A quintessential historic American waterfront village, Tilghman Island is just off the beaten path on the southernmost tip of Talbot County. Watermen reign, pristine landscapes abound, and crowds only exist at the annual crab feasts and docking contests. Nestled between the Chesapeake Bay and the Choptank River, the island offers serene vacations marked by fishing, crabbing, boat rides and relaxation. This waterman’s territory brims with unmatched hospitality and is just the place to leave your stress behind — and sample the Chesapeake Bay’s best seafood.
Established in 1650, Tilghman Island was destined to be a waterman’s village. In the early 19th century, parcels of land were sold to oysterman, who bought them up to be closer to the prime harvesting grounds surrounding the island. By the turn of the next century, steamboat service brought visitors from Baltimore, Washington and points beyond. Today, the Tilghman Watermen’s Museum shares the stories and images of the area’s maritime heritage.
Vacationers continue to flock to the Island for the prime fishing and the freshest seafood. Don’t expect anything fancy from this simple yet inviting community. Instead, set your clock to island time. Check into a local inn, relax by the water, then grab a bite in the one of the local restaurants, each of which features an impressive seafood menu. Crack crabs, devour fresh fish, and rub elbows with the locals. And if you really want to get a taste of the island’s culture, plan your vacation around Tilghman Island Day. Highlights include boat docking, fresh oysters, live music, and more.
Nature is nautical on Tilghman Island. You can enjoy the great outdoors with a stroll through the community, but that would hardly do the island justice. Rent a bike instead and take advantage of the flat roadways and paths with a leisurely ride around the island. Better yet, take advantage of the surrounding water and charter a boat for the day—to sail, fish, crab, or get an up-close view of the Bay’s lighthouses. For a more intimate one-with-the-water experience, try a kayak or standup paddleboard. Whatever your fancy, Tilghman Island says, “Welcome.”
This authentic waterman’s village is truly a world apart. Bordered by the Chesapeake Bay and Choptank River, the serenity of this unique place will help to melt away your worries. Stay in a waterfront room at one of the island’s relaxing inns, take a fishing excursion, and dine on the freshest seafood dishes. Create your experience with these offerings from Tilghman Island.