Exploring the Eastern Shore

Maryland's Chesapeake Bay offers quaint and memorable small towns, fresh-from-the-sea crab, and lots of laid-back leisure.

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Photo by: David Hillegas


Sometimes called the Hamptons of the Chesapeake, Oxford is filled with many charming 300-year-old homes, some lining the Tred Avon River. Get there via the Oxford-Bellevue ferry, the oldest known privately owned ferry in operation in America.

Where to stay: Combsberry Inn, 4837 Evergreen Rd.; 410/226-5353 or combsberryinn.com. The Robert Morris Inn, 314 N. Morris St.; 410/226-5111 or robertmorrisinn.com

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