Dorchester County Chamber of Congress, 528 Poplar St., Cambridge, (410) 288-3575.
Dorchester County Department of Tourism, 2 Rose Hill Place, Cambridge, (410) 228-1000, www.tourdorchester.org.
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, 2145 Key Wallace Drive, Cambridge, (410) 228-2677. The refuge's 21,000 acres of varied habitats--from dense woodland to open water--serve as a haven for nesting bald eagles, Delmarva fox squirrels, and other endangered species, plus plenty that are doing just fine, such as opossums, otters, ducks, and ospreys. Biking, hiking, fishing, and boating are available.
Brannock Maritime Museum, 210 Talbot Ave., Cambridge, (410) 228-6938. Dorchester County is proud of its maritime heritage, and the Brannock Museum helps preserve that heritage with a collection of water-related artifacts.
Cambridge Lady Cruises, Cambridge Creek, (410) 221-0776. Cruise along the Choptank River and its tributaries to see what inspired James A. Michener to write his epic novel Chesapeake.
Horn Point Environmental Laboratories, tours by appointment, 2020 Horn Point Road, Cambridge, (410) 228-8200. Horn Point is a real education in environmental studies--there is an aquaculture hatchery, interactive exhibits abound, and the nature trails give you a chance to apply your newly acquired knowledge.
Antioch Peach Festival, Aug. 11, Antioch United Methodist Church, (410) 228-3080. Peaches in every form imaginable, and maybe some you haven't imagined.
Bay Country July Fourth Festival, July 3-7, Sailwinds Park, Cambridge, (410) 228-1000. This weekend festival on the bank of the Choptank River features carnival games, food, beer, lively activities for kids, and nightly outdoor concerts. On the Fourth, view the Great Morris Park's fireworks show right across the water.
Want a place to sleep and a place to eat the next morning all in one? Try one of these B&Bs:
Becky Phipps Inn, 638 Taylor's Island Road, Taylor's Island, (410) 221-2911.
Cambridge House, 112 High St., Cambridge, (410) 221-7700.
Florida Point Hunting and Fishing Lodge, 4710 Ravenwood Road, Vienna, (410) 376-0342.
Nanticoke Manor House, 100 Church St., Vienna, (410) 376-3432.
Tavern House, 111 Water St., Vienna, (410) 376-3347.
Wingate Manor, 2335 Wingate-Bishop's Head Road, Wingate, (410) 397-8717.
Dorchester Arts Center, 120 High St., Cambridge, (410) 228-7782. While buying the local crafts for sale at this arts center, you can chat with some of the people who made them. You don't get gratitude like that at Kmart.