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We decided that we needed a short break and since it was our wedding anniversary, we decided to go away for a few days. While I had sent a few clients to this property, I had never been there so considering it was only a car ride away, we figured we should check it out.
We drove down – less than 4 hours from the New York metro area and were amazed by this gorgeous resort. Completely surrounded by a golf course and the Choptank River, you would never believe that you were in Maryland. It is truly a resort made for relaxation.
With an activity pool that was great for families, complete with a water slide, we preferred the quiet of the infinity pool. For the cooler months, there’s a great indoor pool that turned into a movie theater for families every evening while we were there.
The Breakwater Pavilion was a great place to sit in the morning with a cup of coffee or a fun place to go crabbing with the resort staff. It was pretty humorous that we were the only ones without kids crabbing that day but we happened upon the Breakwater Pavilion and sat out a brief rainstorm. Some of the resort’s activity staff showed up and we decided to try our luck at crabbing. Of course, the kids did a lot better than we did!
There was a full day worth of activities listed on the schedule of events which we received upon check in, many of which were really big hits with the families. We were a bit surprised how many families were at the property but since it was the week before school started in the NY region, this was a great week to get away.
While this is definitely a family resort in the summer months, adults can certainly enjoy it as well. Mitchner’s Library is a great spot to enjoy some cocktails and a light bite. On weekends, there is music in the evenings. Of course this resort is great for golfers but there is also tennis, mini golf, basketball and frisbee golf (still haven’t figured out what that is). The spa is a definite hit and it’s been recently renovated. At the small beach area, there is a full water sport rental shop where you can rent kayaks, jet skis, book a sunset cruise or a cruise up the river. Every morning, a guided resort walk was offered but it was just too early for us, so we took our own walk. You can do a mile loop (including the rookery) or an almost 3 mile walk of the resort grounds including the long driveway in along the golf course.
With 4 restaurants plus pool food service and a gift shop that had ready made sandwiches, salads, coffees and snacks (including $1 per scoop ice cream between 2 and 3pm), you don’t really need to leave the resort for meals but we decided to eat out 2 of our 3 nights at the resort. We ventured into St Michaels and had Maryland Blue Crabs at the Crab Claw restaurant and went into Cambridge for a meal at Jimmies and Sooks.
At night, you can sit in front of the fire pit and make some S’mores over the fire.
For those who just want to sit and relax by the pools, the Hyatt is a great resort. For those who want to get out and explore just a bit, you can check out the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge- by car, hiking trails, bike or kayak; visit some wineries for free wine tastings and a vineyard tour; rent some bikes and ride though the resort grounds or along the country roads; do some fishing; tour some light houses; follow the self guided driving tour along the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad or do some antique shopping in St Michaels or Cambridge.
While at the resort, being the ever working travel professional, of course, we did a resort inspection and checked out a variety of room categories and spoke to the sales manager about the resort offerings and amenities. There are some great packages offered throughout the year, including spa packages, romance packages and golf packages. You don’t have to kennel your dog since dogs are accepted (limited rooms and for a non refundable fee). For those who want a bit extra, the Regency Club offers special amenities and services including breakfast, mid day snacks, light bites and hors d’oevres and desserts. Happy hour offers $4 cocktails and $3 beer in the Regency Club Lounge. There is an extra charge for the Regency Club access but for My Vacation Lady feels that for those wanting a bit more of an upscale vacation, the Regency Club is worth the fee.
Who would I recommend the Hyatt Chesapeake to:
- spa enthusiasts
- wine lovers
- girls getaway
- business meetings
- family reunions
- a mini- honeymoon