Some of my earliest and fondest summer memories involve Maryland’s eastern shore and the Chesapeake Bay. My grandparents own a house right on the water and it is where I have enjoyed every single 4th of July of my life. Maybe I’m bias and I’m certainly nostalgic, but, for me, the shore is probably one of my favorite places. It is a place to have fun and relax while absorbing the summer sun and the quaint culture that occupies the small town of St. Michael’s. Although I’m especially fond of the town, I believe that it is a great destination for a family vacation or a small weekend getaway.
Rural Maryland feels like a different world compared to bustling city streets and the everyday grind of daily life. However, the town is situated only two hours from D.C and even less from Baltimore making it ideal for a quick trip. A tourist town at it’s finest, St. Michaels offers plenty of lodging options to take advantage of. Spending the day boating and relaxing is easy. Being right on the water, it is easy to access boat retails and such to enjoy the beautiful Chesapeake Bay. Also, the harbor is great to check out since the docks are usually filled with yachts and sailboats alike.
The town offers many great shops and restaurants. There are clothing stores such as “Knotty” and “Chesapeake Outfitters”along with jewelry stores offering a wide range in price and product. In addition, there are many design stores full of trinkets and various art galleries.
In terms of restaurants, a town favorite, “Ava’s”, offers great stone-oven baked pizza along with pasta and sandwiches. I recommend the “Chef’s speciality” pizza but you can’t go wrong with a classic margarita or a chicken parmesan sandwich. Another place that is great for breakfast or lunch is “Crêpes by the Bay”, a crêperie with a menu consisting of breakfast, savory and desert crêpes. I personally enjoy the smoke salmon crêpe but the bacon and egg breakfast crêpe is also a great option. If you really want to experience Maryland culture, then visit the “Crab Claw” to eat the local speciality, blue crab. You get the full experience since you are in charge of shucking the crab meat from the shells. It’s a lot of fun!
After eating dinner in town, be sure to save room for “Justine’s Ice Cream Parlor”. In addition to their fantastic ice cream, this classic joint serves great sundaes and is home to an infamous “wall of shakes”. Although the “dreamsicle” shake is definitely my choice, customers can choose from many unique kinds and flavors of shakes, contributing to a truly classic experience.
St. Michaels truly embodies small east coast charm while offering comfort and style. It is great in the summer, especially over holidays such as the 4th of July. Come and watch fireworks and celebrate while taking in the beauty of Maryland’s eastern shore.
St Michaels’ travel website: http://www.stmichaelsmd.org
Ava’s pizzeria: http://avaspizzeria.com/eats/
Justine’s ice cream: http://avaspizzeria.com/eats/