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 low-lying islands and disappointing yields of crab and oyster catches in the Chesapeake Bay are causing island populations to dwindle.
Nevertheless, Smith Island still survives, and is a wonderful place to visit. We stayed at a charming B&B called the Inn of Silent Music in the small village of Tylerton. The B&B has three rooms available. The owners, Linda & Rob, made our stay a delightful experience, with a beautifully furnished room and delicious complimentary breakfasts. Kayaks and bicycles are available. Be sure to also make a reservation for Linda's seafood gourmet dinners at the B&B. It's very well worth it, especially when it's topped off with a slice of the famous Smith Island multi-layer cake!
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