Talbot County, Maryland is one of the most desirable travel destinations on the East Coast.
Perched on the Chesapeake Bay, just 90 minutes from Washington and Baltimore, it is an ideal getaway for a weekend, week or just a day. Attractions range from world-class seafood to art and historical museums, abundant shopping, and sailing and paddling excursions along 600 miles of coastline.
While it’s fun just to wander through Talbot County’s towns and villages, the county’s Department of Economic Development and Tourism has produced an essential companion, Escape to Talbot County.
It’s a travel guide with advice for exploring by car, by bike, or by watercraft. This lavishly illustrated, full-color, 52-page perfect-bound magazine features the best the county has to offer. Feature stories include:
ALL-AMERICAN ROAD TRIP
One of America’s most beautiful stretches of road weaves through the heart of Talbot County. The Chesapeake Country All-American Road, a 400-mile scenic byway that ambles through the Eastern Shore, showcases Talbot County’s miles of tidal shoreline, verdant fields and forests, and vibrant small towns. The spine of the byway follows U.S. Route 50 through much of the county, but sidetracks will take you to right to the water’s edge for spectacular Chesapeake views.
TALBOT COUNTY’S TRIFECTA OF TERRIFIC SEAFOOD
There’s no doubt you can count on fresh-from-the-Bay seafood in Talbot County. The Chesapeake Bay’s holy trinity — crabs, rockfish and oysters — reigns supreme here. Dishes featuring these delicacies can be found on every menu, from our down-home crab shacks to fancy bistros. The guide includes recipes for jumbo lump crab cakes and fried oysters.
21 WAYS TO MAKE MEMORIES
Modern travel continues to change, but the abundant charms and unparalleled hospitality of Talbot County remain the same. Catch a concert at a century-old theater. Taste local beer, wine and spirits. Stroll quaint city streets or nature trails. Indoors or out, any season of the year, Talbot County has something for you.
CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY YEAR ROUND
Talbot County is one of the best places in the United States to take a deep dive into African American history. It’s the birthplace of Frederick Douglass and also the site of The Hill Community in Easton, one of the oldest free African American neighborhoods in the United States.
TRAVELING TALBOT COUNTY’S WATERWAYS
Talbot County is far more easily navigable by water than by road — its hidden gems accessible whether you’re paddling a kayak, powering a cruiser, or exploring under sail. Watermen and women ply these waters with their powered workboats and the few remaining skipjacks, harvesting the bounty of the Bay to be sampled fresh at local restaurants. Join them on the water!
This free guide is available by calling the Talbot County Department of Economic Development and Tourism at (410) 770-8000. It is also available for online when you click here.