Unlock the Eastern Shore

Ask most Americans about Maryland’s Eastern Shore and watch as their eyes light up, retreating into picture-perfect memories of coastal living. It’s a world of waterfront sundowners, cozy nights by the fireplace, crabbing off rickety wooden docks and setting sail on the Miles River.

"THERE'S NO LIFE WEST of the Chesapeake Bay” read local bumper stickers, and we’re sure you’ll agree. If you’re lucky enough to visit this revered part of the USA, it’s one that sticks in minds and hearts forever.

Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond sits on the edge of an American national treasure. Sandwiched between the Delmarva Peninsula and the mainland of the Eastern coast, the Chesapeake Bay is the United States’ largest estuary. Its 19,000 kilometers of stunning coastline is the longest in North America. This thriving ecosystem is home to over 3,600 species of animals and plants, from the Blue Crab to the tundra swan. It serves as the perfect backdrop for a day at our private sailing school, a leisurely canal boat ride or a spot of birdwatching.

Heading inland is just as quaint as dredging for oysters along the coast. Our Inn sits in the colonial seaport town of St. Michaels, dubbed “the heart and soul of the Chesapeake Bay.” Wander past 19th-century colonial homes or hunt for souvenirs in its bustling boutiques and antique stores. Delve into local life at the Easton Farmers Market, or take an evening Gallery Walk around the art and antique galleries of Easton.

Don’t miss the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, one of the town’s most popular tourist attractions, detailing the area’s maritime history. Uncover treasures at St. Michaels Museum, a rich collection of artifacts documenting centuries of local life.

There’s no better way, however, to get to the heart of St. Michaels than at Crab Claw. This Chesapeake Bay landmark has been serving up Maryland blue crabs to locals and tourists alike since it opened its doors in 1965. The art of eating crab takes a bit of practice—it could take the whole afternoon—but that’s the beauty of the Eastern Shore.

Explore St Michaels with Belmond