Unique Stays Around the Bay

From a historic Georgian-era farm to a tiny house made from a steamboat, here are seven sweet stays for a unique Baycation.

Movie Star Yacht

Seafood, Kent Island, Md. 

Photos: Susan Moynihan

Here at Chesapeake Bay Magazine, we’re partial to boats, so any overnight involving one is going to be good to us. But this boat stay is designed for people who love movies—specifically, the Bill Murray classic Caddyshack. The 60-foot Striker was built in 1979, and its first outing was a cameo in the film. (You know the scene, where Rodney Dangerfield destroys Ted Knight’s sailboat, coining the phrase, “You scratched my anchor.”) Seafood was eventually sold and made its way to Maryland, where charter captain Rick Schott bought it in 2017. The owner of Chesapeake Bay Sport Fishing, Captain Rick runs fishing charters on his fleet of five boats, but this yacht stays tied to the end of a dock at Queen Anne Marina. 

Like most things from the 1970s, the boat is dated, so if you’re thinking Kanye-style megayacht, think again. But the charm comes in its age. In the wood-paneled salon, you’ll find a cozy sofa and a TV, plus a retro Atari gaming set. With three staterooms (a master, a double, and two twins) and three bathrooms, it accommodates six people comfortably. The kitchenette has a small fridge and a microwave for heating up snacks, but there’s no actual cooking allowed; bring takeout with you or dine out at one of Kent Island’s many waterfront restaurants. Most people who book are big fans of the movie, says Schott, and he plays to the crowd with autographed photos of the film’s stars, a book of press clippings, and a Caddyshack DVD
on hand. 

I say skip the movie and head up top to the flybridge. The wrap-around sofa has ample seating, ideal for sipping cocktails and taking in the views of serene Prince Creek and Blue Heron Nature Preserve, a 300-acre protected area that’s home to namesake herons, eagles, and osprey. The boat may be old, but the twin Detroit Diesels work, so you can arrange for Schott to take her for a sunset spin for an additional fee. h

Chesapeakebaysportfishing.com. Overnights available for $400/night via Airbnb.