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Scenic Drive to North Beach, MD: The Beach within Reach!

On Saturday, July 21st, the Straight Eights will caravan from Upper Marlboro, Maryland to historic and scenic North Beach, Maryland, dubbed "The Beach within Reach" of the greater Washington, DC Metro area. 


We will meet at the Home Depot parking lot (between the Home Depot and Wendy’s) on Route 301/Crain Highway just north of the intersection with Route 4.  For those mapping the location, the address of the Home Depot is 15410 Chrysler Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD. 20772.

North Beach and neighboring Chesapeake Beach are located in the northern tip of Calvert County, about 30 miles from Washington, DC.  The communities were developed in the very early 1900s as beach resorts, aided by the opening of rail service to Chesapeake Beach in 1900.  While North Beach housed primarily vacation cottages and locals in the fishing industry, Chesapeake Beach developed with a hotel, casinos, racetrack, dance pavilion and a roller coaster.  However, business declined during the 1930s depression, and further declines followed the opening of the Bay Bridge in 1955 (which opened the Maryland eastern shore and Delmarva beaches to vacationers driving from the metro areas).  Legalized gambling in southern Maryland continued to draw some visitors until it was outlawed in the mid-1960s.  Limited gambling has again been permitted at the Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa since the early 2000s.  The former Chesapeake Beach rail station now houses the Chesapeake Bay Rail Museum, but we will not visit the museum as a group due to what is generally a tight and full parking lot limited to patrons of the Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa.

Our drive from our meeting point in Upper Marlboro to North Beach will follow a route that is about 25 pretty miles on a combination of road types and should take about 45 minutes.  North Beach has a public parking lot and street parking, but do keep in mind that this is a summer weekend, so there will be many other people enjoying the nice waterfront town. 

We will informally explore the town and restaurants, so you will be left to your own devices. Be sure to mingle with others, and form your own walking groups (be brave and non-clique-ish!!). 
Be sure to check out the town and the boardwalk. You can even go to the beach itself where you can stroll in the sand or get your feet (and more) wet in the Bay, however, there is a not-so-modest fee to enter the very-modest beach



The direct route back from North Beach to the starting point at the intersections of MD 4 and MD 301 is about 15 miles and 25 minutes from the beach.


When/Where:  July 21, 11AM.  Meet at the Home Depot parking lot between the Home Depot and the Wendy’s.  Our group will depart no later than 11:15AM.

RSVP:  Provide names, email address and PHONE NUMBERS of participants to by July 19, so that we know who to expect, and who to notify in the event of a rain cancelation or postponement.

Rain date:  In the unlikely event of a rain cancellation or postponement, we will notify all members who RSVP’d via the RSVP emails by 8AM on July 21.  This is why it is imperative we get the appropriate phone number!