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Introducing the ever-so-quaint Easton, Md.

Maryland’s Eastern Shore is known for its oceanfront tourist destination — Ocean City — but the laidback Eastern Shore also boasts quaint and charming small towns full of boutique shops, fine dining, historic inns, art galleries and that cozy small-town feel.

Earlier this week, I shared five reasons to visit one of those towns — Saint Michaels, Md. For this post, I’m delving into why I love visiting its Talbot County neighbor, Easton.

It’s all about the crabs.

First of all, when visiting the Eastern Shore, I like to take advantage of Chesapeake Bay regional specialties — and that means eating my share (and probably yours) of crab. Maryland blue crabs are like a local delicacy. You’ll find crab dips, Maryland crab soup (often a little spicy with a tomato-based broth), cream of crab soup, crab cakes, crab cake sandwiches and full-on crab feasts at the local eateries.


Cream of Crab soup on a special Mother’s Day brunch menu at Mason’s in Easton, Md., in May 2013. (Photo by Erin Klema)

Some of the restaurants where you can find these delicious crab dishes include Mason’s, Hunters’ Tavern inside the Tidewater Inn, and Doc’s Downtown Grill.

It’s just so darn cute.

Anchored by the historic Tidewater Inn, downtown Easton is charming with its brick-paved sidewalks, boutique shops, art galleries and local eateries.

The historic Tidewater Inn (Photo by Erin Klema)

The historic Tidewater Inn (Photo by Erin Klema)

The Tidewater Inn is an elegant colonial-style hotel that dates back to the early 1700s. It has 95 beautifully furnished rooms and is a classy setting for a wedding or special event. It’s also a nice quiet place to enjoy a drink at the Skip Jack Bar or outside on the Hunters’ Tavern Terrace.

Downtown is full of fine dining and adorable shops.

Steps from the Tidewater Inn are art galleries, boutique clothing and home decor shops, and a variety of casual to fine dining restaurants. For a casual breakfast spot with comforting greasy-spoon fare, check out the diner at the back of Hill’s Pharmacy. For a steak dinner or a pizza lunch, I’d recommend Out of the Fire.

Out of the Fire has delicious pizzas. (Photo by Erin Klema)

Out of the Fire has delicious pizzas. (Photo by Erin Klema)

Easton in photos

If you’ve been to Easton, what are your favorite things about the town? Let me know in a comment below!

Wish you were here,


4 Comments Post a comment
  1. it really is all about the crabs ;) this town is adorable! we really want to explore the NE more, so I’m putting this on our list!

    August 31, 2014
    • I think you’d really love Easton and St. Michaels. They are both such cute towns with little shops and local restaurants. Of course, you can’t go wrong ordering anything crab-related when you’re in Maryland!

      August 31, 2014
  2. marcie #

    I was born in Easton, Md and my husband and I always drive through town on our way to the ocean. It IS quaint and lovely now, but I always thought that. My mother and I would “walk uptown” and shop and go to the movies (the Avalon).

    January 9, 2016

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