This beautiful swathe of Maryland coast will have you contemplating a life aquatic. Chesapeake Bay’s mild-mannered townships, manicured gardens and wide waterways were made for fresh-air idling.
Life in America’s largest estuary is predictably water-centric. Sailing and oyster harvesting are daily pursuits, master craftsmen still build boats with their hands, and fishermen set out from the harbour, returning with laden nets, to stock the restaurants of bayside towns. Bike rides down leafy streets and quiet garden ambles are serious pastimes in this waterworld. Chesapeake Bay's quaint towns attract foodies, antique-hunters and outdoorsy types to their seafood shacks, boutiques and acres of green. Boating adventures are to be had at this preppie paradise of history-steeped houses and colonial-cool design.
Starting on Memorial Day (the last Monday in May), everything gets a little busier. The influx of tourists continues until October, so if you’re looking for a buzzy bay experience plan on visiting before then. Water activities stop in November, but things don’t really start to slow down until after Christmas. Some stores in St Michaels and other waterside towns are only open during peak season and many shorten their hours as the temperature dips. Easton, however, is open all year long.