Rock Hall, MD, Is the Pearl of the Chesapeake

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Did you know that charming, waterfront town of Rock Hall, MD, is nicknamed “The Pearl of the Chesapeake?” Our area is rich in history and character and has attracted people from near and far for years. To learn more about Rock Hall and why you should visit, please keep reading!

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All About the Pearl of the Chesapeake

Known as the “Pearl of the Chesapeake,” Rock Hall sits on the upper Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay and offers the quintessential Bay experience. The town dates back to 1675 when it was called “Rock Hall Cross Roads.” During colonial times, the village became the Kent County terminus of a ferry that ran between the Maryland Eastern Shore and the city of Annapolis. Many prominent historical figures crossed on this ferry, including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, on their way to and from the Continental Congress in Philadelphia. 

In addition to being a passenger transport connection for travelers during the Colonial era, Rock Hall served as a shipping point for tobacco, seafood, and other agricultural products. Later on, fishing and seafood processing became the town’s largest industry. 

Today, Rock Hall is known for its many marinas and delicious restaurants serving fresh-caught seafood. The town continues to be a working harbor with an active fleet of commercial watermen reeling in fish, Maryland blue crabs, and oysters daily. 

Explore Rock Hall

During recent years, tourism has emerged as a robust economic market in Rock Hall. When you visit our quaint town, there’s always something fun-filled to do!

Shopping in Rock Hall, MD

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  • Hickory Stick – This store offers Vera Bradley collections, Switchflops, jewelry, beads, charms, gifts, housewares, and more. 
  • Java Rock– fun, eclectic gifts for all ages
  • Ditty Bag – Ditty Bag offers seasonal active outdoor wear, nautical gifts, toys, books, and nautical antiques. They also feature a full-service marine store that sells an array of boat care and fishing products.
  • Smilin’ Jake’s – This fun-filled shop offers everything Hawaiian and tropical. You’ll find dresses, tops, swimwear, shoes, music, jewelry, watches, hot sauces, and, much more!
  • Hook Line-N-Sinker Tackle Shop – This tackle and bait shop also includes a nautical gift shop selling sterling silver jewelry, homemade jams and salsa, and other Eastern coast gifts made from blue crab and horseshoe crab shells. 
  • Village Quilt Store – Wonderful selection of fabric and quilting supplies and helpful staff.

Dining in Rock Hall, MD

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  • Java Rock – A gourmet coffeehouse/cafe serving espresso, coffee, and teas, as well as breakfast, lunch, and boutique wines. Pet-friendly deck!
  • Bay Wolf – A tavern with a rustic setting serving Eastern Shore-style seafood and Austrian specialties.
  • Osprey Point Restaurant at Osprey Point Inn: An upscale restaurant offering romantic dining experience with fresh, seasonal menus, high-quality ingredients, and a chef that puts care into preparing every meal.
  • Waterman’s Crab House and Dock Bar: A local seafood restaurant with an outstanding view of the Chesapeake Bay and award-winning steamed crabs.
  • Harbor Shack: An upbeat bar and grill featuring live music, an outdoor patio, and marina views.

Stay at Inn at Huntingfield Creek

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The Inn at Huntingfield Creek is located in the heart of Rock Hall. Our bed and breakfast experience features 70 picturesque acres, warm Chesapeake hospitality, a variety of high-quality accommodations, and many relaxing activities.

In addition to our guest rooms, we offer seven luxurious fully-furnished, private cottages on our property. Our cottage rentals provide you with the privacy and coziness you desire for your getaway. Plus, three of the cottages (Garden, Island, and Farm), are pet-friendly, too! Start getting excited about a vacation to “The Pearl of the Chesapeake.” Check our availability and find the perfect place to stay for you!

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