Podcast Release Date: April 28, 2015
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Mindie talks about the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Delaware and Virginia (also known as Delmarva Peninsula) mentioning kayaking, mansions, dining, beaches, historic towns and 73 museums. Gaylene tells about the annual Nebraska Junk Jaunt that covers 300 miles of registered vendors selling all kinds of great antiques and used wares along two of Nebraska’s most beautiful scenic byways. Gaylene also reviews Snap Kayaks, and guest, Cheryl Lewis, who is Town Manager of Oxford, Maryland tells about the unique opportunities for visitors to her historic Eastern Shore town.
Cheryl Lewis, Town Manager of Oxford, Maryland
The Eastern Shore
The “Eastern Shore” refers to a 200 mile-long peninsula on the east side of the Chesapeake Bay bordered on its opposite side by the Atlantic Ocean. The peninsula includes Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. Also known as the Delmarva Peninsula.
Huge for fishing, boating, kayaking, hunting, canoeing, wine trails, 73 museums in the Maryland portion alone and there are numerous regional festivals most to do with food or history. Over 100 small historic towns area spread across the peninsula.
Things to do between the Bridge and the Beach
The Eastern Shore is famous for the Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab.
The Town of Oxford is one of the Eastern Shore’s oldest communities. It was founded in 1693, and was one of two ports in Maryland when it began as a colony – Oxford and Annapolis. Still very much a Colonial town. Oxford Museum just celebrated 50 year anniversary http://www.oxfordmuseum.org/
Still has wooden boat builders – Cutts and Case just celebrated 50 years.
Working waterman’s community – people still work on the water. Oxford Belleview Ferry, one of the oldest privately owned Ferry in America – walk on, bike on, drive on. Goes to Belleview near St. Michaels.
Stay at the Robert Morris Inn – sits out on the water, has a tavern, fireplace and crab soup. 5 restaurants that operate in the summer. Nightly entertainment. Fabulous food from the kitchen of Chef Mark Salter
Haunted Robert Morris Inn –Lots of parks for a small town and public spaces, including small beaches. Gift shop, Mystery Loves Company Book Store
You can contact the Oxford Town Office before you come and they’ll send a brochure and get you started once you come into town. Everything is in miniature and it’s very old and very friendly.
Oxford Ghost Story – The Death Chant of the Indians at Bachelor Point
Cheryl’s top 3 recommendations for things to do on the Eastern Shore
Blackwater Wildlife Refuge – pleasant drive
Motorcycle riding – on all the country roads
Nebraska Junk Jaunt
The Nebraska Junk Jaunt covers 300 miles with 500 registered vendors. Travel through 2 of Nebraska’s most beautiful Scenic Byways. The Sandhills journey Byway and the Loup Rivers Scenic Byway. Pre-order the 2015 shopper guide for $10 to determine where you want to go.
Calamus State Recreation Area ( Campground)
GEAR REVIEW – Snap Kayaks
Snap Kayaks snap apart and can be reassembled in seconds. No need for roof rack or lifting, small enough to fit in the back of a Prius Notes – easy to carry, store and hauls Use modulars for on top solo, tandem or triple Extraordinary stable Manufactured in Syracuse, NY
For larger views of these pics, scroll through the slide show at the top of the page.
The Robert Morris Inn – Oxford Maryland
Oxford Belleview Ferry – Maryland
Eastern Shore salt marsh
Kayaking at Old Island – Crisfield – Eastern Shore of Maryland