The natural beauty of the landscape, the charming historic towns and, of course, the stunning waterfront make Talbot County the perfect backdrop for popping the question—and saying I do. Here are a few of ways to make this moment extraordinary:
Anchors Away: Selina II
Ask for her (or his) hand under raised sail on the Chesapeake Bay. The Selina II, a skippered 1920s yacht, is so popular with couples that there’s a special engagement package that takes the stress out of the proposal. It includes a two-hour sail, Champagne, and even photos taken by the crew to capture the moment. The boat can accommodate six people but is cozy enough for two.
101 North Harbor Road, St. Michaels | 410-726-9400
First Kiss: Honeymoon Bridge
Stroll along the small pedestrian bridge known as Honeymoon Bridge, Sweetheart Bridge or, sometimes, Lovers’ Bridge. This site has been a couple’s favorite since the golden age of Hollywood when Gary Cooper and Fay Wray shot a romantic scene here in the 1935 film “The First Kiss.” Have your own first kiss as an engaged couple in the very same spot. (Today the bridge, which is festooned with colorful flower baskets in warm weather, is also a favorite site for wedding—and engagement – photos.)
102 Cherry Street near Navy Point, St. Michaels
Love at First Flight: Easton Aviation
Take in the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay and the pristine landscape of the Eastern Shore by soaring in the sky high above on a Cessna Skyhawk, a sleek single-engine plane, with Easton Aviation. Departure is easy breezy from Easton Airport. The pilots can even help you design your own route to swoop over places that hold special meaning to both of you.
Easton Aviation, Easton Airport, 29137 Newman Road (just off Route 50), Easton | 410-822-8181
On Top of the World: One Couple’s Fairytale Proposal
Talbot County has many unique places to propose. When Weston Anderson was looking for a one-of-a-kind place to propose to his girlfriend Jillian, he chose the Avalon Theatre, an Art Deco gem that’s the hub of cultural life in Talbot County. He arranged to bring her up to the wraparound balcony on the top floor of the theater that overlooks downtown Easton, invited a few of her close friends to surprise her (and take photos) and the rest is history. (She said yes!)“I value Jillian above all else in the world and meeting her was the apex of my life. After spending time together at a holiday work party at the Avalon Theatre, I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. When I decided that I was going to ask her to marry me, I was sure that I had to propose at the Avalon since it is literally and figuratively the highest point in town. It’s humbling to think of all the people who have come through these doors over the past 100 years, and we love that we are a tiny piece of the theater’s history.”
Privacy Perfected: The Inn at Perry Cabin
The Inn at Perry Cabin has a fleet of extraordinary boats that depart right from the resort’s dock. You can book a yacht for an hour, a full day or anything in between. Best of all, the captain can ferry the two of you to an uninhabited island or a secluded cove where you will feel like you are the only people in the world. Pro Tip: Bring your swimsuits and take a post engagement dip.
308 Watkins Lane, St. Michaels | 410-745-2200
Beauty of the Bay: Views of Chesapeake Bay from Tilghman Island
Cycle or drive to a small beach and rocky promenade on Tilghman Island for majestic views of the Chesapeake Bay. Time it right to capture one of the finest sunsets in the world. The photogenic Sharps Island Light, a cast iron lighthouse built in 1938, sometimes compared to the Leaning Tower of Pisa thanks to its tilt, adds to the distinctive charm of the backdrop.
On the eastern side of Black Walnut Road, toward the very end of Tilghman Island