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“Awesome place....travel back in time...”
Review of Smith Island

Smith Island
Ranked #3 of 8 things to do in Crisfield
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Owner description: An island in the Chesapeake where residents live much as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago.
Reviewed January 15, 2012

Smith Island is an enchanted delightful fishing village in which one truly feels they have traveled back in time. The people are so friendly, food was amzing and the wuanit town made you want to move there. Highly recommended place for a quiet weekend get-away!!

9  Thank Michele D
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Reviewed September 5, 2011

This quaint island, traveled to and from by boat only, was explored and settled in the 1600's. There is no government overseeing this establishment. What is fascinating is the hardworking residents, who crab and oyster fish for the most part. But wives, daughters, etc. are very adept in making baked goods, particularly the famous "9-Layer Chocolate Cake." We took one home. How scrumptious!

9  Thank Shecky_11
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Reviewed July 22, 2011

We took the 1 hr ride from Crisfield in one of Capt. Tyler's boats. That man seems to have personally rebuilt both Crisfield, Smith Island, and transport between - so more power to him. If you like a 'beach-type" tiki hut and warm beer by the water, go to his newly established crabhouse by the water in Crisfield. His one boat leaves near there and the other from the marina. His motel, the Capt. Tyler (formerly Paddlewheel) is a good clean place for $88 per night. His boats deliver you in Ewell on Smith Island right to his new Bayside restaurant, where you can get a good inexpensive meal and try some of their famous cake. Next door is ice cream and golf cart rentals, $25/hr and $15 half hour. Maybe it was the 100 deg heat (it was a poor choice of time to visit) but they started loading up for the return after 2 hrs there so with an hour for lunch there wasn't much time. We walked to the small museum and a gift shop. I think the island would be fun to explore by bike or cart on a cool spring or fall day. It is a photo heaven of birds and old fishing boats and shacks and the people are very friendly. I understand Tangier has a bit more to offer, but it takes longer to get there and if you go out in the bay in the summer you will probably enjoy the AC in the boats and buildings more than anything. These fishing villages were a different treat for a landlubber like me, and I learned a lot about crabs and oysters and the history of early settlers. They are trying to hang on to a dwindling way of life, and I admire their efforts to increase tourism. I wish Smith Island had a bit more to see - a good art or antique shop or a historic home you could visit - maybe they're there somewhere and I will find them on my next visit. I think having a B&B and watching the sunset on Smith Island would be very romantic. If you want simple and rustic, give it a try. A helpful visitor center on Crisfield's Main St. opens at 9 am and has lots of information.

8  Thank blerp
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Reviewed July 14, 2010

I am an adventurous traveller. I like seeing what most people have not seen. But REALLY????REALLY???? There are ferries that take you from Point Lookout Park and Crisfield to this island.

I am still wondering, what is there to see there? There is a restaurant that looks like a Hollywood set of an abandoned haunted shack and then there are over-priced items to boot.

Yes, the famous Smith's island cake is good but save yourself the time and order it online. It will save you the $30 ferry ride and the "nothing to see" aspect of Smith's island. I guess if you like fishing, or doing nothing and stay at a local B & B, and stuff like that....you might enjoy it more. For a day trip traveller, it was a waste of my day trip and time. Head to Solomon's island instead and order the Smiths Island cake online if you just have a day to do something different. I won't go back there ever again.

16  Thank finallymercedes
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Reviewed September 26, 2009

A smooth boat ride to and from Crisfield MD. The few people we met were very friendly. The museum was nice and informative. Rented a golf cart for an hour, but completed our tour of Ewell in about five minutes. The town is totally worn down. Overgrown with weeds, collapsing crab shacks and houses, water filled drainage ditches, boat skeletons, lots of rust. It's advertised as taking a step back in time, but unfortunately the ravages of time did march on.

If this is going to be promoted as a tourist destination by the state and the islanders, I would suggest a fresh coat of paint, building repairs, a good mowing, and removal of the collapsed buildings and boats along with the accumulated junk.

19  Thank ctjed
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