GETTING THERE: Cambridge, Md., is about 75 miles east of the Beltway. Take Route 50 east and cross the Bay Bridge. Stay with Route 50 at the 50-301 split. Continue past Easton and the signs for St. Michaels. After crossing the bridge spanning the Choptank River (a k a the Sen. Frederick C. Malkus Jr. Bridge), look for the Wal-Mart on your right. Take a left into the resort at Church Creek Road. Assuming no traffic delays, allot an hour and a half for the drive, more if you want to stop at the antiques stores and seafood places along the way.

STAYING THERE: The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina has 400 rooms, including 16 Regency Suites. Under various package and discount plans, rates range from $150 per night (in a fourth-night-free package) to $355 per night (standard rates). We paid $244 midweek in June. The Chesapeake Bay Experience package, which includes different amenities depending on the season, is $195 a night during the week and $230 a night on weekends. Info: 410-901-1234,

BEING THERE: If you go for the golf, be sure to call the pro shop (reachable via the main hotel number) before you book to see if any tournaments or group outings may affect your plans. Rates range from $65 to $130 per round, less on weekdays and twilight times. About 15 miles back on Route 50 is Hog Neck (800-280-1790,, a regionally acclaimed 18-holer. A round is about half of what Hyatt's River Marsh charges.

The resort's 18,000-square-foot spa offers the usual pampering, but reservations are essential and weekend slots often sell out. On-campus outfitter Orvis (410-827-7065) can arrange fishing and hunting trips, along with bay charter fishing expeditions and skeet shooting at a nearby range. The hotel can arrange oystering and crabbing trips with local watermen. The watersports area on the beach rents kayaks, sailboats, paddle boats, skiffs and rafts. Prices range from $15 an hour for the paddle boats to $50 an hour for a catamaran.

EATING THERE: The resort's signature restaurant, the Blue Point Provision Company at the marina, is open Wednesday through Sunday. With entrees from $9 to $15, it specializes in such local seafood as crabs, oysters and rockfish. (The daily catch comes from Clayton's, a longtime family crab-picking company in Cambridge.) Blue Point is casual, takes no reservations and offers great water views. The resort also features the more haute (and pricier, entrees from $20 to $32) Water's Edge, a white-tablecloth restaurant that adds to the local catch Eastern Shore chicken and duck and game when in season. You can also eat more casually poolside, at Michener's Library or at the Eagle's Nest golf course restaurant.

INFORMATION: Dorchester County Tourism, 800-522-8687,