I've lived in Maryland my entire life (with the exception of one year of college in Virginia), but I've yet to explore all of the wonders that we have here in my beautiful state. Because we have so much to offer here, I love being able to stay local(ish) for quick getaways. We were invited by Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay to escape for a weekend to Cambridge, MD.
Our room was a Standard Double Queen, but there are several room types (including suites) available. You can see our room here:
ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH THE WHOLE FAMILY
There is an Experience Guide available at concierge, the indoor pool, and several other areas throughout the resort. This is where you'll find the activities schedule, hours for restaurants, and hours for other amenities.
1. WATCH A MOVIE IN THE POOL
We arrived in Cambridge pretty late in the evening. Once we got settled into our room, we quickly changed into our swim suits and made our way to the indoor pool for movie night!
2. PLAY A ROUND (OR 4) OF MINI-GOLF
The kids are still a little too young to actually get through mini-golf.
What I love about the mini-golf at the resort is that there are only 9 holes, which is perfect for our little family!
3. EAT LUNCH POOLSIDE
We ate lunch two days poolside. One day outside and the other inside. You can order salads, sandwiches, chicken, adult beverages, smoothies, and more from Dock's Poolside.
I love that we were able to order food and have the kids keep playing in the pool, but could easily hop out when they were ready to eat. Also a perk that we were able to eat, while still watching them.
4. GO DOWN THE WATER SLIDE
Remember how I said we had some crazy warm weather for our October trip? Well, they ended up opening up the activities pool that was supposed to close the weekend prior to our visit.
Charlie spent hours going down the water slide. Owen enjoyed just sitting on the steps and cheering everyone on as they came down. I resisted for awhile (because the water was cold), but did eventually go down and was so glad I did. It was so much fun!
5. TAKE A STROLL ON THE SEASHELL PATH
It's not uncommon for resorts to have walking paths around the property, but what I thought was super cool is that the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay‘s path is a seashell path!
The boys wandered around for a bit while I was getting ready one morning. I snapped a pic of them from the balcony of our room when I heard them outside.
6. EAT BREAKFAST AT WATER'S EDGE GRILL
I'm a huge fan of breakfast. I know it would be cheaper to just grab some cereal and milk and eat in your room, but I really enjoy breakfast food. Water's Edge Grill has a fantastic buffet that includes fresh fruit, waffles, an omelet station, potatoes, cereal, yogurt, bacon, sausage, and so much more!
The buffet is free for kids 4 and under. They also have a great kids menu. I ordered from the menu both mornings, but that's just because I didn't want to go crazy and overdo it on the buffet.
7. GO ON A HAYRIDE
Technically, it was fall when we were at the resort, though the weather did not reflect that. We were actually able to take the first hayride of the season.
The kids always love a hayride! We went through the Blue Heron Rookery and around the property a bit.
8. PLAY A FEW GAMES
There's an arcade just up the steps from the indoor pool. But, there are free games like shuffleboard, air hockey, and ping pong also!
Just past the arcade, there's a room with couches and video games that are ready to play.
9. LOOK FOR WILDLIFE
During our hayride, we went through the Blue Heron Rookery. You can also walk through here.
This Wildlife Refuge is a great spot to catch a peek at Eastern Shore animals, like the Great Blue Heron and American Bald Eagle.
10. EAT DINNER AT BLUE POINT PROVISION COMPANY
Just a short walk on the seashell path along the beach is the Blue Point Provision Company. We had an absolutely delicious seafood dinner here. We were able to sit outside and enjoy the water views and watch as the sunset. It felt like a fancy seafood restaurant, but was totally kid-friendly as well.
Charlie loves fish, so he was able to order the same exact rockfish as Daddy, but in a perfect kid portion!
I'm not a huge fish person, but I do love me some shellfish. I definitely enjoyed the Surf and Turf, and those mashed potatoes and veggies were probably the best I've had. Owen opted for his favorite chicken.
11. CHECK OUT THE JELLYFISH
I don't think I'd ever seen jellyfish in the wild before our trip to Cambridge.
Although I'd not want to go swimming in this water (and there's actually signs saying not to), I do think they were super cool to look at! The kids enjoyed watching them float around from the dock.
12. ROAST MARSHMALLOWS AND MAKE S'MORES
Making s'mores is a great way to end an evening on vacation! The Grand Fireplace (located outside near the infinity pool) is lit nightly at 6pm.
You can pick up S'mores kits at Bay Country Market, complete with marshmallows, chocolate, graham crackers, and sticks. There are several tables and chairs around the patio area for relaxing.
I left out the most obvious activity we did as a family. We swam a lot. Between the various pools, we spent a large portion of our day and night in a pool. We didn't need to leave the resort because there are so many activities on the property to keep us busy. If you're staying longer and want to explore the area a bit, Cambridge, MD offers a lot of great things to do.
We really had a fantastic getaway! I said several times throughout our stay that it didn't feel like we were still in Maryland. The quality and feel of the resort was that of a tropical vacation. I cannot wait to return to Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay for more family adventures, right in our own backyard!