The Eastern Shore offers many diverse areas to discover and activities to enjoy. The Chesapeake Bay, Chester River and other waterways provide natural settings to enjoy the ever-changing landscapes and wildlife. The Eastern Shore is popular for hunting, biking, fishing, oysters, crabs and boating activities.
Historic Chestertown is a great destination for a day trip or weekend getaway at a local B&B or Inn. Enjoy the Chester River Walk, shops, cafes and the many parks and walking trails. The historic fishing village of Rock Hall offers canoe rentals and boat charters. Annual Eastern Shore events include the Chestertown Tea Party, Sultana Downrigging Festival and the Easton Wildlife Festival.
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Just outside of Rock Hall is Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge. The 2,285-acre island refuge is a major feeding and resting place for migrating and wintering waterfowl. Walk along seven different trails and boardwalks for great wildlife viewing and expansive views of the Chester River and Chesapeake Bay. The Visitor Contact Station is staffed daily by volunteers. Link for more information Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge. To explore things to do and view the Kent County Digital Visitor Guide visit Kent County Visitor Info .
For those wandering around Chestertown and feeling like some fresh oysters on the half shell, you may want to head over to The Retriever Bar and Oysters. Looking for unshucked oysters? Check out Scott's website Orchard…
CHESTERTOWN DOWNRIGGING FESTIVAL - October 29 - 31, 2021
Visit Historic Chestertown, one of America's best preserved historic seaports, for Sultana Education Foundation's Downrigging Weekend Festival. Today, Sultana is a school ship, carrying thousands of children and other passengers on educational trips throughout the year.
Chestertown's Downrigging Weekend is one of the largest annual Tall Ship and wooden boat festivals on the East Coast. Enjoy performances by world-class musicians; lectures by nationally recognized authors and filmmakers. Go sailing as part of a fleet of historic ships", representing over 400 years of maritime history. For a Schedule of Events and more info visit Chestertown Downrigging Festival
The Chestertown area has many outdoor activities to enjoy and places to explore. One of the most important resources for individuals and families is the Sultana Education Foundation (SEF), offering a virtual classroom, programs and outdoor experiences for the public.
Dickens of a Christmas in Chestertown, December 6-8, 2019
The third annual Dickens of a Christmas is a fun weekend of Christmas events, folks in period dress and live music. House tours, carriage rides and High Tea are among the festivities, as well as a London Row of vendors selling handcrafted goods. Hot beverages and shops with refreshments add to the holiday merriment.
Crow Vineyard & Winery
Wine & Oyster Pairing Event
Saturday, March 9, 2019
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Crow Vineyard is hosting a local pairing of award-winning Crow wines and oysters from Orchard Point Oysters * The pairing includes a tasting of 3 wines and 3 oysters as well as samples of local Eve’s Cheese and Crow grass-fed Angus beef. Additional wine and oysters, raw or grilled, will be available for purchase. Link to more information: Crow Vineyard Wine Pairing Event
Award Winning Crow Vineyard & Winery is also a lovely Farmstay B&B. Guests can enjoy wine tastings, farm-to-table experiences and other events. The winery is located in Kennedyville on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, just north of Chestertown.…
CHESTERTOWN, MARYLAND EVENT
PAINT THE TOWN - APRIL 26-29, 2018
Artists from all over the Mid-Atlantic region will paint the local scene during RiverArts annual plein air event, Paint the Town. Paintings will be available for sale at the RiverArts Gallery. There is a two-hour Quick Draw on Sunday in Fountain Park. More information about the event.
Waterfowl Festival | Easton, Maryland
November 10, 11, 12, 2017
An annual event since November, 1971, the wildlife art show, sportsman’s expo celebrates all things “Eastern Shore”. Nationally recognized wildlife artists: painters, sculptors, carvers and photographers will be exhibiting their work in the galleries in historic downtown Easton. Some of the highlights of the festival include the kids fishing derby, art activities, calling contests, retriever demonstrations and DockDogs Competition. For more info visit: Waterfowl Festival Info
There are plenty of food vendors serving local eastern shore cuisine and a wine & beer tasting pavilion.
And on a special note, Scott Budden will be serving up his Orchard Point Oysters at The Waterfowl…
November 4, 2017 (10:00 am - 4:00 pm)
Adkins Arboretum in Talbot County will have five native gardens on the tour, “Celebrating Natives” - highlighting the beauty of native gardens and their importance in creating a biodiverse landscape. The gardens featured in this Talbot County tour display a range of beautiful and creative native plantings. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the tour. Register in advance and save! Link to more information: Celebrating Fall Gardens
12610 Eveland Rd
Ridgely, MD 21660
CHESTERTOWN DOWNRIGGING WEEKEND
October 27-29, 2017
Visit Chestertown, one of America’s best preserved historic seaports, for Downrigging Weekend - one of the largest annual Tall Ship and Wooden Boat Festivals on the East Coast. In it's 17th year, the festival is organized by Sultana Education Foundation, a non-profit that first formed around the construction of the Sultana. Today, Sultana is a school ship, carrying thousands of children and other passengers on educational trips throughout the year.
One of the main events is the Fireworks and Ship Illumination on Friday night when all the visiting ships are illuminated. Over the weekend, enjoy performances by world-class musicians; lectures by nationally recognized authors and filmmaker or…