Explore the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge

Sunset at the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge Near our Rock Hall MD Bed and Breakfast

In the earliest days of this new year, a large majority of the country found itself mired in bitterly cold, wintry weather. For us, the antidote to that is dreaming of vibrant spring mornings and quiet, nature-focused getaways. There’s no better place for that than the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, which just so happens to be minutes from our Bed and Breakfast near Rock Hall, MD

The Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge is a true nature-lovers paradise. It’s nestled on the tranquil shores of The Chesapeake Bay, offering visitors an unparalleled opportunity to admire the scenic paradise known as the Eastern Shore. This nature-lovers paradise is one of Maryland’s best-kept secrets and a fantastic place to watch the wildlife that lives in and moves through the area. 

Like the refuge, our charming Bed and Breakfast on the Eastern Shore is a tranquil retreat away from the busy din of city noise. We’re an easy escape from major cities on the Eastern SEaboard, including Annapolis and Washington, DC. Still, it will feel like you’re a million miles away in your own peaceful retreat. Our 70-acre property backs up to tidal areas of The Chesapeake Bay and is but a quiet bike ride away from the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge and minutes away from the bustling harbor town of Rock Hall. 

This spring, we hope you give yourself something to look forward to. Book your room at our top-rated Bed and Breakfast near Rock Hall, MD, today! 

Great Blue Heron flying at the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge

Best of the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge

There’s no doubt that the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge is one of our favorite things to do on the Eastern Shore. It’s beautiful, of course, but more importantly, this protected swatch of habitat perfectly encapsulates the beauty of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay. 

The Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge is a 2,285-acre wildlife refuge sitting where the Chester River and the Chesapeake Bay meet. As you walk through this beautiful island paradise, you’ll understand the gentle and enduring appeal of the Chesapeake Bay. The sounds of the city, cars, and busy thrum of modern life will disappear, replaced only by the gentle lapping of the waves, the rustle of grasses and trees, and the chirp of resident and migratory birds. 

If the only thing you do at the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge is slow down, that will have been enough. Having the chance to unplug is, after all, one of the many reasons to escape to the Eastern Shore to begin with! We hope you do more than that, though, as the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge is a superb place for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts, known for a remarkable diversity of birds and other wildlife. 

This spring is an excellent time to visit the refuge, as it’s the season to witness one of the annual migrations through the area. Aside from birdwatching, there are other things to do at the Eastern Neck National Wildlife. Explore the diverse ecosystem of this wild treasure via the network of trails. For example, you’ll find a habitat teeming with colorful butterflies and wildflowers on the Bayview Butterfly Trail. 

You can also enjoy the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge from the water. It’s a fantastic opportunity to paddle through the calm waters of the Chesapeake Bay, getting an up-close view of the area’s aquatic wildlife. This special place truly offers visitors a unique opportunity to connect with and appreciate nature. We hope you take full advantage of it whenever you visit us at our Bed and Breakfast near Rock Hall. 

Beautiful Shoreline on the Chesapeake Bay - one of the many other things to do on the Eastern Shore other than visit the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge

6 More Things to Do on the Eastern Shore of Maryland

Visiting the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge is just the beginning of things to do on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Here, you’ll find charming, historic waterside communities that hark back to a simpler era when these waters fed the people and economies of the Eastern Shore. You’ll find the perfect blend of natural beauty, history, and fun adventures and activities here. 

Whether it’s the water – and a quiet afternoon sailing or kayaking on The Chesapeake Bay is what you find most alluring, or you’re more interested in the charms of our quiet towns, we hope you get out and explore all the best things to do on the Eastern Shore – between, of course, relaxing afternoons spent at our Bed and Breakfast. We’ve listed a few of our local “musts” below!

  1. If you long to sail on the Chesapeake Bay, you’re in luck! We recommend several local companies, like Blue Crab Charters, for exquisite day and sunset sails on the Bay – sure to be one of the most memorable things you’ll do on the Eastern Shore. 
  2. Rock Hall is also a fantastic place to go fishing, and we’re thrilled to work with the best team around, Gunsmoke Charters.
  3. Given it is surrounded by the Chesapeake Bay, you’ll find Rock Hall is a town steeped in maritime history. Wander through the streets of downtown Rock Hall, enjoy the charm and maritime history, do some shopping, and spend some time at the beach. 
  4. Don’t miss your chance to dine at the best seafood around. The Eastern Shore is well known for its summertime crab feasts and winter oysters, among other fresh delights from the Bay. There are some great restaurants to enjoy here, too. 
  5. You can wash down all this adventure and fresh seafood with a fantastic glass of local wine. There are some fantastic local Wineries on the Eastern Shore, including one of our favorites, Crow Vineyard
  6. The roads on the Eastern Shore are relatively flat and rural, making them ideal for bike riding. Each year, we host groups of riders that come to the area with Vermont Bike Tours, but the roads are great to ride all year. 

 

Whether it’s a visit to the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge or something from this list, know this is just a small sample of what awaits on the Eastern Shore. If you’re ready to experience life on these quiet shores, it’s time to book a room at our top-rated Bed and Breakfast near Rock Hall, MD, today!

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