Trust me your Spouse and children will NOT be bored while you are flying rockets. Delmarva has many attractions for the young and old alike. They have NO Excuse to not let you come to LDRS36
DELMARVA is known for its rural farms and waterfront communities where locally sourced produce, poultry, and fresh seafood abound. Make sure to sample the very best of Maryland’s seafood which includes Rockfish, hard and soft shell crabs, crab cakes, and oysters on the half shell. If you are lucky, one might be able to order Smith Island 7-layer cake for desert. Modern civilization has crept its way into DELMARVA and dotted the landscape with the common corporate food chain style restaurants. For those adventurers looking to immerse themselves into the local cuisine, here is a list of some local favorites that offer dining options that span a wide range of palates and include the bounties of the Chesapeake Bay and its area:
Out of the Fire
T at the General Store
Bartlett Pear Inn
Portofino Ristorante Italiano
Peacock Restaurant & Lounge
Washington Street Pub
There are many more fine dining establishments in Easton and its surrounding area that should satisfy anyone’s palate and wallet. See https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g41121-Easton_Talbot_County_Maryland.html for more details, additional restaurants, and reviews.
DELMARVA is known for its beaches along the eastern barrier islands. The best known is Ocean City, Md. with 3 miles of boardwalk, wide beaches, hotels, shops, and restaurants. See http://ococean.com/ for all the details.
Travel north from Ocean City into Delaware and visit Fenwick Island and the lighthouse. A small jaunt further north reveals Bethany Beach, Dewey Beach, Rehoboth Beach, and Lewes, where one can take the ferry across the Delaware Bay to Cape May, New Jersey and on to Atlantic City for some gaming. See http://www.visitdelaware.com/beaches/
Do you enjoy state and national parks? Well you are in luck. Starting north at the mouth of Delaware Bay is Cape Henlopen. Walk the cape in solitude while enjoying views of the lighthouse and the old WW2 observation towers. See http://www.destateparks.com/park/cape-henlopen/park-office.asp for more information.
Just a stone’s throw south of Ocean City is Assateague Island, Maryland where wild ponies still roam free. See http://assateagueisland.com/ .
A tad south from Assateague Island is Chincoteague Island, Virginia, known for the Twentieth Century Fox move “Misty Of Chincoteague” base on the Marguerite Henry’s award-winning children’s book, which put the small fishing community on the map. See http://www.chincoteague.com/ .
And do not forget to stop at Wallops Island, Virginia, which is still an active NASA space launch site. If the timing is right, you might be lucky enough to witness a space launch but at the very least, stop by the visitor center and learn the role that the Wallops Island Facility played during the race for space. See https://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/visitorcenter .
DELMARVA antiques shops dot the highways and back roads and often offer seafaring themed antiques from the old waterman days. Often old hand carved decoys, memorabilia from the old steamers that plowed the bay, waterman tools, specialized dishware, and local furniture can be had at fair prices. Keep an eye out for the antique shops along route 50 and see http://www.easternshore.com/esguide/sh/antique.html to plan your antiquing adventure.
Baltimore, Maryland is only a 90 minute drive west of Easton. Travel across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and make the transition from the quiet Eastern Shore life to the bustling Western Shore life. Baltimore has many sites to offer and the Inner Harbor is no exception. Visit the Maryland Science Center, take a ride on a boat, walk through an old WW2 submarine, step onto the deck of the USS Constellation, a sloop of war constructed in 1854, experience life on a lightship, walk through an old screw piled lighthouse, visit a Coast Guard Cutter, take the view in from the observation deck of the Baltimore World Trade Center, and by all means, visit the National Aquarium. There are no shortages of shops and restaurants along the inner harbor either.
Take a short trip and visit Fort McHenry, the birth place of our nation’s national anthem, the “Star Spangle Banner”.
See everything that Baltimore has to offer at http://baltimore.org/article/baltimore-inner-harbor
Forget politics and enjoy other aspects that Washington DC has to offer. Washington DC is less than a 2-hour drive from Easton. Base your visit to the National Mall with the US Capital to the east and the Lincoln Memorial to the west. The Washington Memorial, which is the highest building in DC, divides the mall and acts as a beacon to those that have lost their way.
There are many monuments and memorials along and around the mall including the National WWII Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Washington Monument, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, DC War Memorial, Vietnam Women’s Memorial, Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool, and the US Navy Memorial Plaza. See https://washington.org/article/tours-dcs-monuments-memorials for maps and listings of all.
A walk around Washington DC mall would not be complete without visiting the various Smithsonian Museums that are free of charge and open 7 days a week. Most popular Smithsonian Museums are the Air and Space Museum, National History Museum, American History Museum, and the Botanical Gardens. A complete list of museums and maps can be found at https://www.si.edu/visit/maps .
Take advantage of the Washington DC Metro and take the short trip from the National Mall to the National Zoo in Woodley Park along the red line. See https://nationalzoo.si.edu/ for hours and exhibits. See http://wmata.com/ for instructions and fares for the metro system and other locations that might be out of walking distance.
For those interested in planes, rockets, and all things space related, a visit to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center is a must. The Udvar-Hazy Center is located across the Potomac River from DC in Chantilly, Virginia. It is well worth the trip. See https://airandspace.si.edu/visit/udvar-hazy-center/ for hours of operations and exhibits. See if you can locate Maryland Delaware Rocketry Association (MDRA) plaque along the “Walk of Honor”.
Centuries of farming has depleted much of the nutrients from the soil which is bad for crops . . . but great for grapes. Vineyards are now replacing Tobacco fields which have caused an uptick in local wineries. Each winery has it strengths and weaknesses. What makes a good wine? Any wine that you like makes it a good wine. The fun part of the quest for that favorite bottle, whether it is red, white, or in-between, is in the searching and sampling across the various vineyards. Be smart and sample responsibly or better yet, have a designated driver.
Beer breweries have also seen a resurgence in the area. We know more about distant galaxies and space travels then we know about the nuances of brewing beer. These brewers are experts at combining the various varieties of noble hops, selected barley grains and adjuncts, naturally filtered water, and just the right yeast strain, in order to truly create a work of art, the nectar of the gods.
Explore the wine and beer trails here http://toastourcoast.com/winery-brewery-eastern-shoretrail-map/
For those that enjoy the night life, glitter, and gaming, there are some Casinos within driving distance of the host hotel.
Atlantic City is less than a 3-hour drive and offer multitudes of Casinos. See http://www.atlanticcitynj.com/explore/casinos/
Closer than Atlantic City are the following Casinos:
Ocean Downs http://www.oceandowns.com/
Maryland Live Casino https://www.marylandlivecasino.com/
Fly high, recover low at LDRS, and when not flying, enjoy all that DELMARVA has to offer. We will see you soon on the fields.