Old workboats putter out of fog-shrouded marinas at dawn; bird-watchers keep eyes peeled for migrating wildfowl; friendly shopkeepers peddle ripe produce or showcase fine antiques. This is Queen Anne’s County, a world of scenic shoreline and fertile farmland.
Start your journey at the Chesapeake Exploration Center on beautiful Kent Narrows, home to “Our Chesapeake Legacy”, a hands-on interactive exhibit providing an overview of the Chesapeake Bay region’s heritage, resources and culture. The exhibit explores man’s relationship with the Bay, covers the early history including the settlement, importance of tobacco as a monetary staple, and explores the importance of the key industries of agriculture, commercial fishing, and current efforts to preserve the Bay.
While at the Chesapeake Exploration Center, pick up a free copy of our Heritage Guide Map. Visitors and residents can explore the entire span of Maryland’s history, and spend the day, or just a few hours, touring the historic treasures, from watching the heavy stones turned by a waterwheel at the Old Wye Mill, to helping uncover history in an archaeological dig. Those historic doors are open during the Historic Sites Consortium’s Open House Weekends on the first Saturday of every month May through October, when docents conduct tours of 18 of the county’s historic gems from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Journeying just a bit farther north is Centreville, the historic town with its tree-lined streets and rich history. Centreville is a classic example of small-town Americana. Lovers of historic architecture can enjoy the Colonial period homes as well as gracious Victorian dwellings. There are several small cafés serving delicious hot beverages that you can sip while relaxing next to the historic courthouse square. The town has many delightful shops that are the perfect place to find a gift or to discover a treasure.
New Queen Anne’s County attractions include several wineries. Caiscia Vineyards, on Kent Island close to the Chesapeake Bay, is a perfect place to stop and taste locally aged samples. Travel north to Church Hill and you’ll find Cassinelli Winery and Vineyards, a working family owned farm. Even farther north is Tillmon Island Wineries, a great place to kick back and sample some of the vino made on-site.
Queen Anne’s County has lots to offer to nature lovers. There are two trails located on Kent Island – the region one enters after crossing over the storied Bay Bridge – that lend themselves to recreation and aesthetic appeal. The Cross Island and the South Island trails both offer beautiful scenes of wooded areas filled with birds and other wildlife that are worth bringing your binoculars. Often times, roller-bladders and bikers are seen navigating their way through the trails in order to enjoy the scenic landscapes and sunsets on the water. Another way to explore nature in the area is at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, just north of Kent Island. Here you’ll find a five hundred acre estuary where wildlife may be viewed up close from hiking trails, observation towers and blinds. Canoe or kayak rentals are available and bird watchers may join hikers taking part in the many seasonal activities offered to the public.
Hungry? Our fabulous waterfront restaurants line the Kent Narrows, where the catch of the day moves from workboat to skillet.
Enjoy a restful night in a charming B&B or comfortable hotel, and treat yourself to some casual outlet shopping or antiquing in our slow-paced, small towns.
Queen Anne’s County has something to offer everyone. Be sure to get out and enjoy nature, be active, enjoy hiking trails, or bird watch. There are great dining spots and fine wines to sample. Charming boutiques are wonderful places to shop and the Prime Outlets offer tons of selection. History buffs will enjoy site seeing at the many historic homes and locations. For the avid sportsman, it is easy to stay active throughout each season of the year. With all there is to do and see we hope that you join us and find out why Queen Anne’s County really can claim to be the “Land of Pleasant Living.”
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