For a wine & beer tour of southern Calvert County tastings, there are three wineries and a brew-pub that may make for a nice day trip. From north to south they are (clicking on the links below will take you to their complete listing in our Food & Drink Business Directory):
- Perigeaux Vineyards and Winery
- Cove Point Winery
- Ruddy Duck Brewery & Grill
- Solomons Island Winery
If you’re going to do them all in a single day, though, I’d recommend doing the wineries first, and then finish at Ruddy Duck, where you can taste their beers, and also finish your day with a meal.
The driving times listed here for your southern Calvert County tastings tour are typical. If traffic or the weather is bad, then of course your travel time may be longer.
- From Perigeaux Vineyards and Winery to Cove Point Winery’s tasting room, it may take you about 15 minutes to drive the 9.8 miles
- Then, from Cove Point Winery to the Solomons Island Winery tasting room, the drive will be about 12 minutes to make the 6.1 miles
- Heading back north to Ruddy Duck Brewery & Grill, the distance is just 2.3 miles and should take less than 10 minutes
As you can see from those times and mileages, this is very doable in a day.
Our Southern Calvert County tastings
We have visited all these spots, so here’s a listing of our stories for more in-depth information:
- A stop at Perigeaux Vineyards & Winery
- Cove Point Winery tasting
- Ruddy Duck Brewery & Grill dinner — a review
- The new Solomons Island Winery tasting room
Other things to see and do
If you’ve not spent time in this part of Maryland, it truly deserves more time than just a day trip. Of course with the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay on either side of the peninsula, boating, fishing, and swimming opportunities abound. There are lots of fun and interesting things to do ashore as well:
Just a couple of miles south of Perigeaux Vineyards & Winery, this Maryland state park is free to visit from 7:30 AM until dusk. It is home to the State Museum of Archaeology and Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory. They actively seek volunteers to help with archaeology work in the summers. The property includes more than 65 archaeological sites documenting thousands of years of human habitation.
This is one of the most popular parks in the whole state. So popular that it fills-up on summer weekends and closes its gates until some folks leave. It is pretty much just across the road from Cove Point Winery. It offers fishing, picnicking, and swimming. One of its more unusual and popular attractions is that you can collect 10 – 20 million-year-old fossils on the beach. Specimens recovered include: sharks, whales, shell-fish, turtles, and porpoises.
This spot is southeast of the Ruddy Duck and north-northeast of the Solomons Winery, so convenient to both places. Their sculpture garden has a .25 mile wooded path featuring loaned and permanent sculptures. There are more than 30 pieces on loan from the National Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian Institution. They also have a butterfly garden and gift shop. Art classes are offered, and they often hold a Makers Market, with arts & crafts and food & drink.
Most of the spots to stay nearby are in the Solomons Island area. Another close-by option are a number of spots across the Patuxent River in St. Mary’s County, where you can find lodging (and dining) in Lexington Park and Leonardtown.
Bed & Breakfasts
Our Food & Drink Business Directory lists three B&Bs on Solomons Island:
Come for the wine and beer. Enjoy the lovely waterways. And if you’ve got some extra time, visit the museum and parks to learn more about this lovely part of of the world. You won’t regret it! ♦