The Best Things to do in St. Michaels, MD!
Enjoy Our Chesapeake Bay Location on the Maryland East Shore
We offer a full range of not doing a thing, but if you’re inclined to be active while here we have quite a few options.
On the Property:
Biking – There’s easy riding on this flat land (as long as the wind is at your back). The Inn has several bikes. Inquire at the front desk.
Bird and Wildlife watching – Be sure to check the most recent “Birds of Wades Point B & B” listing on the refrigerator in the guest kitchen. Our friends at the Talbot Bird Club are always adding new species.
Kayaks – Registered guests are welcome to use the single or tandem kayaks located out by the cove. Sign one out at the front desk, get your paddle and life vest and enjoy!
Fishing – Feel free to toss a line in the water right off our shore line, or for more challenge, the best fishing waters for Rockfish and Bluefish are right off Wades Point. Have a certified Orvis guide take you out in a 19 foot Hewes flatboat.
Swimming – The ladder off swim dock leads you into the shallow water of the bay with a mostly sandy bottom. Swimming is delightful till the jelly fish come in, then floating above them on inflatable rafts and lounge chairs is equally as cooling and enjoyable.
Also available is Bay Hundred Pool on North Talbot Street in St Michaels. 410-745-6592.
Activities in the Area:
Embark on a Voyage of Discovery – Aboard the M/V SHARPS ISLAND, you will be taken back through the storied history of the Chesapeake Bay and its lighthouses. Four different Chesapeake Lights trips accommodate any schedule and all levels of interest. Each includes a narrated recounting of The Bay’s history as well as informed local insights about its fragile and beautiful ecosystem. 410-886-2215
Lady Patty sets sail from Knapp’s Narrows Marina onto the Chesapeake Bay and the Choptank River. They have beautiful sunset sails and spectacular day sails. They will offer discounts for those staying at Wades Point.
If you prefer to sail on a historic Skipjack, then Captain Ed Farley and H.M Krentz await your call. Docked in St Michaels, pictured above off Wades Point. 410-745-6080,
Sept: Skipjack H. M. Krentz – Sailing on the H. M. Krentz. Daily 2 hour sailing schedule 11:00 AM, 2 PM, evening to sunset. Departs from the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels. Admission charge. 410-745-6080
A National Historic Landmark: Skipjack Rebecca T. Ruark
Sail aboard the oldest working skipjack on the Chesapeake Bay, built in 1886. Enjoy nautical tales and ecology stories from 5th-generation and world-renowned Capt. Wade H. Murphy, Jr.
Sail Aboard the Selena II: Daily sailing schedule 10 AM; 12:30 PM; & 3 PM. Admission charge. Sunset Champagne Cruise 5:30-7:30 PM. Moonlight Sail 8-10 PM. Wine Tasting Cruise. Private Sailing Lessons, private charters, & catering available. Departs St. Michaels Harbour, St. Michaels. Admission charges do not include the 10% St. Michaels amusement tax nor gratuities. 410-726-9400.
Charter Boat Fishing:
Go fishing with Captain Bobby Marshall, sets sail from Tilghman Island. Call 410-924-4201 to set up your experience!
The Patriot – Take a leisurely cruise up the Miles River aboard the climate-controlled Patriot while you listen to an historic narration of Talbot County. 410-745-3100.
Poplar Island Tours– a fascinating look at a rebuilt island that is an important link in the ecological chain that anchors the Chesapeake’s incomparably rich natural bounty.
Tours run on a reservation basis only.
Contact Katelin Mielke, Poplar Island Tour Director firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 410-770-6503
Tilghman Island Water Trail –
The American Canoe Association (ACA) has named the Tilghman Island Water Trail in Talbot County as an “ACA-Recommended Water Trail” for 2006. The Trail joins 11 other trails across the United States in receiving this national distinction. -Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
Eastern Shore Adventures, Easton, MD (410) 820-8881
Wildlife and Bird Watching:
In addition to the wildlife teeming at Wades Point itself, there are two major sanctuaries in the area:
- Pickering Creek Audubon Center11450 Audubon Lane, Easton is a private non-profit sanctuary of the Chesapeake Audubon Society. You will find 400 acres of protected, hardwood forest, non-tidal wetland, wildlife, plants and nature preserve. Field trips, canoe rentals and displays are available. 410-822-4903.
- Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge is just a short distance to the south in Dorchester County and has 23,0000 acres of tidal marsh for migratory birds. 410-228-2677.
If you are interested in birding you can join with the local chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society for one of their nature walks. Contact Les Roslund at 410-763-8169.
Talbot County has over 180 miles of new themed Bike trails!
(Wades Point Inn is part of the Chesapeake Views path)
Harbourtowne Golf Resort is located 5 miles from the Inn and is an 18 hole, par 70 Pete Dye-designed championship course. 410-7745-9066.
Hog Neck Golf Course in Easton is rated among the “Top 25 Public Golf Courses in the Country” by Golf Digest and has a par 72, 18 hole course as well as a par 32 Executive Nine Hole Course. 410-822-6079.
The Easton Club on Clubhouse Drive in Easton is a par 72, 18-hole championship course for public play featuring 6,700 yards of unique challenges for all levels of golfers. 410-820-9100.
Entertainment – Arts, Theatre & Museums:
First Friday Gallery Walk:
Enjoy the exhibits at galleries, shops, and restaurants in Easton’s Town Center the first Friday evening of each month. Refreshments and discussion are available at several galleries and many stores stay open late, (5 – 9 PM), so plan to make an evening of it! 410-770-8350.
The Academy of Art Museum in Easton, which is nationally recognized for its exhibits, awaits you on South Street. 410-822-2787.
Enjoy the great offerings of the Historic Avalon Theatre on Dover Street in historic downtown Easton, The Avalon Theatre is the ‘Showplace of the Eastern shore’. From the Symphony to Bluegrass, Comedians to Art Festivals providing entertainment for the entire family no matter what your interest. 410-822-0773.
Music – In addition to the Avalon Theatre (see above).
The Tred Avon Players Inc, (“TAP”)is a non-profit Maryland corporation, organized in 1982 to present plays and musicals in the then newly-renovated Oxford Community Center (“OCC”), an abandoned school building which was saved from the wrecking ball by a group of public-spirited citizens.
The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum brings to life the story of the Bay and the people who have lived around it. It’s a “must see” while in St. Michaels. 410-745-2916.
Sep-Nov: Historical Society of Talbot County Historic Homes Tour – The only homes regularly open to the public are the three on the property of the Historical Society of Talbot County. The homes of Joseph Neall, c 1795, and James Neall, c 1805, and the studio of Chandlee Forman, a replica colonial home, are open to the public every Friday, April through November, at 11:30 AM. Historical Society of Talbot County, 25 S. Washington Street, Easton. 410-822-0773. Admission charge $5.
The Talbot Historical Society is located on Washington Street in Easton is open Tuesday through Saturday with guided walking tours. 410-822-0773.
St. Mary’s Square Museum dating back to the 1800’s, presents displays of local history themed to the mid-19th century. Also offers docent-led or self-guided walking tours of Historic St Michaels. Open 10AM to 4PM May-Oct on Saturday and Sunday. 410-745-9561.
Free Summer Concerts:
Beginning in June and continuing thru August, there are free “Concerts in the Park”, Muskrat Park in St Michaels is the place and Thursday Evenings 6:30 to 8 PM is the time. 410-745-6073.
– Saturday mornings, May 6th thru October 27th, you can shop for fresh produce, plants, flowers and other items on Green Street at Muskrat Park 8AM to noon.