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Kent Narrows Five Things to Do in Wintertime

CATCH THOSE RAYS OF WINTER SUNSHINE AS THEY REFLECT OFF OF THE WATER!

What’s unique about Kent Narrows? Everywhere you go you’ll find a view of the water! The area is home to four hotels and several award-winning restaurants, all with water views. Even in the wintertime, on most days, you’ll see the workboats pass through. 

 

Kent Narrows is the perfect spot for a cozy wintertime retreat. 

 

Enjoy our award-winning dining venues, waterfront hotels, scenic trails and relaxing spas. All surrounded by scenic marinas and beautiful river and bay views. Here you can see the sun rise and set over the scenic bays and waterways.

Take time to shop at Ophiuroidea, known in these parts as the "The O''. This coastal-inspired boutique offers clothing, unique and handcrafted coastal items, mermaid art, sea glass jewelry, coastal furniture and home decor. "The O" is located at 110 Channel Marker Way, Suite 100, next to the Hilton Garden Inn. 

 

New to Kent Narrows is Hope Boutique, located at 100 Piney Narrows Road. Hope Boutique sits within the Boatel Complex just across from the Dock House Restaurant.  If you like art and antiques, visit Anchors and Oars in nearby Grasonville. The store is located on Rt. 18, Main Street, just across from the Queenstown Bank.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IT'S ALL ABOUT OYSTERS IN THE WINTERTIME.. But we still have plenty of great oyster and crab dishes throughout the year!

Because an oyster packing facility located on the waterfront, oyster dishes are number one in these parts!  Have them on the half shell or cooked. Harris Crab House offers Oyster buffets and nightly specials. The restaurant also offers hard crabs throughout the winter season.  

 

Fisherman’s Inn also offers a wide variety of savory oyster and crab dishes. Here you will see Miss Betty’s collection of oyster plates and may have a bowl of their famous Oyster Stew or Crab Soup. The elevated model train that runs through the dining room is always a favorite attraction here. 

 

Bridges, The Narrows the Dock House and the Jetty also offer great oyster and crab dishes. The Narrows is known far and wide for their chunky Cream of Crab Soup. The Narrows now offers a Sunday Brunch, while the Jetty offers breakfast on weekends. For daily breakfast offerings check out Dessert First, located next to Harris Crab House and Sugardoodles located on the west side of Kent Narrows in the Boatel Complex.

 

 

 

 

 

ENJOY COLD WEATHER HIKING AND BIRD WATCHING! 

Bird watching is a popular activity here in the shoulder seasons. Since the hotels and restaurants here, have views of the rivers and bays you may enjoy the the wintertime shorebirds from most venues.Many species of Waterfowl winter in the Chesapeake Bay Region.  Diving ducks like scaups, buffleheads and mergansers at plentiful. You will also see dabbling ducks. As their name suggests, these birds stay close to the surface. The beautiful white tundra swans often gather with black ducks and mallards in the along the rivers and coves. Canada Geese and Bald Eagles can be spotted over head and in the fields. You can travel along the Chesapeake Country scenic byway and find fields filled with snow geese. The cove and the trail in front of the Holiday Inn Express offers a great viewing spots as does the the area around Wells Cover Public Landing. 

One of the best places for birders is the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center in nearby Grasonville, offers a variety of both indoor and outdoor activities during the winter months. Check their website for wintertime lectures, walks and tours. 

 

Please note that the Chesapeake Heritage and Visitors Center and Ferry Point Park is currently closed for improvements, but will be open again later in 2024. The Center and the Park are also popular spots for hiking, cycling and birdwatching.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

BRING YOUR BIKE OR TAKE A BRISK WALK OR RUN! CHECK OUT OUR NEW BOARDWALK TRAIL!

Even on a cold day, our trails are great for a cross island bike ride. The seven-mile Cross Island Trail and the new Cross County Connector Trail is within walking distance of the businesses, eateries and accommodations on our waterfront. Ride or walk over the Rt. 18 drawbridge for a spectacular view of the Kent Narrows! Then finish with a meal or a drink at a local restaurant.

 

If you are adventurous, you can bike all the way to get a view of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and back on the Cross Island Trail. Stop along one of our beaches on the western side of Kent Island and hunt for sea glass or have a history lesson as you ride. Pick up the Waterman's Way Heritage Trail Map to see locations of all of the historic markers and be sure to tune into our Stories of Kent Narrows videos. Parking for the new Cross County Connector trail is available under the eastern span of the Kent Narrows Bridge off Exit 42, near the Holiday Inn Express.

CHEER ON YOUR FAVORITE TEAM OR ENJOY THE MUSIC!

Do you love Wintertime Spectator Sports? Come on down to one of our local watering holes and enjoy cheering on your favorite sports team. Places like Fisherman’s Inn, the Jetty Dock Bar, the Dock House and Harris Crab House all have big screen TVS running with popular sporting events! Complement the fun with your favorite drink, a sandwich and savory seafood snacks!

 

The Jetty Restaurant and Dock Bar offers entertainment from well-known bands on the weekends. The new bar and lounge area, the Placery at the Hyatt Place Hotel is open to the public and also offers beautiful views of the Eastern Bay and big screen TVS. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DON'T MISS THE QUEEN ANNE"S COUNTY WATERMEN'S CRAB BASKET TREES

Finally, if you plan to visit around the Holidays, be sure to check out the Watermen's  Basket Tree located on the Fisherman's Crab Deck Property and the Watermen's Monument area at Rt. 18- Main Street and Kent Narrows Way South. They will be here until mid-January.

FESTIVAL OF TRAINS 

The 2023 Festival of Trains has been a family tradition here for over 25 Years. It features 10,000 square feet of indoor trains and train displays. The display will be open for two consecutive weekends in December at the Kent Narrows Outlet Center at 61 Piney Narrows Road. Admission is free. Santa will visit Sundays from 12-3p.m. Dates are December 9 &10. The display is open from 11-4 p.m. More info can be found on The Queen Anne's County Model Railroad Society's Facebook Page.   

 

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Santa like fresh crab soup and oyster stew when he makes his stops at Kent Narrows- a painted basket
Queen Annes's County Watermen's Basket Tree Painted Crab Baskets at Kent Narrows 2023
Scenic Trails along the Kent Narrows Waterfront leads to Holiday Inn Express
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