Eastern Shore, MD, Guide and Information
Welcome to Eastern Shore
The emergence of bayside towns like Chestertown, St. Michaels, Cambridge and Crisfield as destinations has driven a growing interest in Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Friendly, small-town shops, biking through local parks, kayaking on the local creeks and fresh crab cakes all welcome visitors to the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay.
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Explore in Eastern Shore, MD
One look at a map and you can easily discern that it’s all about the Chesapeake Bay on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Much of the outdoor recreation revolves around all kinds of water sports, boating and fishing.
There’s a river in every shape and size, plenty of harbors, inlets and inland waterways upon which to recreate. Peninsulas, marshy tidal islands, sandbars and other configurations of land make the waterscape all the more interesting. It’s no wonder that the waters here serve as such a perennial vehicle for fun.
First, you need to become clear on what encompasses Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Pull it up on Google to see that it includes a very large area in Maryland, comprised of nine counties situated to the east of Chesapeake Bay. Now pull up or out–depending on whether you’re online or looking at a hard copy–Discovery Map Eastern Shore and you’ll see a select portion of this region featured, the area where you’ll find a lot to do. It also happens to be where you’ll find an outstanding selection of restaurants and bars. And boy, does Discovery Map do a superlative job in showcasing the best of them. Sorry for the bragging, but it’s true!
Next you need to know that crabs are king in this part of Maryland, blue crab to be precise, also known as Atlantic blue crab or Chesapeake blue crab. As far back as the 1600s, people have feasted on blue crab in this part of the world. First known to Native Americans, their popularity grew over the centuries and today they are a big reason why people visit Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Best boiled or steamed with a sprinkling of Old Bay seasoning and lots of drawn butter; or you can delight in a crab cake, particularly if it’s one that’s all about this succulent salty-sweet meat. Many visitors relish soft-shell crabs, an often battered delicacy eaten whole. It’s an acquired taste (mostly for its texture) but for those so inclined, they’re usually big aficionados and delight when these young crabs are in season from April through mid–September.