Easton, St. Michaels and Cambridge are all less than a two-hour drive from Baltimore.



Attractions



Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, 2145 Key Wallace Drive, Cambridge, 410-228-2677. Time magazine called it "nature on the throne of her glory." Established in 1933 as a sanctuary for migrating waterfowl along the "Atlantic Flyway," the refuge is over 25,000 acres, including freshwater impoundments, brackish tidal wetlands, open fields, and mixed evergreen and deciduous forests. Camping is not allowed at the refuge, and although there are five short trails for hiking, the best way to see the refuge in one day is the Wildlife Drive, which is open from dawn to dusk all year. Daily permits for private vehicles for $3.

Choptank River Lighthouse, 1 High St., Cambridge, 410-228-7977, choptankriverlighthouse.org. Designed to honor Dorchester County's maritime heritage, the Chesapeake Bay's newest lighthouse is a replica of one that once guided mariners along the Choptank River. The Choptank River Lighthouse is located on Cambridge's Long Wharf Park, about 12 miles away from the original, which was near the mouth of the Tred Avon River. Opened this month, the Choptank River Lighthouse is expected to draw as many as 20,000 visitors annually. It will also serve as the dockmaster's office for the adjoining Cambridge Marina, as well as a mini-museum.



Events



Good Beer and Autumn Wine festivals. With Cambridge, St. Michaels or Easton as your base, two popular fall festivals are easily accessible. First up is the Good Beer Festival (Oct.13-14, goodbeerfestival.com) featuring 75 American craft beers, live music, a chili cook-off and a home-brew competition. The next weekend, the annual Autumn Wine Festival (Oct. 20-21, autumnwinefestival.org) gives connoisseurs and first-time samplers a beautiful backdrop for exploring Maryland wine. Both festivals are at the 207-acre Pemberton Historical Park (5561 Plantation Lane, Salisbury), whose meadows in the fall are lined with trees of vibrant orange, red and yellow.

Information

Talbot County Office of Tourism, 11 S. Harrison St., Easton, 410-770-8000, tourtalbot.org

Dorchester County Tourism, 2 Rose Hill Place, Cambridge, 410-228-1000,tourdorchester.org


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