Havre de Grace, Maryland

When General Lafayette visited the small hamlet where the mouth of the Susquehanna River meets the Chesapeake Bay, it reminded him of the French harbor Havre de Grace meaning “Harbor of Grace.” The historic Maryland town still bears the name and is indeed a graceful town with a boardwalk promenade and a waterfront park with stunning views. A nearby state park, golf course, museums, sailing and more make it the perfect getaway destination.

Havre de Grace Accommodations

Accommodations range from budget hotels to late 1800s Victorian mansions transformed into elegant bed & breakfast inns. The Super 8 located within walking distance of downtown attractions is very affordable with appealing amenities such as free wifi and Continental breakfast. You’ll find mid-priced hotels six miles away in Aberdeen with extended amenities like onsite restaurants and fitness rooms.

Dining and Shopping in Havre de Grace

Seafood is big at local restaurants whether dining at a quaint indoor establishment or at a dock or seafood shack with a waterfront view. Fried oysters, crab cakes, and steamed shrimp are popular menu items. If you’re here around the first Saturday in August, join in on the Fish, Fow, and Folk Festival featuring Maryland regional food, a local artisans market, and live music.

Before or after dining downtown, browse the galleries, antique shops, and book stores. You’ll find unique gift ideas, vintage housewares, handcrafted jewelry, organic clothing and more. The museum gift shops also offer a great shopping experience. Purchase postcards and perhaps a souvenir Christmas ornament or t-shirt.

Things to See and Do

Strolling along the waterfront promenade is the first must-do in Havre de Grace. The boardwalk is adjacent to Tydings Park, an eight-acre green space with a playground, picnic area, and pavilion. Susquehanna State Park on the banks of the river outside of town has plenty of outdoor recreation along with a few historic buildings to tour. The Concord Point Light guarding the harbor since 1827 is another must-see. Climb to the top for a breathtaking view of the Chesapeake Bay. Several museums that chronicle the area’s maritime history are available for touring.

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Havre de Grace
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Havre de Grace
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Havre de Grace, Md., is seen on March 22, 2011. (Photo by Alicia Pimental/Chesapeake Bay Program)
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Susquehanna State Park
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