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St. Michaels, MD for Your Girl’s Weekend

Oct 4, 2011 - 11:06 AM
St. Michaels, MD for Your Girl’s Weekend


The Inn at Perry Cabin---a truly lovely spot.

Photo courtesy of the Inn at Perry Cabin

For me, besides the presence of your best friends, the perfect girls’ getaway includes three ingredients: physical exertion, preferably something outdoors; a bit of pampering; and good food (with a glass or two of wine). You’ll find all these in St. Michaels, Maryland and great shopping, too.

For your outdoor adventure, try biking along bucolic Eastern Shore bike paths and catch the ferry across the Tred Avon River to Oxford, a tiny coastal town with a peaceful waterside park.

Even if you take afternoon tea at the elegant Robert Morris Inn, you should indulge in a cone from the Scottish Highland Creamery before pedaling away. While it’s true that you’ll have had your fill of scones and Darjeeling, you’ll be burning lots of calories with your bicycling, so don’t miss the chance for a scoop at this shop.

Owner Victor Barlow began working at an Italian ice cream parlor in Edinburgh when he was only 15 and he’s brought the “secret family recipes” to Oxford. It seems only polite to give them a taste.

To take full advantage of your watery location by booking a kayaking excursion. ‘Peake Paddle Tours offers guided boating trips through local salty marshes or freshwater streams.

I recommend gliding along the waters that thread through Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge’s 25,000 protected acres (in nearby Cambridge). Fall is the best time to spot waterfowl or soaring eagles.

For pampering, head to the Inn at Perry Cabin’s Linden Spa for a floral-infused massage or pedicure. You and your friends can sip cool cucumber water while robed in terry cloth by the infinity pool while you wait your turn.

You won’t go wrong sharing a perfect thin crusted wood-fired pizza and salads at Ava’s. Or, if the Eastern Shore means steamed crabs to you, split a half-bushel in the screened porch dining room at the Crab Claw near the (very worth visting) Maritime Museum.

Attractive B&B’s dot the area. After breakfast at yours, find a few antique treasures to take home.

My friend Gail presses oranges each morning now with a green, cast-iron, vintage (seriously heavy) juicer she admired for its practical and sculptural appeal.

We girlfriends were there to help her carry it to the car. Think of all the cool things you can help each other fit into the trunk---souvenirs of a great girlfriends’ getaway.

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Oct 5, 2011 05:30 pm
 Posted by  DougSpiro

Great article on St. Michaels Maryland by the Resident Tourist!! Where is the end?

Oct 5, 2011 09:14 pm
 Posted by  bethany

lovely article! think i need to round up a few girls and kayaks and head over!

Oct 6, 2011 06:27 am
 Posted by  tnoodle

This is a great idea for a weekend ! I have a group of Ladies I travel with annually and we do not like to go too far since we only have 2 nights and we love the ingredients you put in your itinerary! Perfect!

Oct 7, 2011 10:01 am
 Posted by  LauraB

Sounds like a very fabulous weekend! I love reading about all these great little spots in our own backyard!

Oct 8, 2011 05:42 pm
 Posted by  Cathy D.

Thanks for the great article. Brings back very good memories of visits to St. Michael's. My husband and I spent our first anniversary at the Inn at Perry Cabin. Also spent a weekend there with my mom. Took our girl scout troop for an overnight in the historic light house. Wonderful times. Thanks Dani!

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Resident Tourist highlights off-the-beaten path destinations in and around Montgomery County. Check here for day trip ideas, weekend adventures, reviews of interesting neighborhoods, quirky shops, great spots for lunch, and guidance on visiting tourist sites. Grab a friend and go!

Dani James has lived in Virginia, Washington, D.C. or Maryland all of her life. She has spent the last 17 years as a Silver Spring resident discovering the area’s nooks and crannies with her family and friends. In 2008, the James family stepped away from their regular lives for a year to travel around the world.

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