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Smith Island

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Address: Crisfield, MD
Activities: Hiking, Biking, Fishing
Description: An island in the Chesapeake where residents live much as their ancestors...
An island in the Chesapeake where residents live much as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago.
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Smith Island has been in the news a lot lately due to rising sea level. First settled nearly 350 years ago it is isolated geographically and prior to modern marvels of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 18, 2014
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Annapolis, Maryland
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Annapolis, Maryland
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
28 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Smith Island has been in the news a lot lately due to rising sea level. First settled nearly 350 years ago it is isolated geographically and prior to modern marvels of electricity and computer, culturally. Most of the houses date to the late-19th or early 20th century when comfortable livings could be made oystering and crabbing. The condition of some... More 

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Westminster, Maryland, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014 via mobile

Smith Island has been on our bucket list for years. Come for several days, like we did, to get to know the residents. We ventured here on Halloween weekend, decidedly out of season. Most attractions were closed, but The Ewell School hosted an all-Island Halloween party for kids of all ages. It was a hoot! In another night, the Ewell... More 

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PA
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150 reviews 150 reviews
43 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This was on my list of places to see & I finally gathered up the kids to make the trip over to the Island...a great afternoon! The quiet atmosphere stands in contrast to the hustle & bustle of the Shore towns to the east - a throwback to an earlier time. Granted, this isn't a place for a whirlwind of... More 

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 via mobile

$40 x 5 poor senior ladies = $200 wasted!! The ride over was boring! The shipmate or whatever his title was, was very rude and never smiled . As soon as we arrived at Smith Island we were ushered into a restaurant . The menu was high so we 5 seniors moved on to look at whatever else was there.... More 

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Colorado Springs
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217 reviews 217 reviews
98 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Took the ferry over ($25/pp RT + $2 per bike). "Ferry" was really a small commercial boat. We shared the aft deck with a washing machine. Pleasant ride, nice skipper---calm seas and sunny. About a 45 minute ride over, about 2 1/2 hours on the island. 2 restaurants, the 9-Layer cake factory and a museum are about it. Ate at... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

What a disappointment this trip was. First there was a slow 3 hour boat ride. You pass an old Liberty ship that is so far away it's hard to see. Then when you do get to the island you can pay for an over priced lunch. Afterwards there are bicycles and golf carts for you to rent. DON'T WASTE YOUR... More 

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2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Very remote and isolated trip. Very few people on this island. No shop or restaurants, just you and the handful of inhabitants. We stayed at the Inn of Silent Music B&B. Linda and Rob we're fantastic hosts. Wonderful, wonderful experience, but may not be right for every one.

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Sherwood, Maryland
2 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Smith Island is a waterman's village that is on a unique spit of Chesapeake Bay low country. There is a feel you get here that I have never experienced anywhere else. There is a gentleness in the way the marshes, water and sky merge together. It's as pure and unpretentious as any "tourist" destination I've ever visited. Biking from Ewell... More 

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Columbia, Maryland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Smith Island is actually a cluster of islands and accessible only by boat. It's one of the last locations in the Chesapeake Bay that maintains the traditional waterman's culture. Staying there for a few days began to give us a greater appreciation for a lifestyle that may disappear in the not too distant future. Rising water levels are inundating these... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We decided to go there for our 28th wedding anniversary. A Bed and Breakfast is the way to go. We compared a few available and choose Michele's place. After seeing and hearing about the famous Smith Island cake, (and making my own from the You Tube directions) it made sense to visit the island. We went before "busy season" and... More 

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