Visit Talbot County, Maryland, and experience our cultural sophistication, maritime heritage, and the beauty of waterfront living.
One of America’s true beauty spots, the county is conveniently located near the Annapolis, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. metropolitan corridor, adjacent to the Chesapeake Bay. More than 600 miles of shoreline wait to be discovered, along with quaint towns and villages—Easton, Oxford, St. Michaels, and Tilghman Island, among them—each claiming their own unique history, charm, and popular seasonal events .
Easton, Talbot County`s county seat, offers a vibrant cultural scene with art galleries and museums, diverse cultural events, live entertainment, fine dining, and boutique shopping. View a world-class exhibition or take in a show in a historic theatre. Pull up a lawn chair to enjoy one of the town’s seasonal concerts in the street or attend one of Easton’s annual festivals. Bike or walk to one of the town’s spacious parks or explore a historical garden.
Historic St. Michaels, home to a world-class maritime museum, is known for its premier shopping, fine restaurants, and log canoe races. This vintage port’s origins date from the birth of the colonies. During the War of 1812, the people of St. Michaels successfully repelled the British navy not once, but on two separate occasions. Today, visitors can picnic in one of the town’s waterfront parks, shop along its charming Main Street, or tour a winery, brewery or distillery. A day may not be enough time to see it all!
Dotting Talbot County’s byways are a number of historic towns and villages. America’s oldest privately-owned ferry carries passengers from the village of Bellevue to the historic port of Oxford, situated on the Tred Avon River. One of the oldest towns in America, Oxford bustles with yachts, sailboats, and power boats. Dine in one of the town’s popular restaurants, then indulge your sweet tooth with hand-churned ice cream. Another secluded gem is Tilghman Island, a working waterman’s village known for its local seafood, charming accommodations, and memorable sunsets.
Charter a sailing or fishing excursion, take a water tour of the Chesapeake Bay’s lighthouses, or rent a kayak and explore one of the area’s water trails. Each season, Talbot County offers a variety of festivals, including the Waterfowl Festival, Easton’s Plein Air Festival, WineFest in St. Michaels, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Antique and Classic Boat Festival, Oxford Day and Tilghman Island Day, just to name a few.
Visitors are drawn to Talbot County’s waterways to kayak, canoe, sail, power boat or fish. A day on a skipjack provides the ultimate boating experience of Talbot County’s bygone days. In addition to water activities, recreational opportunities abound in every season, including golf and biking Talbot County’s picturesque back roads.
Escape to Talbot County, and you’ll find yourself coming back time and again to experience its treasures and its way of life.