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Kent Narrows Five Things to Do in Wintertime


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 by. Kent Narrows is the perfect spot for a cozy wintertime retreat. Enjoy the water views over a bottle of wine.


Enjoy our award-winning dining venues, waterfront hotels, scenic trails, relaxing spas all surrounded by scenic marinas and beautiful river and bay views. long as Mother Nature cooperates, you’ll experience our iconic sunrises and sunsets!


Take some time to shop at Ophiuroidea, known in these parts as the "The O''. It's a coastal inspired boutique offering 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 its located at 100 Piney Narrows Road and overlooks the Kent Narrows Waterfront. Hope Boutique is in located in the Boatel Complex just across from the new Dock House Restaurant.  If you like art and antiques, visit Anchors and Oars or Haddaways Antiques in nearby Grasonville. Both stores are 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!

With an oyster packing facility located right off the docks of our waterfront, oyster dishes are number one in these parts!  Have them on the half shell or cooked. Harris Crab House offers buffets and nightly specials. Harris Crab House also offers hard crabs throughout the winter season and the Jetty also offers Hard Crab Specials throughout the winter.  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. Bridges, The Narrows and the Jetty also offer great oyster and crab dishes. The Narrows is known far and wide for their chunky Cream of Crab Soup.


Just five miles east of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, visitors may experience Chesapeake Bay and Eastern Shore life at the Chesapeake Heritage and Visitors Center. Climb towers for scenic views of the Chester River, the Kent Narrows and the Eastern Bay!


Next to the Center is Ferry Point Park, a 41-acre nature park which sits on the Chester River. The park offers a two-mile walking trail that leads to a beach. The trail features a wooden bridge and scenic vistas. Birdwatchers often come for opportunities to view wildlife unique to this region. Canada Geese, Swans and Snowy Owls are spotted here during the cold weather months. 

The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center in nearby Grasonville, offers a variety of both indoor and outdoor activities during the winter months. Please check their website for hours and events.


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 Chesapeake Heritage and Visitor Center, and close to all the hotels and restaurants 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 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.


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 screens running with popular sporting events! Complement that fun with your favorite drink and sandwich and savory seafood snacks! The Jetty Restaurant and Dock Bar offers entertainment from well-known bands on the weekends and a Trivia Night on Mondays! The new bar area at the Hyatt Place Hotel also offers beautiful views of the Eastern Bay and big screen tvs.

Finally, if you plan to visit before the Holidays, be sure to check out the Watermen's  Basket Tree located on the Fishermans Inn Property, near the corner of Wells Cove Road and Rt. 18- Main Street. There is so much to do, plan to spend a few overnights at one of our beautiful waterfront hotels. The Holiday Inn Express, the Best Western, the Hilton Garden Inn and the new Hyatt Place which recently opened.

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