Discover Hidden Gems in QAC
Spring is a great time to test the waters on something new. The weather starts to break, our trails begin to awaken, and we get a bit more daylight to enjoy outdoor activities. Many folks are familiar with our most popular destinations like the Kent Narrows or Chesapeake Bay restaurants and tiki bars, the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, or our famous Cross Island Trail. But in this chapter we invite you to discover just a few of our Queen Anne’s County hidden gems.
Spring kicks off with the Bay Bridge Boat Show, held April 21 – 24th at the Bay Bridge Marina. One of the largest in-water shows north of Florida, the Bay Bridge Boat Show marks the beginning of the boating season on the Chesapeake Bay. Attendees can enjoy the stunning view of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge with bright sunrises and gorgeous sunsets as they climb aboard a wide array of powerboats of every style and size—from fishing boats and trawlers to pontoons and luxury cruisers. With plenty of on-site parking available, food and beer stations, the Bay Bridge Boat Show is guaranteed to be a great day on the Bay for all. (For more check out this article Top 6 Things To Do While Visiting the Bay Bridge Boat Show!)
In April our historic sites begin to open their doors again too on the First Saturday of each month from April through November. Historic Stevensville is home to several historic sites including the Cray House, The Historic Post Office, and the Train Depot. Its also a great stop for lunch at Amalfi Coast, followed by some ice cream at Tasty Toucan and shopping at a number of art galleries and shops in the old downtown area.
Other historic sites not to miss are worth a visit to Centreville including Wright’s Chance, St. Pauls Episcopal Church, and their small downtown square featuring the oldest operating Courthouse in Maryland. Centreville is home to some hidden gems like O’Shucks Pub, the Commerce Street Creamery Cafe, and Sugar Doodles Sweet Shop. Wash down your dinner with a stop at Bull and Goat Brewery around the corner and tucked away down Banjo Lane (Don’t worry – you won’t hear any banjos on your walk over).
In the Wye Mills area and closer to Rt. 50 on your way south towards the beach or Harriet Tubman country, you’ll want to make a stop at Ten Eyck Brewing and the Old Wye Mill, especially on days when the mill is running. The Old Wye Mill is the oldest water-powered mill in America and just a short detour off Rt. 50 at the intersection with Rt. 404.
There is a lot more to see and do in our local area that we’d love to share with you. Be sure to follow our calendar of events, follow our social media pages, or request to be added to our email subscriber list to get the most up to date happenings.
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