Cover photo: Mary Carter

The National Ocean Service describes the Great Loop as “a continuous waterway that recreational mariners can travel that includes part of the Atlantic, Gulf Intracoastal Waterways, the Great Lakes, Canadian Heritage Canals, and the inland rivers of America’s heartland. Anyone who completes the journey is then named an official ‘Looper.'”

In a recent article, Best of the Great Loop: Backwater Gems, PassageMaker magazine listed nine “off the beaten path” gems, “best-kept-secrets to your itinerary for the ultimate Great Loop adventure.” Guess who was included on that list? Yup! Colonial Beach!

The article mentioned The Boathouse Marina and included stunning photos of our Town from local photographer and resident Mary Carter.

Marina in Colonial Beach

Photo: Mary Carter

An excerpt:

This is the perfect home base for exploring Washington, D.C. About halfway up the Potomac River, you are a stone’s throw from the nation’s capital while still being in a quaint colonial waterfront town. Colonial Beach offers sandy beaches, historical sites (birthplaces of both George Washington and James Monroe), colonial architecture, great food and natural beauty. Loopers Schucker and Wilson suggest staying at The Boathouse Marina—and if you do, make sure to ask to see the historic car collection.

Read more about the beauty of the Great Loop in PassageMakers article here.  While you’re there, look at the gallery; Mary’s photos of Colonial Beach are #36-40!