First opened by Otto Mears in 1900, the original Chesapeake Beach Resort featured a boardwalk lined with concession stands, a roller coaster, a band shell, dancing and other forms of entertainment. It was also home to the Belvedere Hotel, which was on the property for two decades until it was destroyed by fire; the full resort facilities were damaged by hurricane in 1933. In 1946, the amusement park was refurbished, and in 1948 slot machines were added.
In 2004, Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa was born, recapturing the original intent of the founders of this small town: to provide a bayside resort near Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Annapolis and the surrounding area. Today, Rod ‘N’ Reel Resort proudly continues this tradition, offering a relaxed destination where guests can get away – without going away.
For years, the Donovan family has been committed to being part of the Chesapeake Beach community, which is why we’re thrilled to bring you a newly renovated Rod ‘N’ Reel Resort with more rooms, re-imagined dining, a beautifully transformed ballroom and more.
Our expansion is designed to fit into and reflect the warmth, character and history of Chesapeake Beach. And the community will only grow from here – our new Rod ‘N’ Reel Residences will allow you to reside on the marina and enjoy all the resort has to offer.