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Short time to visit, few things to see/do
Sep 03, 2014 by: MaryKop from Colorado Springs
Took the ferry over ($25/pp RT + $2 per bike). "Ferry" was really a small commercial boat. We shared the aft deck with a washing machine. Pleasant ride, nice skipper---calm seas and sunny. About a 45 minute ride over, about 2 1/2 hours on the island. 2 restaurants, the 9-Layer cake factory and a museum are about it. Ate at Ruke's--lots of fried seafood--soft shell crabs were outstanding. Very friendly people, but a serious lack of....island pride? I know the sea takes its toll on things, and the economy is really tight, especially here, but could someone take the time to stand up signs about the island history? We wanted to come because of its endangered status and to help the locals by spending $$ .... but not much to offer. We enjoyed riding our bikes the 5 miles of roadways---beware if you're coming at high tide--they won't rent the electric carts due to the bad mix of batteries and sea water. It was very interesting to watch the tide rise, especially on the outer roads...
BORING BORING and over priced lunch.
Sep 02, 2014 by: matt b from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
What a disappointment this trip was. First there was a slow 3 hour boat ride. You pass an old Liberty ship that is so far away it's hard to see. Then when you do get to the island you can pay for an over priced lunch. Afterwards there are bicycles and golf carts for you to rent. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY. There is nothing to see. No people were out and even if they were you could see the same things taking a walk around you own neighborhood.
Jul 18, 2014 by: Harry S from
Very remote and isolated trip. Very few people on this island. No shop or restaurants, just you and the handful of inhabitants. We stayed at the Inn of Silent Music B&B. Linda and Rob we're fantastic hosts. Wonderful, wonderful experience, but may not be right for every one.
Life's Simple Pleasures
Jun 24, 2014 by: Alex S from Sherwood, Maryland
Smith Island is a waterman's village that is on a unique spit of Chesapeake Bay low country. There is a feel you get here that I have never experienced anywhere else. There is a gentleness in the way the marshes, water and sky merge together. It's as pure and unpretentious as any "tourist" destination I've ever visited. Biking from Ewell to Rhodes Point across the long marsh road was a highlight. At one point we saw a tanker and high mast sail boat in the distance and it appeared as if we were looking up at them. Nature is the entertainment in a place like this and gaining a glimpse into a true waterman's village is the reason to visit. Best soft shells I have ever had and Smith Island Cake is excellent. It's a place that soothed my soul and peaked my imagination.
Go there before it disappears
Jun 05, 2014 by: AJacques1 from Columbia, Maryland
Smith Island is actually a cluster of islands and accessible only by boat. It's one of the last locations in the Chesapeake Bay that maintains the traditional waterman's culture. Staying there for a few days began to give us a greater appreciation for a lifestyle that may disappear in the not too distant future. Rising water levels are inundating these low-lying islands and disappointing yields of crab and oyster catches in the Chesapeake Bay are causing island populations to dwindle. Nevertheless, Smith Island still survives, and is a wonderful place to visit. We stayed at a charming B&B called the Inn of Silent Music in the small village of Tylerton. The B&B has three rooms available. The owners, Linda & Rob, made our stay a delightful experience, with a beautifully furnished room and delicious complimentary breakfasts. Kayaks and bicycles are available. Be sure to also make a reservation for Linda's seafood gourmet dinners at the B&B. It's very well worth it, especially when it's topped off with a slice of the famous Smith Island multi-layer cake!
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