On Maryland's Chesapeake Bay
Talbot County offers the perfect balance of rural simplicity and urban refinement. Home to sophisticated small towns, waterman’s villages and more than 600 miles of Chesapeake Bay waterfront, it’s the treasure of Maryland's Eastern Shore.
Renowned galleries and museums, award-winning restaurants, and luxurious spas pair with an eclectic collection of boutiques and antique stores, bed and breakfasts, and historic attractions.
There's a season for art, film, food and music festivals and a season for quiet and calm, ranking this as a go-to destination for both action-packed adventures and relaxing retreats.
Accessibility by car, boat and small plane make it ideal for long weekends for travelers from D.C., Philly and New York.
Discover the History
Talbot County is one of the oldest European settlements in the New World. When it was settled in the 1630s, new residents established tobacco plantations. Soon after, the county's 600 miles of shoreline made it an epicenter of the maritime industry—a culture preserved in such a way that it remains a special place to live and a unique vacation destination. A key site in the American Revolution, War of 1812, Civil War and Underground Railroad, Talbot County is still making history. American hero Frederick Douglass is among Talbot County's most notable native sons.
Explore the County
For generations, visitors have come to Talbot County to experience the hospitality of its beloved towns and magnificent Chesapeake Bay views. The county offers the perfect combination of old and new — historic sites and new restaurants, nature-bound adventures and high end shopping, charming inns and stately accommodations. There is truly something here for everyone wanting to relax, reflect, and renew. Whether on a romantic retreat, a girls weekend getaway, a family vacation, or a team building business trip, Talbot County welcomes you with open arms. Part of Maryland's Scenic By-Ways, you can find your way around Chesapeake Country here.
Get Back to Nature
As a singularly scenic community on the Chesapeake Bay, Talbot County offers every opportunity to get out on the water. Charter a sail or power boat, rent a hobie cat, take a fishing trip, enjoy a sunset cruise, paddle along in a canoe, a kayak, or a standup paddle board. But the water is just the beginning. Nestled in the shores of the county, are acres of preserved forests, wetlands, and wildlife, prime for hiking, exploring, bird watches, and nature walks. The county offers countless miles of bike trails—scenic and through the towns
Stories of the Chesapeake...Experience a diverse and exciting part of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Meet the people who live here, enjoy the landscapes and towns they treasure, and share the best of their traditions, arts, and foods. Explore charming shops or stay overnight in a country inn or quaint B&B. The spectacular stories of the small towns and four counties that make up this special region… Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties… are just waiting!