If you are staying with us in Oxford, be sure to ask your Innkeeper for a copy of the Tidewater Times booklet to see a variety of things to do in the local area to make the most of your stay! Or visit Tidewater Times online by clicking here.
The link below to Talbot County’s Office of Tourism will help guide you to other great places to visit while you are visiting the Eastern Shore of Maryland! Whether you tour by foot, bicycle, or car, there is something for everyone to enjoy! Stop by the Country Tourism Office on Washington Street in Easton, and pick up a map with local self guided walking tours!
Easton, Maryland: Only 10 miles from Oxford, be sure to visit the town of Easton. Known as the ‘Colonial Capitol of Maryland’s Eastern Shore,’ it has evolved into Talbot County’s “big city”. Its four-block shopping district borders the historic residential area, a mosaic of Colonial and Federal homes, ornate Victorians, and 1920 bungalows. Downtown you will find boutiques, boutiques, home décor shops, art galleries, antique stores, and a City Market. After a taste of culture? Take a peek at the Academy Art Museum, displaying works from Cassatt to Rembrandt. For an infusion of local talent, pop into the local art galleries located throughout the Town. For a bit of nightlife, check out what’s playing at the Avalon Theatre, host to classic screenings, performances by national recording artists, local theatre troupes, symphony orchestras; or for a smaller performance atmosphere Night Cat and the Stolz Listening Room where calendars are chock full of well-known musical and comedic artists.A wealth of highly Zagat-rated restaurants offer dining alfresco, casual, and fine dining opportunities where menus are enhanced by fresh local seafood, local produce and famed signature dishes.
If you like the outdoors, check out the Pickering Creek Audubon Center, a 400-acre working farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland situated next to the tidal Pickering Creek in Talbot County, Maryland. Center’s property features a variety of habitats including mature hardwood forest, fresh and brackish marsh, meadow, tidal and non-tidal wetlands, over a mile of shoreline on a tidal creek, and cropland. Two hundred and seventy acres are devoted to low impact “best management practice” agriculture. The farmed acreage of Pickering Creek is its link to the significant farming heritage of the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Tilghman Island, Maryland: If you have been looking to escape to an island that’s off the beaten path, heavy on pristine landscapes, and light on crowds, Tilghman Island is just the place. Located at the southernmost tip of Talbot County, Tilghman Island is a three-mile long stretch of lowland nestled between the Bay and the Choptank River. Although settled in 1707, an excavated archaeological site on the island proves that humans have lived in this area for more than 13,000 years. This is waterman territory, marked by the crowd of rugged skipjacks, clam boats, and buyboats in Dogwood Harbor. You too, can take to the Bay on one of the many fishing, hunting, or sailing charters – there’s even a lighthouse tour cruise. Kayaking, or canoeing more your speed?On-island eco-tour guides will be happy to show you around the island or if you prefer to venture out on your own, pick up a Tilghman Island Water Trail map. Phillips Wharf Environmental Center and the Tilghman Waterman’s Museum offer the opportunity to learn about the island and Chesapeake Bay lifestyles. Island restaurants feature fresh local seafood and produce with outdoor or indoor dining venues.
Cambridge, Maryland: Just a another 15 minutes south, is the county seat of Dorchester County, Maryland. Cambridge was settled in 1684 and is one of the oldest towns in Maryland. Town attractions include several museums, the Skipjack Nathan, Sailwinds Park, and the Choptank River Fishing Pier. You won’t want to miss Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park! Great one mile walking trail on the Talbot County side of the river! Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park Nearby attractions include the Dorchester Heritage Museum, Annie Oakley House, and the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, which features 21,000 acres of marshland and is a major stopping point for wintering waterfowl traveling the Atlantic flyway. The refuge is also an excellent place to spot Bald Eagles. Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Be sure to stop by the Harriet Tubman National Monument managed by the National Park Service. Harriet Tubman
St. Michaels, Maryland: Take a ferry ride over to the Bellevue landing. From there, it’s just a short drive to St. Michaels (7.5 miles). St. Michaels is the center of a unique and magical waterworld on Maryland’s fabled Eastern Shore, about halfway between the Susquehanna source and the Atlantic mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. This diminutive well-preserved vintage port, whose origins date from the birth of the colonies, is nestled between the loping Miles River on the north and the vast vistas of Michener’s Broad Creek to the south. Its influence radiates beyond Tilghman Island, Easton and Oxford to Washington, Baltimore, Wilmington and other points on the compass where our seafood trucks deliver the Chesapeake’s bounty on a daily basis and the word spreads about this magnificent region.
The town is a collage of handsome churches, manicured colonial, federal and Victorian homes, historic heritage, diverse artistic talents and pleasant southern culture. It is also the proud cradle and repository of the Chesapeake’s maritime history.
St. Michaels is a peaceful place which wakes each morning to glorious views and closes each night in candlelit elegance. It’s a town in constant contrast, from horse-and-buggy, steamboats, watermen’s deadrises, century-old log canoes and ancient bugeyes to ATM’s, the Internet, luxury Town Cars and fancy cabin cruisers (but there isn’t any neon!).
During the War of 1812, St. Michaels gained its name as “the town that fooled the British”. The residents of St. Michaels, having been forewarned that British barges were positioned on the waters to attack with cannon fire, hoisted lanterns into the trees above the city. This first successful “blackout” fooled the British into overshooting the town’s houses and shipyards. Only one house, forever since known as Cannonball House, was struck. Throughout the 1800s and early 1900s, St. Michaels was a Chesapeake Bay economy focused primarily around the shipbuilding and seafood processing and packing industries. Only in the last 30 years has the economy of St. Michaels shifted to a tourism concentration.