This past weekend our family volunteered for a charity poker pun to benefit a friend’s child who was born with Treachers Collins Syndrome. The money will be used to assist with the countless surgeries that are required. Since we do not own a motorcycle, our family held down the second location in Newburg, Maryland. However, due to the inclement weather mostly everyone drove four wheels anyway. Our stop was hosted by a restaurant called Gilligan’s Pier at Popes Creek. It’s located a few miles down a secluded road off route 301. It sure didn’t seem like a restaurant would be back there but we were quite surprised when we arrived.
First we set up our station. If you have never heard of a poker run before, it is a paid bike ride where you go to 5 different locations. At each location you draw a playing card. Each card is stamped for validation (no cheating). And at the end, the best hand (and worst hand lol) wins a major prize. In our event, I believe it was an Autographed “RG3” Washington Redskins Jersey. We also offered raffle tickets at our stop to raise further funds.
I will say this restaurant isn’t fancy inside at all. It’s actually kind of gloomy and drab…you know, “Bar-y”. But when you step outside, you’re suddenly at a tropical beach bar somewhere. I bet that is why they have been around for 25 years…
There is a ton of outdoor space at Gilligan’s Pier. Patrons can enjoy live music, volleyball, specialty drinks, and seafood. All as the sun sets gorgeously on Potomac. Check out some of their pictures on Instagram.
Those are picnic tables IN the water. I haven’t sat in the water since our honeymoon in Aruba. No this isn’t ocean water. Remember you’re ON the Potomac… so you have to take pride in the swamp water here instead. LOL
We came during lunch so it was quiet. But during the evenings, I imagine it to be similar to night life at Washington Harbor in Georgetown, DC. You can bring your boat to dock and party till 2am. I don’t own a boat but that sounds good to me.
Of course my spoiled son would say he was hungry. We can’t go into a restaurant and not eat right? Noah had his usual Mac n’ Cheese with apple sauce. I am so glad he is finally comfortable blowing his own hot food. I remember the days he would throw a fit for me to do it for him.
Gilligan’s Pier is known for their Blue Crabs but we didn’t come to get down and dirty. So my husband and I shared an oyster sandwich & fries with Old Bay seasoning. Gilligan’s did not disappoint. They get major points for the portion – especially for the price! My server dropped one oyster on the floor by accident. It was painful to see but she made up for it by returning with 4 more! #Winning
I live for seafood and sunsets. I wouldn’t mind giving this place a try again (alone with my husband). Those are called date nights right? 😛 But just in case that never happens, our friend told us that people bring their kids before 9pm for dinner and sand play. I guess you can add “Family friendly” to the list of features here.
But back to the charity run. We all gathered at a local VFW Post for food, raffle, and a silent auction. If you would like to help Zachary’s battle with TCS, feel free to donate through his Go Fund Me page HERE.
Special thanks to Gilligan’s Pier for letting us use their space!