Exploring Historic Downtown Easton
|The Tidewater Inn|
|The Avalon Theatre|
|The Academy Art Museum|
|The interior of the Academy Art Museum.|
The Tidewater Inn's Hunters' Tavern, serves dishes like lamb loin, duck, scallops, filet mignon and more, with additional dining establishments within walking distance of the hotel. The Bartlett Pear Inn, which opened in 2009 and serves French-inspired, farm-to-table cuisine, continues to gain accolades from foodies from around the region. In 2014, the husband-and-wife team ranked #25 in the list of “100 Very Best Restaurants” according to the Washingtonian. I recently learned that the historic inn, built in 1790, is on the market for $1.295 million. You can learn more about 10,251-square foot property and the cost to acquire it here.
|A soft-shell crab salad at the Bartlett Pear.|
The nearby town of Oxford, with a population of less than 1,000, gives off a decidedly laid-back vibe. A stroll down the tree-lined streets of the waterfront village is especially lovely this time of year as the fall foliage unfolds in all its splendid glory and early risers can observe watermen unloading the day's catch.
Tourists seldom leave the area without sampling the ice cream available at the Scottish Highland Creamery, which boasts nearly 600 flavors. Favorites like tiramisu, birthday cake and double Belgian Chocolate, receive rave reviews from locals and visitors alike.
Not far from the Creamery is The Robert Morris Inn, known as the oldest full-service inn in the United States. Known as one of the crown jewels of Oxford, the Inn was built in 1710 and named after the father of the financier of the American Revolution. Setting foot inside is like stepping back in time. For an authentic, historic experience, rent one of the heritage colonial rooms, which are original to the main house and offer scenic views overlooking the water.
The tavern, with its exposed brick walls and slate floors, is an ideal place for a casual repast. Those who prefer to dine al fresco can enjoy a bite on the patio. A formal dining room is also available for those who choose to enjoy their meals in an elegant, upscale atmosphere.
|The Robert Morris Inn.|
Ride a Ferry to St. Michaels
Step outside the Robert Morris Inn and onto a historic ferry, which will escort you to St. Michaels. Established in 1683, the Oxford-Bellevue Ferry is known as America’s oldest privately owned ferry. The passenger boat runs seven days a week from April through October and on weekends through mid-November.
|The Open Boatshop at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum|
Also located on the property is a boat shed, which was once a cannery warehouse used by the St. Michaels Packing Company. Today visitors walk through the structure to inspect boats that were once used for fishing, crabbing and oystering.
For accommodations in St. Michaels, look no further than the 78-room Perry Cabin Inn. Don’t let the rustic name fool you. If your idea of roughing it is choosing between a couple’s massage, or an 80-minute pumpkin peel facial, the Inn at Perry Cabin is the right choice for you. The resort offers an array of spa treatments, along with complimentary bike and kayaks to pedal, or row, your way around the region. Staff serves daily afternoon tea and the waterfront property offers beautiful views of the Miles River.
|The Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond|
|A room at the Inn at Perry Cabin.|
|The front lawn at the Inn at Perry Cabin.|
These are but a few tips that will take you on an easy drive through three areas of Talbot County where you can indulge in a laid-back, unhurried, luxurious trip. Talbot County offers so much more than I’ve described here, so for help in planning your own perfect, long weekend, visit their website at www.tourtalbot.org