Queen Anne's County
Queen Anne's County Department of Business and Tourism, 425 Piney Narrows Road, Chester, (410) 604-2100.
Kent Island. Surrounded by the Chester River, the Chesapeake Bay, and the Kent Narrows, Kent Island was invaded by pilgrims after Jamestown and Plymouth Rock but before everyplace else. Nowadays you can visit the Kent Island Heritage Society headquarters and gift shop, the Old Stevensville Post Office, and Christ Church (built in 1880, it houses the oldest congregation in the state).
American Cancer Society Crab Feast, 6-11 p.m. Aug. 29, Fisherman's Crab Deck, Kent Narrows, (410) 827-6666. A local DJ spins tunes while you eat as many crab dishes and drink as much beer as possible, all for a great cause.
Wheat Harvest Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 30, Wye Grist Mill, Wye Grist, (410) 822-1910. This is old-fashioned fun: traditional music, ox-cart rides, and demonstrations by blacksmiths, broommakers, woodworkers, basketmakers, and candlemakers. Colonial and Civil War reenactors do their thing too, and there are plenty of Orrell's beaten biscuits.
When in Queen Anne's county, it would be a royal sin not to stay at one of her many bed-and-breakfast inns, such as:
Chesapeake Waterfront, 101 Swan Cove Lane, Chester, (410) 757-0248.
Irishtown Bed and Breakfast, 511 Pintail Point Farm Lane, Queenstown, (410) 827-7029.
Rose Tree, 116 S. Commerce St., Centreville, (410) 758-3991.
Stillwater Inn, 7109 Second Ave., Queenstown, (410) 827-9362.
SPORTS & RECREATION
Grabacrab Charters, Harris Crab House, 433 Kent Narrows Way, Grasonville, (410) 758-1837. You and up to 26 of your friends can fill a charter boat and cruise for the Big One. Grabacrab provides the bait, tackle, and license. You reel in the rockfish, trout, perch, and bluefish. That's how it's supposed to work, anyway.
Native Shore Hunting Preserve, 800 Grange Hall Road, Centreville, (410) 758-2428. If you fancy yourself a big-game hunter, go to Africa. But if you want to shoot down the likes of mallards, pheasants, quails, and chukars, plan a guided-release hunt on this farmland preserve.
Tuckahoe State Park, Queen Anne, (410) 820-1668. Rock that hard body you've been building at the gym over the winter or just get yourself out of hibernation by hiking the trails, busting a sweat boot-camp style on a two-mile fitness course, or mountain-biking the 10-mile loop of country roads they tell you to use caution on. Then pass out at your campsite.
Chesapeake Antiques Center, Queenstown, (410) 827-6640. This multidealer showroom should keep antiques lovers smiling for quite a while.
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