“It’s forgiven if you sometimes forget it’s there,” Washingtonian authors Joe Sugarman, Ann Limpert and Anna Spiegel pen in their latest feature article “Your Complete Guide to Exploring the Chesapeake Bay.” The authors point out how the bay is often overlooked because of its location between cities, calling it a place “…to be crossed over, or in the case of the Bay Bridge-Tunnel, driven under.” However, they think it’s time that their readers start noticing the area, including Talbot County, for its communities and culture.
Talbot County plays prominently in this extensive list of local tips about must-see places that offer a true sense of the Chesapeake Bay lifestyle. Among the places mentioned in Talbot County are the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, praised for telling “400 years of bay culture, exploration, ecology and history,” and Oxford-Bellevue Ferry, in operation since 1863 and thought to be the oldest privately owned ferry in the nation.
Seafood lovers are encouraged to try The Crab Claw, complete with “a prime harbor view from the second-floor dining room, crisp-edged crab cakes and crab balls with sweet pickle-heavy remoulade, and towering wedges of Smith Island Cake for dessert,” and Gay’s Seafood, a market where you can find “the fattest, sweetest crabs we’ve sampled in the Easton area.” Other Talbot County restaurants such as St. Michael’s Crab & Steakhouse, Chesapeake Landing in McDaniel, and Masthead at Pier Street in Oxford, made the list for their “no-frills” atmosphere.
The article also suggests several tours and historic bed and breakfast inns to further enhance your experience. Boat rides are strongly encouraged for seeing the coastline from the water with views of multi-million dollar homes, nature areas and illuminating sunsets.
“We’ve included dozens of ideas on how to explore the area, and once you get to know the bay’s charms, you’ll never again forget it’s there.”