Our 'Hamptons': Why stop at St. Michaels?

What's The Deal

March 15, 2009|By MICHELLE DEAL-ZIMMERMAN | MICHELLE DEAL-ZIMMERMAN,michelle.deal@baltsun.com

I don't know the Hamptons from Highlandtown, so I am not really qualified to answer this but I know you are, dear reader.

Where is the "Hamptons of Maryland"?

About a week ago, CNN.com published a list of cool day trips across the country, and our very own St. Michaels was included. But the piece called the Eastern Shore town the "Hamptons of Maryland," which gave me pause.

I have heard Easton called by that moniker. And of course, there is the Hampton National Historic Site in Baltimore County, but that probably doesn't qualify as a waterfront vacation destination.

St. Michaels, located in Talbot County, is certainly home to some chi-chi folks. Dick Cheney owns a vacation home there, and Michael Jackson was rumored to be looking for his own Neverland there a few years back. It's one of my favorite spots for a quick day trip or weekend getaway. The Inn at Perry Cabin is luxury defined. (Tilghman Island, just to the south, is my secret favorite.)

Still, I think there are other Maryland destinations that would work, too. I've come up with a few: Cambridge, perhaps. Or Havre de Grace, maybe.

I sought out professional advice from tourism folks in Talbot County, home to Easton, Oxford, St. Michaels and Tilghman Island.

They were not about to settle on one place or another. Instead, they pointed me to their official slogan:

Talbot County, the "Hamptons of the Chesapeake Bay."

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