Within driving distance from the hectic pace of Washington, DC lies Maryland's Eastern Shore. With it's hundreds of miles of shoreline, modest cities and historic small towns the Eastern Shore has something for everyone. Lenore often tells her guests they will feel their cares melt away as they drive across the Bay Bridge.
For a good overview of this mid-Atlantic gem you can visit www.easternshorevisitor.com or www.visitmaryland.org. The Chesapeake Maritime Museum is one of my favorite places to go with my guests. The museum is dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment and people of the Chesapeake Bay.
Here are local shops, inns and restaurants Lenore has tried and loved as well as places that have been recommended!
St. Michael's & the Bay Hundred Area - www.stmichaelsmd.org
Located on the Miles River St. Michael’s is a picturesque seaside town with a rich history dating back to the 1600’s. Modern day St. Michael’s exudes antiquated charm while offering nearly every venue imaginable for living an active lifestyle. From kayaking to fishing, fine dining and festivals there isn’t a wrong time of year to visit. The town’s website is a great resource for a calendar of events. Below are a few of Lenore's favorite spots.
Wades Point Inn on the Bay - www.wadespoint.com - Casually elegant with stunning views of the Chesapeake's Eastern Bay.
Bistro St. Micheal's - www.bistrostmichaels.com - Deliciously inspired creations cooked with sustainable seafoods, locally grown organic vegetables, free range eggs, even tasty gluten free options if that is your preference.
Blue Heron Coffee - www.blueheroncoffee.com - Rich, small-batch roasted coffee. Yum!
FreshFarm Farmer's Market - www.freshfarmmarkets.org - Located right on the harbor, the market is open Saturday mornings from Mid April to Mid October.
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum - http://cbmm.org - One of Lenore's favorite places to take her guests, the museum offers a wonderful overview of the people and ecology of the Chesapeake Bay area.
Easton - www.discovereaston.com
Strolling through the streets of Easton is must when you visit Talbot County. Visitors are charmed by the historic small town ambiance and at the same time amazed at all the dining, shopping, activities and entertainment venues available. Easton is certainly not a 'sleepy' small town! Added to that there are a wide range of festivals and community events that happen in Easton throughout the year from the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival in June to the Waterfowl Festival and Easton’s Olde Tyme Holday Parade in November and December. Easton’s website, listed above, offers a great list of attractions and calendar of events. Here are a few of Lenore's favorite places.
Bartlett Pear Inn & Bakery - www.bartlettpearinn.com - A fine dining and boutique hotel experience that becomes a destination on it's own, The Bartlett Pear continuously ranks high among food critics and travel experts.
Out of the Fire - www.outofthefire.com - An "ecologically sustainable restaurant" Out of the Fire offers a unique and delicious lunch & dinner menu.
Amish Country Farmers Market - www.amishcountryfarmersmarket.com - Open Thursday through Saturday the market includes a wide range of vendors selling a variety of products from crafts to food to furniture.
Avalon Theatre - www.avalonfoundation.org - Housed in a beautiful, historic building the Avalon Theatre is a cherished center for performing arts and community events.
Academy Art Museum - www.academyartmuseum.org - The museum's impressive art collection is housed in one of Easton's famous historic landmarks. The museum enjoys close professional relationships with the National Gallery of Art, the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Walters Art Museum.
Tilghman Island - www.tilghmanisland.com
A charming watermen’s village, Tilghman Island offers a refreshingly slow pace and breathtaking sunsets. It is easy to spend the day on the water with multiple public water access points around the island for kayaking, fishing or paddleboarding. Or visit the marina for sailing charters, sport fishing charters, or Chesapeake Bay lighthouse tours. You can even take boating classes. On land the Phillips wharf Environmental Center and Tilghman Island Watermen’s Museum will educate you on the ecology and rich history of the area.
Black Walnut Point Inn - www.blackwalnutpointinn.com - Located at the tip of Black Walnut Point the inn is secluded by a bird sanctuary and surrounded by the waters of the Chesapeake. As the owner's put it, "a secret place of peace".
Two if by Sea - www.twoifbysearestaurant.com - One of Lenore's most favorite places to eat. She loves chef Henry's passion for baking and the cooking classes he offers are a unique treat. Henry's Smith Island eleven-layer cake is not to be missed!
Crawfords Nautical Books - www.crawfordsnautical.com - Lenore loves going in here and browsing through the many books on the sea. There are over 12,000 titles on yachting, naval, ships, islands, wrecks, rivers, and more. The proprietors are a real treat to speak with on all things Tilghman Island.