Voted “Best of the Bay” year after year by Chesapeake Bay magazine readers, Safe Harbor Zahnisers is renowned for its pristine yacht club atmosphere and warm service from the passionate and tenured staff. The award-winning marine service yard combines with the charming waterfront setting allowing boaters to recharge among the many pristine outdoor spaces, resort amenities, and at the celebrated Dry Dock restaurant.
We stopped by in early January and dock hands helped us get tied up and connected for an overnight stay. A well kept full service marina.
I broke down and was towed into Safe Harbor Zahnisers. I needed major engine (and generator) repairs which they took care of expertly and reasonably. Billy Osborne (mechanic extraordinaire) did an amazing job to get me going again. Phillipe (service manager/team leader) was great to work with.
Very nice stay. Helpful staff and great restrooms and showers at a reasonable price
Outstanding! Awesome professional help docking, clean and well kept docks and facilities. Convenient location.
Excellent staff. Spotless bathrooms.
Everything as expected.
Dock Master and staff very friendly & accommodating to our needs.
Beautiful place. Not many shops in town but highly recommend Island Hideaway Restaurant (marina restaurant closed)
Great as always. People and service.
To whom it may concern, my relationship started with Skip Zanheiser, back in 1978, when we opened a sail service loft in his marina, Leonard Sails. That service loft still exists, as Quantum Sails. For the majority of that time, I have had a relationship with Jim Sharkey. Jim, older brother Bob, and his family, have been friends in Annapolis, for many, many, years. This past weekend, I was a guest at your marina, and was shocked to hear, that Jim had lost his job, as a result, of the purchase of the marina. Jim has managed Zanheisers Marina for over 40 years, and has an intimate relationship, with every one of its slip holders. This move to replace him, makes me very sad, for the entire facility, and is one you will come to regret. I hope you will reconsider, what you have done to Jim, and his family. He has dedicated himself to the success of Zanheiser’s Marina, and is entitled to be reinstated, and to your apology. Sincerely, Larry Leonard, Mobile 443 852 2053, Email [email protected]
Clean marina. Nice facilities and helpful staff.
Very nice marina!, nice pool and cabana. Dry Dock Restuarant is very good Terry is the best👍👍👍
Friendly,professional staff. Nice protected docks. Easy in and out.
We were first time users of the Service Department this season and we were thoroughly impressed. It was clear everyone cared about us and our boat. All of the work was professionally done and the pricing, although not "cheap", was very fair given the quality of the labor and materials used. We would not hesitate to use them again or to recommend them to others. Thanks Zahnizers and big thanks to Dockmaster Mary for the recommendation!
Always a great place to stay. Friendly, knowledgeable staff, great facilities, super pool. Full service yard if needed. This is our go-to spot in Solomons when sailing up or down the bay. You really can't beat the facilities and being close to all that the town offers is a bonus.
Great service. Mary was quick with assistance when we docked! Love Z’s!
Always a good place to stay. Mary is a great addition though we miss her in Beaufort, SC! Pool is very busy & not socially distanced on w/e’s. Pump out is intermittently out of order (though usually fixed the same day) so plan carefully. On site restaurant & pool bar are closed due to COVID-19 but easy walk or dinghy ride/bicycle to restaurants on island. No gasoline of any type on site for dinghy. The closest Marina for non ethanol gas is Clarke’s point marina past Point Patience but en route to Cuckold Creek/ Mill Creek anchorages
Great facility, dockmaster, Mary, excellent. Negative was too many people in pool and nobody wore masks in the pool area when they weren't in pool.
Friendly helpful staff. Beautiful marina in a wonderful town. We will go back!
Outstanding in every way. Easy walk to restaurants.
What a fantastic stay! It was my first time to Solomons and SHZ. From the minute I made reservations on Dockwa and a couple of phone calls to the marina, the line of communications was excellent! The staff at Zahnisers was great in getting our 3 boats together for the weekend. From the minute I entered the channel and started my communications, the dock master was extremely helpful and polite. She guided me in like a pro. She and here crew got all of us in our slips and made us feel right at home. A beautiful, picturesque setting on the water. I mean, WOW! The facility is clean and inviting. A very nice pool to get refreshed. Very clean bath houses, from semiprivate to private. Even though there were some restrictions with COVID_19, I don't think we could have found a better marina. A Big Thank You to the staff at Safe Harbor Zahnisers for helping us make it a fabulous weekend!! - SV Saba Bound
Staff was excellent. Disappointed that the restaurant was closed but with Covid there wasn’t any option.
First time stay and it was great. Easy t-head tie up and good advice on shoal mid channel on entry. Food was great and some live music. This is a busy place with locals coming and going to take advantage of the restaurant and bar. We will stop by here again.
Transient stopover en route from Annapolis to Rappahannock River. Easy to get to from the Patuxent. Very clean showers. Swam in the pool - it was lovely and pristine. Walked into town. Need a car for groceries though. On site restaurant closed due to COVID. Super assistance in docking too.
Hard to get too excited about marinas these days. SHZ does a good job but the pandemic seems to color everything - shorter hours, fewer staff, closed bars, restaurants, etc. Nice place but hard to be enthusiastic....
We had a transient slip for two nights for a 41 ft catamaran at Zahnisers in mid August. Truly excellent experience starting with reservation consultation, help with docking and excellent, clean facilities overall. Bikes available for a quick spin through the Island were great Highly recommend this marina. -Skipper
Great marina with friendly service. Good helpful dock hands. Restaurant on site and several within walking distance. Shuttle available to grocery. On suggestion for improvement: The pool is very nice but has little shared area for lounges is you don't want full sun exposure. There are some umbrellas, but they don't create much shade. Please give guests the option of more shade while lounging around pool! === Stopped back a week later. Our compliments to Mary the dockmaster for handling our last minute reservation and arrival very well - even though she was shorthanded.
What a joy it was to take my 1989 Pearson out on the water this weekend after Safe Harbor Zahnisers worked through my small list of overdue maintenance and repair work. Everything they do they do well with attentive service and skilled craftsmanship.
Beautiful marina This was our second visit and enjoyed both. We will come again.
Always a great stop. Amazing staff beautiful grounds safe and close to shopping. Well protected harbor.
Great facility. Helpful staff. Nice pool. Short bike ride to food store. [
Needed a slip to prepare for a hurricane. Zahniser’s was able to accommodate and was able to stay several days. Nice marina, bathrooms were very neat and clean. Laundry room had two each for washers and dryers. Staff were terrific.
Excellent assistance getting docked. Wooden,fixed docks are small but similar to others in Solomons. Had Called ahead with urgent request for help with my Cruiseair Aircon (Zanhiser was identified as a servicing dealer) . Phillipe sent Tech to my boat shortly after docking and parts were ordered that day. Repairs turned out to be difficult but Zanhisers stayed with the job until it got done correctly. Can't say enough about their excellent service support.
Always appreciate good customer service. Had a great dockhand greet us at SHZ, even wearing a face mask, which we appreciated. During 19 day cruise in July (meaning lots of overnights in marinas for power/AC), this had by far the best pool. Only knock on SHZ is price. How about giving transients a break on quick overnights in the middle of the week? $100 for a 39 ft trawler on a Tuesday seems high. But I’m a cheapskate.
Great visit Helpful dock staff Hugh
Very attentive staff. Excellent marina.
Zahnisers is a great marina. Great facility, great professional people.
Despite all the limitations of Covid19 procedures, we enjoyed the marina. Super helpful and accommodating marina staff.
This is a clean, accessible, with good facilities. The staff are friendly, informative, organized, and knowledgeable. I look forward to visiting again.
We had great service from Philippe and his crew, nice people trying their very best to help to the extent of the capacity.
Always enjoy staying at Zahnisers. Staff is professional, very helpful and knowledgeable. The pool was very nice and inviting with the terrifically hot weather during our stay. Unfortunately Dry Dock was closed. We always enjoy dining there during our stay. We’ll be back.
Great experience. Dock master and assistant were knowledgeable and efficient in getting us tied up. The dockmaster Mary was very welcoming and all paperwork was completed before arrival. I would highly recommend this stop in Solomons
My husband and I arrived prior to the Fourth of July for a three night stay. We were terribly disappointed that the Dry Dock restaurant was closed. We were also unhappy with the management after our dinghy engine was stolen from behind our boat. The management never approach us in regards to this misfortune they even insinuated that we dropped it in the water, when the DNR police confronted them. Poor customer service and no empathy. We will not be back. We miss the small family owned business and not this insensitive corporate marina.
Attentive, professional staff. Great facilities.
The staff is very helpful and this is a great Marina. We stopped here because we really enjoyed the pool and grill last year but Covid made this a different visit 🙃
Stay was excellent. Very well run facility and Mary was a great help each step of the way. Staff was pleasant and facilities were immaculate. We will go back here!
Great place. Friendly staff. Nice pool. Bikes to go into town. Great place for exploring in your dinghy. Awesome two night stay.
Had engine issue and they were very rapid in response and diagnostics
Top-shelf marina. Well done!
Great staff and facilities
I would like to thank Jim Sharky , for taking the time to stop by the boat on his day off, had great Dinner at the Dry Dock and we where off the next morning, Thank You for a Great Stay, Gary
Love Zahnisers. It was our home marina for 20 years.😎
good place but much of it is not available because of covid.
Always a relaxing time when we come here. Great staff! We will definitely come back, especially when the Dry Dock restaurant reopens.
We stopped at Safe Harbor Zahnhisers on our way from South Carolina to Rhode Island and had a wonderful stay. The staff was very welcoming and the facilities are beautiful. We hope to be back on our next trip south! Thank you to Jim Sharkey and his excellent team.
Excellent facility and a nice walk to town.
Dock hand, Mary, was very helpful and got us in very efficiently. Nice view. Restrooms were excellent. Don’t count on them having full service boatyard unless you have made an appointment ahead of time. We broke down and they could not fit us in their schedule.
Great service, nice location
We came in just before sunset. Our slip was clearly marked Reserved with our boat name and an info packet was attached to the reserved sign. Bathroom/shower facilities were very clean and well appointed. We will be back!
Very courteous and friendly staff and very nice and clean facility. Meal at dry dock was excellent as well.
Well organized stay by dockmaster, slip ready when we arrived, Dry Dock restaurant was awesome!
As other reviewers noted, the tranquil location is visually appealing and the services are very convenient. We arrived late in the season (mid-November) but the dockside water was still on, the Shuttle service still available, and the Dry Dock Restaurant was still open. Dockmaster Terri organized our arrival (via Dockwa) and cheerfully greeted us at the dock; under Philippe's proactive management, we were able to get an electric part for our shore cord reel efficiently replaced by Glen, and tireless trouble-shooting on our Furuno system by Chuck. We were last here 6 years ago, but with the recent acquisition by Safe Harbor, I hope the old/fixed docks and restrooms will be refreshed.
Great little town. Excellent marina facilities.
Well organized, everything you could want, great staff
We had a wonderful visit at Zahnisers (even during the start of off season). Service work was performed by talented staff-- we started calling Chuck the "Professor" because of his amazing knowledge and insight of the electronic systems on our boat. Dry Dock Restaurant serves up wonderful and creative dishes. And Dockmaster Terry was friendly and helpful. The marina was reasonable walking distances to other restaurants and view of the rivers.
Great dock help and easy access as usual. Very disappointed however that the restaurant was booked with a private party when the dock hand told us otherwise. Would have gone out earlier if we knew.
Excellent all around. Terry & staff are friendly & very accommodating. Love docking at Zahnisers!
Facilities were top notch. Staff very helpful. Drinks at the marina bar restaurant were expertly poured by the friendly bartender.
Great Place nice and clean and well run
Always responsive and welcoming on the VHF. Dock hands are consistently knowledgeable and efficient. And the restaurant, Dry Dock is excellent.
We had a wonderful stay. Very nice facility. Great location to get to the museum. Pool was great and it was nice that there was a bar and food available without having to leave the pool area. Also appreciated the use of the van to run to grab a few groceries.
clean restrooms, nice pool
The best place we've stayed. Communication was great prior to and during arrival, amenties are top shelf. Courtesy shuttle to supermarket was very convenient. Management and staff are very friendly. Don't forget the Dry Dock Restaurant with the beautiful view overlooking the marina and St John's Creek
Excellent facility, full service. Polite staff always willing to help. Decent rates for dockage. This facility is very protected from the elements.
Beautiful setting, extremely helpful and friendly staff. On-site restaurant is excellent.
Spent 4 nights at Zahnisers the week after 4th of July. Great stay. The dock master is awesome, accommodating and really knows what she is doing. The maintenance folks are first class. They were able to fix a problem with my anchor and the all important galley refrigerator. With all the amenities they provide, I would highly recommend it for at least a weekend but certainly longer. Steve
A pretty marina and the restaurant is good, but the services they provide for slip holders is pathetic. As a slip holder I contacted them several times (via email, phone and in-person) for a quote have a new electric panel installed and to have my engine checked out. They never bothered to respond to any of my requests, perhaps because i don't have a half a million dollar boat as those seem to be the slip holders who are treated well. Other marinas on Solomons Island did respond to my service requests and help me fix my issue even though i did not hold a slip with them.
Excellent service nice people good facilities excellent location
Wonderful and accommodating staff. Great food at Dry Dock restaurant.
Beautiful marina with wonderful staff.
Very friendly awesome ammenities. Very well organize
First class. Excellent dock hands.
Great all around visit. Impressed by and grateful to Terry (Dock Master), Mickey (Marina office), Philip (Service) and Beth (Pool Bar). It was so enjoyable that we stayed an extra day!
We had another great visit to Zahniser’s. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and helpful We hope to be back again this season
Can’t wait to come back again next year, wonderful!
Very helpful staff. Wonderful facilities and very clean. Will stay there again.
Great marina, attentive dock staff. The Dry Dock restaurant is superb. Using the loaner bicycles was great fun.
I love the staff at Zahnisers as they provide consistent, reliable, and pleasant services. I am less enamored with Dockwa. It does not provide the proper human interface when things go wrong. We scheduled a recent Saturday arrival at Zanhisers. Powerful winds pushed us away from our destination. I sent an email to the dockmaster (who is not on the weekends) and luckily a staffer checked that mail and moved our reservation to Sunday. Saturday we had another boat issue that forced us home. Zahnisers insisted we cancel with Dockwa and therefore we received a minimal refund for our lost night of dockage. Computers do wonderful things but they can replace a kind voice helping with the understanding of an emergency situation. I will not favor marinas that have a policy of insisting only on Dockwa reservations. Unfortunately, this means that I will most probably choose another marina in Solomons for my visits
Zanhiser's is as good as it gets without floating docks. Dockside personnel are terrific and facilities are very clean. We appreciate the personal bathrooms. Solomons is a fun place with good food and a short walk away.
Zahniser’s is always a favorite stop! Terri waited for us in spite of our late arrival. Great dinner at the Dry Dock. And the town of Solomon’s is so beautiful! Not to mention a stunning sunset on K dock! Thanks Zahniser’s! See you in the fall...
Great dock assisting on arrival. Terry, Dockmaster, great help with a weather issue nice amenities, clean, comfortable We’re coming back.
Staff were very helpful while docking. Food at the pool was excellent. Nice swimming. Clean rest rooms. As a transient, it would have been helpful to know there was a shuttle to the food market.
Terry, the dock master, made complete arrangements for our late arrival. Everything went smoothly.
Top support by Jeff and Terry on our late afternoon arrival. Support facilities top notch and staff across the marina very helpful. Thanks.
Great staff, good facilities, great onsite restaurant.
Iwhat a wonderful marina! Terry is a super host the made me feel like family while I was there. Nothing I asked was out of the question. Even though they were short staffed at the time I was there, the drove me to the grocery store, gas station, West Marine and even a hardware store... Excellent hosts! The facilities were spotless and comfortable. The restaurant was enjoyable. If you're lucky you might run into Captain Phil. Great human being with a sense of humor to go with his knowledge. I recommend a drink and conversation if you're heading to the intercoastal.
Great facility. Friendly people. Nice visit. Thanks.
One of our favorite marinas! Great, clean facilities. Friendly, extremely helpful folks. We always enjoy a meal at the Dry Dock. They have bicycles to use and and they’ll shuttle you to a grocery store if needed
Great marina, one of the best we’ve ever visited. Terri and the staff were attentive and extremely helpful. Charming location. Facilities are clean and first rate. Nice restaurant on site. A+.
Outstanding welcome and service, excellent facilities, all is top!
Great Marina. Great facilities. Excellent staff. Very helpful.
Our recent stay at Zahniser’s Yachting Center was great. The dock staff were very professional, helpful and informative about marina amenities. Enjoyed dinner at Dry Dock Restaurant. The food, drinks and service were outstanding. Will definitely return.
Excellent, helpful arrival experience from dockhand Jason. Top notch bath facilities, sturdy & clean docks. We've already recommended Zahniser's to friends!
Loved Zahniser's. Great facility, easy on/off face docking. Terry was really knowledgable and friendly. The free shuttle to town runs three times a day and picks you up when you're done shopping. We had two really good dinners at the on site restaurant the Dry Dock. We'll be back in the spring.
Good location, excellent staff and facilities.
Great marina with good service, good repair work and a short walk into town. The restaurant, the Dry Dock, was awesome.
They are awesome! Best marina in the Chesapeake so far. Right from helping us tie up, to shuttling us into town for groceries and propane, to amazing happy hours, to the best friendly service overall. Highly recommended!!
Great marina, great staff.
Great people, great service. Jason on the docks was incredible, fast respectful and a pleasure. Jim, service manager also great to deal with Niice facilities- laundry, showersrest rooms and restaurant. I’ll stop there again on my way north.
We stayed twice in the last 2 weeks while going up and down the bay. Outstanding service, friendly staff, and very clean facility. We'll be back.
We always enjoy our stay at Zahnisers! The entire staff are a pleasure. We particularly enjoy our time at the pool and the pool bar.
Zahnisser's is one of the BEST marinas we have the pleasure of docking with. We are always greeted with a smile and helpful hand. Terry and her team are incredible in accommodating all and making us feel like we are important to the marina. The amenities are kept to a 10+ rating and have been that way for years. We wish you continued success and a good winter. All the best, Jersey Moe
Great people and a nice relaxed atmosphere. Pool was awesome and the Dry Dock restaurant was amazing
Zanhiser’s is as terrific as ever! They’ve always set the standard for what a well run, well maintained marina should be!
Had a great stopover. Terry met us on the dock and was super helpful, we really enjoyed the very nice shower facilities and the beautiful pool! Had dinner at the Dry Dock restaurant at the marina - wonderful staff and food. Had some engine trouble on day of departure, Zahnisers quickly was able to provide support and one of their marine mechanics, Billy, came to the rescue. He had us on our way In less than two hours and in the process of the repair was gracious to show and teach me about the problem and solution as he worked.
Everyone was very helpful. The only disappointment was that the pool/bar closed at 6pm. I think a lot of boaters, particularly transients coming in late in the afternoon, would have appreciated it being open until 8pm.
Great staff and great facilities One of our favorites.
Perfect as always. We will miss you Zanhisers
Great marina. Nice, helpful staff. Good restaurants!
Always very clean and accommodating. In addition, the Dry Dock restaurant is delicious. We’ll be back next summer and we highly recommend!
Wonderful facility. We came in during a storm and the staff was very helpful in getting us docked. Great restaurant and pool!
We have always have enjoyed our stays at Zahnisers, however, we have reached a conclusion that in the future we will be focusing our travels at marinas with floating docks.
We consider Zahnisers to be one of the best marinas on the Bay. Whenever we travel south to the Pautuxent or further we always stop at Zahnisers for one or two days. This year we spent two days on our way to the Potomac and three days on the way back. Both times we had mechanical problems and needed technical support, both times we got immediate help and both times the problems were resolved. On the 4th of July when we were in the Potomac our generator quit at 3 in the afternoon, I called the dock master Terry Walters, at Zahnisers. Terry got us a slip even though it was a holiday and she was alone. This wasn’t the first time I have had to call Terry on a holiday and she has always been able to accommodate us and get use a slip with easy access. The courtesy ride to the local food store, the bicycles and the Dry Dock restaurant are added pluses. I would like to give special thanks to Terry, Jim Sharkey, Glenn and Brian.
Zahmisers has been a perennial favorite when we pass through Solomons. Terri on the dock is somehow always there when we arrive. (Do you ever take time off?) The shuttle to Weis Market, etc. is reliable. In the past, Quantum Sails has been invaluable with sail repairs. It seems the new management is keeping up Zahniser's high standards.
Stayed a night at Zahnisers with 5 other boats from our club. Our groups was docked fairly close together, the docks were In decent shape and the dock hands were on hand and courteous. Onsite restaurant handeled our large group with no more delay than you expect with big groups and all 14 of us enjoyed our meals. Only negatives were the pump out was out of service and we had to go to another nearby marina for pump out and they did not have ice available on the honor system lime other marinas so we were not a able to pick some up for our before hours departure so a solid 4 Stars which indicates a really great marina that will not disappoint.
Wonderful marina. Nice clean facilities. Very friendly and helpful folks, esp. Dockmaster Terry.
The Dockmaster, Terry, was competent, thorough, and friendly, as was all staff we encountered, office and dockhands. The docks (H,I,and J especially) are showing their age; slips are cramped and decking needs replacement.
Friendly and attentive staff; plenty of “T” head slips for our classic and hard to maneuver sailboat; great support facilities for engine parts; very nice laundry and shower facilities; very good on site restaurant/bar, the Dry Dock, and convenient location to “town”.
We always enjoy stays at Zahniser's. The service is excellent, from the dockmaster to checking in to the pool staff. We enjoyed our meals at the Dry Dock also. We will be back.
Caters to sailboats, powerboaters seemed to get cold shoulder by slipholders
Great service at the dock and ashore. Restaurant was quite tasty as well. All around - a nice stop.
Excellent experience! Easy registration, informative, helpful staff, and we had a delicious meal at the Dry Dock restaurant.
Decent docks, excellent front desk for reservations. excellent restrooms, very helpful dockhands. Pool area very nice. Repair facility very competent and timely. Restaurant on site and town within easy walking distance offers other options and shopping. We always try to stop here when we are in the area.
Wonderful facility; friendly staff.
we love Zahnheisers and have been coming here since 2001 or so. to they saved our trip a long while back when they fixed the starter problem on our former sailboat. The facilities are wonderful. Our only complaint is the very aged planing on the docks. But we always make do with that.
Always pleasant stay at Zahniser 's. Helpful dock hands and wonderful staff. The Dry Dock restaurant has improved !