Unwind and Dine on Maryland’s Western Shore

St. Mary’s County, the Oyster Capital of the East Coast

If you’re looking for a destination that offers a slow, relaxing pace of waterfront living, history around every corner, and endless, forested greenspace inviting you to adventure and recreation, St. Mary’s, Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay will pique both your spirit and your tastebuds.

Taste the World at Pier450

Maryland Road Trips

Southern Maryland has fantastic food, from crab fritters to local oysters celebrated at the U.S. Oyster Festival, held every fall at the St. Mary’s County Fairground.  But it’s not where you’d think to go for something exotic, like Vietnamese, Armenian, or Ethiopian cuisine. Now you do, thanks to POV Restaurant’s international Chef’s Tastings dinner series.

When Your Newest Bucket List Destination is Really Rather Close to Home

Pier450, a restaurant and refurbished roadside-style motel on the point where the Chesapeake Bay and Potomac meet in Maryland, has been on my bucket list since before it opened a few years ago. What appeals? It seems so serene, located way the heck in the middle of nowhere in Southern Maryland (St. Mary’s County), perhaps one of the few parts of my small state I’d never managed to investigate when I was covering the regional travel beat, in the beginning of my career.

City Cast DC Podcast

Episode: Local Trips to Spice Up Your Love Life

“Funky charm” — award winning travel writer/blogger Tim Ebner gives The Quarters at Pier450 a great mention in the Valentine’s Day podcast on City Cast DC.

Hush Puppies & Crab Balls With Remoulade Sauce

from Master Chef Carlos Gomez-Starnes POV Restaurant at Pier450, Ridge, Md.

Since its opening in 2020, POV Restaurant at Pier450 has become the destination dining spot for St. Mary’s County, Md. Chef Carlos’ crab balls are one of the reasons why. His elevated take on a Southern Maryland staple makes the perfect savory bite for any season, so they stay on the menu year-round.

When you’re looking to change it up, keep an eye out for their “Chef’s Tastings” dinner series as well. Chef Carlos takes diners on a culinary journey with themed dinners reflecting different cuisines around the world. Held biweekly on Sunday nights, these special menus range from three to five courses.

How I Spent a Weekend in St. Mary’s County

Maryland Road Trips

After a full day, it was time for dinner. You could easily spend your entire trip to St. Mary’s County just eating and drinking. I nearly did! I dined at Pier 450 POV Restaurant, a former fishing camp in Ridge, that is now a wildly popular resort-bar-beach-gift shop-restaurant honoring the local waterman heritage. The hush puppies here are everything good and right in the world. The chic complex includes Pier450 – The Quarters Motel, stylishly curated accommodations that really add to the posh Miami vibe!

A Timeless Transformation

A 1940s fish camp is reborn at Pier 450

Everyone who grew up in St. Mary’s County knows about Scheible’s fish camp. Built in 1946, this family-run fish camp and restaurant was a favorite for charter captains around the Bay for 50-plus years. So when Oklahoma-born, D.C. transplant Peggy Binzel decided to turn it into something else, she knew she needed to tread carefully, respecting the past while birthing a new concept. The result is Pier450, a mid-century style motel and restaurant with a cheeky feel that nods to its roots while offering something completely different.

Wonder at the Waterfront: Pier450 

Former fishing camp has been transformed into upscale dining destination in southern St. Mary’s

“One of the most creatively appointed motel/restaurants you’ll likely ever encounter,” reads the website for Pier450 in Ridge, and the sentiment could not be truer. Fortunately, Southern Maryland residents don’t have to travel far to find this delightful pearl located at the southernmost tip of a beautiful rural countryside drive at the end of St. Mary’s County.

Mapped: Every Place to Eat and Drink on the Water (That We Know of) Around DC

Cracking crabs by a dock. Sipping a cocktail while watching boats glide by. Is there anything that screams languid summer day more than eating and drinking with a water view?


In this region, we’re fortunate to have all sorts of waterfront on which to site a restaurant or bar—rivers, lakes, and of course the mighty Chesapeake Bay. So we’ve looked for every possible place, both in the immediate Washington area and within a two-and-a-half-hour drive of DC…

This Just In

Pier450 in Southern Maryland Announces Addition of Offsite Catering Services


Arrival & Departure

Check in is at 3:00 p.m. and check out at 11:00 a.m. We guarantee your room will be ready by 3:00 on the day of your arrival. If you arrive early, you’re free to enjoy the property, including the restaurant (you'll find the restaurant/bar hours here), pier, beach and firepits. We will try to accommodate early check ins/late check outs within an hour of our stated times where possible — ask your guest services manager prior to your arrival/departure.


Reservations & Payments

We are a contactless motel — that is, there isn’t an onsite innkeeper to greet you or take payment information. To alleviate the need to repeatedly contact you for credit card information prior to your stay, 100% of your payment will be charged at the time you make your reservation. A confirmation letter will be sent when we receive payment. For other payment arrangements, please email or call us.


Advance reservations are required. There is no one onsite to accommodate walk-ins.



We are a very small motel and cancellations affect us significantly. As such, we need to adhere to a strict cancellation policy. Payments for single rooms are refundable if cancelled more than 10 days prior to your stay, minus a $25 processing fee. If your reservation is cancelled within 10 days of your arrival date, 50% of your fee will be forfeited.


Payments for groups booking more than three rooms are refundable if cancelled more than 30 days prior to your arrival date, minus a $50 processing fee. If your multi-room reservation is cancelled within 30 days of your arrival date, 50% of your fee will be forfeited.


Innkeeping Services

We don’t have a lobby with a front desk or an onsite concierge. That said, we do have lots of people whose jobs are to make sure you have fun and that your stay is as comfortable as possible. Your confirmation letter and subsequent communications will provide you with details for how to contact our guest services manager if you have questions or need assistance. We can also direct you to information about local attractions and resources.


In-Room & Onsite Food Preparation

A mini refrigerator with freezer and Keurig coffee maker are provided in each room. For safety and the comfort of other guests, other cooking appliances are not permitted in or outside of the motel, including grills. Several Keurig pods are provided each day of your stay.


Personal Belongings

To ensure everyone’s enjoyment of our small property and lovely views, we ask that you not leave personal belongings in front of the motel while you are in your room or away from the property, including, but not limited to, chairs, clothing, towels, beverage containers, etc. Trash cans are provided in your room and are placed throughout the property for your use.



We allow pets at The Quarters — with a few conditions:

  1. When at all possible, please take them with you when you’re out and about so they don’t disturb other guests pining for your return.
  2. A $25 cleaning fee per pet is payable when you make your reservation. For guests who forget to report pets prior to arrival, we'll simply charge the card on file.
  3. Dogs must be kept on a leash when outside on the property.
  4. Please pick up after your pet and properly dispose of waste.


Property Amenities 

Guests of The Quarters at Pier450 may enjoy use of our beach, pier, beach firepits and kayaks. Use of these amenities is solely at your own risk. You are responsible for your own safety.


  • Kayak Use
    PFDs/Lifejackets and oars are provided by Pier450 for use with the kayaks. All guests are responsible for wearing PFDs while using the boats. Guests acknowledge that kayaking on open water can be dangerous. It is your responsibility to determine your skill level and the sufficiency of any safety gear or other precautions necessary to minimize the risk of the activity. Guest expressly assumes the risk of personal injury and loss or damage to personal property when using the kayaks.


  • Property Damage & Theft
    Guests of the motel are responsible for their own personal property. Pier450 is not responsible for lost or stolen property.Guests will be charged for damage to the property during their stay beyond normal wear and tear, and for property stolen from the premises. This may also include charges for the cleaning of excessive stains. Cigarette smoking and vaping, as noted above, are forbidden and will result in a $250 cleaning fee.


  • (Mini) Resort Fee
    The mini resort fee of $10/night helps us maintain the grounds and gardens at Pier450 and the amenities we offer to our motel guests — round-the-clock access to the beach, use of the kayaks and firepits (there is no charge for motel guests), wifi and more.


Country Septic

It's a fact of life in the country: We are not on a municipal septic system. While we have installed a best-in-class system, these simply aren't designed for some things. Please flush only toilet paper — no wipes, towels, kleenex or sanitary products.


Fishing & Crabbing

Pier450 is a multifaceted resort with guests who enjoy the property in a variety of ways. To ensure the enjoyment of all, we have limited fishing or crabbing off the pier to guests of The Quarters ONLY, and only when the restaurant and/or outdoor bar are not open. "Leave no trace" — please make sure to clean up any remnants of your activities so they aren't unpleasant to other guests nor invite predators.

Off-hours fishing and crabbing are limited to our guests only and not to other friends or family. Outside visitors will be considered trespassers and will be asked to leave the property.



Our property guests are welcome to take personal photos during their stay. (In fact, we encourage you to share your positive experiences on social media — just don't forget to tag us! Facebook and Instagram.


Click here for information about staged or posed shoots.


Drugs & Firearms

We are a drug-free property. Anyone suspected of having, using or distributing illegal substances on the property will be asked to leave immediately. Firearms and weapons of any kind or not allowed on the property.



Room occupancy is limited to the number of beds available unless approved by management prior to your visit — that is, two people per double, queen or king-sized bed. Guests who do not adhere to this policy may be asked to leave. Booking fees will not be refunded.


Motel guests must be at least 25 years of age to book a room at The Quarters motel.



Happy Hour

3-5 pm, 9-11 pm

Tuesday - Sunday




Brunch available until 3:45pm
OPEN 'til 9pm
Light Fare + Comfort Food
OPEN 'til 9pm
WED4-9pmOPEN 'til 10pm
THURS4-9pmOPEN 'til 10pm
FRI3-9pmOPEN 'til 10pm
SAT11am-9pmOPEN 'til 11pm

Brunch available until 3:45pm
OPEN 'til 9pm
Light Fare + Comfort Food
OPEN 'til 9pm
WED4-9pmOPEN 'til 10pm
THURS4-9pmOPEN 'til 10pm
FRI3-9pmOPEN 'til 10pm
SAT11am-9pmOPEN 'til 11pm