Smith Creek and Green Creek merge in front of Marilyn Arnone’s home to flow past Oriental — North Carolina’s self-proclaimed “Sailing Capital” — into the Neuse River and Pamlico Sound. “While looking for a retirement home, we fell in love with this beautiful view across the water,” says Arnone.
A coasting schooner glides on a changing tide past a set of fish weirs perched on seaweed-draped rocks. It’s morning in Maine in Don Demers’ oil-on-canvas work First Light of Day.
There are two deeply evocative moments aboard the classic William Hand-designed motorsailer Guildive. One involves squatting down on the cabin sole to get an up-close-and-personal look at the original teak planks, redolent of sea salt, buffed by time — every scratch, pock and depression reflecting the wake of the ship’s nearly 80 years on the sea.
Their location on protected Cockey Creek in Pasadena, Maryland, inspired Matt and Jenny Knoepfle to rebuild their 1940 house, melding historic charm and contemporary style. Eight years later, they want to move closer to family.
Chesapeake Bay has been Nancy Hammond’s font of inspiration for 40 years. Though born and raised in upstate New York, the 74-year-old artist has spent much of her adult life along the Bay’s shores and cruising its waters on her sloop, Northern Spy.
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