Cambridge, Maryland is a quaint little town tucked away on the Western side of the Eastern shore that has deep roots in Colonial America. It sits at a major bend on highway 50, a dominant thoroughfare leading from the Baltimore / Washington area to the Maryland shoreline (Highway 50 West actually runs all the way to Sacramento, CA). It was home to some of America’s most historic and best loved personas including Harriet Tubman (Underground railroad activist) and Beatrice Arthur (Maude & Golden Girls actress).
Driving into the historic part of town is easily accomplished by following markers and the charm of the area is highlighted by brick paved roads and tree lined streets that are bordered by large old colonial homes; many sitting only yards from the Choptank River. The smell of fresh crab permeates the air and one only has to follow his or her nose to the river bank to see the source; the J.M.Clayton Seafood Company sits right on the corner of the Choptank and Cambridge Creek. On water’s edge is a beautiful marina, park, and fishing pier. Just adjacent to the marina is home to the Nathan of Dorchester, a beautiful Chesapeake Bay Skipjack available for chartered sails along the Choptank.
The historical homes are indicated with markers at their door and seem to line many of the streets. One can only imagine the grandeur they elicited in their prime; some of them still boast regal dignity. An example is the Cambridge House Bed and Breakfast on High Street. Built in 1847, it was a sea Captain’s manor home. Today, it is a six bedroom Inn with a stellar reputation and just blocks away from the center of town, which is quiet and charming.
A drive along the riverfront will provide beautiful views of the river, a number of small parks, beautiful homes (old & new) and culminate at Great Marsh Park where the public can spend the day fishing, sunbathing, and picnicking.
One of the many restaurant choices in Cambridge includes the Portside Restaurant. Sitting along the Cambridge Creek right next to the drawbridge, it is an excellent choice for local catch enjoyed on a second story outside deck overlooking mid-town. The menu includes fresh crab prepared in a variety of concoctions including crab pizza. It is casual and relaxing.
Cambridge is as casual or as formal as one may make it. The Hyatt Regency in Cambridge is a sprawling riverfront resort providing spa services, golf, water sports, and convention facilities. Smaller, less expensive lodging options are found along the highway as well.
A visit to the town of Cambridge is highly recommended for a quiet weekend, mid-week getaway, or even a brief stop on route to another destination!
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