Enjoy the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay in a relaxing and peaceful way. The Deal Island Bay Cottage on Maryland's Eastern Shore situated on a large lot where you can unwind from the daily stresses of the beltway life. Watch the sunrise every morning as you eat breakfast from the cozy dining room while a symphony of bird sounds provide the music and entertainment. Activities reported by past guests include crabbing. Locals use a technique known as chicken necking where they tie a chicken neck to a weighted rope. Once the crab starts munching on the chicken, the rope is slowly pulled up and a net is used to get the critter. All supplies for are in the cottage except the chicken. Other guests have fished, boated and hunted, which is plentiful during the right season. Some say that the Deal Island Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is the mecca of duck hunting in the winter! So, use it as a hunting lodge and
bring home the fowl.
At dusk, take a walk to the beach on the other side of the bridge which is only 1 block away and watch the sun set into the bay as if you were sitting in Key West, Florida, but without the crowds. Keep an eye out for the many bird species that the Deal Island
Wildlife Management area is known for. Great Blue Herons, Canada Geese, unique ducks, gulls and more. "This region possesses an extensive variety of environments including barrier islands, coastal bays, tidal wetlands, cypress swamps, upland fields and primeval
forests. More bird sightings have been recorded here than in any other region of the state." (Birding Weekend)
If you do feel like driving for other adventures, Ocean City Maryland, Chincoteague, Virginia, Assateague Island National Seashore are all about an hour away. Salisbury and Crisfield, MD less than half an hour. Catch the summer passenger ferry to historic and
unique Smith Island from Crisfield. Smith Island is a community so long isolated from the mainland that the residents are known for still speaking in a form of Elizabethan English dating back to the 1600s. It is a unique place to experience.
The standard bedding arrangement includes a very large master bedroom with a queen bed and master bathroom. The smaller 2nd bedroom has a bunk with a full on the bottom and twin on the top. If you have a larger party, there is a 3rd closed off bedroom available with 2 foldout cots. There is also a queen size air mattress available which can fit in the master bedroom comfortably.
All sheets, pillows, towels, pots, pans, dishes, propane grill and cleaning are included in the price! This cottage has central air conditioning and heat. Come discover Deal Island before everyone else does!
This was a last minute vacation for us and we were lucky to find a location that accepted pets. We were not expecting to fall so in love with Deal Island and its beautiful solitude. The cottage was not fancy, but was extremely well-appointed. Everytime I thought "I wish I would have brought ___", all I had to do was open a cabinet to find the forgotten item. We did have a problem clearing the smelly water in the pipes as we were the first guests of the season; however, the owner was very responsive and helpful with this problem.
Beach for swimming and searching for shells, items.
Crabbing in local spots.
Hunting during season for fowl.
Eating crabs from local waterman
Perfect Biking terrain (flat)
Crisfield ferry to Smith island (25 minutes by car)
Ocean City, Assateague National Seashore or Chincoteague are all
within 1 hour drive.