On Tilghman Island, the Tilghman Island Marina rents kayaks, jet skis, and pontoon boats. You are welcome to bring your own bikes or kayaks, as there is a launch by the Back Cove. Or the Tilghman Island Marina can deliver kayaks here during your stay. The Tilghman Island Waterman’s Museum moved into one of the remaining 'W' houses on the island, and is open on weekends.
For the eco-tourist, Poplar Island Tours are popular, and they need to be scheduled months in advance. We will ensure you get an early breakfast to get to the boat on time. In addition to our nature trail, Pickering Creek Audubon Center is above St. Michaels. A great day trip is the scenic drive to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, home to the Harriet Tubman Museum. On the way, you can cross the Choptank River on the Oxford-Bellevue Ferry, established in 1683. In Oxford, you can stop for lunch at the historic Robert Morris Inn, or enjoy the Scottish Highland Creamery, voted the 5th best ice cream in the US. The way home can include a stop at the Suicide Bridge Restaurant, which is not only a mysterious trip down old cowpaths turned into a road, but it is out-of-the-way darn good food.
For dining, we only serve breakfast. Tilghman Island has wonderful restaurants, although some are seasonal. Henry, at Two If By Sea Restaurant, was recently named Best Chef on the Eastern Shore, and he is open for lunch. The Tilghman Island Country Store has beer, wine, spirits, crackers and cheese, and full deli for carry-out items. Marker 5 is located by the drawbridge, has outdoor dining and a great view of the sunset. Wylder Hotel has an indoor pub and a crab deck overlooking the entrance to Dogwood Harbor. The Tilghman Island Inn has a fine restaurant, and please check all restaurants websites for their seasonal hours. During our off season, Chesapeake Landing is a short drive back up the road to St Michaels, and is the local ‘seafood diner’. St. Michaels also has many wondrous stores, restaurants and activities. Our favorites includes a stop at Olivins, or an informative cruise up the Miles River on the Patriot, which is docked next to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, one of the best rated small museums in the country.