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Staycation In Centreville, Church Hill, Sudlersville and Chestertown

Enjoy a Staycation in Centreville, Church Hill, Sudlersville and Chestertown! It’s so easy in our busy lives to overlook all the amazing things the city you live in has to offer. We are so focused on getting from home to school, to work and to the grocery store as part of our daily rituals; that most often we overlook the quaint sometimes intriguing aspects of where we live that draw thousands of tourists to our hometown each year.

Try these Family and Adult Couple Staycation Itineraries, involving farming, recreational water sports and bowling activities, paired with wine tastings, fine dining and theatrical experiences on any Saturday or Sunday of your choice this summer and learn ….why where your live is more than just home!

Family Morning
Picking Fruits and Vegetables at the Farm

Begin your day at Godfrey’s Farm in Sudlersville located at 302 Leager Road in Sudlersville. The entire family is sure to enjoy a morning on the farm picking your own peaches for breakfast or a morning snack. Peach picking is still going on Friday, Saturday and Sunday through August 18 from 8 am-1 pm. and only $20 for half a bushel. There’s a whole lot of local going on at the market! They have nectarines, lopes, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, peppers, corn, peaches, tomatoes and more, you can also pick your own blueberries while you’re there! Call 410-438-2509 or go to Facebook/Godfrey’s-Farm to check in!

Family Afternoon
Rolphs Wharf, enjoy a boaters destination without a boat!

Take a drive down Rolphs Wharf Road, off of Route 213, to Rolph’s Wharf Marina, Sandbar Grill and River Inn located at 1008 Rolph’s Wharf Road in Chestertown. An escape from civilization, Rolph’s Wharf is typically known as a boater’s destination located off the Chester River but can still be enjoyed by the day tripper and by car. Enjoy some relaxation time sitting beach side in an Adirondack chair with a cocktail or beverage listening to local musicians entertain while the children play in the water. Families can enjoy a lunch at the Sandbar Grill featuring light fair such as wings, crab cakes, chicken sandwiches and burger’s, as well as chicken nuggets, hot dogs and fries for the children. Its where beautiful sunsets are guaranteed, so enjoy! For more information go to www.rolphswharf.com or call 410-778-6389.

Evening at the Bowling Alley

After a day at the beach and marina, cool off at the Queen Anne’s Bowling Center where Duck Pins or Ten Pins are available. A pizza dinner and bowling is sure to entertain your crowd. Its located at 6401 Church Hill Road (Route 213) in Chestertown. Ask about one of their specials at The Grill! Call 410-778-5800 to reserve your lane or for additional information go to www. queenannebowling.com or like them on Facebook/ Queen-Annes-Bowling-Centre for special events and deals!

Adults and Couples
Morning is for Kayaking and Fishing

Spend a half day Kayaking and Fishing on the Corsica River in Centreville. Visit CD Outdoors seasonal location at Centreville Outdoors located at 101 Water Way in Centreville at the Wharf. Fly and Light Tackle Yak Fish’in in the Shallows is the perfect trip as you fish from native watercraft, Slayer & Ultimates, the lightest, most stable fishing yaks on the water. They are now booking kayak trips for rock fish, speckled trout, white perch and whatever else will hit a lure or fly. Paddle Boards are also available for rent. Cost for Tandem Kayak Rentals for 1/2 day is $50, plus additional fees for fishing equipment, paddles and PFD’s included. Call 410.991.8468 to schedule a trip.
Adults and Couples
Afternoon Lunch and a tasting stroll at the Winery and Vineyard

After a long morning on the water, its time for Lunch at O’Shucks a NEW Irish Pub located at 122 North Commerce Street in Historic Centreville. Look for their weekly $.25 Oyster specials. Enjoy their weekend Happy Hour from 2-5 pm featuring on Saturday’s 1/2 price appetizers and $2 Domestic Drafts and on Sunday’s $.25 wings and all day Bloody Mary and Mimosa Specials! Check out their full menu, specials and events on www.oshucksirishpub.com or just stop by! Opens at 11 am daily!

Next take a stroll through Cassinelli Winery and Vineyard located at 3830 Church Hill Road (Route 213) in Church Hill. A white vinyl fence is their calling card from the road. They are actively planting and maintaining vineyards including Chardonnay, Merlot, and Viognier grapes as well as hundreds of apple, peach, pear and plum trees that they hope families will soon visit to pick and enjoy.They share the productive land with several livestock including cows and buffalo. Plan a trip to visit the 110 acre winery and vineyard and enjoy a tasting of their featured wines such as the 2007 Merlot or 2007 Riesling. To find out where to purchase Cassinelli wines, for upcoming events, and to schedule a tasting or tour go to www.cassinelliwinery.com or call 410-604-1539.

Adults and Couples
Dinning the Night Away

Enjoy an evening of fine dining or crab picking at Georgie’s Seafood and Grill located at 2640 Centreville Road in Centreville. Call for availability on their All You Can Eat Crab specials or for their nightly dinner specials and be sure to have a bowl of their award winning Cream of Crab Soup! Local live entertainment is also featured every Friday and Saturday Night! Call 410-758-3600 or www.georgiescfood.com for additional information.

Adults and Couples
An Evening at the Theatre

Help Church Hill Theatre celebrate their 30th year anniversary! Attend the Church Hill Theatre’s rendition of Rabbit Hole, which was originally nominated for several Tony awards and was the recipient of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama written by David Lindsay-Abaire and directed by Michael Whitehill. Step back in time and enjoy your evening at the Art Deco restored Theater located at 103 Walnut Street in Church Hill. Show plays Aug. 9 – 25, at 8 pm on Fri. and Sat. and 2 pm on Sun. Cost for adults is $18 non-members and $15 for members, and $10 for Students. Buy a discounted 5 pack of flex tickets good for any show for $84 for non-members or $70 for members. Become a member for $35 individual or $50 for families and receive discounted ticket prices, notification of upcoming events and 10% off educational programs at the Theatre. Call 410-758-1331 for tickets or go to www.churchhilltheatre.org

Enjoy a Staycation in Grasonville and Queenstown!

It’s so easy in our busy lives to overlook all the amazing things the town you live in has to offer. We are so focused on getting from home to school, to work and to the grocery store as part of our daily rituals that we often overlook the quaint, sometimes intriguing aspects of where we live that draw thousands of tourists to our hometown each year.

Any Saturday or Sunday of your choice this summer, try these family and adult couple Staycation itineraries involving recreational wildlife and fishing activities topped off with fine dining experiences and learn why where your live is more than just home!

Family Morning
Wildlife Exploration

Begin your morning with breakfast at Holly’s Restaurant, an area landmark for tourists and travelers, located at 108 Jackson Creek Road off Route 50 in Grasonville. Be sure to order the Shoreman’s Breakfast and get three pancakes, eggs, bacon strips and sausage for just $8.29!

Then head over to the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center located at 600 Discovery Road in Grasonville. It is open from 9- 5 daily and admission is $5 for adults, $2 for youth (5-18), $4 seniors and members are free. CBEC is a 510 acre wildlife preserve established in 1979 by the Wildfowl Trust of North America. If you love the outdoors, high-tech equipment and adventure, then Geocaching at the center is for you! CBEC has over 20 caches to find so you can spend the day with family, bring a lunch and explore the various habitats of the Chesapeake Bay. To learn more about geocaching go to www.geocaching.com.

Family Afternoon

Continue your afternoon at CBEC on their four miles of trails made for walking, hiking, and biking. Be sure to stop and take a break at the many observation decks and benches found along the trails to bird watch and observe the rich aquatic diversity found on the shores of the Bay and in the tidal marshes. Don’t miss the Birds of Prey exhibit and be sure to include kayaking in your afternoon itinerary, it is a thrifty deal at around $15 per vessel or free for members. With their ideal location on a peninsula, they offer visitors kayak and canoe rentals to glide around Marshy Creek, the Narrows and Prospect Bay for viewing wading birds, waterfowl and acres of marsh and restored shoreline. Kayaks must be taken out by 3 pm and returned by 4:30 pm daily. A drivers license and signed waiver are required. Call 410-827-6694 to make your reservation today!


Family Fishing
Morning and Afternoon

Board a Head Boat for a full eight hour bottom fishing trip on the Eastern Bay. Boats begin boarding at 5 am, depart at 7am and return at 7 pm daily. A minimum of five passengers are needed for some boats to depart. It’s suggested that you call for a reservation 24 hours prior. Head Boats are a great, economical way to fish on the Bay for Spots, Croakers and pPerch. The cost for adults is $60 per passenger, children under 12 are half price and senior discounts are available. If you don’t have a rod or tackle, no problem! They will supply them and bait can be purchased as you arrive. All you need to bring is a cooler with ice for your day’s catch and a bagged lunch. Captain Terrence and The Fishing Lady can accommodate up to 49 passengers and departs from the public pier adjacent to the Jetty Restaurant and Dock Bar. Call Captain Terrence at 410-739-8101 for your reservation. Three other Head Boats operate from the Kent Narrows including The Shirley B with Captain Montro Wright & Sons (www.shirleyblll. com, 410-827-7588), The Captain Price II with Captain Loyd Price (www.captainlprice.com, 410-310-4558) and The Island Queen (410/827-7737/410-490-1281). Most boats are radio equipped with the latest navigational equipment, enclosed cabins and bathrooms.
Adults and Couples

Take a three hour kayak tour with Adventure Crafters located at 7109 Main Street in Queenstown. Tours depart from a private launch on Little Creek in Queenstown. Discover the natural beauty of the Chesapeake’s Eastern Shore, exploring the Eastern Neck Wildlife Refuge and the beautiful tidal marshes along the Chester River. Cost is $65 per adult and all trips include kayak, paddles, PFD, basic instruction, a beverage and a high energy snack. Call 888-KAYAK.MD (888-529-2563) to schedule your reservation.


After a long morning on the water, its time for lunch at The Big Owl Tiki Bar located at 3015 Kent Narrows Way in Grasonville. Everybody loves The Big Owl… a friendly little dock bar with island decor, Key West ambiance, the best sunsets around and the Kent Narrows on all sides. Experience the “Big Owl Grill” menu as you sip your ice cold drink along the waterfront…may we recommend the Fish Tacos and Deep Fried Pickles!

Next take a few hours and visit Pintail Point located on the River Plantation at 511 Pintail Point Lane in Queenstown. Take a shot at fun and try their sporting clays course. Feel the exhilaration of one of the nation’s fastest growing sports. Prices vary by stand, and requested number of targets. Gun rentals, golf carts and lessons available upon request. Call 410-827-7065 for your reservation. Senior and Military discounts available. Open 9 am- 3:30 pm.
For Everyone

Couples and families alike will enjoy dining at the Jetty Restaurant and Dock Bar (201 Wells Cove Road in Grasonville). Grab a table on the sandy beach and enjoy the panoramic views and local crabs! Purchase crabs by the dozen or enjoy their All-U-Can-Eat specials including a basket of fries and ear of corn.

After dinner, everyone can enjoy a sunset cruise aboard the Phillie Flyer, a 26 foot regulator center console design that can accommodate up to six passengers. For $150 per hour, you choose your destination and your duration. Call Kent Narrows Boat Rides and Captain Charlie at 410-212-4070 to reserve your cruise today. A week advance notice is requested. Pickup and drop off at several locations throughout the Kent Narrows, including your marina, hotel, or dining location, or available.

Adults and Couples Only

For those 21 years of age or over, your night continues. Return to the Jetty and enjoy an evening drinking cocktails at their outdoor tiki bar and dancing to your favorite local musicians such as Mike Hines, Hot Tub Limo, No Pets For Noah and more…see you there!




Staycation in Stevensville

Enjoy a Staycation in Stevensville! It’s so easy in our busy lives to overlook all the amazing things the town you live in has to offer. We are so focused on getting from home to school, to work and to the grocery store as part of our daily rituals that we often overlook the quaint, intriguing aspects of where we live that draw thousands of tourists to our hometown each year.

Try this Family Staycation on any Saturday of your choice this summer and learn why where your live is more than just home!

8 AM- Peace of Cake located at 314 Love Point Road in Historic Stevensville is the perfect local spot to begin your day. Children and adults will enjoy starting the day sampling one of their fresh baked muffins, cookies, scones, turnovers, cinnamon buns or the favorite kiwi and strawberry topped tart. Adults can enjoy a cup of gourmet coffee! Peace of Cake is open Saturdays 8am- 3pm.

8:30AM- Learn the history of Historic Stevensville as you finish up your tasty treats by walking to the local historic sites. Help your family learn the history of their hometown by picking up the history guide map, QAC Explore Our History and Heritage For Your Journey to Our Past, from the QA’s County Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center located at the Kent Narrows (open 7 days per week from 10 am- 4 pm). Don’t worry if you forget to plan ahead…The Cray House, The Stevensville Train Depot, The Old Post Office and The Historic Christ Church Arts and Cultural Center also have accompanying informational signs for information about their rich, local history.

10AM- Cross Island Trail at Love Point Park. Drive and park at Love Point Park located off Old Love Point Park Road across from the back side of the Kent Island High School. Plan on either riding bikes or walking the eastbound span of the Cross Island Trail, which will take you between Love Point Park and The Kent Narrows. Your family can leisurely follow the trail at your own pace and travel any distance you choose. Along the trail, you can view and enjoy the local wildlife and scenery we most often overlook when we travel by car. But remember these 3 tips: 1- Don’t forget your bottled water, 2- Don’t forget your return trip will be equally as long as the distance you travel and 3 -Take note of where the library is located because this will be a stop on your return trip.

12PM- Kent Island Branch of The Queen Anne’s County Library is located off the Kent Island Trail or by car at 200 Library Circle. In addition to finding all your reading pleasures, local artist Glenn Shiring holds a FREE Art At Noon class for families and students of all ages every Saturday. No registration is needed, so just walk in and enjoy a fun-filled, family experience!

2PM- Matapeake Beach and Clubhouse, located at 201 Clubhouse Drive off Sunny Schulz Blvd. and Route 8 South in Stevensville, is the perfect way to unwind for the remainder of your afternoon. With food by Smokehouse Grill, you can enjoy lunch at the full service cafe in the restored clubhouse Memorial Day thru Labor Day (M-F, 10AM-2PM or Sat. & Sun., 10AM-5PM). Historically, the clubhouse once served as the Eastern ferry terminal for the ferry that transported passengers across the Bay. The cafe includes indoor and outdoor terrace seating and fountains. Spend the afternoon sitting on the adirondack chairs watching the boats ride by or playing in the Bay. The beach is open seven days per week from dawn until dusk, and an adjacent dog beach is open for your pets. The Matapeake Fishing Pier and The Cross Island Trail (southbound extension) are in the vicinity for those searching for additional recreational activities. Parking is plentiful and free as well access to the beach and its grounds. Picnic areas also provided.

6PM- Kentmorr Marina, Restaurant & Beach, located at 910 Kentmorr Road in the Kentmorr community, is a short drive down Route 8 South and a treasured jewel nestled in its surrounding neighborhood. You can dine in the restaurant, sunroom, on the deck or at a beachfront picnic table where families will definitely enjoy eating local seafood, including steamed crabs, or one of Kentmorr’s famous brick oven pizzas. During your stay, adults can choose to enjoy cocktails at Dirty Dave’s Tiki Bar located beachfront, where live music starts at 6PM. Families can enjoy dancing, playing tetherball, swimming in the Bay, or watching the sunset from a beachfront hammock. No matter what, be sure to delight in a serving of one of their famous soft serve ice cream cones before your night ends!

Sunday’s itinerary is for adults only, whether you don’t have kids or just need a day!

10AM- Start your day off with Kent Manor Inn’s lavish Champagne Brunch Buffet which includes an amazing assortment of fine foods including a carving station, made to order omelets and decadent desserts. The $28 per person buffet includes a free Mimosa or Bloody Mary for diners over 21. Located at 500 Kent Manor Inn in Stevensville, the Inn is situated on 220 acres on the beautiful Thompson Creek. You are sure to enjoy the “Most Beautiful Country Inn in Maryland,” which is more than just a popular wedding venue with its “quiet elegance on the Eastern Shore.”

11AM- Trident Aircraft, at The Bay Bridge Airport, 206 Airport Road, offers a 30-45 minute scenic flight for just $99 per flight for up to 3 passengers. You may choose from six different flight patterns up, down and around the Chesapeake Bay. Say please… and they will even fly you over your home! Be sure to call 410-604-1333 by Friday for a Sunday flight reservation. Flight times range from dawn till dusk daily, so be advised your specific time may alter your Staycation slightly.

12PM- Enjoy a wide variety of antique shops within walking distance in Historic Stevensville…from cottage chic to industrial and primitive styles, you are sure to find the perfect treasure to suit your life and home decor. Be sure and visit Stevensville Antiques, Love Point Antiques & Home Decor, Paris Grey, The Salvaged Pearl, Positively Fabulous, Rebecca’s Corner and My Little Studio (most shops are open from 11AM-5PM).

1PM- Lunch at Rustico Wine Bar, located at 401 Love Point Road in Historic Stevensville, will be the perfect place to take a rest and enjoy authentic Italian fare inspired by the cuisine of Southern Italy. Half price appetizers including antipasto salads, calamari, gourmet pizzas and baked brie are available all day Sunday in the Wine Bar.

2PM- Cascia Vineyards, located at 1200 Thompson Creek Road, is the perfect spot for a leisurely stroll and wine tasting and are open Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4PM. Visit the 12 acres of breathtaking vines and scenery at this unique family-run winery located creekside with panoramic waterfront views. Meet owners, Kim and Mark Cascia, and have a wine tasting of their favorite blends including their Governors Cup award winning varieties of Queen Anne’s Reserve, Zinfandel and Nebbiolo. With several red and white varieties available, you’ll be sure to find a wine to your liking! For private tastings, call 410-604-2127.

4PM- A tee-time at the Blue Heron Golf Course, located at 3270 Romancoke Road in Stevensville, may be the perfect spot to work off some afternoon calories. You can play 9 holes or a full 18 and walk or ride the course by cart. Blue Heron is appropriate for all skill levels and is open seven days per week, sunup to sundown. Call 410-643-5721 to reserve your tee-time.

7PM- Enjoy dinner and drinks at Hemingway’s Restaurant, located at 357 Pier One Road in Stevensville at the foot of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and with notably one of the most amazing sunsets on Kent Island. Delight in their Master Chef’s hand-picked menu featuring tasty appetizers, local seafood, soups, salads and entrees; including Hemingway’s Signature Rockfish Reuben. Travel by land or by water and call 410-604-0999 for your reservation!

Staycation In QAC: Shop for Treasures of the Present and Past in Queen Anne’s County

Two Days/One Night

Shop for something brand new and shiny or vintage/retro and antique. Queen Anne’s County, located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore has the unique gift or treasure that you are looking for.

Arrive at the Chesapeake Exploration Center on a Tuesday morning. Get oriented at the county visitor’s center and enjoy the view of the Kent Narrows.

Start your shopping adventure at the Premium Outlets located in Queenstown. The outlets feature over 65 outlet stores, where you’ll find legendary brands, abundant selection and savings. Shop at Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Coach, Gucci, J. Crew, Juicy Couture, Michael Kors, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren and many more.

Head to the historic, small town of Stevensville to enjoy a delicious lunch and shop at the working art studios and galleries. Browse a selection of fine art, basketry, pottery, stained glass, jewelry, painted furniture and other gifts of distinction.

Enjoy a waterfront view and a delicious seafood dinner at one of the local restaurants. Spend the night in your choice of comfortable accommodations in the Kent Narrows/Grasonville area.

Wake up early on Wednesday morning and go to Dixon’s Furniture Auction, held in Crumpton every Wednesday at 8 am. Dixon’s Furniture Auction has been in business since 1961 and is one of the largest discovery auctions, always on the edge of what’s new in the auction and antique world. This auction features acres and acres of antiques and unique items. Browse through the extensive collection of items and bid on your favorite pieces- you never know what gems you’ll find at Dixon’s!

Contact Information:
Queen Anne’s County Economic Development and Tourism
425 Piney Narrows Road
Chester, MD 21619

Staycation in QAC: Shaping History – Student Tour

Day Tour
The history of Queen Anne’s County dates back to the earliest Colonial settlements in Maryland. Settlement of the northern portion of the county began in the 1600s. Early communities grew up around transportation routes, the rivers and streams, and then roads and eventually railroads. Small towns were centers of economic and social activity and evolved over the years from thriving centers of the tobacco trade to communities boosted by the railroad boom. Students will learn how geography and economics influenced the small communities of Queen Anne’s County.

Themes include:
Why it is important to preserve history; how transportation routes influenced the development of towns in Queen Anne’s County; how small towns were self-sufficient and social centers; and how two churches that have withstood the test of time and are still in use. We will visit six of the county’s historical sites and organizations including: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, built in 1732 for 140,000 pounds of tobacco; Church Hill Theatre, originally built in 1929 as a town hall then in 1935 the building became a movie theater; Dudley’s Chapel, built in 1782 for a Methodist congregation with a segregated gallery added in 1811; Sudlersville Train Station Museum, in 1885 many goods and services were transported through the station; the Museum of Eastern Shore Life, showcases the lives of the first settlers; and the Queen Anne’s County Courthouse, the oldest continuously operating court house in the state of Maryland built in 1792.

The Historic Sites Consortium of Queen Anne’s County
P.O. Box 655
Centreville, MD 21617
Tele: 410-758-2502

Staycation in QAC: Small Towns of Queen Anne’s County Day Trip

Discover the famous historic towns located in Queen Anne’s County, gateway to Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Queen Anne’s County is filled with colonial history, maritime villages, museums and art galleries. Antique shops, boutiques and cultural opportunities are abundant.

Start your day at the Chesapeake Exploration Center, the county visitor’s center, getting acquainted with the area and enjoying the view.

Begin in Historic Stevensville a town that boasts working art studios/galleries offering a selection of fine art, basketry, pottery, stained glass, jewelry, painted furniture and other handcrafted gifts of distinction. Stroll through the town and visit the Stevensville Train Depot (c. 1902) and Caboose (c. 1929), Christ Church (c. 1880), original Post Office (c. 1860) and Bank Building.

Special group arrangements are available at many area establishments for lunch.

Then, it’s off to Centreville, the county seat of Queen Anne’s County. History is reflected in the diverse architecture seen along the streets of the town—elegant Victorian homes with their wrap-around porches, neo-classical public buildings, late-19th-century commercial rows, late-20th-century institutional and government structures, and all the variations and curiosities in between. Wright’s Chance (c. 1744) and Tucker House (c. 1792) are superb examples of colonial architecture and are filled with period furnishings and treasures. Walk to the Court Square and view the County Courthouse, Maryland’s oldest courthouse in continuous use since 1792. Located there is a bronze statue of Queen Anne dedicated by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne and is the only known statue of the Queen outside of Britain.

Contact Information:
Queen Anne’s County Economic Development and Tourism
425 Piney Narrows Road
Chester, MD 21619

Staycation in QAC: The Chesapeake Wine Trail

In Queen Anne’s County take the time to visit two vineyards on the Chesapeake Wine Trail; Cascia Vineyards in Stevensville and Cassinelli Winery & Vineyards in Church Hill.

Cascia Vineyards is a unique family run winery located on Kent Island, on the Chesapeake Bay. They produce handcrafted premium red and white wines, as well as dessert wines, from vinifera and native varietals grown in their vineyard. Their waterfront winery and event facility provide and extraordinary opportunity to experience the best that Queen Anne’s County has to offer. Hours are by appointment only, call (410) 604-2127.

Cassinelli Winery and Vineyards, positioned on 110 acres of woods and rolling, open land, is located off Route 213 on the way to Chestertown, Maryland. A white vinyl fence is their calling card from the road. They grow Chardonnay, Merlot, and Viognier grapes as well as hundreds of apple, peach, pear and plum trees that they hope families will soon visit to pick and enjoy! The winery is open Saturdays and Sunday, call (410) 556-6825 for specific times.

Another winery on our beautiful Eastern Shore worth savoring is Tilmon’s Island Winery, a boutique winery producing small quantities with attention to quality and a goal of consumer enjoyment of fine Maryland wine. As Queen Anne’s County’s first winery, production began in the Fall of 2004 with grapes purchased from local vineyards in Queen Anne’s, Talbot and Caroline Counties. From April to December, the winery is open on Saturdays or by appointment. Call (443) 480-5021 for more information.

For more information about ways to STAYcation in Queen Anne’s County, visit www.visitqueenannes.com.

There are many ways to enjoy a glass of wine; with family or friends at a special dinner, celebrating a happy occasion or just relaxing after a day at work. With the opening of the new Chesapeake Wine Trail, those who enjoy fine wine will find it in abundance across the Eastern Shore. “This is a very exciting day for the Maryland Wine industry…this is the birth of something we hope will be very big and very popular toward our goals of tourism, agriculture and land preservation in promoting the rural economy of Maryland,” said Kevin Atticks, executive director of the Maryland Wineries Association. The trail is a collaborative effort of the Association, the Maryland Department of Agriculture and county tourism agencies.

Queen Anne’s County has the perfect soil for grape production, said County Commissioner Paul Gunther, who joined the celebration. “We have just the right amount of drainage and elements to grow grapes that will make wines to rival some of the finest California wines,” said Gunther. The climate is ideal and the area has just the right amount of sunshine and the cool winters needed for premium grape production, he said.

Atticks said The Chesapeake Wine is a great way to draw people to the Eastern Shore to enjoy the area’s beauty and bounty, while helping to grow the economy. “The local vineyards are a great way to bring people to the region and enjoy not only the local products, but allow them to travel through some of the most beautiful places in the state of Maryland,” said County Commissioner Eric Wargotz, M.D.“ Faith Elliott Rossing, Director of the Queen Anne’s County Department of Economic Development, Agriculture and Tourism says the trail is especially great for Queen Anne’s County because there are three established wineries; Tilmon’s Island Winery in Sudlersville, Cascia Vineyards in Stevensville, as well as Cassinelli’s in Church Hill.

For more information about wineries and vineyards along the trail, visit www.chesapeakewinetrail.com.

Staycation in QAC: Water Wheels & Hearth Fires – Day Tour

Queen Anne’s County boasts one of the first colonial settlements in Maryland, and the third settlement in what would be the United States. From the earliest days of settlement on Kent Island to the establishment of Queen Anne’s County and the development of towns, colonial history is evident throughout the county. These first settlements were influenced by the availability of natural resources and early transportation routes, both waterways and land routes. Mills sprung up around waterways, which provided power and transportation. Early mail routes and ports dictated the location of the first county seat, which was later moved to a more central location. Tour-goers will learn how geography and economics influenced the development of colonial Queen Anne’s County. They will explore the public and private aspects of life in colonial times.

Tour themes include: How the location of colonial settlements was influenced by the geography and natural resources of the region; how courthouses were the centers of political activities in the colonies; how farming was the major economic activity of colonial Queen Anne’s County; and how towns were the communication hubs for the colonies. Students will visit five of the county’s historical sites and organizations including: the Colonial Courthouse in Queenstown, the original county seat constructed in 1708; the Wye Grist Mill, first mill built in 1668; the Tucker House, the oldest original house built in Centreville in 1794; Wright’s Chance, built in the early 1700s and moved to its current location to be saved; and the Queen Anne’s County Courthouse, the oldest continuously operating court house in the state of Maryland built in 1792.

For more info, contact Historic Sites Consortium of Queen Anne’s County at 410-758-2502.

Megan wrote: “My family loves to go boating and jetskiing in the Bay all summer long. Sometimes we go crabbing bright and early on a Saturday morning or we may just go for a boat ride and pull into a local restaurant like Kentmorr, Big Owls or Bridges and enjoy lunch or dinner on the water. Every summer, we always go to the Thunder on the Narrows boat races along with friends on their boats and make a day out of watching the races, swimming and hanging out. There is so much to do on the Island in the summer, why go anywhere else?”

Staycation in QAC: The Antique Trail

Travel along Maryland’s historical by-ways and find the treasurers of past life coupled with toady’s delicacies. Start your quest on Kent Island and visit Lowery Turner Antiques, Stevensville Antiques and European Country Furniture. Follow Route 18 into Grasonville and you will find Dutch Barn Antiques & Used Furniture, Haddaway Antiques, Village Inn Antiques and Easten Bay Trading Company. Continue north on Route 301 into Queenstown to visit J.R.’s Antiques & Collectibles and DHS Designs. Further up Route 301 you will find Chestertown Antiques & Furniture. Heading east through the county on Route 300 is Les’ Antiques in Sudlersville and Dixon’s Furniture on Route 544 in Crumpton.

Staycation in QAC: Shop, Sip and Savor In Queen Anne’s County

Day Trip

Enjoy shopping at the premium Outlets in Queenstown, a delicious seafood lunch and sipping on locally produced wine made right in Queen Anne’s County, gateway to the Maryland’s Eastern Shore!
Start your day by visiting the Chesapeake Exploration Center, where you can orient yourself with regional information and enjoy a lovely view of the Kent Narrows.

Shop ‘til you drop at the Premium Outlets in Queenstown. With over 65 outlet stores, find impressive savings at Adidas, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Coach, Gucci, J. Crew, Michael Kors, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren and many more.

Enjoy a delicious lunch of freshly caught seafood at one of the many restaurants that caterer to groups.

Hop on the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail and sip on locally prepared wine. The first stop is Cascia Winery in Stevensville, which features a waterfront family run vineyard and winery on beautiful Cox Creek. Then head to Cassinelli Winery in Church Hill for a tasting on their family-owned working farm, vineyards and winery. End the day at Tilmon’s Island Winery in Sudlersville and sample some of Maryland’s fine wine at the boutique winery.

Contact Information:
Queen Anne’s County Economic Development and Tourism
425 Piney Narrows Road
Chester, MD 21619