Daily life on the Eastern Shore of Maryland almost always involves two things: water and seafood. Not only is this landmass flanked by the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, but it’s also filled with intricate waterways that are serene and picturesque. The area’s proximity to fresh and saltwater means there’s always an abundance of delicious seafood to enjoy. And, while the summer is a popular tourist season, winter on the Eastern Shore of Maryland presents its own unique opportunities for a fun-filled Maryland-style getaway. Don’t miss out!
The foundation of any vacation begins with the perfect place to stay. Select one of our Eastern Shore Vacation Rentals to experience the best of Eastern Shore living any time of year. Choose from quaint historic cottages to waterfront homes to luxurious estates.
What Is There to Do in Maryland in the Winter?
The short answer is, a lot! Colder weather means fewer crowds at the top attractions. You can use that to your advantage and book a trip to the Eastern Shore this winter!
1. Explore a Wildlife Refuge
If you love to get outside, no matter the weather, the Eastern Shore of Maryland is a wonderful place to go birding. The Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Rock Hall offers winter walks in sanctuary areas. Don’t miss the chance to explore areas that aren’t usually open to the public. Keep your binoculars and your camera ready to capture sightings of tundra swans, scaup, Canada geese, ruddy ducks, mallards, buffleheads, and more. You might also see foxes, deer, and groundhogs.
The Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in Cambridge is another great spot for birding. Look for bald eagles, golden eagles, tundra swans, great horned owls, and a variety of ducks.
2. Eat, Drink, and Be Merry
Easton Shore restaurants understand the best way to capture a traveler’s heart (and keep them coming back) is through an unforgettable meal. As we mentioned earlier, seafood is just about the center of every dish in this area. Try the crab cakes at Theo’s in St. Michaels, baked oysters on the half-shell at Latitude 38 in Oxford, or the oyster stew at Mason’s in Easton.
If you love wine, you’ll enjoy exploring Chesapeake Wine Country. Stop for a tasting at Cascia Vineyards, Triple Creek Winery, and St. Michaels Winery. Don’t forget to pick up something to pair with a delicious meal back home!
3. Holiday Festivities on the Eastern Shore of Maryland
The holidays might be one of the best reasons for a winter trip to the Eastern Shore of Maryland. You’ll get a healthy dose of traditional cheer, plus you can shop for locally made gift items, and sample local delicacies while you’re at it! A few of our favorite Eastern Shore Christmas Events include:
- Mistletoe Market in Cambridge: Runs mid-November to mid-December
- RiverArts Holiday Show and Gift Sale in Chestertown: Open late November through late December
- Moonlight Madness in Easton: An evening of late-night shopping held in early December
The Eastern Shore Winter Weather Report
Be sure to pack your warm coat, scarf, gloves, and maybe even snow boots if you’re planning a winter getaway. Daily highs range between 39 and 49 degrees Fahrenheit and the National Weather Service keeps us up-to-date on the occasional chance of snow and freezing rain. We think you’ll agree that a little blanket of the white stuff will only further enhance your trip. Imagine waking up one morning to a snow-covered landscape. You’ll have the perfect excuse to stay at your vacation rental all day to sip hot coffee, read, and relax!
Where to Stay in the Winter on the Eastern Shore of Maryland
The best way to enjoy a winter escape to the Eastern Shore of Maryland is to book one of our vacation rental properties. Our large collection of homes, cottages, and estates span St. Michaels, Cambridge, Oxford, Chestertown, and Tilghman Island. We even have pet-friendly options and last-minute deals!