Romantic Getaway for FOODIES
Discover Queen Anne’s County, Maryland’s Gateway to the Eastern Shore. Conveniently located only 40 miles from Washington, D.C. and just east of Annapolis, Queen Anne’s County is idyllic for couples looking for a romantic getaway that has waterfront views. Here you will find a rural yet coastal community with acres upon acres of pristine farmland, panoramic waterways and historic architecture. The suggested itinerary below will direct you toward the county’s most favored places.
Southern Living Collection Hotel
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Friday: Unpack and unwind at The Inn at Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, a boutique Southern Living Hotel Collection. The inn’s distinct style blends rustic charm and contemporary chic that is reflective of its local surroundings. The inn features luxurious guest rooms and suites, two locally inspired farm-to-table restaurants, a full-service spa and salon and an array of versatile event spaces. You may also relax in the peaceful and quaint Historic Kent Manor, an 1820’s-era riverside mansion situated on 220 acres. Enjoy luxury amenities like a fire pit, and a range of outdoor recreation including kayaking and tennis. The inn also serves a delicious Sunday brunch. Maria’s Love Point Bed & Breakfast in Stevensville, situated on 20 acres of land overlooking the Chester River, is one other county’s most picturesque bed-and-breakfast establishments. The B & B offers complimentary breakfast by the water that has outdoor patios where you can bask in the sun as you enjoy your meal. Only minutes from Stevensville, in the Kent Narrows area in Grasonville, there are several other hotels featuring waterfront views. It’s time to hit the town! Get familiar with the historic area by exploring the Stevensville Arts & Entertainment District that’s brimming with antique shops, eateries and live entertainment. Cottage-style buildings, from the late 1800s and early 1900s, are throughout the district and offer plenty of architecture to admire. All historic sites are open for touring on the first Saturday of the month, from April through November. After browsing through the area, it’s just a short drive to a local favorite, Hemingway’s, specializing in amazing seafood and spectacular sunsets. After a delicious dinner, enjoy a scenic stroll along the restaurants’ dock to take in the splendor of the Bay under the stars. El Jefe Mexican and Tequila Bar and Rustico Restaurant & Wine Bar are wonderful alternative choices located in Stevensville as well.
Saturday: Now, for your first full day in Queen Anne’s County, start exploring the natural beauty of the area. First stop is the Terrapin Nature Park in Stevensville. This hidden gem, on the bay, is 276 acres of unspoiled land with distinct landscapes like beaches, woodlands, tidal wetlands, wildflower fields and unparalleled views of the Chesapeake Bay. Hike along the 3.2-mile-long oyster chaff trail to go sightseeing for a waterfowl, wildlife and plant species. Connected to Terrapin Park is the county’s Cross Island Trail, a 6-mile paved trail linking natural area to the Kent Narrows Waterfront region. Matapeake State Park offers a fishing pier, a beach area and a designated dog-friendly beach with its own multiuse trail as well.
As lunchtime approaches, continue to enjoy nature with your choice of restaurants offering outdoor dining. Kentmorr Restaurant and Crab House, a relaxing and laid-back local favorite, offers an outdoor patio and beachfront Tiki Bar. The steamed crabs are piled high, the margaritas are cold and the sunsets are spectacular.
Next stop is to visit the Spirits and Brew Trail. Queen Anne’s County is home to two local distilleries where you can learn the behind-the-scenes process of making spirits. Local distilleries, like Blackwater Distilling and Bull & Goat Brewery, offer tours and tastings for you to try innovative, new flavors. Keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming Cult Classic Brewery Co., which is scheduled to open in Stevensville and will offer live
For dinner, head to the Kent Narrows Waterfront. In this area you will find many restaurants specializing in farm/boat- to-table cuisine and dock bars with live entertainment. Come at sunset so you can enjoy your meal as the sky turns beautiful shades of pink and orange. If the night is still young, we suggest you visit one of the areas dock bars. Red Eye’s Dock Bar and The Jetty are the perfect way to end your day with live music, dancing and excitement.
Sunday: Maybe you and your sweetheart would like to play a round of golf? At Queenstown Harbor or Blue Heron Golf Course, you can play for a day’s rate to hit a hole-in-one while admiring the scenic views. Also, from the Kent Narrows Bridge you can see one of our local treasures—the beautiful Ferry Point Park. Entrance to the park, as well as an overlook tower, is at the Chesapeake Heritage and Visitors Center. You can follow the boardwalk through wetlands and wildlife to a hidden cove and beach area facing the Chester River. Weather not cooperating? Stop by the Queenstown Premium Outlets for some shopping or to get souvenirs.
As your relaxing time in the county nears its end, consider one last treat to your taste buds with a quiet dinner at a local restaurant, sipping a glass of wine and taking in the view of this beautiful Bay. Suggested restaurants include Annie’s Paramount Steak House, Fisherman’s Inn, The Narrows or Bridges, voted top 100 most scenic restaurants in the country in 2017. Whether it’s crab cakes, rockfish stuffed with lump crab meat, cedar planked salmon or soft crab po’ boy, you will not be disappointed in what the local restaurants have to offer. Come, stay and play in this beautiful area! We welcome you to experience the Queen Anne’s County lifestyle that always feels like a vacation.