Chester River's Historic TownA visit to Chestertown offers a blend of history, arts, shopping, and an exciting variety of lodging and dining experiences. Home to the Schooner Sultana, Chestertown provides a link to the maritime heritage of the Chester River, the Chesapeake Bay, and Kent County. Chestertown, Maryland is surrounded by the rich tapestry of farmland and Chesapeake Bay estuaries that almost surround the county with water.
What to do
One of the most popular features of a weekend visit to Chestertown is a visit to the Farmers' Market. You'll find wonderful bread, fresh home- grown produce, plants, herbs, and even, occasionally, puppies and goats. (Park Row).
If your interest is art, there are a dozen or more galleries, studios, and shops featuring the work of local, regional and internationally known artists and craftspeople for your enjoyment.
Rent bikes and take a ride through the rural landscape that surrounds Chestertown or rent kayaks and take a paddle on the Chester River where you will see tons of wildlife including birds, fish, and animals native to that area.
Where to eat
When in Chestertown, you must stop by the Lemon Leaf Cafe for breakfast or lunch. They serve dinner too, but are best known for their breakfast and lunch. They have a friendly staff and a comfortable atmosphere and great crab cakes. They don't serve alcohol, but locals and visitors alike say it's well worth the trip. (117 S Cross St, 443-282-0004).
Brooks Tavern was originally called Radcliffe Mill until the building was bought by the Brooks family in 1917. Their specialties are lunch and dinner with old favorites done to perfection. Again, the crab cakes are phenominal, as is the duck and some other courses. We recommend getting there early or making a reservation since the place does tend to get crowded. (870 High St., 410-810-0012, www.brookstavern.com/)
Proccolini's Pizza has been around for years and continues to serve up a feast of pizza. With a generous amount of toppings and a friendly staff to boot, what else could you possibly want? Some of the best pizza in Chestertown is found as this parlour and everyone who visits gives it two thumbs up. (300 Washington Avenue, 410-778-5900).