Maryland's Middle Eastern Shore: Talbot County
The Hamptons of the Chesapeake Bay, with a taste of a working waterman’s lifestyle.
Talbot County: St. Michaels, Easton, Oxford, Tilghman Island
Drive time: 2-3 hours
Combsberry 1730 Bed & Breakfast. At this waterfront 1730 English country manor home, choose from three guestrooms (all with oversized Jacuzzi tubs), an adjacent (pet-friendly) private cottage or a carriage house. $250-$395. 4837 Evergreen Road, Oxford; (410) 226-5353, combsberryinn.com.
Robert Morris Inn. For outstanding value, you can’t beat the Summer Leisure Break Package at this 300-year-old inn. It includes a charming room, full breakfast and dinner. $90-$120/person midweek, $110-$140 weekends; two-night minimum. 314 N. Morris St., Oxford; (410) 226-5111, robertmorrisinn.com.
Robert Morris Inn. Former executive chef at the legendary Inn at Perry Cabin, Mark Salter now has his own casual dining spot on the river for his prix-fixe menus ($19 and $25). Check the schedule for one of Salter’s two-hour cooking demos, complete with a two-course dinner and wine ($64).
Chesapeake Landing Restaurant and Seafood Market. Fresh-from-the-dock, spicy steamed crabs, market-priced. Enough said. 23713 St. Michaels Road, St. Michaels; (410) 745-9600, chesapeakelandingrestaurant.com.
Eastern Shore Cycle & Sport. Bike and small watercraft rentals. They’ll deliver everything to your door. 723 Goldsborough St., Easton; (410) 822-7433, eastoncycleandsport.com.
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. The exhibits are great, but don’t miss your chance to get the scoop on bay-centric work and life from the local watermen, shipwrights and others who are there to share their stories. $13/adults, $6/kids. 213 N. Talbot St., St. Michaels; (410) 745-2916, cbmm.org.
Chesapeake Lights. Tours for lighthouse aficionados. $50-$75. Tilghman Island, (410) 886-2215, chesapeakelights.com.
Hog Neck Golf Course. Morning rates for these championship greens include a cart. $45 weekdays, $55 weekends. 10142 Old Cordova Road, Easton; (410) 822-6079, hogneck.com.
For thrifty types
Oxford. Sun, swim and search for sea glass on one of Oxford’s tiny beaches right by the ferry dock. Local favorites are Lovers Lane (up the street with the “Dead End” sign) and the Strand.
Easton. Browse downtown’s boutiques, artist studios and galleries. Don’t miss the working studios at Troika (9 S. Harrison St.; 410-770-9190, troikagallery.com) and Gallery 26 (26 W. Dover St., 443-521-4084).
Scottish Highland Creamery. Line up with the locals. 314 Tilghman St. (at Schooner’s), Oxford; (410) 924-6298, scottishhighlandcreamery.com.