).  Dinners (ranging from crab cakes to rockfish to good ol' chicken) will range from $23 to $34 per person with two sides (salad $2 extra) and we'll have a cash bar.  For that event you will pay at the restaurant.

On Saturday June 8, we will have breakfast at the hotel and then take a ride out to the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum when it opens.  If the weather cooperates we may be able to have a photo event along the flightline.  The flightline consists of 22 one-of- a-kind aircraft and aircraft configurations unique to the Naval Test Center at NAS Patuxent River, as well as the historic display of the Cedar Point Lighthouse cupola that was once the mariners' guiding light at the junction of the Chesapeake Bay and Patuxent River.  The museum features exhibits including an extensive collection of flight test and naval artifacts ranges from ejection seats and weapons to unmanned aerial vehicles and full size aircraft.  And for $10, you can spend 30 minutes in a flight simulator!   

We have a group rate for museum tickets, so you will need to purchase them in advance as part of your registration.


After the PAX Naval Air Museum, we will stop for lunch and head back to the hotel.  We'll rest and around 3, take a walk down to the Calvert Marine Museum, which houses the Drum Point Lighthouse (you can take a tour of it as part of the Museum ticket price). But that's not all.  At 5 pm we will set sail on a supper cruise on the Wm B. Tennison!   Cost will be $50 per person and will be part of the registration, and will include appetizers on board and a light supper afterward at the museum.  You are welcome to bring your own adult beverages for consumption.  We are limited to 30 people for the cruise!


On Sunday morning June 9 we can sleep in a little bit, enjoy breakfast and then we will head north toward Running Hare Winery where we can enjoy a relaxed noontime activity.  Please drink responsibly and everyone is on their own for the ride home.

We have a reasonable overnight rate at the Holiday Inn Solomons Conference Center and Marina for two nights June 7-9 ($109 per night for either king or double, excluding 6% state tax and 5% county tax).  You will be responsible for your own hotel reservation.  Please contact (410) 326-6311 (can't book online).  Our group ID is M 5 E.    You must make your hotel reservation by May 17!!.
Where to: Southern Maryland
Dates: Fri June 7 -  Sun June 9
Costs: There will be a charge of $7 for PAX Naval Aviation Museum,  $7 for the Calvert Marine Museum, and $50 for the Saturday night supper cruise.  BYOB for the supper cruise.

Deadline:  For hotel reservations, deadline is May 17, 2018.

Your Host: Glenn Havinoviski

Join us for this early summer drive, as we enjoy a trip back into the 19th Century maritime era as well as an exploration of our region's fabulous naval air history.   Plus seafood on Friday and a supper cruise on Saturday.  Planes, boats, lighthouses, crabs, wine, and Porsches.  What's not to love?  You will remember this trip for a long time!

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