Towns of Talbot County - St. Michaels, Oxford, Easton, Tilghman Island, Trappe
The Towns Of Talbot County: Where History, Hospitality, And Happenings Abound
Talbot County Towns: Special places to relax, reflect, and renew, all year ‘round
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Jan 31, 2011 – Easton, MD – On the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay, close to several major cities yet a world apart, visitors will find a very special place … Talbot County, Maryland. Steeped in history, blessed with abundant natural beauty, and dedicated to cultivating both its cultural sophistication and its rural ambiance, it may be the best-kept travel secret in America.
This delightful blend of the old and the new is on full display in the four largest towns of Talbot County. Treasured for their differences, proud of their shared heritage, together they offer unparalleled opportunities to relax, reflect, and renew, Chesapeake-style.
Easton, celebrating its three-hundredth year in 2010, sits at the center of Talbot County. The seat of county government since 1711, it is a remarkable hybrid of historical and hip, humming with energy, pedestrian friendly, and ranked as one of the best places to live in the nation. Museums and other cultural centers, festivals of all sorts, historic sites, shopping, convenient access to outdoor leisure activities, and a welcoming, sophisticated populace make Easton a uniquely appealing visitor experience even for groups with diverse interests.
Oxford, located south of Easton on the Tred Avon River, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The first incorporated town in the county, it was officially founded in 1683. Until the American Revolution, Oxford was an international shipping center, surrounded by tobacco plantations and home to a number of prominent national figures. Later it thrived on oyster harvesting and packing and other watermen’s trades, even as tourism and leisure activities increased. It guards its peaceful personality, architectural integrity, and small-town virtues to this day.
St. Michaels, situated on the elbow of a peninsula reaching deep into the Chesapeake Bay, is cradled between the historic Miles River and Michener’s Broad Creek. Having served as an important shipbuilding center, tobacco market, site of a foiled British attack in 1813, and seafood processing center, St. Michaels is now a gathering spot for lovers of laid-back leisure. Its maritime museum, marina, tree-lined streets, and architectural treasures are the perfect backdrop for the town’s many fine shops, galleries, and boutiques.
Tilghman Island is a water lover’s wonderland, home to the last commercial fleet of lightning-fast oyster-harvesting skipjacks. Surrounded by the Chesapeake Bay and the Choptank River, the island offers a full range of water sport rentals, unique sail and motor boat excursions, one of the most active drawbridges in the world (for all its small size), and ten mapped water trails. For those who prefer to keep their feet dry, Tilghman Island has no lack of benches, porches, decks, and docks from which to appreciate the entrancing beauty of the bay, river, and marshes.
Not to be forgotten are Trappe -- worth a visit for a meal at its fine steakhouse, named in honor of movie star Robert Mitchum, who raised his family on a 300-acre farm nearby – and Wye Mills, home to a grist mill dating to 1682 that famously ground flour for the Continental Army.
Accommodations in and around Talbot County’s towns are many and varied, including inns, bed and breakfasts, guest houses, full service resorts, conferencing facilities, hotels, cottages, and rental homes large and small, many of them with marvelous views, historic credentials, and unique amenities such as luxury spas. Equally diverse and intriguing are the towns’ restaurants and food shopping venues, which run the gamut from gourmet to country-style.
With such a cornucopia of choices, visitors will find something special to suit any budget, taste, and type of gathering, and always a warm and sincere welcome from their hosts … all in the towns of Talbot County.
Talbot County, Maryland: welcome to a world apart
About Talbot County, Maryland:
Talbot County, Maryland invites visitors to experience the perfect balance of rural simplicity and urban refinement. With the timeless beauty of the Chesapeake Bay as their backdrop, the county’s sophisticated small towns, charming country byways, and wide array of activities offer something for everyone who appreciates the opportunity to relax, reflect, and renew. The Talbot County Office of Tourism offers comprehensive information and trip planning services at its Easton, Maryland office (1- 410-770-8000) and on its website (www.tourtalbot.org).
Carlyle Fairfax Smith
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