National Plan for Vacation Day

National Plan for Vacation Day (NPVD), celebrated on the last Tuesday in January, encourages Americans to plan their vacation days for the whole year, at the start of the year.  The intent is to inspire Americans to use vacation days to travel to and within the United States.  Since 2015, when the travel industry and partners began tracking American vacation usage, survey findings have continuously shown that vacation days are not being used, negatively affecting mental health, personal relationships and job performance. National Plan for Vacation Day highlights the importance of taking time off to travel—both for our personal health and wellbeing and for the overall economic prosperity of our nation.

Commit to using all your vacation days this year, and spending some of those days (or all!) in Talbot County. Here are some ideas to help you get started:

A Little Introduction to Talbot County

Home to cultured small towns, watermen’s villages, and more than 600 miles of Chesapeake Bay waterfront, Talbot County offers visitors the perfect balance of urban sophistication and rural simplicity on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Accessible by car, boat, and small plane, travelers come from Washington D.C., New York, and Philadelphia for long weekends and extended stays to kayak our waterways, bike the Chesapeake Scenic Byway, and enjoy some of the most unique shops and eateries on the Eastern Shore.

Artists are making a name for themselves here, painting and sculpting the serene natural beauty of the area, chefs are creating unique dishes made from the bounty of local farmers and fishermen, and nationally and internationally recognized performers and artisans are helping to create memorable events. Plus, Talbot County is the birthplace of abolitionist and orator, Frederick Douglass, home to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, the acclaimed Waterfowl Festival, and so much more!

Helpful Ideas on How to Spend Your Time in Talbot County

We’ve made it easy for you to decide on how to spend your time here with these sites and guides:

Our Talbot County Visitor Guide provides information on the area as well as itinerary ideas, restaurants, and accommodation options.  

Take advantage of Talbot County’s place along the Eastern Shore and proximity to the Chesapeake Bay. We have the full list of things to do on the water, right here!

Talbot County is the birthplace of the famous abolitionist and statesman, Frederick Douglass. Learn more about this incredible man by taking the self-guided driving tour.

Take a bike ride through Talbot County on one of these six suggested tours along backroads, across waterways, and by historic landmarks. Or plot a course along the Chesapeake Country Scenic Byway, now an All American Road.

The Eastern Shore is famous for its Chesapeake Bay seafood, Maryland Blue Crabs, and oysters. To help you find where you can enjoy these treats we’ve made it easy with our guides on where to find Talbot County seafood restaurants and markets and our Oyster Trail.

Now that you have an idea on what to do and where to enjoy a meal, it’s now time to book your room or vacation rental. Talbot County offers many options to fit your lodging needs, from pet-friendly to cozy Bed and Breakfast, to hotels with a pool, you’ll find just what you need.

We know there is so much more to do, see, and experience in Talbot County, so explore our website to find other things of interest. Then get planning your trip to our part of the Eastern Shore!

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