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The first Secrets guidebook is here! “EASTERN SHORE TRIPS: 27 One-Day Adventures on Delmarva” is an Amazon best seller–the #1 Hot New Release in U.S. Travel!

Road Trips Preview! The ‘Petticoat Regime’ that Ruled Ocean City Back in the Day

This free excerpt on Ocean City's "Petticoat Regime" is from the first Secrets guidebook, Eastern Shore Road Trips: 27 One-Day Adventures on Delmarva. The trip here, from the chapter on beaches & beach towns, focuses on the boardwalk in Ocean City. Other chapters cover small towns, the great outdoors, backroads journeys, interesting museums, and Shore classics, such as lighthouse and skipjacks. Ocean City took its first big step [...]

Road Trips Sampler: Unionville Road on the Talbot County Backroads

This is a free excerpt from the chapter, "Talbot County Backroads," in Eastern Shore Road Trips: 27 One-Day Adventures on Delmarva. In addition to this section on Unionville Road, the chapter features stops in Bozman, Neavitt, and Claiborne, as well as at the Oxford-Bellevue Ferry, the Pickering Creek Audubon Center, and more. Let’s start in Easton, at the intersection of the bypass and Route 33. Turn toward St. Michaels with [...]

Eastern Shore Road Trips: 27 One-Day Adventures on Delmarva

Your adventures on the Delmarva Peninsula are about to get a lot more fun and interesting. The first Secrets of the Eastern Shore guidebook is now available—it’s called Eastern Shore Road Trips: 27 One-Day Adventures on Delmarva. Much more than a travel guide, Eastern Shore Road Trips is full of tales from days gone by and insights into the character and culture of the storied Delmarva Peninsula. Whether you’re a road [...]

Downtown Milford: A River Runs Through It

The people of Milford seem to be one determined bunch. Consider, for example, the Riverwalk project. A clean and sweet piece of urban design, it weaves up, down, hither, and yon along the banks of the Mispillion River as it winds through downtown Milford and beyond, stretching from pretty Silver Lake on one end to the start of a nature walk on Goat Island on the other. The [...]

ROAD TRIPS PREVIEW: The Shore Town Founded by U.S. Colored Troop Veterans

This is an excerpt from the forthcoming Eastern Shore Road Trips: 25 One-Day Adventures on Delmarva, the first in a series of guidebooks from Secrets of the Eastern Shore. This is from a Road Trip dedicated to wandering the backroads of Talbot County--the trip also includes rides through Claiborne, Bozman, and Neavitt. LET'S START IN EASTON, at the intersection of the bypass and Route 33. Turn toward St. Michaels and [...]

Eastern Shore Road Trips Preview: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

This is a preview from the forthcoming book, "Eastern Shore Road Trips: 25 One-Day Adventures on Delmarva." Sign up for the list up top here and I will keep you up to date on when it's finally ready to go. Every once in a while, the right people happen to be in the right town at the right time to do the right thing. So it was with St. Michaels in the [...]

The Throwback Joys of Chincoteague and Its Famous Ponies

I write about lots and lots of different places on Facebook and for the Secrets website, so I’m speaking from long experience when I say that there is one town in particular on the Eastern Shore that generates the most passionate and enthusiastic response from people. The winner, hands down, is Chincoteague, Virginia. What is the secret to the town’s success in winning over so many hearts? I [...]

Venturing Out to the Dorchester County Islands in “The Middle of F#&!@*! Nowhere.”

A few years back I was in the midst of wandering the back roads of South Dorchester when I felt a need to check on my cell phone reception. I called up my FourSquare app to see if it would load. It did load, but it offered one and only one check-in location, and that location was titled: “The Middle of F#&!@*! Nowhere!” The wiseacre who created that location [...]

Experiencing the Natural Wonders of the Eastern Shore at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

For my money, there is no better place than these 30,000-plus acres and their surrounding back roads to get a first-hand feel for why the marshlands of the Chesapeake Bay rank as a natural wonder of the first order. The scenery is breathtaking, the wildlife is abundant, and the landscape is chock full of fascinating bits of history. For many of the 150,000 people who visit Blackwater every year, [...]

Daytripping in Berlin: Peaches, Bathtubs, Glassblowing and more in America’s “Coolest” Small Town

As old-time Main Streets go, Berlin is first-rate, blessed with a postcard-pretty streetscape, lots of interesting shops and adventurous restaurants, and a history chock full of fascinating characters. Bonus: Berlin knows how to throw a party. My theory in such matters is that you can’t go wrong in a town that makes a big production out of its annual bathtub races. Here, they close down Main Street on [...]